The Best Recipes To Make With Your Instant Pot

If you just got your first Instant Pot, congratulations: You're in for a world of delicious and easy home cooking! This handy appliance speeds up the cooking process of many recipes without losing any of the flavors that you know and love. And because most recipes are cooked entirely inside the Instant Pot, you won't have to deal with washing multiple pots and pans. If you seem to always be short on time, this appliance helps you quickly whip up yummy meals on a daily basis. While an Instant Pot is mostly known for its use as a pressure cooker, it can actually do much, much more. According to Taste of Home, the most popular type of Instant Pot can be used as a slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and to sauté meats and veggies. 

Maybe you're looking for your first recipe to try, or maybe you've been using your Instant Pot for years and want some fresh ideas. Either way, you came to the right place. We've gathered 50 of the best and highest-rated Instant Pot recipes on Mashed: Dinners, desserts, soups, side dishes, drinks, and more!  

1. Instant Pot Chicken

Right after you purchase your Instant Pot, a great way to begin to understand its power is to make some chicken. This recipe is sure to blow your mind. After only five minutes of prep time and 10 minutes of cook time, you will have scrumptious chicken right at your fingertips.

For this recipe, all you need is chicken breasts, chicken broth, black pepper, and salt. Once the Instant Pot is finished doing its magic, you can turn it into shredded chicken or you can simply grab a fork and dig in. The chicken will be unbelievably flavorful no matter how you decide to present it at the dinner table.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken

2. Instant Pot Beef Stew

On a cold winter's night, nothing can warm you up quite as quickly as beef stew. This recipe makes a stew so tasty that this is sure to become one of your go-to meals. Even though it's all cooked in the same pot, you'll be amazed that everything from the potatoes to the meat has the perfect texture.

This recipe also includes healthy baby carrots and onions. And if you're fretting about degraded vitamins in those vegetables, don't worry, as veggies cooked in the Instant Pot are just as nutritious as vegetables cooked using any other method.

Recipe: Instant Pot Beef Stew

3. Instant Pot Ribs

There's no need to fire up your smoker and wait hours upon hours for your ribs to be done. This recipe will have your slab of baby back ribs ready to eat in less than one hour. Yes, seriously. You'll be surprised how easy these ribs are to make, how much time you can save, and how great they end up tasting after all of that. You can even opt to use your favorite dry rub and barbecue sauce as part of this recipe that's sure to impress everyone at your next dinner party.

Recipe: Instant Pot Ribs

4. Instant Pot Carnitas

Another meat dish you can make easily in your Instant Pot is carnitas. If you've never had it before, this classic Mexican dish is made with pork shoulder and is extremely popular well beyond its original Mexican home. Follow this recipe once and you will completely understand why just about everyone loves carnitas.

Once the meat is done, you can add it to burritos, tacos, guacamole, nachos, or anything else you can imagine. If you don't have a base to take on the carnitas, then, well, there's nothing wrong with eating them straight out of your Instant Pot. We won't tell.

Recipe: Instant Pot Carnitas

5. Instant Pot Pozole

Pozole, not to be confused with menudo, is another favorite from Mexican cuisine that you can create in an Instant Pot. Like carnitas, pozole is made using pork shoulder. While other versions of this dish may end up looking red or white due to the various ingredients they call for, this recipe results in a hearty green soup that tastes even better than it smells. And it smells pretty fantastic, believe us.

In addition to pork shoulder, this recipe draws upon many yummy ingredients including tomatillos, green chiles, white hominy, oregano, and lime juice. Your green pozole will be so authentic-tasting and mouth-watering that you'll eat bowl after bowl of this stuff.

Recipe: Instant Pot Pozole

6. Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

Can you make pasta in an Instant Pot? Yes, not only is it possible, it's a great way to save time without sacrificing any taste. Spaghetti and meatballs has become an American classic that's appropriate for any occasion, from a midafternoon snack to a fancy dinner. And this recipe is nothing less than a game-changer. In less than half an hour, you'll go from zero to culinary hero in your own household. If you're looking for a quick meal to feed a hungry family that will result in ear-to-ear smiles, then look no further.

Recipe: Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

7. Instant Pot Zuppa Tuscana

Another Italian-inspired dish you can make in your Instant Pot is Zuppa Toscana. If you like the Olive Garden's version of this soup, you will adore this version. The recipe is straightforward and the soup it makes puts all of Olive Garden's soups to shame.

The meats in this Zuppa Toscana are hot Italian sausages and bacon. Along with the kale and the heavy cream, the meat is what will stand out the most.

Recipe: Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

8. Instant Pot Loaded Mashed Potatoes

When you're thinking of making a side order in your Instant Pot, one option is to use your Instant Pot as a rice cooker to quickly make a big bowl of rice. However, sometimes you need more pizzazz than rice has to offer. That's where this recipe comes into play. You'll be thrilled with these mashed potatoes that are supercharged with bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions, sour cream, and more. It's a memorable side that will leave your taste buds in awe.

