Instant Pot Recipes Roundup

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Instant pot recipes are absolute lifesavers!! No more having to remember to put dinner in the crockpot at breakfast time! Not only are these recipes quick and easy but they are SOO delicious!

Shaving a lot of extra cooking time off, these instant pot recipes are amazing! These simple recipes are for everyone. Some of the ones that I think are the yummiest are Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Rice, Chicken Noodle Soup, and Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos.

Instant pot recipe collage.

Simple and Quick Recipes

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 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!

Instant Pot Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Rice

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

10 Minute Instant Pot Spaghetti

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 mac and cheese served in a bowl with a fork

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is the best kind of comfort food. Incredibly easy and ready in less than 15 minutes!
Ingredients: dried Machheroni or Elbow Pasta, reduced sodium Chicken Broth, Water, Butter, Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Mustard powder, ground Black Pepper, shredded Cheddar, Heavy Cream

Instant Pot Black Beans

Replace the can and make your own tender savory Perfect Instant Pot Black Beans! These are no soak, which makes them much quicker and you don't have to worry about starting them the night before.
Ingredients: dry/raw black beans, vegetable stock, salt, garlic, cumin, paprika, chopped cilantro

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup made with chicken thighs, veggies and egg noodles.This soup is comfort food at it's finest! Ready in less than 30 minutes!
Ingredients: boneless skinless chicken thighs, onion, large dice, carrots, large dice, celery, large dice, salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, low sodium chicken broth, fresh thyme (can substitute 1 tsp dried), bay leaves, sage leaves, chopped (substitute 1 tsp dried), uncooked egg noodles, fresh chopped parsley for serving
close-up of Instant Pot chili

Instant Pot Chili

Instant Pot Chili is simple to make and hearty. The electric pressure cooker builds amazing flavors in a short time, and everyone will love loading up their bowls with their favorite toppings!
Ingredients: onion, olive oil, lean ground beef, garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, red kidney beans, chili powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, Salt & pepper, Garnish: avocado, scallions, sour cream, Tex-Mex cheese, cilantro, tortilla strips, etc.

Instant Pot Rice

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 Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are hands down the best thing to make in your electric pressure cooker! Not only do they turn out perfect every time, but they peel better than any other method!
Ingredients: eggs, water

Instant Pot Beef Stew

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

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
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Instant Pot Ribs

These Instant Pot Ribs are so easy, fall off the bone tender and loaded with flavor! Throw on the grill for a few minutes or enjoy straight out of the pressure cooker with your favorite bbq sauce.
Ingredients: chili powder, packed brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, pork ribs , apple juice, barbecue sauce

Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos

Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos are a family favorite weeknight meal! The flavorful chicken is so quick and easy to make and can be topped with an endless possibility of toppings. 
Ingredients: boneless skinless chicken breasts, cumin powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, jar salsa verde, Avocado, Cilantro, Corn tortillas white or yellow, Lime wedges, Queso fresco, Romaine lettuce

Instant Pot Pasta with Meatballs

This simple Instant Pot Pasta with meatballs is the type of easy, all-in-one instant pot meal that we all love!  It includes uncooked penne pasta, frozen meatballs and a simple homemade red sauce.
Ingredients: frozen cooked meatballs, penne pasta, water, can crushed tomatoes, can tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, Garlic Powder, sugar, dried minced Onion, fresh basil leaves, red wine vinegar, Salt and pepper, freshly grated parmesan cheese
instant pot chicken alfredo pasta on plate

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta

This Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta is an easy, one pot meal that cooks in record time! It’s creamy, comforting and hearty!
Ingredients: canola oil, boneless skinless chicken breasts, salt, black pepper, minced garlic, dried parsley, low sodium chicken broth, Bowtie pasta, light cream cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, shredded Parmesan cheese, water, corn starch

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

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
These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are an easy side dish for any holiday or weeknight dinner! They are creamy and flavourful and come together so quickly!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are an easy side dish for any holiday or weeknight dinner! They are creamy and flavourful and come together so quickly!
Ingredients: red potatoes, chicken broth, salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper, butter, additional salt and pepper to taste
Cooking a whole chicken has never been easier than this Instant Pot roasted chicken! The chicken cooks in just 30 minutes and produces a moist and juicy bird that's the perfect simple dinner option!

Instant Pot Roasted Chicken

Cooking a whole chicken has never been easier than this Instant Pot roasted chicken! The chicken cooks in just 30 minutes and produces a moist and juicy bird that’s the perfect simple dinner option!
Ingredients: whole chicken, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, olive oil, chicken broth

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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