Have you embraced the Instant Pot craze yet? If you’re on the fence, allow us to convince you why this small appliance is a total kitchen must-have. (And if you’re already a proud owner, read on for our best Instant Pot recipes.) In this post, learn how to choose the size that’s right for you, tips for getting started, and our favorite test kitchen dishes.
The Instant Pot is available in three sizes: 3-quart, 6-quart, and 8-quart. (Occasionally, the company releases a 5-quart to select retailers for sale days like Black Friday.) The 6-quart is the most popular choice, and for good reason. This size is available in every model (LUX, DUO, DUO Plus, Ultra, and Max), and is the most versatile in terms of capacity. Sure, you could make a little extra stock or a double batch of chili in the 8-quart, but for the average family, a 6-quart easily feeds up to four people with leftovers.
One thing’s certain—an Instant Pot can transform your cooking routine. Here’s how.
Now that you know why you need one, here’s a primer for how to get started.
We’re big Instant Pot fans in the test kitchen—here are some of our favorite recipes to try.
Instant Pot chicken recipes are sure to become fast favorites—and this Whole30® dish is the ultimate comfort food. Zoodles replace traditional pasta, and a bowl can be ready in only 30 minutes.
Your Instant Pot is ready to go for Taco Tuesday. This recipe uses shredded flank steak for the filling, and while it cooks you’ll have plenty of time to whizz up an herbaceous green sauce to serve alongside.
We created a keto-friendly rub by mixing onion powder, paprika, and garlic powder, and ditching brown sugar. Bonus: Tender ribs can be yours in half the time you’re used to in the oven.
Instant Loss creator Brittany Williams developed this Chinese takeout-inspired beef and broccoli dish to better control the ingredients. Serve it alongside brown or white rice for a complete meal.
Our Instant Pot yogurt recipe is definitely doable in the Instant Pot. To make coconut yogurt, you only need four simple ingredients like coconut milk and maple syrup to create parfaits, dollop on savory dishes, or enjoy as a snack.
Gooey lava cake is the ultimate decadent dessert—and if you have 30 minutes, you can make it (almost) instantly. Gather vanilla extract, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and a few other pantry staples and you’re halfway there.
Keto butter chicken is oh-so-comforting, and you can make it right in your Instant Pot using pantry spices (and a stick of butter, naturally).
Instant pot chicken thighs always cook up perfectly tender. Apple cider vinegar is the star of the show for this simple chicken adobo recipe, which is keto, dairy-free, and paleo.
There’s nothing better than a warm, bubbling snack ready for hungry game day fans—especially when every bite is keto-friendly. Spinach Artichoke Dip is a homerun, and ready in 20 minutes.
Rice pudding can be ready in less than 30 minutes. This creamy dish uses coconut milk, vanilla, and warm spices like cinnamon and cardamom for an impressive finish.
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