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20 Easy Instant Pot Recipes

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These 20 easy Instant Pot recipes are perfect for beginners or those who just want a simple and uncomplicated recipe to follow. Find inspiration for your next easy dinner idea here.

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Chicken, beef, fish, pork, beans and veggies are pressure cooked to tenderness thanks to these savory Instant Pot recipes. So don’t worry about what’s for dinner tonight! We have you covered.

You’ll find recipes that are dump and cook and those that require a little sauté at the beginning before punching the pressure cook button and walking away. From soups and stews to pasta and rice-based meals, you’ll find easy to make ideas that your family will love. Use these tasty and easy recipes for your next Instant Pot meal.

Kid friendly instant pot recipes

There is no soup I have made for my daycare kids that they have chowed down as much as this chicken tortilla soup. And my husband loves it too. It’s so savory with a hint of spice, and the chicken is so tender and flavorful, that you’ll never forget it. I dream about it! And check out all these other instant pot chicken soup recipes too.

My favorite instant pot soup is this broccoli cheddar soup. I just LOVE broccoli soup!

This crowd-pleasing sloppy joes recipe is quick and super simple with the help of your Instant Pot. Just sauté hamburger meat, onions, and vegetables before adding tomato sauce and seasonings. Pressure cook it to infuse the meat with all those amazing flavors making this an incredibly savory and scrumptious meal that tastes like it’s been simmering on the stove for hours.
Instant Pot Sloppy Joes by Meatloaf and Melodrama

This deconstructed lasagna recipe is served in soup form, thanks to your Instant Pot. Sauté the ground beef and Italian sausage and add in your seasonings, sauce, chicken broth, and broken lasagna noodles. Set it all to pressure cook for about 5 minutes. Ladle into bowls and top with a tasty ricotta and parmesan cheese mixture. Sprinkle on mozzarella cheese for the finishing touch.
Instant Pot Lasagna Soup by Eazy Peazy Mealz

Infuse your meatballs with outrageous flavor by pressure cooking them in your favorite marinara sauce. You don’t even need to brown them beforehand! Just mix the meatballs, form them, add them to the Instant Pot in the sauce and let them cook for about 30 minutes. Serve over pasta and enjoy.
Instant Pot Meatballs by A Calculated Whisk

Pork chops come out juicy and tender when you use an Instant Pot. Use the sauté function to brown each side before you pressure cook them. Add in water and your favorite BBQ sauce to flavor the chops. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes and your favorite veggie.
Easy Instant Pot BBQ Pork Chops by Eating On A Dime

Pasta and taco meals are always a hit and this one combines both! It’s so easy that it will be a regular to make on busy weeknights. Ground beef is browned before adding in seasonings, chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, bell peppers, salsa, canned corn, and uncooked pasta. Stir in cheese before serving and enjoy the rave reviews!
Instant Pot Taco Pasta by Kristine’s Kitchen

Pork tenderloin infused with garlic and savory seasonings of balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce are tempered with a little brown sugar and honey for an irresistible protein that’s pressure cooked to tenderness in less than 15 minutes. Serve with mashed potatoes and your favorite veggie for a family favorite meal.
Instant Pot Garlic Pork Tenderloin by Kleinworth Co

And don’t forget you can make a juicy, succulent turkey breast in the instant pot in a fraction of the time it takes to bake one!

Instant Pot Dump Meals

This pork tenderloin casserole is a dump it and forget it instant pot meal. There is nothing easier than dump dinners and I love the flavors of mustard and spices that permeate this cut of meat that you can cut with a fork like a stick of butter. It melts in your mouth!

pork tenderloin casserole in a pretty bowl

BBQ pulled chicken is made easy with this 3 ingredient 30-minute recipe that you make in your Instant Pot. Add chicken, BBQ sauce, and stock and pressure cook to tasty tenderness. It’s practically a set it and forget it way to make shredded chicken that’s perfect for meal planning your way to delicious dinners.
Pressure Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken by Hello Spoonful

The winning combination of chicken, ham, and Swiss cheese comes together in this simple Instant Pot recipe that includes a can of soup and a stuffing mix. Tender meat and melted cheese plus a savory sauce and crunchy topping are all made possible with this delicious recipe.
Instant Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe by Eating On A Dime

