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21 Easy Instant Pot Recipes For Beginners

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21 healthy and delicious Easy Instant Pot Recipes For Beginners to help you learn to make amazing quick and simple meals. Tasty dinner, soup, breakfast, and other recipes to get you started on the road to Instant Pot expert.

five easy instant pot recipes for beginners

So…you got an Instant Pot (or another brand of pressure cooker) recently. You’re super excited and can’t wait to see if it lives up to the hype.

Except it is still in the box and you’re absolutely terrified of the thing and omg could someone please just hold your hand and tell you how this thing works?!

Hey there. I’m Sarah and I’m here to help.

First things first: the cookbook that comes with the Instant Pot suuuuuuuucks. Put it away cause you’re not going to want to use it anytime soon.

Second, do read the user manual because you’ll want to get familiar with the parts and terms of your new pressure cooker. I’m going to walk you through a few of the terms because you’ll see them in the recipes we’re sharing today.

Third, I combed the interwebs to bring you super basic and easy Instant Pot recipes for beginners. That means some of my favorite recipes like Instant Pot Orange Chicken and Whole30 Bruschetta Chicken aren’t being featured because they involve using the saute function.

This collection of recipes is designed to build your confidence in using your Instant Pot. And for beginners, that means straightforward recipes that involve pushing some buttons and walking away. I want you to love your pressure cooker and work your way up to more complex recipes.

Now, mop up that boob sweat, take that Instant Pot out of the box, and let’s freaking do this.

Terms To Know About Your Instant Pot

There are many different models of Instant Pots and some buttons may be marked a bit differently.

  • Steam Release Handle = the moveable vent on top of the lid.
  • Sealing = the process of putting the lid on, locking it, and switching the steam release handle to “sealing”.
  • Venting = the process of switching the steam release handle to “venting”.
  • Float Valve = the pin (in some cases it is red) on the lid that indicates if the pot is at pressure or depressurized. Up=pressurized, down = no longer pressurized and safe to open. This valve is hot so don’t touch it when the pot is in use.
  • Quick Release (QR) = Flipping the steam release handle to “venting” to let steam out manually. There may be foam or even liquid that forms when you do this. This process can be hot and releases a lot of steam so I always use a kitchen towel to flip the steam release handle.  I then leave it over the vent until it is no longer producing steam. May also be noted in recipes as Manual Pressure Release.
  • Natural Release (NR) = Allowing the Instant Pot to depressurize on its own until the float valve drops down by itself. This is necessary when cooking certain foods (foaming foods, fatty foods, or a huge pot of soup.
  • On/Keep Warm = think of this as your “Home” button. This button gets you back to “normal” functions for most models, especially if your recipe includes multiple steps. Later on, when you’re feeling ambitious and use the Saute button, you’re going to need to press On/Keep Warm to move onto the next step. If using the Keep Warm function, you’ll choose an amount of time for warming (ex: 1:30) and when it starts it will count the minutes UP. This is the reverse of when it is cooking when the minutes will count down.
  • Display functions = this is the digital screen that will let you know what is happening with your Instant Pot
    • ON = the Instant Pot is coming up to pressure. This can take only a few minutes or up to 30 depending on what you are cooking.
    • Numbers = Once the Instant Pot is up to pressure it will start counting DOWN the cook time you had entered in. Ex: you set it for 20 minutes and the display now shows “12”. That means there are 12 minutes left for the cooking process.
    • OFF = the cooking process has ended (this will happen at the same time as multiple beeps). It will then start to count UP time showing how many minutes it has been since the cooking has finished. This helps you keep track of how long you want the “Keep Warm” function to be used. If you don’t want to use it, just press “Keep Warm/Off” again, or unplug.

Instant Pot Supplies

I’m not one who thinks you need a ton of stuff to use with your Instant Pot. In fact, I only have two accessories for mine.

Ready to get started? Let’s do this!

