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16 Creative Instant Pot Recipes that get Dinner on the Table Fast

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Making delicious meals and spending less time in the kitchen is a win-win. Use your pressure cooker to make easy meals quick or to make complicated meals a whole lot quicker. The reason pressure cookers work so well is they use high pressure to push hot steam through the ingredients. Doing this means your meals are cooked evenly, seasonings are steamed into all the ingredients and it’s all done on a shorter time frame.

This list includes a variety of recipes to help you get the best flavors in your meals and grab a little extra time back from kitchen duties.

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Instant pot shredded bbq chicken on a brioche bun.

Photo Credit: Trop Rockin

BBQ shredded chicken is so easy in the Instant Pot! Ready in less than 30 minutes and feeds a crowd easily. Grab 4-5 chicken breasts and pressure cook them to perfect tenderness with the homemade BBQ sauce (or use your favorite store brand).

Get the Recipes: Instant Pot Shredded BBQ Chicken

Instant Pot Lemon Asparagus Pasta

Instant Pot Lemon Asparagus Pasta in a white bowl.

Photo Credit: Piping Pot Curry

Whip up a taste of spring with this Instant Pot Lemon Asparagus Pasta in just 30 minutes. This vegetarian dish features fresh asparagus, peas, and a touch of lemon juice for a bright and flavorful sauce. The creamy texture comes from all the goodness of Parmesan cheese.

Enjoy this easy one-pot recipe for a quick weeknight dinner.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Lemon Asparagus Pasta

Instant Pot Sticky Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot Sticky Chicken Thighs on a platter with rice.

Photo Credit: Flavour and Savour

This chicken thighs recipe delivers fall-off-the-bone tender chicken in a sweet and savory sauce. Made in your pressure cooker in just 30 minutes, this recipe is made with bone-in chicken thighs coated in a sticky Asian-inspired glaze.

Serve it over rice, noodles, or stir-fried vegetables for a quick and amazing meal.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Sticky Chicken Thighs

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

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This Instant Pot Mongolian Beef is a healthier and faster take on the classic takeout dish. Thinly sliced flank steak is pressure cooked in a savory and slightly spicy sauce, making it tender and juicy. The sauce packs a punch without being overwhelming.

Serve over rice or noodles for your next family dinner.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

Instant Pot Crab Boil

Instant Pot Crab Boil

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Steam up a delicious seafood feast in just 10 minutes with this Instant Pot Crab Boil. This recipe skips the longer cook time of traditional seafood boils and still cooks the veggies all the way through.

Crab, corn, potatoes and Old Bay Seasoning are pressure cooked together for a perfectly seasoned dish. Enjoy your crab with the easy melted garlic butter dipping sauce (recipe included).

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Crab Boil

Instant Pot Firecracker Chicken

Instant Pot Firecracker Chicken in a bowl.

Photo Credit: The Soccer Mom

Crispy chicken coated in a sweet and spicy Asian-inspired sauce. The chicken is cooked in two stages: first seared for a crispy exterior, then pressure cooked in the Instant Pot with the sauce. The key lies in the sauce, a perfect balance of sweet brown sugar, tangy rice vinegar, and a kick of heat from sriracha or red pepper flakes. 

It’s ready just 45 minutes, making it a great weeknight dinner option.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Firecracker Chicken

Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers

Instant pot stuffed pepper on a white plate.

Photo Credit: The Country Cook

Skip the long baking time and create perfectly stuffed peppers in your Instant Pot. Bell peppers are filled with a savory mixture of ground beef, rice, and Italian seasoning, then pressure cooked for perfectly tender results.

Feel free to customize the protein – ground turkey, chicken, or lean sausage work too – and top with your favorite cheese, like cheddar, for a dish the whole family will enjoy.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers

Instant Pot Coconut Curry Chicken

Instant Pot Coconut Curry Chicken

Photo Credit: Feels Like Home Blog

Whip up this flavorful Instant Pot Coconut Curry Chicken in no time. This creamy dish features tender chicken simmered in a fragrant curry sauce made with coconut milk, turmeric, and aromatic spices. The curry powder is adjustable, allowing you to customize the heat level to your liking.

