Most Popular Instant Pot Recipes
This fancy multi cooker has helped me make many of these Instapot recipes below. I will share lots of tips with you but always keep in mind that everything must be simple, and ingredients can be found at any grocery store. I even share how to cook frozen chicken and other proteins because theyve been helpful to me.
There have been times when I have improvised though. Lets say you want to make Mexican pot roast but it needs to stay off the bottom. Cant find your trivet? You could use a few potatoes or a ramekin underneath instead. Make a lift out of a wad of foil. You do what you have to do sometimes.
Readers Favorite Instant Pot Accessories
The facts are in and Pressure Cooker users have spoken Check out their Favorite and Most Loved Instant Pot Accessories, Power Pressure Cooker Accessories and Electric Pressure Cooker Accessories.
Readers Favorite Instant Pot Accessories
Fat Daddios Cheesecake Push Pan
Tovolo 1.5 qt Stainless Steel Pot in Pot Bowl
Salbree Steamer Basket
Stack N Cook Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker Pans
1 oz Silicone Cheesecake Bite Trays
2.3 oz Silicone Egg Bite Trays
2.6 oz Silicone Cheesecake Bite Trays
Gravity Electric Pepper Mill
Stainless Steel Greek Yogurt Strainer
Sweet & Savory Silicone Ring Set
Tall and Short Legged Trivet Set for PIP and Eggs
Stainless Steel Pot In Pot Retriever
Oikeioz 3-Tier Stackable Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker Steamer Insert Pans
WONDERFUL PAN SET for Pot in Pot Rice, baking cakes, custard, mini cheesecakes, egg frittatas and more
di Oro Silicone Spatulas
FoodSaver Automatic Vacuum Sealing System
Instant Pot Silicone Storage Cover
Nordic 6 cup Bundt Cake Stand & Lid
Nordic Ware 6 cup Bundt Pan
Bamboo Stove Top Work Surface
KOIOS Powerful 800 Watt Immersion Blender
Extra Instant Pot 6 qt SS Cooking Pot
Instant Pot Tempered Glass Lid for 6 Quart
HIC 6 ounce Porcelain Ramekins Souffle Cups
Wide Mouth Half Pint Mason Jars
High-Temp Hamburger Meat Chopper
Vacuum Sealer Bags 11×50
Wilton 6 Springform Pan
Bellemain 4 oz. Porcelain Ramekins
Secura 6 Quart Steam Rack Basket Set
Fat Daddios Springform Cake Pan
Joyce Chen Bamboo Steamer 6-Inch
Genuine Instant Pot Tempered Glass Lid
This glass lid is great for containing splatters and keeping an eye on your meal when youre using non-pressurized settings like Sauté and Slow Cook. Just set the glass lid right on top of the inner pot to keep your kitchen counters clean and prevent your food from drying out while it cooks. This could be my #1 favorite Instant Pot accessory of all!
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Cooking Functions And Programs
The main cooking function on every Instant Pot is pressure cooking. You can customize the pressure level and cooking time depending on what youre cooking, or press buttons with cooking settings specific to certain foods, like poultry, multigrain, rice, bean/chili and more. Weinstein said these settings are conveniences, but not necessarily across the board instructions for how to cook a particular dish. In recipes he shares on his YouTube channel and cookbooks, Weinstein includes details about the pressure level and cooking time to manually set the Instant Pot to rather than using the preset functions.
Instant Pot models differ in terms of the cooking functions each offers beyond pressure cooking certain models offer functions like sauté, yogurt, sous vide and more. Select Instant Pots also offer a slow cooker setting, but experts agreed that the appliance is really meant to be a fast cooker. If you want to slow cook food, they recommended purchasing a dedicated slow cooker.
Some Instant Pots also have built-in air fryer capabilities, or you can add the air fryer function to some models with a special lid. While the Instant Pots air fryer function gets the job done, Weinstein said theres limited room inside an Instant Pot to space out food. Because of this, he said you may want to buy a standalone air fryer instead.
My List Of Must Have Instant Pot Accessories Includes:
- Instant Pot Inserts: These are items that you put in your Instant Pot to cook various foods.
- Instant Pot Lids: To use while cooking and for storing food.
- Pot in Pot Cooking: Cook two items at once in your Instant Pot, not mixed together!
- Official Instant Pot Replacement Parts: Sometimes you need an extra, especially the sealing ring.
- Pan for Making Cheesecake: Plus my favorite recipe.
- Hot Mitts: Safely remove hot items from your Instant Pot.