Recipe: Instant Pot Loaded Mashed Potatoes

9. Instant Pot Baked Beans

Another side dish that you will surely enjoy is Instant Pot baked beans. This recipe is perfect for everything from a picnic outing to acting as a hearty companion for a juicy burger. You start with dry great northern beans and you end up with mouthwatering baked beans — with no baking required!

Sometimes, baked beans can have a dull taste. With this recipe, thanks to the addition of brown sugar, spicy mustard, barbecue sauce, ketchup, and bacon, being boring is never an issue. If you want to kick things up another notch, the recipe even includes the option of adding cayenne and jalapeno pepper for a spicy kick.

Recipe: Instant Pot Baked Beans

10. Instant Pot Pumpkin Pie

Don't be one of those people who overlook the fact that an Instant Pot is a great way to make dessert. This recipe for pumpkin pie produces a sweet treat beyond what you thought was possible with this kitchen gadget. Yes, it's really true that pumpkin pie which looks and tastes like its oven-baked cousins can be made right on your countertop, with your Instant Pot doing all the heavy lifting. You'll be amazed to find that the texture of it is arguably superior to the version you can bake in your oven or find in your local bakery.

Recipe: Instant Pot Pumpkin Pie

11. Instant Pot Snickerdoodle French Toast Casserole

For another imaginative sweat treat, follow this scrumptious recipe to make an Instant Pot snickerdoodle French toast casserole. The name may look intimidating, but don't let that stop you from trying your hand at this Instant Pot creation. The bliss you'll experience when this treat enters your mouth is well worth the effort. You can eat this Instant Pot creation as a French toast replacement for breakfast or serve it as a dessert your entire family is sure to love. As is, this recipe makes six servings, so you should even have more for seconds.

Recipe: Instant Pot Snickerdoodle French Toast Casserole

12. Instant Pot Lemonade

There are a lot of foods you probably expected to make in your Instant Pot, but who could have guessed that it can also make an incredible glass of lemonade! If you've ever tried to make homemade lemonade by simply stirring together lemon juice, water, and sugar, it probably resulted in a drink with gritty, undissolved sugar crystals and a disappointing imbalance of sweetness and tartness. This recipe solves that by quickly turning these ingredients into a lemon-flavored simple syrup that combines smoothly with water or other mixers. It couldn't be easier: Just add fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and sugar to the Instant Pot and in only five minutes, you've got a thick and powerfully-flavored lemon syrup. 

Give the syrup an hour or longer to chill in the fridge, and then it's ready to use! When blended with ice, club soda, and garnished with a fresh lemon slice it makes a sweet and refreshing homemade lemonade. You can also use the lemon syrup in cocktails or to make a summery Arnold Palmer. 

Recipe: Instant Pot Lemonade

13. Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

Let's use that Instant Pot to make something really fun — like a rich, chocolaty dessert. This recipe allows you to bake up a beautiful, round cake without even turning on your oven. However, you'll still need a cake pan: A seven or eight-inch round pan works best, either nonstick or a regular one that's been coated with butter or nonstick spray. After mixing together the cake ingredients, the batter is poured into the pan, and then the top is tightly covered in foil. Add water to the bottom of your Instant Pot along with the trivet insert, and set the wrapped cake pan on the trivet. Lock the lid in place and cook the cake in the Instant Pot for just under 40 minutes. 

When finished, the chocolate cake emerges perfectly cooked, fluffy, and moist. Let it cool and then frost and garnish the cake as you wish.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

14. Instant Pot Birria Tacos

Birria is a traditional Mexican recipe and a popular street food, according to The Spruce Eats. It's made by slowly cooking meat with dried chilies, onion, garlic, and spices, and can be enjoyed as a stew or piled into tacos. Authentic birria takes a couple of hours to braise in the oven, but what's great about making it in an Instant Pot is that the whole process is finished in about 45 minutes. 

This recipe includes a seasoning blend of smoky ancho peppers, bay leaves, cinnamon, coriander, and cumin, so the tender birria meat is loaded with flavor. Though traditional birria is made with goat meat or mutton, this recipe uses inexpensive and easy to find chuck roast. Once the meat is finished cooking and is shredded into the sauce, melt Cheddar cheese in tortillas on the stovetop and pile the birria meat inside. It's a warming, filling meal!

Recipe: Instant Pot Birria Tacos

15. Instant Pot Brown Rice

It's worth keeping a batch of cooked, healthy brown rice on hand to add to dishes like burritos, soups, and rice bowls. However, Cooking Light notes that making brown rice can be a pain, especially when compared with quicker-cooking white rice varieties. Home cooks have to keep brown rice at a constant simmer for 45 to 50 minutes while also watching for boil overs and burned bottoms. Instant Pot to the rescue! This recipe shaves the cooking time down to about 35 minutes, but most importantly allows you to cook brown rice without having to stand guard over it. 

The only ingredients you need are brown rice, water, and a little salt — if you'd like you can also add in seasonings, aromatics, or butter for extra flavor. Give everything a quick stir, then seal and set the Instant Pot to cook the rice. When finished, the rice is perfectly cooked and fluffy.

