95 Instant Pot Recipes You'll Want to Make Again and Again
We've rounded up our best Instant Pot recipes, from warm, comforting beef stew to easy and delicious chicken dinners for the whole family. These easy recipes are perfect for beginners and seasoned users alike. Each dish requires less than 20 minutes of prep, plus the Instant Pot cooks and keeps your food warm until it's time to eat.
Instant Pot Eye of Round Roast Beef
Despite its tempting price tag, you’ve probably walked right on by that eye of round roast in the supermarket meat case more times than you can count… but no more; now, you know exactly what to do with it. This easy Instant Pot recipe transforms what’s typically considered a less-desirable cut of meat into succulent, perfectly rare roast beef with a richly savory jus. You can serve it simply over a bed or fluffy rice, or layer the tender beef onto warm rolls and serve with the luscious jus for dipping. Salting the beef and allowing it to sit, uncovered, in the refrigerator (for at least one hour, but longer if you can) is key to achieving supreme flavor. This step allows the meat to to release surface-level moisture, which makes for optimal exterior browning, and gives the salt time to really make its way into the meat. Additionally, allowing your cooked roast to rest thoroughly is essential to ensuring peak tenderness. That being the case, this is a great make-ahead recipe, especially for easy—and inexpensive—entertaining. Prep you Instant Pot eye of round the day before, refrigerate overnight (this will help lock in those savory juices and make thinly slicing so much easier), slice it up, and then put it out with your warmed jus and all your favorite fixings for a build-your-own roast beef sandwich bar.
Instant Pot Melting Potatoes
You’ve seen the Internet-famous “melting potatoes;” now here’s how to do them in your Instant Pot—i.e. without cranking your oven up to 500°. Buttery, creamy, perfectly salty Instant Pot Melting Potatoes make for a divinely decadent celebration of potato—no cream or cheese necessary. If you want to double the recipe, you’ll need to brown your potatoes in batches, but can steam them all together. Feel free to garnish with a sprinkling of whatever herbs you desire; parsley, sage, or rosemary are all great options.
Instant Pot Pumpkin Soup with Candied Pepitas
This velvety smooth soup is easy to make and easy to freeze. The crunchy pepitas steal the show, and are a nice contrast to the spicy, creamy base. Serve with sourdough bread for a nontraditional Thanksgiving dinner, or in small shooters as a holiday party appetizer.
Instant Pot Adobo Pork Bowl
This flavorful sauce is perfectly rich and delicious, while of ginger and lime make this dish stand out. To save time, you could marinate the pork mixture overnight—it will only make the meal better.
Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts and Farro Salad
Hearty and filling, this easy Instant Pot side dish was an instant hit in our test kitchen. For a vegetarian option, omit the bacon, saute the Brussels sprouts in olive oil, and cook the farro in vegetable stock.
Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
This powerful cranberry-apple sauce carries enough flavors to make it go far. Keep it traditional and serve with turkey, or think outside the box and use a dollop on this Instant Pot Pumpkin Soup. Although it's quick and easy to make, we'd suggest prepping it a few days in advance—this Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce only gets better with time.
Instant Pot Salted Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake
Rich, creamy, and smooth, this cheesecake "bakes" surprisingly well right in the Instant Pot. Drizzle your remaining caramel sauce on top after the dessert cools to make this showstopping cake look as amazing as it tastes.
Instant Pot Black Beans
Replace canned black beans (and the preservatives) easily with some help from your Instant Pot, no soaking required.
Instant Pot Butternut Squash
Instant Pot Butternut Squash is the easy fall side dish recipe that everyone needs in their repertoire. This simple recipe is similar to your go-to roasted butternut squash, yielding browned edges and a melt-in-your-mouth tender interior, but made in your go-to countertop appliance. Make your own by adding your favorite spices and herbs to the cubed butternut squash.
Instant Pot Sausage-Cornbread Stuffing
You can't have Thanksgiving dinner without stuffing. Classic flavors, a moist-but-not-soggy texture, and a touch of sweetness will make this Instant Pot stuffing a new family favorite.
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup with Chorizo
For an easy and elegant fall entertaining dish you can make in your Instant Pot, look no further than our savory butternut squash soup. This Instant Pot butternut squash soup is a perfect recipe for effortless autumnal vibes. Featuring chorizo sausage and spices like cumin and chili powder, matched with butternut squash’s inherent sweetness, this Instant Pot soup exudes seasonal warmth. It’s excellent when served with crusty bread and a green salad for a light entree, but also makes for a fantastic appetizer served in smaller portions. A speedy and flavorful twist on classic butternut squash soup, our Instant Pot version delivers a delightful blend of textures and flavors in each bite thanks to toppings that make the dish as beautiful as it is delicious.
Instant Pot Chicken Wings
Make homemade wings in minutes with some help from your Instant Pot. Everyone's favorite pressure cooker get your chicken wings cooked through quickly, while the broiler crisps them up. Serve with crunchy veggie sticks and the sauce of your choosing.
Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
This foolproof Instant Pot method yields perfectly cooked spaghetti squash in a fraction of the time needed to cook it in the oven. Cutting the squash crosswise actually makes for longer strands of squash, which is ideal when subbing the veggie in place of traditional spaghetti noodles. Top your speedy spaghetti squash with anything from pesto to shrimp scampi for an easy, nutritious dinner.
