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20 Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes If You Just Want To Eat ASAP

From side dishes, to desserts, to drinks.

Brooke Greenberg / BuzzFeed

The Instant Pot is useful year-round β€” but that's especially true on Thanksgiving. πŸ₯˜

It's one of the easiest ways to take a few holiday recipes away from your (overly-crowded!) oven or stove. Below are several Thanksgiving favorites β€” including mains, sides, desserts, and drinks β€” where the Instant Pot does all the hard work for you.


(Also: Reminder that since the IP has a slow cooker setting, any Crock Pot recipes will work in it, too!)

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1. Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Maybe you're hosting a smaller Thanksgiving, or maybe you just don't feel like going the whole turkey route β€” since it takes forever. Either way, a bone-in breast only takes 35 minutes to cook and still feeds 4 to 6 people.

Recipe: Instant Pot Turkey Breast

2. 1-Minute Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

savorytooth.com

So simple: Just toss in cranberries, water, orange zest, and your sweetener of choice β€” and pressure cook for 60 seconds.

Recipe: 1-Minute Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

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3. Creamiest Instant Pot Mac 'n' Cheese

eatinginstantly.com

There is no meal that cannot be improved with a side of mac 'n' cheese. (And that includes Thanksgiving!)

Recipe: Creamiest Instant Pot Mac 'n' Cheese

4. Shortcut Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

dinnerthendessert.com

Doing Thanksgiving for two? Make everything super easy with this all-in-one meal. It's all of your favorite flavors β€” but with way less prep, cleanup, and waste.

Recipe: Shortcut Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

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5. Instant Pot Apple Cider

If you haven't used your Instant Pot to make big batch drinks yet, you're missing out.

Recipe: Instant Pot Apple Cider

6. Slow Cooker Portobello Pot Roast

If you're making this vegetarian or vegan, double check that your Worcestershire sauce checks out. (If it doesn't, here's an easy homemade version.)

Recipe: Slow Cooker Portobello Pot Roast

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7. Instant Pot Cherry Cheesecake

crunchycreamysweet.com

By using a 7" or 8" springform pan β€” which is placed directly in the Instant Pot β€” you'll get towering, centerpiece-worthy slices.

Recipe: Instant Pot Cherry Cheesecake

8. Instant Pot Mashed Buttery Sweet Potatoes

Even with just butter, these are delicious (and fast!) to make. To upgrade them even more, toss in a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Recipe: Instant Pot Mashed Buttery Sweet Potatoes

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9. Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Ham

life-in-the-lofthouse.com

This uses the IP's slow cooker setting β€” meaning you could also make this in a Crock Pot. Either way, you'll save oven space.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Ham

10. Shortcut Instant Pot Monkey Bread

The shortcut here is starting with frozen dinner rolls that rise overnight. In the morning, you'll coat them in butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans β€” then bake.

Recipe: Instant Pot Monkey Bread

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11. Instant Pot Glazed Carrots

deliciouslysprinkled.com

For maximum ease, this recipe starts with baby carrots. (But if you have more time, you could also slice regular carrots β€” the tri-color ones would be really pretty!)

Recipe: Instant Pot Glazed Carrots

12. Slow Cooker Classic Stuffing

dinnerthendessert.com

If you like a more savory-sweet stuffing, add in sliced apples or cranberries.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Classic Stuffing

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13. Instant Pot Hot Chocolate

spoonfulofflavor.com

Not mandatory but highly encouraged? Adding bourbon or Bailey's.

Recipe: Instant Pot Hot Chocolate

14. Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free β€” and something everyone will love.

Recipe: Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

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15. Slow Cooker Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze

damndelicious.net

Tangy balsamic and salty Parmesan make just about everything better.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

16. Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Joe Lingeman / Via thekitchn.com

IP mashed potatoes are faster and (arguably tastier) than the stovetop version β€” and the pressure cooker doubles as a warming station.

Recipe: Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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17. Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples

flouronmyface.com

These are perfect spooned over poundcake or ice cream. (Or even just solo!)

Recipe: Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples

18. Crock Pot Pecan Pie

To easily lift the entire pie up and out after cooking, line the slow cooker with parchment paper first.

Recipe: Crock Pot Pecan Pie

19. Slow Cooker Potatoes au Gratin

Things you can never have too many of at Thanksgiving: Potato-based sides.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Potatoes au Gratin

20. Crock Pot Mulled Wine

tornadoughalli.com

Cheers! 🍷

Recipe: Crock Pot Mulled Wine

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