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.

» You might also like these Delicious Instant Pot Brownie Bites.

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

» 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.

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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.
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.
hard boiled eggs
Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breasts
You can easily cook frozen chicken breasts in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot, in just 10-12 minutes, which will enable you to get food on the table fast, with very little effort.
Sliced Cooked Chicken
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.
instant pot stuffed peppers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Bowl of chili
Instant Pot Kidney Beans
These Instant Pot Kidney Beans are cook for just 45 minutes from dried in the Instant Pot with no need to presoak.
Kidney Beans
Instant Pot Spaghetti
If you've never made Instant Pot Spaghetti, you absolutely should start using this method to make perfect spaghetti.
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.
A plate of chicken pasta in front of the Instant Pot

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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Instant Pot Mac & Cheese
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Easy Instant Pot Potato Salad
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