19 easy instant pot recipes for beginners using all real food ingredients. Now you have no more excuse – go forth and become an instant pot expert! I believe in you!
It’s the last week of Instant Pot July, and it’s been an awesome month of talking shop about our favourite new tool: the magical Instant Pot. In the months leading up to this, I really fell hard for my IP, and now declare it to be my most valuable small appliance in my kitchen. It’s just so darn convenient!
Since I get asked so frequently, here are the models that I recommend:
The one I have: Instant Pot Duo80 7-in-1 8qt for families of four or more, especially if you like to batch cook, or even just cook once and eat leftovers for a few days. (My sanity is 100% reliant on tactics such as this.)
The smaller, 6qt version if you have 3 or less people in the household, or if you hate leftovers: Instant Pot Duo60 7-in-1 6qt.
But friends – I’ve had my Instant Pot for seven months now. If there’s one thing I’ve heard over and over again from others in regards to their IP, it’s the fear of getting started! If you’re a newbie who’s hesitant about taking the plunge, welcome to your official hand-holding as you finally dive in.
The Instant Pot can seem intimidating, to be sure. It’s big and scary, and unless you’re already used to a stovetop pressure cooker, using it will mean learning a brand new cooking technique. I know how overwhelming that can feel.
Which is why it’s a darn good thing it’s pretty much idiot-proof.
And I say that with as much love as possible. If *I* could figure it out, anyone can! (Says the creative-minded writer with ZERO natural ability in the concrete/hands-on/kinesthetic/technology world. And yes, a kitchen appliance with buttons counts as technology, ha!)
Whether you just got an Instant Pot recently, or you’ve had it sitting there for months staring at you intimidatingly, or even if you’re already on your way to IP expert status, here is a compilation of some of the best basic recipes that are super easy to make in your shiny Instant Pot BFF. (Or soon-to-be BFF, anyway.)
First, a few words of advice from others. Go read these articles, and then come back and pick a recipe from the list that sounds good to you.
THEN MAKE IT. Today. Like, now.
I know you can do it – I believe in you. *Insert motivational cat poster, sappy believe-in-yourself pop ballads, and my best cheerleader impression.* (And apologies for that last one. It was obviously unhelpful, and I should have predicted that.)
Best Tips & Tricks Articles:
So Your Instant Pot is Still in the Box… How to Get Over the Hump and Finally Cook Something | Traditional Cooking School
Instant Pot Tips and Tricks 101 | Once a Month Meals
10 Basic Instant Pot Techniques | Kitchen Stewardship
19 Easy Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners (Real Food Style)
Instant Pot Cauliflower Rice | Kitchen Stewardship
Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili | The Humbled Homemaker
Instant Pot Shredded BBQ Chicken | Red & Honey (right here!)
Instant Pot Lemon Pudding Cups | Traditional Cooking School
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup | Dr. Karen S. Lee
Instant Pot Apple-Cranberry Steel Cut Oats | Kitchen Stewardship
Instant Pot Rice Pudding | Traditional Cooking School
Instant Pot Bone Broth Tutorial | Phoenix Helix
Instant Pot Baked Potatoes | Make Real Food
Instant Pot Best Ever Chili | Red & Honey (right here!)
Instant Pot Italian Lentil Dinner | Kitchen Stewardship
Instant Pot Potato Salad with Magical Bacon Superpowers | Red & Honey (right here!)
Instant Pot Mac n’ Cheese | Kitchen Stewardship
Instant Pot Applesauce | Don’t Mess With Mama
How to Cook a Frozen Whole Chicken in the Instant Pot | Red & Honey (right here!)
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs | The Prairie Homestead
How to Cook Frozen Ground Beef in the Instant Pot | Kitchen Stewardship
Instant Pot Herb Chicken Lunchmeat | Red & Honey (right here!)
Umami Instant Pot Pot Roast | Pressure Cook Recipes
There you have it! 19 super easy Instant Pot recipes for beginners that you can easily add to your repertoire to start feeling like an IP rockstar. After this, you’ll be well on your way to Instant Pot expert.
Now – go forth and fall in love with your Instant Pot. It’ll love you right back and you’ll both live happily ever after.
Psst! July is nearly over but it’s not too late! Here’s how to join the fun!
Instant Pot July: The Low-Down
I’m partnering with PTE to challenge you to use your Instant Pot more! (Or, if you don’t have one yet, to start reading up on all of the many reasons you probably want one.)
Here’s how to officially join the challenge:
- Head over to this page and follow the instructions. You’ll need to add “Instant Pot July” as a friend in your Plan to Eat account, and if you don’t have an account yet, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial (and then proceed with the same directions).
That’s it! You’re officially in!
GIVEAWAY: An Instant Pot + a Free Year of Plan to Eat + an awesome canvas tote bag!
Join our Facebook group to find friends, discuss tips and tricks and share recipes with other Plan to Eat users! This group is very active and we would love for you to be a part of it.
If Pinterest is more your style, we’ve put together a fantastic Instant Pot Pinterest Board with tons of Instant Pot ideas from all over the web.
Most importantly – USE YOUR INSTANT POT! This fun event isn’t sponsored by Instant Pot in any way – we just want to encourage you to expand your Instant Pot horizons and have fun doing it!
Plan to Eat believes that eating at home should be easier, and I totally agree. I’m all about finding the best hacks and tools to make that happen. Meal planning is one of the best tricks of the trade, and the Instant Pot is definitely another!
Let’s have fun with our Instant Pots, and make some kick-butt crowd-pleasing meals with half the effort.