originally posted on December 25, 2021; Updated on January 9, 2022 by Sarah
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Make these 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.
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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.
Ready to get started? Let’s do this!
Easy Instant Pot Recipes For Beginners
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.
This delicious Instant Pot Tortellini is an easy weeknight dinner that the whole family will love. Packed with flavor and ready in a flash, you’ll find yourself making this pressure cooker pasta every week!
Make perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice for a fast side dish that the whole family will love! Made in a flash in a pressure cooker, this delicious rice is great for meal prep and is pairs well with so many dishes.
A super easy recipe for Cold Start Instant Pot Yogurt, you’re going to love how delicious and simple this is to make at home. Making your own yogurt allows you to control the ingredients and sugar content. This recipe for no-boil yogurt includes notes for making unsweetened or sweetened batches.
Instant Pot Beef Barley Soup is the perfect meal for when you need an easy, and hearty dinner that the whole family will love. This cozy bowl of yum is a game-changer for flexitarian weeknight dinners, and slow cooker instructions are also included.
This loaded Instant Pot Potato Salad is the dish that everyone will love. This recipe has mayo-free options for a healthier potato salad and is the perfect make-ahead side dish for your next BBQ. No pressure cooker? You’ll also find stovetop instructions include in the post.
This delicious Instant Pot Teriyaki Beef is an easy weeknight dinner that the whole family will love! Packed with flavor and a meal prep dream dish, you’ll find yourself making this pressure cooker dinner every week.
Make this Instant Pot Coconut Rice for a fast weeknight side dish that the whole family will love! This dreamy rice is delicious even after a few days in the fridge, making it great for weekly meal prep.
This delicious Instant Pot Ravioli is a simple weeknight dinner that the whole family will love. Packed with flavor and ready in a flash, you’ll find yourself making this pressure cooker pasta every week!
Make this Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice for a fast side dish that the whole family will love! Made in a flash in a pressure cooker, this copycat Chipotle rice is great for meal prep and pairs well with so many dishes.
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 easy to make in your Instant Pot, Crockpot, or on the stovetop (instructions are included for all three!).
Make perfect Instant Pot Jasmine Rice for a fast side dish that the whole family will love! Made in a flash in a pressure cooker, this delicious rice is great for meal prep and is pairs well with so many dishes.
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.
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!
Garlic Parmesan Rice is a fast weeknight side dish that the whole family will love! Made in the Instant Pot, this garlic rice is great for meal prep and is delicious even after a few days in the fridge.
You’ll love this smooth and Easy Instant Pot Iced Tea for a quick and healthy refreshing drink. You can also make tea concentrate to get that same great flavor while saving space in your fridge. Recipe options include making unsweetened iced tea or tea sweetened with sugar, honey, or alternative sweeteners.
Juicy and flavorful Pressure Cooker Chicken Tacos are a quick and delicious weeknight dinner. Perfect for freezer meals and make-ahead dinners, these Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are also Whole30 compliant, paleo-friendly, keto, and gluten-free.
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.