If you’re a slow cooker enthusiast than you probably already know about the Instant Pot. I first heard about it on Amazon’s Prime Day and promptly ordered one for myself. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite easy Instant Pot recipes for beginners into one post–easy Instant Pot Recipes that you can feel confident starting out with.
What is an Instant Pot?
This awesome electric pressure cooker takes the place of several appliances (slow cooker and rice maker for starters) and makes all kinds of recipes a breeze. I love that cooking in the Instant Pot means I’m able to get the speed and efficiency of a pressure cooker with the ease of use I like in a slow cooker. Not to mention there is only one pot to clean up.
In the past I might have been a bit shy about using a pressure cooker. I remember seeing older ones that look like some kind of torture device–everyone’s grandmother had a story about the tops blowing off. Currently, I think electric pressure cookers like the Instant Pot are great. They’re safe, easy to use, and who doesn’t love a tech friendly gadget in the kitchen?!
These are some easy Instant Pot Recipes for beginners to get you started (or to add to your collection if you’re already an avid user). Can I just say how much I love the idea of using one device for ALL KINDS of recipes? Anything that lets me make stew and cheesecake in the same appliance is pretty much perfection.
Easy Instant Pot Staples
Make this easy Instant Pot brown rice and freeze it for later! I love making a ton of this so I can pull it out throughout the week.
Hard boiled eggs are a staple food in many homes. Here are my tips for making the perfect hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot.
I love having spaghetti squash ready for weeknight meals. It’s usually pretty inexpensive and lasts for a while on your counter until you’re ready to use it. Cooking spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot is so easy!
Making sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot is so simple. I love making several on Sunday and eating them with my lunches during the week.
Simple Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners
Crack Chicken and Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip The cooking methods to these recipes are almost identical–you just choose which seasonings you’d like. I love when I can use my Instant Pot to cook something like chicken as I’m preparing the rest of the recipe on the side.
Easy Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs My readers love this recipe because it’s so very simple and their kids love it. If you stress over making the meatballs, go ahead and just break the meat up and serve it that way–it’s still delicious!
Instant Pot Goulash This is another recipe that allows you to take advantage of the sauté feature. I love that after cooking the meat, this is a literal dump and go recipe.
This Tuscan Chicken Pasta recipe is one of my most popular recipes. Families love it and it’s super easy to make.
White Chicken Chili I love using trimmed chicken thighs in this recipe–they shred perfectly and I usually don’t need to touch them, just stir the pot a little after the cook time is done. Another super easy dump and go recipe.
Still looking for more? I have a lot of healthy Instant Pot recipes on my site. Though I chose these as the easiest, the others are pretty darn easy too. Most of the recipes also have a video that you can follow along with.
Easy Instant Pot Dessert Recipes
I highly recommend switching out your sealing ring before using your Instant Pot for desserts, since the sealing ring tends to hold onto meat odors. You can read more about cleaning and deodorizing your Instant Pot sealing ring here.
Healthy Lemon Bars are my favorite dessert to make in the Instant Pot. They do require a number of ingredients, I’ll admit to that–but they’re healthier than other recipes and so delicious.
This Instant Pot Apple Crisp recipe is one that I’d make every week if my waistline would let me! You can easily make this in the inner liner if you don’t have a pan that fits in your Instant Pot, but I have to admit I love cooking it in a pan (which is called the pot-in-pot method) so I can brown it in my oven after it cooks and before eating.
If you’re looking for more Instant Pot recipes, my friend Nancylynn has a post about What to Cook First in Your New Instant Pot.
You might be interested in reading these posts to learn more about your Instant Pot:
- How elevation can effect your Instant Pot
- Printable cooking times for meat in the Instant Pot
- Printable cooking times for vegetables in the Instant Pot
- How to convert recipes to Instant Pot
- The best Instant Pot accessories under $20
- Instant Pot cooking differences