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!
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
With 14 different Instant Pot 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 the best part, you won't have to stand over the stove stirring.
Because I try and keep metal utensils out of my pressure cooker, I prefer to use these plastic rice spatulas for scooping out my perfectly cooked rice.
I love me some egg salad on toast, but I hate boiling eggs. I can never seem to get them right. Either the yolks turned grey or they didn’t peel easy and I wound up with a whole bunch of botched eggs.
This is the recipe I used when I tried hard-boiling eggs in the Instant Pot for the first time and they came out perfect and still come out perfect every time that I make them! You can use either an Instant Pot egg rack or an Instant Pot vegetable steamer basket to make these hard-boiled eggs.
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 quickest and easiest option.
Now, creamy, homemade mashed potatoes are just as easy to make as the boxed variety with this Instant Pot mashed potato recipe!
These Instant Pot baked potatoes only take a few minutes to cook up and are way better than your traditional microwaved or oven-baked potato because they turn out perfect every time without any hard spots.
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 Instant Pot creamy brussels sprouts with garlic cream cheese parmesan sauce are ready as a delicious side dish.
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!
This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is so simple to make, you can even whip ir up right after the kids get home from school when they are all starving! This recipe also makes a great Instant Pot lunch recipe.
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! This Instant Pot broccoli cheese soup only requires a handful of ingredients, which I normally have on hand anyway and goes great with some toast or grilled cheese.
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! This Instant Pot creamy Italian chicken with penne is so flavorful and simple to make you will be sure to add it to your family meal plan.
As one of the most popular recipes on this list, the Instant Pot 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!
Even though my kids are pretty good at eating veggies, I try to add them to recipes whenever possible (because my husband isn't always great at eating all of his veggies). And, of course, what family doesn’t love spaghetti?
This Instant Pot veggie-packed spaghetti with meat sauce is the perfect way to get the best of everything, more veggies, and a quick meal that everyone will love.
Instant Pot Breakfasts and Desserts
I would have never thought to make a cake or apple crisp in my pressure cooker, but guess what?
Read on to see some of the delicious breakfast and dessert recipes that you can make in your Instant Pot.
You do need a 4 1/2 inch angel food cake pan for this cake, but seriously, how cute and delicious do these look? I am drooling over this Instant Pot angel food cake with powdered sugar glaze...and the sprinkles of course!
Enjoy a slice by itself or with a scoop of your favorite ice cream!
Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts! I love that you can do so many things with it, even a plain cheesecake you can top with chocolate, strawberries, nuts, caramel (now I want turtle cheesecake...)
If you have ever cooked a cheesecake in an oven before, you know how finicky it can be. This is a simple, fool-proof New York Style Instant Pot cheesecake 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 4-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 this Instant Pot yogurt because I don’t have to worry about incubating it in my dehydrator, which is totally what I used to do. Not a pretty sight when you forget about it for a couple of days...
In addition to your pressure cooker, you are going to need a dutch oven for this Instant Pot Sourdoughbread 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. That is what also gives it those pretty flour rings.
Applesauce is a great afterschool snack for kids of any age. My 10 and 8-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. That is why I love this Instant Pot applesauce and have added it to my recipe repertoire.
My high school best friend and I used to make apple crisp on a weekly basis. It was our favorite after-school snack. Now this Instant Pot apple crisp is easier than ever to make and even more tasty using a pressure cooker.
What is your favorite Instant Pot recipes for beginners?