20 Best Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

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If you’ve recently joined the ranks of proud Instant Pot owners or are considering taking the plunge into the world of pressure cooking, you’re in for an exciting culinary adventure. The Instant Pot has become a kitchen game-changer, simplifying meal prep, and making delicious, homemade dishes more accessible than ever.

In this blog post, we’re here to guide you through the basics and introduce you to a fantastic array of Instant Pot recipes for beginners. Say goodbye to kitchen intimidation and hello to a world of convenient, flavorful, and stress-free cooking.

Spaghetti, pork roast, and stuffed peppers.
Instant Pot recipes for beginners

From hearty chili that taste like it’s simmered for hours to perfectly cooked rice, beans, and even frozen meat, your Instant Pot is about to become your trusty sidekick. With step-by-step instructions, helpful tips, and a dash of culinary inspiration, you’ll be whipping up impressive meals in no time.

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Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats are a wholesome and comforting breakfast dish made with steel cut oats, water, and a hint of salt, resulting in a creamy and nutritious bowl of oats.
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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with blueberries, honey, and almonds.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Making hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot saves time and they turn out perfectly every time.
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hard boiled eggs
Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers
Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers are packed with ground beef, rice, and onions, then cooked to perfection in the Instant Pot in just 15 minutes.
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instant pot stuffed peppers
Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff
Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff is made with tender strips of beef, mushrooms, seasonings, and egg noodles with a creamy sauce. It's classic comfort food made easy in the pressure cooker.
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A plate of beef stroganoff
Instant Pot Pork Roast
This Instant Pot Pork Roast is a quick and easy way to do dinner, resulting in a perfectly cooked roast without the slow cooker.
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pork roast
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
This Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is ready in just 7 minutes and it's cooked to perfection, with juicy plump kernels.
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corn on the cob
Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta
This Instant Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta is the perfect meal for a lazy afternoon or quick dinner, made with ground beef, pasta shells, and all your favorite taco flavors.
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Cheesy taco pasta
Instant Pot Potatoes & Carrots
Instant Pot Potatoes & Carrots are a great side dish for anything you're serving, and they can be made in just 3 minutes in the Instant Pot, cooked to perfection with just the right amount of bite left.
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potatoes and carrots
Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
These ultra soft and silky instant pot sweet potatoes can be made in minutes. They're the perfect addition to any meal, the warm sweetness lends itself to many dinners and even desserts!
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Cooked sweet potatoes on a plate
Instant Pot Chili
There's a ton of flavor packed into this Instant Pot Chili recipe with ground beef and pork, beans, tomatoes, and oodles of spices, and the best part is it only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.
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Bowl of chili
Instant Pot Chicken & Gravy
This Instant Pot Chicken & Gravy recipe is a convenient way to enjoy a hearty and flavorful meal, made with juicy chicken and tasty gravy.
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Instant Pot chicken and gravy with mashed potatoes
Instant Pot Spaghetti
If you've never made Instant Pot Spaghetti, you absolutely should start using this method to make perfect spaghetti.
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A bowl of spaghetti
Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta
This Instant Pot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta copycat is so creamy and delicious, made with the original Olive Garden salad dressing, cream cheese and sun dried tomatoes.
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A plate of chicken pasta in front of the Instant Pot
Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti
Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti, made with peppers, onions, chicken, and cheese, is a creamy, flavor-packed dish that's quick, easy, and perfect for busy weeknights.
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Instant Pot chicken spaghetti and a side salad
Instant Pot Chili Mac
Instant Pot Chili Mac combines the bold flavors of chili with elbow macaroni and shredded cheese, all effortlessly prepared in one pot. It's the ultimate comfort food!
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Chili mac topped with cheese
Instant Pot Gumbo
This Instant Pot Gumbo is made with all the classic Cajun flavors but made in the Instant Pot rather than on the stovetop. You're going to love how simple and tasty it is!
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Instant Pot gumbo and rice
Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta
Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta is made with perfectly cooked penne pasta, tender chunks of chicken, a rich marinara sauce, and a cheesy topping.
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Chicken parmesan pasta
Instant Pot Ham & Beans
This Instant Pot Ham & Beans recipe is the epitome of comfort food – warm, filling, and bursting with flavor. It uses just 5 ingredients and is truly a set-it-and-forget-it meal.
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ham and beans
Instant Pot Buttered Noodles
Buttered Noodles are so simple in the Instant Pot with just 3 ingredients.
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buttered noodles
Instant Pot Butter Chicken
Instant Pot Butter Chicken – chicken thighs with Garam Masala, cumin, turmeric and a creamy buttery sauce – is a delicious and easy way to make a classic Indian dish.
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Butter chicken over rice

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Instant Pot safe?

This is a basic question, but it is asked more times than any other question. It’s easy to be fearful of a machine that builds pressure and can cause injury. However, there is nothing to worry about if you use the Instant Pot properly.

Is the Instant Pot dishwasher safe?

Yes, most parts of the Instant Pot are dishwasher safe. Apart from the Instant Pot’s base, you can pop all parts of it into your handy dishwasher.
Just note that certain parts are suitable for placement on the top rack and others are better suited to the bottom rack. 

Can I double a recipe in the Instant Pot?

Some recipes can be doubled in the Instant Pot, while others cannot. The general rule is that you can only double a recipe if the ingredients don’t exceed the Instant Pot’s max line. If the recipe you’re working from is small, you can usually double it without issue. However, if you’re making soup and to double it would be very close to the max fill line, you should err on the side of caution and only add 50% more.

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