Instant Pot

12 Instant Pot Recipes for When You Want Slow-Cooked Flavor Lickety-Split

From Martha Stewart's beef stew to Melissa Clark's chili.

December 26, 2018
Photo by Hélène Dujardin
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Skim a bunch of Instant Pot-y cookbook covers and you’ll notice a pattern pretty quickly. Melissa Clark's Dinner in an Instant has saucy glazed ribs and its follow-up Comfort in an Instant, chicken Parmesan. Instantly Southern shows a pulled pork sandwich (appropriate). Archana Mundhe's Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook brings creamy butter chicken. All of which to say, the Instant Pot excels at a lot of things, but they all boil down to: comfort food.

As my co–recipe developer Ella Quittner puts it, “My Instant Pot and I can't wait to have many cozy nights in together all fall and winter.” For many reasons, she tells me, but especially: “Deeply flavored ragu, in under an hour! Mac and cheese in 6 minutes! Beans, broth, and none of the guesswork.”

Yes, please, and thank you.

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"It’s like a pressure cooker you can also sauté in," Test Kitchen Director Josh Cohen says. "Let’s say you wanted not to get as many dishes dirty; you could sear something in the Instant Pot and then add the liquid. So that's convenient."

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“I’m a medieval food nerd, so I’ve been adapting pre-1600’s recipes for use in the Instant Pot. ”
— Glenn G.

Earlier this month, my editor Eric Kim wondered whether or not America would ever stop using their slow cookers in favor of the Instant Pot:

It took a year for America to catch up, but since Melissa Clark said it in The New York Times in 2017, sales have skyrocketed (the Instant Pot is the 2018 bestseller in America on Amazon). Google searches for "Instant Pot recipes" are now as voluminous as those for "slow cooker recipes" and "Crock-Pot recipes."

Responding to the times (as well as to the Times), our test kitchen this fall is busy, busy, busy developing and testing Instant Pot recipes—so expect more coming your way. In the meantime, here are a few staple recipes we think anyone with a pressure cooker should have under their belt.

Our Best Instant Pot Recipes

Yep, that's cottage cheese! What are you cooking in the Instant Pot these days? Let us know in the comments below.

Martha Stewart recipe reprinted from Martha Stewart's Pressure Cooker. Copyright © 2018 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Photograph copyright © 2018 by Marcus Nilsson. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Melissa Clark recipes reprinted from Comfort in an Instant. Copyright © 2018 by Melissa Clark. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Christopher Testani. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.

Archana Mundhe recipes reprinted with permission from The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook, copyright © 2018 by Archana Mundhe. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Colin Price. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Sheri Castle recipes reprinted from Instantly Southern. Copyright © 2018 by Sheri Castle. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Hélène Dujardin. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.


Silvrry October 30, 2018
The little flour & butter balls are a wonderful tip for my IP. Hanks😊
beh October 28, 2018
Why does everything meat in my IP taste boiled? What am i doing wrong?
Sharon O. October 25, 2018
I need to stop reading all I can think about is potato cakes fried like cornbread.....add a eye look at flour, and a eye look of milk...mmmmm. Thank you for reading, and good luck with the fun of cooking.
Glenn G. October 21, 2018
I’m a medieval food nerd, so I’ve been adapting pre-1600’s recipes for use in the Instant Pot.
Mary-Kate M. October 21, 2018
That's cool! Do you have a blog where you plan to share them? I'd love to see!
Eric K. October 21, 2018
Ditto. Intrigued.
Glenn G. October 22, 2018
I do have a blog with medieval food research (mostly), which lately has mostly been focused on recipes from a 16th century Transylvanian manuscript I found a way to get translated into English (which you can download for free if you’re interested) I didn’t think about putting Instant Pot recipes there, mostly because some friends are urging me to get those published, while IP recipe books are popular. But I might have to toss out a sample...
Glenn G. October 22, 2018
Oh, duh.

pamseif November 24, 2018
that url goes to another site, not yours. Pam
Dubyel January 18, 2019
Please do publish your medieval IP recipe adaptations. I like cooking for my gaming group, and it would be fun to have more options for food that fits the tavern-style gaming room theme. (However, we won't be having octopus even if we kill a kraken :) )
Sandi L. October 21, 2018
Just for balance, Jill Nussinow’ cookbook,”Vegan Under Pressure” is fabulous. The recipes are wonderful but the charts alone make it worth the purchase. The explanations about the IP is far superior to the IP owners manual.
Eric K. October 21, 2018
Great tip—thank you!
Zara G. October 21, 2018
I make so many more pots of super delicious beans with my IP than I did before it. It makes me so happy.
Eric K. October 21, 2018
Bob October 19, 2018
I use mine for boiled peanuts.(country caviar)
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Emma L. October 19, 2018
Mmm I love boiled peanuts!
Bob October 19, 2018
Sheri Castle includes a recipe for boiled peanuts in her book Instantly Southern.
Ella Q. October 16, 2018
Cannot wait to attempt those lava cakes.
Eric K. October 15, 2018
Is it ok that I eat cottage cheese like yogurt? It's also v good in pancakes... Making IPCC as soon as I'm home!
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Emma L. October 15, 2018
Please bring some into work!!!!
Mary-Kate M. October 15, 2018
I was just going to say that I make yogurt in my instant pot! It was getting really frustrating to find plain and full fat yogurt at the grocery store until this baby came into my life.
Penny October 17, 2018
Are you making your yoghurt from one you especially enjoyed or a culture?
Sharon S. October 21, 2018
Can I make this with lactose free milk? That would be great if I could make my own cottage cheese and yogurt with lactose free milk.
Mary-Kate M. October 21, 2018
Yes, we were liking Nancy's yogurt but wanted a little less sugar content and a little more tang so we chose their plain whole milk yogurt as a starter. Couple tablespoons.
Mary-Kate M. October 21, 2018
I think you can! I've never tried it but I was actually just reading about it here: