20+ Healthy Instant Pot Recipes
Cooking healthy meals for your family just got a whole lot easier. With an Instant Pot, you can quickly whip up nutritious stews (we're obsessed with this Instant Pot Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Stew), protein-packed soups (like this Instant Pot Tuscan White Bean and Lentil Soup), diet-friendly recipes (this Instant Pot Keto Adobo Pork is one of our favorites), and so much more. You'll come back to this collection of our best healthy Instant Pot recipes again and again.
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.
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.
Instant Pot Ratatouille
Our Instant Pot Ratatouille certainly looks like it requires a lot of hard work to make, but the real beauty of this recipe is that it couldn’t be easier. Plus, this speedy take on the classic French dish just happens to be one of the most perfect ways we can imagine to enjoy late summer produce.
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup with Chorizo
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.
Instant Pot Keto Bone Broth
This delicious broth can be a base for soups or any quick weeknight comfort meal. The consistency is rich for a broth, leaving a savory and comforting effect. Buy meat on the bone and take if off at home. Then, you can freeze them until you have enough to make a batch.
Instant Pot Keto Chicken Fajita Bowls
This keto-approved take on fajitas is a super satisfying low-carb meal. The chicken shreds off the bone easily, while the veggies have a slight crunch and the broth is light and flavorful. It feels indulgent, but you’re not breaking any rules.
Instant Pot Keto Bolognese
This is the perfect recipe for when you want a comfort meal but don’t have all day to prepare one. The Instant Pot gives it that cooked-all-day feel, with tender, satisfying meats and rich, but not too thick sauce. Taking out the traditional sugar and carrots makes this keto-approved, but the tomatoes make up for the lack in natural sweetness.
Instant Pot Kichidi
This comforting dish is nutty, earthy, and slightly lemony. It’s often given to people who are sick and is packed with nutrients thanks to the lentils, turmeric, and ginger. For optimal flavor, use cumin seeds rather than ground cumin, and temper them in ghee or oil. In a pinch, split yellow peas also make a good base.
Instant Pot Tuscan White Bean and Lentil Soup
Pantry staples like dried lentils and canned beans make up the bulk of this soup and boost the fiber to cover more than half your daily goal. Want to make it in your slow cooker? We've got a recipe for that too.
Instant Pot Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Stew
Look for bags of cubed butternut squash in the produce section to save you the trouble of peeling and dicing a whole squash. Find Castelvetrano olives either jarred in the olive and pickle section or fresh at most specialty market antipasti bars.
Instant Pot Vegetable Stock
A better-than-store-bought stock that won't take all day. Use this easy, homemade ingredient in vegetarian soups, stews, and sauces.
Instant Pot Black Beans
Replace canned black beans (and the preservatives) easily with some help from your Instant Pot, no soaking required.
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 Turkey-Stuffed Peppers
Don’t have an Instant Pot? No worries! Make this recipe in your Dutch oven instead. Preheat the oven to 350°F, make the peppers as instructed, then place in your Dutch oven with 1/2 to 1 cup water (depending on size of Dutch oven). Cover and bake until cooked through, about 45 to 50 minutes.
Instant Pot Paleo Gravy
Smoked turkey legs do most of the heavy lifting, seasoning-wise (just check the label to make sure that the ingredients align with your particular restrictions). This recipe calls for fresh pork belly as well, but feel free to go with thick-cut, uncured, smoky bacon and a fresh turkey leg if that's what you've got on hand.
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—trust us, we tried it out and it’s actually super simple.
Instant Pot Sambhar
This dish is traditionally prepared with sambar spice, a mixture of ground spices, and lentils—what we have here is a simplified version that still provides lots of layers of flavor. This recipe has a lot of steps, so give yourself plenty of time for the pressure cooker to return to pressure between cooking the lentils and the sweet potatoes.
Instant Pot Keto Adobo Pork
When paired with the Instant Pot, pork shoulder is foolproof and feeds a group of people on a budget. The meat melts in your mouth, while the bright green veggies and fresh lime cut the richness, making a perfect partner for pork. The whole family would love this dish—for anyone who’s not on keto, serve it over rice.
Easy Keto Instant Pot Osso Buco
This tender and flavorful dish is proof that gourmet meals don’t have to take all day. Thanks to the Instant Pot, all you need is an hour and 25 minutes. The veal falls apart and melts in your mouth, while the fresh gremolata has a perfect bite and freshness.