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7 Best Instant Pot Recipes for the Keto, Whole30® & Paleo Diets

December 26, 2019

‘Tis the season for new kitchen gadgets! If you’re now the proud owner of an Instant Pot (or are already a convert and looking for some new dishes to try), these seven recipes really show the range of what this tool can do.

One item of note: Contrary to what its name suggests, the Instant Pot does not make instant recipes. Although you can set it and forget it once all your ingredients are in the pot, the machine needs time to pressurize, cook, and then release steam, so definitely plan ahead. One major upside of this method, though, is not having to babysit the stove, stir, or check on the heat settings! Not to mention, braised meats cook in about half the time than you’re used to in the oven. Now let’s get cooking.


Keto Beef Stew

When temperatures drop, nothing beats a warm, comforting stew to cozy up with. The Instant Pot makes quick(er) work of breaking down tough cuts of beef like chuck, and you’ll be ready to ladle up a bowl in about an hour. Bonus: this recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and Whole30®-compliant.


Instant Pot Keto Ribs

To make our rub keto-friendly, we ditched brown sugar and used a sweet alternative instead. Onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika lend bold flavors to these tender ribs that cook in half the time you’re used to in the oven.


Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

This recipe comes from Instant Loss creator Brittany Williams, a self-proclaimed Chinese takeout aficionado who’s on a mission to recreate her favorite recipes, sans MSG or flavor enhancers.

Beef and Broccoli from Instant Loss - Thrive Market


Instant Pot Coconut Yogurt

Fair warning: once you try Instant Pot yogurt, you might be a convert for life. This recipe uses four simple ingredients—like coconut milk and maple syrup—to make a thick, tangy yogurt you can dollop on just about anything.


Instant Pot Keto Butter Chicken

Toss your takeout menus, because it’s easy to make Indian takeout in your Instant Pot. This butter chicken relies on a handful of spices you probably have on hand, plus half a stick of butter for good measure.


Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

Whole30®-compliant, ketogenic, dairy-free, and paleo, this chicken dinner needs only a short list of ingredients to achieve maximum flavor—and we’re betting most items (like apple cider vinegar and bay leaves) are already in your pantry.


How to Make Rice Pudding In the Instant Pot

From start to finish, this dessert takes less than 30 minutes. To maximize the comfort food factor, this creamy rice dish is infused with coconut milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and cardamom.

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Nicole Gulotta

Nicole Gulotta is a writer, author, and tea enthusiast.

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