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

Reprinted with permission from The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook by Coco Morante copyright © 2017. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Chilling time: at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours
  • Yield: 8 slices


For the crust:

  • 8 graham cracker sheets
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Special equipment:


1 Prepare the pan: Line the base of a 7-inch round springform pan with an 8-inch round of parch­ment paper. Secure the collar on the springform pan, closing it onto the base so the parchment round is clamped in. Lightly grease the sides of the pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray. (I traced a circle on parchment using the bottom of the springform pan as the guide. This worked great! –Emma)

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2 Make the crust: To make the crust, in a food processor, process the graham crackers into fine crumbs. You should have 3/4 cup. (I recommend measuring out the crumbs as I had slightly more than 3/4 cup. –Emma) Add the brown sugar and melted butter and, using one-second pulses, process the mixture until a uniform, sandy texture forms.

Transfer the crumb mixture to the prepared pan and press firmly in an even layer onto the bottom and about 1/2 inch up the sides of the pan. Place the pan in the freezer to allow the crust to firm up a bit while you make the filling.

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3 Make the filling: To make the filling, in the now-empty food processor, combine the softened cream cheese, heavy cream, granulated sugar, flour, and vanilla. (I wiped the food processor clean before doing this step. –Emma)

Process the mixture in about 5 one-second pulses, just until it becomes a smooth filling, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.

Add the eggs and the egg yolk one at a time, processing for 2 one-second pulses after each addition. Do not overprocess the filling, or you will end up with an overly fluffy cheesecake. Using a spoon or a rubber spatula, gently stir in any remaining streaks of egg yolk. It is fine if a few streaks of egg yolk remain.

Pour the filling into the prepared crust. Tap the pan firmly against the counter­top a few times to remove any air bubbles in the filling.

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4 Make a sling for the cheesecake: Fold a 20-inch-long sheet of aluminum foil in half lengthwise twice to create a 3-inch-wide strip. Center it underneath the pan to act as a sling for lifting the pan in and out of the Instant Pot.

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5 Assemble everything in the pressure cooker: Pour 1 1/2 cups water into the pot and place the trivet in the pot.

Holding the ends of the foil sling, lift the cake pan and lower it into the pot. Fold over the ends of the sling so they fit inside the pot.

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6 Pressure cook the cheesecake: Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Select the Manual setting and set the cooking time for 32 minutes at high pressure. (My Instant Pot took about 8 minutes to come up to pressure before the cooking time actually began. –Emma)

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7 Make the sour cream topping: While the cheesecake is cooking, in a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream and confectioners’ sugar.

8 Release the pressure naturally and remove the cheesecake from the pot: When the timer goes off, leave the pot on its default Keep Warm setting for 20 minutes, letting the pressure release naturally.

Open the pot, taking care not to drip condensation from the lid onto the cheesecake. Wearing heat-resistant mitts, grasp the ends of the foil sling, lift the springform pan out of the Instant Pot, and transfer the cheesecake to a cooling rack.

Use a paper towel to dab up any moisture that may have settled on the top. (Be sure to dab up any water that pools on the sides too! – Emma) The cake will be puffed up and jiggle a bit in the center when it comes out of the pot, but it will settle and set up as it cools.

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9 Add the sour cream topping: When the cheesecake has deflated about 1/2 inch, spread the sour cream mixture on top in a smooth, even layer. Let the cheesecake cool on the rack for 1 hour.

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10 Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours or for up to 24 hours before unmolding.

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11 Unmold and serve the cheesecake: To serve, unclasp the collar on the pan and lift it off, then use the parchment border to tug the cheesecake off the base of the pan onto a plate, where it can be sliced and served.

(I ran a thin spatula between the cheesecake and the mold to make sure it released cleanly. You can also clean up any rough edges with the spatula before serving. Also, my leftover cheesecake kept just fine in the fridge for about a week! So good! –Emma)

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  • Kristen @ Dinner for Two Blog

    I have been wanting to try a recipe for Instant Pot Pot Roast!

  • Dawn Jones

    We like to make foil packs consisting of Kobe Beef, Japanese Yams, carrots, onion and celery all cooked in aluminimum foil pockets. I would love to skip the aluminum foil and use the Instant Pot. I would also love steamed vegetables and rice. Thank you for the awesome chance to win. Have a great day!

  • Julie R.

    I would make the one recipe that I keep hearing about that looks so intriguing—roast chicken.

  • Mike Pardee

    The first thing I would make would be a batch of Carnitas

  • Cassie

    I would first make this recipe for cheese cake and serve on Thanksgiving.

  • Kate

    I’ve had my eye on one of these for a while! I would make the Thanksgiving Turkey Breast and Gravy as my first recipe. We always spend the holiday with family so we miss out on leftovers.

  • Linda Hall

    The first thing I’ll make in my new Instant Pot is pork green chili!

  • Alexander

    This would probably do killer lamb shanks!

  • Megan

    Bone broth!

  • Sharon

    I’d have to try a chili or lamb stew in the one pot.

  • Linda Beierschmitt

    The first thing I would make is a savory beef stew.

  • Patty a

    I would make some beans

  • tricia

    I love cheese cake….so that would be first. Stew would be second…..