Breakfast

Instant Pot Egg Bites {Whole30, Paleo, Dairy-Free}
Learn how easy it is to make this copycat Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites recipe in the Instant Pot. You can also make these Whole30 and paleo bites in the oven.
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whole30 egg bites on a plate with chimichurri

Banana Steel Cut Oats {Vegan, Gluten-Free} from Delightful Adventures – An easy and delicious recipe for banana steel cut oats (it tastes like banana bread!). This is a vegan and gluten-free breakfast everyone will look forward to!

instant pot banana oatmeal in a bowl topped with bananas

Photo courtesy of Delightful Adventures

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Learn the easiest way to make hard-boiled eggs ever! Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are so simple and easy to peel - even with fresh eggs! 
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hard boiled eggs on a green backsplash | sustainablecooks.com

a bowl of hard boiled eggs with sliced eggs

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Soups

Everyone who knows me understands my love of soup is deep and pure. I love it all and will happily eat it for any meal. The Instant Pot can make quick work of soups/stews that would otherwise take forever on the stovetop.

Whole30 Beef Stew {Instant Pot, Slow Cooker}
Need a quick, easy, and hearty dinner that the whole family will love? This Whole30 Beef Stew is the best stew you can whip up in under 90 minutes.
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whole30 beef stew in a blue bowl with a spoon and a grey cloth

a bowl of whole30 beef stew made in the instant pot

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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Beet Soup from Babaganoush – This gorgeous Butternut Squash Beet Soup cooks in 8 minutes in the Instant Pot. This twist on the classic Fall soup will quickly become your favorite!

instant pot beet soup with a white swirl

Photo courtesy of Babaganoush

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Paleo Chicken Pot Pie Soup {Whole30, GF, DF}
A healthy and comforting Paleo Chicken Pot Pie Soup that is easy to make in the Instant Pot. This delicious soup is gluten-free, dairy-free, and Whole30 adaptable.
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a bowl of paleo chicken pot pie soup with carrots and potatoes in the background

a bowl of paleo chicken pot pie soup

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Instant Pot Lentil Soup {Vegetarian Lentil Soup}
This easy and healthy vegetarian Instant Pot Lentil soup is incredibly tasty and hearty!This is the best lentil soup you'll ever make at home!
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a bowl of instant pot lentil soup with a slice of cheese bread

a bowl of instant pot lentil soup with a slice of baguette

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Instant Pot Tortilla Soup With Rice
Healthy, easy, and delicious Instant Pot Tortilla Soup With Rice is the tastiest comfort food in under 30 minutes. Instant Pot, slow cooker, and stovetop instructions included.
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a bowl of instant pot tortrilla soup and rice with sliced green onions and sour cream

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Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup With Red Lentils from Hey Nutrition Lady – This Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup is packed with protein thanks to the addition of red lentils! It’s a healthy recipe with warming spices that’s so easy to make.

a bowl of carrot ginger lentil soup topped with arugula

Photo courtesy of Hey Nutrition Lady

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Main Dishes

Chicken Gyro Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes (GF)
An amazingly healthy and fast weeknight one-pot meal - Chicken Gyro Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes combine spinach, feta, and a creamy Greek yogurt sauce.
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An chicken stuffed instant pot sweet potato on a plate with tomatoes and herbs

a sweet potato stuffed with spinach, shredded chicken, and greek yogurt sauce

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Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash from Yay! For Food – The classic combination of garlic and parmesan create the perfect sauce for this quick and easy Instant Pot spaghetti squash recipe. A lower carb alternative to pasta that’s ready in under 30 minutes.

a forkful of parmesan spaghetti squash

Photo courtesy of Yay! For For Food

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Easy Instant Pot Turkey Meatballs from Mom’s Dinner – These ground turkey meatballs are super simple to make and cook in a flash in the Instant Pot. They are full of Italian seasonings and spices. 

a bowl of turkey meatballs with marinara

Photo courtesy of Mom’s Adventures

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Sides/Misc.

