The Instant Pot is the ultimate modern pressure cooker – it’s a pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer and even a slow cooker all rolled into one!
This means you don’t have to limit yourself to cooking rice or potatoes in your Instant Pot – you can cook whole meals, desserts, or even snacks!
Here are my favorite Instant Pot Recipes that show you how versatile cooking with an Instant Pot can be.
Whole Meals in the Instant Pot
Instant Pot Pot Roast from Spend With Pennies
This recipe shows you how to create a beef pot roast that has slow cooker flavor in a fraction of the time.
After just an hour in the Instant Pot, your beef roast and veggies will be cooked to perfection, to give you a hearty winter’s evening meal or even Sunday lunch.
Instant Pot Egg Roll in a Bowl from Five Heart Home
This curious recipe doesn’t have any eggs in it all – it has the egg roll stuffing that you’d normally put in an egg roll served in a bowl instead!
It’s super-quick to prepare, as the ground mince and other ingredients only have to be cooked for 3 minutes in the Instant Pot.
The whole recipe, including the sauce, only takes 20 minutes from start to finish.
Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas from Nutrition in the Kitch
This delicious spicy recipe is a perfect weeknight meal. It truly is fast food, yet it’s also really healthy with low-fat chicken breast and lots of veggies.
You can create this great healthy dish in next to no time – you only need to cook the dish on pressure cooker mode for 5 minutes in the Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef from Averie Cooks
This versatile recipe can be cooked at high speed (and pressure) in your Instant Pot, or you can let it bubble away for hours in your slow cooker.
The delicious spicy, falling-apart beef in this recipe is perfect for tacos – just add some cilantro, lime juice and red onions, and you’ve got an easy meal for the whole family.
Instant Pot Chili from Dinner At The Zoo
This is a true one-pot meal – throw everything into your Instant Pot and 20 minutes later you’ll have a delicious flavorful chili. Just add toppings.
Whilst cooking in the Instant Pot the seasoning will soak into the meat so that it tastes like you’ve been simmering it all day!
Instant Pot Italian Chicken Stew from Savory Tooth
Here’s a delicious hearty stew that has all the traditional Italian herbs and tender shredded chicken and vegetables.
Perfect for a filling meal on a cold winter’s day. As a bonus, it only takes 30 minutes to cook in the pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin from Savory Tooth
With this recipe you use the Instant Pot for three things: browning the meat, pressure cooking the whole dish, and then simmering the sauce, saving lots of pot-washing!
The delicious onion and creamy mustard sauce is a perfect accompaniment to the juicy pork tenderloin, which only takes 4 minutes to cook at high pressure!
Julia from Savory Tooth reckons it will only take about 30 minutes to cook the whole dish from start to finish.
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Tacos from Jamie Cooks It Up!
Jamie thinks that this is possibly the easiest chicken recipe you may ever make.
The chicken will be tender, creamy and full of flavor – perfect on a bed of tacos, a large salad or stuffed into warm tortilla wraps.
It might be one of the quickest chicken recipes you ever make too – your instant pot can cook the whole meal in less than half an hour!
Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken Breasts from Eatwell 101
This recipe shows you how to cook juicy, tangy, and flavorful chicken breasts in less than half an hour – perfect for a busy weeknight meal for the family.
The recipe is gluten-free and keto-friendly, so just serve with sauteed fresh veggies and you’ll have a meal that everyone can eat.
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese from A Couple Cooks
This is the ultimate comfort food – and it’s even more comforting when you know that it’s a one-pot hands-off recipe – throw the ingredients in the pot and let your Instant Pot get on with it!
This recipe makes use of the fact that an Instant Pot is both a pressure cooker and a slow cooker.
You cook the pasta using the pressure cooker feature, and then make the delicious creamy cheese sauce using the slow cooker.
Instant Pot Honey Mustard Chicken from Carmy
This is a complete one-pot meal – the tasty chicken, potatoes, and vegetables are all cooked in the same pot. How easy is that?
With 8 minutes prep time, 7 minutes cook time, and 5 minutes steam time, you can have a complete delicious meal on the table in just 20 minutes!
Instant Pot Pumpkin Dal from Masala Chilli
This spicy warming dal is thick and hearty, so it can double up as a delicious winter stew or soup depending on how the mood takes you.
According to Vidya from Masala Chilli, pumpkins are available year-round in India, so it isn’t just a Fall recipe there.
Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala from Little Spice Jar
Here’s a really versatile recipe: you can use your Instant Pot or your stovetop to cook this deliciously spicy curry.
So easy and so tasty!