  • Jen Hill

    I would definitely make chicken stock first!

  • Heather Bonner

    I want to make black bean soup from dried beans and shredded pork for bbq, tacos, etc! I’m so excited to try an Instant Pot!

  • Chris

    My grandma made dolmas in the pressure cooker – I’d try to recreate her recipe!

  • Christine

    I’d love to use the Instant Pot to make dried beans in a snap! The chana masala recipe looks great.

  • Katie LEary

    I would love to try a chicken soup recipe and one of our family favorites – beef stew! I also just saw a post about making yogurt and would love to try that!

  • Dave Woodruff

    It would have to be chili. It’s fall, and that means football, what goes better with that than chili. Besides, who doesn’t LOVE chili.

  • Brady

    In all honesty my first would probably be something boring like beans. Although, after looking at the book TOC, Coconut Chai Rice Pudding would be a better option!

  • Misty

    Some kind of meat.

  • Grace

    I would love to make a really good stock!

  • Meghan

    I would make beans! They’re so time consuming but so healthy. I would love to be able to make them as needed in my insta pot!

  • Kevin

    First meal would absolutely have to be a batch of my all day Texas Chili (requires about 8 hours of simmering to get the meat to break down on the stove top)

  • Ashley H

    Would love to win! And would totally try the chicken adobo recipe I saved from your IG for whenever I have an Instant Pot :)

  • Michelle Brann

    Applesauce – we have so many left, and it would be such an easy way to transform them in to a delicious treat!

  • Jacki

    I want to try doing a whole chicken.

  • Cory

    Beans. I love slow-cooked beans but often don’t have the time and I don’t like to fuss with my stovetop pressure cooker.

  • Michelle Meyer

    I would make a beef stew!

  • Heidi Hintz

    I would love to make this chocolate lava cakes in an Instant Pot! Ooooey chocolate goodness!

  • Stephanie Snider

    I would make an Indian curry, yum!

  • Robin Bowles

    Roasted Chicken. I love the taste of chicken cooked on the bone but rarely have time to make it.

  • Lara

    Definitely korean short ribs!

  • Kendra S.

    Well now I think I have to make this cheesecake–it looks fantastic!

  • Kari

    I’d love to make that cheesecake. Looks delicious!

  • Deb Turner

    Red Beans and Rice would be my first meal if I win the Instant Pot Pressure cooker.

  • KIM

    Because I’m freezing in my office right now, the thing on my mind is SOUP.

  • Shirley Zigler

    Lasagna. It takes so long to fix the old fashioned way and the pressure cooker would speed things up so I could enjoy lasagna more often. Thank you for a chance to win an Instant Pot!

  • Diana

    I will make chili. It’s soup weather.

  • victoria moss

    Oh, beans, for sure!

  • Alicia Z

    I’m really excited about the prospect of making black beans without all the soaking! They’re a staple in our house, but so much work!

  • Amanda

    I would make applesauce!

  • Ella

    I’d love to try to make some homemade yogurt.

  • Sujisha

    I would love to try chilli or biryani.

  • Crystal

    My husband would love it if I could make him some Korean beef short ribs!

  • Amal Saeed

    Friends have had great success making biryani in their instant pots, that is what I would try first!

  • Concetta

    I’d make beets!! Or maybe borscht :)

  • Tova

    I would make refried beans!

  • Allison

    The first thing I would make would be hard boiled eggs. I have heard that they are perfect every time!

  • Kim San Gabriel

    I would cook a whole chicken!

  • Maggie


  • April Jenkins

    Texas Chili — the perfect food for fall (with a side of hatch chile cornbread)!

  • Erin W

    I love pot roast and would definitely want to try that in the instant pot! Comfort food at its finest.

  • John Mark Patrick

    That cheesecake to start!

  • Sammie

    I’m boring. I would make black bean soup!!!

  • Audrey

    I would make beans since they take so long to cook otherwise!

  • Stefani Huey

    Oooh, that jambalaya looks delicious! I’d love to make that as my first dish.

  • Michelw Walraven

    I would love the instapot to try that cheescake recipe! I’ve only made no bake versions.

  • Carly G

    It’s finally getting cold outside so I will probably make soup first.

  • Carole


  • Cindy

    I will make carnitas!

  • Tyler

    I would make a big pot of beans! Gigantes with tomatoes and feta!

  • Maria Staley

    My grandmother gave me her pressure cooker recipe booklet from the 1950s. One of her favorites was beef stew. I’m going to make that first!

  • Alice Damsteegt

    I’ll make desserts!


  • Shannon Kemp

    A big batch of BBQ Pork for my boys.

  • Amy

    I will make Kalua Pork!

  • dmc


  • lcrigler

    I had gastric bypass surgery this past summer. I can’t eat much but I still crave food. I would really like some chicken and dumplings.

  • Christina Fisher

    I think I’d make Chicken Cacciatore!

  • Harvitron

    First up: chicken stock!

  • ACA

    I would love to use it to make a pot roast!

  • Marina Lin


  • Christina Fisher

    I’d make Chicken Cacciatore.

  • Jessica

    A roast of some sort! Roast chicken or pork, and possibly experiment with recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Jennifer

    I would make some kind of stewed/marinated beef until the meat is tender and falling off the bones! I love that texture of meat but it’s hard to replicate without cooking something on the stove or in the oven forever.

  • Veronica

    I would love to make the Chipotle Chicken Rice bowls and of course, the Cheescake!

  • Kim

    I’d make that jambalaya recipe, sounds excellent!

  • Jess

    I think I would have to make some pork dish!

  • Cal

    I will give it to my blind friend Cornel. He has said he wanted to have an Instant Pot to help with his cooking.

  • Amy

    Definitely something super homemade and comforting like chili

  • Amy

    Definitely something homemade and comforting like chili

  • Heather B

    Gosh, I’ve been not keeping any instant pot recipes since I don’t have one, but I’ve seen so many great looking ones. I think I’d make a soup for the fall!

  • Carol Shepherd

    I’d make a stroganoff recipe my daughter in law raves about.

  • Alison

    I would make rice. I just moved and have not been able to make good rice on the stove here!

  • Marwan

    Mac & Cheese!

  • Leah

    butternut squash risotto

  • Kris Thorpe

    I would make chicken stock

  • Jeannine Powell

    I think I would start with some of my grandma’s pressure cooker recipes – like her sticky chicken – I haven’t had that in years!

  • Karl Lembke

    Lamb shanks in Guinness with dried apricots

  • Yen

    That’s so cool! Probably some kind of braised beef :)

  • Jessica Bensel

    There are way too many yummy looking recipes to try to pick what I would make first! I am a mother of four and wife and I work outside the home. So my first ever instant pot meal would probably be something for the family….. a dish with chicken perhaps? I won’t really know until I get it and look at it and see some recipes!

  • lachiah

    Soup of some sort!

  • Marisa H.

    I will make something for fall- like a soup or comfort food of some sort.

  • Another Sue

    I want to make this cheesecake! It sounds like a manageable recipe and it looks so good.

  • Rob DeLisle

    I’ll use my new Instant Pot to make “Revithia”. It’s a greek chick pea soup, made traditional to the island of Sifnos in Greece.

  • Cathy

    I would make Gumbo!

  • Jennifer C

    I know this is boring, but I’ve heard hard boiled eggs come out great in an Instant Pot. I would love to make deviled eggs with those easy to peel eggs.

    • Emma Christensen

      I LOVE boiled eggs in the pressure cooker! It’s seriously the only way that I make boiled eggs anymore. They’re so easy to peel, every single time.

  • Tina Ralutz

    I’m most tempted to make a white bean stew with shiitake, astragalus, & nettle. As a graduate student in functional dietetics and a private chef in the Seattle area, an immune boosting recipe is in order! Followed by yogurt, coconut tapioca, infused oils, hummus from scratch, and so much more. My clients rave about Instant Pots it’d be a dream to own one

  • Megan F

    Hard to decide what I would make first – love to see if I like chicken stock in a pressure cooker as much as stove top, but would probably try one of the Simply Recipes pressure cooker recipes that I haven’t been able to try without a pressure cooker!

  • Wendy

    Bone broth is what I’ll be making first!!

  • Stephanie Griffin

    I’ve never owned an instant pot so everything would be totally new to me, but I’d love to make some soups for those cold Chicago winter nights.

  • Angela Cho

    I want to make roasted chicken!

  • Alanna

    Bone broth, then soup with the broth. So comforting in this wet cold weather

  • Emily

    Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs sound delicious! I think that might be the first thing I’d make. Slightly less exciting, but I’d probably make a big batch of beans next!

  • Janet

    I’ll make chana masala!

  • Elizabeth

    I am looking forward to making a homemade sauce with the pressure cooker!

  • Pete Pickhardt

    jambalaya all the way

  • Sarah rees

    Pumpkin chili, it’s my favorite!

  • Pete

    bring on the jambalaya

  • Heidi G

    The Instant Pot interests me because we use an old-fashioned pressure cooker. I’d love to see how a new one could up our pressure cookin’ game!
    IG @knitstatrn

    • Heidi G

      We make a ton of Indian food!

  • donutty

    I would make Korean-style short ribs–galbi jjim. Perfect for cool fall evenings!

  • Yvonne B

    I’m not sure what I would make first, but I’ve had my eye on an Instant Pot for a while now. I’ve been wanting a pressure cooker and recently my 10+ year old Crock Pot gave out. So I’ve been thinking that I should just get 1 Instant Pot instead of two appliances.

  • Nikita

    Love to cook Indian food, Biryani is what I would like to make first.

  • Marianne

    The first thing I would make is risotto!

  • Shirley

    This recipe looks great!!! I want to try it out in an instant pot!!

  • Jeffrey Todd Link

    I’d make chicken and rice (using chicken tenders, rice, and cream of chicken or mushroom soup). Paired with a veggie or salad…it’s a whole meal!

  • John Pelle

    I would probably take Saturday off, ( a rarity), and just go through as many as I could to have a data base for weeknight meals. Single dads are always busy dads.

  • Joan

    The Jambalaya sounds awfully good! I’ve always been afraid of pressure cookers, time to fix that.

  • Rob

    I would try hard-boiled eggs first. They are supposed to be super easy to peel.