Recipe: Instant Pot Brown Rice

16. Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

On a cold, wintry day there's nothing quite like a hearty bowl of chicken and dumplings. Making this dish in an Instant Pot means you can get these homecooked flavors in a lot less time, and you can make it any time of year — even in the summer, since you won't have to worry about heating up the kitchen. This recipe has another advantage as well: All of the steps are done inside the appliance, so you'll save time on dishwashing as well. 

The recipe begins with a simple dumpling dough that gets mixed together by hand. Then, chicken thighs get sautéed in the Instant Pot until they're browned and cooked through — once cooled the chicken can be pulled into shreds. Aromatics and herbs get sautéed next, then chicken broth, potatoes, and dumplings go in. The sauce plus peas and carrots cook up in the Instant Pot in 15 minutes — and then dinner is ready.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

17. Instant Pot Roasted Potatoes

Instant Pots make it easy to cook side dishes quickly and easily so you can focus your time and attention on other parts of the meal, and this side is one of our favorites. Start with two pounds of baby potatoes, and use the sauté function on the Instant Pot to brown the potatoes in butter. Then, add garlic powder and chicken broth to the pot, lock the lid, and set the pot for eight minutes. This will finish cooking the potatoes so that the insides are tender and fluffy. All that's left is a garnish of fresh parsley.

The nice thing about this recipe is that you can change it up if you want. Try different varieties of baby potatoes, or swap out the garlic powder for other seasonings that complement your meal, like an Italian spice blend, curry powder, smoky chili powder, or even Old Bay — perfect for potatoes served with crab legs or lobster.

Recipe: Instant Pot Roasted Potatoes

18. Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

While this dish does need to marinate ahead of time, the fact that it cooks up so quickly in the Instant Pot makes that an acceptable trade-off. If you've never heard of biryani, Atlas Obscura says it's a favorite dish across India and Pakistan, and has been prepared in these regions for centuries. Biryani varies from region to region, but generally speaking it consists of seasoned rice cooked with meat and dozens of spices and aromatics including saffron, rosewater, garlic, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon. 

This version brings together ingredients that are easy to find in U.S. grocery stores. Before they go in the pot, chicken thighs need to marinate in lemon juice, yogurt, and spices for a minimum of three hours. This means that you can start the marinating in the morning or even the night before you plan to cook it. After giving chopped onions a quick sauté, the marinated chicken, rice, and broth cook up in just 15 minutes in the Instant Pot. Serve it with pieces of naan bread and garnish with cilantro and sliced chilies.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

19. Instant Pot Chickpeas

Chickpeas are another staple that are easy to prepare in your Instant Pot, and are great to have on hand to whip up lots of snacks and meals. This one is especially refreshing if you usually buy canned chickpeas, which have a limited storage life once the can is opened. Instead, use this recipe to cook up inexpensive dried chickpeas. Just combine a pound of dried chickpeas (also sold as garbanzo beans) with six cups of water in the Instant Pot, then set it to cook for 50 minutes. That may seem like awhile, but since the Instant Pot is doing all the work you're free to do other food prep or watch the next episode of whatever show you're currently binging! Plus, The Spruce Eats says that cooking dried chickpeas on the stovetop requires a full hour, plus 12 hours of soaking beforehand — so the Instant Pot still comes out ahead. 

Store the cooled, cooked chickpeas in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for months. Use your cooked chickpeas to make batches of homemade hummus, to make cold salads, and many other recipes, too.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chickpeas

20. Instant Pot Kettle Corn

Your Instant Pot can also make a quick snack perfect for movie nights and after-school snacks: kettle corn. The ingredients are very simple: Popcorn kernels, olive oil (or any kind of vegetable oil), and salt. There's also a little bit of sugar in the mix, which gives the sweetness that makes kettle corn one of our most favorite fair food snacks. 

Instead of locking the ingredients in the Instant Pot to cook up under pressure, in this recipe you use the appliance much like you would a regular pot on the stove. Set the Instant Pot to the sauté setting, and once the oil and ingredients are hot place the lid over the top. Give the covered Instant Pot a few gentle shakes as the popcorn kernels pop, and in just two or three minutes the kettle corn is ready to serve. It pops up more reliably than when done on the stovetop, and without all the additives and preservatives in microwave popcorn.

Recipe: Instant Pot Kettle Corn

21. Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers

Okay, we're drooling just thinking about this easy dish! The savory sausages and sliced peppers with onions can be enjoyed piled into toasted hoagie rolls, over cooked rice, or with a side of buttery egg noodles.  The recipe calls for mild Italian sausage, but you can easily sub in spicy Italian sausage, juicy brats, or spicy chorizo. The sausages get seared in the Instant Pot, and then strips of multicolored bell peppers and onion are sautéed until soft. Tomatoes, spices, and chicken broth are added in along with the sausages, and then it's time for the Instant Pot to work its magic. In only 10 minutes, the sausages are cooked through with a flavorful sauce that you can ladle into your dish along with the onions and peppers. 

This is a great recipe to make for casual family dinners, or to set out with rolls for Super Bowl parties and potluck meals.

