Instant Pot® Main Dish Recipes

Find top-rated main dish recipes for the Instant Pot, including Instant Pot® meatloaf, Instant Pot® ribs, pot roasts, chicken cacciatore, and much more.

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Instant Pot® Chicken and Gravy

Rating: 5 stars 87
All the flavor of a slow-cooked roasted chicken dinner from the oven, but done in a fraction of the time using your Instant Pot® or pressure cooker! Serve with mashed potatoes for the perfect comfort meal.

Instant Pot® Tomato and Beef Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 2
Tomato and beef sauce with a hint of wine for your pasta. I've made this fairly basic but feel free to adjust the seasoning to your tastes.

Instant Pot® Chicken Congee

Rating: 4 stars 5
Chicken congee is quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot®, cutting down on time but not flavor. Serve this Asian breakfast porridge any time of the day for a satisfying meal.

Instant Pot® Crispy Chicken Carnitas

Rating: 5 stars 12
Chicken carnitas made in the pressure cooker are quick and easy! We crisp them up in the broiler, and they are perfect to meal-prep and enjoy for the week! Serve with tortillas, diced onions, chopped cilantro, sauteed cabbage, lime wedges, and anything else you like!

Instant Pot® Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Rating: 4 stars 21
Try the most delicious, melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork sandwiches, made easily and without hassle in your Instant Pot®--an absolute family favorite!

Instant Pot® Moroccan Chicken Tagine

Rating: 5 stars 8
Your Instant Pot® replaces the traditional clay or ceramic cone-shaped cooking pot used in Moroccan cuisine (the tagine). The word 'tagine' also refers to the slow-cooked, stew-like dish that is prepared in it. This chicken tagine features the authentic flavors of preserved lemons and olives, with a delicious combination of spices typically used in Moroccan cooking.

Instant Pot® Pork Chops

Rating: 4.5 stars 46
Needed a quick way to cook tender pork chops and this method did it! It took about 10 minutes and my husband and 6-year-old daughter fought over the leftovers!

Instant Pot® Red Thai Curry Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 38
Thai red curry chicken is a quick and delicious soup with chicken, onions, and bell peppers. Enjoy hot with jasmine rice. If you like, add Thai basil leaves.

Instant Pot Corned Beef

Rating: 4.5 stars 186
Instant Pot corned beef with all of the fixings can be ready in just 2 hours.

Beef Stroganoff for Instant Pot

Rating: 4.5 stars 936
Big, slow-cooked flavor on the double. Noodles cook right in the gravy!

Instant Pot® Chicken Cacciatore

Rating: 4.5 stars 285
This wonderful, traditionally slow-cooked recipe has been translated into a quick and easy pressure cooker meal. Using the Instant Pot®, you get an intensely flavorful meal made in minutes that will have your family thinking you simmered this all day. Serve over spaghetti noodles, rice, cauliflower rice, or eat as a stew!

Instant Pot® Mexican Chicken and Rice Bowls

Rating: 4 stars 31
This easy, one-pot, Mexican chicken and rice dinner is done in about 30 minutes. Serve with other toppings like avocado and sour cream, if desired.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Instant Pot® Mushroom Risotto
Rating: 4.5 stars 316

Creamy risotto with softened mushrooms and a sprinkling of cheese seems like a dish best ordered at a restaurant instead of made at home. That's because traditionally risotto is made slowly, stirring often, adding 1/4 cup of hot stock at a time, then more stirring. It's a labor-intensive dish that's worth the fuss. However, risotto made in a pressure cooker is so simple and quick that it feels like cheating. It's not. This is the real stuff. You'll probably start making risotto far more often after you try this one.