  • Tammy Jo Taylor

    I would make a whole Chicken with Veggies

  • Ann Francone

    I’m going to make a Thanksgiving dessert of pumpkin cheesecake with a crust made from spicy windmill cookies. Thanks for the info

  • David Shower

    I’m definitely doing ribs. They look so easy and quick.

  • Jason P.

    Indian dal, or chana masala! I want to be blown away by how quickly beans and lentils can be cooked!!!

  • Jessica Pelz

    I’d try chicken and biscuits – my coworker raves about using her instant pot for that particular dish.

  • Jordan

    I would make some sort of beans and rice meal!

  • Jayne Flynn

    Oh my gosh I really don’t have any idea. I’ve never used a pressure cooker but I see so many recipes for one pots that I would love to give any a try :)

  • Joy

    I’d probably try to make sticky rice first!

  • Christine W.

    Going to try this cheese cake.

  • Jamie middleton

    I would make a big pot of delicious chili!

  • Jerryobaby

    I’d probably start with a nice pot of spicy pinto beans… then brown rice… then Khalua pork… then chicken stock… then…

  • Brandi

    Yogurt, then cake followed by everything else in the cookbook.

  • Karen Mayall

    Posole with fresh pasilla chilis and hominy. Perfect for the snowy weather we are already having.

  • Emily

    Ooh. Either broth or some form of chili. I’m never home long enough to do black bean chili on the stove, and I’ve wanted to for a while now.

  • nora b

    I would make pho!

  • Derreck C

    I’m looking forward to trying out a pressure cooker cheese cake! And probably 283 flavors of pressure cooker cheese cakes!

  • Julie Beals

    I’d probably try to make some chicken stock or dessert to test recipes for Thanksgiving.

  • Julie Beals

    I’d test recipes for Thanksgiving like the pressure cooker mash potatoes.

  • Alex

    I’m going to make a seafood paella; and I would also make yogurt…

  • JoAnna

    Have always wanted to try an instant pot!

  • Emma Christensen

    Jean, it’s seriously heavenly for cooking dried beans. I won’t cook beans any other way anymore!

  • carol clark

    i think ill try this recipe it looks very delicious

  • Beckie

    I’m going to make that amazing cheesecake right away!!!

  • Julia

    I think it would have to be chili!

  • Jen

    wow,i’d have such fun making yummy,nutritious soups,spaghetti sauces,chili con carnes,pulled pork,butternut squash…desserts-strawberry anything,cherrycobbler maybe..yum,the book looks great!

  • Kelly

    Interesting! I love a good cheesecake!

  • Lis

    I’d make hard-boiled eggs.

  • Coleen Sanocki

    Boring, but I think I’d make beans first; I had to change up my meal plan last week because I forgot to soak my beans.

  • Laura

    Let’s be honest, I’ll probably first cook meat that I forgot needed to go in the slow cooker

  • Patti

    Short ribs!

  • Deanna

    I’d make pulled pork I think! Or the perfect instant pot hard boiled egg a friend told me about. :)

  • Naomi

    Chana Masala. We love Indian food! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes Simply Recipes provides. We eat a meal from your site once a week or more. :)

  • Jean Troiano

    I would make Pot Pot Roast as my first meal in my instant pot.

  • Marguerite

    Actually I would make caramelized onions, would it be possible to speed it up this way? I am surprised not to see that with all the pressure cooker buzz.

  • Collins

    I have to try some white chili!

  • Annette

    Oh wow I’ve never made a cake in my pressure cooker. I will have to try it. If I win the Instant Pot, I’d make beef and veggie soup for my parents.

  • GA

    TBH, I’d probably make some rice first, I’ve heard the instant pot doubles as a great rice cooker.

  • Teresa Lam

    Yum! I would make bbq ribs!

  • yael

    Probably brisket

  • Ashley Yeats

    I would love to have an Instat Pot for making homemade yogurt!

  • Carolyn

    I’d makes Japanese curry!

  • Julia Williams

    Well, I just have to try this cheesecake. It looks irresistible and easy!

  • Ned

    I would start trying to get good with Jackfruit. We are vegetarians and this stuff still gives me trouble.

  • Mary Ann S.

    I’d like to try a pork roast. With pork being so lean, I’ll bet the Instant Pot would produce a tender and moist result.

  • Gillian OCallaghan

    I’ll go with chicken stock
    – homemade and fast – how can you beat that?!

  • Carla Brindle

    The first thing I would make is chili. It’s the perfect time of year for it!

  • Lindsey Little

    Chili and then some kind of chicken do have because I already have a lot of chicken in the freezer.

  • Kelan

    I would love for more creative breakfast ideas using the Instant Pot. Checking out the book now!

  • Elaine MM

    Bone broth

  • Stephanie

    I would make those chipotle chicken bowls!

  • Ben

    Definitely some sort of vegan rice and bean dish.

  • Andrew Shields

    I’d make my wife breakfast, she likes steel cut oats.

  • Monantakate

    Refried beans or pork carnitas

  • Kerrick Goodman-Lucker

    I’m aching to try this cheesecake but my spring form pan is too large. I can’t really justify getting a smaller one and having two around in my tiny kitchen, so I’d try altering this recipe to make single serving size mini cheesecakes in ramekins. I’m really excited about it!

