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Using Instant Pot is the best tool to get a quick and tasty dinner on the table. We've put together a list of 23 of our favorite instant dinner recipes that are sure to be an instant hit for your family!
Looking for healthy and delicious ways to cook dinner at Instant Pot? We've put together 23 of our favorite Instant Pot dinner recipes that are sure to please the whole family. From Easy Beef Stroganoff to Parmesan Chicken Soup, we have a little something for everyone, even the most demanding!
Why we love the instant pot for quick dinners
We could sing praises all day about why we love the Instant Pot, especially for easy dinners or meal preparation. This appliance is not only good for getting the quick work of long braised dishes like beef barbecue or pork carnitas, but it's also particularly good for easy week-long dinners that don't really require much hands-on preparation. First of all, we cook meals in Instant Pot because it's convenient, but we also love how certain dishes taste better in Instant Pot, like Mac and Cheese.
Useful instant pot terminology
Manual pressure: This refers to the actual button indicating that you are using the pressure cooker function on some Instant Pot models. Some only have a button that says cook pressure.
Pressure release valve: This is the knob on top of the instant pot lid that seals off the steam that creates the pressure. When using the pressure cooker, it must be in the "Sealed" position. It does not close tightly, but simply moves from one position to another. This is also the valve that you must move when you finish cooking to quickly release the pressure (see below).
Quick pressure release: A recipe will tell you how you are going to release the pressure once the food has finished cooking. If it indicates Quick Pressure Release, you will move the pressure release valve to the “Vent” position, carefully. Steam will quickly escape from the valve.
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Natural pressure release: A recipe will tell you how you are going to release the pressure once the food has finished cooking. If it indicates natural pressure release, it will keep the pressure release valve in the "sealed" position. Sometimes a recipe says a natural pressure release for just 10 minutes. After the machine indicates an LO 10 at the interface, it will move the valve to the vent position and release the remaining steam. LO indicated the time elapsed since the pressure cooker timer has expired.
Coating or pot: This is the actual container in which you cook food. It is the metal inner lining that can be removed from the instant pot for cleaning.
23 easy instant dinner recipes
Chicken Parm Instant Soup: If you love parmesan chicken, you'll love it. This soup is made easy in Instant Pot with our favorite chicken, a tasty tomato broth and topped with all the classic chicken parm flavors.
Instant Chicken Marinade: This is a version of the classic Filipino dish that results in a spicy and tasty chicken. It's perfect for evenings that need a healthy dinner but don't feel like cooking. It's also gluten-free, Paleo, low carb, and Whole30 friendly.
Beef stew: This dish is hearty, tasty, full of vegetables. This stew is the perfect healthy food for cold days!
Instant potato soup – tastes just like a loaded baked potato! It's creamy and topped with all your favorite baked potato ingredients. We tried a few different ways to make it creamy, cream-free, if that's what you need. And it's very easy, in Instant Pot, of course!
Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala: You need a great short or tasty weekend dinner! This delicious dinner uses the pot-in-pot cooking method, which means cooking the dish * and * the rice all together in the pressure cooker!
Instant Beef Stroganoff: This classic American dish prepares quickly, with minimal preparation, and mostly cooks hands-free thanks to the Instant Pot. It is made with REAL ingredients and is very abundant! Be sure to skip peas for Whole30 compliance.
Buffalo Chicken Chili: Sundays are full of cooking for me on game day (my favorite)! I always try to prepare healthy food for game day and this Buffalo Chicken Chili will definitely be in the rotation. You can make this buffalo chicken chili recipe in the instant pot or on the stove!
Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore: This chicken dish has the best boneless chicken and is packed with vegetables and hearty flavor! A healthier version of the classic Italian dish that everyone will LOVE.
Instant Lentil Soup: Hearty, warm and inviting, this Instant Lentil Soup is the perfect winter meal. This vegetarian soup is spiced with tomatoes, fresh herbs, and a hint of spice that makes this soup not only feel good, but simply delicious. It is easily made in the instant pot (or in your slow cooker) for a hands-free meal meant to make anyone served happy.
