10 Easiest Instant Pot Recipes!

by Tiffany

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Now, this has probably never happened in your house, but one of the most difficult things about having a monthly meal plan is remembering to take the chicken out of the freezer to defrost.  Luckily, the Instant Pot is awesome at this!  No matter what recipe you are making, if it calls for chicken (whole breast, shredded, etc.) then the Instant Pot is your best friend!  Just put in a cup of water, throw in a few frozen chicken breasts, and set on “Manual” for 10 minutes.  Voila!  Perfectly cooked chicken that you can use as a whole breast or to shred for tacos or casseroles.

  • Add one cup of water
  • Put in frozen chicken breasts
  • “Manual” for 10 minutes

Need ideas for what to use the chicken for?  Check out these cookbooks for chicken recipes:


This is a favorite meal at our house – spaghetti and meatballs.  One of the biggest things Tiffany hates about pasta dishes is the time you spend cooking the pasta, stirring over a hot stove, and then cleaning said stove because the pot always boils over.  But spaghetti in an Instant Pot is simple!  Just put 1/2 cup of water on the bottom, then put in a bag of frozen meatballs.  Add 16 oz of spaghetti noodles (we break ours in half and lay them flat) and top with a 24 oz jar of pasta sauce (like Ragu).  Fill up the empty sauce jar with water, and add that to the pot.  Stir everything around a little bit.  Set on “Manual” for 6 minutes, and you can walk away!

  • 1/2 cup water on the bottom
  • Add a bag of frozen meatballs
  • Layer 16 oz spaghetti noodles
  • Top 24 oz pasta sauce
  • Fill pasta sauce jar with water and add
  • “Manual” for 6 minutes.

Want to jazz up your spaghetti with fun sauces and other additions?  Here are some great recipes:

10 Easiest Instant Pot Recipes

Hard-Boiled Eggs

It’s so difficult to make hard-boiled eggs – they crack on the stove pot as they roll around in boiling water and make a mess!  It’s also impossible to get them cooked at just the right time.

And there is that one extremely embarrassing time where I (Tiffany) put them on the stove and forgot about them.  The water boiled away, and they literally ended up exploding all over the kitchen!  (True story.)

But an Instant Pot makes things so much easier!  Put a cup of water in the bottom and place eggs on the steamer rack.  Cook at “Manual” for 5 minutes, then do a quick release and put eggs in cold water.

  • 1 cup water
  • Eggs on steamer rack
  • “Manual” 5 minutes

Need some other ways to do hard-boiled eggs? Here are some ideas:


Mashed Potatoes

Wash, peel, and quarter 2.5 lbs of potatoes.  Place 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot and place potatoes on the steamer rack.  Cook on “Manual” for 8 minutes, then do a quick release.  Place the potatoes in a medium bowl.  Add 1/2 cup warmed milk and 2 Tbsp melted butter, then mash with a potato masher.

  • 1 cup water
  • 2.5 lbs of peeled/quartered potatoes on steamer rack
  • “Manual” 8 minutes
  • Put potatoes in separate bowl and add 1/2 cup warmed milk with 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • Mash

Need some frugal ways to cook with mashed potatoes? Here are some ideas:

Baked Potatoes

Clean and prick 2.5 lbs potatoes.  Put 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot, and place potatoes on the steamer rack.  Cook on “Manual” for 10-12 minutes (depending on size of potatoes), then allow a slow release (which means don’t turn the vent to release the pressure at the end).  If you want your potatoes to have a crispier skin, then you can brush them with oil/salt and cook for 10 minutes at 350* in the oven.

  • 1 cup water in bottom
  • 2.5 lbs cleaned/pricked potatoes on steamer rack
  • “Manual” 10-12 minutes

Are you a potato lover? Here you go:

Mac & Cheese

We love homemade macaroni and cheese at our house, but making the sauce always was a bit of pain.  Not anymore!  Put 4 cups of water into the Instant Pot with a pound of elbow macaroni.  (You may want to add a tablespoon or two of butter, but keep in mind that if you do a quick-release, the steam will be a bit messy.)  Set to “Manual” for four minutes.  After de-pressurizing, mix in 4 oz of cream cheese and 16 oz of shredded cheese (we like sharp cheddar, but you may want to experiment with different flavors.)  Lastly, add in 1 cup of whole milk.  Stir everything together until cheeses are melted.  At this stage, we like to add in a bag of microwaved veggies.

