It is January, and that means that there are a whole lot of people who got an Instant Pot over the holidays and are looking for easy Instant Pot recipes and beginner Instant Pot recipes. So, I reached out to some of my fellow bloggers for their favorite easy and beginner recipes. All photos in the roundup are used with the permission of the bloggers. Please visit their sites and enjoy their recipes!
When first getting started with the Instant Pot as a beginner, things can be a bit intimidating. Be sure to visit my post on How to Use Your New Instant Pot, Tutorials and Recipes to see all of the things that you can do with your Instant Pot. That also has some recipes, but my purpose here is to simply provide some easy Instant Pot recipes for beginners. I tried to choose recipes that use plenty of liquid to avoid burn notices and are not overly complicated or require special accessories.
One of the easiest things you can make in your Instant Pot is soup. The amount of liquid used makes getting a burn notice next to impossible, and honestly it is pretty hard to mess up a soup. Here are some good easy soup recipes that you can try and you can also check out our Instant Pot soup category:
Instant Pot Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup from Instant Pot Cooking (that’s us!)
Instant Pot Beef and Barely Stew from Mom’s Dinner.
Instant Pot Two Bean Soup from this Ole Mom
Instant Pot Split Pea Soup from The Typical Mom
Instant Pot Bacon Corn Chowder from Instant Pot Cooking (that’s us!)
Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup from Basil & Bubbly
Easy Instant Pot Potato Soup from Three Little Ferns
Vegan Mushroom Stew from Delightful Adventures
Much like soup, chili is another easy recipe for the Instant Pot. There are multiple kinds of chili, all that are great for beginners. Here are a few to try:
Smoky Chipotle Turkey And Sweet Potato Chili from Peas and Crayons
Easy Keto Instant Pot Chili Verde from Beauty and the Foodie
Instant Pot Turkey Chili with Andouille Sausage from Went Here 8 This
Beans are another great item that are easy to make in the Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Pinto Beans from Healthier Steps
After soups and chilis, there are other easy items that you can try, such as pulled chicken or pork, various pasta dishes, oatmeal, and items that use less traditional liquids than water or broth, such as canned tomatoes or canned sauces. Here is a selection of examples. One note with pasta recipes if the blogger doesn’t mention it: Don’t stir your pasta all the way in. Try to keep it off of the bottom of the pot, yet covered with liquid. I like to press mine down from the top into the liquid. This will avoid burning. The same goes for dishes with rice. For recipes that use things like canned tomatoes for liquid, don’t drain them! Remember that your pot needs at least a minimum of a cup or so of liquid for a 6 QT and two cups for an 8 Qt. Yes, people find ways to make things with less, despite being less than what Instant Pot officially recommends, but save those experiments for when you are no longer a beginner.
Here are some miscellaneous good beginner recipes for you to try:
Instant Pot Cabbage and Sausage from Instant Pot Cooking (that’s us!)
Easy Instant Pot Turkey and Meatballs from Mom’s Dinner
Easy Instant Pot Chicken Dinner from Chicken Scratch NY
Creamy Salsa Chicken from Joy Filled Eats
Instant Pot Enchilada Rice from Cardamom and Coconut
Instant Pot Pulled Pork from Confessions of a Disneyaholic Mom
Banana Steel Cut Oats from Delightful Adventures
Instant Pot Cheesy Garlic Butter Spaghetti from Recipes From a Pantry
Instant Pot Bacon Chicken Ranch Pasta from Instant Pot Cooking (that’s us!)
Don’t forget that you Instant Pot is also a great steamer! Give this easy recipe a try:
Instant Pot Garlic and Herb Carrots from Piping Pot Curry
And there you have it! If you try any of these recipes, let us know how they were in the comments!