23 Best Instant Pot Christmas Recipes
For Christmas dinner, it's your Instant Pot to the rescue. This multi-functional machine is ready and able to assist with your celebration meal. It cooks fast, frees up stove and oven space, and produces truly delicious results. These top-rated recipes are some of our favorite Christmas dinner dishes. From beef roast and turkey breast to classic sides like stuffing, mashed potatoes, and even cranberry sauce, they're all made in the Instant Pot!
Instant Pot® Cocktail Wieners with Smoky Chipotle-Orange Sauce
Kick off Christmas dinner with these smokin' little smokies. "Use your multi-functional pressure cooker to quickly whip up a batch of cocktail wieners that are swimming in a tasty, yet mild, chipotle-orange sauce," says bd.weld.
Instant Pot® Ham
"This is one reason I love my Instant Pot," says Brandi Doss Russell. "I can pull a frozen ham from the freezer; put it in the Instant Pot with just three ingredients; and, with almost no effort, have dinner on the table."
Best Instant Pot® Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Serve your Christmas roast with simple garlic mashers. "Try these creamy, buttery, and totally irresistible garlic mashed potatoes made in just minutes in your Instant Pot for a completely mess-free easy dinner," says Fioa.
Instant Pot® Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Crispy roasted Brussels sprouts are ready in just five minutes in your Instant Pot. "They're a quick and easy low-carb side dish that's family-friendly," says Fioa.
Instant Pot® Turkey Breast
"The Instant Pot made the moistest turkey breast I have ever made," says Tammy Lynn. "I usually let this cook in the slow cooker all day, but this turned out so much better. I couldn't believe that I had such a wonderful meal ready in less than an hour total!"
Instant Pot Pan Juice Gravy
This recipe uses the natural juices from your turkey breast after it has cooked in the Instant Pot to create a rich, savory gravy. "This gravy worked perfectly," says Tammy Lynn. "The only suggestion I have is to add just a little garlic salt — you can always add more later."
Instant Pot Traditional Dressing
"This is a delicious and super-efficient dressing recipe," says Buckwheat Queen. "I made this twice at Thanksgiving and it has secured a place at the Christmas table. The method is perfectly timed. Holiday tip: Make this a couple of days before you need it and refrigerate. On the day you need it, bring it to room temp and pop it in the oven to crisp up."
Instant Pot® Cherry-Orange Cranberry Sauce
"This cranberry sauce practically makes itself!" says France C. "It's quick, and you won't have to keep a constant eye on it. Substitute the water for apple or orange juice, or do half water and half rum! Can be made several days ahead of time, will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator, and can even be frozen if needed."
Instant Pot® Cheesecake
"Cheesecake? In a pressure cooker? You bet. A creamy cheesecake relies on beating lots of air into the batter before cooking it. It also requires steaming. When you bake a cheesecake in the oven, you also need to put a pot of hot water underneath the springform pan to ensure the top of the cheesecake does not crack. In an Instant Pot®, all you need is a little water and the trivet. The result is a decadent cheesecake with no fuss," recipe creator Shauna James Ahern says.
Instant Pot® Green Bean Casserole
The Instant Pot offers a new way to make a holiday classic. "This recipe uses fresh green beans and homemade soup for a healthier take on green bean casserole," says Soup Loving Nicole.
Instant Pot® Cranberry-Thyme Pot Roast
A Christmas pot roast for the Instant Pot. "Cranberry sauce and fresh thyme infuse this beef pot roast with sweet and savory flavors," says Tammy Lynn. "It makes a wonderful gravy that is perfect with mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or rice."
Instant Pot® Mashed Sweet Potatoes
You'll combine sweet potatoes, coconut milk, vegetable broth, garlic — and mash with a little butter. "Delicious, moist and full of flavor — save the oven and use your Instant Pot for mashed sweet potatoes!" says Angela Sackett Superhotmama.
Instant Pot Sweet Acorn Squash
"A perfect way to make a sweetened acorn squash," says bd.weld. "This sweet acorn squash cooks up in 25 minutes using an electric pressure cooker."
Instant Pot® Torta Caprese (Italian Flourless Chocolate-Almond Cake)
Recipe creator Buckwheat Queen calls this "a moist, dense, fudge-like chocolate cake." Though it's prone to drying out in the oven, cooking this dessert in the Instant Pot helps it maintain its texture.
Instant Pot® Honey-Sriracha Glazed Ham
This Christmas ham brings some heat with the sweet — and it's ready in about 35 minutes. "Just a few minutes of your time," says Soup Loving Nicole, "and you can walk away while your Instant Pot does the rest."
Best Instant Pot® Scalloped Potatoes
"Scalloped potatoes are the ultimate side dish," says Fioa. "Try this quick and easy version made in minutes in your Instant Pot!"
Instant Pot® Orange-Cranberry-Balsamic Pork Loin
Pork and fruit are an amazing combo. "Succulent pork is cooked quickly in the Instant Pot with a warm and aromatic sauce," says lutzflcat. "We enjoy this with egg noodles or rice."
Instant Pot® Carrot Cake Pudding
With the warming spices of carrot cake, plus pineapple and raisin for good measure, this bread pudding-like dessert would feel right at home at Christmas dinner.
Instant Pot® Candied Sweet Potatoes
Perfectly suited for the Instant Pot, these sweet potatoes are candied quickly in brown sugar and maple syrup with a little margarine. "Super simple and very quick to make," says Chef Mo. "Great treat for a sweet side dish."
Instant Pot® Leek Mashed Potatoes
Mashers are another must-have for the holiday table. "The leeks add a very mild oniony flavor," says Bren. "A little something different from traditional mashed potatoes, for the Instant Pot."
Instant Pot® Frozen Turkey Breast
A frozen boneless turkey breast is rubbed in seasonings and cooked over a bed of apples and onions — and ready in about an hour and a half. "Best turkey I have ever made!" raves Paula. "The gravy is insane!" If you like, after cooking in the Instant Pot, crisp up the skin under the broiler.
Instant Pot® Rutabaga Mash
Here's a low-carb alternative to (or maybe an addition to!) mashed potatoes. "Easily made in a fraction of the time using a pressure cooker," says France C. "The mash has a nice creamy and chunky texture, which complements any meat."
Easy Pressure Cooker Potatoes
When your feast is full of show-stopping sides, you can't go wrong with basic baked potatoes — or, in this case, pressure-cooked potatoes. "My new favorite way to make 'baked' potatoes," raves Lori Chaloner. And they're ready in about 20 minutes.