15 Instant Pot Recipes to Power You Through Whole30

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chicken curry over green cauliflower rice
Photo: mjbucknor

Following the Whole30 diet, you're probably cooking a lot more than you're used to. Like, to the point that you're craving convenience more than cupcakes. That's your cue to take advantage of the Instant Pot. These time-saving Instant Pot recipes call for Whole30 staples like olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and coconut milk. And while you'll want to use ghee instead of butter and olive oil instead of canola oil in a handful of these dishes, you won't have to scramble for substitutions.

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Instant Pot® Roasted Whole Chicken


Leverage your Instant Pot to have a whole roasted chicken on the table ASAP. Cornstarch is optional here; leave it out. And be sure to use chicken broth with Whole30-compliant ingredients.

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Instant Pot® Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Instant Pot® Garlic Roasted Potatoes on a blue plate
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Russet potatoes aside, you'll find all the ingredients you need for these crispy, garlicky potatoes already in your pantry. And as with chicken broth, choose vegetable broth with no added sugar or other sneaky ingredients.

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Instant Pot® Vegetable Soup

two small bowls of vegetable soup
Soup Loving Nicole

"This was excellent! I made as written except for the lemon zest because I didn't have it, and it was still great. Everything had the perfect consistency, including the zucchini, which usually turns to mush in soups. This soup has tons of flavor, and it doesn't get any easier or faster than this." — Soup Loving Nicole

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Instant Pot® Ginataang Salmon (Filipino Salmon in Coconut Milk)

salmon and vegetables in coconut milk

If you haven't added fish sauce (like this sugar-free version) to your Whole30 arsenal, this Filipino-inspired recipe may just convince you to. You can splash it in Whole30 stir fries and Thai-style curries, too.

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Instant Pot® Indian Chicken Curry

chicken curry over green cauliflower rice

Though this full-flavored Indian-inspired recipe calls for butter, Indian cooking tends to call for (Whole30-friendly) clarified butter or ghee. Reviewer mjbucknor served the curry over riced veggies, as pictured.

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Instant Pot® Keto Chicken and Kale Stew

chicken stew with tomatoes and kale

Here's another recipe to use ghee in. "Try this quick, easy, and incredibly tender chicken stew cooked with diced tomatoes. I added kale for extra green power! Serve over cauli rice," recipe creator Fioa says.

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Instant Pot® Collard Greens

collard greens on plate with bread and stew
Instant Pot Collard Greens. Diana71

You don't have to tweak our Instant Pot Collard Greens to keep this soul food classic in line with Whole30 rules. Just be sure to read labels when you're buying bacon, as it often contains sugar.

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Pressure Cooker Goat Curry

A chunky stew of meat, potatoes, and carrots in a bowl with a scoop of white rice, served with flatbread
Kim's Cooking Now

This Indian-inspired dish calls for 30 minutes of prep time and about an hour in the Instant Pot, but it's worth it. "Using an electric pressure cooker cuts down on the cooking time while still rendering tender meat," recipe submitter jmerar says.

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Pressure Cooker Potato Salad

potato salad in a glass bowl

When comfort food calls your name, whip up a big bowl of potato salad using Whole30-approved mayonnaise. Serve it with sausage or grilled meat.

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Instant Pot® Sauerkraut

Instant Pot® Sauerkraut
Soup Loving Nicole

Sauerkraut doesn't ferment in the Instant Pot, but it tastes pleasantly salty all the same.

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Instant Pot® Jamaican Chicken Curry

curried chicken and vegetables over rice

You don't need rice to fill up on this Jamaican-style chicken, recipe creator Bibi says, as potatoes and baby carrots are starchy in their own right. But you can call on cauliflower rice to absorb the delicious curry.

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Instant Pot® Vegan Cabbage Detox Soup

bowl of cabbage, carrot, tomato soup

Make a filling meal of this veggie-packed soup with a baked potato or your choice of protein on the side (if not both).

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Instant Pot® Mashed Sweet Potatoes

mashed sweet potatoes in yellow and white bowl
Angela Sackett Superhotmama

Full-fat coconut milk makes these Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes smooth and creamy. Replace butter with just-as-decadent ghee.

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Instant Pot® Chicken Tagine with Butternut Squash and Spinach

Chicken with cumin, turmeric and coriander with sweet potatoes
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Butternut squash adds subtle sweetness to our Instant Pot take on chicken tagine. Spices like cinnamon, cumin, paprika, coriander, garlic, and ginger are essential to this aromatic dish.

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Pressure Cooker Pork Tenderloin

Pressure Cooker Pork Tenderloin
Mia Maria

"I was amazed at the pork's tenderness in such a short cooking time," Jane Guzauskas Ruby says. Marinating it in olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt for eight or more hours does the trick.

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