Looking for Instant Pot Recipes? We’ve handpicked 50 Instant Pot Recipes that are easy to make & delicious to eat.
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Amy + Jacky’s Recipes
We’ve developed & tested all Instant Pot recipes in our test kitchen. They’re all specifically designed for Instant Pot Pressure Cookers and other pressure cookers.
We spend hours researching, developing, and testing our recipes so you don’t have to!
This list of tried & true step-by-step recipes will not only help you learn how to use Instant Pot, but also build your confidence in cooking with an Instant Pot! Enjoy~ 🙂
Easy Instant Pot Recipes
What is the best thing to cook in an instant pot? Here are some of our favorite recipes.
1. Instant Pot New York Cheesecake #17
This ultra-popular Instant Pot Cheesecake #17 continues to capture many of our readers’ hearts crowning as their all-time favorite recipe!
Why is it called Cheesecake #17? After testing & tweaking this recipe 17 times in the Instant Pot, we’ve decided to name this nearly perfect cheesecake – The New York Cheesecake #17! Have fun making it~
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Cheesecake
2. Instant Pot Umami Pot Roast
Year after year, readers still vote for this Umami Pot Roast as one of their family’s favorite Instant Pot Recipes! Tender & juicy chuck roast in a deliciously flavorful gravy.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Pot Roast
Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe: Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast
3. Instant Pot Umami Chili
We’re super grateful that many readers have won chili competitions & cook-offs with this Award-Winning Umami Chili Recipe!
Loaded with layers of flavors with our secret ingredients, this umami chili will satisfy your comfort food cravings.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chili
4. Instant Pot BBQ Ribs
These super easy 4-ingredient BBQ Ribs are a favorite, especially among Instant Pot beginners!
Now you can enjoy finger-licking tasty ribs as a last-minute dinner.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Ribs
5. Instant Pot Lasagna
This Glorious Mouthwatering Lasagna is like a deep-dish pizza, packed with creamy-cheesy layers of satisfaction. So easy & so lip-smacking good!
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Lasagna
6. Instant Pot Chicken Breast
Learn the secrets to cooking the most Tender & Juicy Chicken Breast.
This Super Easy & Quick Game-Changing method yields moist & sliceable chicken breasts for salad, taco, sandwiches, and more!
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Breast
Frozen Chicken Breast Recipe: Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breast
7. Instant Pot Roast Beef
Yes!! It’s really easy to make this deliciously gorgeous Medium Rare Roast Beef with Gravy in your Instant Pot! So buttery tender & juicy.
We also included instructions for making tasty Deli-style Cold Cut Roast Beef.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Roast Beef
8. Instant Pot Beef Stew
Soul-satisfying Classic Beef Stew: tender & juicy beef immersed in a rich, hearty sauce packed with comforting umami flavors.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Beef Stew
9. Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Your kids (big or small) will love this dreamy & creamy Mac and Cheese. A spoonful of macaroni in a smooth & rich cheddar cheese sauce. Yum~
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
10. Instant Pot Rice
Cooking rice seems simple yet tricky! It can easily be too watery, or hard, chewy, burnt, mushy, sticky. Learn how to cook Perfect Rice in Instant Pot with this easy Foolproof method.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Rice
Brown Rice Recipe: Instant Pot Brown Rice
Basmati Rice Recipe: Instant Pot Basmati Rice
11. Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork
Make this irresistible Pulled Pork with your favorite Dry Rub & BBQ Sauce. Tender, juicy pulled pork exploding with sweet & smoky flavors. Making Pulled Pork has never been this quick and easy!
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Pulled Pork
12. Instant Pot Spaghetti
Our family enjoys this flavorful & al dente spaghetti cooked in Instant Pot! Close to no prep, little hands-on cooking, and just one pot to clean up. Easy peasy.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Spaghetti
13. Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Cooking eggs are as tricky as drawing a circle. So easy to cook yet difficult to perfect! We tested different methods to find the best way to make perfect hard boiled eggs in Instant Pot.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Instant Pot Eggs Guide (including Soft Boiled, Medium Boiled): Instant Pot Eggs
14. Instant Pot Pork Chops
Cooking Pork Chops in Instant Pot can be quite tricky because of how quickly they cook. Check out our easy secret tricks to cooking Juicy Tender Pork Chops. You’ll enjoy the deliciously rich & creamy mushroom sauce.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Pork Chops
15. Instant Pot Carnitas
This Crispy & Juicy Mexican Pulled Pork Carnitas is one of our readers’ favorite Mexican Instant Pot Recipes. Add a scoop of refreshing Salsa for tacos, burritos, or tamales. It’s really addictive to eat!
