45 Paleo Instant Pot Recipes

Paleo recipes, made easy!

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The Instant Pot has completely changed the way I cook. I don’t always use it every day, but some weeks I’ll pull it out at least three or four times. It just makes cooking so much easier, and clean up is a breeze! Say goodbye to simmering a pork shoulder on the stovetop all day long. Welcome into the world of perfectly cooked pulled pork in a fraction of the time. Yes, the latest and greatest appliance craze has been great for so many different types of diet plans, but these Paleo Instant Pot recipes make it easy to stay on track with grain-free, sugar-free meals.

If you’re new to Instant Pot cooking, check out our beginner’s guide and this tell-all that makes it easy to understand what all those buttons are for. Then, come on back and dive into these Paleo Instant Pot recipes with us. With 45 options to choose from, you’ll have breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned for at least the next month!

And, just in case you don’t know, we’ll let you in on a little Instant Pot secret: the times listed below are the amount of time you’ll need to cook the dish on the pressure setting. So make sure you budget an extra 20 to 30 minutes to let the machine come up to pressure, as well as time to allow the pressure to release.

1. Instant Pot Loaded Baked Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are a perfect Paleo food, but we make it so much easier by cooking them in the Instant Pot. The potato only takes 15 minutes to cook, and the fillings are a breeze to whip up. Have some fun with it!

2. Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas

Who wouldn’t want to have a batch of flavorful carnitas around? It’s a delicious protein to add to your favorite salad or breakfast hash, and it only takes 30 minutes in the pressure cooker. They turn out crispy and delicious, every time.

3. Classic Chicken Soup

There’s absolutely nothing more comforting (Paleo diet or no) than a bowl of chicken soup. Instead of simmering your stock away all day long, use the Instant Pot and it will be ready in 30 minutes!

4. Vegan Instant Pot Potato Curry

This nutritious Instant Pot curry recipe is not only grain-free and sugar-free, but it uses plant-based ingredients to keep it vegan. You only need 20 minutes of pressuring cooking and this delicious meal will be ready to eat.

5. Chicken Enchilada Soup

Since you can’t enjoy enchiladas on the Paleo diet, have the next best thing – a 15 minute soup! This recipe is completely grain free, and it’s Paleo approved when you make your own enchilada sauce.

6. Instant Pot Chunky Beef Stew

When you’re looking for comfort food, look no further than this super easy Instant Pot stew. No need to simmer away all day – just 25 minutes under High Pressure and the beef will be fall-apart tender.

7. Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

This soup gets its creamy texture from the coconut milk. Full-fat coconut milk makes an excellent dairy replacement on the Paleo diet. Cook the squash for 8 minutes and then blend away!

8. Buffalo Chicken Chili

This chili recipe is reminiscent of buffalo wings, but it sneaks in a bunch of vegetables for increased nutrition. To make this recipe Paleo, skip the optional beans and look on the labels for a sugar-free tomato sauce.

9. Creamy Tomato Soup

Depending on how hardcore Paleo you are, you may want to skip the dairy and legume-filled crispy parmesan chickpeas that top this creamy tomato soup. But, the soup itself is Paleo-friendly and is ready in 15 minutes.

10. Korean Braised Short Ribs

These short ribs use a pear to naturally add sweetness to the dish. The par also breaks down some of the tough proteins in the short ribs. Give them 35 minutes in the Instant Pot and they’ll be as tender as could be. Love it!

11. Paleo Chicken and Broccoli

This Chinese-flavor inspired dish is ready in under 30 minutes when you use the Instant Pot. This no MSG, no added sugars, and low sodium recipe definitely beats your local take-out restaurant!

12. Thai Curry Hot Pot

The Instant Pot makes a great communal hot pot if you don’t have a hot plate. Just use the Saute function to keep your broth simmering as you dip away with your favorite vegetables.

13. Beef Barbacoa

Don’t let shredded chicken and pork have all the fun. Make some tasty shredded beef (grass-fed, if you can) in the Instant Pot. It will be shreddable in 50 minutes.

14. Instant Pot Paleo Chili

This recipe is mildly spicy and bursting with vegetarian flavor. Unlike other chili recipes, there are no beans in this one so it’s Paleo approved. Get ready for a full-flavored meal in only 12 minutes.

15. Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde

This is more than just a shredded chicken recipe – it’s swimming in a tasty Chile Verde sauce. The chicken is ready to shred after 15 minutes, then pour the sauce over it to solidify your tasty meal.

16. Instant Pot Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Sauce

All it takes is 5 minutes – 5 minutes – for the best tasting corn of your life. Serve up this vegetable side with your favorite grilled chicken. If you’re skipping dairy, swap in homemade skinny aioli for the Greek yogurt.

17. Mexican Vegetable Beef Stew

This stew is my favorite taco replacement when I can’t have flour or corn tortillas. It has all the flavors of a taco and it comes together in 40 minutes.

18. Healthy Chicken Piccata

This Paleo version of chicken piccata doesn’t use any breading, but you won’t miss it at all. It still has all the flavorings from the lemon and capers and it’s ready in 10 minutes in the Instant Pot.

19. Italian Style Instant Pot Chili

This no-bean chili is full of robust, Italian flavors. Season up your beef with herbs and spices, toss in some fire-roasted tomatoes, and you’ll have dinner ready in 15 minutes.

20. Instant Pot Beef with Broccoli

Skip the takeout and make the best beef with broccoli you’ve ever had in the Instant Pot. It’s a great way to take tough (but inexpensive) chuck roast and transform it into a flavorful meal in 20 minutes.

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Chef Lindsay

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer. After graduating from Cascade Culinary School, Lindsay worked as the executive chef of a farm-to-table restaurant in Bend, Oregon. She is passionate about using local, organic ingredients and loves teaching home cooks how to incorporate seasonal food into their diet. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to create beautiful meals for her family. She lives with her husband in Colorado, where she enjoys the trials and errors of gardening.

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