If you are new to Instant Pot cooking, be sure to read my Instant Pot beginners guide to learn how to use an Instant Pot. I have both an 8 quart Instant Pot DUO and the Instant Pot LUX 6 quart and lots of experience cooking with both.
Instant Pot Side Dishes
We will start with our fave, Instant Pot garlic mashed potatoes. You can really amp this one up with all the flavors.
- Thanksgiving and Christmas must = Instant Pot green bean casserole
Now if you are ready to go full force and use it daily I have a free printable menu full of 30 simple Instant Pot recipes for you. Cook something new every day I say!
Just print it out, put it on the fridge, and each day come back to this page to grab the recipe you need for that day. They are all listed here and will be updated with new electric pressure cooker recipes each week too.
My Instant Pot spaghetti recipe was the first one I created and is usually what people start with. I would suggest starting with that one if you are a newbie or are needing a really quick dinner.
Then you can graduate to other things using a few accessories. Once you make 3-4 things youll feel like a pro I promise.
The next popular is our potato corn chowder, followed by our most popular dessert, our Instant Pot angel food cake. Reminds me of my Grandma every time I make it.
There are so many great pressure cooker recipes around and I hope we are able to add to your list of favorites. We have a few great pressure cooker dinners below too, let us know which is your favorite.
Easy Instant Pot Dinner Ideas
To start here is the best way to cook Instant Pot chicken and an explanation of pressure cooker times for meat as well as a printable
More dinner ideas below..
How To Use Your Instant Pot As A Slow Cooker
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Whats Better Pressure Cooker Or Slow Cooker
Slow cookers are much better for cooking root vegetables and tough cuts of meat because the long, low-temperature cooking process is great for adding moisture and breaking down fat. It is not recommended that you cook leaner meats in a slow cooker, but they can be prepared no problem in a pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Dump Recipes
Use a jar of pepperoncini peppers to make Mississippi chicken Instant Pot style. Great for chicken sliders. If you only have frozen meat you can still make meals quickly if you follow my directions closely. Our frozen Instant Pot chicken and noodles is a great example.
- Our pressure cooker cheesy chili mac is one of our favorite weeknight dinner idea
- If you love tons of flavor, give our Instant Pot bang bang shrimp a whirl with pasta in one pot!
When I am seriously low on energy I can cook frozen chicken or thawed to make our Instant Pot chicken tacos here.
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Everything You Need To Know About Crock
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Lately it seems like everyone is cooking with an Instant Pot , so it was only a matter of time before slow-cooker giant Crock-Pot released its version of a multicooker, the Multi-Use Express Crock . But does their version live up to the classic? We spent a few weeks playing with several of the settings on the Express Crock to compare it to the OG Instant Pot. Beyond its attractive price point , heres what we discovered about the Express Crock.
The Design and accessories
The Express Crock comes with the cooker, a metal trivet, a rice spatula, cookbook, and instruction booklet everything to equip even the most beginner multicooker user. This matches Instant Pot, with the exception of the trivet, which is sold separately as an accessory. Design-wise, the Crock looks strikingly similar to the IP. The round aluminum cooker contains a nonstick bowl a heavy, lockable lid and a digital time display with a variety of setting buttons on the side of the cooker.
The big difference is the Crock-Pot does not have as many audible cues , but the Express Crock, like the Instant Pot, does provide a beep when the cook time is over. While we miss all the sing-songy bits of the Instant Pot , we love that the nonstick bowl in the Crock-Pot is easier to clean and that the CP includes a metal trivet .
The cooking experience
Recipes For Instant Pot
What is the best thing to cook in an Instant Pot?
The first thing I made, and most popular to this day is our easy Instant Pot spaghetti recipe. If you want a one pot meal, our Instant Pot lemon chicken casserole is great.Have picky kids? Try this easy Pressure cooker lasagna casserole. It will definitely replace traditional lasagna in your house.
Can you cook frozen meat in an Instant Pot?
Yes!! We have a huge list of how to cook frozen meat in Instant Pot here to help. Try to cook Instant Pot frozen salmon and youll be amazed just how flaky and tender it comes out. Game changer I tell you. You can even make Instant Pot frozen pork shoulder thats fork tender.
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What Is The Difference Between A Crockpot And A Slowcooker
Crock-Pot is the name of a brand that first came on the market in the 1970s. It has a stoneware pot that is surrounded by a heating element, whereas a slow cooker is typically a metal pot that sits on top of a heated surface. There are many other brands that manufacture slow cookers, such as KitchenAid and Cuisinart.
