A great list of Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners. From appetizers to main dishes, this list has something for everyone! This list offers a wide range of cuisines to meet taste preferences for everyone. Diets included in this roundup are Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Low Carb and Keto as well as recipes with meat as the star.
Expand Your Experience with an Instant Pot
One of the things that I love most about my Instant Pot is that I have made meals in it that I would have never attempted overwise. Using the Instant Pot encourages you to try out new spices, seasonings, and even cuisines! There are so many people out there that love their Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker and state that they would have never thought they could make what they have in their Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Beginner Recipes
Using an Instant Pot shouldn't be complicated. One of the most loved things about a pressure cooker is that it's faster than using a slow cooker (of course, right?) and that it doesn't need to be babysat while cooking. When cooking on the stovetop, it requires standing by the stove, adding ingredients, and stirring. With most of these Instant Pot recipes, it's as simple as adding the ingredients into the pot, closing the lid, and starting it! The meals including meat often require sauteeing first to brown the meat and lock in flavor. It's also a good idea to drain the grease from the meat to reduce the amount of fat in your recipe. A lot of people use 80/20 or 93/7 lean beef when cooking in their Instant Pot and don't drain. It's really just a preference, though!
Instant Pot Accessories
There are many Instant Pot accessories out there to choose from, but how do you know what you really need? Well, it depends on what you make!
7" Springform Pan - Great for cheesecake, lasagnas, cakes, and more. The Springform pan is also great for making "pot in pot" recipes!
Pressure Cooker Sling - perfect for lifting pans out of the Instant Pot hassle and burn-free!
Steamer Rack- The steamer rack comes in handy when making vegetables and even whole chicken!
Extra Silicone Rings for 6 Qt. - Sometimes the sealing rings of the Instant Pot wear out and causes issues with sealing. Other times, they absorb smells of the food you're cooking and it's nice to switch them out!
Extra Silicone Rings for 8 Qt.
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Quick and Healthy Meals in the Instant Pot
Due to busy lifestyles, people often sacrifice healthy food for convenient food. Making meals in the Instant Pot helps to keep families on a balanced and healthy diet. The Instant Pot can cook frozen meats and even food whole meals in the Instant Pot with no additional cooking time as if you were making the meals from fresh. There are many "less than 30 minutes" meals out there to choose from, and many of them are kid-friendly and healthy! The Instant Pot makes meal prep easier because you can make ahead your dinners and freeze them. Simply add the ingredients into the appropriately sized bags (may need to reshape and freeze to make it easy to add to the pot when frozen!) and put them in the freezer. No more worrying about forgetting to lay out dinner, it's one of my favorite things about my pressure cooker!
Great Beginner Recipes
Below is a list of easy and delicious recipes to help get you acquainted and comfortable with your pressure cooker. These are tried and true recipes and there is a wide variety to choose from!
Dana is an experienced recipe creator who crafts easy and delicious recipes for all levels of home cooks.
Her recipes range from classic comfort foods to healthy and nutritious meals, and she is always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to bring flavor and variety to the table.