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Easy Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

101 + weeknight easy Instant Pot recipes for beginners that are simple and delicious! Easy dinner, soup, side dish and vegetable recipes in our pressure cooker. Whether you’re new to easy Instapot recipes or an expert we’ve got something new to try. All work as Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi recipes too.

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I am all about easy Instant Pot recipes! For the past 3 years I’ve been busy creating simple pressure cooker recipes for us and want to share them with you. Get ready to enjoy in this fantastic 7 in 1 appliance! (originally published 10/17, affiliate links present)

Quick Instant Pot Recipes

If you need easy Ninja Foodi recipes, you can use that pot instead. Yes I have all of them at home and love them all for different reasons. Now I can cook all the things, two at the same time if I want to.

Best InstaPot Recipes

We add new creations each and every week so stay tuned, and bookmark this page. Then you can click on that often and see what has been added. You should also sign up for my newsletter below to get new pressure cooker recipes emailed to you.

Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

If you are new, you are in the right place because we are here to help. I remember when I took mine out of the box years and years ago. Then there were no recipes online and I was kinda’ on my own so I began creating dinners and side dishes to share with all of you.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

I HIGHLY recommend you buy this non stick pot. It is easier to clean and will avoid the burn message too.

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Are Instant Pot and Crockpot Express recipes the same?

Most all pressure cookers are the same with the same 7 functions. Some may be labeled different like saute vs. brown but all have the high pressure cooking function which is what you use most often. SO don’t worry which model you have because even Crockpot Express recipes work basically the same and you can make all of these in it.

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Don’t you love my Star Wars Instant Pot??!! I bought it a while back for myself because I really wanted a white Instant Pot but could only find this as the closest to that. It matches my farmhouse kitchen style and nobody even knows it is a trooper on the side. lol

How can you make this page an Instant Pot APP? If you are on your smartphone you are already set

On an iPhone (that is what I have) look at the bottom of your screen and touch the square button with the arrow up in the middle of it Then a bunch of choices will pop up. Scroll to the right of the copy button it will say Add to Home Screen, push that.

  • Click add on the top right and you’re done!! (you can change the name of it too if you want)

Then look on your home screen(s) and your new free Instant Pot APP will be there so you can just click on it whenever you need a pressure cooker recipe!!

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This fancy multi cooker has helped me make many of these Instapot recipes below. I will share lots of tips with you but always keep in mind that everything must be simple, and ingredients can be found at any grocery store. I even share how to cook frozen chicken and other proteins because they’ve been helpful to me.

Here are my Instant Pot accessories must haves!

  1. My new Pioneer Woman Instant Pot – SO Cute!
  2. You can now buy an air fryer Instant Pot lid too!
  3. I wouldn’t be without my Instant Pot Steamer basket

7″ springform cake pan is great for a lot of things, not just baked goods. You can even use it in a few easy air fryer recipes as well.

There have been times when I have improvised though. Let’s say you want to make Mexican pot roast but it needs to stay off the bottom. Can’t find your trivet? You could use a few potatoes or a ramekin underneath instead. Make a lift out of a wad of foil. You do what you have to do sometimes.

springform pan

Instant Pot Accessories

There are a ton of fun items you can get to make cakes pretty and steam veggies easier. There are other must haves like when you’re wondering how long does Instant Pot take to preheat because it’s taking entirely too long. That could be because you need a new sealing ring which will fix your issue.

Angel food cake pan that fits inside a 6 or 8 qt. IP, if that is out of stock an 8″ pan will fit in an 8 qt.

  1. 6 c. bundt pan that fits into a 6 or 8 qt. IP is perfect for cakes
  2. I just bought these Instant Pot mini mitts that have come in handy to get things out easier
  3. If you’re looking for an IP decal these are super cute!

You can find adorable custom Instant Pot covers here. They’re a great way to jazz up your countertop.

pioneer woman instant pot

Is an Instant Pot the same thing as a pressure cooker?

Yes! That is just one of the many functions. But NOW you can get an Instant Pot air fryer lid too!!That way you can cook fresh, defrosted, and you can cook frozen meat in it as well to perfection. You will not believe this, it’s a game changer if you are forgetful like I am.

Can you use Instant Pot Recipes in a pressure cooker?

Yes as long as you have an electric pressure cooker it doesn’t matter what the brand says on the front. Stovetop cookers will not work the same way though. As long as you have the high pressure button on your machine they will all work the same.