How Do Instant Pots Work
Cooking food in the Instant Pot is not instantaneous as the appliances name might suggest although it does speed up the process overall. Instant Pots need time to heat up so their temperature can rise above boiling point, which is 212 degrees Fahrenheit at sea level. As it heats up, food inside the Instant Pot releases steam, and the appliance traps the steam inside. The build-up of steam inside the Instant Pot creates a high-pressure environment when the appliance reaches an optimal pressure point, a pressure valve lifts into place and steam is released through a vent on the appliances lid. Thats when the foods cooking time begins.
Barbone said the most anxiety-inducing part of using an Instant Pot, especially for first-time users, is the steam. The Instant Pot makes a lot of noise as the pressure rises and a lot of steam shoots out of a small vent on the lid at a rapid pace. But rest assured this is supposed to happen, and if anything goes wrong, the Instant Pot will shut down.
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What Is The Best Thing To Cook In An Instant Pot
Well I cook all the things including pork, beef and a lot of chicken and/or pasta.
I have combined them to make Instant Pot casseroles too like our Instant Pot Shepherds pie and more. Fast meal prepping ideas overall and never takes longer than 30 min.Of course a roast is the only exception to that rule but everything cooks in a fraction of the time vs. the oven
Is An Express Crock The Same As An Instant Pot
Overall, though, Crock Pots option is just as simple as an Instant Pot. One notable difference between the two products is the liner. Crock Pots Express Crock has a non-stick surface, making it easier to clean than the Instant Pots uncoated insert. Find out what we thought of the Instant Pot saute function here.
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Oxo Silicone Pressure Cooker Lifter
Barbone said a silicone rack with handles is helpful when cooking anything youll need to lift out of the Instant Pot, like a small chicken, meatloaf or cheesecake. Instant Pots come with a metal steam rack, but she said the silicone one is easier to maneuver. This dishwasher-safe option from OXO fits 6- and 8-quart Instant Pots, the brand says. It has two large loop handles that connect to fit under the appliances lid while youre cooking, and you can detach them while moving it in and out of the pot. The lifters flat base allows you to pile food directly on top, or you can place it under a pan.
Breakfast In Pressure Cooker
Use fresh apples to make Pressure cooker applesauce which my girls just absolutely love as a sweet choice. A savory selection would be Instant Pot pork belly that is left whole and crisped in air fryer or broiled.
Instant Pot cranberry applesauce is a nice Fall twist on the traditional too.
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How To Convert A Slow Cooker Recipe To An Instant Pot Recipe
Since the Instant Pot exploded onto the home cooking scene a few years ago, many people have chosen to get rid of their slow cooker in favor of the multi-functional appliance. You can cook your favorite recipes no matter which setting you’re using, but you’ll need to adjust the cooking time.
- To convert a slow cooker recipe for the Instant Pot: Multiply the High setting cook time by 60, then divide by 10.
- To convert an Instant Pot recipe for the slow cooker: Multiply the Instant Pot cook time by 10, then divide by 60.
Whats The Point Of A Slow Cooker
As a result of the long, low-temperature cooking, slow cookers help tenderize less-expensive cuts of meat. A slow cooker brings out the flavor in foods. A wide variety of foods can be cooked in a slow cooker, including one pot meals, soups, stews and casseroles. A slow cooker uses less electricity than an oven.
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Can You Slow Cook Overnight
Slow cookers are designed to be left to cook for long periods of time, so the truth is that its entirely safe to leave your slow cooker on overnight, if youre out the house or if youre at work all day, as long as you follow all the directions and the manufacturers instructions.
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Steamer Baskets Racks & Trivets That Fit In An Instant Pot
The OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Steamer is my favorite steamer for the pressure cooker. Its perfect for steaming vegetables, but my favorite use is keeping the potatoes out of the water when I cook my Quick Pressure Cooker Potato Salad, Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin, and Chunky Potato Cheese Soup, so the potatoes stay chunky and firm but also tender.
Oxo also makes a flexible silicone pressure cooker steamer that works great, but I still find myself reaching for the stainless steel version. If you prefer a mesh basket strainer, I like this one with Stainless Metal Strainer with Nonstick Feet.
When cooking pot-in-pot, youll absolutely need a trivet. I have three that I love. The tall 2.7 Stainless Steel Steam Rack/Trivet is a must-have when cooking chicken in the bottom of the pot and rice above. The shorter trivet is useful when you have tall ingredients like a butternut squash or are stacking ramekins or mason jars on top of each other.
My newest trivet is the red OXO Good Grips Pressure Cooker SlingI really love using the handles to remove hot pans from the pressure cooker.
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