32 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes (Everyone Loves!)

One of the things I love about my Instant Pot is how it can make healthy food fast. These healthy Instant Pot recipes are some of my favorite weeknight meals because I can dump the ingredients in my pot, press a button, and walk away while my meal cooks to perfection.

vegetables in instant pot

Below you’ll find some of my favorite healthy Instant Pot recipes so you can try them for yourself. If you’re a little intimidated by your Instant Pot, be sure to check out my video here, sharing 10 things I think will help you get started right away.

Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

1. Vegan Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup

instant pot wild rice soup

Jen from Simple Green Smoothies shares this dairy-free soup from The Fresh & Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook. I make it at least twice a month as part of my weekly meal prep, and it’s quickly become a fan favorite. I love how comforting it is. It reminds me of Thanksgiving in a bowl!

2. Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls (Low-carb & Whole30)

low carb instant pot burrito bowl

This easy one-pot meal comes together in minutes, thanks to the magic of the Instant Pot. The chicken cooks on the bottom of the pot, while a bowl of cauliflower florets cooks on top, in just a 4-minute pressure cooking cycle. When it’s done, the cauliflower can be flaked into rice-like pieces with a fork!

3. Instant Pot Egg Bites

This healthy Instant Pot recipe comes together in minutes, for a protein-rich breakfast or snack on the go. You can even freeze them to reheat for a fast morning.

4. Korean Chicken Bowls

photo: Inspiralized

These Korean Chicken Bowls are a fast and flavorful meal, that you can serve over rice that you cook pot-in-pot, or over protein-rich quinoa like Ali from Inspiralized did here. (Don’t cook quinoa pot-in-pot, though… it doesn’t work!)

5. Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Soup

Instant Pot lentil soup in a white bowl

This healthy Instant Pot soup is made with green lentils for plant-based protein, and lots of veggies! It’s a great option for meal prep, because it makes enough for a meal right away, plus leftovers for an easy packed lunch.

6. Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

broccoli cheese soupphoto: Well Plated

Erin from Well Plated shares this recipe from The Fresh & Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook. I love this recipe because it has the flavor you love, with a sneaky serving of extra veggies and less cheese, for a “lightened up” version. (Like all of the recipes in my Instant Pot cookbook, this recipe includes a tested dairy-free option.)

7. Hidden Cauliflower Mac n’ Cheese

cauliflower mac n cheese

This creamy Mac n’ Cheese packs a sneaky serving of veggies, and is lightened-up by using less cheese than traditional recipes. I love how the cauliflower cooks at the same time as the pasta, and practically dissolves when you give it a stir after cooking!

8. Instant Pot Sweet Potato Vegan Curry

instant pot sweet potato curry in a bowlphoto: Fit Foodie Finds

Lee from Fit Foodie Finds shares this fast vegan dinner from The Fresh & Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook. Red lentils and sweet potatoes cook so quickly under pressure, your entire meal is ready in less than 30 minutes!

9. Wild Rice & Kale Salad

wild rice & kale saladphoto: Cookie + Kate

My friend Kathryne, from Cookie + Kate, shares this easy make-ahead salad from The Fresh & Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook. I love how the Instant Pot takes care of the cooking the rice, so you can chop the veggies and make the dressing all at the same time.

10. Instant Pot Salmon (with perfectly steamed broccoli!)

Instant Pot Salmon with broccoli

Salmon cooks so quickly in the Instant Pot, I use a 0-minute (yes, zero minutes!) pressure cooking cycle so that I can cook it with veggies, too. Top it off with fresh broccoli, and you have perfectly cooked salmon with non-mushy broccoli for a fast & healthy dinner.

11. Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

instant pot steel cut oats with blueberries

Steel cut oatmeal is easier than ever when you prepare it in the Instant Pot. Instead of waiting for water to boil and watching the stove to make sure it doesn’t boil over, or burn to the bottom of your pan, you can just add the oats and water, press a button, and walk away while you accomplish other morning tasks.

12. Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

instant pot hard boiled eggs

Hard boiled eggs can be a pain to peel, but not when they are pressure cooked! In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make eggs (soft, medium, or hard) that are easy to peel for a fast, protein-packed option you can add to any meal.

13. Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

instant pot chicken tikka masala

Lisa from 100 Days of Real Food shares this recipe from The Fresh & Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook. I love that it’s naturally dairy-free, and how you can cook rice for serving at the same time, in the same pot.

