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!

Instant Pot Recipe Round-up

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:

  • Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

    Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole in an Instant Pot
    Coco Morante

    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.

  • Instant Pot Mexican Pulled Pork (Carnitas)

    Instant Pot Pulled Pork Carnitas Tacos on a serving tray
    Coco Morante

    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.

  • Instant Pot Paella with Chicken and Sausage

    A serving of instant pot paella on a plate
    Coco Morante

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

  • Instant Pot Porcupine Meatballs

    Meatballs with rice in a white dish.
    Coco Morante

    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.

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  • Pressure Cooker Chinese Pulled Pork

    Pressure Cooker Chinese Pulled Pork
    Coco Morante

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

  • Instant Pot Chicken Soup

    Instant pot chicken noodle soup in a bowl with the instant pot in partial view behind it.
    Coco Morante

    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.

  • Instant Pot Beef Chili

    Pressure Cooker Chili with beef in bowl
    Coco Morante

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

  • Pressure Cooker Moroccan Chicken

    Moroccan Chicken in the Pressure Cooker
    Coco Morante

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

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  • Pressure Cooker Saag Tofu (Indian Spinach and Tofu)

    Pressure Cooker Saag Tofu
    Coco Morante

    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.

  • Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken and Rice Bowls

    Pressure Cooker Chipotle Chicken and Rice Bowls
    Coco Morante

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

  • Bonus Recipe!

  • Pressure Cooker Cheesecake + First Look at The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook

    Cheesecake in the Pressure Cooker
    Emma Christensen

    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.