Seriously, Anyone Can Master These 15 Instant Pot Recipes

Instant Pot whole cooked chicken

Courtesy of Root + Revel 

While the Crock Pot made it possible for dinner to practically cook itself, the Instant Pot (a pressure cooker, basically) 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.

With this handy kitchen appliance, there's always time to cook no matter how hectic your schedule may be. Get started with these 15 Instant Pot recipes for beginners, most of which take 45 minutes or less to prep. Do note however, that it takes roughly five to 20 minutes to preheat, depending on the recipe, as well as some time to release pressure from the pot once cooked, so we've taken that into account when calculating total cook times.

Keep reading for the easiest recipes to try in your Instant Pot tonight.

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Sticky Korean Chicken

Instant Pot sticky Korean chicken

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

Instant Pot cilantro lime rice

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

Instant Pot macaroni and cheese

Foodie Crush

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

Instant Pot mashed potatoes

Pinch of Yum

Another side dish to ease you into Instant Pot cooking, these mashed potatoes from Pinch of Yum 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

Vegan cauliflower chickpea curry

Food Faith Fitness

Whip up a simple, nutritious dinner in minutes with this easy vegan cauliflower chickpea curry recipe by Food Faith Fitness that's 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

Instant Pot chili garlic noodles

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

Spicy pineapple chicken tacos

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 in 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 tortillas, and top with a homemade pineapple-pomegranate salsa.

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Pork Chili Verde with Cheese

Instant Pot pork chili verde with cheese

Hola Jalapeño 

Chili verde is herby, spicy, and super savory. Make Hola Jalapeños Instant Pot version for pork chili verde with cheese with tomatillos, cilantro, garlic, Serrano chiles, and leeks. Use the sauté setting first before setting it on high for 50 minutes. Top with mozzarella.

Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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Beef and Chipotle Chili

Instant Pot beef and chipotle chili

Hola Jalapeño 

Ground beef, bell peppers, jalapeño, beans and a few other spices (including coriander and cumin) are all you need to make Hola Jalapeños recipe for beef and chipotle chili. You'll utilize the sauté function first before switching to the meat setting.

Total Time: 1 hour

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Instant Pot polenta

Feasting at Home 

Traditional polenta is time-intensive as stove top versions require constant stirring. With Feasting at Home's Instant Pot polenta recipe, however, all you have to do is to combine water, herbs, and spices on sauté mode. Then, slowly add corn meal and switch to high pressure. Top with roasted root vegetables, or whatever you like!

Total Time: 25 minutes

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Celeriac Risotto

Celeriac risotto with crispy mushrooms

Top With Cinnamon

Another grain-based meal made quicker in an Instant Pot is risotto. Top With Cinnamon's recipe for celeriac (celery root) risotto calls for the knobby root, onion, risotto rice, miso, mascarpone, and mixed mushrooms. For a little something extra, you could also add grated Parmesan, fresh basil, or arugula.

Total Time: 20 minutes

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Chana Masala

Chana Masala

Feasting at Home 

The most effort you'll probably exert when making Feasting at Home's recipe for chana masala is assembling all of the spices that make this dish shine––garam masala, cumin, coriander, chili powder, turmeric, and more. Don't be deterred, though. Since this recipe serves six to eight people, it will be enough to serve the family, or can be stretched across multiple lunches if you're enjoying solo.

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Creamy Instant Pot Pasta

Creamy Instant Pot pasta with fresh basil

A Couple Cooks 

To make A Couple Cooks's creamy Instant Pot pasta, all you need are a few spices, fire roasted tomatoes, goat cheese, and basil for garnish. Penne pasta is used here, but they recommend any short pasta shape. The food blogging duo do note that pasta made in an Instant Pot tend to produce softer than usual leftovers, so serve this dish immediately.

Total Time: 20 minutes

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Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Instant Pot lentil soup

A Couple Cooks

Hearty lentils, a tomato-based broth, and fennel make A Couple Cooks's Instant Pot lentil soup recipe filling and comforting. You'll begin in sauté mode with onion and fennel, and the rest of the ingredients will be cooked on high pressure.

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Easy Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Instant Pot whole cooked chicken

Root + Revel

The versatility of a whole cooked chicken cannot be overstated, and Root + Revel's recipe for one that can be ready in less than an hour means more time to dream up all of the ways to devour it. Add flavor with garlic, thyme, rosemary, sage, butter, and ghee, and set in broth.

Total Time: 20 minutes to cook, 15 minutes to release pressure

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