The holiday season is busy, between decorating for Christmas, hosting parties, buying and wrapping gifts it can all be overwhelming. Thankfully the Instant Pot has made its way into many homes to help us cook food quickly and effortlessly.

This Christmas, be sure to utilize this impressive kitchen appliance as it will help take the stress out of Christmas dinner preparations. We’ve created a list of recipes for every course from Instant Pot side dishes, main entrées, and desserts. You’ll have everything you need to host the best Christmas dinner yet!

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1. Instant Pot Pineapple Brown Sugar Ham

Savory tender ham can be ready to eat in just 35 minutes if you cook it in the Instant Pot! This simple yet flavorful recipe combines ham with brown sugar and pineapple tidbits to create an unforgettable Christmas dinner.

Using the liquid in the pot and a dash of cornstarch you can create the most delicious glaze. Slice your ham and pour the glaze on top for added flavor.

2. Instant Pot Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are the perfect treat to enjoy on Christmas. Whether you want to enjoy them for breakfast on Christmas morning or for dessert after the big feast, be sure to try this quick and easy recipe.

You won’t be baking the rolls in the Instant Pot per se, but you will be proofing the dough. Using the Instant pot this can be done in just 30 minutes which is far more impressive than other methods that can take hours.

3. Two-Minute Instant Pot Creamy Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts don’t win the popularity award when it comes to veggies, however, no one will be able to resist this side dish! This Instant pot brussels sprout recipe is savory, creamy and oh so cheesy!

The brussels sprouts cook in just 2 minutes using the steam mode. The creamy dish is finished with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and crispy pre-cooked bacon bits – yum!

4. Instant Pot Roast Beef Dinner

Turkey and ham are delicious but try something different this year like this roast beef dinner. This Instant Pot beef recipe is so easy and it allows you to cook the main entrée and the sides simultaneously.

Not only will you be able to cook tender meat and hearty veggies, but you can also make a delicious homemade gravy using the leftover stock in the pot!


5. Delicious Instant Pot Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is another crowd favorite so don’t disappoint your guests and be sure to prepare this quick and easy recipe! Our recipe is extra special because we added additional savory ingredients like bacon.

Once the casserole has finished cooking, be sure to top it with fried onions. You could even go one step further and place the casserole in the oven and set it to broil to ensure the fried onions are warm and crispy!

6. Instant Pot Eggnog Cheesecake

The flavors of everyone’s favorite holiday drink can now be enjoyed in a decadent cheesecake. This eggnog cheesecake dessert is rich and perfectly sweet.

Top the cheesecake with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. This dessert is so stunning it deserves to steal the spotlight this year.

7. Pressure Cooker Creamed Corn

Say goodbye to canned creamed corn because this recipe proves that making your own homemade version is just as easy as opening the can! Simply combine the ingredients in your Instant Pot and then cook them on high pressure for just 3 minutes!

Cream cheese, butter, and milk all contribute to that creamy texture we have come to know and love. In addition to these ingredients, you’ll also need frozen corn and a dash of salt and pepper.

8. Instant Pot Beets

Buckel up beet fans and prepare to be blown away! The Instant Pot not only cooks beets incredibly quickly but creates less mess in the kitchen.

You’ll need to cook the beets on HIGH pressure for 8 minutes and then give them a cold water bath. The bath will help the skin peel off effortlessly. Serve the beets on their own, with your favorite seasonings, or add them into a salad!


9. Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Whether you enjoy cranberry sauce smothered over top turkey or you like it best on the side, you have got to try this homemade recipe. Cranberry sauce from a can is convenient but preparing a homemade version in the Instant Pot is just as easy!

This recipe requires 6 simple ingredients and comes together in just 6 minutes! That’s the type of easy we can get behind.

10. Instant Pot Turkey

Did you ever think that you could prepare delicious turkey in the Instant Pot? Well, this recipe proves that it can be done and it can be done well!

This tender and savory turkey recipe come together in just 30 minutes! That’s quite impressive considering oven-roasted turkey typically requires many hours. You’ll also be provided with a quick and easy homemade gravy recipe that pairs perfectly with the turkey.

11. Quick And Easy Instant Pot Macaroni And Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is enjoyed all year round but it would also make an excellent Christmas side dish. Once again, the Instant Pot has proven that it can cook this dish quickly too!

This side dish requires just 4 minutes of high-pressure cooking followed by a quick release. Once the noodles are cooked, you’ll be ready to toss the cheesy, creamy, and delicious ingredients into the pot. Simply give it a mix and serve!

12. Instant Pot Red Velvet Bundt Cake

Red velvet bundt cake is the perfect crimson red dessert you need to share this holiday season. This recipe is incredibly easy because it uses a store-bought red velvet cake mix!

The cake comes together in less than an hour. While you wait for the cake to cook, prepare the homemade cream cheese glaze that pairs perfectly with this dessert.


13. Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes

There are so many great ways to enjoy potatoes. If you want to try something different then give these Instant Pot scalloped potatoes a try.

Scalloped potatoes are quite thick and creamy and that is how we like them best, right? However, due to this, you’ll need to use the pot-in-pot method. This essentially means you’ll place the scalloped potatoes in a baking pan and then place the pan inside the pot to cook. This will prevent the dreaded burn notice, and ensures that you end up with perfect delicious scalloped potatoes every time!

