My Favorite Instant Pot Recipes (So Far)

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3 Amazing Instant Pot Recipes for You to Try NOW!

You know I’m addicted to my Instant Pot, right? (If you aren’t convinced, check out 5 Reasons Why I’m Addicted to My Instant Pot). I went from cooking dinner ZERO  nights a week (my husband did the dinner thing) to making dinner 5 or 6 nights a week. This meme kid face? That my face almost every day! I know I haven’t even scratched the surface of all the meals I can make in the Instant Pot, but here are a few of my favorite Instant Pot recipes so far!

Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi Paella  from Health Starts in the Kitchen

Instant Pot Recipes for Shrimp Scampi Paella

Out of all the meals I made in my Instant Pot, this is BY FAR my favorite! By cooking it with the shrimp shells on, you are creating a shrimp broth in which to cook your rice. Wowza! In terms of an impressive meal with almost zero effort, this is a huge winner among Instant Pot recipes!

The ingredients are easy to find and mostly things we had on hand. However, I did buy saffron for this, and that stuff is pricey, but I think it would still be delicious without it! The original poster has a different Electric Pressure Cooker so the Facebook group recommended lowering the time by one minute, which I did. The shrimp were a little tough, so next time I will try it for 3 minutes and see what happens!

I also love that this is a dump it, set it and forget it recipe. No extra steps!

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese by Active Hip Momma

Instant Pot recipes for Mac and Cheese

This one is a super simple crowd pleaser! I’ve made it twice so far! This was one of the first Instant Pot recipes I tried…on Day 1! Since my husband has Celiac disease, nearly all our meals are 100% gluten free. I was a little afraid when I made this with gluten free pasta, it would be weird. But it wasn’t! I  used Barilla Gluten Free Elbow Macaroni. Our local grocery stores carry this and when the Barilla brand goes on sale, it often includes the Gluten Free ones, too! We totally stock up!

The first time I made this, I used chicken stock with the pasta, mostly because I had a case of chicken stock from Costco! I also used evaporated milk because we had a few leftover cans. Then I just used some shredded cheddar we had in the fridge. It was SUPER tasty and so quick! My favorite part was NO draining!! All this with 4 ingredients I usually have on hand? Yes please!!

The next time, I made it without the chicken stock, so I added salt and butter as the recipe suggests. With things that might foam up like this, it can be helpful to have butter or oil to keep the foam down. Either way was awesome.

You can make this with any melty cheese or even a combination of cheeses. If you want to get all fancy pants, you could scoop this into a casserole dish, top with cheese or some other bread crumb topping and pop it under the broiler. Oooh, lala!

Instant Pot Kalua Pig by Nom Nom Paleo

Instant Pot Recipes for Kalua Pig

One way to search for tasty Gluten Free Meals is to look for Paleo meals. In addition to my husband’s Celiac, I try to eat in sort of a keto style, or what my meal plan calls Lean and Green. In all that searching, I have fallen in love with Nom Nom Paleo. The author, Michelle Tam, is super down to earth. Her videos are a stitch, often containing cameos by her sons. This was the first of her Instant Pot recipes I tried because (little story alert) my first year of teaching was in Hawaii. My favorite school lunch was Kalua Pig. So much so that students would stop by my classroom in the morning to tell me when it was on the lunch menu!

This was one of the longest Instant Pot meal I made, but 90 minutes compared to 16 hours, the time it takes to make it in a Crock Pot? I’ll take it! This recipe is literally 3 ingredients. THREE! It can be up to five if you add the garlic and cabbage, which I did. The only unusual ingredient was Red Hawaiian Sea Salt. This is the exact one recommended at Nom Nom Paleo! I bought it in a heartbeat, because this recipe is a keeper and will be in the regular rotation.

Becuase this recipe has a blog post with step by step directions AND a YouTube video it’s a great one to start with!

Are you ready to get cooking? <tee hee…see what I did there? If so, get your Instant Pot and start making dinner! I would LOVE to know what you make and how it turns out. Do you have something you’d like me to try? Just drop a line in the comments!

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5 Reasons I Am Addicted to My Instant Pot

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Yep! I am addicted to my Instant Pot!


My husband calls me his Hobby of the Month Girl and it’s totally true! If you follow my Pinterest boards, you will see I jump from one super-obsessed subject to another and I almost never circle back. My current obsession is the Instant Pot! This is a recent image of my brain from a brain scan:

How My Brain Works on the Instant Pot

How My Brain Works

My most recent obsession is my Instant Pot. This thing is AWESOME! I can get dinner on the table without standing over the stove. This model has 7 functions:

  • Slow Cooker
  • Rice Cooker
  • Saute/Browning
  • Steamer
  • Warmer (I’m not sure this should count)
  • Yogurt Maker
  • Pressure Cooker

That last one is where the magic happens. I know next to nothing about pressure cooking, but I know it cooks things FASTER! And, when it comes to getting dinner in my mouth, faster is better!!

