During Prime Day 2018, which is a 36-hour flash sale for Amazon Prime members, Amazon sold over 300,000 Instant Pots. CNBC published that Instant Pot has sold over 5 million products in just three years.

With so many people owning these time-reducing cooking devices, being armed with the right recipes can help make your life even easier. Whether you are interested in a main dish or dessert, these Instant Pot recipes can make nearly anything you can imagine in far less time.

To save even more time, all parts of the Instant Pot, except the outside base, are able to be put in the dishwasher. Between reducing cook times and simplifying cleanup, it is easy to see the reason so many people have purchased one.

Here are 25 mouthwatering Instant Pot recipes:

Plant Based

Skip the meat and save the planet and your health. According to The Times, it takes roughly 4,000 gallons of water to produce 2.2 pounds of beef, whereas it only takes 2.5 gallons to grow one potato plant. The more plant-based dishes you make, the better it is for the planet and your health.

Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes are an easy and affordable option for parties and meal prepping. Instant Pot recipe tips for baked potatoes include using one cup of water for three pounds of potatoes. Be sure to place the potatoes on the steam rack.

Braised Cabbage

A filling and flavorful sweet and spicy braised cabbage can be prepared in roughly 10 minutes. You will need to prepare the meal in two steps. The cabbage will be cooked in the pressure cooker. The sauce will be prepared in the pot once the cabbage wedges are removed.

Vegetable Lo Mein

You can actually cook both the noodles and the vegetables together. Place the noodles on the bottom with the veggies on top. Cover everything with the sauce and cooking liquid and you are done. The pressure cooker will take care of the rest.

Black Bean Burrito

Be sure to use a recipe that incorporates flavor for this meatless Instant Pot dish. Use beans and corn and add jalapeno, spices and broth to ensure the rice is packed with flavor. Serve in a wrap or in a bowl.

Pasta Puttanesca

You can change pasta puttanesca Instant Pot recipes to suit your preferences. Use either store-bought or homemade marinara sauce and use whichever type of olives you prefer. Cook the pasta and other ingredients together at the same time.

Lean Protein

If you are going to eat meat, lean protein is essential. According to the American Heart Association, red meat is full of saturated fat that leads to heart disease and high blood pressure. These lean protein Instant Pot recipes can help to keep your heart in top shape.

Rotisserie Chicken

The key to a moist rotisserie Instant Pot chicken is to add enough moisture. To be able to cook the entire chicken within 30 minutes, the chicken must be four pounds or less. You can make any type of chicken from jerk chicken to lemon and rosemary.

Pork Carnitas

The keys to sensational pork carnitas are the seasoning and the caramelized liquid at the end. You can even use fresh or frozen pork to make your carnitas. The tip is that you will have to add 10 minutes of cook time for every pound of frozen pork you use.

Thai Chicken Noodle Bowl

You no longer have to spend an hour to develop the complex flavors of Thai food. Now, you simply have to sear your chicken and add the other ingredients. You can even cook the noodles at the same time as the entire dish is prepared in six minutes.

Turkey Bolognese

You can have a spaghetti sauce ready in 10 minutes that tastes as though it was cooking all day. Be sure to brown the turkey and saute the onion before you add the other ingredients. Once all the ingredients are in the pot, use the pressure cooker setting to maximize flavor in minutes.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Indian food can be a time-consuming mess to prepare; however, these Instant Pot recipe tips allow you to eliminate dirty dishes and save time. You will only require five steps in one pot which include sauteeing, deglazing, pressure cooking, and finishing with cream.

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You can have fast, hot sides and a hands-free experience with these instant pot recipe tips. Sides are an excellent way to incorporate more vitamins and nutrients into your meals, and you can make a large batch as meal prep for the week.

Apple Sauce

Save money and improve your health with Instant Pot applesauce. You can use a wide range of apple varieties. If you are looking for a healthier version to feed your loved ones, be sure to look for Instant Pot recipes that are sugar-free.


Instant Pot recipe tips exist for nearly every type of rice. If you have never been able to cook rice properly, Instant Pot eliminates the guesswork. Simply follow the rice-to-water ratio based on the type of rice you are preparing, place the lid, set your timer and you are ready to go.

Vegetable Medley

Place any vegetable combination that you prefer into the pot, including potatoes if you like. Cover with water or vegetable broth and pressurize for five minutes. Remember that seasonal vegetables are always better.


Take dry chickpeas and make them tender and juicy in less than 30 minutes with your Instant Pot. This quick soak and pressurized cooking method allows you to make velvety smooth hummus in minutes rather than a day.

Baked Beans

Some Instant Pot baked bean recipes take over an hour; however, others take only 30 minutes. To reduce cooking time, use canned beans. To make a healthier version, use a recipe that makes bbq sauce from scratch.

Baked Goods

You no longer have to wait hours for fresh and delicious baked goods to show your loved ones just how much you care. You can make everything in an Instant Pot from bread to breakfast.


Cornbread is always a good idea. With the help of Instant Pot recipes, you can cut down the bake and prep time. The results will be best if you use a seven-inch springform pan covered with cooking spray. Be sure to use the pressure cooker setting.

Cinnamon Rolls

You can make cinnamon rolls within 30 minutes for a special treat. Cinnamon rolls do take some work; however, the end results are priceless. And, you can freeze them so that you have them for breakfast or brunch at any time.


You can easily make giant pancakes inside the pot. Be sure to grease the sides of the cooker with cooking spray before you begin, and use a spatula to loosen and remove the pancake as it can stick.


If you have a seven-inch round pan and aluminum foil, you can make a frittata inside your Instant Pot. This simple baked good is as easy as eggs and vegetables. You can add any other ingredients you like from bacon and cheese to ham and asparagus.

Dinner Rolls

Instant Pot recipes for dinner rolls can be no knead so that you can complete the bake time in 15 to 20 minutes. Dinner rolls have never been so easy to prepare at home for a healthier and less expensive option.

Sweet Treats

Even if you do not consider yourself a well-versed baker, these Instant Pot recipe tips will allow you to make scrumptious desserts in minutes. These recipes are perfect for dinner parties and holidays.

Japanese Cheesecake

A Japanese cheesecake is lighter and fluffier than the more dense US version. To accomplish the delicate texture of this type of cheesecake, an Instant Pot is the perfect cooking device. In 17 minutes, you can have a silky smooth and sinfully delicious dessert.

Chocolate Lava Cake

Timing is essential when it comes to chocolate lava cake. If you live in a higher altitude, it may take a minute or two longer to cook than many recipes suggest. It is also important to note that you cannot allow the pressure to release too slow or it will overcook.

Banana Cake

If you have a bundt pan, you can make this delicious banana cake. If you do not have buttermilk, mix milk and vinegar as an easy kitchen hack. The riper the banana, the stronger the banana flavor will be throughout the cake.

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Apple Crisp

You can have a rustic dessert ready in less than 10 minutes. When apples are in season, it is time to make apple crisp. Instant Pot recipes for apple crisps will use the pressure cooker feature to ensure the apples are tender.

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

You will require the Instant Pot muffin cups to make these rich and soft dessert bites. The zucchini adds a touch of health, and if you use dark chocolate, you can make it even healthier. Be sure to let the muffins rest before you eat them for the best results.

Final Thoughts on Instant Pot

Instant Pot recipes are nearly endless. You can make all types of meals to satisfy any and all dietary preferences. Save precious money and time by preparing your food in an Instant Pot. From breakfast to dessert, you no longer have to spend hours in the kitchen.