  • Mackenzie W

    I read somewhere that you can cook squash in an instant pot!! I’d probably try making a soup first.

  • Michelle

    I’d start with chicken broth since my freezer stash is running low.

  • Eleanor Kohler

    I love shrimp, so I’d look for low-carb recipes for the Pot. And it would be difficult to resist that cheescake!

  • elainepill

    broth for sure…so easy in an instant pot! :-)

  • Jackie Delmonico

    I would make a wonderful roast for my family!

  • Andrea

    That cheese cake, that would be the first thing I would make..lifes short eat desert first

  • Melissa R

    It’s getting cold here, so a big pot of beef stew or short ribs sounds perfect for the instant pot!

  • Erika Q.

    Absolutely 100% beans, the first time around… then I’m sure I’ll quickly make everything else I can, especially if I have Coco’s cookbook to help me!

  • Jen

    Tbh, I’d make my mom’s daal recipe. I’ve been craving it while I’m in school right now, but I can’t quite get the same flavor profile without the effects of a pressure cooker.

  • Lee

    I would make the Jambalaya that is pictured in the cook book photo!

  • Bonita

    The first thing I would cook is rice pudding….

  • Barbara Hawk

    The first thing I’d make in the Insta Pot would be ribs, either pork or beef. My sister does this and I loved them when she made them for me.

  • Marie

    I would probably cook some beans or a chilli first. Though broth sounds like a great idea too.. :) I always wanted to have a pressure cooker!

  • Lawrence

    I would make lentil and potato soup.

  • Sherry

    I think I would make congee!

  • Jeanie

    I would make a yummy pot roast, but realistically I should make something easy like hard-boiled eggs first.

  • Patricia Faza

    The first recipe I’d try to make in my instant pot would be short ribs.

  • Megan Péli

    If I had the instant pot and your book, I would so much want to start with this incredible cheese cake but I have a several hungry mouths to feed and beans would probably be where I start! Cheese cake will come though ;)

  • Amy

    Something for supper. Maybe that jambalaya.

  • Karen Albright

    I’d like to make chili with lentils in my new instapot!

  • Rick Mansfield

    I would like to try a pulled pork recipe.

  • April Sanicola

    Probably would try a meatloaf

  • Britt Card

    i would like to try Greek-style Gigantes beans with fresh feta. i remember them from greece and would love to have them in my house!

  • Kate

    Instant Pot Carnitas!!

  • Virginia

    With the holidays fast approaching, I would first use it to cook my turkey.

  • SC

    I want to try making yogurt in instant pot!

  • Annette

    I would try this cheese cake recipe first and serve with fruit toppings since it comes with mostly comes with everything except the ingredients to make one for the holiday’s.

  • Robert Katz

    would lie to try beef and broccli

  • Amy Stunp

    I would make chicken Marsala soup! Mmmmm

  • Annette

    Thank You for this contest. :)

  • David Gronwall

    I’d make the Cajun Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya recipe i saw pictured! Yum!

  • Lauren S

    I would love to try Chicken Shawarma in an Instant Pot. Nothing like comfort food in the Fall months. Hope to get a chance to try using one!

  • Brenda E (mamaBsewing)

    Oh my, decisions, decisions, decisions! However, my mouth has not stopped watering from first sight of that absolutely divine looking “Pressure Cooker Cheese Cake”. You just had to go right for my #1 weakness. The cheese cake first, and then on to a few family favorites for Thanksgiving. Happy Happy Early Thanksgiving everyone!

  • Janet B Postles

    I want to try the beef chili.

  • Maricela H

    I am new to the world of sweet potatoes and I am hooked. I recently found a sweet potato and molasses recipe that was cooked in an instant pot and I would love to try it. Of course you need a instant pot to cook in an instant pot. :0) Thank you for your consideration

  • Megan

    i think arroz con pollo would be amazing (and fast!) in the instant pot.

  • Matty Mozzor

    I will make Hungarian beef goulash first, then corned beef second

  • Beth Wilkins

    Oh I want to try the Paella! All of these recipes sound just fabulous!

  • Briana M.

    I would like to try the chicken cacciatore recipe.

  • Darr

    Lentil Soup

  • Debra Walker

    I think I’d make a stew in the Instant Pot first. That’s something that takes a long time to simmer and it would be exciting to see tender meat and veggies in a fraction of the time.

  • Cindy M

    The Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs you mentioned sound great! That would probably be my first experiment!


    I would try pulled chicken and serve with slaw on onion buns.

  • Carol Bethi Icard

    I’m a big fan of braised meats and love Korean flavors, so definitely want to start with the Korean short ribs. I’ve been hearing so many people who have bought an instant pot but it all sounds a little intimidating to me, buying the right one and knowing where to begin.

  • Bart

    Short Ribs and then probably cheescake :)

  • Renee Bunnell

    I would love to make plain old beans.

  • Jessica Hayes

    As I have an autoimmune disease, an InstantPot would be a game changer for me! I would make so many things: bone broth, soups and stews, and my favorite Moroccan chicken!

