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    43 Easy Instant Pot Dinners That Require Zero (Or Very Little) Upfront Prep

    Dinner tastes way better when it makes itself.

    Easy Instant Pot Dinner Recipes
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    Dinner tastes better when it makes itself.

    So we've gathered more than 40 of the absolute easiest Instant Pot recipes we know β€” from classic chicken dishes, to hearty soups and stews, to family-favorite pastas. They're all made using a pressure cooker, and the majority are drop-and-go meals, meaning the appliance does all the hard work for you!

    1. Instant Pot Short Ribs

    Instant Pot short ribs
    tasty.co

    Using your Instant Pot means you can get all of the deep, spicy-sweet flavors of Korean-style short ribs in much less time than traditional methods.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Short Ribs

    2. Instant Pot Corn And Bacon Soup

    Instant Pot corn and bacon soup
    tasty.co

    You'll crisp up the bacon directly in the Instant Pot, and the potatoes cook quickly (and directly) in the creamy broth. This tastes best with fresh summer corn, but canned corn totally works too.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Corn And Bacon Soup

    3. Instant Pot Carnitas

    tasty.co

    A quick-but-flavorful marinade does all the heavy lifting here, and the resulting tender carnitas are perfect for piling into tortillas or on top of loaded nachos.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Carnitas

    4. Shortcut Instant Pot Spaghetti

    Making shortcut Instant Pot spaghetti
    Joe Lingeman / Via thekitchn.com

    The shortcut here is using jarred marinara sauce β€” which means prep is a total breeze. If you've never cooked pasta in an IP before, you're missing out. In many recipes (like this one) the noodles cook directly in the sauce, giving you an end result that's packed with flavor from the inside out.

    Recipe: Shortcut Instant Pot Spaghetti

    ourbalancedbowl.com

    It doesn't get much easier than this: just pour jarred salsa over boneless chicken breasts or thighs β€” then cook, shred, and pile into tortillas or serve over rice.

    Recipe: Instant Pot 2-Ingredient Salsa Chicken

    6. Pressure Cooker Salmon With Lemon-Dill Sauce

    Instant Pot salmon with lemon and dill
    platingsandpairings.com

    Depending on the size of your salmon, you can cook it on the small trivet (or rack) that came with your Instant Pot β€” or you can invest in a slightly larger all-purpose rack like this one.

    Recipe: Pressure Cooker Salmon With Lemon-Dill Sauce

    7. Instant Pot Mac 'n' Cheese with Broccoli

    Macaroni with broccoli in an Instant Pot
    eatyourselfskinny.com

    This version takes classic mac and boosts the nutrition a little bit by using whole wheat noodles and adding fresh or frozen broccoli.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Mac 'n' Cheese with Broccoli

    8. Instant Pot Stir Fry (From Frozen)

    The ingredients necessary to make Instant Pot stir fry: frozen vegetables, chicken, and quinoa
    ifoodreal.com

    Clean out your freezer with this smart stir fry that combines mixed vegetables and chicken breasts or thighs. Serve with optional quinoa or rice on the side.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Stir Fry (From Frozen)

    9. Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast

    Instant Pot Mississippi pot roast, before and after it's cooked
    Joe Lingeman / Via thekitchn.com

    This ultra-easy version of Mississippi pot roast only needs five ingredients and the press of a button. Scoop the savory results over mashed potatoes, egg noodles, rice, or into a hoagie bun.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast

    10. Creamy Cajun Chicken Alfredo

    number-2-pencil.com

    Dinner-wise, is there anything better than creamy, dreamy chicken alfredo? (Nope!) If you don't have cajun seasoning mix in the pantry, here's how to quickly make your own.