Recipe: Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers

22. Instant Pot Refried Beans

This is a great recipe to make and use throughout the week. Or you can make it in anticipation of a big crowd coming over! It requires only a few ingredients, a quick sauté, and the magic of the Instant Pot. 

Refried beans begin with diced onion and garlic, which you add with some oil to the Instant Pot set to the sauté function. Once they're cooked and soft, stir in two cups of dried pinto beans. (Be sure to rinse them first!) This recipe calls for chili powder and ground cumin, but you can any spices you like or even sauté some chili peppers with the onion and garlic to make a spicy batch. Then secure the lid and set the Instant Pot to pressure cook the beans. The total cooking time including the venting at the end is just over an hour, but since no monitoring is needed, that leaves you free to prep other food, clean the house, or just veg on the couch. When finished, blend the beans to make them smooth and creamy. They last in the fridge for five days or in the freezer for a month.

Recipe: Instant Pot Refried Beans

23. Instant Pot Cheesecake

Did you know that you can make this indulgent dessert in your Instant Pot? It's true! There are several advantages. For one, the cooking time is less than if you use an oven. (Food Network's basic cheesecake recipe, for example, takes over an hour to bake.) Plus, making a cheesecake without an oven means no heating up the kitchen: Great news if you live in a hot climate or if it's the peak of summer!  

Begin by blending graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter to make a sweet crust in the bottom of a lined springform pan — this recipe recommends a 7.5-inch pan that can fit inside your Instant Pot. Once the crust is ready, blend the cheesecake ingredients and spread the mixture over the crust. Pour some water in the bottom of the Instant Pot and set the cheesecake pan inside on the trivet. The cake will be done in about 45 minutes total. Give it time to cool and chill, and then top your cheesecake with anything you wish: Our favorite toppings include cherries, strawberries, chocolate, salted caramel, or crushed Oreos.

Recipe: Instant Pot Cheesecake

24. Instant Pot Creamy Garlic Chicken

The most appealing feature of an Instant Pot is how quickly you can have a meal ready to go, and this recipe is a perfect example. It's a fantastic option for a weeknight dinner. 

All of the steps in this recipe — searing the chicken thighs, sautéing aromatics, cooking the chicken, and making the sauce — are done right inside the Instant Pot. It's always nice when the number of pots and pans to wash after dinner are kept to an absolute minimum! While the chicken cooks, you'll have plenty of time to set the table and make a side like fluffy rice or a pot of pasta. The sauce is creamy and thick thanks to sour cream and Parmesan cheese. The recipe calls for bone-in chicken thighs, but also gives the option of using boneless thighs or breast — which cook even faster! Whichever you choose, this recipe is destined to become your new favorite dinner.

Recipe: Instant Pot Creamy Garlic Chicken 

25. Instant Pot Coconut Rice

Here's another recipe that's great to make ahead of time to use as a building block in countless lunch or dinner dishes. The ingredients are simple: a long-grain rice like jasmine or basmati, unsweetened coconut milk, and salt. After sealing the ingredients in the Instant Pot, it only takes 10 minutes to transform them into fluffy, tender rice with a hint of sweetness and the delicate flavor of coconut. 

What can you do with this coconut rice? Try layering it in a grain and veggie Buddha bowl or serving it as a side with stir-fried vegetables and a protein like tofu or chicken. New York Times Cooking likes to serve coconut rice with sliced, pickled chilies and a fried egg. They also suggest cooking it with a little sugar for a dessert rice that's lovely with mango or other fresh, tropical fruits. This Instant Pot recipe makes three cups of rice that you can keep in the fridge for up to five days.

Recipe: Instant Pot Coconut Rice

26. Instant Pot Spiced Apple Cider

This is a fantastic way to take advantage of freshly picked apples in the fall. But don't just save it for fall: This recipe is so easy you can enjoy any time of the year! This cider is made with chunks of fresh apples and oranges, along with a couple of cinnamon sticks. Everything cooks down inside the Instant Pot in about 15 minutes. Once you strain out the cider and lightly mash the fruit to get every last drop, you have a warm, robust drink that's full of flavor. You can try this cider with other spices, too — Ina Garten's mulled wine recipe on Food Network adds whole star anise and cloves to the mixture. 

This spiced cider is delicious as a cocktail mixer; try it simply blended with whiskey and a little honey. Delish has a tempting Harvest Mimosa recipe that combines your chilled, spiced cider with cranberry juice and Prosecco. And to really warm up on a chilly day, try Town & Country's hot Old World Toddy with spiced cider, Jägermeister, aged rum, and pomegranate honey!

Recipe: Instant Pot Spiced Apple Cider

27. Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers

Hollowed bell peppers filled with a savory meat and rice mixture and baked until tender are a favorite dinnertime treat. When made with different colored peppers they're as stunning to look at as they are delicious. The only downside is that they take a little longer to make: Ree Drummond's stuffed peppers recipe on Food Network takes over an hour and a half. That's what makes these stuffed peppers so special: They're ready in less than an hour! 