Now you can crisp your food right in the pot after you’re done pressure cooking. I know, I’ve been waiting so long for this too!

This will fit on your 6 or 8 qt and then you can make air fryer recipes in it too! Just use our printable Instant Pot cooking times sheet, crisp outsides and enjoy things like pressure cooker cornish hens with golden brown outsides.

How to Turn an Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

Instant Pot Dishes

If you’re new here’s a How to use an Instant Pot for beginners post + a video explaining the buttons is below. I was freaked out as well when I first started cooking in this new machine under pressure. Don’t worry because we have step by step directions for all of our easy recipes.

You just click on the blue link you’re interested in and the whole post will pop up. Then scroll down and follow the instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of that page. To ensure you get those first sign up for my newsletter and they’ll be emailed to you.

You can also LIKE Easy Instant Pot Recipes Facebook page where I share my new ideas. From cooking fresh meats to right out of the freezer like our Frozen Chicken and Rice Instant Pot, we share it all.

If you’re new you’ll also want to see how to avoid the notification of burn on Instant Pot machines. Sometimes it isn’t burning at all. Here are instructions on how to deglaze your Instant Pot to help!

how to deglaze your instant pot

Instant Pot Easy Recipes

I am a busy mom who needs quick and simple dishes to serve. Never do I use seasonings or spices that are hard to find and can’t be bought at a local grocery store. If you are the same way then this list of one pot meals will work well for your family as well.

These will help you know how to cook beans in a pressure cooker perfectly. Then you can make things like homemade baked beans and tons of different soups. I mean canned works great if you want to throw 1 into a quick recipe like our fajita soup, but you can cook from dry so easily now too.

You can cook all sorts of grains in it though. Read our how to cook rice in Instant Pot for all of the timing and ratios.

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Both can come in really handy when you don’t have any fresh meat in the house (or don’t want to go to the store). You can use these directions in this pot, the Ninja Foodi or as a Crockpot Express recipe too.

How to Convert Crock Pot Recipe to Instant Pot

Yes there is a slow cook button on your machine, it doesn’t work well though. That is one thing I will say about it that may be controversial but just use your old fashioned crock if you want to cook slow and low. It works much better, this is for fast.

There isn’t an exact conversion of slow cooker to pressure cooker timings, there just isn’t. Honestly the best bet is to look up what you want to make. Surely on Google there is a recipe specific to that machine. I likely have one on my site so use the search box here first and see.

Here is a video explanation of the buttons on your Instant Pot! Now this is the first original version. The newer ones have a few more and the manual button isn’t there. You just push pressure instead of manual and then pressure.

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What is the best thing to cook in an Instant Pot?

Well I cook all the things including pork, beef and a lot of chicken and/or pasta. I have combined them to make Instant Pot casseroles too like our Instant Pot Shepherds pie and more. Fast meal prepping ideas overall and never takes longer than 30 min.

Of course a roast is the only exception to that rule but everything cooks in a fraction of the time vs. the oven. You can even cook frozen meat to tender in no time. You will be surprised the first time you try this because you wouldn’t know once done that it started off rock hard.

Quick and easy Instant Pot recipes

Then go a step further and make Instant Pot hamburgers. Something you’d normally cook on the barbecue, now you can make them year round. Juicy and perfect every time.

Quick and easy Instant Pot recipes

Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

For an out of the box idea I will say you have got to try our Instant Pot Asian chicken we call it. It’s a bit like General Tsos if I had to compare it to something but a lot cheaper to make yourself.

You can use ready made or this is how to make your own Instant Pot bone broth at home. We have done it with chicken bones as well if we are making Instant Pot chicken thighs and rice soon.

We have a creamy Instant Pot chicken and rice casserole version and a Instant Pot cheesy chicken and rice style as well. Both of these are part of our leftover chicken recipes Instant Pot roundup we have made up for you.

Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

What InstaPot recipes are best to cook?

If you are brand new you should start with Instant Pot penne pasta. It is super easy and hard to mess up. You can even make things to drink that you would normally boil on the stovetop. This is how to make Instant Pot sweet tea super quick and tastes amazing. Here are a few we make quite regularly:

If you haven’t made boxed rice or pasta in your pot you are in for a real treat. Mac and cheese is great and recently we perfected Instant Pot Rice a Roni too!

Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

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Using dry peas you can make this Instant Pot split pea soup in under 20 min., seriously. I mean who doesn’t love a warm bowl of yum for dinnertime. We do! Our Instant Pot potato leek soup is another favorite for us.

If you are forgetful like me, it happens, we have tips on how to save dinner! You can totally cook from frozen you know??!! That is right, you can thaw and cook Instant Pot Frozen ground turkey, then go on to saute and add into all sorts of dishes like spaghetti and more.

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Dessert Recipes for Instant Pot

Did you know you can actually bake a cake in this thing? Using a small pan it is possible. Right in the pot though you can make our creamy Instant Pot rice pudding recipe  and pressure cooker coconut rice pudding. Those two were our first desserts and gets rave reviews.

Recently this brand released a new lid for air frying and a machine that just does that function. It is great. You can start with our Instant Pot air fryer chicken wings at first and move on from there. I have received the most compliments from these. Keep reading for more though!

What is the best thing to cook in an Instant Pot?

The first thing I made, and most popular to this day is our easy Instant Pot spaghetti recipe. If you want a one pot meal, our Instant Pot lemon chicken casserole is great.

Have picky kids? Try this easy Pressure cooker lasagna casserole. It will definitely replace traditional lasagna in your house.

Can you cook frozen meat in an Instant Pot?

Yes!! We have a huge list of how to cook frozen meat in Instant Pot here to help. Try to cook Instant Pot frozen salmon and you’ll be amazed just how flaky and tender it comes out. Game changer I tell you. You can even make Instant Pot frozen pork shoulder that’s fork tender.

Need instructions for frozen chuck roast Instant Pot or frozen pork butt Instant Pot style? We have that too!

instant pot frozen pork shoulder
Which single recipe adds the most value to your Instant Pot?

The recipe we make most often in our Instant Pot would be spaghetti, hands down it is the best way to cook pasta and sauce together in just 10 minutes!! Besides that I make our 5 ingredient chili once a week because I can cook the meat in the same pot and it’s a healthy meal we all love.

Instant Pot Pork Recipes

If you do remember to defrost pork butt in Instant Pot you can just throw in bbq sauce with some broth and that’s it! Our Instant Pot pork tacos are tender as ever and so simple to throw together.

Taco Tuesday getting boring? This is how to steam tamales in Instant Pot. You can first start by making our beef bone marrow recipe, enjoy that, then use the beef stock to steam these.

If you have never cooked meat and a starch like noodles or rice together it is possible for sure! Bare in mind that it is tricky but once you get the hang of the liquid to starch ratio it will be a game changer.

instant pot sausage and rice

Instant Pot Vegetarian Recipes

You can see here that those combinations do come out successfully in the correct amounts. The issue is that if you don’t, you’ll receive the dreaded burn notification which nobody wants. Using a steamer basket to make things like baby potatoes will prevent that too. An easy dish to serve as a side or smash and add beans to the top.

Did you know you could cook a whole cabbage in your IP too? Takes less than 10 minutes to get tender and drizzled with butter, salt and pepper it’s a cheap wonderful side dish. Throw some into your Instant Pot vegetable ramen for a hearty meal packed with veggies.

Instant Pot Vegetarian Recipes

Are Instant Pots good for Weight Loss?

I mean it’s a cooking device so not really the machine helps. You can cook healthier meals a lot faster so homemade recipes can be made much easier than canned, like soups for sure. You can use canned veggies and beans for instance to make Instant Pot vegetarian soup. Add leftover meat into for a heartier meal.

Forgetful at times and forget to defrost dinner? Me too! You can make Instant Pot frozen short ribs in no time and nobody will know. Then follow our advice on boiling potatoes in Instant Pot as a side dish.

During the holidays our Instant Pot turkey tenderloin is great. Serve with Instant Pot sausage gravy or shred and then add noodles so it’s like a casserole. Either way it’s cheap and so yummy.

leftover turkey recipe

Beef Recipes Instant Pot

Our Instant Pot 15 bean soup is great with any leftover meat really. You can dice up steak or roast that is left over from the last night or use ham after Easter too. Same goes for Instant Pot birria tacos, I make this when I find roasts on sale.

You can use easy peasy recipes like our Instant Pot Meatball Stroganoff here with the meat poured right out of the bag with no defrosting necessary.

