Our Favorite Instant Pot Recipes

The Instant Pot craze has taken the “craze” out of cooking. Fast and satisfying one-pot dinners are coming right up!


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Indian Butter Chicken

indian butter chicken plate

Photo by Kate Mathis

Photo by Kate Mathis

This recipe is a time-saver! It basically shaves cooking time in half.

Pro tip
Make your rice in the cooker ahead of time, then just reheat it under a damp cloth in the microwave while you release the steam on the chicken. 

Makes 6
Prep 20 m
Sauté 5 m
Time to pressure 10 m
Pressure Cook 8 m

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Green Chile Mac and Cheese

green chile mac and cheese topped with toasted panko in blue and white bowl

Sarah Wharton

Sarah Wharton

This recipe is a time-saver! You spend less standing and stirring.

Makes 6
Prep 5 m
Time to pressure 12 m
Pressure Cook 3 m
Release pressure 3 m

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Salmon and Potatoes

salmon topped with herbs

Another time-saver! Your dish will be ready 3 times as fast.

Makes 4
Prep 10 m
Time to pressure 15 m
Pressure Cook 3 m
Sauté 8 m

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Soy-Braised Short Ribs

instant pot cooker

Another time-saver! This recipe cooks about 2.5 hours faster than on the stovetop.

Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Time to pressure 25 m
Pressure Cook 30 m
Release pressure 10 m
Sauté 10 m

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Lime-Gingersnap Cheesecake

Lime-Gingersnap Cheesecake plate

Photo by Kate Mathis

Photo by Kate Mathis

Tme-saver! This recipe cooks in half the time of traditional cheesecake.

Makes 6
Prep 15 m
Time to pressure 10 m
Pressure Cook 25 m
Cool 30 m
Refrigerate 120 m

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How to Convert Slow Cooker Recipes to Instant Pot Recipes

how to instant pot

Photo courtesy of Daniel Shumski

Photo courtesy of Daniel Shumski

Daniel Shumski, author of How to Instant Pot, shared his advice (read all the helpful details here).

→ Make sure that your original recipe contains at least 1 cup of liquid—if not, add enough to bring up the volume.

→ Add dairy and starch after pressure cooking. Dairy products can curdle, and starch can burn.

→ Cut the amount of wine in half, and cook it down a bit via the Sauté function. You can use the original amount of beer, but let it cook off as well. 

For more advice, visit familycircle.com/instant-pot-tips.