  • 4 cups water in pot
  • Add 1 lb elbow macaroni noodles
  • “Manual” 4 minutes
  • Mix in 4 oz cream cheese, 16 oz shredded cheese, 1 cup milk

Need something different to try with this kid favorite? Here are some ideas:

Pot Roast

  • 1 bag baby carrots (rinsed)
  • 4-5 medium red potatoes (rinsed, halved)
  • 4 medium yellow onions (peeled, halved)
  • 1-2 lb roast
  • 2-3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 packet pot roast seasoning

Put all veggies listed below in Instant Pot.  Place roast on top of veggies. Then add vegetable broth and sprinkle the seasoning on top.  Close Instant Pot and set to “Meat/Stew” mode for 30 minutes.

Chicken Fajitas

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (defrosted)
  • 2 yellow onions (slivered)
  • 2 green peppers (slivered)
  • 2 Cups chicken broth
  • 1 packet taco seasoning

Add chicken broth to Instant Pot.  Place metal grill piece (came with Instant Pot) on the bottom of your pot and place chicken on the grill in a single layer.  Empty half of the seasoning packet onto the chicken.  Use the “poultry” setting for 20 minutes.  Remove the chicken and shred it.  Then add the onions and peppers to the broth still in the Instant Pot.  Stir in the shredded chicken, along with the remaining taco seasoning.  Set the slow cooker setting for about 4 hours, then drain.  Serve with soft tortilla shells.

Cheesy Garlic Butter Spaghetti

  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz spaghetti noodles cut in half
  • 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tsp garlic purée
  • 4 tbps butter cut into small cubes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Pour the stock into the crock pot, then add the rest of the ingredients.  Set on “manual” for 6 minutes.  When finished, allow for 6 minutes natural pressure release, then flip to quick release.

Pulled Pork

  • 2 cups Dr. Pepper
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 4 Pounds Pork Roast
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tbs onion powder
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tbs salt

Cut your pork roast into 4-5 large chunks and coat with salt, onion powder, and garlic powder.  Chop onion and place in pot, then place pork in the pot.  Pour in Dr. Pepper soda and add BBQ sauce.  Cook on “manual high” for 50 minutes and allow natural release pressure for 10 minutes.  Remove the pork and drain the juices.  Shred with a fork and add more BBQ sauce.

An earlier version of this post was written by Tiffany on The Crazy Shopping Cart

10 Easiest Instant Pot Recipes

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Taylor May 6, 2019 - 7:50 am

This is so helpful! Thank you!

Marna Altman May 6, 2019 - 9:39 am

These are so great! I have ben wanting an insta pot. These recipes will be added to the list of things to try.

Jo May 6, 2019 - 2:36 pm

Thanks for this! We love our Instant Pot, and I never knew that about the frozen chicken. That’s a life saver!

Holly May 7, 2019 - 7:41 am

These sound great! I can’t wait to give some of them a try!

Sarah May 7, 2019 - 11:25 am

Pinning this for later. I received an instant pot for Christmas and still haven’t used it. I know, I’m crazy. lol This post gave me the inspiration I needed. Thanks!

Jessie May 9, 2019 - 6:51 am

I love my instant pot, and I’m always looking for more recipes! Thank you for this list. I can’t wait to try the Cheesy Garlic Butternut Squash! I got a ton of butternut squash in my CSA last summer. This will be a great way to use it!

Catherine May 9, 2019 - 7:36 am

I have an Instant Pot but never realized how many different uses it has. I got so many ideas from this post and am looking forward to trying them out! Thanks so much for sharing!

Erin May 9, 2019 - 9:20 am

These are super helpful recipe! I just got a multi-cooker and Im so excited to try some of there!

Melissa Robidoux May 9, 2019 - 1:50 pm

Wow, I use an instapot and didn’t realize I could make potatoes in it. Great info!


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