16 Magical Ways to Use an Instant Pot

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If you have an Instant Pot, you’ve probably already been using it regularly to cook all the typical pressure cooker dishes, like beef stew and chili. You may even have stretched out to making oatmeal for breakfast or making your rice in the Instant Pot. Those are all great uses for this amazing kitchen gadget, but there are so many more magical ways to use an Instant Pot.

» You might be interested in 25 Instant Pot Tips, Tricks and Hacks You Should Know and 15 Instant Pot Accessories You Need.

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If you’ve learned a few tips and tricks for getting more use out of your Instant Pot, that’s a great start, but we want to make sure you know about all the other magical ways to use your electric pressure cooker.

Here are some fun ideas for unusual ways to make the most of your Instant Pot. While these may not be things you’ll make regularly, they are fun to try at least once. You might find some uses you can’t live without. For me, that’s hard boiled eggs.

 

Instant Pot Pro Plus

Now you can control your pot wirelessly through an app. Cool-touch handles on the pot itself, and an automatic locking pressure release valve for greater safety. This one does it all.

Instant Pot Apple Cider
This Instant Pot Apple Cider is a homemade treat for fall made in the Instant Pot with fresh apples, orange, lemon, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
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Apple cider in a glass in front of the Instant Pot
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 Jasmine Rice
This Instant Pot jasmine rice recipe eliminates the struggle to make perfectly fluffy rice and it only takes about 15 minutes total in the Instant Pot. Make as much or as little as you need.
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Cooked jasmine rice in a bowl
Instant Pot Whole Pumpkin
Easy instructions to cook a whole pumpkin in the Instant Pot in under 25 minutes.
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Cooked pumpkin on a plate
Instant Pot Whole Chicken
This Instant Pot Whole Chicken is so easy to make and it turns out tender and juicy.
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instant pot chicken
Instant Pot Beef Bone Broth
Bone broth is a flavorful, nutritious broth with many health benefits that can easily be made at home.
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beef bone broth
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
These creamy and smooth Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes can be made in as little as 13 minutes, smashing the record for how quickly you can make this dreamy side dish.
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Mashed potatoes in a bowl
Easy Instant Pot Chickpeas
Make these perfectly tender chickpeas in just an hour and a half in the pressure cooker.
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Instant Pot Chickpeas
Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs
These Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs are cooked to tender in the Instant Pot then grilled.
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Baby Back Ribs
Instant Pot Peach Iced Tea
This peach iced tea uses real fresh fruit and is cooked in the Instant Pot to bring out all the delicious flavor.
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instant pot peach tea
Instant Pot New York Cheesecake
This Instant Pot New York cheesecake is super creamy and decadent, with a smooth but thick texture that will blow you away. Made in the Instant Pot, it's done in half the time it takes in the oven, and it yields a perfect result.
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A slice of cheesecake
Instant Pot Mac & Cheese
Flavorful macaroni made with cheese, chicken broth, and mustard powder. This classic comfort food comes out creamy and delicious in under 30 minutes. 
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A bowl of mac and cheese
Instant Pot Popcorn
Did you know that you can make popcorn in an Instant Pot? That’s right, you can have fresh, hot popcorn in minutes whenever cravings strike!
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Instant Pot Popcorn
How to Make French Bread in the Instant Pot
The easiest way to make homemade bread, ever! Learn How to Make French Bread in the Instant Pot. It is so easy to proof bread in your pressure cooker! #SundaySupper
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Instant Pot Yogurt
Instant Pot Yogurt with 2 ingredients. Also how to make yogurt without a yogurt button, Greek yogurt, vanilla yogurt, cream cheese and what to do with leftover whey.
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Instant Pot Condensed Milk Dulce de Leche
Instant Pot Condensed Milk Dulce de Leche is the best tasting caramel, it only requires one ingredient, and it can be cooked quickly.
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dulce de leche

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Instant Pot Pro Plus

Now you can control your pot wirelessly through an app. Cool-touch handles on the pot itself, and an automatic locking pressure release valve for greater safety. This one does it all.

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. And there are many accessories that will help you get more out of your Instant Pot.

If you don’t have one yet, check out our guide on which one to buy. Also see our guide to How to Use an Instant Pot for more information.

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