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Easy December Instant Pot Recipes

TONS of December Instant Pot recipes to choose from this month! What you need for Christmas dinner and every day in between then and now are covered!

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Ok y’all, it’s time for the best recipes to make in December using your Instant Pot! If you’re all about meal planning you’ll love our long list of easy Instant Pot recipes here and on our menu bar above. Bookmark it! (affiliate links linking to present)

December Ninja Foodi Recipes

What am I craving this time of year? I love pure comfort food when it’s cold outside, and lots of soups of course. What Instant Pot accessories MUST you have? Most of these need nothing but the pot itself.

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You can use these in your IP, Crockpot Express or as easy Ninja Foodi recipes. It doesn’t matter what brand you have at home. With the high pressure function you can make the main dish of ham, side dishes and even a cake for dessert. We will explain to you how.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Christmas Instant Pot Recipes

If you loved our Instant Pot butter chicken this will be a winner in your house this month. It is warm comfort food in a bowl and great served with pressure cooker rice and naan.

We have added a bunch of easy Instant Pot recipes to this roundup this month. If there’s one you love that we missed, let us know.

Let’s start with a new one we made this month, Instant Pot butter beef! Use any cut of beef or steak you like but slice it thin so all the flavors ooze on in. Let me tell you that this dish is totally packed with flavor. It can be mild or spicy with some Sriracha or chili powder added. Your choice.

butter and beef

Best Instant Pot Recipes

If you’re looking for a healthy pressure cooker recipe, this Instant Pot chicken parmesan is it. Using chicken breasts without breading you’ll get the flavors you love with fewer calories.

If you have a smaller household, you can just make an Instant Pot turkey breast too.

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Instant Pot Christmas Recipes

Here are a few Instant Pot side dishes you should consider for your Christmas brunch or dinner.

All of these are easy recipes that are family friendly. I don’t share anything other than that. Quick and easy to throw together, they will give you time to sit and enjoy the holidays too. No fun having to be in the kitchen the whole time.

Of course you can slow cook a bunch of dishes too but if you forget to prep in the morning you’re doomed. 😉

easy instant pot cranberry sauce

Want a quick lunch? Make a batch of Instant Pot hard boiled eggs, cool, and then make a large batch of egg salad sandwiches for everyone.

Now, ready for a few Instant Pot steak recipes? A hearty meal this time of year always gets a few smiles in the house. Did you know you could make all of these in your Ninja Foodi too? You can!! All pressure cooker recipes can be made in any model.

Why would you cook steak in an Instant Pot anyway right???! Well, using these directions you can sear the outsides like you like it, then cook potatoes and your meat all in one pot.

It only takes 5 minutes of pressure cooking time to get it perfect too! Instant Pot Salisbury steak and pulled pork are great meal ideas too.

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December Pressure Cooker Recipes

Yes I still make quite a few slow cooker recipes this time of year. When I’m in a hurry though I rely on my multi cooker. Like I said, I love Instant Pot soups this time of year. Throw it all together with a side of pull apart bread and dinner is ready y’all! Here are a few of our favorites:

Instant Pot clam chowder is like a copycat Boudin soup from San Francisco. Creamy using canned clams if you can’t find fresh.

  1. Homemade 17 minute Instant Pot split pea soup
  2. Love this cheesy Instant Pot nacho soup
  3. Our healthy and hearty Instant Pot minestrone soup is awesome
    • load it up with carrots, celery and all the other veggies you love
    • another healthy one is our Instant Pot barley soup

Pressure cooker french onion soup is great with cheese on top.

instant pot split pea soup

I have been sharing new Instant Pot recipes each month. If you missed any of the other ones you can search the month and find them. Here are a few below you can bookmark right now to begin with too:

  1. October Instant Pot recipes are here
  2. Our November Instant Pot recipes were a hit with others
  3. Then check out our August Instant Pot recipes too

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December Instant Pot Recipes

What recipes to cook in December are here. December Instant Pot recipes for dinner, side dishes or dessert are easy and quick using high pressure.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword december, instant pot, ninja foodi, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 56kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Put trivet and water into Instant Pot. Slice your ham if it isn’t sliced already and put it in 1-2 large pieces of foil (large enough to wrap all the way around it – may need small piece for very top as well). Fold foil up so just the very top is open.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar over top of ham and into slices. Pour pineapple juice over ham and sprinkle cloves or push whole cloves into ham. Sprinkle pineapple tidbits on top of ham. Drizzle honey on top. Put a small piece of foil over the very top if needed to enclose.
  • Lower ham into pressure cooker on to your trivet (make a sling to put on bottom to lift it back out if your trivet doesn’t have handles). Close lid and steam valve. Set to high pressure for 12 minutes (timing will vary slightly according to how large your piece is, this is for a quarter ham that's been sliced).
  • Do a natural release when done. Release rest of pressure, lift ham out of foil and rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes.
  • Take trivet out and drain water in pot, put pot back into your Instant Pot. Empty the juices that are inside your foil into the bottom of your pot, set pot to saute low if you want to make a thicker glaze.
  • Add an additional 3 oz. of pineapple juice and 3 heaping tbsp of brown sugar into your pot and allow that to start bubbling. In a small bowl add maybe 2 oz. of pineapple juice and 2 tbsp of cornstarch and whisk together….add 1 tbsp at a time to avoid clumping. Dump this “thickener” into your Instant Pot and stir/whisk together consistently until it is the consistency you want.
Nutrition Facts
December Instant Pot Recipes
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 56
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.05g0%
Saturated Fat 0.01g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.02g
Cholesterol 0.1mg0%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 0.1g0%
Vitamin A 4IU0%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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