Are you the proud new owner of an Instant Pot? Need help getting started with using it? We can help! Here’s a full guide of Instant Pot tips and Tricks for beginners. Plus, we’ve included a roundup of 30 healthy Instant Pot recipes to get you started!
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What Are the Perks of Using an Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot seems to be everywhere these days! This hot new kitchen tool claims to replace seven appliances and cook food up to 70% faster while using less energy than conventional appliances, making it perfect for busy weeknights. You’ll get that cooked-all-day taste in a fraction of the time!
As a busy mom with an affinity for hoarding, *ahem* I mean collecting, kitchen gadgets, this peaked my interest.
What Exactly Is an Instant Pot?
So, what is an Instant Pot? It’s a multi-use programmable pressure cooker that can be a: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, warmer, and yogurt maker. (Yes, it makes yogurt!)
After receiving one as an early Christmas present, I put this baby to the test. And I have found a whole new world of amazing recipes to try.
Your Instant Pot comes with a removable silicone ring that is placed on the inside of the lid and helps to seal in the pressure. Remove and clean this ring after every use. Make sure the ring is securely attached to the lid before turning the valve to “seal.” At this point, the Instant Pot will take 5 to 20 minutes to pressurize.
Refer to the Instant Pot cooking timetable when deciding on what length of time to cook your food.
There’s no need to defrost your food! Simply throw it in the Instant Pot and adjust the cook time as frozen food to prolong pre-heating.
High or low pressure? High is commonly used for most recipes and low is reserved for more delicate ingredients such as seafood and eggs.
Natural vs. quick release? Once the timer us up, the Instant Pot will switch to warm and will slowly lose pressure. If your recipe calls for quick release, simply turn the steam valve to its venting position. Keep your hands away as the machine will quickly release a burst of steam and lose all pressure in about one minute.
This might seem like a lot of information for one appliance. But I promise you’ll get the hang of it in no time, especially the more you use it!
Now that you’ve had your crash course in Instant Pot 101, check out ourround-up of 30 delicious recipes featuring everything from homemade chicken stock, oatmeal, veggie-packed meatballs, soups, mashed potatoes, and more!
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made with mashed potatoes and either kale or cabbage. This version is made with cabbage and Russet potatoes in the Instant Pot for a quick and easy side dish for St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the year.
Enjoy a comforting bowl of Mexican Chicken Soup seasoned with chili, cumin and smoked paprika and filled with chicken, beans and vegetables. This soup recipe is made in the Instant Pot for an easy, hands-off dinner.
There’s something about a cup of warm apple cider on a chilly fall or winter night that makes this time of year magical. Make a homemade batch of this apple cider in the Instant Pot, grab a mug and curl up with your family for movie night.
When cooler weather comes, nothing is more comforting than a hearty bowl of beef stew. While many recipes of this classic dish take hours to prepare, this version is made in the Instant Pot for a delicious, healthy meal in less time.
Instant Pot Turkey Taco Pasta is a zesty meal that the whole family will love. This meal cooked in no time when using your Instant Pot or pressure cooker. The ground turkey, taco seasoning, fired roasted tomatoes paired with pasta make this a fun alternative to taco night.
For this tasty recipe, we combine Hatch chilis, cauliflower and cheese for a spicy, creamy sauce to spoon over chicken. The chicken and sauce cook together in the Instant Pot for easy clean-up. Serve over rice for a dinner the whole family will love.
Traditional baked potato soup gets a healthier makeover with the addition of cauliflower. Enjoy the same creamy goodness without the fuss of pre-baking the potatoes by making this soup in just 20 minutes in an Instant Pot!
Don’t toss those watermelon rinds! Did you know there are lots of uses for all parts of a watermelon, including the rind? Just peel and toss in the Instant Pot along with the other ingredients to make this delicious and tangy Watermelon Rind BBQ Sauce.
Making instant pot stuffed bell peppers can’t get any easier than this! No pre-cooking of peppers or sautéing onion is needed. Simply fill with them and cook under pressure. Easy-peasy comfort food ready in no time!
Amanda’s marketing, public relations and community outreach experience spans 20 years. She is the mom of two girls and two boxer dogs. You can hear her as the host of the Healthy Family Project podcast, find her cooking alongside her girls in videos on the Produce for Kids Instagram feed or spot her out volunteering with her family. When not in the office, Amanda can be found with her family on the tennis courts or at the dance studio.