In the busy hustle and bustle of everyday family and work life, we’ve recently discovered the wonderful convenience of the instant pot. The moment we got ours, our otherwise quick and stressful weekday dinnertimes became much more low maintenance without getting any less delicious. We have a pretty regular rotation of recipes and dinners that we make now, but we’re always still on the lookout for more scrumptious instant pot meals to try out!
Just in case you love the idea of having as many yummy instant pot meals on hand as you can just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas, flavour combinations, and recipes we’ve come across so far in our search.
1. Instant pot spaghetti
One of our very favourite things to use our instant pot for is to make quicker but still tasty versions of the homemade dishes we loved eating the most as a kid. That’s why we doubt you’ll be surprised to learn that we were very excited indeed to come across this delicious instant pot spaghetti recipe courtesy of Kristine’s Kitchen!
2. Instant pot butternut squash apple soup
One of the best parts of owning an instant pot in addition to or instead of just a crockpot or slow cooker is the fact that instant pots are much easier to make things like soups in! We’re huge soup fans no matter the season, but something about autumn like recipes really gets us particularly excited. That’s why we loved this instant pot butternut squash apple soup from Cooking With Curls so much!
3. Honey garlic instant pot chicken breasts
Meat is another thing that’s nice and easy to prepare in your instant pot, but the extra good thing about it is that it’s also very easy to add flavouring of different kinds to make an even more delicious meal! We made these honey garlic instant pot chicken breasts recently, also paired with rice and broccoli just like you see here on Kristine’s Kitchen, and the whole meal was a huge hit in our house!
4. Instant pot minestrone soup
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about instant hot pot soups but you’re just not sold on the flavour we showed you earlier on our list? Well, if you’re a vegetable lover then we have a feeling you’re going to adore this hearty minestrone soup recipe outlined step by step on Life Made Sweeter!
5. Instant pot chicken thighs with balsamic sauce
Perhaps the idea we’ve caught your attention the best with so far was actually when we spoke about making instant pot chicken, but you’re looking for something that tastes a little more tangy than the honey garlic flavour we showed you earlier? In that case, we have a feeling you’re going to get along very well indeed with this recipe from Savory Tooth for instant pot chicken thighs with balsamic sauce!
6. Instant pot hard boiled eggs
In addition to making full dinners in your instant pot, would you also love to learn how to make some simple lunch sides and snacks for the rest of your day? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll appreciate the way Kristine’s Kitchen suggests making some simple, tasty hard boiled eggs that are just as perfectly textured as when you boil them in a pot on the stovetop.
7. Vegetarian lentil tortilla soup
Just in case you’re actually still feeling very interested indeed in the idea of making soups in your instant pot but you’ve been scrolling through trying to find another hearty, vegetable heavy soup besides minestrone, here’s another alternative for your consideration! We adore the slight kick of this recipe from Peas and Crayons that teaches you how to make vegetarian lentil tortilla soup.
8. Instant pot pork lettuce wraps
Maybe you’ve been scrolling through our list hoping to find something a little lighter but still satisfying enough that it will fill you up like a whole meal? Then we’re pleased to tell you that we’re actually pretty sure these fantastic instant pot lettuce wraps outlined step by simple step on Sidewalk Shoes might actually be our favourite recipe on this whole list!
9. Instant pot chicken tortilla soup
Were you very intrigued indeed by the idea of making an instant pot soup that tastes just like your favourite Mexican tortillas but you’re not actually a vegetarian and you’re convinced you’d enjoy the dish better if it had some meat involved? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at the way Kristine’s Kitchen made this scrumptious instant pot chicken tortilla soup!
10. Instant pot Greek chicken
Just in case you’re not feeling done with the chicken recipes you can make in your instant pot but you’d like to have as many different kinds of chicken recipes on hand as possible, here’s another favourite in our house! Noshtastic walks you through the simple steps of making flavourful instant pot Greek chicken.
11. Low carb instant pot Buffalo chicken soup
Maybe the idea of making a chicken based soup of some kind really appeals to you but you’re not the biggest fan of tortilla soup flavours even though you wouldn’t mind keeping some of the spice you saw there? Well, if you’ve ever liked creamy based soups, then we have a feeling you’re going to adore the way Wholesome Yum made this low carb instant pot Buffalo chicken soup.
12. Healthy turkey chili recipe
Soups and chicken dishes aren’t the only thing you can make in your instant pot, of course! We’ve always been huge fans of chili, but we don’t often have time to make it homemade as frequently as we’d like. That’s why finding out how easy instant pot chili recipes are to make was such a gift! This healthy turkey chili recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen is actually another of our favourites.
13. Instant pot chili lime chicken
We’ve already talked about chicken recipes for the instant pot and we’ve talked a little bit about recipes that use lime, but what of you combined the two together? Well, that’s precisely what Boulder Locavore did here and we’re pleased to report that the result was nothing short of mouthwatering when we tried it in real life!
14. Instant pot Ragu with veggies
Was the idea that caught your attention the very best actually the very first instant pot spaghetti dish we showed you and now you can’t help wondering whether there aren’t other kinds of delicious, hearty pasta recipes you can make in your favourite convenient cooking tool? Then we have a feeling you’ll get a real kick out of the way My Kitchen Love made this satisfying instant pot Ragu with veggies of all kinds!
15. Instant pot stuffed pepper soup
So long as we’re talking about delicious and satisfying instant pot recipes that will keep you warm and full from the belly outward, here’s a wonderful recipe that falls somewhere between a chili and a soup thanks to how meaty it is! Salt and Lavender shows you in careful detail just how easily this tasty instant pot stuffed pepper soup can be made.
Do you have another favourite instant pot recipe that’s always a hit in your family but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about it or link us to the recipe in the comments section so we can try it out too!