I am officially in Instant Pot heaven. It’s been almost 2 weeks since I’ve last used my stove top for anything other than boiling my bagels in sugar water.
I feel as though I have wasted the last 12 years of my life standing over a stove cooking when I could have been doing literally anything else. Yes I did just go look up when the Instant Pot first came out.
I have made vegetables, noodles, meats, and soups in the Instant Pot so far. I’ve never had such perfect sticky white rice than I have from the Instant Pot. This kitchen appliance is a must have.
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Alright to the reason why you are here on this post. I got in contact with all of my favorite food bloggers and rounded up some of the absolute best Instant Pot recipes out there. Additionally, some of them gave me their best Instant Pot tips to help you get started.
Instant Pot Recipes
Instant Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
General Tso’s Chicken
Buffalo Chicken Pasta
Carla has some amazing Instant Pot recipes. She’s been using it for a couple of years now and keeps coming up with new recipes in it. She also has an amazing Beginners Guide to the Instant Pot. You will absolutely want to make sure you check her out.
Fall Off The Bone Pressure Cooker Chicken
“For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm, and wait 10 minutes, after which you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release.” – Catalina from Savory Meals
Baked Potato Soup
Amy from Living Locurto has a must know tip for using the Instant Pot, “If cooking pasta in an Instant Pot, be sure to spread out the noodles and cover generously with liquid or sauce. If not, you will have clumps of uncooked noodles in the end.”
French Onion Soup
Erin Clarke of Well Plated gave a fantastic tip to saving on dishes. “I’d recommend that people really take advantage of the saute function. It’s a great way to give dishes extra flavor without having to wash a separate pot!”
Stuffed Cabbage Casserole
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Boneless Pork Chops Recipe
Beef and Broccoli
Honey BBQ Wings
Chicken Tikka Masala
Julia at Savory Tooth shared a must know tip for cooking with the Instant Pot as well, “Don’t forget to put the venting knob to the sealing position before cooking. This is a common mistake that many new Instant Pot users make.”
Macaroni and Cheese Five Ways
Ginger Garlic Drumsticks
Tiffany at Living Sweet Moments gave a couple of beginner tips to using an Instant Pot. “Do not fill it all the way up because the sauce will spill during quick release. Also, when adding thickening agents like cornstarch or flour to sauces, add it at the end because if you add it at the beginning it may scorch or burn the bottom of the pot.”
Vegan Quinoa Burrito Bowls
Creamy Tortellini Spinach and Chicken Soup
Instant Pot Buttery Lemon Chicken
Carolina at Mama Instincts shared her Instant Pot tip too, “The beauty of the instant pot is that you can have your meat from freezer to plate in about 20 mins. Put some frozen chicken breasts, add a jar of salsa, cook for 15 minutes and call it a night!”
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Easy Gumbo Recipe
Nicky at Little Family Adventure shared a fantastic tip for Instant Pot beginners, “Buy an extra silicone ring for your Instant Pot. Have at least one for savory and one for sweet. The ring can and will absorb flavors. After making this easy gumbo, you don’t want the cheesecake or cake you make next to still taste like gumbo. Swap the seal and problem solved!”
Meaty Italian Pasta Dinner
From the post Diane at Homemade Food Junkie loves how easy the Instant Pot makes cooking. “This is a ‘set it and forget it’ machine. I love making dinner in one pot. You saute, add the remaining ingredients, set the pressure cooker and wait for the pot to ding. Since this meal has your entire dinner in it, go take a break. You can’t watch this pot. Make a salad if you like 🙂”
Spicy Sweet and Sour Chicken
Instant Pot Chicken Stuffing
Additional Instant Pot Tips
Since I’ve spent the last two weeks using the Instant Pot I’ve learned a few things of my own. Some of these tips are great for beginners, one is a bit of a duh moment.
First, white rice should be cooked with a 1:1 ratio and you must rinse the rice first. Use the rice setting on the Instant Pot and make sure the valve is closed. This will give you perfect sticky white rice.
Second, make sure you use enough water to avoid burning your food. If there is still water in your pasta dishes when you open the lid. Simply stir for a minute or two and the water should mix in giving you a nice creamy dish.
Finally, if you happen to release the valve and it starts spitting water do not try to cover the spitting valve with a hand towel and then proceed to keep your hand on the towel. You will get burned. Just let the mess happen you can clean it later. Duh moment.
Are we still saying “Duh?” Am I aging myself?
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Instant Pots are absolutely amazing. I feed my family of four with a 6-quart Instant Pot just fine, though I have an 8-quart one in storage to be opened up this summer when I have a bit more room in my kitchen.
What could be better than one pot cooking you do not have to watch? If you guessed one pot cooking you don’t have to watch while having a glass of wine you’d be correct.
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