14 Super Easy Instant Pot Dinner Recipes

Say "hello" to easy dinners and "goodbye" to stressful cooking!

Do you find yourself coming home from a long day of work starving, but with no desire to make dinner? Do you also have an instant pot, but don’t really put it to good use? Well, you’re not alone, and you’ve come to the right place! Here, you’ll find super easy instant pot dinner recipes that will satisfy your growling tummy in no time and with little effort.

Although the simplicity of these recipes is wonderful, it’s not the only wonderful feature within these dinners. Something else that I’m sure you’ll love about these recipes is that they’re super healthy! Yes, I’m being serious. This is not a joke. You can have your delicious dinner without slaving in the kitchen AND you can use nutritious ingredients that both you and the whole family will love!

If you’re completely new to using your instant pot, please check out How to Use an Instant Pot before creating these recipes for optimal results.

1. 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

comfort food

I did say that both you and the whole family will love these recipes, so why not start with a family favorite? This mac and cheese recipe of ours is made using only five ingredients that, as I said before, are totally clean. This family favorite gives kids just the meal they want while also adhering to the slowed down metabolisms of us adults. It’s, without a doubt, a win-win.

2. Instant Pot Vegan Farro Risotto

purewow recipe

This delicious dish from PureWow is more than a work of art! It tastes just as amazing as it looks. Chef and author, Nisha Vora, created this healthy & nutritious alternative as a way to enjoy the flavors of classic comfort food, without the guilt! She replaced white rice with whole grain farro and used white beans for a satisfying creamy texture. If you want to impress your guests, this is the recipe for you!

3. Easy Instant Pot Jambalaya

Easy Instant Pot Jambalaya

My instant pot really pulls through with this easy dinner recipe, and for more reasons than one. Along with making it much easier for the person cooking, the appliance also really brings out the flavors of the ingredients, like: green peppers, sausage, shrimp, tomatoes, chicken, and onion.

The instant pot also makes for an easy clean-up. If you clean your knives and cutting boards during the short amount of time it takes for this recipe to cook, you’ll only have to clean your instant pot after dinner. So, if you hate doing dishes like me, your instant pot will soon become your best friend. Mine is!

4. Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

It’s amazing how easily you can treat yourself (guilt-free) to the creaminess and tastiness of Cajun chicken with this recipe by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. It has that kick that everyone will love, and it makes enough for leftovers, too!

5. Instant Pot Low Carb Whole Chicken and Gravy

Can you believe that you can make a whole chicken in an instant pot?! Well, you can, and it will be the easiest experience cooking a whole chicken of your life! Sugar-Free Mom has made a chicken weeknight dinner a piece of cake with this recipe. Plus, it pairs fantastically with our Instant Pot Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Sauce.

6. Instant Pot Mexican Black Bean Soup

summer soup

Do you ever crave soup over the summer, but find it hard to find a recipe that satisfies both your craving and the warm weather outside? If so, this easy instant pot dinner recipe is right up your alley. It’s easy, healthy, and really does satisfy both your cravings and the heat. Not to mention, black beans are inexpensive, as well as loaded with protein and fiber, which makes for one incredibly nutritious dish!

7. Instant Pot 5-Ingredient Chicken Tacos

Between the chunky salsa that gives it its Mexican flair and the boneless chicken breasts that make it filling and protein-filled, this recipe will have you bowing down to your instant pot. Why the instant pot and not the ingredients? Well, because the ingredients give it its flavors, but the instant pot gives you those flavors in under half an hour. No more coming home from work and dreading making dinner with this recipe!

8. Instant Pot Chicken Marsala

Your family will think that you bought this chicken marsala from your favorite Italian restaurant, and they’ll never believe you when you say that you actually made it in less than an hour. Rachel Cooks has out-done herself with this delicious and easy recipe. Serve it alongside our Easy Garlic Lemon Green Beans and enjoy!

9. Instant Pot Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup


Vegan and gluten-free recipes do not have to be complicated, nor do they have to be bland. This healthy recipe from PureWow proves that, once and for all! Chef Nisha Vora has created another incredibly flavorful dish that will satisfy your craving for both spicy and decadent.

10. Instant Pot Chicken Gyros

Sometimes, I just crave a good Mediterranean-style dinner! When that happens, I turn to this SkinnyMs recipe. It’s so easy that all you have to do to make the tasty chicken is dump it into your instant pot with all of the other ingredients, adjust the settings, and let it cook away!

11. Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde

Whenever I cook chicken, I’m always super cautious of how much liquid is needed to ensure that it doesn’t dry out. Well, Six Sisters Stuff created this recipe using no liquid at all. You might be wondering how exactly this is possible. Well, it’s possible because slow cookers work wonders! You can have a juicy chicken dinner in just a small amount of easy, worry-free steps.

12. Instant Pot Pulled Pork

My family loves their pulled pork, but no one likes to put the energy into cooking it. Thankfully, very little energy is required to make this recipe by A Saucy Kitchen. It’s super easy and tastes great with our Sweet Potato Chips.

13. Spicy Harissa Turkey Chili

This instant pot recipe by Peas and Crayons will surely spice up any weeknight, and it’ll do so in a fast and easy manner. The warming dinner recipe calls for delicious and nutritious ingredients such as cayenne powder and ground turkey. On top of that, the toppings are totally up to you! I, personally, love topping my chili with cheese, but you’ll love this recipe no matter what toppings you choose.

14. Instant Pot Shrimp and Grits

I’m bringing this list to a close with a personal SkinnyMs favorite of mine: our Instant Pot Shrimp and Grits. I’m such a big fan of shrimp because it’s so high in protein and so not high in calories and fat. This dinner recipe of ours keeps these elements in mind by calling for low-fat cheddar cheese. You don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying this Southern-style, homey meal!

I recommend trying out all of these instant pot recipes for two full weeks of easy instant pot dinners. To make things even easier on yourself, I also recommend checking out our post on 6 Smart Instant Pot Hacks. Now, enjoy some quick and easy dinners that are perfect after a long day!

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Taylor Glinane

Taylor is a writer with a passion for health, fitness, and all things alike. Running and hiking have special places in her heart--right next to berries, hummus, and every nut butter imaginable. When she's not running, hiking, snacking, or making a delicious breakfast, she's either at the gym, doing yoga, or outside with a pen and paper.

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