15 Instant Pot Recipes to Make Now. With Fall just around the corner, I’ve pulled together some of my favorite instant pot recipes. Get dinner on the table faster with these instant pot recipes.
Where are my instant pot fans? I know there are some out there who don’t like the instant pot. Or, you have one and have never opened the box. Why? Why? But I love mine. My instant pot is a life saver and sometimes, it’s the only way for me to get dinner on the table during the school week. I have the Duo Evo Plus and love it.
And actually, any pressure cooker will work for these recipes. So, if you have one, use it.
INSTANT POT 101: INTRODUCTION TO YOUR INSTANT POT
I just want to stress that this post should NOT replace reading your instruction manual and everything that comes along with your instant pot. Read the instruction manual. Click here to read more.
What is an Electronic Pressure Cooker (EPC) or Instant Pot?
An electronic pressure cooker is a kitchen countertop appliance that has the ability to cook food faster than conventional cooking methods and it also saves energy. It is a closed system that does not allow steam to escape under certain pressures.
Your Instant Pot is also a multipurpose cooker, meaning it can steam, sauté, slow-cook, pressure cook, and even make yogurt!
How does an Instant Pot® work? How does it cook faster?
The trapped steam increases the pressure inside the cooker. As the pressure increases, the temperature at which water will boil increases. This resulting higher temperature is what cooks the food inside faster.
The instant pot lets you achieve certain shortcuts, like cooking dried beans without soaking them first or cooking polenta without stirring. It braises meats, which never dry out and always cook up tender and luscious. You can even throw in frozen meat and cook it in the instant pot.
What’s the difference between a pressure cooker and a slow cooker?
As stated above, and I get this question a lot: A pressure cooker cooks food at a very high pressure, employing water or a water-based cooking liquid, in a sealed vessel known as a pressure cooker. This high temperature allows you to cook your food faster.
A slow cooker, also known as a crock-pot, is a countertop electrical cooking appliance used to simmer at a lower temperature than other cooking methods. So, with a slow cooker, you are doing the opposite of a pressure cooker. I have both appliances and love and use them both but I feel like you can do more with the instant pot or pressure cooker. I love the fact that I can throw in frozen meat and have dinner ready in under 30 minutes.
15 Instant Pot Recipes to Make Now
Here are some of my go-to instant pot or pressure cooker recipes. If you’ve made any of these, please leave a comment below and let us know how the recipe worked for you. Also, if you have a favorite instant pot recipe to share, please share with us!
- Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli
- Instant Pot Tomato Soup
- Instant Pot Beef Stew
- Butternut Squash Apple Soup
- Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta
- Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
- Instant Pot Chicken Pozole
- Instant Pot Asian Beef Short Ribs
- Instant Pot Butter Chicken
- Instant Pot Chicken Ramen: definitely a family favorite. This would be a great first instant pot recipe to make if you are new to the instant pot!
- Pressure Cooker Beef Pho
- Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage
- Pressure Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
- Kitchen Essential: Chicken Stock
- Kitchen Essential: How to Cook Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot