Whenever anything involving Instant Pots, slow cookers, or air fryers happens here at Food52, it's likely I've got something to do with it. I'm the convenience cooker guy—and I'm not afraid to admit it. In fact, I embrace my beat. Maybe because I believe strongly that the ubiquity of these appliances signals deeper cultural resonances in the realm of home cooking today. After all, the way we cook has always said so much about who we are as a people.
So what does it say now that we're in the Age of the Instant Pot?
I think it means a few things: As smart phones and voice-controlled personal assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home are
taking over the world entering our houses, so too are new technologies inhabiting our kitchens. More importantly, home cooks are starting to embrace them. It means, too, that we're all putting an even steeper price tag on our time, i.e. less time in the kitchen. No matter what you have to say about Instant Pot cooking, you do have to admit it sure saves a lot of time.
The day I bought an Instant Pot, I joined the popular Facebook group, and every day am fascinated by what people around the world are making: not just stews, soups, and rice, but cheesecakes, cottage cheese, and yogurt.
No, really, everyone is making yogurt in their IPs right now.
Which is why I thought it'd be helpful to compile some of the most unexpected foods you can, apparently, make in the Instant Pot, whether you're a seasoned veteran or a newbie who has yet to really dive in.
Recipes excerpted from Instant Pot Miracle © 2017 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Instant Pot Italian © 2018 by Ivy Manning, and Instant Pot Fast & Easy © 2019 by Urvashi Pitre. Reproduced with permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. All products are independently selected by our editors, and Food52 may earn an affiliate commission.