25 Great Comfort Food Dinners From Your Instant Pot

top-down view of chicken curry in a white bowl with Basmati rice, garnished with cilantro
Photo: Shauna James Ahren

Your Instant Pot is a countertop miracle worker that excels at making comfort foods in record time without sacrificing flavor. Hearty dishes that normally take hours to cook are all on the menu even on busy weeknights, thanks to Instant Pot recipes that keeping things simple, streamlined, and delicious. Check out these comfort food recipes you can make in your Instant Pot.

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Instant Pot Pork Chops and Gravy

Instant Pot® Pork Chops and Gravy

After a quick sear to get the flavor going, tender pork chops get the pressure cooker treatment with garlic/wine/mushroom sauce. "My family ate these up," says Tammy Lynn. "Tender and flavorful pork chops."

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Instant Pot Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots

Instant Pot Pot Roast

This classic one-pot dinner is usually reserved for long, lazy Sundays when you might have all day to let this simmer. But with your Instant Pot, you can have this crowd-pleasing supper on the table in under two hours. Try these tips from Arizona Desert Flower: "We LOVED IT! I will admit, I didn't add the veggies in from the beginning. I did the roast for the full 60, then manually released the pressure, added the veggies back in and did them for 10 minutes with immediate release. We like our gravy thicker, so I added a bit more cornstarch. Delicious!"

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Instant Pot Indian Butter Chicken

top-down view of chicken curry in a white bowl with Basmati rice, garnished with cilantro
Shauna James Ahren

"This luscious, deeply flavored dish, originally created by a Pakistani food cart vendor in Delhi, is a cinch to make in an Instant Pot. After an overnight marinade in yogurt and traditional spices, you can use an Instant Pot to cook every step, from toasting spices to cooking aromatics, to adding the tomatoes and chile." — Shauna James Ahern

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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

This popular soup is easy to make in your Instant Pot. Just saute the vegetables in the pot, add the liquid ingredients and the chicken, then lock and walk. "This soup turned out AWESOME, just exactly as written," says Sourpuss. "I like it with lots of lime juice, fresh cilantro, and a little dollop of sour cream on top. I will definitely make this again! Even the kids liked it."

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Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef Rice

Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef Rice
My Hot Southern Mess

"I will definitely make this again! I was hungry for a ground beef and rice casserole, and had (I thought) all of the ingredients on hand. Turns out I didn't have any white rice so I used brown rice, and I used a left over ear of corn instead of canned. Served it with tortillas and YUM!" — jakeanddaniellesmom

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Instant Pot Coconut-Curry Chicken

Instant Pot Coconut-Curry Chicken
Tammy Lynn

"The only change I made was to add a bit more curry to the chicken and it's delicious! Easy to make and it exceeded my expectations." — Buxxsaw

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Kielbasa and Cabbage for Electric Pressure Cookers

Kielbasa and Cabbage for Electric Pressure Cookers

This quick and satisfying meal is ready in a speedy 35 minutes. Allrecipes home cook Laura Swafford says, "Added crushed garlic, simple but yet delicious. My husband already wants it again. Will be added this to my arsenal of good recipes."

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Instant Pot Double Bean and Ham Soup

A bowl of bean and ham soup
Instant Pot Double Bean and Ham Soup. lutzflcat

No more soaking and simmering beans for hours! For this recipe, you simply put the dried beans right in the pot along with a few everyday ingredients you're sure to have in your pantry. After only 45 minutes the beans are tender. Stir in smoky bits of ham and a can of pork and beans and you'll have a warming fall dinner the whole family will love.

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Instant Pot® Jerk Chicken Alfredo

Instant Pot® Jerk Chicken Alfredo

Jerk chicken and alfredo sauce with pasta, it's two kinds of comfort — on the quick! "The chicken Alfredo cranks up the heat with some jerk seasoning," says thedailygourmet. "The bonus: it cooks in under 30 minutes and is a one-dish meal!"

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Asian Pot Roast in an Instant Pot®

Asian Pot Roast in an Instant Pot®
Photo by lutzflcat.

