10 Delicious Weeknight Meals You Can Make in Your Instant Pot
The Instant Pot electric pressure cooker has developed a cult following. Here are ten recipes to show you why.
We're always looking for better and faster ways to make delicious meals, so when we heard about the Instant Pot craze, we were all aboard as soon as we could get our hands on one. This all-in-one electric pressure cooker is popular among busy parents due to its ability to lock in nutrients and make healthy meals possible between after-school activities. Bonus: a shorter cooking time means more energy saved! To use this favorite multifunctional tool every night of the week (and beyond!), here's a list of our favorite Instant Pot recipes. Which will you try tonight?
1. Beer-Soaked Brisket Sandwiches
You could slow cook the beef for these fall-apart tender brisket sandwiches for about 12 hours—or you could pop them in your Instant Pot to pressure cook for just two hours. When you smell the stewing onion, garlic, cloves, and more, you'll want as little time as possible between you and these beer-soaked sandwiches.
2. BBQ Pork ChopsMust Have Mom
Perfectly caramelized BBQ pork chops in under 20 minutes? We definitely had our doubts. But this clever blogger cooked up her own recipe using just five ingredients, and it is finger-licking good.
3. Salmon with Lentil Hash and Bacon
Crazy but true: This high-protein salmon supper requires just ONE MINUTE of cooking time in the Instant Pot! With a side of lentils and vegetables (both of which also cook in the Pot), you can have a complete meal on the table quicker than pizza delivery can arrive at your doorstep.
4. Buffalo Chicken MeatballsWhat Great Grandma Ate
This Instant Pot recipe is a snacktime game-changer, especially on game days. Get the watch party started with buffalo chicken meatballs served alone or over cauliflower rice. They're filling, delicious, and way healthier than appetizers found in the freezer section!
6. GumboLittle Family Adventure
Your go-to tool for soups and stews used to be a slow cooker, but the Instant Pot has since stolen the throne. It takes under an hour to make New Orleans-worthy gumbo that is so flavorful you'll want to go back for seconds … or thirds!
7. Duck Breast with Maple & Plums
No need to be intimated by cooking duck at home. With this recipe, it's as easy as sear, stew, then stir together the sauce. The best part: It all happens in one Instant Pot so cleanup is oh so simple, too.
Tip: If you're not a fan of duck, you can follow the same formula with bone-in chicken thighs.
7. Chicken Taco BowlsWondermom Wannabe
Tired of the same taco night? Switch things up by thinking outside the tortilla! Taco bowls are a great way to make sure the whole family has something they like, and with the Instant Pot, it has never been easier.
9. Chipotle-Coffee Pot Roast
You have to do a bit of multitasking for this hearty meal (to stir together the polenta in a saucepan while the beef and veggies simmer away in the Instant Pot), but the finished product of this stick-to-your-ribs supper is so worth it.
10. Jamaican-Style Meat Loaf
This is not your mama's meat loaf. This pork and beef dish cooks in less than an hour and is topped with a sweet and spicy pan sauce that includes caramelized bananas, peppers, citrus, and more.