Yes, You Can Cook Easy Weeknight Dinners Using Frozen Meat and an Instant Pot

instant pot korean bulgogi bbq tacos.

Half Baked Harvest

We've made no effort to hide our love for the Instant Pot. From a deliciously cheesy taco casserole to brothy beef pho, the internet's favorite kitchen appliance makes it possible to whip up healthy, wholesome meals at the press of a button. To broaden our Instant Pot recipe repertoire, we turned to none other than our tried-and-true food bloggers to add a fresh crop of easy weeknight dinners to our rotation.

Ahead, these foodie experts shares their favorite recipes that take only a minutes to prep. Trust us; you're going to want to pin these recipes right now, which feature exclusively frozen ingredients, so you can make them throughout the year.

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30-Minute Beer-Braised Chicken

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Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe: 30-Minute Beer-Braised Chicken

Hero Ingredient: Even if you're not a huge fan of beer, make sure you give this recipe a try. It doesn't have a beer-like taste, but the ale's boldness adds the most decadent and deep flavor to the sauce. Trust us; you'll love this dish.

Why We Love It: Especially during the colder months, we find ourselves constantly craving a warming slow-braised chicken, but we rarely find ourselves in the mood to put in the time and effort to actually make our culinary dreams a reality. Enter: this super easy chicken dinner from Half Baked Harvest. It takes all of 30 minutes to prepare.

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Korean Bulgogi BBQ Tacos


Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe: Korean Bulgogi BBQ Tacos

Hero Ingredient: Gochujang, a spicy Korean chili paste, is responsible for the delectable kick in these tacos. The chicken soaks it up while it cooks, giving it this incredible flavor we've never experienced before.

Why We Love It: Tacos are a regular staple for us, but we're ready for some variety, and this recipe definitely delivered. If you've tasted delicious tacos in California or Mexico, get ready for these because the subtle Korean flavors are going to blow your mind.

To save yourself a few minutes, make the salsa while the chicken is in the Instant Pot.

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15-Minute Instant Pot Italian Meatballs


The Modern Proper

The Recipe: 15-Minute Instant Pot Italian Meatballs

Hero Ingredient: The sauce definitely makes these party snacks a crowd-pleaser. Generally, we'd rather hav detailed instructions than take the reigns when it comes to whipping up a tasty treat, but in this case, we're down to try our own thing. Whether you want to use barbecue, marinara, or any sauce you like is totally up to you.

Why We Love It: Meatballs can be tricky to make. Leave them in the oven too long and they're like little stones, but take them out too early and you may be at risk of getting dangerously ill. This recipe is almost too easy because there are only too ingredients: frozen meatballs and your favorite sauce. We think we can handle that.

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork

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A Mindful Mom

The Recipe: Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Hero Ingredient: Believe it or not, apple juice is the make-or-break for this classic pulled pork recipe. A lot of pulled pork recipes call for water or broth, but apple juice adds an unexpected sweetness that seeps into the pork in all the right ways.

Why We Love It: Pulled pork is one of those dishes that you can get really creative with. Whether you serve it between hamburger buns and top it with homemade coleslaw, toss it on top of a pizza, or bake it in a flavor-packed taco, your options are pretty limitless.

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