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25 Easy Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

Here are 25 easy Instant Pot recipes for beginners so you can start using your new pressure cooker today. You’ll find fail-proof recipe ideas for any time of the day.

easy Instant pot recipes for beginners to try

What Can You Make in Your Instant Pot?

Prepare to have your mind completely blown if you are not already aware of all the ways you can use your new Instant Pot. The beauty of this machine is how many kitchen appliances it combines into one: slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker.

What? Yogurt maker? You bet. I never wanted to make yogurt so much in my life than when I found out you can make your own homemade yogurt using an Instant Pot.

You can also make eggs almost any way you can think of.

Did you know you can also make breads and desserts?

And popcorn!!??!!

It’s totally crazy, and I went absolutely Instant Pot wide-open geek out on my husband when I was convincing him we needed one. Like yesterday.

So, for sure there are so many great ways to use your Instant Pot and lots of easy Instant Pot recipes to start with. Get ready to make easy, healthy and delicious meals for your family.

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Tips for Getting Started with Your New Instant Pot

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Straight out of the box, you’re new Instant Pot will have a stainless steel inner pot, steamer rack, rice paddle, and soup spoon. This may be all you need, but I have also listed some additions below that others have found helpful.

  • Glass Lid – This lid is used when you’re using your Instant Pot to saute foods and for some models to use when slow cooking (consult your manual):
  • Lid Cover for Inner Pot – if you’re storing anything in the fridge inside you inner pot, you’ll love having this tight-fitting lid to cover it with.
  • Instant Pot Mini Mitts -The special mitts are designed to allow you to safely and easily remove a hot inner pot. And, they are easy to clean.
  • Instant Pot Sealing Rings – These rings help solve a common complaint from Instant Pot users: smells lingering and affecting other foods. Most reviewers have found that using one ring for sweet foods and the other for savory foods takes care of the problem completely.
  • 6″ Springform Pan – This pan is a must-have for making cheesecakes and can also be used to make lasagna.

Useful Info for Using Your Instant Pot

There’s no need to learn by trial and error when you can learn from folks who already have some experience under their belt. Before you get cooking, go ahead and check out these very useful posts:

Lastly, before you use your Instant Pot for the first time, it’s recommended that you do a “water test”. This will help familiarize you a little bit with your new appliance and make sure all of the components are working properly.

Instant Pot Water Test Video

25 Easy Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

Now, I know you’re anxious to get started making some delicious and easy instant pot recipes at this point. But, the last thing I’d want is for you to have a first go with your Instant Pot and have disappointing results. This is why I made a point of trying to find only those recipes with consistently great results.

Take a look below at all of the resources and delicious recipes I’ve pulled together. I scoured the web for tried-and-true recipes with great reviews so that you can be sure you’re embarking on this journey with a good head start.

Easy Instant Pot Breakfast and Yogurt

breakfast foods made in Instant Pot pressure cooker

Making breakfast with your Instant Pot isn’t necessarily faster, but it’s so much simpler since you don’t have to hang over a stove. Just get your ingredients and your pot settings in order, then you can carry on with the crazy hectic morning that encompasses getting yourself and kids ready to go. You might even have a chance to sit down together for a couple minutes and eat something healthy before heading out for the day. Sounds too good to be true!

1. Lemon Blueberry Breakfast cake from Tried and True Blog.

easy instant pot breakfast cake recipe

2. How to make apple butter in your Instant Pot from A Bountiful Kitchen

instant pot apple butter recipe

3. Instant Pot Oatmeal recipe from Peas and Crayons

instant pot oatmeal

4. Instant Pot Banana French Toast recipe from Living Locurto

instant pot french toast recipe

5. Cooking hard boiled eggs in your Instant Pot is so easy, I guarantee you never make them another way again. Learn how to do it with Cooking with Curls.

instant pot hard boiled eggs

Yogurt Instant Pot Recipes

So, this one was a big surprise to me. The thought of making my own yogurt has never even crossed my mind. But now after seeing so many recipes, and reviewers commenting on how delicious and easy it is, how can I not try it?

