Do you know what FOMO is? Fear of missing out. I’ve been experiencing it ever since everyone under the sun got an Instant Pot for Christmas, and I did not. Anyone know where Santa’s complaints department can be reached? Because, seriously. However, my sister got one…and boy were my eyes opened to how glorious these machines really are. Whenever you’re looking to sacrifice money and cabinet space to a new appliance, you want to know that it’s going to be worth it! So, without further adieu…lets get inspired by the best recipes to make in an instant pot. By the end of it, if you’re anything like me, it’ll be in added to your online shopping cart by the end of this list.

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1. Perfectly Cooked White Rice

Perfectly cooked rice in less than 15 minutes without a stovetop mess? Woah. WHAT?! If you’re someone who seeks to meal plan on a Sunday for a week’s worth of healthy lunches, often quinoa and rice are the base to those – so why not make it easy on yourself with an Instant Pot method in record time?

2. Drool-Worthy Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Hot and ready when you need to whip up a quick appetizer, and fast! This recipe is simple and uses ingredients that you most likely already have on hand! Life made easy, right here.

3. Crispy Carnitas

Pork carnitas probably most favored to be served up as tacos. Because well, tacos are life. I’ve made them quite often before in a crock pot…aka a slow cooker. So making them in a “fast” cooker like the Instant Pot, makes for a late in the day planned dinner still a success that evening. Crock pots take planning…and well…we aren’t all cut out for that (don’t judge me!). Simply cook the meat in your Instant Pot, and transfer to a baking sheet if you desire that crisp up, and voila!

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4. Quick & Easy Macaroni & Cheese

Don’t you dare pull out that boxed mac! You can make a homemade version of this comfort food in an Instant Pot with the same amount of time as the boxes. Actually, maybe even less. Try 4 minutes! All you need are a few minutes to get the gourmet feel of a home cooked dinner.

5. Kung Pao Chicken

We’ve created a takeout favorite – Kung Pao Chicken – that is cooked effortlessly in the Instant Pot and in the comfort of your own home. And when we say effortlessly, we mean it! This delicious dinner comes together in just 30 minutes and with only one pot. This means easy prep, a quick cleanup, and a satisfied belly.

6. Popcorn

My kids are going through this phase of homemade popcorn. No, not the microwave kind. The oil on the stovetop kind. It takes much…babysitting. Not to complain, but this way of making popcorn is much much better.

7. 6-Inch New York Style Cheesecake

Bet you didn’t expect to see THIS on the list. But yes, yes indeed… you can make a tall, beautiful New York style cheesecake in an Instant Pot! It’s completed in just under an hour, mostly hands-free. Let the potitsit’s thang…

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8. Oreo-Crust Chocolate Cheesecake

Cheesecake often takes a lot of time to make, but with the help of the Instant Pot, you can whip up this amazing dessert in a much shorter amount of time! It’s the perfect dessert to make to celebrate a birthday or holiday or for a loved one that needs a bit of encouragement to get through a tough week.

9. Herb Roasted Potatoes

Roasted potatoes in only 15 minutes? That’s unheard of! This recipe takes baby potatoes and transforms them into fluffy yet crisp flavorful bites of potato that will side pretty much anything you feel like making tonight.

10. Crustless Veggie Quiche

Brunch time in no time! This amazing breakfast recipe (or dinner, depending on the vibe of your day) is crust free, and cooked in only 30 minutes in the Instant Pot that can serve 6-8 people!

11. Gluten-Free Beef Stroganoff

Saute and cook your ingredients right in the Instant Pot for a recipe that has minimal prep and only 25 minutes of cook time to make a tender beef stroganoff.

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12. Chicken Breasts

This is a tried and true recipe from the creator, promising a healthy meal option made in an Instant Pot that provides chicken breasts fully cooked, tender, juicy and flavorful! They’re sauteed, cooked, and rested all in less than 20 minutes.

13. Corn On The Cob

There are a few ways to make corn on the cob. Boil, grill, microwave, and now… Instant Pot! Done in a jiffy and oh so delicious.

14. Quick & Easy Chicken Ramen

A complex soup like this often takes a lot of time to make, but the Instant Pot takes it from a complicated and labor-intensive recipe to a 20-minute weeknight dinner. It’s better than takeout and you can make it from the comfort of your own home!

15. Taco Meat

Tacos are awesome, because all you really need to do is prep the meat, and chop some veggies for toppings. Not much cooking required. So, when the cooking you DO need to do is simplified? Well, that’s just special.

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16. Foolproof Chicken Wings

Making a dozen wings at home just got a whole lot easier. Only 3 ingredients you can have this meal ready to go in under 30 minutes. They’re simple, quick, flavorful. Everything you need on a busy night. Or when the wing cravings strike, and strike hard.

