Hands down, the hottest kitchen gadget for the past few years has been the Instant Pot. The device is marketed as a pressure cooker, rice maker, steamer, and more, all in one; it seemingly can do anything, and yet once you own one, you may be at a loss for exactly how to use it.
The manual that comes out of the box is not all that helpful. To make matters worse, there are so many settings that, without proper instruction, one could easily mess up an otherwise simple meal. The best way to decipher your Instant Pot is with a trusty cookbook.
There are probably hundreds of published cookbooks out there trying to capitalize on the Instant Pot madness, but many have been rushed to print. We scoured Amazon for the best Instant Pot cookbooks for everyone, from pressure cooker novices to experts, and for several different diets. Scroll down to review our recommendations and finally put your Instant Pot to good use.
As one of the few authorized guides on the appliance, this cookbook is compatible with all Instant Pot models. It is a no-nonsense compilation of recipes, a whopping 350 of them, and it will make you an expert in no time.
Keto followers, never fear. This cookbook is streamlined with recipes that are compatible with the keto diet, and many are more colorful and creative than what we consider typical diet fare. There are also many pictures to tempt you as you read.
For more seasoned IP experts, the Instant Pot Obsession will diversify your meals. The ingredients lists can run long and the book assumes your knowledge about pressure cooking, so if you have a history with your pot and want to spice up your diet, this is the one for you.
A cookbook completely focused on Indian food won’t be for everyone, but it still makes for a strong contender on this list. The flavors are unbeatable, and the spice levels can be adjusted to your palette. Beginners will love this book’s introduction and easy organization.
This cookbook is great for Instant Pot newbies and also for anyone who can’t seem to figure out their slow cooker, either. It is a pretty even split as far as the recipes go, and they all are easy and delicious.
Great for Instant Pot beginners and veterans alike, The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook is a trove of delicious meal ideas. The book features color photos and easy-to-follow instructions, which make both the book and the appliance fun to use.
As many reviewers note, this is not meant to help you make an instantaneous dinner so much as a dinner made in the Instant Pot. But if you are willing to put in the time with your magic machine, these recipes from New York Times columnist Melissa Clark will not disappoint.
While this is not the most ornate cookbook on the market, it was the best plant-based Instant Pot guide we could find. The simplicity may irk some chefs, but this is great for beginners, both to the IP and to vegan or vegetarian diets.