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.
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» Check out our Instant Pot Cooking Times Cheat Sheet so you never have to look up times again for your favorite foods you make in the pressure cooker. Print or bookmark it so you always have it handy!
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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Why Use An Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. If you don’t have one, check out our guide on which one to buy. Also see our guide to How to Use an Instant Pot and the many accessories you can buy for it.
Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners
Super Useful Instant Pot Accessories
Once you’ve started using your Instant Pot more regularly, you’ll find there are so many other ways you *could* be using it, if you had a few extra useful accessories. Here are a few favorites that we use almost every day.
- All-In Instant Pot Kit – a kit, like this 27-piece set, will get you just about everything you will ever need to make whatever you want in the Instant Pot. It includes steamer baskets, a springform pan, a steamer rack, egg rack, egg cutter, egg ring, egg whisk, egg bites mold, dish plate clip, spatula, kitchen tong, silicone pad, scrubber, and oven mitts, magnetic sheets and a recipe book.
- Stackable Steamer Insert Pans – Using stacking containers allows you to cook different foods in separate containers. If you’re making a complete dinner, you will be able to cook all the components at the same time, rather than one at a time.
- Instant Pot Ceramic Inner Cooking Pot – I can’t express enough how nice it is to have two inner pots. Having an extra will allow you to cook two parts of a meal without transferring and cleaning the original pot after the first step.
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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