Seriously, Anyone Can Master These Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

Updated 04/25/19
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While the crockpot made it possible for dinner to practically cook itself, the Instant Pot takes this idea one step further and speeds up the process. Instead of slowly cooking dinner over the course of a few hours, the Instant Pot makes a full meal in a matter of minutes.

It might sound like something straight out of a Jetson's cartoon, but this device is actually quite practical and extremely easy to use—in fact, it's one of the most popular items on Amazon, with a torrent of rave reviews. With this handy gadget, there's always time to cook no matter how hectic your schedule may be. Get started with these Instant Pot recipes for beginners, which take 30 minutes or less to prepare.

Sticky Korean Chicken

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Half Baked Harvest

For a Korean-inspired meal that's ready in under 30 minutes, try this sticky Korean chicken recipe from Half Baked Harvest. Simply spend 10 minutes preparing a sweet and spicy sauce made of soy sauce, honey, gochujang, and sesame oil directly in your Instant Pot and toss in boneless, skinless chicken breasts. It takes just eight minutes to cook on high pressure. Once it's done, serve over steamed rice with a bit of kimchi, mango, and green onions.

Total Time: 20 minutes

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Cilantro Lime Rice

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Food Faith Fitness

If you're a true beginner and aren't ready to tackle a main course, start with a side of this cilantro lime rice from Food Faith Fitness. With just three ingredients, this flavorful side could not be any easier. All you need is uncooked white rice, chopped cilantro, and fresh lime juice. Add the ingredients to the Instant Pot, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.

Total Time: 20 minutes

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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

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Thanks to the Instant Pot, a serving of delicious macaroni and cheese can be all yours after just five minutes of cook time with this recipe from Foodie Crush. Blend together a variety of cheeses like sharp cheddar, gouda, Swiss, and fontina to make an exceptionally creamy combination. Add all the ingredients to the Instant Pot and cook for five minutes before stirring in your choices of cheeses and some evaporated milk.

Total Time: 15 minutes

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Mashed Potatoes

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Pinch of Yum

Another side dish to ease you into Instant Pot cooking, these mashed potatoes will be ready to serve in 30 minutes flat so you can focus on the main course. Start by peeling russet potatoes and placing them into the Instant Pot along with a few cups of water and a pinch of salt. After giving them a good steam, drain the potatoes and mix in butter, olive, oil, cream cheese, and Parmesan for creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Vegan Cauliflower Chickpea Curry

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Whip up a simple, nutritious dinner in minutes with this easy vegan cauliflower chickpea curry recipe made for Instant Pot beginners. Begin by cooking some vegetables in the Instant Pot using the sauté setting. Then, add coconut milk, diced tomatoes, and yellow curry paste to the mix. Finish it off by stirring in chickpeas and cauliflower before cooking the combination on high for just five minutes. Make a quick batch of rice to go with the curry, and dinner is served.

Total Time: 20 minutes

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Chili Garlic Noodles

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Pinch of Yum

Spice up dinner with these sweet, sticky, umami-flavored brown rice noodles from Pinch of Yum. Add chicken or tofu for protein, with peanuts and red peppers for flavor. Simply place all your ingredients except for red peppers in the Instant Pot and cook for three minutes (yep, just three minutes). Toss in the peppers after the noodles have cooked, and garnish with sesame seeds, green onions, and hot sauce for the final touch.

Total Time: 8 minutes

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Spicy Pineapple Chicken Tacos

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Half Baked Harvest

This recipe for spicy pineapple chicken tacos proves that flavorful, fun meals can be made by even the most reluctant home cooks. Bursting with fresh, fragrant ingredients, these tacos can be made the Instant Pot if you combine chicken breasts with seasonings, pineapple, and poblano peppers. After the chicken is cooked, shred it up, pile a portion into warmed taco shells, and top with a homemade pineapple-pomegranate salsa.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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