Use the Instant Pot to sauté ground turkey and then add rice, diced tomatoes, and spices. This filling gets spooned into prepared bell peppers, topped with cheese, and baked in the oven for only 15 minutes. The rice mixture can even be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge for up to five days. This makes it easy to fill and bake the peppers in a flash on a busy weeknight or just before guests arrive for dinner.

Recipe: Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers

28. Instant Pot Crab Legs

How often do you treat yourself to this seafood delight at home? There's no need to wait for your next trip to a local surf and turf restaurant, because this recipe is ridiculously easy and fast. The longest part of this recipe is to prepare clarified butter, which is done on the stovetop beforehand. Butter is slowly heated until the milk solids separate and settle to the bottom. The butter is then strained to remove the solids. To make the crab legs, simply place them in an Instant Pot with some water, and then cook under pressure for just three minutes. Serve the legs right away with the clarified butter and a side like fresh corn on the cob, salad, and a crisp chardonnay. 

To save time with the butter step there are a couple of options. One is to purchase some ghee, which is similar to clarified butter but with a stronger flavor. Or, use your microwave!

Recipe: Instant Pot Crab Legs

29. Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

It's not easy to commit to eating a good breakfast every morning. That is, it wasn't easy until we heard about these steel cut oats! These type of grains are much less processed than the flattened grains of old-fashioned or instant oats, according to Eating Well. While all oatmeal varieties have the same impressive nutritional benefits, like supporting heart health and controlling blood sugar, steel cut oats have the advantage of being heartier and more filling. Fans also love the nutty, more toothsome texture.

Steel cut oats also need a longer cook time, which can be a challenge on time-crunched mornings — especially when made on the stovetop, where you have to watch the oats constantly so they don't boil over or dry out. With this recipe, you just add the steel cut oats and water to the Instant Pot and walk away. The cooked oats come out creamy, moist, and ready to be topped with fruit, nuts, milk, or syrup. Plus, these oats are easy to reheat throughout the week.

Recipe: Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

30. Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

People love spaghetti squash because when cooked, the flesh turns into golden strands that look just like spaghetti! It's a great gluten-free option to traditional pasta, as well as a fun way to get more veggies on your plate. According to Martha Stewart's recipe, roasting a spaghetti squash in the oven can take an hour, which can be difficult to work around on a busy night. The solution? You guessed it: Make spaghetti squash in your Instant Pot.

The recipe takes less than 25 minutes, leaving you with more time to get other parts of the meal prepared. You'll need to use the trivet rack that comes with the Instant Pot and add a little water to the bottom before putting in the squash halves inside. Food.com shares that spaghetti squash can range from four to eight pounds; the most important consideration when shopping for one is to choose a squash that, when sliced in half, can fit into your Instant Pot on the trivet.

Recipe: Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

31. Instant Pot Dirty Rice

This savory rice dish got its name from the delicious variety of colors and textures found throughout it. If you've never had it before you're in for a real treat, and this recipe helps you get it to the table quick. Serious Eats says that dirty rice is a Cajun dish beloved in the South, especially in New Orleans where it's served with red beans, okra, or fried chicken. Its flavor comes from plenty of seasonings like cayenne and sage, plus spicy sausage and giblets like chicken liver. 

To make dirt rice in an Instant Pot, start by sautéing sausage and chopped chicken livers, followed by what Serious Eats calls the "holy trinity" of vegetables: celery, onion, and bell peppers, along with some carrots. Then add in all the seasonings, sauces like Worcestershire and tabasco, chicken stock, and rinsed rice. In less than 20 minutes, you get fluffy rice that's chock full of flavor and spice. Enjoy it as a meal all on its own, or as a side for seafood or chicken.

Recipe: Instant Pot Dirty Rice

32. Instant Pot Brunswick Stew

This hearty stew rich with veggies, meat, and flavorful sauce is a perfect cold-weather comfort food. And since it makes as many as eight servings, it's a great choice for a big family meal. 

The ease of the dish comes in large part thanks to frozen, pre-prepped vegetables like sliced okra, corn, and lima beans, which get sautéed in the Instant Pot with onion and garlic. The recipe also calls for cooked and shredded chicken or pulled pork. You can make a quick batch of pulled meat in your Instant Pot ahead of time, or look for ready-made options at the store. Once everything's in the Instant Pot, it only takes 15 minutes to meld all those ingredients and flavors together. Serve it with cornbread or crusty rolls. You can also freeze leftovers for easy meals down the road.

Recipe: Instant Pot Brunswick Stew

33. Instant Pot Sorghum

Your Instant Pot is a great tool to quickly prepare a batch of healthful grains to serve for dinner, or to create days of easy lunches. Bob's Red Mill includes sorghum, a nutrient-packed whole grain that's a great choice for gluten-free diets, in their line of many packaged whole grains, and notes it can take as long as four hours to cook in a slow cooker, or an hour when cooked on the stovetop. In your Instant Pot, sorghum is ready in just 30 minutes.

All you need besides the sorghum is water and a little salt. Once the grains are cooked there may be some water left over, which can just be drained off. You can eat the sorghum immediately while hot, or let it cool and enjoy it chilled in salads, grain bowls, or wraps. It's a delicious and hearty addition to mason jar salads, too. Cooked sorghum can also be frozen for longer storage.

