The Best Instant Pot Recipes for Quick and Easy Dinners 

When it comes to putting dinner on the table, you shouldn't have to choose between delicious and completely doable, even on a Tuesday. Your Instant Pot is ready to remind you that no compromise is necessary — you can enjoy a meal you (and your people) love, and it can be made with minimal prep work and minimal clean-up. Featuring one-dish meals and mains that come together in minutes, the following Instant Pot recipes keep speed and ease top-of-mind. Because when dinner is both awesome and extremely low effort, you can enjoy the rest of your evening to the fullest.

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Dump-and-Go Instant Pot Tortilla Soup


The recipe title doesn't lie: This tasty soup is as hands-off a dish as they come. Inspired by an Allrecipes favorite, Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup, this recipe was created with ease in mind. Top your bowl however you please — avocado, sour cream, fresh cilantro, and thinly sliced radishes are all fantastic options.

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Beef Stroganoff for Instant Pot

closeup of a bowl filled with creamy-looking beef stroganoff and egg noodles, garnished with chopped parsley

Tender beef, savory mushrooms, and mouthwatering, silky sauce over egg noodles; it's hard to believe all of this can come together in just about an hour, but this one-pot dinner will make a believer out of you.

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Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

overhead view of Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore garnished with herbs, in a bowl
France C

This high-flavor, low-effort recipe transforms a traditionally slow-simmered classic into a weeknight-friendly delight. Serve the chicken and vibrant tomato-based sauce over pasta, rice, or enjoy it as a stew.

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Instant Pot Lasagna Soup

"Oh... My ...Gosh!! I wish there were more then 5 stars to give because I could easily rate this at 10 stars! I made it exactly as directed and it was totally awesome! The flavor was fantastic, and tasted just like a fresh lasagna, minus the cottage cheese," says reviewer Dawn Ming-Krupela. "I'm new to cooking with the Instant Pot, and I love how even the prep is done in the pot prior to setting the pressure cooking feature. Definitely making this again but I can't think of a single thing I would want to add/change."

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Frozen Pork Chops in the Instant Pot

We've all been there — it was a hectic morning and you completely forgot to pull something from the freezer to thaw for dinner. With this saucy pork chop recipe, that's perfectly fine. Dinner is about to be easier than ever.

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Instant Pot Creamy Chicken and Leek Alfredo

No need to juggle multiple pots and pans on the stovetop for this wow-worthy, one-pot pasta; all of the work is done right in your Instant Pot. A creamy, cheesy dish the entire family will love will be ready in under an hour, and the after-dinner dish duty will be a breeze.

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Instant Pot Coconut Curry Chicken

This cozy coconut curry is the kind of weeknight winner everyone needs in their back pocket. Feel free to incorporate additional vegetables into the mix and tweak the amount of curry powder to your taste.

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Tender and Juicy Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

Succulent pork tenderloin with a nice, browned crust from the Instant Pot? You bet. And it'll be ready in 45 minutes.

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Instant Pot Honey-Garlic Chicken

close up view of Honey-Garlic Chicken garnished with green onions and sesame seeds over white rice on a white plate, served with broccoli in a bowl in the background
Soup Loving Nicole

"I don't know how many recipes I've tried trying to get this exact taste and texture but my search is over because this is perfect," says reviewer Melg. "The only thing we did wrong was eat it too fast - we didn't let it cool. But when we were eating the rest out of the instapot like cavemen, the sauce was amazing. Adding to my life forever."

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Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice Bowls

Rice bowls are a perfect family dinner because everyone can customize their own dish with toppings to their liking. What's exceptionally excellent about this rice bowl recipe is that you may very well already have everything you need to make it on hand.

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Instant Pot Goulash

This Midwestern classic is made even easier, thanks to the Instant Pot. Use whatever type of pasta noodles you like best.

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Instant Pot Jambalaya with Shrimp and Chicken

close up view of Jambalaya with Shrimp, Chicken, sausage, celery, carrot, and green onions, served with white rice in a bowl

The Allrecipes community raves about this easy option for jambalaya. Reviewer Tim Jones recommends following the recipe exactly, and then adding any finishing touches you might like (for example, extra hot sauce) after tasting the completed dish. And good news for leftover lovers: This Instant Pot jambalaya tastes even better the next day.

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Hearty Minestrone Soup (Instant Pot)

Though this flavorful minestrone requires an hour to cook, the largely hands-off recipe is well worth the wait. Paired with a simple green salad and/or crusty bread, it is peak comfort food.

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Instant Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage

"I am speechless with how good this turned out! My kids said that it is like pasta you would get from a fancy restaurant," says reviewer mdrapeau2. "Thank you so much for the recipe!!"

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Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Stew

This homestyle favorite delivered in the form of a hearty, comforting stew is a mouthwatering example of Instant Pot magic. Because this recipe yields 10 servings, it's a great candidate if you're having company or looking for leftover lunches.

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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese with Ham and Peas

Try this easy homemade mac and cheese, and you won't find yourself reaching for the boxed mac any time soon. If you want to add a little extra greenery, you can fold a handful of fresh spinach into the warm pasta.

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Instant Pot Chicken Tagine with Butternut Squash and Spinach

Shallow bowl of chicken tagine in front of an Instant Pot.

The consistent 5-star ratings on this one-pot meal speak for themselves. For a richly flavored, highly satisfying dinner with minimal effort, look no further.

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Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

These homemade sloppy Joes are likely to become a fast household favorite. They deliver nostalgic comfort and sophisticated flavor all at once.

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Instant Pot Homemade Hamburger Mac

"I made it exactly as instructed and couldn't be happier," says reviewer Terri D. "It's a delicious and easy substitute for chili mac. Bonus: these ingredients are things I already have on hand. Nice job!"

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