17. Chili

Again, if it can be done in a slow cooker, it can probably be done in a lightning fast cooker! It’s a chili you can create and cook in only 45 minutes. No longer are you getting up early to prep this dinner. Complete this hearty meal on a weeknight, even! Whodathunkit?

18. Apple Crisp

A warm apple crisp dessert in only 15 minutes! Perfect when you *ahem* forgot to plan a dessert and well, guests are already here! Don’t waste any time with this recipe that pulls from the cupboard all ingredients you likely have on hand.

19. Cabbage Rolls

This was a childhood favorite for me. My mother worked hard to make these from scratch and we would wait as the aroma filled the house, waiting for them to be finished. That wait time gets real short, real fast with this Instant Pot recipe for them.

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20. Whole “Faux” Rotisserie Chicken

It’s a “faux-tisserie” because there’s no rotisserie involved here…but you’re not going to sacrifice on taste! With only 25 minutes of cooking time, you have plenty of time to whip up some sides to go along with this tasty chicken recipe. Plus the Instant Pot’s saute function means you can still get crispy browned skin!

21. Butter Chicken

I’ve been going through what I call a “curry phase”. It’s been about 3 years now, with no signs of relenting. It’s just so dang good, I could eat curry dishes every night. I battle between buying store bought jars and making my own sauces. Sometimes the amount of time and effort a homemade meal takes is just too much. So a recipe that takes the time piece out of the equation, makes this a very very doable thing for a curry-loving-yet-busy Mama.

22. Thai Red Curry With Chicken

I mean, while we are on the topic of curry, why not try a Thai version? Made with chicken, peppers, carrots, bamboo, onion, coconut milk, and of course – curry paste, this entire recipe is prepped in the Instant Pot with step-by-step instructions for the newbie to the gadget. Takes all the guesswork out!

23. Banana French Toast

Looking for an easy, sweet, breakfast recipe the whole family will love? This recipe will surprise you with how easy and delicious it is. Topped with maple syrup and pecans, it’s cooked in only 25 minutes for an unforgettable take on french toast.

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24. Garlic & Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are lovely, aren’t they? What’s not lovely in a starchy boiling water going all over your stove top because you got distracted and let it boil over, again. Not that it’s ever happened to me… Regardless, this recipe keeps things under 30 minutes from pot to table, and no boiling required on your part! huzzah!

25. Applesauce

Yes, applesauce at home! Something I’ve attempted once, and then never tried again. This recipe takes a bit of prep (peeling apples, basically is it) and then it’s cooked for only 5 minutes in the Instant Pot.

26. Jambalaya

One of my all-time favorite dishes, because it truly is an all in one. Hearty, spicy and filling. This recipe takes only minutes for each step, with less than 30 minutes total for a 6 serving dinner!

27. Quick and Easy Deconstructed Lasagna

Wrap your head around lasagna and you’ll be just smitten with this classic recipe made anew with an Instant Pot. The total time required for this recipe is about 30 minutes. That’s less than a frozen kind and you’ll feel better knowing you made it yourself!

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28. Taco Pie

Another layered dinner, with a Mexican twist – this Taco pie is made perfectly crisp and ready for serving, all inside the Instant Pot. Layered tortillas, with ground taco meat, refried beans, salsa, cheese and enchilada sauce, this recipe is not to be missed.

29. Cinnamon Rolls

You can now make homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch using an instant pot, with ease! Forget the pre-made dough and go for a true winner here. Oh, you fancy like that. 

30. French Onion Soup

Classicly, with a French onion soup recipe, the most of the work comes from the cooking of the onions. It’s a bit of a process. Using an Instant Pot, you can dramatically cut down on production time to make this incredible soup.

31. Easy 90-Minute Bone Broth

Our recipe for bone broth is simple and customizable and it’s a recipe that I’ve made many times in my home before putting it up here to share with the Forkly community. The biggest hack? It takes between 1 and 2 hours to make in the Instant Pot, as opposed to the 24 to 48 it takes on the stovetop or in a slow cooker. Say what?!

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32. Strawberry Jam

No more standing over the stove with bubbling sugar and berries, because it’s all done in the Instant Pot for you. Jar it when you’re done and have days of fresh jam for your toast!

33. Hard Boiled Eggs

Forget boiling water, no time for that. This recipe makes perfect hard boiled eggs every time using the Instant Pot. Whether you want them for an on-hand snack, or maybe because you volunteered to make deviled eggs for a potluck, you’ll be calling on this recipe for sure.

34. Absolute Best Potato Salad

Everyone’s potluck favorite is about to get so much easier! This awesome kitchen gadget transforms this salad into a one-pot recipe! This means you can cook the potatoes and eggs together, simultaneously. If that isn’t life-changing, I don’t know what is!

Our potato salad recipe is not only easy but it’s insanely addictive too. Tender potatoes and eggs are paired with an unforgettable homemade creamy dressing. You’ll be making this salad all summer long!