Instant Pot Butter Chicken
If you say you don't like Indian food, you've probably never tried butter chicken. This easy dish is mild on spice (unless you don't want it to be) and big on flavor - perfect for a weeknight dinner.
Peanut Chicken and Sugar Snap Peas with Noodles
Instant Pot Lasagna
Weeknight dinner doesn't get easier than this—we're talking cheesy, gooey, and ready in a flash. The next time the craving for hearty, comfort food strikes, just remember, Instant Pot Lasagna has your back.
Instant Pot Tootsie Rolls
You use it for just about everything else, why not use the Instant Pot to make candy? These chewy, chocolatey DIY “Tootsie Rolls” make such a fun treat to share, especially during the holidays. Plus, this Instant Pot candy recipe provides for a fairly simple kitchen project kids can help with. While your chocolate mixture cools, you can have little helpers cut squares of wax paper, and then let them roll/wrap the individual candies. If you want to test the candy mixture for doneness along the way, take a small amount with a spoon and drop it onto a glass plate. Once it is cool enough to touch, take the mixture and put it between your thumb and index finger; if the mixture is tacky but firm, then it is ready to pour.
Instant Pot Peanut Brittle
This Instant Pot candy recipe delivers a classic candy shop treat with no intimidation factor. In fact, you don’t even need a candy thermometer to make this perfectly porous and crisp brittle. While it makes a scrumptious treat any time of year, our Instant Pot Peanut Brittle is especially awesome to make during the holiday season. Being that the recipe produces a generous yield of candy, it’s an excellent goody for gifting. A key factor in candy cooking is making sure you sugar granules are completely dissolved. If you want to give your brittle a little test as it cooks, take your wooden spoon or rubber spatula (whatever you’re using to stir the mixture) to scoop a small amount of the melted sugar mixture and spread a thin layer onto a paper plate. This allows you to see any sugar crystals that may still be in the mixture, as well as observe how the mixture hardens as it cools. If the mixture hardens like glass and cracks easily, you know it’s ready.
Instant Pot Green Rice
This easy Instant Pot Green Rice is quick to throw together and packed with bright, fresh flavor; it’s a perfect weeknight side dish. Cooking the rice with fresh herbs is a simple trick to give plain white rice a major flavor upgrade, so definitely consider playing around with this classic recipe concept using whatever fresh, soft herbs you have on hand. To experiment with additional flavor profiles, be sure to check out our other Instant Pot rice variations.
The Instant Pot has taken over taco Tuesdays with its easy edition of beef barbacoa. This adaptation of the traditional Mexican-style dish features an array of warm spices, chipotle chiles, and fresh lime juice—all used to impart deep flavor into a beef chuck roast. If you tend to enjoy things on the spicier side, chop up 2-3 more chipotle chiles to achieve that fiery, but tolerable, kick. Between the adobo sauce and the ancho chili powder, the meat has a nice smoky flavor profile, that is deliciously backed by the rich, savoriness of the beef. The roast is braised and pressure cooked for 40 minutes to reveal totally tender and succulent beef that pulls apart effortlessly. When you are ready to build your taco, serve the shredded beef on a warm corn tortilla with sliced radishes, queso fresco, and a fresh squeeze of lime juice.
Instant Pot Gumbo
Gumbo is traditionally a time- and labor-intensive dish, but our Instant Pot recipe delivers full-on flavor in just one hour.
Instant Pot Two-Minute Taco Soup
Dinner doesn’t get any easier than this tasty taco soup that the whole family will love.
Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Candied Walnuts
Yet another way to enjoy pumpkin spice this season. Gift these to friends as a festive treat, or enjoy them yourself with an autumnal beer. Make sure to use pure maple syrup, as pancake syrup will taste artificial and will likely overwhelm the spiced flavor.
Instant Pot 40-Clove Chicken
Instant Pot Peppermint Brownie Cake
This festive cake will make you smile. The tiny pieces of peppermint candy offer a delightful crunch that plays well with the gooey chocolate, while their red and white colors look beautiful against the deep, dark chocolate.
Pressure Cooker Chicken Spaghetti
This comforting and delicious Chicken Spaghetti is satisfying meal the entire family can get behind, and can be made with just a quick (and inexpensive) stop by the grocery store on your way home. Thanks to the pressure cooker, this recipe yields the flavor of a rich, long-simmered sauce in only 25 minutes. While browning the chicken and onions does help build flavor, it's OK to skip this step. Just add about 5 minutes to your cook time and discard the skin before adding your chicken to the pressure cooker. This dish is also easily adapted for your Instant Pot, click HERE for detailed instructions.
Chicken with Honey-Lemon Leeks
Tiny French Beans with Smoked Sausage
Curried Squash and Apple Soup
Cabernet-Braised Beef Short Ribs
Cooking short ribs in red wine will deliver an unbelievably rich sauce perfect for spooning over noodles. Serve with a chunk of bread to soak up all the sauce. This is the perfect pressure cooker meal for a fancy dinner at home, whether you're entertaining or just treating yourself.
Chocolate-Espresso Pudding Cake
You no longer need an oven to bake a cake; you just need your InstantPot. This recipe requires just under 30 minutes from start to finish. The result? A warm, gooey pudding cake with irresistable flavor combination that is coffee and chocolate.