Instant Pot Whole30 Mashed Potatoes
These are the best homemade Instant Pot Whole30 Mashed Potatoes ever! This easy recipe for delicious garlic mash is easy to make ahead of time. 
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a bowl of whole30 mashed potatoes with a fork, chives, and mini potatoes on a white board

instant pot whole30 mashed potatoes in a bowl with chives and a fork

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Garlic Instant Pot Noodles from My Forking Life – This tasty dump and go noodle recipe is a quick weeknight meal you will want to make over and over….and over again.

instant pot garlic noodles with green onions on a plate

Photo courtesy of My Forking Life

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Instant Pot Roasted Garlic {Pressure Cooker Garlic}
Every home cook should know how to make roasted garlic. This simple process can take your savory recipes to the next level. Learn how easy it is to make roasted garlic in the Instant Pot, toaster oven, or oven.
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10 minute instant pot roasted garlic

two heads of instant pot roasted garlic on a plate shaped like a leaf

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How to Make Perfect Instant Pot Rice from The Belly Rules the Mind – We have finally figured the failproof recipe of how to make perfect Instant Pot Rice, Instant Pot Basmati rice, Instant Pot Brown rice, and Instant Pot Jasmine Rice. No more uncooked, burnt or mushy rice.

three bowls of rice with an instant pot

Photo courtesy of The Belly Rules the Mind

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Deviled Eggs With Greek Yogurt {Whole30 Adaptable}
Deviled eggs are a popular addition to any party or get together. These Easy Deviled Eggs With Greek Yogurt are a lighter take on a classic recipe. Perfect for potlucks, dinner parties, Easter, and basically any event where people have taste buds and like to eat!
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a tray of deviled eggs with greek yogurt and green onions

instant pot deviled eggs on a plate with green onion

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Instant Pot Roasted Potatoes from The Cozy Cook – These Instant Pot Roasted Potatoes are pressure cooked in chicken broth for just 11 minutes, then sauteed to crispy perfection and topped with my grandmother’s seasoning recipe!

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Pressure Cooker Beets {Instant Pot Beets}
This recipe will teach you how to cook delicious Whole30 and paleo beets in the Instant Pot.
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sliced pressure cooker beets on a plate with a fork and herbs

pressure cooker beets with thyme and salt on a plate

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Easy Instant Pot Baked Apples from Clean Eating Kitchen – This Instant Pot Baked Apples recipe is a delicious healthy dessert that is vegan and paleo-friendly. You only need three ingredients and 30 minutes.

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How to Make Chicken Bone Broth - (Whole30, Paleo)
This easy to follow tutorial teaches you how to make chicken bone broth three different ways. Homemade stock has so many wonderful uses for meals and soup.
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homemade chicken stock in jars on a white tray with rosemary and lemon

two jars of instant pot chicken bone broth with lemons and rosemary

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9 comments on “21 Easy Instant Pot Recipes For Beginners”

  1. I’m sitting at my desk practically drooling!!! I want to try so many of these recipes. We bought a house and are renovating it. I haven’t had my own kitchen in way too long. Can’t wait to break out my Instant Pot and try these when my counter tops are in and I have my kitchen back!!!

  2. What a good post full of helpful tips and recipes!

  3. Thanks so much for including my recipe along with so many other delicious-looking soups!!

  4. Great walk through for the instant pot! I love mine and often use my regular favourite recipes and just wing it for the instant pot. Do you know a liquid to volume of other stuff you’ve thrown in the pot ratio that provides the right amount of steam/ pressure?

    • Sadly, I’ve haven’t found a tried and true method for converting recipes yet Heather. I basically wing it and see what happens. If it was a soup was on the stovetop, I typically reduce the liquid by 1-2 cups. If it was a crockpot recipe, I reduce by 2-3 cups. But that is a very rough estimate.