I wasn’t an easy convert to the Instant Pot and, to be completely honest, I still think that there are a lot of janky IP recipes out there. Though the Instant Pot is great at some things, it’s just not good at everything. Still, I admit that that the great Instant Pot recipes are changing the way that I cook.
So, although it’s only March, I’m ready to make a best-of list — because I have a feeling that my list of all-star, must-try Instant Pot recipes is going to be a long one with lots of updates throughout the year. And maybe even years to come. These are the 10 best Instant Pot recipes that we’ve tried so far in 2017.
Of course Alton Brown has mastered the Instant Pot! And even better, he did so with a classic dish so that you can return to this Pressure Cooker Chili at Food Network over and over again. I especially love that you can make it with any kind of meat you want, so that you can keep changing this up.
The big promise of the Instant Pot is that it will cook, well, nearly instantly. The truth is, while it dramatically cuts cooking time, some of the best IP recipes can still take 30, 4o, or even 50 minutes. While the cooking time is hands off, that can’t always compete with take out. This Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli at Pressure Cooking Today, though, is a different story. With a cook time of just 12 minutes, you can whip this up on even your craziest nights.
This Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowl at Wondermom Wannabe may look unassuming, but someone on our staff swears by the recipe. It couldn’t be easier to make and serves up a super tasty meal that has kid-approved written all over it in literally minutes.
This Sweet Potato Stew (with meat) at Chelsea’s Messy Apron is another staff-approved find. The recipe was written for a slow cooker, but you can easily adapt it for your Instant Pot. Before doing anything else, jump to step five and toss the meat with flour, salt, and pepper. Then, using the saute function, brown the meat. Remove the meat and set aside before sautéing the onion and celery. Then, return the meat to the Instant Pot with the onion and celery, add everything else, and use manual mode to cook the stew for 20 minutes.
You can never go wrong with drumsticks when feeding a family and I love the global twist on this recipe for Moroccan Sticky Chicken at Bare Root Girl. The thing is, drumsticks tend to be best with crispy skin, something that the Instant Pot doesn’t do well. This recipe takes two precautions to make sure that these drumsticks are tasty even without oven-crisped or deep-fried skin: browning the drumsticks before cooking and glazing them in a sauce — all done in the IP. Genius.
While at Bare Root Girl, you should also check out this Maple Smoked Brisket. Brisket is exactly the kind of thing that cooks perfectly in the Instant Pot, and the smoky-sweet combination of flavors makes this version irresistible. Warm up with this meal on one those lingering cold nights or, if you live where it’s warm these days, shred the meat for BBQ-like sandwiches.
Instant Pot Picadillo | SkinnyTaste
I love Cuban food — like really love it — and am all over the Instant Pot Picadillo that I found at SkinnyTaste while putting together one of our recent weekly meal plans. This instantly (ha, see what I did there?) became a recipe that I keep in regular rotation for super quick weeknight meals. All it needs on the side is white rice and lots of fresh avocado, my favorite no-cook weeknight veggie (that, yes, I know is technically a fruit!).
If the sound of Pressure Cooker Pot Roast sounds boring, I dare you to give the recipe at Pressure Cook Recipes a try. A couple of unexpected ingredients turn this ordinary sounding dish into an umami-rich work of genius. But remember what I said about some Instant Pot recipes being fast only relatively speaking? This is one of them. Don’t forget to give yourself a couple of (hands off) hours to make this.
One Pot Pressure Cooker Pasta Bolognese | Pressure Cook Recipes
We first found this One Pot Pressure Cooker Pasta Bolognese at Pressure Cook Recipes while searching for Instant Pot holiday recipes. But that’s the thing about the Instant Pot: It levels the playing field, making long-cook, holiday-worthy meals everyday meals too. While I admit that this is not the kind of recipe that’s going to serve up perfectly al-dente pasta (so skip it if you’re a stickler), it will make a family favorite dinner in just minutes — 30 to be exact, including prep time. Plus, one pot and done. For me, that makes a keeper.
Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo was one of the first people — besides home cooking IP converts who I know personally — to convince me that an Instant Pot was worth giving a shot. Now that I’ve been using mine for a while, I know why: Michelle uses hers for exactly the kinds of dishes that it’s great at making, like this Instant Pot Chicken Pho. This recipe, which is from a cookbook author widely considered an authority on Vietnamese cooking, is divine and has already become my go-to, all-purpose chicken soup.