If you want to know how to make the best beef arm roast recipe in your pressure cooker, we have it here! I’d recommend that you buy two pots so that you can make a side dish in one and your main in the other. That is what I do when making Instant Pot sweet mashed potatoes, especially during the holidays.

Love spicy and feel good meals? Try Instant Pot buffalo chicken soup some night for dinner. If you’re looking for a few easy Instant Pot stew meat recipes we have some suggestions here.

instant pot beef recipes

Instant Pot Dump Recipes

Always forgetting to defrost dinner? Me too! That’s why I share how to cook an Instant Pot frozen turkey breast and/or Instant Pot frozen pork roast recipes here!

If you want a roundup with just dark meat we have a list of great Instant Pot Chicken Thigh Recipes right here for you.

Use a jar of pepperoncini peppers (they aren’t hot) to make Mississippi chicken Instant Pot style. Great for chicken sliders. If you only have frozen meat you can still make meals quickly if you follow my directions closely. Our frozen Instant Pot chicken and noodles is a great example.

When I am seriously low on energy I can cook frozen chicken or thawed to make our Instant Pot chicken tacos here. If you want to make the whole bird with tons of flavor just sit on a trivet with some liquid and seasonings or add herbs to the cavity to make Instant Pot stuffed whole chicken.

Looking for an Indian recipe made quick? Try Instant Pot cauliflower curry sometime. With tons of flavor = Instant Pot taco casserole is pure comfort food as you can see.


Instant Pot Chili Recipes

Our 5 ingredient Instant Pot chili is very popular. You can add a layer of cheese on top and serve over rice or just in a bowl is a healthy one pot meal with ground beef or sausage. If you want to add noodles into the mix you can try our classic Instant Pot chili mac recipe here. 

I have included a printable recipe card below with how to make cheesy chili mac in your pressure cooker. I chose that one because it is cheap and my college student daughter raves about it. Still today. You don’t have to use ground beef in it either. You could follow our Instant Pot cow tongue steps, dice and add that instead!

There’s another chile with an e term that I do a lot. A little can of diced mild will add a ton of flavor to meals like pork adobo Instant Pot recipes, or the recipe in the card below.

If you want a creamy chicken meal with a French flair, give our Instant Pot French onion chicken a whirl some night. Beef and noodles Instant Pot meal is one of our favorites.

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Beginner InstaPot Recipes

There are some like our Instant Pot oxtail soup that do take some time. To get the meat tender you’d need to set aside 45 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients. Compare that though to multiple hours on the stovetop and it’s still a huge win.

  • You can cook any sort of organ meat under high pressure cooker too, and it comes out great.
  • With beef, chicken liver, pork or even deer liver comes out great.
  • This is how long to cook collard greens using just the saute function.
  • Once you’re done with that you can pour out, keep warm and use the same function to make our chopped steak recipe until meat comes to temp in center.

Simple is great too, especially when it comes to side dishes like our Instant Pot couscous. Cheap and fluffy every time you make it this way. Give this Instant pot pasta recipe a whirl below and let us know what you think!

You can combine meat and taters together too. Look at how we use the PIP or pot in pot method on this Instant Pot ground beef and potatoes recipe here.

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Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

Tons of easy Instant Pot recipes for beginners are here like this cheesy chili mac recipe below! Try them all in your electric pressure cooker and let us know what you think!
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesy, chili, instant pot, macaroni
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 572kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Set Instant Pot to saute and add your olive oil. When it is hot add your diced onion and ground beef or sausage.
  • Cook until meat is no longer pink on the outside (but not fully cooked, it will cook more in the next step). Turn pot off at this time.
  • Sprinkle in chili seasoning and stir in with meat until it is nice and coated. Then add your tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, kidney beans (not drained), and beef broth. Stir.
  • Sprinkle in your uncooked noodles on to the top and gently submerge into the liquid. DO NOT stir in.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 5 minutes followed by a quick release.
  • Lift lid, stir contents and then add 1 cup of your cheese. Stir again so cheese can melt.
  • Now you can either stir in the other cup into the mixture, or sprinkle it on top and put your lid back on ajar just long enough for it to melt on top.
  • Serve with a dollop of sour cream on top of each bowl!


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 572 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 644mg28%
Potassium 894mg26%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 725IU15%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 347mg35%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Is cooking in an Instant Pot healthy?

