I got a pressure cooker for Christmas, not the original Instant Pot, a NuWave pressure cooker. Which in my book, can do just about everything an Instant Pot can do! So, of course, I have been Googling and Pinteresting Instant Pot recipes for beginners to see what I should start with.
I was so excited to get started using it and making my dinner prep easier. I can honestly say this is my new favorite kitchen appliance!
If you have never tried it before, pressure cooking can sound scary at first. I promise you once you get the hang of it, you will be using that baby like a pro!
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Straight out of the box, my NuWave Pressure Cooker included the actual pressure cooker, the inner pot, a soup ladle, a rice spoon, and a measuring cup. Now, there is plenty that you can cook with everything included, however, if you want to get creative here are a few suggestions to add to your kitchen.
Now keep in mind, these suggestions are for the Instant Pot, and not the NuWave Pressure cooker. If you are debating which one to purchase, keep in mind, the Instant Pot lid can be fully removed, the NuWave (at least the 8-quart version I have) cannot be detached. So, I can’t make popcorn 😞.
- The Instant Pot is also available in 3-quart, 6-quart, and 8-quart to fit just about any size family.
- Mini Angel Food Cake Pans-These are great for making little angel food cakes in your pressure cooker or other baked goods – (monkey bread, bundt cake, etc).
- Steamer Basket – Available in 3, 6, and 8-quart sizes, can be used for any brand or pressure cooker. There is also a 3-piece divided basket where you can steam multiple types of veggies at once, which is also available in a 3, 6, or 8-quart.
- 9-Inch Glass Lid – This is for the 6-quart Instant Pot only. Make sure before you purchase, you check if your pressure cooker lid can be completely removed, otherwise, this accessory will not work for it.
- Silicone Lid – Now you don’t even have to worry about putting your leftovers in an extra bowl. Now you can keep everything fresh inside the inner pot and pop it back in the pressure cooker to warm it back up.
- Stainless Steel Trivet – This is essential for cooking things like ground chuck or making baked potatoes.
- Spring Form Pans – These are great for making things like cheesecake or other baked goods in your pressure cooker.
- Silicon Sealing Rings – The silicone sealing rings can wear over time, it’s always good to have a few extra on hand.
- Bread Proofing Basket – Want to try your hand at artisan bread making? Make sure you pick up one of these babies!
- Dutch Oven – Dutch ovens are great for making artisan bread! It provides that beautiful crusty outside.
Looking for an accessory kit, here is a good one that includes a steamer basket, springform pan, egg steamer tack, steamer trivet, tongs, mini silicon mitts, a cooking time guide, an egg bites mold, and a dish clip (for canning).
But before I move on to the recipes, make sure to bookmark this page! That way when you are looking for something easy and super quick to make in your pressure cooker, you can come back here whip up one of these quick and delicious recipes.
Sides and Snacks
From The Daily Change Jar
This is a great recipe to try if you are new to making chicken wings. The best part, you don’t even have to worry about thawing out the chicken first. Simply broil a few minutes at the end to get that nice crispy to them while keeping them nice and juicy!
With 14 different rice recipes, there will be no shortage of beautiful, fluffy rice for the whole family. White rice only takes 15 minutes, while brown rice takes 20 minutes and you don’t even have to stir!
From Seasonal Cravings
I love me some egg salad on toast, but I hate boiling eggs. I could never get them right. Either the yolks turned grey or they didn’t peel easy and I wound up with some botched eggs. This is the recipe I used I try hard-boiling my eggs the first time and they came out perfect!
From Life Made Sweeter
We love mashed potatoes in our house. It is a great side dish for just about any meat. However, we generally opt for instant mashed potatoes from a bag or box, only because it’s the easiest option. Now, creamy, homemade mashed potatoes are just as easy to make!
From A Real Food Journey
Got some last minute company coming over and need to whip up a snack quick, try out these super easy chicken wings! Great for a party or hungry teenagers!
From A Mindfull Mom
Baked potatoes are a great frugal dinner choice. I especially love doing a baked potato bar where everyone can add their own fixins’. These babies only take a few minutes to cook up and are way better than your traditional microwaved or oven-baked potato.
Buffalo chicken dip is one of my favorite things to make (and eat) for parties. I normally use canned chicken to speed up the recipe and get nice little small chunks of chicken. With this recipe, you can use whole chicken breasts and be dipping your chips in this creamy deliciousness in less than 20 minutes!
From A Typical Mom
This is another one of my favorites to have (and eat) at parties! With just a couple of ingredients and a few minutes, you can be serving some delicious cocktail weenies to your guests.