Instant Pot Zucchini Curry from Fit Meal Ideas
This is a great vegan curry cooked in an Indian style, that’s also gluten-free, low calorie and keto-friendly.
It’s an easy weeknight one-pot dinner. You can cook the zucchini in the Instant Pot with tomato, some pantry staples and simple spices in under 30 minutes.
Instant Pot Greek Lemon Butter Fettucine from This Old Gal
Here’s a lovely fresh and simple pasta recipe that you can cook in your Instant Pot in less than 15 minutes!
The creamy lemon yogurt sauce makes a great vegetarian pasta dish on its own, but if you want to add chicken, Jill from This Old Gal shows you how in the recipe.
Instant Pot Peach Chicken & Basil from Real Food – Whole Life
This refreshing way to cook chicken is ideal for a weeknight dinner when time is short. To me, it seems to be a summer dish as it has lovely bright sunny colors.
You just use your Instant Pot for the whole recipe (fewer dishes to wash!), and dinner’s ready in less than half an hour.
Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken from Feasting At Home
This flavorful Teriyaki Chicken is made with homemade Teriyaki sauce without any added preservatives or secret ingredients, so you know that it’s healthy.
You can cube the chicken if you’re serving it with rice, or shred it if you’re using tacos – so versatile.
And it only takes 10 minutes of pressure cooking time to cook the chicken to perfection!
Instant Pot Green Beans, Potatoes and Sausage from Munchy Goddess
This simple recipe makes a perfect family week-night meal – smoked sausage and healthy veggies cooked in next to no time.
It’s all cooked in the same pot, so that makes for hassle-free cooking and a great easy clean-up.
The smoked sausage really adds a delicious flavor. You can use any sort of smoked sausage (pork, beef, turkey, etc).
Instant Pot Lasagna from Spend with Pennies
This is a brilliant recipe – fully loaded lasagna cooked in your Instant Pot in half the normal oven baking time.
The ingenious part is that you use a springform pan inside the Instant Pot so that the lasagna keeps its layered effect when you serve it.
If you broil the lasagna once it’s cooked so that it has melted and slightly browned cheese on the top, you won’t be able to tell the difference!
Desserts in the Instant Pot
Instant Pot Peppermint Milkshake Cheesecake from This Old Gal
Here’s a delicious cheesecake that is great to make during the holiday season, as it tastes just like peppermint Candy Canes!
The creamy topping is like a cross between a milkshake and a regular cheesecake, and the base is more like a chocolate cake. So it’s not an ordinary cheesecake at all!
Instant Pot Apple Crisp from A Couple Cooks
This is a quick and easy crispy dessert that cooks in no time in your Instant Pot.
The twist with this recipe is that you garnish the crisp after it’s cooked, with lemon zest and cinnamon, which makes it taste incredibly fresh.
Topped with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream, this will soon become one of your favorite apple recipes!
Instant Pot Hot Chocolate from Munchy Goddess
This delicious creamy hot chocolate recipe doesn’t use the “Pressure Cook” function of your Instant Pot, but you do use both the “Sautee” and “Keep Hot” functions, so it’s easier to make in the Instant Pot rather than on the stovetop.
Ivory from Munchy Goddess even shows you how to create a hot chocolate bar so your guests can choose their own toppings for their scrummy hot chocolate – ideal if you’re hosting a kids’ party in the winter.
Healthy Instant Pot Banana Bread from Nutrition in the Kitch
This is the best way to use up those over-ripe bananas: whisk up a delicious, moist, healthy one-pot banana bread.
This easy recipe uses staples you’re likely to find in your fridge and pantry, so you don’t even need to make a special shopping trip. The result is a deliciously moist banana bread that has a great walnut crunch!
Quick Warm Cinnamon Apples from Little Spice Jar
This is such a great recipe if you’ve got loads of apples that you need to use, or you really fancy the comforting taste of apple pie without the bother of baking a pie!
It tastes just like homemade apple pie (without the crust), and is delicious eaten with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, whilst the apple is still warm.
Instant Pot Cheesecake from Spend With Pennies
This is a great simple cheesecake recipe that shows you how to make a smooth, creamy vanilla cheesecake.
Holly from Spend With Pennies says that this recipe is practically foolproof, so it would be an ideal one to try as your first Instant Pot cheesecake.
She does have one special tip – don’t overmix the mixture, as that would add too much air to the batter, and air bubbles in cheesecake — especially when cooked under pressure! — can do strange things while cooking.
I hope you have found these Instant Pot recipes useful, and feel inspired to try some of them.
I love to try new recipes, especially if it means I can cook the evening meal (or a delicious dessert) more quickly!