It depends on what you have in there but many of our Instant Pot dinner recipes are good for you, low carb and/or keto. We have tons of sides you can serve with too like our Instant Pot sweet potatoes cubed or leave whole for pressure cooker sweet potatoes.

You can cook all sorts of different fish too. Whether they are frozen or fresh it doesn’t matter, cooks up flaky tender and perfect every time y’all! Give our Instant Pot crab legs a whirl first and see.

You can also cook large cuts of meat and even frozen roast in Instant Pot too to perfection in under 2 hours! Serve with Instant Pot bok choy for a yummy dinner idea.

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Breakfast in Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot oatmeal is a great breakfast and a really healthy choice too! I try to cook from scratch when I can, especially when it comes to snacks for kids. They love Instant Pot yogurt too.

Use fresh apples to make Pressure cooker applesauce which my girls just absolutely love as a sweet choice. A savory selection would be Instant Pot pork belly that is left whole and crisped in air fryer or broiled.

For really tough cuts like Instant Pot oxtail, high pressure is the way to go in order to release that protein off the bone. If you have two pots you can throw in some pressure cooker pasta and serve these together as a complete meal.

Instant Pot cranberry applesauce is a nice Fall twist on the traditional too.


Can You Make Crockpot Express Recipes in an Instant Pot?

Yes and yes, remember I said any of the electric multi cookers work the same. The only difference really is the Foodi has two lids, you would use the one that isn’t attached to make things like Pressure cooker jam.

We love that things like that can be made with any fruit and put on toast or on top of pancakes! Serve for dessert or breakfast = Pressure Cooker banana bread

I make these in bulk and then make egg salad sandwiches with them. The rest I shell and put into storage bags so the kids can grab one when they’re hungry in between meals.

instant pot hard boiled eggs

One Pot Meals?

Have you tried these Instant Pot grits ? If you’re from the South they’re probably a must on your plate and there are so many ways to top them. Serve as breakfast for dinner or a hearty start to the day.

To all you pumpkin fans, try our Instant Pot pumpkin apple cake How to make the perfect quinoa in your Instant Pot – top with honey and fruit for a great breakfast

Instant Pot bread pudding can be a breakfast or dessert for sure. With raisins inside and made in a pretty bundt pan, this is a perfect brunch item.

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Weeknight Instant Pot Recipes

For an easy chicken dinner, use chicken cutlets to make Instant Pot chicken marsala with rice with Instant Pot carrots and potatoes.

Steaming is easy if you have a trivet. That is how we make Instant Pot buffalo wings. You can crisp when done or just enjoy tossed in sauce as is.

  • Or if it is snowing outside I am all about comfort food.
  • For me that means all things soup, like our Instant Pot chicken vegetable soup. A one pot meal where everything cooks together which means throw it all in and enjoy in a few minutes.
  • If you make Instant Pot pork picnic roast with teriyaki sauce it is the most tender pulled meat ever.

You can throw it together, cook for an hour and then serve as is, on top of rice, inside tortillas or on slider buns. We have made killer Instant Pot pork for tamales too.

Kids love that last idea. Then make a batch of chicken or beef Instant Pot enchiladas y’all! We also love a hot pot of this pork stew Instant Pot recipe when it’s chilly outside.

homemade beef enchiladas

How to Cook Beef in Instant Pot

For something simple I like making Instant Pot bbq beef. Why? Because I only really need 3 ingredients, 4 if I have an onion on hand. Use a chuck roast which is super cheap at the store and try it some night with your family. It’s a great Super Bowl party appetizer too.

Forgetful? Me too. You can now cook a frozen steak in Instant Pot and nobody will know it started out rock hard.

Once you’ve tried a few of these we will go on to share some Instant Pot side dishes too, like our Instant Pot enchilada rice.

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Unique Instant Pot Recipes

I just used the Instant Pot cooking times for beans and I was amazed at just how easy it was. Now I use dry beans in my pressure cooker if at all possible because homemade that way has never been easier! 

Now let’s talk soup, that is a must when it is snowy cold outside. After the holidays use up your leftover ham in our Instant Pot lentil soup recipe here. We have also made Instant Pot lentil curry with an Indian flare too.

