15 Fast and Easy Instant Pot Dinner Recipes You Need to Know

So many people don’t have time to cook dinner every night. Between full-time work schedules, afternoon extracurricular activities, sports practices, homework, hobbies, and the slew of other things that take time in the evenings, spending hours prepping a home-cooked meal simply isn’t possible. That’s where the Instant Pot comes in.

Pressure cookers have been around for centuries, but the clever marketing of the brand-name Instant Pot made it the real success story of 2012. That’s when it became a top seller on Amazon and found its way into American kitchens from coast to coast.

Instant Pots do it all, they’re easy to use, and they help you prepare fresh, made-from-scratch meals in a fraction of the time. Did you just take the plunge and add one to your arsenal? Ahead, learn the most mouthwatering Instant Pot dinner recipes you need to know about.

1. Instant Pot Lo Mein

chicken Lo Mein stir fry

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Once you see how easy it is to make your own Chinese food, you’ll never waste money ordering takeout again. The key to this recipe is getting the right consistency on the noodles – you don’t want them too hard or too soft. Luckily, Instant Pot can take care of that for you.

Save even more time by splurging on pre-chopped or pre-mixed Asian veggies and subbing in your own favorites, too.

See the original recipe at Kirbie’s Cravings.

Next: Chicken Tortilla Soup

2. Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Making soup can be a daunting task – who has several hours to babysit a bunch of ingredients simmering on the stove? This Instant Pot recipe can change all that, however. It’s quick, easy, and completely customizable for your dietary needs and tastes. If you’re dairy free, skip the cheese. Vegetarian? Leave out the chicken and it’ll still taste oh-so-yummy.

This dinner literally cooks in under 10 minutes when you make it in the pressure cooker.

See the original recipe at The Seasoned Mom.

Next: Salmon with Chili Lime Sauce

3. Instant Pot Salmon with Chili Lime Sauce

Spice grilled salmon

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Trying to live a more low-carb lifestyle? Then this salmon dish is just what you need in your life. Bonus: It won’t stink up your kitchen with fishy smells and it tastes just as good as a pricey restaurant entrée. It also goes from raw to plated in under five minutes thanks to the magic of the pressure cooker.

See the original recipe at Savory Tooth.

Next: Creamy Chicken Pasta

4. Pressure Cooker Creamy Chicken Pasta

Creamy chicken pasta

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Looking for a family-friendly meal that no one will complain about? This creamy chicken pasta checks all the boxes. Even the pickiest eaters will happily chow down on the delicious combination of pasta, sauce, and chicken that’s at once protein-packed and filling. It’s the ideal accompaniment to busy fall weeknights when you have no time to cook.

This one tastes perfect with a side of broccoli or brussels sprouts, too.

See the original recipe at The Cook Report.

Next: Beef Bourguignon

5. Pressure Cooker Beef Bourguignon

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Even if you’re not the best cook in the world, pressure cookers like the Instant Pot make it so simple to prepare gourmet-quality meals without the effort (or the mountains of dishes). You’ll be surprised how easy this tasty beef entree is to put together – it takes a little more effort than some other meals on the list, but the result is well worth it.

See the original recipe at Savory Tooth.

Next: Mac and Cheese

6. Instant Pot Easy Mac and Cheese

mac and cheese

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No simple weeknight recipe list would be complete without a creamy mac and cheese addition. This one isn’t just a side – it’s a complete meal with chicken and broccoli (which can be omitted to make it vegetarian). Looking to skip the meat? Tuna makes an excellent pairing with mac and cheese.

See the original recipe at 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Next: Sweet Potato Chili

7. Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili

Sweet potato vegetable chili

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Chili is one of those overlooked dinners that’s filling, nutritious, and worth making every week if you’re able. The Instant Pot makes this hearty favorite easier than ever. This unique spin on traditional chili adds sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and beer if you choose to put it in. Top it with sour cream, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, and fresh tomato.

See the original recipe at Wonder Mom Wannabe.

Next: Creamy Basil Chicken and Tortellini

8. Instant Pot Creamy Basil Chicken and Tortellini

Cheese tortellini in a creamy alfredo

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Purchasing this meal in the prepared food section of the grocery store can be costly. Making it in the Instant Pot? So simple, so delicious, and so clever. It’s the ultimate one-stop meal that requires no sides or extras. It’s also ready in 10 minutes if you’re using fresh chicken or 12 minutes if you’re using frozen.

See the original recipe at 365 Days of Slow Cooking.

Next: Carnitas

9. Instant Pot Carnitas


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One reason so many people love the Instant Pot? It’s because this one appliance makes it so easy to cook meat that’s moist and tender. These pork carnitas are quick and easy, sure. But most importantly, the meat comes out perfect every single time when you use your pressure cooker.

Then just combine with any toppings your heart desires.

See the original recipe at The Roasted Root.

Next: Whole Chicken

10. Instant Pot Whole Chicken

barbecued chicken with vegetables

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One of the Instant Pot’s most famous features is that it can cook a whole chicken in a matter of minutes. Even if you don’t eat the whole chicken at once, you can save it for lunches later in the week.

Literally all you need for the perfect, moist whole chicken is water, spices, and veggies if you want.

See the original recipe at The Roasted Root.

Next: Chicken Tikka Masala

11. Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken tikka masala

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Exotic and flavorful, this spicy Indian dish is a takeout favorite. But instead of wasting money on restaurant food yet again, you can make your own tasty version right in your pressure cooker. You can have a tasty dinner in under an hour, making this the ideal recipe for busy weeknights.

See the original recipe at Savory Tooth.

Next: Chipotle Brisket

12. Instant Pot Chipotle Brisket


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When it comes to feeding the whole family and having leftovers for lunch the next day, you can’t do much better than this brisket. This low-carb, keto-friendly recipe takes just over an hour to cook and the wait is well worth it. Serve with heaps of mashed potatoes and veggies for a filling, well-rounded dinner that’s perfect for fall nights.

See the original recipe at Fed and Fit.

Next: Cheesy Southwestern Lentils & Brown Rice

13. Instant Pot Cheesy Southwestern Lentils & Brown Rice

Lentil soup

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Whether you’re participating in Meatless Mondays at home or you’re a vegetarian all the time, this meatless yet protein-packed concoction will be a hit with the whole family. Add all the ingredients and set your Instant Pot to 15 minutes – then boom, dinner is ready.

See the original recipe at Platings and Pairings.

Next: Chicken Cacciatore

14. Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken cacciatore

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Veggies, chicken, and delicious flavor? Yes, yes, and yes! This home-cooked recipe satisfies your yen for Italian but isn’t very heavy or fattening. You can serve it over pasta or cauliflower rice for the low-carb version. It’s Italian night done right.

See the original recipe at Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.

Next: Chicken Bacon Corn Chowder

15. Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Corn Chowder

Chicken corn chowder

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Comfort food in the Instant Pot is possible when you add this creamy, dreamy soup to your weeknight rotation. This chowder is made with crispy bacon and chicken for a delicious taste that satisfies your yen for tasty soup on a chilly night. And like all the other recipes on the list, it’s ready in no time.

See the original recipe at Café Delites.