  • Jamie McGowan

    How can I not try this cheesecake!? I wonder if you could do a variation with lemon and blueberry?? MmmmMmm

  • Renee Mains

    Hmm so many choices for a first recipe. I’ll pick one of your recipes because they’ve always been no fail for me.

  • Diane Troxell

    I’d probably make a brisket since those things take absolutely forever otherwise.

  • Joleen LaRoche

    Beef stew!

  • libby

    I would make pulled pork the first time

  • Leslie

    I’d try the chili.

  • Della Bautista

    I would like to make my own yogurt using the instant pot.

  • Ouida Lampert

    Boston baked beans (normally I slow-bake for HOURS) would be first. Then, dinner.

  • Sally Jensen

    Chicken and sausage jambalaya is first on my list

  • Cherie Bradley

    I would make a chocolate cake

  • Chantal

    I’d probably do a brisket since I’ve never made one before and would like to.

  • Ed M

    I’d love to try the Cajun Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya.

    And since my wife has forbidden me from buying any more kitchen tools I’d love to win an instant pot!

    I really appreciate your step by step instructions and comments. Thank you.

  • Clara Solomon

    I would definitely start with meat of some sort. Short ribs, maybe?

  • Sandy

    Who can resist cheesecake. Definitely a favourite in our family!

  • Leann Thomsen

    I’d love to try at pot roast or beef stew in the Instant Pot! Less waiting time :)

  • Terry Comstock

    Senate bean soup, perfect for cold fall dinner!

  • Leisa Bragg

    I would make broth first and then try a cake. Yum!

  • Mary Kaiser

    I experiment with curries all the time, and my 100% Malaysian husband and 50% Malaysian kids love them. I’ll see if the Instant Pot can make a good thing great!

  • Cassandra Mitchell

    Typically, I’d make beans in a pressure cooker. I’m eager to read the cookbook to see the range of possibilities.

  • Natalie

    I would make pulled pork :) I’ve heard such great things about the instant pot!

  • Patti P

    I would pressure cook a whole chicken.

  • Pam

    Can’t wait to make the cheesecake! It’s looks sooo yummy!!

  • Mark A Nohner

    Nice recipe but I really think I would start with the Pressure Cooker Beef Brisket. I like the idea of serving a brisket that becomes tender in a half the usual time! This is where pressure cookers really shine.

  • dale goodloe

    I have always wanted an Instant Pot but too expensive. The first thing I would cook is my Mother’s recipe for Pot Roast w/potatoes, carrots, onions and garlic slivers inserted into the meat. Not only good for several meals but makes great soup with the leftovers!
    Sooooo hope i can win one!!!!

  • Tina J

    Spicy chili verde pulled pork shoulder with tomatillos, poblanos, and Anaheim peppers!

  • Jennifer

    I would make a big old pot of beans with the Instant Pot and it would be ready in a fraction of the time!

  • susie

    probably paella!

  • Diane Stallings

    My phlebotomist’s sister lost EVERYTHING in the recent Tubbs fire. This will go to her if my entry is picked. Something nice to help her begin this new, difficult path would be wonderful!

  • Jenny

    I would make a beef barley stew if I had my own instant pot!

  • Keith W

    After seeing this recipe I would have to try it first, mouthwatering!

  • Randy Sikes

    A Mississippi Pot Roast would be the first thing I’d make.

  • Jerrie

    This looks wonderful. I’ve never heard of an Instant Pot before. Definitely would like to get one.

  • Meryl

    Oh this all looks great, and I’ve been dancing around getting an Instant Pot for the last year. I think I’ll have to start with the Cajun Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya!

  • Irene Marquez

    I think the first thing I would make is pinto beans. Being Mexican, I never use canned. I would love to see how quickly I could make my beans, Then I would definitely try to make a crackless cheese cake!

  • Eugene Cote

    I would try chicken recipes first. I cook chicken once or twice a week and the speed of getting a meal on the table would be great.

  • Gail Knighten

    I would make a chicken recipe from The Essential Instant Pot cookbook.

  • Lisa M

    Well since I have been deathly afraid of pressure cookers from childhood (based on the old rattle top pressure cookers of my youth) I would like to try anything and not be concerned with injuries! Maybe a wonderful pot roast without using any other pans?

  • Ryan

    I’d make my go-to pressure cooker / braise recipe: short ribs!

  • Michelle

    An instant pot is on my Christmas list. My hubby doesn’t like to buy me things that make me have to work (new pots and pans, exercise equip) but I say if I ASK for it then it’s not an issue. Looking at the delicious recipes from the book I’d probably make the Ropa Vieja first. It’s one of my favorite meals but then onto the Korean short ribs or risotto or barley or …

  • Jane Lacher

    I love risotto but do not like making it. That will be my first recipe!

  • Christina Schoenfelder

    I’d give brown rice a try – mine always come out gooey.

  • Jessie C.

    I would like to make instant pot beef stew.

  • AWads

    I’m going to make a big ol’ pot of beans! No more excuses about it taking “too much time”!

  • Rachel Kim

    Gotta try those Korean braised beef short ribs!!

  • Marla

    I want to try the Crustless Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche! Sounds perfect for a cold, winter, weekend morning!