Did you know you could make Instant Pot chicken noodle soup with frozen chicken?? We have much more than just chicken broth, like Instant Pot gnocchi soup , Instant Pot chicken rice soup and more.

chicken gnocchi soup instant pot

Pressure Cooker Holiday Recipes

Instant Pot sausage recipes are always a hit! Whether you have ground spicy sausage, regular, or links these are super yummy and of course easy.

If you’re eating healthier this list of pressure cooker fish recipes are always helpful. This pairs well with homemade or Instant Pot dumplings that are steamed from frozen.

Instant Pot French dip sandwiches are always a winner for dinner too.

Instant Pot Dump Recipes

What are the Cheapest Instant Pot Recipes?

Easy is my middle name and when there are tons of people around I need simple all the way. These options and dishes help. Now if you’re in a real hurry (me usually) I made a list of easy 3 ingredient Instant Pot recipes for those hectic days.

  • Like you can make chicken leg quarters Instant Pot style frozen or fresh.
  • Then if you have the air fryer lid you can crisp the skin right in the pot, or transfer to the oven and broil.

Instant Pot tilapia is one of those really easy ones to serve with Instant Pot risotto. Or when you want something really inexpensive for dinner.

If you want a cheesy bowl of comfort food, try Instant Pot chicken broccoli rice tonight. And our favorite cabbage recipe is this Instant Pot egg roll bowl.

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Are InstaPots Worth the Hype?

I mean after reading this huge list of easy dishes I hope you see that it is so worth it. If you’re new just start off simple with 1 item like a vegetable steamed to tender. Then move from there. You wouldn’t think that just a few ingredients could make a delicious and healthy meal. We’re here to show you how many can.

Our Instant Pot chicken parmesan is one of our favorite healthy meals during the week! Instant Pot mushrooms are a good side dish with that too.

We share you here how to make an Instant Pot casserole and meatball soup too.

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I have been known to be forgetful, that is when our Instant Pot frozen corned beef recipe comes in handy. We cook frozen meat in Instant Pot quite often and share them all here. 

Instant Pot side dishes

We will start with our fave, Instant Pot garlic mashed potatoes. You can really amp this one up with all the flavors.

Instant Pot Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes 2

Don’t stop there though because you can make lots of side dishes, including bread in your pressure cooker too! Pressure cooker asparagus and spinach soup is light and great for weight loss.

If you love rice, throw it in uncooked for our Instant Pot stuffed pepper soup. It comes out amazingly well.

easy sloppy joes

What is the first thing I should make in an InstaPot?

We have made homemade Instant Pot sloppy joes before too and the kids love them. A really easy one to start with for sure. It is a cheap one with ground beef which you likely already have at home.

Another one that is a favorite in our household is our Instant Pot creamy chicken with breasts or thighs served over rice or egg noodles.

pressure cooker corn

Vegetables are a snap to make and I highly recommend that you cook them this way to see how great they turn out. You can in fact cook meat and veggies all at the same time though with our Instant Pot English cut short ribs recipe.

Easy InstaPot Recipes for Beginners

Instant Pot cranberry sauce is a must during the holidays, and with our Instant Pot tahini chicken dish too. Do you love Instant Pot scalloped potatoes too, are a must for Christmas dinner

If you want more plain you can just use butter, salt and pepper to make a batch of buttered pressure cooker cabbage. Low carb side that goes with all the things.

fried cabbage with bacon

Where do I start with Instant Pot?

Potatoes and other vegetables are great in the beginning. You usually want to cook just one thing at a time at first. Timing differs so it is important to get the hang of how long each thing takes before combining a few of them at the same time.

Now if you want a great one pot meal you can actually cook your protein and starches together. We did this with our Instant Pot chicken and potatoes recipe and it works great.

Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes

InstaPot One Pot Meals

That is the beauty of this multi cooker. You can brown what you need at the beginning just as though you were to do so in a pan on the stovetop. Then you can go from there to cook everything under high pressure so it breaks down large pieces of meat to make it shredded, or steam veggies.

Pork is something that works really well cooked under high pressure. The longer you cook it the more it will break down and shred. For sliced it takes 15 minutes per pound generally to reach 145 degrees. Follow our pork roast Instant Pot recipe fro this one.

Instant Pot Potato Salad

Best One-Pot Meals

When you are having a large gathering for birthdays, Super Bowl or brunch during Mother’s Day this is a great route to go. Way easier cleanup and stays warm right in the pot too. You can make two side dishes together at time which makes things even easier, our Instant Pot lentils and rice is a great example of that.

