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6 Must-Have Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

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Did you just get a new Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and you’re not sure where to begin? I’ve gathered 6 must have Instant Pot recipes for beginners like me! These are basic recipes that will simplify your meal prep and save you tons of time!

I have several friends who own and love their Instant Pots, so after much research and finding a great deal we went ahead and purchased one. If you’re hearing about the Instant Pot for the first time, I’ll give you a little overview:

The Instant Pot is a multi-functional electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté and more! I purchased the 6 quart Instant Pot IP-LUX60 6-in-1. The model I own does not have all of the functions of the 7 in 1 Instant Pot. If I was to buy this again, I would have purchased the 7 in 1 for the extra features (like yogurt making).

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Why I Bought an Instant Pot:



This instant pot can cook an entire chicken in just 30 minutes. White rice takes just 8 minutes and beans cook in just 10-15 minutes for soaked beans or 35-40 for dry beans!


I’m terrible at making rice, I’m too impatient and my rice often turns out watery, or too starchy. I’ve been able to make perfect rice in my new Instant Pot!


I love having a slow cooker but ours is HUGE. I hate dragging it out and I’m prone to burning food in it, likely because there is too much empty space in the large pot. The Instant Pot is a more compact size and fits in the corner of our counter easily. I can also tuck it away in the cupboard!


I found my Instant Pot on Amazon for a great price. These go on sale often, so keep watching for a great deal! I think the Instant Pot is worth every dime, I’ve already used it 5 times already since it arrived last week.


With the Instant Pot I can sear my meat, sauté onions and garlic or cook ground beef right in the pot. Then I simply dump in the rest of the ingredients and cook it all in the same pot!


When I hear “pressure cooking” I get a little freaked out, I picture an exploded pot with rice all over the walls. This electric pressure cooker has 10 safety measures that ensure that using the pot is safe!


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6 Must-Have Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

6 Recipes to help you get started with your Instant Pot

If you’re new to using your Instant Pot, like me then you’re probably looking for a place to start. Below are some easy recipes to help you get started using your Instant Pot. I’ve gathered 6 recipes to get you started today!

Oatmeal in the Instant Pot:

How to Cook Oatmeal in the Instant Pot

For a quick breakfast, Laura from Hip has excellent clear instructions on how you can make oatmeal in your Instant Pot. She also has a handy chart to help you figure out how to cook different types of oatmeal. Once you know how to make the basic oatmeal you can try her Strawberries and Cream Rolled Oatmeal Recipes it looks delicious!

Baked Potatoes in the Instant Pot

Baked Potatoes in the Instant Pot

My husband and son love potatoes. Ever since living in Ireland for 2 years my husband is a happy man if he can eat potatoes every single day! I love that I can bake potatoes in the Instant Pot! Chelsea from shares how she cooks up Baked Potatoes in the Instant Pot in no time!

Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

Hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot

Boiled eggs are a big part of my low-carb life and once I saw how perfect hard boiled eggs in the Instant pot turned out I was sold! Weekly meal prep has always been a big key to my healthy eating and this recipe is going to save me so much time and frustration! Jennifer at PreDominantlyPaleo shows you how she cooks perfect, easy to peel hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot.

Perfect Rice in the Instant Pot

Cook Steamed Rice in the Instant Pot

Oh Rice! We love to eat it but I hate cooking it. When I make rice it never quite turns out perfect. I’m not the most patient cook and my rice either turns out too chewy, watery or is too sticky! Laura has 2 great ways to cook rice in the Instant Pot, she also shares a super handy chart to help you cook the perfect pot of rice! There might be hope for me yet!

Frozen Meat in the Instant Pot

Cook Frozen Meat In the Instant Pot

I’m excited to try cooking frozen meat in our Instant Pot. This will be a HUGE time saver and Laura has great instructions on how cook frozen meat in the Instant Pot the right way!

Chicken Stock in the Instant Pot

Chicken Stock in the Instant Pot

When our children were much younger I was always boiling chicken bones on the stove. I used homemade chicken broth all of the time! I’ve since found life to be too busy and I’ve started buying canned broth or using… gasp…bullion cubes! It’s just not the same. The flavor and nutrients in homemade bone broth are hard to beat! Barbara at has clear and detailed instructions on how to make your own homemade chicken stock in the Instant Pot. 


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Want 5 more great recipes for your Instant Pot? Check out 5 Instant Pot Recipes for Back-To-School (or just very busy nights!) 

Now that you have your Instant Pot, you’ll want to add in a few accessories to help you make the most of your new pressure cooker. Click the image below to see my favorite accessories to use with my Instant Pot.

10 Useful Instant Pot Accessories:

Useful Instant Pot Accessories

It can be overwhelming when you buy a new kitchen gadget and there are hundreds of recipes online, I hope these recipes help you get started using your Instant Pot with confidence!

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    March 8, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Sounds like something I would get a lot of use out too. I also can’t stand using my slow cooker because it’s so big and empty space inside means burning.

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    Hey Donna