14. Instant Pot Pad Thai Stir Fry

pad thai stiry fry from the Instant Potphoto: Hummusapien

You can cook your favorite healthy pasta quickly in the Instant Pot, then use the sauté function to saute the veggies for a quick one-pot stir fry! The creamy peanut sauce is addictive, and your hands are free to make it while the Instant Pot does the rest. Thanks to Alexis from Hummusapien for sharing this one!

15. Instant Pot Refried Beans

instant pot refried beansphoto: SkinnyTaste

Cooking beans from scratch is a breeze with the Instant Pot, and this recipe shows you how to make an easy refried version with the fat. Make sure to use dried beans (not canned) to get correct results! Thanks to Gina from SkinnyTaste for sharing this one.

16. Make-Ahead Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

instant pot quinoa breakfast bowls

Quinoa makes a hearty breakfast because it’s a complete source of plant-based protein. This tutorial teaches you how to make a big batch at the beginning of the week, for easy breakfasts all week long that you can top like cereal.

17. Instant Pot Curried Butternut Squash Soup

This creamy and comforting soup is dairy-free and packed with flavor! You can use frozen bags of cut-up squash to make it as fast and easy as possible.

18. My Favorite Black Bean & Quinoa Salad

I love using my Instant Pot to prepare the quinoa part of this make-ahead salad, so my hands are free to chop the veggies and make the dressing at the same time. It makes you extra-efficient! When the quinoa is done, you can use the big bowl of the Instant Pot to stir it all together.

19. How to make PERFECT Chicken Breasts in your Instant Pot

juicy chicken breasts sliced on marble

If you like to cook chicken on its own, for adding to stir fries or salads during your week, here’s how to make a batch in your Instant Pot without drying it out! This is the ONLY method I’ve found that makes chicken breasts that aren’t rubbery. (Otherwise chicken thighs are more fool-proof.)

20. Comforting Curried Chicken Stew

curried chicken stew

I developed this dairy-free stew for Whole Foods Market as a comforting Fall meal. I love how you can just add all the ingredients to your Instant Pot, press a button, and walk away!

21. Peaches & Cream Steel Cut Oatmeal

peaches and cream oatmeal

Jenn from Once Upon a Chef shares this creamy, dairy-free breakfast made easy in your Instant Pot. I love how you can use frozen peaches to skip the prep work!

22. Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash with Chicken

instant pot spaghetti squash with chicken

This is another easy one-pot meal I developed for Whole Foods Market. I love how you can cook the spaghetti squash in just 7 minutes, then use the Instant Pot again to sauté everything together.

23. Vegan Chickpea Curry

instant pot chickpea curry

This curry recipe comes together quickly when you use a can of cooked chickpeas. I love that it’s made without coconut milk, and features lots of veggies!

24. Fat-Free Spaghetti Sauce

instant pot spaghetti sauce in a jar

This recipe is low-effort and low in calories, and bursting with flavor! I love how all you have to do is add the ingredients, press a button, and walk away.

25. Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

instant pot spaghetti squash

I will never cook a spaghetti squash in my oven again. It takes just 7 minutes when you make it in the Instant Pot! I like to cut it in half for a super-fast cooking time, but you can even cook it whole if you prefer. Directions are included for both ways in this post.

26. Instant Pot Black Beans

When I first got my Instant Pot, I used it mostly for making some kitchen staples from scratch, like black beans. You can make them for a fraction of the cost of using canned beans, and without preservatives. Freeze them in 1 1/2-cup portions so you can use them in place of canned beans in recipes.

27. Instant Pot Quinoa

Making quinoa couldn’t be easier in your Instant Pot, and it makes a protein-rich alternative to rice. Instead of waiting for water to boil on the stove, or making sure it doesn’t burn to the bottom, you just add the quinoa and water, press a button, and walk away. It’s perfectly cooked every time!

28. One-Pot Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

instant pot vegan shepherds pie

This one-pot meal showcases the magic of the Instant Pot, as it cooks the main course on the bottom of the pot, and a bowl of cauliflower “mashed potatoes” on top, all at the same time– in the same pot! Thanks to The Blender Girl for sharing it from The Fresh & Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook. You can watch us make this dish by going to the recipe on her blog!

29. Vegetarian “Cheeseburger” Salad with Special Sauce

vegan cheeseburger salad

The Instant Pot takes care of cooking the seasoned lentil “meat” for this recipe, keeping your hands free to whip up the dairy-free “special sauce” and chop the salad veggies. Thanks to Brittany of Eating Bird Food for sharing this one from my book!

