I know cooking with an instant pot sounds intimidating but don’t let it scare you!! It is so simple and easy and with these instant pot recipes, you can have a meal from frozen to ready to eat in under an hour! Cooking with the instant pot is great because it’s so convenient! For those of us who sometimes forget to make time for the crockpot (who me?!) it allows us to still have a delicious homemade meal without having to plan hours ahead. I used to have frozen meat in my freezer that I would forget to use but not anymore!
Cooking instant pot recipes is so versatile! You can cook just about anything in them! I especially love mashed potatoes! Once you know the basics of cooking with an instant pot, you will wonder how you ever did without it! Just follow my tips below if you are just starting out! Then you will be able to have the most delicious meals on a dime. These instant pot recipes are amazing and will make it so that you won’t ever have to worry about prepping hours ahead of time again!
Tips for Cooking with an Instant Pot
Seriously, trust me when I say that using an instant pot for your recipes is simple! I have put together a few of the most helpful things to know when cooking instant pot recipes. So go ahead, try it out! You will be so happy that you did!
Quick release: This has to do with when you let the pressure out of your instant pot. A quick release means that you take action by switching the lock over and allowing the pressure to escape. Don’t worry, a hissing sound when you release it on your own is normal!!
Natural release: Some recipes call for a natural release which allows your food to cook and warm up a little longer. This means you let the instant pot slowly release all of the pressure on its own. You don’t have to do anything! If the pressure lever is all the way down, it’s done and safe to open the pot!
Lock it up: Once you lock the lid into place, it will be locked until it is safe to open. Its totally safe to use!
Size: Instant pots come in a couple of different sizes. I recommend getting one on the larger size (6 qt or 8 qt). This will be large enough for family sized meals!
This instant pot shredded chicken is the solution to all of your chicken needs! It’s seasoned, moist, and easy to shred, which makes it the perfect go-to recipe when you need shredded chicken for any dish.
Ingredients: chicken breasts, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper, chicken broth
Have the one of the most decadent and delectable dinner in no time with this Instant Pot Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Rice. With savory mushrooms, tender rice, and juicy chicken it’s a winner, winner, chicken dinner!
Ingredients: Olive Oil, onion, chicken, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, chicken broth, rice, mushrooms sliced, heavy whipping cream, shredded parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste, chopped parsley and freshly shredded parmesan cheese for garnish
For those nights when you need something fast and easy turn to 10 minute Instant Pot Spaghetti. Superbly seasoned beef and tender noodles all cook together in a delectable sauce and is ready in no time.
Ingredients: olive oil, ground beef, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper, spaghetti noodles, marinara sauce, water
Instant pot rice is perfectly fluffy, light, tender and never sticky. When you use your Instant pot it’s perfect EVERY SINGLE TIME! Even your tricky hard to master brown and wild rice will be perfect. It’s so easy you’ll never use a pot on the stove again.
Ingredients: white rice, water, Butter, of salt, brown rice, water, Butter, of salt, Wild Rice, water, Butter, of salt
Instant Pot Beef Stew is perfect for those cool fall nights, and great when you want to whip up cozy beef stew in under an hour! Saute the beef in the bottom of the instant pot, throw in your veggies and broth, turn it on and call it a day!
Ingredients: stew meat, kosher salt, divided, freshly cracker black pepper, olive oil, divided, low-sodium beef stock, tomato paste, tomato puree , bay leaves, sugar, worcestershire sauce, carrots cut into 2-inch pieces, yukon gold potatoes cut into quarters, onion, chopped into 2-inch pieces, celery stalks cut into 2-inch pieces, cornstarch + 1 tbsp water, frozen peas
Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken is simple and easy to make in the pressure cooker and perfect for busy weeknights. The chicken cooks up tender and juicy in a buttery lemon garlic sauce.
Ingredients: boneless chicken thighs skinless or with skin* , garlic powder, olive oil , butter divided, onion, chopped, cloves, sliced or minced, Italian seasoning , Juice and zest of one lemon, homemade or low sodium chicken broth, **SEE NOTE Chopped fresh parsley and lemon slices for garnish, if desired
Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is a flavorful Chinese meal made in minutes by pressure cooking. For this recipe slices of beef chuck are marinated in a sesame, soy, ginger, and garlic mixture. The beef is cooked until tender in a soy and oyster sauce base. Broccoli florets are steamed in the Instant Pot until crisp-tender. The dish can be served with rice and garnished with sesame seeds.
Ingredients: beef chuck eye roll or chuck roast, soy sauce, sesame oil, minced ginger, minced garlic, unsalted beef stock, oyster sauce, soy sauce, cornstarch, water, vegetable oil, broccoli florets, Black pepper as needed for seasoning