101 Instant Pot Recipes For The Complete Beginner (2024)

Beginner Instant Pot Recipes. Introducing you to our full list of 101 instant pot beginner recipes.

The perfect collection of basic instant pot recipes, starting with getting the instant pot out of the box and doing the instant pot water test, right through to 101 easy to follow instant pot recipes for the complete beginner.

Updated for 2022 with new instant pot beginner recipes that are replacing the old!

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Beginner Instant Pot Recipes

Welcome to myBeginner Instant Pot Recipesand more specifically 101 Instant Pot Recipes For TheComplete Beginner.

I wanted to put something together that would help those of you that are just starting out with their Instant Pot and want easy to follow Instant Pot recipes for beginners.

Or those of you that have had it a while but want to try some new basic instant pot recipes.

These beginner Instant Pot Recipes has been updated in the November of 2022 and 2021, the April of 2020 and September of 2018 after originally being written in February of 2017.

I like to update it when I can as I add new basic instant pot recipes, that I feel are essential for you to learn first.

Back in early 2017 I was just a few months into my own Instant Pot journey and now I want to share even more of my Instant Pot knowledge.

When you first get an Instant Pot it is like you are that teenager that is learning to cook for the first time.

It is something new and you are often having issues with it and its quite a scary experience.

But I notice that far too many people don’t start at the beginning, instead they jump straight in with a complicated recipe.

Yet if you were a child your parents wouldn’t let you loose with filleting fish, they would make you peel loads of potatoes with an old potato peeler.

Or like the culinary school Gordon Ramsay and Julia Childs attended you would peel a huge amount of onions.

So that is exactly what you should do with your Instant Pot. Start right at the beginning.

Learn how to use the Instant Pot from scratch and learn the bare bones of cooking before you advance to complicated instant pot cheesecakes or instant pot yoghurt.

Let’s steam vegetables in the instant pot, lets learn how to make one pot meals, lets cook frozen meat until it comes out perfectly tender and juicy.

Is Your Instant Pot STILL Sat In The Box?

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If this isYOUdon’t worry it is a lot more common than you think. Becauseelectric pressure cookingcan be so different to what you are used to it can feel very daunting and it might be sat in the box for months.

I’m a member of an Instant Pot for beginners FB group and it amazes me how many times I see posts, where they have returned the Instant Pot as they are frightened it will go wrong, or one meal they did turned out badly.

Or from my point of view I always remember the mushy peas on the ceiling whenever I went around to my Grandmas for dinner.

But those were the old-style manual pressure cookers that sat on the stove and things have improved a lot since the 1980’s.

With the Instant Pot recipes below, I have covered all the instant pot beginner basics to get you started in the kitchen and build up your confidence with your Instant Pot.

Do things step by step with something different every day or so and you will soon be a pro and wonder why you didn’t get anInstant Pot Pressure Cookeryears ago. I know I regret waiting until 2016 to get mine!

Instant Pot Mini Recipes For Beginners

Most of our beginner instant pot recipes are based around servings of 1-4.

Apart from fitting a big whole chicken into the instant pot mini, all other of our 101 beginner recipes are easy to adapt to the instant pot mini.

If in doubt change the servings to 2 and then they will easily fit in the instant pot mini.

Though, I also recommend this instant pot mini cookbook from my friend Heather, which is specific to the mini 3 quart.

101 Instant Pot Recipes For Beginners

Before you cook any of our delicious beginner instant pot recipes and if your instant pot is brand new, you need to start with the instant pot water test.

The water test, if you are not familiar with it, is basically a quick test to make sure you have a working instant pot.

You are bringing your instant pot to pressure and then if it works, then you are ready to progress to your first instant pot recipe.

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Here is the full list of our vegetables to cook in the Instant Pot in alphabetical order:

  • Instant Pot Bok Choy
  • Instant Pot Broccoli
  • Instant Pot Frozen Broccoli
  • Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts
  • Instant Pot Butternut Squash
  • Instant Pot Cabbage
  • Instant Pot Carrots
  • Instant Pot Cauliflower
  • Instant Pot Frozen Corn On The Cob
  • Instant Pot Green Beans
  • Instant Pot Leeks
  • Instant Pot Mushrooms
  • Instant Pot Parsnips
  • Instant Pot Pumpkin
  • Instant Pot Rutabaga (Swede)
  • Instant Pot Tomatoes
  • Instant Pot Turnips
  • Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
  • Instant Pot Asparagus

Or let’s take some delicious vegetables and make them into quick sides:

  • Instant Pot Root Vegetable Mash
  • Instant Pot Cauliflower Cheese
  • Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts Gratin
  • Instant Pot Creamed Corn

Instant Pot Potato Recipes

After the basic vegetables nothing beats a potato, does it? We all love potatoes, and the humble spud can be very versatile.

We go through 2 large bags of 3 kilo spuds a week and it makes cooking very frugal. You just add potatoes to a small dish of food and suddenly you have a great feast.

Here is our favourite Instant Pot Potato Recipes for beginners:

  • Instant Pot New Potatoes
  • Instant Pot No Drain Mashed Potatoes
  • Instant Pot Breakfast Potatoes
  • Instant Pot Turkey Colcannon
  • Instant Pot Potato Salad
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We have two versions of the baked potato (or as us Brits call it jacket potatoes).One has more time on releasing pressureand the otheris quick releasedepending on how you prefer to use the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Eggs

Instant Pot Boiled Eggs– One of the first things you should learn to make in your Instant Pot is eggs. They make it so easy and make egg timers a thing of the past.