From Eat Well 101
I was never a fan of Brussel sprouts, but cover them in bacon and creamy sauce and I’m all over that! In 2 minutes these little babies are ready as a delicious side dish.
I haven’t tested this recipe in my pressure cooker yet, as you need a glass lid which I haven’t gotten yet. However, if you do have the traditional Instant Pot with the glass lid, it should work fine.
Slice up some kielbasa and toss in some BBQ sauce and you have yourself a delicious treat. Great for a party or weekend finger food.
I don’t normally cook a whole lot of chickens, but you bet your buns I’m gonna be stocking up next time they are on sale! A whole rotisserie style chicken in 30 minutes, yes, please!
This isn’t your average mac and cheese, this is a flavor-packed, three-cheese delight! And the best part, it takes less than 10 minutes to get it on the table!
From Cooking with Karli
Soups are a big staple in our house, especially during the winter. With it being so cold here and the tons of activities the kids are in, soups are just easy to make and everyone loves them. Now, with a pressure cooker, I don’t even have to plan 24 hours in advance to whip up a delicious soup!
From Pressures On
I grew up in Italy, so Italian foods are obviously my favorite! Even though I love the cooking process of Italian foods (they take their time) I don’t always have time to cook a great Italian meal. Now you too can whip up a gourmet Italian meal even on a weeknight!
From Life Family Fun
Such a simple recipe. To make it even easier, you can precook the chicken and freeze it and a super quick, weeknight meal. This is also a meal that you could easily adapt to a freezer meal.
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From Oh Sweet Basil
You can be chowing down on this amazing chili within an hour! Although this recipe does have a handful of ingredients, it is very easy to make!
From Wildy Charmed
These Swedish Meatballs will quickly become a family favorite! This recipe is so simple, even one of the kids can throw it together with frozen meatballs, noodles, and condensed soup.
From The Recipe Rebel
Pot roast is a family favorite for many. With this recipe, you don’t have to worry about planning 24 hours in advance, you can have this roast on the table in about an hour and 15 minutes!
From Eating on a Dime
Time to try out the saute setting on your pressure cooker! Add some veggies and potatoes and you have a one pot meal!
From Slow Cooker Gourmet
Even though my kids are pretty good with eating veggies, I try to add them to recipes whenever possible. And, of course, what kid doesn’t love spaghetti? This way you can get the best of everything, more veggies, and a quick meal that everyone will love.
Breakfasts and Desserts
From Foodie and Wine
You do need a 4 1/2 inch angel food cake pan for this cake, but seriously, how cute and delicious do these look? Make sure to add some extra sprinkles!
From Little Spice Jar
If you have ever cooked a cheesecake in an oven before, you know how finicky it can be. This is a simple, fool-proof recipe that will turn out perfect every time! Also, this is a great recipe to test out using your springform pans.
I absolutely love homemade yogurt! My 3-year-old’s favorite snack is my homemade yogurt with homemade almond granola. And it makes me feel better knowing exactly what is in it! I love the ability to make yogurt in a pressure cooker and don’t have to worry about incubating it in my dehydrator.
From Kitchen Nostalgia
Oatmeal is a healthy and filling breakfast option great for the whole family. And it only takes 10 minutes so you can even make it in the morning before school.
From Living Sweet Moments
You are going to need a dutch oven for this if you don’t already have one (that is my next kitchen purchase!) You can use the homemade yogurt from above to give the bread that traditional sourdough flavor. Also, if you plan on getting serious about making artisan bread, you might also want to look into a proofing basket to help get that perfectly crispy crust.
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From Recipes to Nourish
Applesauce is a great afterschool snack for kids of any age. My 9 and 7-year-olds mix it with cottage cheese (not sure where they got that from). I hate buying the jarred stuff though cuz of all the sugar in it. I do my best to give my kids whole food snacks, so this is another recipe I am adding to my repertoire.
From Princess Pinky Girl
Grab your bundt pan and a roll of biscuits and you got yourself a sweet breakfast or a dessert. Top with a sweet glaze or some optional nuts for a delightful crunch.
From Living Locruto
This baked banana french toast is so easy to make and such a treat for dessert or breakfast! Top with plain or candied pecans for a sweet crunch!
Rice pudding is acceptable for breakfast right? This rice pudding can be made even healthier with the addition of non-dairy milk, but will still be just as creamy and decadent.
From Fit Foodie Finds
My high school best friend and I used to make apple crisp on a weekly basis. It was our favorite after-school snack. Now it’s easier than ever to make and even more tasty using a pressure cooker.
What is your favorite Instant Pot recipes for beginners?