So, you got an Instant Pot, Maybe you got one for Christmas! Now what? Here is a list of some great how to guides on using your Instant Pot and some suggestions of things to try with it. Note: all external links and photos are used with the permission of the wonderful bloggers who created the materials. So please visit them and share their hard work! Bloggers, some of you I got from the Mediavine custom search where you gave permission to be included in posts. If that has changed and you no longer wish to be included, contact me and I will remove you from the post.
Starter Instant Pot Tutorial
First and foremost, you probably would like a tutorial on how to use the Instant Pot. Maybe one with lots of great photos and step-by-step instructions. I keep meaning to write one myself, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. So, here is a top-notch Instant Pot tutorial for you to visit instead. This is one of the best how to use an Instant Pot resources on the web! It also includes how to do a water test and video. Head over to the Instant Pot Beginners Quick Start Guide from Paint the Kitchen Red for a great way to get started.
Instant Pot Functions
Next, how about all of those functions? Everyone knows that the main thing you can use an Instant Pot for is pressure cooking, but there are buttons there for a lot of things! Yogurt, soup, rice, manual, etc. What do those Instant Pot Buttons mean? A Mindful Mom has a great post on all of the Instant Pot functions: Instant Pot Functions (What do all these button mean?!)
Instant Pot Recipes
OK, so now maybe you want to try some things. I suggest starting with some easy pressure cooking recipes. Here are my favorite easy recipes here on the site:
Instant Pot Bacon Corn Chowder: Hands down, my favorite soup.
Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup: An easy and unique take on chicken soup to get you started.
Instant Pot Korean Pork Chops: I adapted this for the Instant Pot and it actually improved my favorite pork chop recipe!
Instant Pot Cabbage and Sausage: One of the most popular recipes on this site!
Instant Pot Bacon Ranch Pasta: Super easy and super delicious!
Instant Pot Apple Crisp: Because you can do dessert in the pot too!
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Instant Pot Yogurt
Now that you have learned pressure cooking meals, what about some other things? Many people like to try their hand at making yogurt. Whole Natural Life has a good basic guide here: Instant Pot Yogurt. Meanwhile, Piping Pot Curry has a tutorial on No Boil Cold Ingredients Yogurt. This will be closer in consistency to Greek Yogurt. Then, speaking of Greek Yogurt, This Old Gal has an excellent tutorial on that: Instant Pot Greek Yogurt.
Instant Pot Rice
Another favorite use of the Instant Pot is to use it as a rice cooker. It really is a great machine in how it replaces both your rice cooker and your slow cooker. Read our How to Make Instant Pot White Rice for a recipe. Risotto is also wonderful in the Instant Pot. Here is an Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto recipe.
Recipes From A Pantry also has a great tutorial on make the perfect Instant Pot Quinoa.
Instant Pot Slow Cooking
Now, on to slow cooking. Yes! Your Instant Pot is also a slow cooker! A Mindful Mom has you covered there as well with her article on How to Use the Instant Pot as a Slow Cooker.
What about moving the other direction and converting crock pot recipes to pressurize cooking recipes? Personally, I have adapted a number of recipes, mostly with some trial and error. Some like my Korean Pork chops (linked earlier) and Instant Pot Gumbo, have come out even better in the Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Do you like hard boiled eggs? That is another favorite use of the Instant Pot. Cook Eat Paleo shows you how to make Instant Pot Hardboiled Eggs.
Instant Pot Baking
The Instant Pot can also bake! Yep, using a trivet and spring form pan, such as in this set (affiliate link). you can bake things! Here on the site, our Instant Pot Lasagna is popular. But you can also do great desserts. See our Instant Pot Desserts roundup for 16 great recipes!
Cleaning the Instant Pot
Finally when it comes to cleaning your pot, a common complaint is that the sealing ring holds in odors. It can get downright stinky! Cooking With Janica shows you exactly how to deodorize a smelly Instant Pot sealing ring.
So, there you have it. A good selection of links to get your started on your way to enjoying your new Instant Pot!