Follow our egg ideas to learn how to makeInstant Pot Boiled Eggsthat can beturned into instant pot egg salador our instant pot soft boiled eggs forboiled eggs and soldiers.

Or even better is ourInstant Pot egg loaf. It teaches you how to make a huge loaf of eggs, that can then be chopped up and made into egg mayonnaise.

It must be the best egg hack that you will ever discover.

Or the best way to do eggs is to crack the eggs into your egg bites mould to make the bestinstant pot no peel boiled eggs.

Or if you have not learnt how to makeinstant pot egg bites yet, then this is our version without cottage cheese.

Instant Pot Meals

I love one pot meals and that is a fantastic feature of the instant pot. The idea that you can load into the instant pot basic ingredients and make a delicious meal out of it.

Here is a big list of lots of favourite instant pot meals to try:

  • Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas
  • Instant Pot Turkey Chilli
  • Instant Pot Salisbury Steak
  • Instant Pot Paella
  • Instant Pot Cataplana
  • Instant Pot Spam Fried Rice
  • Instant Pot Vegetable Curry
  • Instant Pot Tuna Pasta Casserole
  • Instant Pot Frozen Pot Roast

Instant Pot Soup Recipes

I love soup but sometimes soup can be boring. It will be like something that is only meant for the cabbage soup diet and can be a complete turn off.

But what about some delicious hearty soups that don’t say baby food that you can cook in your Instant Pot?

Starting withthat we originally made in France with spare ham shanks that shouts out “EAT ME NOW”.

Or my I’m too tired to cook dinner and I have nothing in the fridge soup is our instant pot soup with frozen vegetables. It is amazing and I could eat it every day!

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Here are some more delicious soup recipes for you to test drive in your Instant Pot:

  • Instant Pot Mushroom Soup
  • Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Soup
  • Instant Pot Paella Soup
  • Instant Pot Tomato Soup
  • Instant Pot Scotch Broth
  • Instant Pot Vegan Split Pea Soup
  • Instant Pot Cauliflower Corn Chowder
  • Instant Pot Cullen Skink
  • Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Instant Pot Leftover Brisket Soup
  • Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Everyday Instant Pot Recipes

Here is a collection of some of our favourite everyday instant pot recipes. Recipes that us Milner’s cook on a regular basis in our instant pot and ones we probably wouldn’t make as much if we didn’t have an instant pot.

  • Instant Pot Chicken Stock
  • Instant Pot Veggie Stock
  • Instant Pot Chickpeas
  • Instant Pot Green Lentils
  • Instant Pot Quinoa
  • Instant Pot Brown Rice
  • Instant Pot Rice Pudding
  • Instant Pot Condensed Milk To Caramel
  • Instant Pot Popcorn
  • Instant Pot Chocolate Cake Bites
  • Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal
  • Instant Pot Porridge
  • Instant Pot Beef Stock
  • Instant Pot Turkey Stock
  • Instant Pot Sloppy Joes
  • Instant Pot Spicy Rice
  • Instant Pot Greek Yoghurt
  • Instant Pot Black Beans
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Amazing Instant Pot Meat & Fish Recipes

I love cooking meat in the instant pot and this section is dedicated to delicious meat in the instant pot. Perfect for quick dinners, cheap dinners and more.

  • Instant Pot Beef Shin
  • Instant Pot Pineapple Ham
  • Instant Pot Lamb Chops
  • Instant Pot Whole Chicken
  • Instant Pot Cornish Hen
  • Instant Pot Turkey Breast
  • Instant Pot Prime Rib Roast
  • Instant Pot Roast Duck
  • Instant Pot Chuck Roast
  • Instant Pot Frozen Taco Meat
  • Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breast
  • Instant Pot Frozen Roast Beef
  • Instant Pot Frozen Whole Chicken
  • Instant Pot Frozen Turkey Breast
  • Instant Pot Mussels
  • Instant Pot Whole Fish
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Thanks for reading all about our favourite beginner Instant Pot recipes and we hope that we have inspired you to get your Instant Pot out of the box, complete the water test and get cooking in your Instant Pot.

We are all new once and once you get into it you will love the freedom of cooking in the electric pressure cooker.

The Instant Pot thatwe own is this oneand it has been amazing for loads of family friendly meals. If you don’t have one already here is our Instant Pot Review.

Further Reading

We also have a few extra articles that can help you get to grips with your new Instant Pot Pressure Cooker:

  • Instant Pot Accessories That You MUST Own
  • How To Convert A Slow Cooker Recipe To The Instant Pot
  • How To Clean The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
  • How To Convert Recipes To The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
  • How To Steam In The Instant Pot
  • Instant Pot Terminology
  • My Instant Pot 7 In 1 Pressure Cooker Review

We also recommend that you join our newsletter at recipethis.com too. You can do so on this link and then you will be informed whenever we have new Instant Pot recipes.

As we are always adding new ones regularly and sharing new tips about using your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Instant Pot For Beginners PDF Cookbook

If you would like to get all the recipes mentioned above, along with all the extra tutorials, then click on the image above or click here.

We have put it together after many, many requests for a PDF version of all the recipes we have featured, that can act as your bible for getting used to your Instant Pot.


Also, don’t forget to let us know how you get along with the recipes and how you are finding using the Instant Pot.

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