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Carnitas
16. Instant Pot Pork Roast
This tender & flavorful 60-Minute Instant Pot Pork Roast is so comforting & satisfying to eat. Simple & budget-friendly weeknight meal.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Pork Roast
17. Instant Pot Yogurt
Based on our experiments, we created a Foolproof Step-by-Step Guide on how to make smooth, creamy & thick homemade yogurt in Instant Pot!
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Yogurt
18. Instant Pot Short Ribs
We’re super thankful knowing many families are in love with this Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs! The rich sweet-savory-umami beefy sauce.
We also included instructions for cooking buttery mashed potatoes in the same pot at the same time.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Short Ribs
19. Instant Pot Pho
We’ve tested day & night with different ingredients & cooking times to craft this Epic Instant Pot Phở or Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup Recipe! You’ll love the rich buttery complex broth, with tender beef, al dente noodles, and fresh aromatic herbs.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Pho
20. Instant Pot Whole Chicken
After testing dozens of chickens in our Instant Pot, here’s our Game-Changing Technique to cook perfectly tender & juicy Whole Chicken in 3 Super Easy Steps. Bonus: you’ll end up with a nice chicken broth.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Whole Chicken
21. Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin
Sharing with you our Secrets to cooking Mega Juicy Tender Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin.
Satisfying pork medallion bites bursting with juicy flavors & aromatic herbs, plus a hearty gravy.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin
22. Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice
You’ll love this Classic Louisiana Creole Favorite – Instant Pot Red Beans & Rice! Amazingly flavorful gravy bursting with complex flavors & textures. Super comforting & heart-warming to eat.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice
23. Instant Pot Egg Bites
These Cheesy Creamy Umami Bombers are super easy to make, convenient, flavorful, high protein breakfast inspired by Starbucks sous vide egg bites.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Egg Bites
24. Instant Pot Brisket
Buttery Tender & Juicy BBQ Instant Pot Brisket with smoky-sweet-savory-spicy caramelized homemade bbq sauce. Irresistibly delicious!
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Brisket
25. Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
We crafted this Instant Pot Salsa Chicken by popular demand from readers. Easy to make with few pantry ingredients yet pack with exciting & delicious flavors.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
26. Instant Pot Potatoes
This Crisp ‘n Creamy Instant Pot Potatoes comes out creamy soft & fluffy smooth on the inside, and flavorful slight-crisp skin on the outside. So good!
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Potatoes
27. Instant Pot Butter Chicken
Make this Glorious Indian Instant Pot Butter Chicken now! Creamy Hearty Butter Chicken bursting with layers of sweet-savory-spiced-tangy-umami flavors. You’ll fall madly in love with this glorious buttery sauce.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Butter Chicken
28. Instant Pot Corned Beef
Don’t just save this Instant Pot Corned Beef for St. Patrick’s Day! This beautifully tender, juicy, and big-flavored cured beef brisket is a classic favorite.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Corned Beef
29. Instant Pot Pork Shoulder
Super easy to make this Tender & Juicy Garlic Butter Pork Shoulder with simple pantry ingredients. Flavorful tasty family-friendly meal.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Pork Shoulder
30. Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
Super Easy Mama’s Ultimate Comfort One Pot Meal: Instant Pot Chicken and Rice. Tasty weeknight comfort food that warms your soul & satisfies your tummy. Your family will surely keep coming back for more!
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
31. Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
Finger-licking, tender Country Style Ribs are done in an hour! You’ll enjoy these flavorful, caramelized BBQ Country Style Ribs.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Country Style Ribs
32. Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
Make Caramelized Instant Pot BBQ Chicken in 3 Super Easy steps with a few pantry staples. Juicy & tender BBQ Chicken bursting with sticky-smoky-sweet flavors. A delicious family recipe for busy nights!
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
33. Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff
Wow your guests and make Umami Beef Stroganoff! A mouthful sensation of tender, juicy beef bathe in addictive umami sauce. Satisfying meal bursting with layers & depths of bold flavors.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff
34. Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings
This Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings is a satisfying classic hearty comfort food. You’re going to love those fluffy homemade dumplings in the yummy chicken broth. A must-eat especially in the fall & winter!
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings
35. Instant Pot Chicken Wings
Super Easy to make finger-licking, smacking delicious Last Minute Instant Pot Chicken Wings. 2-Ingredient, caramelized juicy wings ready for your party in just 35 minutes!
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Wings
36. Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Super easy to make Michelin-Star Inspired Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with 4 simple ingredients. Each spoonful of creamy smooth, fluffy, buttery rich mashed potatoes takes your taste buds to heaven!
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
37. Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
Learn how to make Instant Pot Baked Potatoes! Super easy way to make creamy & fluffy Instant Pot potatoes using our Tested Time Chart developed from our experiments.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
38. Instant Pot Meatloaf
Make this incredibly Juicy Instant Pot Meatloaf soaked in flavorful tomato sauce bursting with smoky cheesy flavors. Thrifty & delicious!
