So You Got an Instant Pot. Here’s What to Do with It

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Like hoverboards, selfie sticks and swipe-centric dating apps, the Instant Pot has become a pop culture phenomenon that people simply can’t stop talking about. Think of the kitchen electric, which burst onto the scene a few years ago, as the Swiss Army knife of countertop appliances: With over a dozen smart programs, it can slow cook, pressure cook, make rice and so much more. (There’s the original Instant Pot, and now there’s the new Instant Pot Duo Plus, which offers the added benefits of sterilizing, steaming and making cake.)

More Than a Dozen Smart Programs


So you’ve jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon—now what? With seemingly countless settings (and dinner opportunities), it can be daunting to think about what to make first with your new machine. From soups to entrees to dessert, here are a few ideas we’d suggest tackling to start.


Our Favorite Instant Pot Recipe Ideas

Pulled Pork


Use our simmering sauce—a base of tomatoes, peppers, garlic and more—to make a satisfying pulled pork in your Instant Pot. Serve it on hamburger buns with onions and pickles, and you have classic pulled pork sandwiches to look forward to at dinner. 




Yes, the Instant Pot Duo Plus is so versatile that you can even bake a lemon cheesecake in it (and a beautiful one, sans cracks, to boot). Bonus: It’s ready in half the time of a normal cheesecake.



Chicken Noodle Soup


Take advantage of different modalities, like both the Instant Pot’s “Sauté” mode and its “Steam” mode, by preparing a comfort food classic like chicken noodle soup from scratch.




Preserve anything with ease by using the “Sterilize” setting on the Instant Pot Duo Plus. New to canning? Check out our step-by-step guide, then get to work creating your own apple butter, strawberry preserves and more. 




Homemade yogurt is so much better than the store-bought kind, and now it’s incredibly easy to prepare, thanks to a one-touch “Yogurt” setting on the Instant Pot Duo Plus. Looking for a little guidance before you get started? Try this basic homemade yogurt recipe.




Tell Us Your Go-To Instant Pot Dish

What’s your favorite thing to make in your Instant Pot? Tell us in the comments below!

4 comments about “So You Got an Instant Pot. Here’s What to Do with It

  1. Jackie Rowand

    I cook up 3 chicken breasts on Sunday night in my Instant Pot. That’s lunch all week for me and my hubs. Put the shredded chicken on a salad, in a tortilla with cheese, tomatoes, onions and some cilantro, add a little bbq sauce and you’ve got some yummy lunches. No fuss, no muss.


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