    Recipe: Creamy Cajun Chicken Alfredo

    11. Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

    Bowls of Instant Pot vegetable soup
    thegirlonbloor.com

    White beans and a ton of veggies give this soup plenty of plant-based protein and vitamin A. It also only needs two minutes of active cooking time in the IP.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

    12. Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew

    Beef and potato stew in the Instant Pot
    budgetbytes.com

    This one requires a bit of slicing and dicing upfront, but it's nothing unmanageable. It also breaks down to just about $2 per serving β€” and makes enough for six.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew

    13. Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

    ketodietapp.com

    This keto-friendly soup is high in protein and potassium β€” and couldn't be easier to make.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

    14. Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

    gimmesomeoven.com

    Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free β€” and something everyone will love.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

    15. Instant Pot Chicken & Potato Soup

    Chicken and potato soup in the Instant Pot
    cottercrunch.com

    To make this ring in at under $10, stick to just one type of potatoes (instead of two), and use canned corn instead of fresh.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken & Potato Soup

    16. Loaded Baked Potatoes

    pinchofyum.com

    You can cook a big batch of IP baked potatoes in just 12 minutes. To stretch one into a full meal, load it up with your favorite toppings.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

    17. Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

    Cashew chicken with vegetables being made in the Instant Pot
    fitfoodiefinds.com

    The simple sauce β€” which includes soy sauce, garlic, and ginger β€” comes together quickly and packs a ton of flavor.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

    18. 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Egg Bake

    kitschencat.com

    Bacon, veggies, and frozen hash browns make this easy toss-and-go egg dish filling enough for dinner.

    Recipe: 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Egg Bake

    19. Instant Pot Pinto Beans With Chorizo

    budgetbytes.com

    This breaks down to just $1.32 per serving. If you're vegetarian, swap the chorizo for soyrizo.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Pinto Beans With Chorizo

    20. Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps

    sweetpeasandsaffron.com

    The versatile and super flavorful base can be scooped into lettuce cups or over rice β€” and is a solid starter if you're meal prepping for the week ahead.

    Recipe: Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps

    21. Instant Pot Pasta Soup

    eatwell101.com

    A throw-and-go meal for those times when you can't decide between pasta and soup. πŸ˜‹

    Recipe: Instant Pot Pasta Soup

    22. Instant Pot Pot Roast

    oursaltykitchen.com

    All the classic Sunday roast flavors you love β€” with way less time and effort. After a jaunt in the Instant Pot, you'll be able to easily shred the beef with two forks.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Pot Roast

    23. Vegan Instant Pot Tacos With Smoky Lentils & Rice

    A finished pair of vegan Instant Pot tacos
    acouplecooks.com

    The meat-free filling β€”Β of brown rice, lentils, and spices β€” is super versatile and makes a great base for meal prep bowls.

    Recipe: Vegan Instant Pot Tacos With Smoky Lentils & Rice

    24. Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Thighs

    Fully cooked lemon chicken in the Instant Pot
    damndelicious.net

    After some quick browning β€” which is done directly in the Instant Pot so you don't need to worry about washing an extra pan β€”Β the chicken only needs five minutes of active IP time.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Thighs

    25. Loaded Sweet Potatoes

    Finished loaded sweet potatoes lined up on a cutting board
    eatinginstantly.com

    IMO, sweet potatoes (and regular potatoes) are two of the best things to cook in an Instant Pot. Way faster than the oven!

    Recipe: Loaded Sweet Potatoes

    26. Chicken Taco Soup

    Dear Crissy / Via dearcrissy.com, Dear Chrissy / Via dearcrissy.com

    This may look involved, but several of the ingredients β€” corn, beans, etc β€” are canned, meaning it's more throw-and-go than you think.

    Recipe: Chicken Taco Soup

    27. 15-Minute Shortcut Meatballs

    thebutterhalf.com

    The shortcuts here are frozen meatballs and jarred marinara sauce. Impossible to mess up!

    Recipe: 15-Minute Shortcut Meatballs

    28. Instant Pot Aloo Gobi (Potatoes & Cauliflower)

    A finished plate of Instant Pot aloo gobi
    twosleevers.com

    Dicing everything into small pieces first means this only needs two minutes of pressure cooking.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Aloo Gobi (Potatoes & Cauliflower)

    29. Protein-Packed Vegetarian Chili

    realfoodwholelife.com

    High in protein and fiber thanks to the sweet potatoes and canned black beans β€” and clocks in at less than $10.