30. Instant Pot Frittata

Instant Pot frittata slice on plate

This easy egg bake makes a healthy breakfast that cooks while you get ready for work or school. When you chop the veggies into small pieces, there’s no need to saute them before you get started with this healthy Instant Pot recipe.

31. Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes turn out soft and tender when you cook them in the Instant Pot, without the risk of burning them. I tested this method for weeks so you’d have a fool-proof formula for figuring out how long to cook sweet potatoes by their weight!

32. Instant Pot Brown Rice

instant pot brown rice in a bowl

Brown rice is one of my family’s favorite side dishes, but it can take up to 45 minutes when you cook it on the stove. With the Instant Pot, you can just add the water and rice and walk away to accomplish other tasks while it cooks to perfection.

Intimidated by your Instant Pot?

Here’s a 3-minute video with 10 things I think you should know, to help you get started:

Looking for more healthy Instant Pot recipes?

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The Fresh & Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook is loaded with quick & easy recipes, made with real food ingredients– without using processed seasoning packets or refined sugar. There is a photo for every recipe, along with the nutrition information you might need, and all of the recipes call for ingredients that are easy to find in your local grocery store. (I’m a lazy cook myself, so if it’s not easy I won’t make it!)

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Comments

Michelle Dunn

It is simple, but I would like to try boiled eggs in an instant pot.

Constance

I want to try one pot meals! I have cooked for over 50 years and I am tired of spending all my time in the kitchen. I am even more tired of all the clean up!

Stephanie

Honestly, all them from the preview sound amazing!! But the taco filling, egg roll in a bowl and the Kung pao chickpeas are what I’m most excited about!

Chanel green

I’d love to see a delicious InstaPot Bolognese sauce! I’ve found a few but they lack flavor. Your recipes are always the best!!!

Chanel green

I posted my bonus entry on Instagram @chanelxgreen. ❤️

Corrie

Excited for the new book!

Colleen

I’d love to make hard boiled eggs in an instant pot. I’m no good at making them any other way. 😛

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I’ve been reading about instant pots for a while now, but haven’t worked up the courage to actually invest in one.

Reehana shah

I would love to try some chili recipes, or other freezer friendly recipes!

Courtney martindale

I first heard about your amazing recipes when my sister purchased your Everyday Detox book for Christmas this past year as a present to me. I fell in love so much so that I also bought your No Excuse Detox book. I will be completely my collection by adding your new Instapot cookbook. I would love to win a Instapot. Your books and blog has already helped me lose 20+ pounds. I would love to make the Broccoli Cheddar soup in the Instapot. Thank you for everything you do!

Colleen

Shared in an e-mail, too. 🙂

Anne Bennion

I would love to try the curry recipes in the instant pot. My boys adore curry and so do I. With our crazy schedules, the instant pot would save dinner time!

Margaret

Non dairy cheese, fermented vegetables and drinks

Sereina

That burrito bowl sounds delicious! Pretty much anything Mexican is good in my book.

Amy Condra

I love your recipes, and look forward to adding your new book to my collection! I am especially intrigued by the Italian chopped quinoa salad. Thanks so much for all of your work on these!

Sarah dulak

I’d like to see a pot roast instant pot recipe!

Katie smith

So impressed with how you do it all! I I have been wanting an instant pot but weary to get another kitchen gadget. I have two small kiddos as well though and it seems like it makes dinner time easy!!

Jill

Salmon! I’ve seen posts you’ve shared with salmon and have wished that was our dinner every single time!! Sharing link to preorder your cookbook with a cousin who was asking about Instant Pot cooking classes just the other day.

Sarah

With the instant pot I would love to make a quick and easy casserole! Casseroles are my favorite dinner meals and being a college student, the instant pot would greatly decrease the time needed to make them!

Sarah

I also shard the link with my sister and friends who are also college students and always in need of quick meals!

Sandy

I want the easy dump in and close the lid.

Crystal

I’d like you to veganize a Lebanese recipe called Bamia. It’s traditionally lamb and dried okra stewed with tomatoes and onions. Delish but not vegan. Dried okra is also very hard to find so maybe then IP can tenderize the okra so it’s not slimey?

Beth

I pre ordered the cookbook on iBooks and I don’t see a receipt- how can I get the download?

Patti D Coyle

I would like budda bowl type instant pot recipes and/or anything Italian.

Thanks and best regards.

