10 Best Pressure Cooker Recipes to Make in Your Instant Pot

Have you fallen hard for your Instant Pot and are eager for more recipes to try? Look no further! We've got Weeknight Paella, Chicken and Rice Casserole, Saag Tofu, and more -- all in the pressure cooker!

So many of us have fallen in love with our Instant Pots recently and our appetite for pressure cooker recipes isn’t going to let up any time soon! Are you ready for a few more?

Pressure cooking makes such short work out of recipes that would often take longer or require more hands-on attention. This means dinner can happen more quickly, and we have time for other things besides standing at the stove. (Bonus!)

Here are ten easy Instant Pot recipes to add to your weeknight repertoire:

Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole

Destined to become a go-to, this simple recipe with chicken, rice, mushrooms and sour cream takes the concept of a casserole and puts it in the pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Carnitas

Sear the pork ahead of time, after you’ve encrusted it with standard pantry herbs and spices, and you’ll have the filling for tacos, burritos, and more.

Pressure Cooker Paella

A dish that normally takes much more time to prepare and cook—paella—comes together in under an hour, start to finish.

Pressure Cooker Porcupine Meatballs

There are no quills here—just grains of rice that get mixed with ground beef and stick up in the meatball once it’s cooked.

Pressure Cooker Chinese Pulled Pork

Sweet and spicy, this pulled pork works well for sandwiches and tacos, or in traditional Chinese steamed buns.

Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Throw an entire chicken, or a mix of chicken parts, into your pressure cooker along with some basic veggies. In about an hour, you’ve got chicken soup.

Pressure Cooker Chili with beef in bowl

In about a half an hour, this flavorful chili with ground beef can be yours.

Moroccan Chicken in the Pressure Cooker

The Moroccan spice blend ras el hanout brings deep flavors to this dish with chicken thighs, olives, onions, lemon, garlic and raisins.

Pressure Cooker Saag Tofu

Inspired by an Indian take out favorite—sag paneer—this vegan version omits the cheese. Instead, spinach and tofu cook in the amount of time it would take you to go fetch dinner or have it delivered.

Pressure Cooker Chipotle Chicken and Rice Bowls

Whip up the special chipotle sauce in the blender, and then the chicken and rice cook together using the pot-in-pot method.


Cheesecake in the Pressure Cooker

Yes! You read that correctly. Making velvety cheesecake in the pressure cooker is indeed a thing. And no need to worry about cracks in your cheesecake—the gentle steam takes care of that potential cheesecake snafu.

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Carrie Havranek

Carrie Havranek is an Associate Editor of Simply Recipes and lives in Easton, Pennsylvania. She goes out of her way for farmers' markets, a crazy new ingredient, yoga, and a walk in nature. Her first cookbook, Tasting Pennsylvania, will be published in spring 2019.

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  1. Jen

    I love my Instant Pot so much I got 2. Love these recipes and that you make it so easy to convert them. Thanks so much!

  2. shelley

    made the chicken and rice casserole tonight…I did use brown rice…and should have added 5 minutes to the actual cooking time…but we really liked it….and I only made half a recipe…thanks…

  3. Andrea

    Surprised the Chicken Adobo and Rice isn’t on this list. I make it all the time and it’s wonderful!! But I’m looking forward to trying some of these too.

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