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So you’re now the owner of an Instant Pot. Trouble is, you have NO idea what to do with this thing. Perhaps, like me, you saw someone raving about it on Facebook, followed by a myriad of comments with equal amounts of praise for this new machine, and you decided to jump on the bandwagon. Now that it’s arrived, you don’t even know where to begin!

I’ve spent the last few weeks exclusively cooking out of this contraption, and I’ve got to say, I’m a believer.  I’ve asked some of my most trusted recipe sources for their Instant Pot best recipes. So what are you waiting for??? Start cookin’!

Simple Stuff

Hard Boiled Eggs

These peeled easier than any hardboiled eggs I’ve done.

Place one cup water in pot. Place as many eggs as you’d like either in a steamer basket or on the rack that came with your pot (I used the rack). Close the lid and set at high pressure for 5 minutes. Let the pressure naturally reduce for 5 minutes and then quick pressure release. Immediately transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water and let them site for about 15 minutes to cool down.

Bone Broth

Take 2-3 chicken carcasses from roasted chickens. You can freeze the bones as you use them and add until you have enough). Remove most of the skin. Add water to max line and cook in Soup mode for 60 minutes. Strain when done and skim top if necessary. This is great to use as a base for soup, rice, have on hand for recipes and more.

Baked Potatoes

Wash potatoes and pierce them with a fork. Place 4 potatoes in the Instant Pot on the steam rack. Add 1 cup of water to your pressure cooker. Cook for 10 minutes at high pressure. Allow to natural release.

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Wash potatoes and pierce them with a fork. Place 6 potatoes in the Instant Pot on the steam rack. Add 1 cup of water to your pressure cooker. Cook for 16 minutes at high pressure. Allow to natural release.


Add 2 cups of steel cut oats and 4 cups of water. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. Then let it naturally release.

White Rice

Add 1 cup long grain white rice, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1 teaspoon olive oil to the pressure cookier. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. Let it natural release for 10 minutes and quick release after. Fluff and serve.

Brown Rice

Add 1 cup brown rice, 1 1/4 cups water, and 1 teaspoon olive oil to the pressure cookier. Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. Let it natural release for 10 minutes and quick release after. Fluff and serve.


Rinse 1 cup of quinoa under cold water. Place quinoa, 1 1/2 cup of water, and a pinch of salt in the Instant Pot. Cook for one minute on high pressure. Allow to natural release. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Delicious Side Items

Charro Style Pinto Beans

  • 16 oz pinto beans, rinsed
  • 3 garlic cloves, whole
  • 1/4 white onion, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced (remove seeds if you want a mild experience)
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 3 tbls chopped cilantro

Add all ingredients and fill with water to fill line. Cook on Pressure Cook for 45 minutes.

When pressure is completely released, open, add 1 tbs of salt, or more depending on your preference, and serve.

Black Eyed Peas

  • 1 1/2 lbs fresh black eyed peas
  • 2 cups of cubed ham (I used low sodium Boar’s Head)
  • 1 medium chopped yellow onion
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Soak black eyed peas for 3-6 hours. Sauce onions, peppers, and celery in Instant Pot until vegetables are tender. Stir in garlic and ham and cook for one minute longer. Add black eyed peas. Set Instant Pot to Slow Cooker mode for 3-5 hours and put on lid. Add remaining ingredients and pressure cook on high for 10 minutes. Natural release for 10 minutes and then quick release. Add additional salt and pepper to taste and a dash of hot pepper sauce if you like them a little spicy and enjoy!

Pressure Cooker Macaroni & Cheese, Fully Loaded {Source: This Old Gal}
Pressure Cooker Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce {Source: This Old Gal}
Brazilian Black Beans {Source: Skinny Taste}

Soups, Stews & Chilis

Our Favorite Instant Pot Beef Stew {Source: Milwaukee Moms Blog}
Creamy Thai Coconut Chicken Soup {Source: RasaMalaysi}
Quick and Easy Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup {Source: Live Simply}
Instant Pot Turkey Chili {Source: Lefty Spoon}
Taco Soup in the Instant Pot {Source: Make Real Food}
Instant Pot Beef Stew {Source: Predominantly Paleo}
Chicken Tortilla Soup {Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe}


Easy Chicken Masala

Combine 4 chicken thighs, in chunks, one diced sweet potato, one can of drained chickpeas, and any jar of Indian Simmer Sauce (any Patak’s Simmer Sauce or masala will work).  Pressure cook for 20 minutes and quick release when done. Serve with rice.

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups beef or veggie broth
  • 16 oz cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz American or Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground tumeric
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 16 oz elbow macaroni
  • 8 oz whole milk or heavy cream

Sauté ground beef and seasonings until crumbled and meat is no longer pink. Pour in broth, uncooked pasta, and milk. Place pot on manual high pressure for 5 minutes. Do a quick release and mix in the cheese. Serve.

Instant Pot Spinach Chana Masala {Vegan & Gluten-Free} {Source: Carve Your Craving}
Butternut Squash Risotto {Source: Make Real Food}
One Pot Pressure Cooker Teriyaki Chicken and Rice {Source: Pressure Cook Recipes}
Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken {Source: Predominantly Paleo}
Pressure Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe {Source: Pressure Cooking Today}
30 Minute Pressure Cooker {Source: Hip 2 Save}
Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli {Source: Pressure Cooking Today}
Instant Pop Pressure Cooker Whole Roasted Chicken {Source: mommypotamus}
Pressure Cooker Competition Chili Con Carne {Source: This Old Gal}
Pressure Cooker Meatballs in Tomato Sauce {Source: Hip Pressure Cooking}
Pressure Cooker Summer Italian Chicken {Source: Nom Nom Paleo}
Barbacoa Beef {Source: Skinny Taste}

Something Sweet

Overnight Quinoa Jars

  • 3/4 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1 1/5 cup water
  • Cook on brown rice setting.
  • As this cooks, gather the following:
  • 3 8oz mason jars
  • Coconut or Almond milk, plain or vanilla
  • Chia
  • Local honey
  • Cacao nibs (optional)

Once quinoa has cooked, divide into three containers (or more, depending on how many portions you want, likely good for 5 smaller ones). Add in honey, chia, and nibs in conservative amounts (a pinch or two). Seal and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, you can add in fruits (we add blueberries and banana slices, and sometimes hemp seed) or cinnamon

Pressure Cooker Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake (Pake) {Source: This Old Gal}
Pressure Cooker Fresh Berry Compote {Source: This Old Gal}
Thick Instant Pot Greek Yogurt (Add to the compote) {Source: This Old Gal}
Instant Pot Apple Bread with Salted Caramel Icing {Source: Adventures of a Nurse}
Instant Pot Apple Sauce {Source: Recipes to Nourish}

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About {Brooke}

Brooke is the Director of Sales for City Moms Blog Network. She oversees the sales team and CMBN’s advertising and strategic partnerships. She’s also the Co-Founder of San Antonio’s Alamo City Moms Blog. Brooke is married to Jared and they have a daughter who dances her way through life and a son who is the life of the party! Brooke is a proud Texan who loves live music, a long run, a great party, a good bowl of queso, and traveling around the world.

This post contains affiliate links. Photo Credit: Adventures of a Nurse and Make Real Food.