Recipe: Instant Pot Sorghum

34. Instant Pot Chicken Madras

If you love a spicy-hot dish, then this is the recipe for you! It transforms plain old chicken breast into a flavorful and saucy dinner. As soon as you see the list of spices, you'll know: chili powder, turmeric, coriander, garam masala, along with fresh ginger, fresh chilies, and onion. They all get blended into a thick paste that goes into the Instant Pot first. A brief sauté helps bloom the flavors to their maximum potency. Then, the chicken goes in, along with water and diced tomatoes. In just 10 minutes, the chicken is cooked through and the dish is ready.

Serve Chicken Madras with cooked rice, naan bread, or crispy poppadoms. It keeps well in the fridge for up to three days (a great choice to divvy up into containers for make-ahead lunches.) Or the chicken can be frozen in tightly-sealed freezer bags for up to three months.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Madras

35. Instant Pot Applesauce

With your favorite kitchen helper, it's unbelievably fast to turn your freshly-picked (or store-bought) apples into a delicious spiced applesauce. The only time-consuming part is peeling those apples. (If you just let out an audible groan at the thought of peeling apples, check out Chef Jaques Pépin's tip to easily remove skins with just a paring knife.) At least you know the applesauce will be worth it!

The peeled, sliced apples go into the Instant Pot with water, cinnamon, and a little lemon juice. Want to try other spices like clove or nutmeg? Go for it! In just eight minutes, the pressure inside the Instant Pot transforms the apples from crisp to fall-apart tender. Use a potato masher to create a chunky applesauce. or use an immersion blender or food processor for a smoother texture. The recipe calls for Honeycrisp apples, which can be expensive. Food52 shares that there are plenty of other good apples to try: Cortland, Fuji, and Golden Delicious make a sweeter applesauce, while McIntosh, Braeburn, and Granny Smith make tart and tangy sauces.

Recipe: Instant Pot Applesauce

36. Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

You may only think to make this classic dinner once a year on St. Patrick's Day, but with this recipe you may decide to make it more often. The Instant Pot not only turns out a meltingly tender corned beef, but it also cuts the cooking time down significantly. 

This Irish-American favorite consists of a large corned beef brisket that you can pick up from your butcher or most large grocery stores. Traditionally, the corned beef gets a long, slow simmer with carrots, cabbage, and onions which makes the meat very tender — Taste Of Home shares that this can take about three hours on the stovetop. However, placed in the Instant Pot on a bed of onion, garlic, and seasonings, a corned beef brisket is ready in just 90 minutes. And it only takes another five minutes to cook the carrots and cabbage. Mashed staff found that the meat was also more flavorful and more tender when cooked this way — so there's no reason not to give this recipe a try!

Recipe: Instant Pot Corned Beef And Cabbage

37. Instant Pot Shrimp Boil

With this recipe, you can host some of the best summer feasts ever with this recipe, even if it's not summertime! And because everything's cooked right in the Instant Pot, it cooks up quickly with no need for giant pots of boiling water or outdoor cookers. 

According to AllRecipes, shrimp boils (or Lowcountry boils) are a favorite tradition in the South because they're about more than just the food: They're a great reason to get people together for a party. The combination of cooked shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn are typically spread over a newspaper-covered table where guests can gather and dig in together. This recipe starts with placing baby potatoes, corn on the cob chunks, sausage, and onion in a broth flavored with pilsner beer and Old Bay seasoning. Locked into the Instant Pot, the food is done in just five minutes. The shrimp goes in next to cook on the sauté setting, and takes only four minutes. Served with garlic and Cajun-spiced melted butter, it's a dinner event your guests or family will never forget.

Recipe: Instant Pot Shrimp Boil

38. Instant Pot Hard-boiled Eggs

It seems like there should be nothing easier than simply cooking an egg. That's what makes it so frustrating when hard-boiled eggs don't turn out as perfectly as they should. Peeling the eggs is another headache, especially when the shells won't release, or tear the surface of the egg as they come off. But in the Instant Pot, the whole process takes only 15 minutes and turns out well-cooked and easy to peel eggs. 

This method of hard boiling eggs is simple, and uses a 5-5-5 approach: Place water in the Instant Pot, then set the raw eggs inside on the trivet so that they aren't touching. Pressure cook the eggs for five minutes and then let them sit for five minutes longer as the steam escapes. Next the eggs go in an ice bath for five minutes to stop the cooking — and then they're ready. You wont believe how easily the shells slip off these smooth, cooked eggs. Simply Recipes attributes this to steam forced under the eggshell during the pressure cooking. Whatever the reason, it seems we've finally found a way to make hard boiling eggs a simple task.

Recipe: Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs

39. Instant Pot Pork Shoulder Roast

Large roasts make such perfect comfort food meals: hearty, warming, and full of flavor. For those days when you really want to make a roast but don't have tons of time, pull out your Instant Pot. A typical pork shoulder roast prepared in the oven takes more than four hours (via Food Network.) An Instant Pot cuts that time down to about 90 minutes. 

