Unless you’ve been vacationing on a remote desert island for the last year, you probably know all about the Instant Pot.

This magical device can do it all—and really freakin’ fast. Think of it like a pressure cooker and a crockpot on steroids that’s simple enough for a 3-year-old to use, and you’ve basically got an Instant Pot. In addition to cooking things like meat, chicken, and dried beans at lightning speed, it also moonlights as a yogurt maker and a rice cooker. The manufacturers probably should’ve named it the Only Pot instead of the Instant Pot, since it’s the only cooking device you need.

All of which means one very important thing: Cooking healthy, mouthwatering meals has never been easier. Here are 8 Instant Pot recipes you have to try.


Wouldn’t it be nice if you had the time to make a batch of hearty steel-cut oatmeal for breakfast on any old weekday morning? With an Instant Pot, that dream is now a reality. My Plant Based Family‘s simple oatmeal recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients and takes only 3 minutes to make. That’s almost as fast as microwaving a bowl of instant oatmeal, people.

Butternut Squash and Beef Stew
Foodie Crush‘s savory stew tastes like it simmered all day, but you can actually get it on the table in under 45 minutes. And unlike most beef stews, this one isn’t just plain meat and potatoes. It’s also got sweet cubes of butternut squash, cremini mushrooms, and loads of fresh herbs.
Instant Pot Chicken Teriyaki with Rice

Next time you’re debating about ordering takeout, make this one-pot chicken and veggie dish from Life Made Sweeter. It serves up the same sweet and savory flavor, and thanks to your Instant Pot, you can throw it together in less time than it would take for the delivery guy to arrive with your (probably lukewarm) dinner.

Lentil Tortilla Soup

Most Instant Pot recipes are meat-centric. But this satisfying vegetarian soup from Peas and Crayons is all lentils and veggies, along with loads of Tex-Mex flavors like chili pepper, cayenne, garlic, and jalapeno. Oh, and it’s done in like, 20 minutes. Amazing.

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Who knew? You can steam four whole sweet potatoes in your Instant Pot in just 35 minutes. Have ’em as a side for chicken or pork, top them with cooked black beans and a dollop of Greek yogurt, or add a spoonful of almond butter and eat them for breakfast or dessert.

Faux-tisserie Chicken

This golden brown bird looks like it hung out in the oven all day, right? Wrong. Cooking With Curls stuffed it with aromatic veggies, slathered the top with olive oil and savory spices, and cooked it in an Instant Pot for 25 minutes. And then, it was time to eat.

Instant Pot Pasta with Meat Sauce
Even pasta Bolognese can happen in your Instant Cooker, says The Lean Green Bean. Use the sauté setting to quickly brown the onions, garlic, and ground beef. Then add the pasta, water, and jarred sauce, and walk away for 5 minutes. When you come back, dinner will be ready.
Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

Why spend $8 on greasy carnitas from a food truck when you can make a clean version at home in less than an hour? SkinnyTaste browns her pork shoulder in a skillet before adding it to the Instant Pot with garlic, chipotle peppers, and plenty of spices. Shredded and folded into corn tortillas with sliced avocado, it’s basically irresistible.


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