Now if you are ready to go full force and use it daily I have a free printable menu full of 30 simple Instant Pot recipes for you. Cook something new every day I say!

Just print it out, put it on the fridge, and each day come back to this page to grab the recipe you need for that day. They are all listed here and will be updated with new electric pressure cooker recipes each week too.

simple instant pot recipes

My Instant Pot spaghetti recipe was the first one I created and is usually what people start with. I would suggest starting with that one if you are a newbie or are needing a really quick dinner.

Then you can graduate to other things using a few accessories. Once you make 3-4 things you’ll feel like a pro I promise.

The next popular is our potato corn chowder, followed by our most popular dessert, our Instant Pot angel food cake. Reminds me of my Grandma every time I make it. 😉

instant pot recipes

There are so many great pressure cooker recipes around and I hope we are able to add to your list of favorites. We have a few great pressure cooker dinners below too, let us know which is your favorite. 

Easy InstaPot Dinner Ideas

To start here is the best way to cook Instant Pot chicken and an explanation of pressure cooker times for meat as well as a printable

Here is how to defrost Instant Pot frozen ground beef as well which will help you make a lot of these recipes quickly

Instant Pot cheeseburger soup is always a favorite

hawaiian pulled pork

Cooking Meat in an InstaPot

If you’re looking for something really different, try our Instant Pot Mountain Dew stew.

instant pot cabbage recipes

Instant Pot Ham

Dairy Free Instant Pot Recipes

Many of your favorite crockpot recipes can now be made in the Instant Pot too, just much faster! If you need dairy free because you have someone that is lactose intolerant, thats no problem. I substitute almond milk or coconut milk all the time.

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Easy Family Dinner Recipes

If you love seafood I would highly recommend making Instant Pot lobster tail. Not every day, for a treat of course but comes out great steamed either fresh or frozen.

Pressure Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole 2

What can you cook in an InstaPot

More dinner ideas below……..

easy instant pot recipes

We make our 5 ingredient crockpot chili recipe almost weekly and normally it takes 6-8 hours but we made it in here and it was done in 45 minutes or less!

During the cooler months this pressure cooker chicken soup recipes come in handy as well as whole chicken recipes of all kinds.

On that one I still prefer a slower cooking to seep in the flavors so I set it on the slow cooker setting. That is done in just 4 which is quicker AND I can skip precooking the beef in it by using the saute function.

I love it….and have now created a roundup of easy Instant Pot beef recipes too.

We have even made Instant Pot baby food so it can be used for everyone. 

kid friendly instant pot recipes

My Instant Pot butter chicken has been a hit too. I firsts tasted this popular Indian dish when I was in Utah and it was amazing.
I tinkered with it and came up with a version that reminded me of that dinner.

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One Pot Meals Beef

Want to try something new? If you haven’t made Instant Pot chicken shawarma yet or don’t know what that even is…try it!!

pressure cooker sausage soup

Fastest Dinner Ideas

That is the name of the game right? At least it has been for us ever since we had our kids. Sitting down and eating together with a meal that is kid friendly and us parents like it too has been much easier to create with this baby.

instant pot spicy teriyaki chicken thighs

Low Fat InstaPot recipes

More pressure cooker dinners below……..

instant pot shrimp alfredo

Do you see these ribs below…they are amazing!! One of our favorite and best Instant Pot recipes for sure.

  • The tenderest ribs I have had in just 25 minutes, I just couldn’t believe it. I used to slow cook them but not anymore. This is the way to go!

You can either eat right away, or put them under the broiler for just a few minutes to get just a tad of crispiness to the outside.

Stuffed peppers has always been a favorite meal, and using one of my favorite vegetable steamer baskets they’re quicker than in the oven. 

easy instant pot recipes

I have made a few yummy Instant Pot desserts that are below, like monkey bread!!

My Instant Pot rice pudding is probably the most popular sweet pressure cooker recipes on The Typical Mom. When you make it you will see why everyone just raves about it.

You can also make it dairy free if you need to and use almond milk. 

instant pot whole chicken

More below…….