Crystal

Kung Pao Chickpeas and rice. I appreciate that your recipes accommodate plant based cooking! I don’t have one of these very famous insta-pots. So I am super curious to try to use one. My husband works late, so we eat even later. It would be wonderful to be able to make dinner fast! Thank you for the giveaway!

Brenda

Hey Megan, LOVE what you do! and especially the IP recipes. I’m a little intimidated by it but have tried a few things. I would love more vegan and one pot meal recipes. I’ve been vegan for over 11 years and using the IP seems like the perfect opportunity to get healthy, fast, vegan meals to my table. Looking forward to your new book. Oh and I have the 6QT Duo, if I win it would give me a second one for those nights I need two as I’m thinking of buying the smaller one as my second one for sides. :>) Thanks again, you’re awesome!

Diane

I’m ready to buy an instapot. The Cook book sounds great. I’ve been on a diet for a year. Lost 20 lbs but stuck. Need to try something new.

Karen Dalum

I am having a problem submitting my form. It keeps telling me to submit a valid email. I have triple checked it and its correct. Any advice?

Polly mickelSon

Chicken Parmesan would be a fun one to make in the instant pot!

Donna Young

I would like an instant pot recipe for the quinoa mushroom burgers and a side dish. Thanks!

Donna Young

I shared a link to your new book on FB! And mentioned that I have loved all your recipes!

Anisa

I would love to try the health hummus in this pot 😍

Anisakhaan

Done for bonus entry! Tried my luck.

Rebeca

Im happy to know that this deal is still available. I saw it a few weeks ago and missed it. I have my old pressure cooker. I would love to have an Instant Pot because seeing your videos, and your excitement with yours is contagious LOL. So far one of my all time favorite recipe is the Kun Pao Chickpeas. I love the idea of doing them and the rice at the same time. Also the burrito bowls sounds soo good. I will buy this today because I have the others 2 books and I love them!

Tammy Jo

I would love a pasta recipe! Like lasagna!

Also casseroles!

Erin l

Congrats on your latest book! Can’t wait to get it. I need an instant pot to try some one-dish meals! I’m excited to try a new method of cooking!

PS- I sent an email re: iBook preorder (deja vu!) 😉

Laney wright

Egg roll in a bowl!!!

Jennet gore

Pre-ordered, posted to FB and anxiously awaiting my cookbook. I have only used my insta pot once. I need some good recipes so I can be less fearful and more confident 😊 I would love to win the instapot and gift it to my daughter, who will be a new mom in December and works full time😊

Rebeca

Im so excited! I just downloaded the bonus! This will be my 3rd book from you, plus the bonus you have made before. My favorite recipe is the Kun Pao Chickpeas. Love the idea of make the rice at the same time. Also the burrito bowls sounds delicious. I would love to win the InstaPot. I have an old pressure cooker. Your enthusiasm using yours is contagious. LOL!

Stacey garfinkel

Would love to make a chicken or Chick pea curry with rice in the insta pot

Melissa

I’d love to make your buckwheat recipe in the Instant Pot!

Brianna

I’m so excited to try any recipe that I’m cooking two things at once in the instant pot, like the buttered chickpeas and cauliflower rice! I can’t wait!!!

Melissa

Tweeted! @shmelissa

brandie barrett

I’d love to make a cinnamon roll oatmeal or multigrain hot cereal. I’ve been Thinking about the instant pot in all of these beautiful recipes are so inspiring!

Angie

We love Indian food so I’d love some vegetarian Indian recipes!

Amber

Veggie Pot Oi

Megan

I’m dying to know how the veggies taste when cooked in the instant pot! Veggies can be temperamental if not cooked right, but how do they turn out with the instant pot?!?! Love your recipes! Anytime I make something of yours for a group I always get someone asking me where I got the recipe!!!

Meaghan Arnold dUnn

Thanks for hosting a giveaway! I’d use the instapot for your Kung pow chickpeas or any type of vegan curry!

Cara

I would really like to try the “Lightened-Up Burrito Bowls” recipe. I love anything Mexican inspired! An Instant Pot would really help my weight loss goals along with making my time in the kitchen easier!! I hope I win 😀. I’ve emailed a link to my sister of your new cookbook coming out in October!!

Alexandra MAtias

I am a huge fan of Chili and my husband makes a great chili. I would love to one day make a a Chili in the InstaPot that would have my husband crying for more.

Anne Cloud Politzki

I’m so excited for this book!! I make your Kung Pao chickpeas all the time! I would love to see a recipe for Jamaican rice and peas.

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