So far, I’ve made a delicious Gluten Free mac and cheese with 4 minutes of cook time (once the pot gets up to pressure, which is similar to bringing water to a boil on your stove top).

*delicious Gluten Free mac and cheese with 4 minutes of cook time (once the pot gets up to pressure, which is similar to bringing water to a boil on your stove top).

*Steel cut oats

*Hard boiled eggs

*Butter Chicken

*Carne Guisada, which I had never heard of but it now makes my mouth water just writing it!

*Pork Verde

*Shrimp Scampi Paella

Did I mention we’ve had it for a week? Yeah, so that’s why this is called an addiction! And I’m not the only one. There is an Instant Pot Facebook Group with over 300,000 members. Yowza! This group is super helpful and not judgemental at all, even with a HUGE influx of newbies! So let’s get to it. Why am I addicted to my Instant Pot?

With the Instant Pot, you have just one stainless steel pot to clean.

Yep, imagine having ONE pot to clean after you make your family a tasty meal. Seriously. One pot after making spaghetti and meatballs…no strainer, two pots, one for pasta and one for sauce. Just. One. Pot.

No babysitting the stove top with the Instant Pot.

Imagine making your typical blue box mac and cheese. You put your water in the pot, set it to boil, check a bunch of times to see if the water is boiling, which it isn’t because you keep checking. Then it comes to a boil, so you dump in your pasta and you stir it to make sure it doesn’t clump together. Then you sit down for a few minutes, only to jump up when the pot boils over. Only then do you realize you forgot to set the timer, so you won’t be sure when the pasta is done. After a few guess-and-checks, it’s done. You dig out your strainer, strain that stuff, put in the butter and milk and that weird orange powder. Mix and eat, feeling a little bad that this is the quality of meal you’ve grown accustomed to.

Now, picture this: measure some water or chicken stock into the Instant Pot. Dump in the noodles and maybe stir for good measure. Set it to 4 minutes and lock the lid. Anxiously check the digital display for a while, because this is your first actual meal in the Instant Pot. Wait for it to come to pressure, then count down 4 minutes. It beeps and you release the steam, which can be a tiny bit scary the first time. Dump in a can of evaporated milk and two cups of shredded cheese. Stir up the cheesy goodness and feel like June Cleaver for serving your family this ooey-gooey homemade bowl of love.

Tremendous support and a gajillion Instant Pot recipes.

To kick it off, The Facebook Group with 300,000 people. One can lurk there for hours and hours and hours. One might like so many posts that one’s Facebook feed becomes nothing but this one group and one might be seriously delighted to continue to feed the addiction before one has even ordered an Instant Pot. Or not. Maybe that’s just me.

There are other specialized Facebook groups for different interests and eating styles. My husband had Celiac, so our meals are primarily gluten free. I eat in more of a low-carb keto style and there are groups for those, too. There are tons of Pinterest Boards and lots of Kindle ebooks, mostly free. There are numerous bloggers and YouTubers that share recipes and techniques, too.

The company itself is a great resource and answers emails promptly.

But really, for me it’s all about that Facebook group!

pretty-serious about the Instant Pot

Tasty food in less time that I can make it otherwise

One of the first meals I made was Shrimp Scampi Paella. You literally dump ingredients in the pot…shrimp, rice, butter, parsley, garlic, water or broth, then you turn it on. Once it comes to pressure, which takes about as long as to get water boiling on your stove, you just wait 4 minutes. Then, dinner. Yep, dinner in 15 minutes. You can make meat from frozen without thawing, which is awesome if you are not a pre-planner. Which I am not. Tasty spaghetti squash that tastes better and takes less time than in the microwave. So awesome!

The Instant Pot has inspired me to cook more.

For me, this has been the best part. It takes a LOT for me to decide what to eat or make a meal plan, go to the grocery store, and actually make dinner. I just don’t like it. Because of this, my husband has been our head chef for the last several years. The Instant Pot has me excited to cook dinner again! I’ve collected a bunch of recipes on Pinterest, I’m putting them into an awesome meal planning website (more later) and getting to the store. I count down until I can FINALLY start making dinner. And clean up is a breeze, so that practically takes care of itself. No, I’m serious. I’ve found that cooking dinner makes me feel like a better mom and wife, and that just makes life better all around.

So what are you waiting for? Get an Instant Pot Today! You can thank me later by sharing your favorite recipes!

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