My pressure cooker has been a lifesaver on busy nights or on the weekend when we have been running around all day and I don’t have time (or energy) to spend an hour in the kitchen.
I always try to keep a few staples on hand so that even if there is no meal plan, I can have dinner on the table in less than a half hour. That way we are not tempted to order in a pizza, which saves us money and the food is better!
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Optional (but highly recommended) Accessories
The Instant Pot is also available in 3-quart, 6-quart, and 8-quart to fit just about any size family.
Mini Angel Food Cake Pans – These are great for making little angel food cakes in your pressure cooker or other baked goods – (monkey bread, bundt cake, etc).
Steamer Basket – Available in 3, 6, and 8-quart sizes, can be used for any brand or pressure cooker. There is also a 3-piece divided basket where you can steam multiple types of veggies at once, which is also available in a 3, 6, or 8-quart.
Silicone Lid – Now you don’t even have to worry about putting your leftovers in an extra bowl. Now you can keep everything fresh inside the inner pot and pop it back in the pressure cooker to warm it back up.
Spring Form Pans – These are great for making things like cheesecake or other baked goods in your pressure cooker.
Silicon Sealing Rings – The silicone sealing rings can wear over time, it’s always good to have a few extra on hand.
Bread Proofing Basket – Want to try your hand at artisan bread making? Make sure you pick up one of these babies!
Dutch Oven – Dutch ovens are great for making artisan bread! It provides that beautiful crusty outside.
Looking for an accessory kit, here is a good one that includes a steamer basket, springform pan, egg steamer tack, steamer trivet, tongs, mini silicon mitts, a cooking time guide, an egg bites mold, and a dish clip (for canning).
But before I move on to the recipes, make sure to bookmark this page! That way when you are looking for something easy and super quick to make in your pressure cooker, you can come back here whip up one of these quick and delicious recipes.
25 Quick & Easy Instant Pot Dinners for Busy Weeknights
These Instant Pot dinners are simple enough to whip up any day of the week. With a few staples you probably already have in your kitchen, you can have a full meal on the table in less than 30 minutes. Even if you forgot to thaw the chicken…
Just because you are running kids all around to their after school activities doesn't mean that you should sacrifice having a hearty and wholesome meal. All of these entrees you can have on the table in under 30-minutes.
These Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings are a great recipe to try if you are new to making chicken wings. The best part, you don’t even have to worry about thawing out the chicken first, which I am personally terrible at remembering to do...
Simply pop these in the oven under the broiler to get that crispy outside and juicy center. I love how quick and easy these are to make and can easily be paired with a simple side like easy keto garlic and chive cauliflower mash.
The perfect, quick chicken meal that works so well with a variety of side options. You can serve this garlic sesame chicken over rice, riced or mashed cauliflower, mashed or roasted potatoes, or even noodles.
I’ll admit, I’ve never been a fan of cabbage, but I totally eat this! This corned beef is so amazing and oh so juicy!
I make this Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s day for my family and even my kids (well most of them) ate all of it! The corned beef is salty but not overly and just melts in your mouth!
I have a confession to make…I suck at grilling, so I generally avoid making anything that is traditionally grilled. I tried to make burgers once without my husband's assistance and they turned out terrible!
So I leave all grilled foods to him and I stick to the kitchen.
So when I want to make BBQ ribs without having to ask him to grill, it's the Instant Pot to the rescue! These ribs are SO good and I don’t even have to worry about planning 24 hours in advance to make them!
The perfect protein-packed, meatless meal! Chickpeas are such a versatile food, they are also loaded with fiber and contain complex carbs which can help to balance blood sugars. These Kung Pao chickpeas are not only delicious but healthy!
If you are looking for a few more meatless meals, then check out these six meatless meals that are not only delicious and healthy but will also save on your grocery budget!
This entire recipe is made in the Instant Pot and popped in the oven to finish off with a bubbly layer of cheese (which you could technically do in the Instant Pot as well).
These Instant Pot cheesy beef and potatoes are super simple with five main ingredients and some spices, this meal is sure to quickly become a family favorite.
I feel like pasta can take so long to make on a weeknight when I am in a hurry. I love that I can make simple pasta dishes in the Instant Pot without having to worry about my water boiling over and the noodles being perfectly done.
This isn’t your average mac and cheese, this is a flavor-packed, three-cheese delight! And the best part, it takes less than 10 minutes to get it on the table! Gourmet mac and cheese on a weeknight? Heck yes!
👉 So don't forget to pin this one for later! 👈
This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is so simple to make, you can even whip it up right after the kids get home from school when they are all starving! This recipe also makes a great Instant Pot lunch recipe.
Hamburger helper has been a staple in my life since I was a child, and I love it! It is such a quick and easy meal to whip up that everyone will eat. I don’t, however, like all the sodium that is in the boxed varieties.
This Instant Pot hamburger helper recipe is reminiscent of the box varieties I used to eat as a kid, without all the MSG and other junk in it!
I am literally drooling looking at this Instant Pot beef and tomato stew! You know is recipe is going to be good when you can literally taste the meat melting in your mouth just by looking at the picture!
With tender beef and whole potatoes in a flavorful tomato sauce, this is the perfect dinner for a cold winter evening.
Creamy clam chowder served with a side of toasty, crusty bread, OMG! Even if you have never made clam chowder before, rest assured, this recipe will turn out perfect and will keep you coming back for more!