This rich pot roast features garlic, ginger, and tamari, thickened with arrowroot. "Definitely a keeper!" says fabeverydayblog. "The roast was tender and juicy. "

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Beef Stroganoff for Instant Pot®

Instant Pot® Ground Beef Stroganoff

"Amazing. I love beef stroganoff and have tried several recipes in the past. This one wins! I subbed Worcestershire for soy sauce only because we were out of soy sauce, and beef broth instead of chicken broth since it made more sense to me, and it was delish! Will make it again and again. And so easy." — mcfarlee

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Instant Pot® Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Instant Pot® Loaded Baked Potato Soup

"This potato soup cooks in an Instant Pot and is customizable with assorted toppings. I prefer to get my saltiness from the bacon, so I don't add extra salt. I also like a thicker chowder-like consistency; if you like yours thinner, add more liquid." — thedailygourmet

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Instant Pot® Salisbury Steak with Onion and Mushroom Gravy

Instant Pot® Salisbury Steak with Onion and Mushroom Gravy

"I followed this recipe to the letter and wouldn't change a thing," reviewer lutzflcat writes. "I sliced the onions and mushrooms and mixed up the meat patties (including the pork) in the morning, put them in the fridge, and then this was just a breeze to make later for dinner in the Instant Pot. The gravy is absolutely delicious, and that little bit of red wine adds incredible richness and depth of flavor."

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Instant Pot® Honey-Garlic Chicken

Instant Pot® Honey-Garlic Chicken

"This is a fantastic recipe. It is super flavorful, interesting, and complex — and easy! We will be making this again," Christine Seitz says.

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Instant Pot® Italian Wedding Soup

Instant Pot® Italian Wedding Soup
France C

Meatballs, pasta, and cheese are a marriage made in heaven. There are many, many versions of this recipe, this is mine," recipe creator Bren writes.

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Instant Pot® Shepherd's Pie

Instant Pot® Shepherd's Pie
Instant Pot® Shepherd's Pie. fabeveryday

Shepherd's pie in an hour! "This family friendly shepherd's pie uses ground beef (instead of the traditional lamb), and your Instant Pot to prepare the filling and potatoes," says fabeveryday.

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Instant Pot® Lasagna Soup

Instant Pot® Lasagna Soup in a white bowl
Soup Loving Nicole

"Ever wondered what to do with that last little bit of marinara sauce or those broken lasagna noodles? Well, I've got you covered! This soup has all of the flavors of lasagna without all of the hours in the kitchen," Bren says.

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Instant Pot® Meatloaf

Instant Pot(R) Meatloaf

Tangy, sweet, and savory, this Instant Pot meatloaf combines beef, bread crumbs,onion, diced apple, and garlic powder. Shape into a loaf and topped with a mixture of ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. "Absolutely, terrific and we all loved it," says Samuel London. "The apples in the loaf was perfect with a touch of sweetness and toned down the onion. I'll make this many times."

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Creamy Pasta with Chicken Thighs and Mushrooms

Instant Pot® Creamy Pasta with Chicken Thighs and Mushrooms

"This creamy chicken and mushroom pasta recipe cooks in one pot (your pressure cooker) in about 30 minutes," says fabeveryday. "Instant Pot® pasta recipes are one of my favorite easy weeknight dinner solutions. Garnish with additional Parmesan and parsley."

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Instant Pot® Chicken Pot Pie Stew

looking into a bowl of chicken pot pie stew
Chris Book

A classic chicken pot pie recipe is transformed into a hearty, delicious stew. "Was incredibly delicious," says Jill. "Even my pickiest of picky eater loved it. I will definitely make this again."

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Instant Pot® Haluski with Kielbasa

Instant Pot® Haluski with Kielbasa

Here's a quick and easy Polish-inspired recipe, a one-pot comfort meal with cabbage, Polish sausage, and egg noodles that's perfect for your busy evenings. "Very tasty and easy," says Mommo. "Still getting used to using the Instapot, so this built my confidence."

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Instant Pot® Lemony Shrimp Risotto

risotto with shrimp on golden brown bowl

Risotto is a comforting, creamy rice dish that typically requires much stirring on the stovetop. But not this recipe! "When I learned to prepare risotto in the Instant Pot, I never tried to do it on the stovetop again," says Bibi. "Once the ingredients are prepared, it practically cooks itself. Serve with fresh thyme sprigs and lemon slices for optional garnish."

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Instant Pot® Dijon Pork Chops

Instant Pot® Dijon Pork Chops

These simple pork chops in a flavorful mustard sauce are another great weeknight choice when you need quick comfort food. "These quick and easy pork chops may become one of your favorite dinners," says lutzflcat.

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Instant Pot® Beef Tips

Instant Pot Beef Tips in a black bowl

"These super tender and delicious sirloin tips are braised and pressure-cooked in a rich gravy," says WC Franck. Serve these comforting tips and gravy over mashed potatoes, buttery noodles, rice, or cauliflower rice.

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Instant Pot® Mac and Cheese with Ham and Peas

mac and cheese with ham in blue earthenware cup

"Forget about the blue box (you know what I'm talking about) and make homemade mac and cheese for a weeknight dinner. The ham, peas, and optional hot sauce add some pizzazz to classic mac and cheese," writes recipe creator lutzflcat.

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