Instant Pot® Side Dish Recipes

Find the best side dish recipes for the Instant Pot, like Instant Pot® mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, green beans, and more.

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Instant Pot® Polenta

Rating: 5 stars 2
Polenta, a staple of Northern Italian cuisine, is traditionally made by adding cornmeal to boiling salted water and stirring with a wooden spoon until your biceps aches! You can achieve the same results by letting your Instant Pot® do all of the work for you! We like to serve this topped with browned Italian sausage and pork ribs that have simmered in a sauce made with onions, garlic, basil and tomato sauce until the ribs are falling off the bone-tender! Serve with additional cheese, if desired. Delizioso!

Instant Pot® Pear-Applesauce

Apples mixed with pears make a sweet dessert or snack without any added sugar. Using an electric pressure cooker cuts down on time and seals in the nutrition.

Instant Pot® Quinoa

Rating: 5 stars 2
Perfect fluffy quinoa. One shot in the Instant Pot®!

Instant Pot® Collard Greens

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
Quick Southern-style collard greens made in your Instant Pot®.

Instant Pot® Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
These smooth and creamy mashed sweet potatoes, mixed with honey goat cheese, make the perfect side dish any time of year, especially during the holidays! Excellent with pork tenderloin or roasted turkey.

Instant Pot® Pineapple-Coconut-Lime Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Fill up the pot, push a button, and get ready for some perfectly-cooked, jazzed up rice with a tasty blend of sweet-tart. Garnish with cilantro if you wish.

Instant Pot® Leek Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars 5
A little something different from traditional mashed potatoes, for the Instant Pot®. The leeks add a very mild oniony flavor. Enjoy!

Instant Pot® Mexican Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 84
This beautiful red rice with spices and tomato sauce, easily made in an Instant Pot®, is a wonderful side dish for any Mexican meal.

Instant Pot® Baked Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 22
This recipe was passed down through my French Canadian family from my grandmother, to my mother and then to me many years ago. It traditionally takes hours to make, as we let the beans slow cook overnight in the oven on low heat. I decided to try and transform it into a much quicker Instant Pot® recipe with great success! With this method, you don't even have to presoak the beans. These are even better the next day, and they freeze well, too.

Best Instant Pot® Scalloped Potatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 51
Scalloped potatoes are the ultimate side dish. Try this quick and easy version made in minutes in your Instant Pot®!

Instant Pot® Brown Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
I haven't cooked rice on the stove since buying my electric pressure cooker! It's so easy and you can vary it up however you like; add spices or seasonings before cooking or fold in nuts and dried fruit after cooking.

Inspiration and Ideas

Instant Pot® Creamed Corn
Rating: Unrated 4
Transform frozen corn into this delicious side dish.
How to Make Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Same favorite side dish, but with less time, less effort, and fewer dirty dishes.
Instant Pot® Steamed Artichokes
Rating: 4 stars 18

Cook these quick, easy, and foolproof steamed artichokes in just minutes in your Instant Pot®! Artichokes are tender and perfect for any vegan meal.