10+ Effortless Instant Pot Breakfasts
If you aren't incorporating your Instant Pot into your morning routine (or, you know, a Saturday morning at least!), you simply aren't reaching its full potential. The Internet's favorite multi-cooker grants all the benefits of a top-notch homemade breakfast in a fraction of the time, all while making a much smaller mess. At least set aside 10 minutes for your own personal batch of steel-cut oats—once you've had a bowl, you'll never turn back to the microwavable stuff again.
Instant Pot Breakfast Ratatouille
Why don’t we make ratatouille for breakfast more often? Winter breakfasts tend to slant sweet and warm—gooey cinnamon rolls, thick porridge smeared with jam, chocolate babka—but what about the savory? Specifically, what about the vegetables? Ratatouille proves that vegetables can be used in the morning outside of an omelet. This vegetable dish is so strong it can actually stand on its own if you don’t eat eggs. Of course our recipe calls for a dozen, but if you’re opting out, just toss in a can of cooked chickpeas for some protein.
The Instant Pot brings this sweet and briny dish to life. Tomatoes, eggplant, and zucchini get cozy in an olive oil bath with onion and garlic. Aside from the magic that is how quickly the Instant Pot cooks vegetables, the best part of breakfast ratatouille is that you can make massive batches of the meal and freeze individual portions.
Instant Pot Ratatouille
Instant Pot Breakfast Burritos
Starting the day with a breakfast burrito is always a good call. Packed with the protein and carbs you need to greet the morning with gusto, a warm tortilla bursting with eggs, cheese, and salsa is a way better choice than any sugar bomb of a breakfast pastry. But unlike that box of Pop Tarts sitting on your kitchen counter, a breakfast burrito takes a bit of work to put together in the morning. Enter the Instant Pot. In just a few minutes, you can cook a mess of eggs and vegetables into a fluffy egg mixture that’s practically begging to grow up to be a breakfast burrito.
Saute chorizo, onions, and peppers in the Instant Pot, then pour into a steamer basket. Fill up the pan with eggs, then cook until fluffy. Now, the rest is up to you. Scoop the egg and vegetable mixture into a tortilla, then toss in your favorite breakfast burrito fixin’s, from hot sauce to pico de gallo to fresh cilantro—then wrap it up and take a big ol’ bite.
Instant Pot Breakfast Burritos
Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Apples
Brown Rice Cereal with Vanilla Cream and Berries
Mornings can be so hectic. We know that. Let your pressure cooker relieve the pressure of cooking breakfast with this quick and easy Instant Pot recipe. Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold. To make ahead for a breakfast on the go, store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Instant Pot Egg Casserole
Essentially a frittata or a crustless quiche, this Instant Pot egg casserole really couldn’t be easier. This one-pot meal can be served at brunch this weekend, or made ahead of time, wrapped up and reheated right before heading to work on weekday mornings. Sweet with onions and bell peppers, with pockets of savory breakfast sausage and shredded cheddar cheese, this fluffy egg casserole proves just how crafty you can get with an Instant Pot.
Let the onions and bell pepper brown in the pressure cooker on the sauté setting until caramelized along with a few links of breakfast sausage. The casserole itself cooks inside a springform pan and sits on the grate insert of the Instant Pot. After beaten eggs are poured over the cheese, vegetables, and sausage, the casserole cooks for just 12 minutes.
Instant Pot Egg Casserole
Instant Pot Crispy Breakfast Japanese Sweet Potatoes
Breakfast potatoes are so often a disappointment, or at least a meh spot in your morning, and I don't want to be a source of sadness or ennui to you. You deserve quality morning carbs with minimal fuss and mess, and I'm hoping this will be the key. Purple-skinned Japanese sweet potatoes—also known as Murasaki—are sweet in a different way than their orange kin, firmer, and a shade less earthy. They hold their shape admirably during steaming, enough so that a subsequent fry in that same Instant Pot chamber coaxes a glorious crisp while their insides remain pillowy. With a little salt, they'd be delicious enough, but you deserve more.