    Recipe: 5-Ingredient Vegetarian Chili

    30. Instant Pot Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

    A finished plate of Instant Pot chicken and broccoli
    lifemadesweeter.com

    This recipe includes modifications for Keto and Paleo versions, and all are ready in less than 30 minutes.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

    31. Low-Carb Egg Roll In A Bowl

    Egg roll in a bowl, prepared in the Instant Pot
    thegirlonbloor.com

    The base here is ground chicken β€”Β but you could also swap in ground turkey, pork, beef, or soyrizo.

    Recipe: Low-Carb Egg Roll In A Bowl

    32. Instant Pot Chicken & Potatoes

    Chicken and tri-color potatoes, cooked through in an Instant Pot
    lecremedelacrumb.com

    A classic crowd-pleaser, and rightfully so. Bonus points for zero upfront chopping or prep. (Other than, of course, seasoning and tossing the ingredients into the pot.)

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken & Potatoes

    33. Chicken Teriyaki Bowls

    The Girl on Bloor / Via thegirlonbloor.com

    In less than 15 minutes, dinner is ready. This would also work with shrimp, pork, or tofu.

    Recipe: Chicken Teriyaki Bowls

    34. Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry Stew

    Coconut chicken curry stew, before and after it's cooked in the Instant Pot
    Joe Lingeman / The Kitchn / Via thekitchn.com

    This hearty stew packs full two cups of spinach β€” and it's a great way to get your greens.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry Stew

    35. Beef & Bacon Chili

    paleorunningmomma.com

    This freezes really well, so feel free to make extra! There's a little bit of chopping as upfront prep, but it's nothing too complicated.

    Recipe: Keto Beef & Bacon Chili

    36. Instant Pot Pineapple Pulled Pork

    aprilgolightly.com

    This recipe uses chicken stock as the cooking liquid, but it works with water, too. (You'll still get a ton of flavor from the hoisin sauce.)

    Recipe: Instant Pot Pineapple Pulled Pork

    37. Instant Pot Moqueca

    Moqueca, before and after it's cooked in an Instant Pot
    savorytooth.com

    If you've never had Brazilian fish stew before, this belongs at the top of your To Make list.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Moqueca

    38. Instant Pot Wendy's Copycat Chili

    Instant Pot chili plated in a bowl
    anightowlblog.com

    Hearty, filling, and crave-worthy year-round.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Wendy's Copycat Chili

    39. Vegetarian Portobello Pot Roast

    gimmesomeoven.com

    A plant-based meal that even carnivores will love. If you want, save little bit of chopping by swapping in baby carrots and baby potatoes.

    Recipe: Vegetarian Portobello Pot Roast

    40. French Dip Sandwiches

    A French Dip sandwich being dunked into a small bowl of au jus
    slowcookergourmet.net

    Sandwiches, ranked: 1. French Dips. 2. All other sandwiches.

    Recipe: French Dip Sandwiches

    41. Keto Kung Pao Chicken

    Keto kung pao chicken in an Instant Pot
    lifemadesweeter.com

    All the sweet, spicy, and saucy flavors you love β€” but Keto-friendly.

    Recipe: Keto Kung Pao Chicken

    42. Instant Pot Chili Mac 'n' Cheese

    Joe Lingeman / Via thekitchn.com

    After a few minutes of browning the meat, almost everything else piles into the pot. Pour in some half-and-half at the end for extra creaminess, then dig in.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chili Mac 'n' Cheese

    43. Freezer Prep Beef & Broccoli

    Freezer prep beef and broccoli
    thegirlonbloor.com

    Reminder that the Instant Pot has a slow cooker setting β€” so any recipe meant for slow cookers (like this one) can be made in an IP, too.

    Recipe: Freezer Prep Beef & Broccoli

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