The versatility of the Instant Pot means you’ll never run out of meals to cook. Not only is it a slow cooker and a pressure cooker, but it also makes rice, bakes cakes, steams veggies, and lots more. Let’s take a look at some quick and easy recipes you can enjoy for dinner this week.
Indian Curry with Chicken, ready in 30 minutes
The official Instant Pot recipes collection includes a tasty gem that’s ready to eat in half an hour. It’s called Mom’s Chicken Curry. It uses the sauté and pressure cooking features. And it’s easy to make because there’s not a lot of prep needed when you consider that this is a traditional Indian dish.
To begin, you’ll need chicken breast as well as a number of spices. Unless you regularly cook Indian food, you’ll need to visit the store for some of these ingredients like black cardamom and garam masala.
Once you’ve chopped the chicken and vegetables, you’ll use the sauté function for about ten minutes, gradually adding items to the pan and stirring. Then you’ll switch to pressure cooking mode for five minutes, and you’re done.
Simple rice, ready in 15 minutes
To accompany your Indian Curry, make a pot of plain white rice. While the actual cook time is only five minutes, you’ll need to let it sit for ten minutes more. This recipe uses the pressure cooking feature to make perfectly fluffy rice with almost no effort. Then you can set it aside in a covered bowl in a warm oven until your curry is ready.
Pot roast, ready in an hour
We found a keto diet recipe that’s a keeper. It’s the Mini Mississippi Pot Roast slow cooker recipe that only takes an hour with the pressure cooking function on the Instant Pot. It’s a mouth-watering combination of dry ranch dressing and au jus mixes with pepperoncinis and chuck roast.
First, you’ll want to sauté the meat for a few minutes. Then it’s time to seal the lid and select the “Meat/Stew” button. Now let it cook for forty-five minutes, then natural release for twenty more. It will smell so delicious that waiting will be difficult.
To go the extra mile, make a gravy from the leftover liquid in the pot. You’ll want to sauté it with a little water and cornstarch until the mixture thickens. Then drizzle that over the roast and garnish with fresh parsley and more pepperoncinis.
Paleo BBQ Chicken Drumsticks, ready in 30 minutes
Here’s another Instant Pot recipe for chicken, this time for the Paleo diet. Preparation only takes five minutes. Then cooking time is twenty minutes in the Instant Pot and five minutes in the oven. This last part is using the oven to broil the chicken and crisp the skin.
The spices are all typical ones that most households have on hand. And all you’ll need to do is coat the drumsticks with them once they finish cooking in the Instant Pot. It’s a perfect recipe for when you’re in a hurry and don’t want to run to the store for extra ingredients.
Side dish for the Paleo diet, ready in 15 minutes
While you brown the BBQ chicken drumsticks in the broiler, cook the Spicy Cauliflower and Citrus Salad for a satisfying side dish. You can take advantage of the time the chicken pressure cooks to prepare the salad components. Then once the Instant Pot is free, use it to steam the cauliflower and broccoli while the chicken finishes.
Vegan Red Lentil Chili, ready in 30 minutes
This chili is exceptionally easy to make especially if you have a blender. To begin, all you need to do is blend the main ingredients like tomatoes, peppers, and garlic. Then add the spices and pressure cook in the Instant Pot for ten minutes. Once it’s done, just let it naturally release and enjoy.
Please the kids with Mac n’ Cheese, ready in less than 15 minutes
We know that adults love macaroni and cheese, too. It’s a pleasing side dish for a variety of meals. This recipe is very simple, but it comes from Coco Morante who manages the Instant Pot recipes page on Facebook. You can trust that it will turn out just right.
The stimulating flavor of this mac and cheese comes from sour cream, mustard, and cayenne pepper. Those are the final touch you add after the macaroni, broth, and butter finish cooking in the pot. With a prep time of five minutes and a cooking time of only six minutes, this side dish may become one of your favorites.
Low carb Instant Pot dessert, ready in an hour
The CocoNutty Salted Chocolate Cheesecake is best prepared the day before and chilled in the fridge overnight. It’s an unforgettable treat appropriate for Paleo, Keto, and Low Carb diets. And it will take about twenty minutes to prepare and forty minutes to bake.
While the recipe looks rather complicated on paper, it’s only a matter of following the clearly explained steps. Note that you’ll need to use a double boiler to melt chocolate. And you’ll also want the springform pan for cooking inside the Instant Pot. But this dessert makes enough servings to delight a table full of guests.
There are many tried and true Instant Pot recipes for chicken, beef, side dishes, and all kinds of cuisine. You can also find recipes based on your diet interest, whether it’s Paleo, Keto, Celiac, or something else. Go ahead and taste something new this week.