  • [email protected]

    BEANS, beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat…I would make beans because it is finally that time of year! Beans are inexpensive and so versatile.

  • Jodi Scott

    my grandmother’s chicken and rice!

  • Patrice Fanning

    My first recipe in an instant pot would be short ribs or beans.

  • Courtney

    I would make EVERYTHING! I am a teacher, I am pregnant, and I’ve been eyeing these InstaPots for the ease of use and ability to leave it and forget it!

  • Jonathan

    It may be a cliche, but I love Senate Navy Bean Soup. And I have four big ham bones in the freezer. So I think that is what I would make first. And maybe second too….. Winter is coming :)

  • Alessandra

    I saw a recipe for pressure cooker risotto and I would love to try it!

  • David Barnes

    I’ve always been scared of pressure cookers until I was helping my neighbor make a potato salad. She had cooked the potatoes and the eggs in the instant pot. I was amazed at how fast everything cooked and I really couldn’t believe that I could actually peel the eggs without destroying them! So, I think the first thing I would make would be the potato salad and see how well I can do it by myself without my usual fear of a pressure cooker.

  • Theresa

    mashed potatoes!

  • Roberta Patton

    I have always wanted a pressure cooker. I would love to make a bunch of things from applesauce to tomato sauce. I think the first thing I would make is a good old fashioned beef roast with celery, carrots, onions, and potatoes.

  • Cecilia Lagos

    What wouldn’t I cook ‍ in this miracle pot.

  • Jan

    Irish stew!

  • Kelsey

    I want to try this awesome cheese cake recipe!

  • Brad D

    Well, I personally wouldn’t make anything. The Instant Pot is something that my sister has quite a bit of interest in, and she likes to slow cook a lot of meals, so this would make an excellent gift for her.

  • Joe

    Ribs. Lots of ribs.

  • Diane Ford

    With cold weather coming, I would love to try dried beans and soup recipes. I have been researching information on the Instant Pot recently, so it would be amazing to try it out.

  • Ann

    The cheesecake looks AMAZING! Getting my InstaPot this week! Can’t wait! Thanks for sharing amazing recipes!

  • Bob Strippy

    The first thing I would make in the pot is some authentic Hungarian goulash. It seems like a natural choice.

  • Jamie Fiorucci

    Hi there!
    First of all, I’ve heard of all kinds of amazing meals people are cooking with the Instant Pot. Also, I make many recipes from Simply Recipes and am so thankful for your great ideas! The first thing I will try is the Beef Brisket recipe, except that I will use venison. My daughter and husband will be hunting over Thanksgiving, so our freezer should be full with lots of different cuts of venison.
    Thanks again for the chance to win a Instant Pot. I know I’ll use it!! Also, thank you again for your recipes.

  • Anita Tigert

    Of course I made the tester water! But the next recipe was sweet potato chili. I am learning this new kitchen tool but I think I will used it a lot. Winter is here and I will be making stews, chilis, and soup galore.

  • Lisa Sammons

    Coco’s recipe for Chicken and Dumplings would be perfect for this cold snowy Montana Day

  • Bonnie

    The risotto would be my first recipe to try.

    Thank you!

  • Kevin Bolling

    the Jambalaya sounds good..

  • Mel

    I’d love to make tomatillo shredded chicken!

  • Ruby Soria

    I would make a Cuban Pot Roast in a rich tomato sauce infused with green olives!

  • Krista Taylor

    I would make boiled eggs! I eat a boiled egg every morning for breakfast. This would help with prepping for the week.

  • joe corelli

    I need easy so a big pot of chili I think, for my very 1st time! joe

  • Cassie

    I have made Pressure cooker chipotle chicken and rice bowls recipe a dozens of times since it was posted, minus the instant pot. I would love to try this recipe amongst many others.

    Thanks Elise to continue to keep your website so engaging as I have kept up on meal planning through this site!

  • Louise Mellwig

    My Mother in law always used a pressure cooker, and made delicious roasts and stews. I think I would try the cheese cake first, then who knows the possibilities from there. I would love to have this pressure cooker!

  • Beth Bourbeau

    Reading this issue you’ve convinced me CHEESCAKE would be my first recipe!

  • Tom

    Bottom round French dip from a recipe on this site

  • Athena R

    I would love to make mac & cheese or bone broth.

  • Jennifer Dorsch

    I, like a previous poster, have always had an unwarranted fear of pressure cookers. I would love to try short ribs but my next adventure would be rouladen ….yum!

  • Chomp

    Apple cider, baby back ribs.

  • Tina

    Beef stew is always better on the second day, but pressure cooker beef stew is just that yummy on the first day. And fall is the perfect time for comforting beef stew!

  • Debi Pye

    I would start with the cheese cake! Then I would make everything in the book!!

  • Theresa Morgan

    Losing my husband and being by myself, this would be perfect for me !! I see it ALL over the Internet….. As far as what to cook???? I would just open the cookbook and let gravity make my choice to which recipe it opens to. Everything sounds and looks AWESOME!!

  • Keri Pommerenk

    I’m going to make Kalua Pork!

  • Laura Parker

    As a first time Instant Pot user I would start simple, probably something meaty. And then let the experimenting begin!

  • Lisa

    I can’t wait to try making Greek Yogurt!

