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Best Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes

Here’s all the Instant Pot Thanksgiving recipes you’ll need for the holidays! From Instant Pot turkey to pressure cooker side dishes & dessert, we’ve got you covered. Perfect list to use for all of November.

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Ok I am back with a roundup of the best Instant Pot Thanksgiving recipes! Of course we have over 100 more easy Instant Pot recipes on my site but these are great for the holidays. (originally published 9/18, affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Thanksgiving Recipes

I’m here to share a few of my favorite pressure cooker holiday recipes. Of course you can use them as Ninja Foodi recipes too, or whatever brand you have. If you have the latter, or the pressure cooker air fryer lid, you can make even more too.

Here’s the BIG list of everything you’ll need to create an Instant Pot Thanksgiving dinner for everyone in no time.

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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Instant Pot Thanksgiving

We have a recipe for the main dish, Instant Pot turkey of course but if you’re not a huge fan of that you could serve a pressure cooker ham which is a yummy dinner too no matter what time of year it is. You could easily use this list for your Instant Pot Christmas recipes too. This is why we love using this pot during this holiday.

  1. It frees up your oven space for other dishes on Thanksgiving Day
  2. Y’all can cook a dish very quickly
  3. You can saute, cook, and keep warm all in one pot

Hands down it is the best thing that has ever been invented for this holiday in particular. The #1 item that I ALWAYS make in it are Instant Pot mashed potatoes or garlic mashed potatoes. If nothing else, make that!

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Thanksgiving Recipes Pressure Cooker

Electric pressure cooker is what you will need, any brand. I just got my new Pioneer Woman Instant Pot with a non stick pot – you can use a Crockpot Express and/or Ninja Foodi too. For vegetables you will want a Instant Pot Steamer basket for sure.

Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes

6 c. bundt pan that fits into a 6 or 8 qt. IP is perfect for side dishes like my corn casserole and cornbread. I just bought mini mitts that have come in handy to get things out easier

Instant Pot ham is a great alternative in case you aren’t a huge fan of turkey. A great choice if there are only 2-4 of you too so there aren’t too many leftovers.

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Instant Pot Thanksgiving Dinner

Instant Pot Side Dishes are a must. I mean I think many times we could skip the meat entirely and just have an entire meal with just these. lol

If you’re having an all day affair start the day with this pressure cooker breakfast quinoa that’s amazing – make a toppings bar for fun!

The best Instant Pot cheesy bacon ranch potatoes are here. Use a mixture of different cheeses to make them over the top fantastic.

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Best Thanksgiving Sides Instant Pot

Instant Pot sweet potato casserole with a pecan topping or stop at the mashed sweet potatoes stage

Pressure cooker cornbread is really pretty to serve in this small bundt pan.

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Instant Pot white rice – basic recipe for cooked rice but is much easier than the stovetop method, something we use several times a week! For a healthier version, make Instant Pot brown rice. This way, it turns out fluffier than ever.

If you have picky kids coming just make a pot of Instant Pot macaroni and cheese so they’re happy.

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We always have some sort of fruit dish to serve on the side so this Instant Pot applesauce would work well for that.

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You can make Instant Pot quinoa as a healthier side dish instead of rice

Instant Pot Thanksgiving Desserts

Not necessarily traditional but people RAVE about our Instant Pot rice pudding which for me is my favorite no matter what holiday it is. Or Instant Pot chocolate rice pudding.

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Pressure Cooker Dessert Recipes

Fun Instant Pot caramel popcorn you can do with kids. It is fun to watch it pop up using a glass lid.

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Then take note and PIN this roundup of Christmas brunch menu ideas, and December Instant Pot recipes.

  • Make sure to use our leftover turkey recipe if you have any meat left. Don’t waste! You can make turkey stock out of the bones too.

If you’re celebrating with kids here are a few ideas to keep the day fun!

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Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes

24+ Instant Pot Thanksgiving recipes from side dishes to main dishes like a whole turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and this creamed corn in pressure cooker here.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword corn, cream, creamed, crockpot express, instant pot, ninja foodi, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 153kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Pour 1.5 c of water into your pressure cooker and put a trivet in the middle of your pot. In an oven safe bowl add your bag of frozen corn, 1 tbsp milk, butter and sugar. Place bowl on top of your trivet.
  • Close your lid and steam valve and set to pressure high for 4 minutes. Do a quick release. Remove the bowl and trivet, drain water inside the pot. Dump buttery corn mixture into your inner pot and set to saute, low setting.
  • Add shredded cheddar cheese and cream cheese (cut into small blocks so it melts easier) and stir slowly until all the cheeses melt. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 153 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 109mg5%
Potassium 151mg4%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 479IU10%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wednesday 13th of November 2019

I just bought an instant pot and need some recipes for it . Thank You Donna

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