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Meatloaf
39. Instant Pot Potato Soup
Deliciously Creamy Potato Soup topped with crisp bacon bits made with a few simple ingredients. A comforting hug that warms your heart.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Potato Soup
40. Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
Quick & Easy way to cook perfectly sweet, juicy, and crisp-tender Corn on the Cob. A deliciously fresh summer treat for the whole family.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
41. Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
You can easily make this soothing Chicken Noodle Soup with few simple whole food ingredients from your pantry. Nourishing yet flavorful soup is like a warm hug when you needed it the most.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
42. Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
These buttery-sweet & nutrient-packed creamy Sweet Potatoes make a healthy, filling, simple snack or side dish.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
43. Instant Pot Pinto Beans
You can use the super easy No Soak Method to cook hearty creamy Pinto Beans (Frijoles Charros). A delish side dish or simple comforting bean soup bursting with tasty flavors.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Pinto Beans
44. Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
You can make this Tender & Juicy Shredded Chicken in 30 mins!
Make-ahead, kid-friendly, deliciously light, creamy & refreshing. Great for sandwiches or wraps for lunch, picnics, parties, or potlucks.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
45. Instant Pot Black Beans
Save time with this Easy No-Soak way to cook black beans. Tasty creamy hearty black beans that are perfect as a healthy side dish, burrito or taco filling, topping, or simple black beans soup.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Black Beans
46. Instant Pot Chicken Soup
Soothe your soul & make Jazzy Chicken Soup with a few simple healthy ingredients. Jazzed up with our little flavor-boosters, this appetizing chicken soup is more than just a chilly-night comfort food.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Soup
47. Instant Pot Refried Beans
You can use the Easy No-Soak + No Canned Beans Method to make Creamy Rich Mexican Refried Beans. Deliciously satisfying mashed beans made with simple healthy whole ingredients.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Refried Beans
48. Instant Pot Pasta
You can make this super flavor-packed, al-dente one pot pasta in 30 minutes. Perfect quick & easy, kid-friendly weeknight meal your family will love.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Pasta
49. Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti Squash done in 15 minutes! Easy, Healthy, Delish, low carb, gluten free, paleo substitute for pasta. A guiltless little treat.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
50. Instant Pot Ham
Super easy No-Fuss method to make this Flavorful, Juicy & Tender Ham with delicious Golden Honey Pineapple Ham Glaze. Make this holiday ham a favorite family tradition!
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Ham
Bonus: Instant Pot Applesauce
5 mins prep + 6 ingredients to make this Easy Applesauce. You’ll enjoy this smooth applesauce as a side or dessert. Don’t just save it for the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Applesauce
Bonus: Instant Pot Lentils
Learn how to cook lentils in Instant Pot with the no soak method! Super easy way to make perfectly tender & evenly cooked lentils. Soul-soothing, hearty, flavorful side dish or tasty sauce over rice or pasta.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Lentils
Bonus: Instant Pot Chickpeas
Quick & easy Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans Recipe for sides, snacks, salads, or hummus. Check out the results for Soak vs. No Soaking Dried Chickpeas Experiment.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chickpeas
50 Best Instant Pot Recipes
- 2 cups (500ml) cold water
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Add Water: Put inner pot in Instant Pot, then pour 2 cups (500ml) of cold water in the inner pot.
Close Lid: Make sure the silicone sealing ring is properly seated in the rack, and nothing is blocking the Venting Knob & Floating Valve. Close the lid by lining the two arrows, then turn clockwise.
Seal Instant Pot: Turn Venting Knob from Venting Position to Sealing Position.
Set Pressure Cooking Time: Press the Manual or Pressure Cook button. Press the “-“ button until the indicator says “2”. The default setting should be at "High Pressure".
*Note: This means we’re pressure cooking at High Pressure for 2 minutes.
*Pro Tip: It's normal for some steam to come out of the floating valve during the preheating cycle. Once there's enough steam in Instant Pot, the floating valve will pop up. It takes roughly 13 minutes to reach High Pressure.
Release Pressure: After pressure cooking for 2 minutes, your Instant Pot will automatically switch to “Keep Warm” mode. Press "Cancel” to turn it off.
Carefully release the pressure by turning the Venting Knob from Sealing Position to Venting Position.
Open Lid: Turn the lid counter-clockwise, then carefully lift it open. You did it!
What should you not cook in an instant pot?
Here are some of the food you shouldn’t cook in an Instant Pot:
- Deep-fried food such as fried chicken, french fries
- Delicate food that requires quick & high heat
- Milk-based or cream-based sauces shouldn’t be pressure cooked directly in the inner pot
- Food that uses puff pastry
- Breaded meat, breaded vegetables
- Pressure canning
Which of the 50 Easy Instant Pot Recipes from this list are you going to try first?
What are some of your favorite Pressure Cooker Recipes? Let us know in the comments.