35. Absolute Best Frittata

Traditionally, a frittata is prepared on the stove-top or in the oven but today we’re making the most fluffy and delicious frittata in the Instant Pot! Its pillowy texture will seriously have you dreaming about it days after.

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36. Instant Pot Meatloaf

Yes, meatloaf. While it’s not even that big a deal to make in the oven, it’s just one of those things that if you can get it done faster, and accompanied with sides…well, why aren’t you then?

37. Creamy Chicken

This recipe makes for an amazing creamy chicken dinner option, made in the Instant Pot and suggested to serve over the low-carb option of spiralized zucchini noodles (aka zoodles). It’s complete to serve in under half an hour – which makes this recipe one that we are certainly excited about trying on a weeknight especially!

38. Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo

This creamy dreamy alfredo is made easy using the Instant Pot, so there’s no need for that jar of storebought sauce anymore! This recipe is so much better. Casual enough for a weeknight family dinner and elegant enough for a Friday night date night at home!

39. Beans & Rice

A perfect side dish to the rest of your dinner, beans, and rice makes for a delicious option that’s so flavorful, and thankfully -won’t take you all day to make any more. Utilizing the Instant Pot for its amazing ability to cook foods fast, this recipe doesn’t even require a pre-soak of the beans! Not only that – but it provides not just one serving, but TEN servings of this side dish. So, meal prep is super easy.

40. Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bites

These banana bread bites are absolutely incredible! The best part (in my opinion, that is) is the texture of these little bites. They don’t have the crusty outside that banana bread would normally get from baking in the over. Instead, they’re very cake-like; soft and moist. They truly taste like a treat, but we won’t judge you if you eat them for breakfast.

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41. Pancakes

These little pancakes almost look like muffins, but we aren’t complaining one bit. Complimented with blueberries these pancakes are made from scratch with this simple recipe and then cooked in the Instant Pot.

42. Starbucks Copycat Egg Bites

Starbucks’ new bites are creamy and delicious and altogether fairly healthy, but they’re also super expensive – totaling just shy of $5 for two of them! We took a look at their recipe and realized that it’s so easy to recreate them at home and with cleaner ingredients. So why not? We’re always up for a healthy, filling breakfast we can meal prep at the beginning of the week.

43. Teriyaki Rice With Chicken

This recipe provides not only amazing meals but some tips to make your mealtime prep go even faster and smoother! All said and done, this is a satisfying meal that is ready in just 32 minutes!

44. Vanilla Extract

Now here’s a unique one. This recipe will create enough of that magical extract to create not only a supply for your baking at home but makes for a perfect gift to bring your neighbors or friends!

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45. Oatmeal

Make breakfast for the whole family, served warm to comfort the soul before a full day ahead. This recipe uses steel cut oats and takes just 5 minutes. Take that, instant oats.

46. Garden Salsa

Homemade salsa doesn’t need to be so intimidating. It’s easy to make with this recipe! Using fresh ingredients like ripe tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, jalapenos, lime juice and (optional) cilantro, this recipe is ready for dipping into!

47. Roast Beef Dinner

Easy like a Sunday morning? Forget that. Easy like an ENTIRE SUNDAY with this recipe! The Instant Pot takes all the guesswork out of making a Sunday roast beef dinner and serves it up with all the juicy flavor you’re craving!

48. 15-Minute Instant Pot Orange Chicken

With this recipe, you can have dinner served as quickly as it will take you to order take-out! This delicious orange chicken meal comes together in just 15 minutes. The sweet and tangy flavors of the orange chicken pairs perfectly atop a bed of rice or a bowl of vegetables. Your whole family will be asking for this meal every week!

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49. Chicken Pot Pie

While Chicken Pot Pie was one of my favorite meals as a child, now as an adult my busy lifestyle doesn’t accommodate labor-intensive recipes! So we set out to find a way to make this family-favorite meal easy, without sacrificing flavor. Thanks to the Instant Pot, we have the perfect solution.

50. Citrus Beer Ribs

The Instant Pot cooked these ribs, a traditionally laborious meal, in a fraction of the time it would normally take. This means that you no longer have to save ribs for special occasions but instead can serve them on a busy weeknight! Plus, beer. Mmmmmm!

51. Quick & Easy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

This Tuscan Chicken Pasta is creamy, filling, and absolutely packed with flavor. But best of all, it’s quick and easy to make!

52. Better-Than-Takeout Low Carb Egg Roll in a Bowl

Egg rolls are delicious, but they’re crazy unhealthy because they’re usually deep fried in those little wrappers! They’re also a lot of work to make from scratch and I actively avoid using a deep-fryer because that’s bound to end in a trip to the hospital for me. But we’ve got a workaround here with this Egg Roll in a Bowl – essentially the filling of a traditional egg roll. It’s as delicious as it sounds and it’s quick to make with a little help from your Instant Pot.

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Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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