In this recipe, the pork shoulder is rubbed with salt, pepper, and brown sugar, but you can also add your favorite spice blend. The seasoned roast is placed on the trivet inside the Instant Pot over a pool of vegetable stock, onion, and garlic. Lock the pot and pressure cook the roast for an hour and a half. Once it's done, add potatoes, carrots, or other root veggies to the pot and cook for another five minutes. The pork shoulder roast makes a delicious dinner, and leftover pork can be used in all kinds of dishes.

Recipe: Instant Pot Pork Shoulder Roast

40. Instant Pot Polenta

This is another recipe that makes a normally time-consuming dish quick and easy to prepare. If you're not familiar with polenta, think of it as a kind of porridge made from cornmeal. It's boiled until the cornmeal transforms into a smooth and sweet pudding-like consistency. Polenta typically needs about 45 minutes of cook time and frequent stirring when made on the stove top. In an Instant Pot, polenta is ready in just 20 minutes. And all you need is cornmeal, water, and butter. 

Polenta can be enjoyed in lots of yummy ways, the simplest of which is just to eat it as a side dish with a sprinkle of chopped herbs or some shredded cheese. It can also be eaten for breakfast like you would oatmeal, topped with fruit, cream, or nuts. Or, use polenta to top savory pot pies or to thicken stews and chilis.

Recipe: Creamy Instant Pot Polenta

41. Instant Pot 10-bean Soup

Use your Instant Pot to make big ol' batch of soup! It couldn't be easier: Just pile the ingredients into the Instant Pot and cook. As the name gives away, there are 10 kinds of dried beans in this soup including lentils, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and pintos. Bags of these dried beans are easy to find at grocery stores and inexpensive. You only use a quarter cup of each type of bean in this recipe, which means you'll have some leftover for your next batch of soup.

The beans soak up flavor as they cook; the savory flavor comes from chopped ham, onion, and chicken stock. Prefer a vegetarian version? Just omit the ham and use vegetable stock instead. Get creative by adding additional spices. Once ladled into bowls, enjoy your 10-Bean Soup with crusty bread and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.

Recipe: Instant Pot 10-Bean Soup

42. Instant Pot Yogurt

Going through tub after tub of store-bought yogurt to make smoothie bowls, parfaits, morning breakfasts, and midday snacks? It's time to get out your Instant Pot and try making your own. This takes some time, but it's not difficult to do, and you only need some whole milk and a little plain yogurt to get started. 

The recipe includes directions for sterilizing your equipment, including cups and utensils, before you start. This step prevents unwanted bacteria from ruining your yogurt. This step can be done right in your Instant Pot if you like. Next, the whole milk gets cooked in the Instant Pot for about 40 minutes until it reaches the proper temperature. A little of the plain yogurt is added once the milk cools, and acts as a starter to inject the necessary enzymes and beneficial bacteria to turn your milk into yogurt. Once combined, the milk mixture will cook on the "yogurt" setting on the Instant Pot for eight hours. Set this up before you go to bed and it'll be done when you get up! Chill your finished yogurt, and then flavor and mix it up any way you like.

Recipe: Instant Pot Yogurt

43. Instant Pot Steak Chili

This recipe is perfect for your next family get-together or friend group game night. It makes eight servings of flavorful beef and bean chili in a ridiculously short amount of time. Instead of ground meat that many chili recipes call for, this chili has big pieces of beef, so it's really hearty. Pieces of inexpensive chuck roast get seared in the Instant Pot and combined with other ingredients like crushed tomatoes, green chilies, chili powder, and cumin. Tough cuts of beef like chuck normally need a long time to become tender, but in the Instant Pot they're ready in just 15 minutes. 

Set this chili out alongside toppings like sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped scallions, and sliced jalapeños, and let your guests help themselves. Did you know that in some parts of the country it's traditional to serve chili with cinnamon rolls? We guarantee a big reaction if you set out a pan of warm cinnamon rolls with your Instant Pot Chili!

Recipe: Instant Pot Steak Chili

44. Instant Pot White Rice

There are so many things that your Instant Pot can do, it's easy to lose track of some of the simplest and most useful functions. CBS News shares that one of the reasons that Instant Pots are so sought after is that they can do the jobs of several appliances all in one unit: Air fryer, slow cooker, yogurt maker, pressure cooker — and rice cooker! Not only can you cook rice more quickly, but it's perfect every time. Plus, it's easy to make a big batch to use for meals throughout the week. 

This recipe is for long grain rice varieties like basmati and jasmine. Simply add rinsed rice to the pot with water, and in less than 10 minutes, it's ready. You can also make the rice more flavorful by swapping the water out for chicken or vegetable stock, or by adding herbs and seasonings to the rice before cooking. Store the cooked rice in the fridge for up to a week. AllRecipes shares that cooked rice can also be kept in the freezer for a month, and it's a cinch to reheat.

