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25 Healthy Instant Pot Dinners That Aren't Hard To Make

Fast, flavorful, and balanced.

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Not sure what to make in your Instant Pot?

We've rounded up a ton of fresh and flavorful recipes that all work in a pressure cooker: from veggie-packed soups and stews, to high-protein chicken dinners, to balanced vegan- and Keto-friendly options.

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1. Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

fitfoodiefinds.com

The simple sauce — which includes soy sauce, garlic, and ginger — comes together quickly and packs a ton of flavor.

Recipe: Instant Pot Cashew Chicken

2. Instant Pot Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps

sweetpeasandsaffron.com

If you're not into lettuce wraps, you could also serve this over rice or quinoa.

Recipe: Instant Pot Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps

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3. Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

thegirlonbloor.com

White beans and a ton of veggies give this soup plenty of plant-based protein and vitamin A. It also only needs two minutes of active cooking time in the IP.

Recipe: Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

4. Instant Pot Pot Roast With Carrots & Potatoes

Joe Lingeman / The Kitchn

All of the classic Sunday roast flavors you love — in *way* less time.

Recipe: Instant Pot Pot Roast With Carrots & Potatoes

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5. Cauliflower Tikka Masala

The sauce is thickened with a bit of yogurt to make it extra creamy.

Recipe: Cauliflower Tikka Masala

6. Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

therecipecritic.com

This recipe works with fresh or frozen chicken and makes enough for six servings.

Recipe: Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

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7. Coconut Quinoa Curry

simplyquinoa.com

This cooks using the slow cooker function of an Instant Pot — and it's high in potassium.

Recipe: Coconut Quinoa Curry

8. Pressure Cooker Salmon With Lemon-Dill Sauce

platingsandpairings.com

Depending on the size of your salmon, you can cook it on the small trivet (or rack) that came with your Instant Pot — or you can invest in a slightly larger all-purpose rack like this one.

Recipe: Pressure Cooker Salmon With Lemon-Dill Sauce

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9. Vegan Instant Pot Tacos With Smoky Lentils & Rice

acouplecooks.com

The meat-free filling — of brown rice, lentils, and spices — is super versatile and also makes a great base for meal prep bowls.

Recipe: Vegan Instant Pot Tacos With Smoky Lentils & Rice

10. Instant Pot Shrimp & Broccoli

Faster, cheaper, and tastier than takeout.

Recipe: Instant Pot Shrimp & Broccoli

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11. Low Carb Philly Cheesesteaks

fitslowcookerqueen.com

This cooks on the slow cooker function — and is also Keto-friendly.

Recipe: Low Carb Philly Cheesesteaks

12. Instant Pot Cauliflower Curry

This cozy veggie-packed curry is both vegan and gluten-free — and works with either fresh or frozen cauliflower and squash.

Recipe: Instant Pot Cauliflower Curry

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13. Low-Carb Egg Roll In A Bowl

thegirlonbloor.com

The base here is ground chicken — but you could also swap in ground turkey, pork, beef, or soyrizo.

Recipe: Low-Carb Egg Roll In A Bowl

14. Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro-Lime Quinoa

skinnytaste.com

Swapping rice for quinoa gives this a bit more protein — and the whole thing would also work well as a pack-and-prep lunch.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro-Lime Quinoa

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15. Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash With Meat Sauce

Spaghetti squash often takes forever to cook in the oven — but it only needs about 20 minutes in a pressure cooker.

Recipe: Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash With Meat Sauce

16. Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry Stew

Joe Lingeman / The Kitchn

Spinach is in season right now — and this hearty stew packs a full two cups of it.

Recipe: Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry Stew

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17. Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers

sweetpeasandsaffron.com

To make these vegan, swap the turkey for black beans and top with dairy-free cheese or nutritional yeast.

Recipe: Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers

18. Instant Pot Aloo Gobi (Potatoes & Cauliflower)

twosleevers.com

Dicing everything into small pieces first means this only needs two minutes of pressure cooking.

Recipe: Instant Pot Aloo Gobi (Potatoes & Cauliflower)

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19. 5-Ingredient Fajita Chicken

realfoodwholelife.com

This toss-and-go meal couldn't be simpler — and it works equally well piled into tortillas, scooped over fresh greens, or eaten solo.

Recipe: 5-Ingredient Fajita Chicken

20. Filipino Beef & Vegetable Soup (Nilaga)

kitchenconfidante.com

The beef gets super tender in the Instant Pot. You can use chuck roast for a budget-friendly version or splurge on short rib if you're feelin' fancy.

Recipe: Filipino Beef & Vegetable Soup (Nilaga)

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21. Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken Bowls With Couscous

fitfoodiefinds.com

Pair the chicken with hearty roasted carrots, cauliflower, or broccoli.

Recipe: Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken Bowls With Couscous

22. Instant Pot Fish Stew With Tomatoes, Olives, and Capers

kitchenconfidante.com

We can't all vacation in the Mediterranean this winter — but we can at least cook like it. 😎

Recipe: Instant Pot Fish Stew With Tomatoes, Olives, and Capers

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23. Instant Pot Vegan Chili

fitfoodiefinds.com

This is high in protein and fiber — and freezes super well.

Recipe: Instant Pot Vegan Chili

24. Instant Pot Italian Pulled Pork & Zucchini Noodles

You'll brown the pork directly in the Instant Pot first to amp up color and flavor. (This can also be made in a slow cooker or Dutch oven!)

Recipe: Instant Pot Italian Pulled Pork & Zucchini Noodles

25. Instant Pot Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

lifemadesweeter.com

This recipe includes modifications for Keto and Paleo versions — and all are ready in less than 30 minutes.

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

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