14. Instant Pot Gingerbread Bread Pudding

Another great way to finish off your holiday feast is to dig into this delicious gingerbread bread pudding. It’s full of fragrant flavors from cinnamon to ginger and several other lovely ingredients.

This dessert tastes like a true Christmas treat and will surely become a new tradition in your home. Serve the pudding with a melted chocolate drizzle and ice cream (if desired).

15. Instant Pot Whole (Faux) Rotisserie Chicken

Try something different this year, and instead of preparing your traditional turkey, serve this delicious rotisserie chicken! It’s full of flavor and has a wonderful tender texture, your guests will surely love it.

We’ve provided tips and tricks to ensure that the chicken obtains the most flavor possible. Finally, this delicious dish comes together in less than an hour.

16. Instant Pot Brisket And Gravy

Another great alternative to holiday classics like turkey and ham is brisket. Tender juicy meat often requires low temperatures and many hours to cook, but not with the Instant Pot!

This recipe cooks perfectly tender brisket in about an hour. Once the meat is cooked, set it aside, and use the leftover stock and turn it into a gravy by using the sauté function on your Instant Pot.


17. Instant Pot Apple Sauce

Like cranberry sauce, apple sauce is another excellent side dish for Christmas. Whether you like to enjoy it warm or cold, the Instant Pot will help you prepare it quickly.

This recipe requires two simple ingredients, apples, and water! However, if you prefer your apple sauce extra sweet you could add in a few tablespoons of sugar.

18. Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are nature’s candy. They’re naturally sweet and are certainly healthy! Add a pop of color and sweet flavor to your table by cooking sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot.

Roasting sweet potatoes in the oven can take quite a while so we had to try cooking them in the Instant Pot and the results were impressive. The skin was falling off and the potato inside was lusciously creamy and perfect.  Cook them for 20 minutes to achieve super soft potatoes or reduce the time to 18 minutes if you prefer a firmer texture.

19. Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is so irresistibly sweet that it almost tastes like a dessert! So go ahead and try cooking the sweet potatoes in your Instant pot and then turn them into this delicious casserole.

Once cooked, you’ll be able to add the remaining ingredients to the Instant Pot, and then transfer the contents into a baking dish. While this is a two-step recipe, it will surely be worth the wait.

20. Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a must-have side dish. After all who can resist a bowl of creamy, buttery delicious mashed potatoes?

Unfortunately, it can be quite the laborious side dish to put together, until now that is! With the Instant Pot, you can have mashed potatoes ready to eat in 20 minutes or less! That is quite impressive.


21. Instant Pot Apple Crisp

Nothing quite compares to a warm bowl of delicious apple crisp. This Christmas, be sure to make a batch because this dessert comes together quickly and effortlessly. In fact, this dessert can be ready to eat in less than 30 minutes!

You’ll be provided with tips and tricks to ensure that you don’t get the dreaded burn notice and to ensure that your apples come out perfectly soft. Share it on Christmas but you’ll be craving it time and time again.

22. Apple Balsamic Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

Instant Pot pork tenderloin is perfect for a simple family dinner, however, it’s impressive flavors makes it a great contender for holiday dinners too. Be sure to serve the tender meat with the delicious homemade honey glaze.

The tenderloin is cooked with several fragrant ingredients that provide optimal flavor. Some of these are apple jam, Italian seasoning, white wine, and more.

23. Instant Pot Cornbread

Who needs store-bought dinner rolls when you can have delicious homemade cornbread? What makes homemade cornbread even better is when it can be prepared quickly and effortlessly. Thankfully the Instant Pot is here to help you do just that.

This cornbread has a spicy twist as there are additions of chiles and jalapenos. However, if you’re not a fan of spicy food you can omit these ingredients. To prepare the cornbread, simply mix the ingredients and toss them into a bundt pan and then cook it in your Instant Pot.

24. Instant Pot Stuffing

Stuffing is a must-have Christmas side dish. This too can be prepared effortlessly in an Instant Pot.

This recipe is made with dried stuffing mix, broth, butter, and a few delicious seasonings. You can also toss in roasted butternut squash into the mix if you’re feeling ambitious! Keep in mind, just like the cornbread, you will also need to use the pot in pot method for this recipe which will help prevent the burn notice.


25. Instant Pot Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots

Glazed carrots may be a simple side dish but it is flavorful and would be a great dish to share this Christmas. All you need are baby carrots, butter, brown sugar, and a dash of cinnamon.

Aside from the time your pot needs to come to pressure, these glazed carrots require just 4 minutes to cook!

26. Instant Pot White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

Peppermint is the flavor of the season so why not enjoy that rich flavor in a delicious cheesecake. This dessert is even richer because it’s full of white chocolate too.

Decorate the cake with a chocolate drizzle and crushed candy canes. Just don’t be surprised when you realize there aren’t any leftovers!

27. Instant Pot Peppermint Hot Chocolate

To wash down your holiday feast and all of those decadent desserts you’re going to need a delicious drink. This homemade peppermint hot chocolate will not disappoint and it comes together effortlessly using an Instant Pot.

This hot chocolate is thick, creamy, and will certainly quench a chocolate craving. Serve the hot cocoa with whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles!

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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