This quick and easy recipe is perfect for busy weeknights, served over rice and enjoyed with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Coconut Curry Chicken

Instant Pot Roast Beef

Instant Pot Roast Beef in a large serving bowl.

Photo Credit: Amanda’s Cookin’

This sirloin tip roast is pressure cooked until it’s melt-in-your-mouth tender, alongside classic vegetables like carrots and potatoes. The drippings are easily made into a rich gravy.

This recipe makes a comforting and hearty meal without the long cook time.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Roast Beef

Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks

Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks

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Tender and flavorful chicken drumsticks are a snap to make with this Instant Pot recipe. Simply season the drumsticks with herbs and spices, then pressure cook them in chicken broth for incredibly juicy results in about 30 minutes.

Enjoy them plain for a healthy protein option, or try the included recipe variation for crispy skin and delicious gravy.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks

Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

Instant Pot French Dip Sandwich on a plate.

Photo Credit: The Blond Cook

Chuck roast is pressure cooked to juicy perfection, then piled onto toasted rolls and dipped in a homemade au jus. The Instant Pot does most of the work, making this recipe ideal for busy weeknights or game days.

The last step is to toast your bread and melt the cheese in the oven to get that gooey-cheesy deliciousness.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

Instant Pot Salmon and Potatoes

Instant Pot Salmon and Potatoes on a dinner plate.

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This salmon is a healthy dinner option. Simply toss cubed red potatoes with water or chicken broth for a flavorful base. The salmon is seasoned, then layered on top of the potatoes which means both will be done cooking at the same time.

Fresh spinach is added at the end for a quick wilt, creating a delectable one-pot dinner.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Salmon and Potatoes

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken in a white serving bowl with broccoli.

Photo Credit: Mom Foodie

This Instant Pot Salsa Chicken recipe is a flavorful Mexican-inspired dish. Simply season and sear chicken breasts, then pressure cook them in your favorite salsa. The result is tender, shredded chicken perfect for serving over rice, in tacos, or salads.

This recipe is also great for meal prep – the leftover chicken can be easily stored and used throughout the week.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

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This recipe simplifies your weeknight dinner routine. Juicy chicken and fluffy brown rice cook together in a single pot with peas, carrots, and a touch of Italian seasoning. Feel free to customize the vegetables – diced bell peppers, corn, or broccoli would also work well.

This one-pot recipe is ready to eat in just 45 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Pork Loin

Sliced Instant Pot Pork Loin on a serving tray.

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This Instant Pot Pork Loin recipe is ready in an hour, which means it can be added to your weeknight dinner rotation. A boneless pork loin roasts to alongside classic vegetables like potatoes, carrots, and celery. Aromatic herbs and a touch of pickle juice add complexity to the savory sauce.

Searing the pork loin first (optional) creates a delicious caramelized crust, but is not required for this time-saving recipe.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Pork Loin

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

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This Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings recipe brings comfort food to your table in just 30 minutes. Tender chicken and fluffy biscuit dumplings simmer together in a flavorful broth with vegetables like carrots and celery.

Everything cooks together in the Instant Pot which means their is minimal cleanup.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken

Instant Pot Mexican Chicken topped with avocado.

Photo Credit: The Gracious Pantry

Simply layer chicken breasts, salsa, black beans, corn, and warming spices in your Instant Pot, and let it do the cooking. The shredded chicken is perfect for tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, or served over rice.

Add fresh toppings like avocado, tomatoes, and cilantro for an easy and flavorful weeknight dinner option.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Mexican Chicken

Dive into Comfort: 17 Creamy Chicken Pasta Dishes

Marry Me Chicken Pasta in a wooden bowl with a fork.

Photo Credit: Mary’s Whole Life

Creamy chicken pasta, a comfort food staple of tender chicken, a creamy sauce, and perfectly cooked pasta for a hearty family meal. These delicious recipes are perfect for weeknights or special occasions. With a variety of flavorful sauces – from creamy Alfredo variations to pesto with a healthy twist, each recipe is deliciously luscious.

Get the Recipes: Dive into Comfort: 17 Creamy Chicken Pasta Dishes

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