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The Best Instant Pot Recipes To Make With The Pressure Cooker Feature

Let's embrace its wizardly ways.
01/18/2018 06:46am ET
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No matter how hard you fight it, an Instant Pot is almost certainly going to weasel its way into your life at some point.

The New York Times has written about it as “The Kitchen Gadget That Spawned A Religion.” Devotees of the appliance have branded themselves as “Potheads.” And almost more significantly, your Aunt Kathy in Florida has been posting to an Instant Pot Facebook group for the past year. Face it, the Instant Pot is officially mainstream.

Even if you already own two slow cookers and three different types of rice cookers, the Instant Pot can achieve a few things those devices can’t. Among the latest model’s functions are slow cooker, rice/porridge cooker, cake maker, yogurt maker, sauté/sear, steamer, warmer, sterilizer and most importantly for the purpose of this article, pressure cooker.

The pressure cooking function is a lifesaver for anyone who wants to turn big hunks of meat into tender, fall-off-the-bone deliciousness in a freakishly short amount of time. And if you’re someone who cooks a lot of legumes, the pressure cooker allows you to cook dried beans ― which typically require soaking overnight and several hours of cooking ― in less than an hour total, from start to finish. The Instant Pot’s pressure cooker feature doesn’t function much differently than a classic pressure cooker, but it gives you the benefit of being combined with about eight other appliances.

Pro tip: If you’re looking for Instant Pot recipes that take advantage of the pressure cooker feature, you don’t have to search specifically for “Instant Pot recipes” or buy cookbooks specifically written for Instant Pots (though Melissa Clark’s is exceptional, if you want one). Just search the internet or old cookbooks for “pressure cooker recipes,” which have existed for decades, and use those recipes interchangeably with the Instant Pot.

In the meantime, below we’ve collected some of our favorite recipes from bloggers. They all use the pressure cooker feature of the Instant Pot, so take your pick and find out what Aunt Kathy’s fuss is all about.

1
Instant Pot Chicken And Spinach Ramen
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Instant Pot Chicken And Spinach Ramen recipe from Half Baked Harvest
2
Life-Changing Instant Pot Beef Stew
Pinch of Yum
3
Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala
Savory Tooth
Get the Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala recipe from Savory Tooth
4
Instant Pot Turkey Meatballs And Spaghetti Squash
Half Baked Harvest
5
Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup
Peas and Crayons
Get the Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup recipe from Peas and Crayons
6
Instant Pot Spicy White Bean Beef Stew
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Instant Pot Spicy White Bean Beef Stew recipe from Half Baked Harvest
7
Pressure Cooker Ropa Vieja
A Calculated Whisk
Get the Pressure Cooker Ropa Vieja recipe from A Calculated Whisk
8
Instant Pot Mac And Cheese
Pinch of Yum
Get the Instant Pot Mac And Cheese recipe from Pinch of Yum
9
Instant Pot Spicy Pineapple Chicken Tacos
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Instant Pot Spicy Pineapple Chicken Tacos recipe from Half Baked Harvest
10
Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup
Pinch of Yum
Get the Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup recipe from Pinch of Yum
11
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Pinch of Yum
Get the Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe from Pinch of Yum
12
Instant Pot One-Pot Spaghetti With Meat Sauce
Skinny Taste
13
Instant Pot Red Beans And Rice
A Pinch of Healthy
Get the Instant Pot Red Beans And Rice recipe from A Pinch of Healthy
14
Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore
Lexis Clean Kitchen
Get the Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore recipe from Lexi's Clean Kitchen
15
Spicy Instant Pot Carrot Soup
Pinch of Yum
Get the Spicy Instant Pot Carrot Soup recipe from Pinch of Yum
16
Instant Pot Minestrone Soup
Pinch of Yum
Get the Instant Pot Minestrone Soup recipe from Pinch of Yum
17
Instant Pot Pumpkin Walnut Chili
Pinch of Yum
Get the Instant Pot Pumpkin Walnut Chili recipe from Pinch of Yum
18
Instant Pot Korean Beef Tacos
Pinch of Yum
Get the Instant Pot Korean Beef Tacos recipe from Pinch of Yum
19
Instant Pot Macaroni And Cheese Five Ways
Foodie Crush
Get the Instant Pot Macaroni And Cheese Five Ways recipe from Foodie Crush
20
Instant Pot Picadillo
Skinny Taste
Get the Instant Pot Picadillo recipe from Skinny Taste
21
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
Number 2 Pencil
Get the Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup recipe from Number 2 Pencil
22
Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
Cooking with Curls
Get the Instant Pot Pork Carnitas recipe from Cooking with Curls
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