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!

If this post has inspired you to buy an Instant Pot, I would be so grateful if you clicked my Amazon link to make your purchase. I will get a little kickback to cover blog costs, or buy more salt or whatever! Thank you!


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