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This year since my crockpot breakfast casserole recipe was so popular I decided to make it in my pressure cooker. It came out really yummy! From brunch to dinner, to dessert the Instant Pot has been a great addition to our family meals. 

pressure cooker sausage and peppers

Continued below……

instant pot recipes

If you have a favorite crockpot meal you can read here on slow cooker vs Instant Pot how you can convert the times so you can make them faster in your pressure cooker. There are healthy Instant Pot meals, breakfast ideas, and desserts listed below that we have created and love! 

Mealthy recipes

Have you learned what you can make in a pressure cooker yet?? Yes, everything! ;)If you ever do forget about a dish and leave it in for too long, look at my tips on how to clean your Instant Pot on the inside and out.

the typical mom instant pot recipes

Easy Instant Pot recipes

Macaroni and cheese is a family favorite and this easy homemade recipe takes less than 5 minutes to cook and is WAY better than out of the box.

And you know exactly what is in it! Add a few sprinkles of bacon on top and oh my goodness is it tasty for kids and me. 😉

You can use slow cooker recipes too using that setting but to be honest, it doesn’t work well.  I’d just use your old school Crockpot for those.

instant pot macaroni and cheese 2

In the winter months I’ve been busy creating tons of Instant Pot soups. They are all great but my Instant Pot split pea soup is probably my most popular and healthy too!

Quick Easy InstaPot recipes

A really inexpensive meal with just veggies and broth (or water) and presto, it’s done!

instant pot carrots

Must Try InstaPot recipes

easy instant pot recipes

Once you tried a few of my easy pressure cooker recipes and really get the hang of cooking in this fancy pressure cooker you might want to try something a bit trickier like cheesecake.

It isn’t one I would start with though as if it may discourage you because it’s more complex than others.

The first dessert I made was my rice pudding. Then I made pressure cooker brownies (both links are above). It’s a great way to cook during the summertime without heating your whole house up!

pressure cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Instant Pot Desserts


100 InstaPot recipes

If you need a few sweet beginner Instant Pot choices I might try one of these. They can satisfy your sweet tooth after dinner and made in one pot without a lot of mess.

healthy instant pot recipes

Here are some Instant Pot roundups that are helpful if you’re looking for a specific type of recipe, and this craft on how to dye Easter eggs in your Instant Pot is fun too.

Crockpot Express pressure cooker recipes

  1. We do have a long list of Ninja Foodi recipes too if you have that pot. You can use all of these in that machine as well, they’re interchangeable.
  2. Easy Instant Pot chicken recipes
  3. Instant Pot pasta recipes
  4. Beef roast recipes for your IP are here
  5. Great Instant Pot steak recipes
  6. Find great Instant Pot side dishes here
  7. Our favorite Instant Pot dessert recipes
  8. Tons of Instant Pot ground beef recipes

We also create the best Instant Pot recipes for each year so stay tuned for those!

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Here are monthly pressure cooker recipes roundups too! I will continue to add to this list so there is one for every month of the year. From main dishes to making a batch of caramel to serve drizzled over the top of treats.

Crockpot Express Recipes work the same way and you can use all of these with that pot too.

crockpot express recipes

I will focus on upcoming holidays as well as fruits and vegetables that are fresh for that time of year. All will take less than 30 minutes and should be a great way to try some new one pot meals.

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Easy Pressure Cooker Recipes

And we continue to add more over the years so I will add them here. Like our Pressure Cooker dulce de leche you can drizzle over treats or enjoy baked in a pie it is easy to make yourself.

Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

Recipe Rating

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Wednesday 12th of July 2023

I just got an Instant Pot so this post is exactly what I needed! Can't wait to make my way through all of these recipes!

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 12th of July 2023

Glad I could help


Friday 3rd of December 2021

Recipes are easy, understandable - I did have to go back when I had more time as this was ALOT in one place - But very appreciative for it - I have learned more on your site than in the past 3 months of researching and cooking with Instant pot. As new Rver this is absolutely the best - I don have to half recipes as it is just the Hubby and I with our two dogs. Thank you again - doing camp fire stew this weekend!

Kitchen Appliances

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

The recipe created by this blog tries out to be exactly what I tried to make. The information you have given about the steps of the recipe is correct.


Friday 27th of November 2020

I love these instant pot recipes. I really love all the recipes articles of your blog and I have learn many recipe with the help of these. Thank you for sharing this article.


Friday 14th of August 2020

I love instant pot recipes and the frozen chicken is definitely a good one!

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