Best Instant Pot Recipes & Ideas

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Skim a bunch of Instant Pot-y cookbook covers and you’ll notice a pattern pretty quickly. Melissa Clark’s Dinner in an Instant has saucy glazed ribs and its follow-up Comfort in an Instant, chicken Parmesan. Instantly Southern shows a pulled pork sandwich (appropriate). Archana Mundhe’s Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook brings creamy butter chicken. All of which to say, the Instant Pot excels at a lot of things, but they all boil down to: comfort food.

As my co–recipe developer Ella Quittner puts it, “My Instant Pot and I can’t wait to have many cozy nights in together all fall and winter.” For many reasons, she tells me, but especially: “Deeply flavored ragu, in under an hour! Mac and cheese in 6 minutes! Beans, broth, and none of the guesswork.”

Yes, please, and thank you.

“It’s like a pressure cooker you can also sauté in,” Test Kitchen Director Josh Cohen says. “Let’s say you wanted not to get as many dishes dirty; you could sear something in the Instant Pot and then add the liquid. So that’s convenient.”

Earlier this month, my editor Eric Kim wondered whether or not America would ever stop using their slow cookers in favor of the Instant Pot:

It took a year for America to catch up, but since Melissa Clark said it in The New York Times in 2017, sales have skyrocketed (the Instant Pot is the 2018 bestseller in America on Amazon). Google searches for ‘Instant Pot recipes’ are now as voluminous as those for ‘slow cooker recipes’ and ‘Crock-Pot recipes.’

Eric Kim

Responding to the times (as well as to the Times), our test kitchen this fall is busy, busy, busy developing and testing Instant Pot recipes—so expect more coming your way. In the meantime, here are a few staple recipes we think anyone with a pressure cooker should have under their belt.


Yep, that’s cottage cheese! What are you cooking in the Instant Pot these days? Let us know in the comments below.

Martha Stewart recipe reprinted from Martha Stewart’s Pressure Cooker. Copyright © 2018 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Photograph copyright © 2018 by Marcus Nilsson. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Melissa Clark recipes reprinted from Comfort in an Instant. Copyright © 2018 by Melissa Clark. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Christopher Testani. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

Archana Mundhe recipes reprinted with permission from The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook, copyright © 2018 by Archana Mundhe. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Colin Price. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Sheri Castle recipes reprinted from Instantly Southern. Copyright © 2018 by Sheri Castle. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Hélène Dujardin. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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