That comes in the form of fried lemon slices and herbs cooked in that very same Instant Pot, as well as a dusting of tangy sumac and lemon zest to add a spark of color to the whole golden-brown melange. And no, you don't need an Instant Pot to deliver these taters unto your life, if just makes things a little easier. A steamer and a frying pan will do just fine. Maybe even better than that.
BTW, It's Paleo. I feel almost legally obligated to mention that.
Instant Pot Crispy Japanese Sweet Potatoes
Serves as many as your Instant Pot will allow
As many roughly-cubed Japanese sweet potatoes as will fit comfortably in a slightly mounded layer in your steamer basket or foil boat
1 lemon, ends cut off and thinly sliced and deseeded
1 lemon for zesting
Fresh herbs (oregano and thyme work especially well)
Olive or avocado oil
Kosher salt (or fancier salt if you want to roll that way)
1. Cube the sweet potatoes into a size and shape that makes you happy. Precision is not important, but keep them roughly in the same size range so they cook evenly. Do not bother to peel them because you have better things to do with your time. Load these tater chunks into the steamer basket or a small boat that you have made from foil and poked all over with a knife or fork so steam can permeate. Pour ½ cup of water into the Instant Pot, seal the lid, and set it for 10 minutes at high pressure.
2. While the sweet potatoes are steaming, thinly slice one of the lemons, removing the seeds, and pick the herbs from their stems.
3. When the sweet potatoes have steamed, carefully release the pressure on the Instant Pot, dump out the water, and put the potatoes in a bowl to set aside. Pour enough oil into the Instant Pot to coat the bottom, and select the saute function. When the oil starts to shimmer, carefully add the lemon slices and herbs and stir as needed to keep them from burning. When the rinds have started to crisp, add the sweet potatoes, flipping and stirring until browned to your liking.
4. Scoop the potatoes, lemon slices, and herbs onto a plate, sprinkle with salt, sumac, and additional herb leaves as needed. Using a Microplane or zester, zest as much of the remaining lemon as you'd like over the pile, and serve.
Peanutty Maple Oats
Instant Pot Whole-Milk Yogurt
Making your own batch of versatile, nutritious, probiotic-rich yogurt has never been easier. We all know the Instant Pot is awesome acting as both a slow cooker and a pressure cooker, but if you’ve ever wondered about the other claim on the box—Wait, can I really make yogurt in my Instant Pot?—trust us, we tried it out and it’s actually super simple using the Instant Pot’s “Yogurt” setting. All you need is whole milk and a few tablespoons of plain yogurt (you need just a little bit that’s already made to act as a “starter” for your yogurt). Once you’ve made your first batch, be sure to save a few tablespoons of yogurt to start your next batch when your supply is low. Use your homemade yogurt for nutrient-rich smoothies, as a tangy topper for soups and tacos, to make rich sauces and dips, and more. If you want to simply enjoy a bowl for breakfast, top your yogurt as desired with fresh fruit, honey, granola, chopped nuts, etc. You can also stir in a little vanilla extract to taste in order to make vanilla yogurt.
Toasted Almond and Apple Quinoa
Mornings can be so hectic. We know that. Let your pressure cooker relieve the pressure of cooking breakfast with this quick and easy Instant Pot recipe. Jump-start your morning with a bowl of warm quinoa cereal. It's loaded with protein and fiber, which will keep you satisfied throughout the morning.
Ground Corn Breakfast Bowls
Copycat Starbucks Bacon & Gruyère Egg Bites
All the cheesy goodness of Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites, minus the high price tag and long drive-thru line.
Copycat Starbucks Egg White, Roasted Red Pepper, & Spinach Egg Bites
These fluffy , perfectly portioned egg bites are super convenient and can easily be made ahead of time at home for a grab-and-go breakfast that only needs a few seconds in the microwave.