Instant Lemon and Vegetable Risotto – This 10-minute risotto is a tasty, bright, vibrant, and creamy meatless meal on Mondays! Loaded with broccoli, asparagus, spinach, and peas, it's the perfect dairy-free dish to celebrate the abundance of spring vegetables!
Instant Pot Butter Chicken – It's creamy, perfectly flavored, and delicious! It's a great weekday dinner at the end of a busy day. This gluten-free and optionally dairy-free dinner is a one-pot meal, thanks to the rice that is cooked alongside the chicken. It is guaranteed to be a new family favorite.
Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice: Can you go wrong adding rice, cheese, chicken and broccoli? It is an easy dinner to prepare that the whole family will love and that will be prepared with a few simple ingredients.
Instant Pot Southwest Chicken Soup – A version of the classic soup with chicken, beans, corn, and tomatoes. It is easy to make and optionally can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer. It's as easy as putting all the ingredients in a freezer bag and storing them until you need a quick week night. Just thaw in the refrigerator overnight and put everything in a snap pot for cooking at dinner time!
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese: Who knows the easiest way to make Mac and Cheese in Instant Pot? This comforting, creamy bowl of goodness is healthier than your childhood favorite boxed type, but just as delicious and more! This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipe is our new way to cook it and we know that once you try it, it will be yours too!
Instant Balsamic Chicken: Ready for the juiciest chicken breasts, perfectly cooked potatoes, and braised kale in sweet balsamic frosting for dinner without even turning on the stove? So this instant balsamic chicken is just what you need to do tonight! This dish is perfect for those hot summer summertime nights (or cold, lazy fall or winter) when you want to eat a home cooked meal but don't want to heat the house. It's also gluten-free, paleo, low-carb, and friendly whole30.
Stuffed Pepper Soup: Loaded with all of your favorite stuffed pepper flavors, but without the hassle of stuffing peppers. To make this Whole30 and Paleo friendly, skip the white rice. You can substitute cauliflower rice for cooking at the end until it is completely heated through.
Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with artichokes and asparagus: Do you need a delicious light dinner that does not require much preparation and is DELICIOUS? So this Instant Lemon Chicken with Artichokes and Asparagus is just what you need to do tonight! This bright, seasonal dinner is perfect for an evening where you still want something delicious but don't want to cook much. It's also gluten-free, paleo, low-carb, and friendly whole30.
Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta – This pasta comes together quickly in the pressure cooker and is full of vegetables, chicken, and creamy Cajun flavor! Gluten-free and an easy recipe for Cajun pasta during the week that everyone will love!
Instant Pot Mongolian Beef – This Instant Pot Paleo Mongolian beef is made gluten-free, soy-free, non-paleo, low-carb, and turns 30 overall. It is a healthier and perfect version of the classic takeaway dish that everyone will love.
Paleo Chicken and Broccoli – This easy Chinese-American-style Paleo Chicken and Broccoli in Instant Pot is so delicious and combines so fast! It is gluten free and is truly a fan favorite for good reason!
Classic Chicken Soup: There is no better cure for anything than chicken soup. Chicken and broth heat up the soup, and vegetables brighten up everything. It's a classic for a reason!
Instant Balsamic Chicken: Ready for the juiciest chicken breasts, perfectly cooked potatoes, and braised kale in sweet balsamic frosting for dinner without even turning on the stove? This dish is perfect for those hot summer summertime nights (or cold, lazy fall or winter) when you want to eat a home cooked meal but don't want to heat the house.
Turkey Chili: This healthy comfort food in a bowl is hearty and satisfying for all those cold days. It's perfect for a large gathering, football Sunday festivities, or a good weekly meal prep option as there are tons of leftovers! Be sure to skip the beans for Whole30 compliance.
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