6. Make Instant Pot blueberry yogurt from Amy New Nostalgia

instant pot yogurt in jars

7. Learn how to make Yogurt in an Instant Pot with Super Healthy Kids

instant pot yogurt in a bowl

8. How to make Soy Yogurt in an Instant Pot from Glue and Glitter

instant pot yogurt made with soy


9. Instant Pot Whole Wheat Crusty Bread from Tidbits Marci

instant pot crusty bread

10. Check out this Instant Pot chocolate chip zucchini bread from 365 Days of Crockpot

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Instant Pot recipe.

11. Delicious Instant Pot banana nut bread from This Old Gal

banana bread cooked in instant pot

Easy Instant Pot Dinners and Side Recipes

12. Make short ribs in your Instant Pot with Garden in the Kitchen

instant pot short ribs with polenta

13.  See how to use your Instant Pot to make Chicken Cacciatore with this recipe from Skinny Taste

instant pot chicken cacciatore

14. You’ve got to check out this amazing Instant Pot turkey breast from Jo Cooks

instant pot turkey breast

15. The folks at Two Sleevers have a wealth of experience in cooking with the Instant Pot (and a whole book of Indian Instant Pot Dishes!), which is why this Butter Chicken recipe is well-loved and highly successful

instant pot butter chicken

16. Instant Pot artichokes from Gimme Some Oven

artichoke hearts cooked in instant pot

Easy Instant Pot Soup Recipes

17. Instant Pot Butternut Cauliflower Soup from Peas and Crayons

instant pot cauliflower soup

18. Instant Pot Chicken Soup recipe from MommyPotamus

instant pot chicken noodle soup

19. Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup from Pinch of Yum

instant pot wild rice soup

20. Sausage and White Bean Soup from Good in the Simple

instant pot white bean soup

Easy Desserts You Can Make in Your Instant Pot

21. Salted Caramel Cheesecake from Cookies and Cups

cheesecake recipe for instant pot

22. How to make Instant Pot Rice Pudding from Traditional Cooking School

rice pudding recipe for instant pot

23. Make easy Baked Apples in your Instant Pot from Madame Deals

instant pot baked apples


24. How to make popcorn in your Instant Pot from The Typical Mom

making popcorn in instant pot

25. Quick and Easy Instant Pot Hummus from Instant Pot Eats

instant pot hummus

Bonus recipe!

I had to add my easy Instant Pot Dump cake recipe. It’s an apple spice cake, so it’s perfect for fall!

Instant pot dump cake recipe for beginners
roundup of easy Instant Pot recipes for beginners

Which Instant Pot is right for you?

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Instant Pots are available in several sizes and options. The 6 qt 9-in-1 (DUO Plus series) Instant Pot is at the top of my list for my family of four. It’s just the right size, and I want to be able to do more with it. Specifically, it has the yogurt making function and a cake function in addition to the various other cooking modes.

Families larger than 4 (or with teenage boys with hearty appetites?) will find the larger 8qt to be a better fit. And, the smaller 3qt should work for couples, or families with space limitations (great to keep in your camper!).

Also, keep an eye out for which options you are looking for. The 6-in-1 (LUX series) cookers don’t have the yogurt making option, and the 7-in-1 (DUO series) cookers don’t have the cake function. Think about how likely you are to use these functions when making your purchase.

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Sunday 31st of October 2021

Excellent information and recipes. As a beginner with a 3-quart mini instant pot, it would be very helpful if mention were made at the end of each recipe as to whether MINI owners needs to halve the recipe or can use it as written. If it needs to be halved, what further changes need to be made such as amount of liquid and time.

Robin Peaks

Thursday 20th of December 2018

This was a very helpful video! Thank you so much for sharing it!