Recipe: Instant Pot White Rice 

45. Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

You could spend hours braising or smoking pork shoulder to make a batch of barbecue pulled pork — or you could make it in your Instant Pot in just 45 minutes! Don't get us wrong: There's nothing quite so delicious as meat cooked low and slow in a wood smoker, but when you want that tangy, spicy pulled pork quickly it's great to have this recipe at hand.

You'll need two pounds of pork shoulder or pork shoulder steaks, seasonings like garlic and onion powders, and a generous pour of Coca-Cola. Other sodas like Pepsi or Dr. Pepper can also be used. Cut the pork shoulder into smaller pieces and coat them with the spices before placing them in the Instant Pot with the soda. After 45 minutes, the pork will be fall-apart tender and ready to pull into shreds. Then toss the pulled pork in your favorite barbecue sauce, and serve it up. Besides sandwiches, The Spruce Eats shares that barbecue pulled pork can also be added to mac and cheese, used as filling for empanadas, and more.

Recipe: Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

46. Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes

Want to make an easy appetizer for your family or friends? Get out your Instant Pot and make these easy artichokes. It only takes about 30 minutes!

The only prep work for this recipe is to cut off the artichoke stems and about one inch of the tops. You can also trim the tips of the leaves if you wish. Set the artichokes on the rack in your Instant Pot with some water underneath. Once the pot comes up to full pressure, the artichokes will cook for 20 to 25 minutes; you'll know they're done when the stem end can be pierced with a knife and the leaves release easily. Set them out with some melted butter or your favorite dipping sauce — so easy! Make sure that you and your guests know the right way to eat an artichoke, then dig in!

Recipe: Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes

47. Instant Pot Smothered Pork Chops

Pork chops are a delicious and classic dinner, whether for the family, for two, or for just you! They're especially appealing when served with a rich mushroom gravy. The nice thing about making the chops in an Instant Pot is that it's easy to perfectly cook the meat without it turning out tough or chewy. 

The recipe begins with onions and mushrooms, which are sautéed right in the pot. Then, bone-in pork chops are added and pressure-cooked for just a couple of minutes. Once the chops are done, add a mixture of cream and cornstarch to the cooking liquid in the pot, cooking and whisking until the creamy gravy is finished. Serve your smothered pork chops with a generous side of mashed potatoes, cooked rice, or egg noodles. Some hot buttermilk biscuits to mop up extra gravy would also be lovely!

Recipe: Instant Pot Smothered Pork Chops

48. Instant Pot Chicken Broth

There are a lot of good reasons to make your own chicken broth: it can be used in soups, stews, to cook rice in, or to make flavorful gravy. Making it at home also gives you control over the seasonings in the mixture and the amount of salt, too. If all that sounds amazing, but you just don't feel like standing over a steaming stockpot, let your Instant Pot do the work! 

This recipe calls for the same basic ingredients you'd use to make chicken broth on the stovetop: Veggies like onions and carrots, aromatics like garlic and bay leaves, and a chicken carcass — which can even be the bones and bits of meat leftover from your rotisserie chicken. Everything goes into the Instant Pot to cook and infuse for 90 minutes, freeing you from stirring, checking, or adding water as it simmers. When it's finished, strain out the solids and store it in an airtight container. It'll keep in the fridge for five days, but your best bet is to freeze it in an ice cube tray then transfer the cubes to a freezer bag. The easy-to-grab cubes will last in the freezer for up to three months.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Broth 

49. Instant Pot Swiss Steak

Before we found this recipe, all we knew about Swiss steak was that it was one of those foods that frequently appeared on hot lunch trays in the school cafeteria. Thankfully, we now know it can be a deliciously tender and flavorful meal that's a far cry from those days of mystery meat! And because it's made with inexpensive, bottom round cuts of beef, it's a filling dinner that won't break the bank. 

Normally this tough cut of beef would be pounded with a meat mallet to tenderize it, but in this recipe you can just slice the beef into thin cutlets — the Instant Pot takes care of the tenderizing. The beef is dredged in a blend of herbs and seasonings and then quickly seared in the pot. Tomatoes, beef stock, peppers, and onions are added in with the steak and pressure-cooked together for 30 minutes. Once done, use a little cornstarch to turn the cooking liquid into a thick and rich gravy. Swiss steak is absolutely delicious served over mashed potatoes or egg noodles.

Recipe: Instant Pot Swiss Steak

50. Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

This is a fantastic way to use your Instant Pot! We love freshly-cooked summer corn on the cob slathered in butter, but don't always love having to bring a big pot of water to a steamy boil on a hot summer day. The Instant Pot solves that problem by keeping the steam and heat inside until the corn is cooked — and that cooking time is a mere two minutes! 

Depending on the size of the corn you bring home, you may get away with fitting the whole ears of corn into the pot, or you may have to slice them in half. Start by shucking the corn and then lay the ears in the pot using the trivet to hold them above the water. The Instant Pot quickly steam-cooks the corn to perfection. That leaves you with plenty of time to make some flavored butters to spread over the hot ears, like lemon-thyme or garlic-chili. Or, sprinkle the corn with Tajín, lime juice, and crumbles of cotija cheese for elote-style corn.

Recipe: Instant Pot Corn On The Cob