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21 Easy, Stress-Free Instant Pot Recipes For Spring

Think beyond hearty soups and stews.

Rice dish with shrimp and sausage with text "Lightened-up Instant Pot Recipes for Spring"
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You've probably been using your Instant Pot all winter long, but just because the temperatures are rising doesn't mean it's time to put this handy appliance away. Here are a bunch of lightened-up Instant Pot recipes for spring time.

1. Spring Pea Risotto

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Spring peas and asparagus meet creamy, rich risotto....but without any pesky stove stop stirring necessary. Get the recipe here.

2. Jambalaya

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Even if you can't swing a trip to NOLA this weekend, you can whip up this homemade jambalaya in under an hour. Just cook the shrimp, brown the sausage, and sauté the vegetables, then toss everything into the Instant Pot and wait. Get the recipe here.

3. Shrimp Scampi

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Use your Instant Pot to cook the pasta and you won't even have to boil water to whip up this fancy-tasting meal. Get the recipe here.

4. Pulled Pork

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Tossed in a dry seasoning of paprika, garlic powder, and cumin, this pulled pork is super tender and so flavorful. Serve it in sliders, tacos, or even on top of rice. Get the recipe here.

5. Creamy Bacon Pasta

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This one-pot dump dinner — sort of a cheater's carbonara, if you will —is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Get the recipe here.

6. Sticky Korean Chicken

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You literally won't believe you can make this sticky, sweet-and-savory Korean chicken in twenty minutes. After all, you'd be waiting for your delivery food for longer than that. Get the recipe here.

7. White Bean Chicken Chili

White bean chili with avocado and chips
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The birds are chirping and the sun is out, which means we're well past hearty beef chilli season. This lighter white chicken version is the perfect seasonal replacement. Get the recipe here.

8. Chicken Tortellini Soup

Winter might be over, but there are still plenty of chilly spring nights that call for chicken soup. Plus, we all know tortellini is the best kind of noodle. Get the recipe here.

9. Instant Pot Carnitas

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Not only does cooking carnitas in the oven take a long time, but its fairly intensive. To prepare this Instant Pot version, just sear the pork on all sides, add a handful of spices, and let them cook for about 80 minutes. Get the recipe here.

10. Honey Dijon Chicken Quinoa Bowls

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What does it take to turn a bowl of quinoa, chicken, and vegetables from meh to wow? Garlic, Dijon mustard, and a bit of honey go a long way. Get the recipe here.

11. Panang Curry

Panang curry
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Made with coconut milk, Panang curry paste, chicken, and Asian vegetables, this creamy curry will quickly become your new weeknight standby dinner. Get the recipe here.

12. Cuban Black Beans

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Turn this flavorful, Mexican bean and vegetable medley into a satisfying meatless meal by serving it in quesadillas, tacos, or burrito bowls. Get the recipe here.

13. Instant Pot Salmon

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Are you afraid of cooking fish at home? Here's the solution. Season your salmon fillets with salt and pepper, set your Instant Pot to five minutes, and prepare to chow down. Get the recipe here.

14. Italian Wedding Soup

Italian wedding soup
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Pro tip: Save time and money on this cozy soup by starting out with frozen cocktail meatballs. Get the recipe here.

15. Shrimp Fried Rice

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You can make this fried rice with whatever kind of grains you like best from quinoa to brown rice. We love making a big batch on Sunday night and eating the leftovers throughout the week. Get the recipe here.

16. Chili Garlic Noodles

Chili garlic noodles
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Toss all of the ingredients into your Instant Pot and wait for dinner to cook itself. You can also add protein like shrimp, chicken, or beef. Get the recipe here.

17. Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes

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You can season the chicken and potatoes in your favorite herbs and spices, then cook them at the same time. In just minutes your main course and side dish will be ready to eat. Get the recipe here.

18. Chicken Burrito Bowls

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Loaded with chicken, rice, black beans, tomatoes, and spices, this protein-packed meal will leave you feeling happily full. You can always substitute quinoa for the rice, and if you want to keep dinner meatless, just leave out the chicken all together. Get the recipe here.

19. Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

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You'll want to eat this spicy, creamy sauce made with mayonnaise, Thai sweet chili sauce, lime juice, and Sriracha on just about everything. Get the recipe here.

20. Instant Pot Lasagna

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Cooking lasagna in the oven can be time consuming, but this Instant Pot version gives you perfectly cooked, cheesy lasagna in under an hour. Get the recipe here.

21. Chicken Pho With Rice Noodles

Bowl of chicken pho
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If you're looking for a seriously impressive recipe that's actually doable, this homemade from-scratch chicken pho is for you. It gets tons of flavor from a spice mixture of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, black peppercorns, and cardamom. Get the recipe here.