  • Cindy Harris

    Mmmmm! How about beef stew hoisin? That ought to be great in a pressure cooker.

  • Jo Grodsky

    I know it sounds like a simple thing, but I’d like to make hard-boiled eggs in the IP. Getting a nice, consistent, yellow yolk, without any tinges of green or gray, and an easy-to-peel shell would be a dream.

  • Janice S.

    Chili con Carne…but the chicken and sausage Jambalaya sure is tempting!

  • Tawnie

    Probably some sort of roast.

  • Teresa

    Braised Brisket with onion gravy would be my first to try.

  • Jennifer Davis

    I would love to make the Korean short ribs. I’ve never used a pressure cooker or insta pot. Let the adventure begin. Simply Recipes has never failed me.

  • MaryEllen

    Mac ‘n’ Cheese!!

  • Rebecca

    I would make chicken bone broth.

  • Margo Mair

    My family is totally in love with Mexican anything. Shredded beef and carnival would be high on the list of choices, but I can just see wonderful soups being cooked.

  • Kris nordahl

    Risotto and bean soup

  • Susan Lewandowski

    I am going to make a Cauliflower and Chick Pea Curry in my new Instant-Pot!

  • Annie Leong

    I heard the ribs will be amazing in the instant pot – fall off the bone??? Can’t wait!

  • Bob

    I would first try to make a chicken dish such as Chicken parm or francaise. Then on to a cheese cake like the own shown in this posting.

  • Tracie Hughes

    I would make something that would typically take me forever like Beef Bourginon!

  • Kathy

    I would make chicken pot pie. MMmmmmm

  • Kay Donald

    Fortunately, I found this site recently. I’ve made the No Fail Sour Cream crust several times, everyone thought it was so flaky and yummy. I mixed up a batch for my daughter because she was going to a pie making party. The women there raved about her crust!
    I’d try the cheese cake. I love to make soup in the winter and the I.P. would be wonderful to have. Thank you for all your hard work, both of you.


    I think I’d give the family chili recipe a try!

  • jo

    I’m going try your Cheese Cake in it!

    We make egg and coconut custard in the pressure cooker and it turns out perfectly every time!

    Cheese Cake sounds yummy .

  • David L.

    I would make chili!

  • Janis Wiggans

    I think I would make chicken tikka masala.

  • Jamie

    That Cajun Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya looks good

  • William O. Wilson

    I would make a fabulous cheese cake.

  • Debra

    Cafe Rio sweet pork would be first for me! Thank you for this opportunity!

  • MaryKay Lawrence

    I have to try that cheese cake…..then maybe french onion soup!

  • Robert MacDonald

    Korean style short ribs.

  • Judy

    I’ve never made a cheesecake before, but always wanted to try it. Emma, yours reminds me of the tall cheesecakes I loved growing up. When I lived in New England, there was a terrific deli/bakery that made a similar cheesecake and I would buy one every so often and spread different Comstock pie fillings on top…blueberry was my favorite and apple was my hubby’s favorite. A dollop of fresh homemade whipped cream on top of each slice took it over the top. I’d love to recreate the apple one for him, making my own apple pie filling for the topping. So, yes, I’d make the cheesecake first and then a New England style (Yankee) pot roast. And I’m getting hungry already! LOL

  • Vaishali

    Chickpea curry

  • Zina

    I’d try the chipotle chicken rice bowls!

  • Towanna H Thompson

    I’d love to make a pot roast with all the veggies in it! YUM!!!!!

  • Lynne Juliano

    I definitely would make a whole chicken…….

  • Arlene Thorpe

    The first thing I’d make in an Instant Pot is Butter Chicken. It is one of my son’s favorite dishes, and I’ve had several Instant Pot owners tell me it’s very easy to make and comes out delicious!

  • Tammy Nelson

    Wow! 578 comments! Everyone wants an Instant Pot! I actually asked for one for my 60th birthday this past October 30th and got it! Sorry about all the exclamation marks…anyway I made kahlua pork (husband’s fave) and it turned out great. Slight learning curve for me to get confident enough to use it but I DID it…YAY.

  • Dave S.

    I would make a dry bean recipe with ham hock,onion and butter (lima) beans.

  • Ruth

    Frist thing i would make Chicken stew for my great grandchildren

  • kim murphy

    I am sooo making that cheesecake!!

  • Rich Cornia

    I can’t wait to try the cheesecake recipe. I’ve always been intimidated to make a cheesecake (because I thought it would take too long and be too fussy). This sounds super simple.

  • Lynne

    Ok, the cheesecake recipe in an Instapot was the final straw… I’m ordered one yesterday. Thanks Emma!

  • Maisie Wong

    OMG! The New York cheese cake is amazing! I couldn’t imagine making a cheesecake in an Instant Pot until I did it. It was so easy and tasted awesome!

  • Jaana

    I absolutely love all the recipes on “Simply Recipes ” everything has always turned out delicious. I want to try this pressure cooker cheese cake, I have a pressure cooker that does not have a timer or setting, just an old school pressure cooker. Can I make it in that ? Just cook it for the 32 minutes with the pressure valve just barely letting off steam? Or is it not worth trying? Thank you so much !!