Steak strips plus seasonings, water, and uncooked rice get added to your Instant Pot for a quick pressure cooking session. You’ll add in broccoli and peppers at the end before serving this easy-to-make meal. It’s always a winner!
Instant Pot Beef With Broccoli And Rice by The Girl On Bloor

Tender and spicy chicken strips plus onions and bell peppers cook in about 10 minutes with this easy Instant Pot fajitas recipe. Use the homemade seasoning recipe to create this tasty meal. Get your toppings and flour tortillas ready while it’s cooking and enjoy this savory dish.
Instant Pot Fajitas by Little Sunny Kitchen

Bell peppers stuffed with beef and rice are always a family favorite. Here, this meal is made in soup form, thanks to your Instant Pot. Brown the ground beef, peppers, garlic, and onion before adding beef broth, tomato juice, and uncooked rice. Pressure cook for 5 minutes and then enjoy this hearty soup.
Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup by Happy Foods Tube

A hearty beef stew is appreciated any time of the year. All you have to do is add all the ingredients, beef, veggies, chicken stock, seasoning, and herbs to your Instant Pot all at once. No browning is required before pressure cooking it to tenderness for 40 minutes. What could be easier?
Whole30 Instant Pot Beef Stew by Tastes Lovely

Tender and flaky, this salmon recipe is made easy with a mess-free 20-minute pressure cooking session, thanks to your Instant Pot. Add your seasoned salmon filets to a trivet with water underneath to ensure a moist and never dry texture to this tasty fish. Serve with your favorite sides. Delicious!
Instant Pot Salmon by Detoxinista

Cheap Instant Pot Recipes

Wild rice is so different and interesting. I wanted to create a new kind of meal with it, so I came up with this creamy chicken, artichoke, and wild rice casserole and it was amazing!

Rice is always a meal stretcher, but this wild rice is a little different flair. This chicken and wild rice casserole is made right in your instant pot and there is nothing like it. I can’t explain it, but it’s just so good!

This one-pot meal will save you tons of time and pots and pans by making it all in your Instant Pot. Sauté your hamburger and aromatics first. Add your uncooked noodles to the pot along with your favorite spaghetti sauce plus water and pressure cook it all for about 8 minutes. You’ll love this quick and mess-free way of making spaghetti and the family will love it, too!
Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Spaghetti by Julie’s Eats And Treats

Sweet potatoes no longer need to take an hour to bake; instead, use your pressure cooker to achieve a tender and delicious texture. Set your potatoes on a steamer trivet in your Instant Pot with water underneath them and cook for 30 minutes. It’s a perfect and faster way to make these yummy potatoes.
Sweet Potatoes In The Instant Pot by A Pinch Of Healthy

Boneless chicken thighs along with onions, garlic, carrots, fire-roasted tomatoes, and seasonings are pressure cooked in just 10 minutes to create this incredibly savory meal. Tastes like it’s been simmering all day with its flavorful profile. Serve with rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes.
Easy Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore by Salt And Lavender

Scrumptious and savory, this potato soup is loaded with flavors of cheese, crumbled bacon, and green onions. The chopped potatoes are pressure cooked with cream of chicken soup and broth and then thickened with a little flour and milk. Cheddar cheese is added for extra yumminess and creaminess. Top with crumbled bacon and sliced green onions. So good!
Instant Pot Loaded Potato Soup by Belle Of The Kitchen

Up-level a classic chicken and rice casserole by using your Instant Pot to make this meal a family favorite. Chicken, rice, and broccoli get a creamy and cheesy finish in this 30-minute dinner that will become a regular in your meal planning rotation.
Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Chicken And Rice Casserole by Flavor Mosaic

Browned beef and kidney beans are made flavorful by adding spices, beef stock, and crushed tomatoes in this easy Instant Pot chili recipe. Let it pressure cook for 15 minutes to become rich and savory. And if you have leftovers, excellent! That’s one less meal you have to plan for the week!
Instant Pot Chili by A Mindful Mom

Instant Pot Cooking Times Cheat Sheet

And don’t forget to download your free printable instant pot cooking time cheat sheet here.

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