10 Instant Pot Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

10 Instant Pot Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

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Kelli Foster
Oct 1, 2017
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There are a lot of features to love about the Instant Pot, but when you need to get dinner on the table fast nothing beats its pressure-cooker function. Dump in the ingredients, seal the lid, and recipes that would otherwise require a slow simmer or hands-on work at the stove are ready in a flash with very minimal effort. You can even start with a pack of chicken straight from the freezer. Yes, it really is as good as it sounds, and here are 10 quick-cooking Instant Pot recipes that prove it.

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1. How To Make Chicken Tikka Masala in the Electric Pressure Cooker

There's no need to order chicken tikka masala takeout when you can make it lightning-fast in the Instant Pot. The recipe relies on boneless, skinless chicken thighs, so you can rest assured they'll be tender and juicy.

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2. Instant Pot Weeknight Chicken and Rice Burrito Bowls

Here's one to keep on the roster for your next Taco Tuesday. It's a quick-cooking burrito bowl, loaded with chicken, rice, black beans, and corn, all blanketed with a smoky salsa.

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3. 30-Minute Pressure-Cooker Cacciatore Chicken

Not only will this saucy chicken dinner hit the table in 30 minutes, but since you're using your Instant Pot, you can also start with chicken straight from the freezer. Serve this with a nice chunk of bread to mop up all that extra sauce.

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4. How To Make Perfect 15-Minute Risotto in a Pressure Cooker

Gone are the days of standing at the stove stirring rice for what feels like an eternity. Pull out your Instant Pot and risotto immediately becomes a hands-off affair that's ready in no time.

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5. Ethiopian-Style Spinach & Lentil Soup

This recipe starts with the sauté function to soften the onion and garlic and bloom the medley of fragrant spices. After that, the remainder of the ingredients are dumped in and the pressure-cooker function works its magic to deliver a tender, flavorful soup that tastes like it was simmering all afternoon.

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6. Freezer-to-Pressure-Cooker Chicken Curry

Not only does the pressure-cooker function on the Instant Pot make long-cooked curries possible on a weeknight, but you can also keep prep to a minimum by starting with a pre-packed kit from the freezer. Dinner goes from the freezer to the table in 30 minutes.

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7. How To Cook Rice in the Electric Pressure Cooker

Whether you're in hurry to get a quick side dish on the table or you want a speedier way to get a bowl of wild rice, the pressure cooker function on the Instant Pot is the key to perfect rice in a rush.

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8. How To Cook Lentils in the Electric Pressure Cooker

When the Instant Pot is involved, you can be sure it doesn't take long to cook up a batch of lentils. Toss them on salads, stuff them into tortillas for taco night, or top them with an egg and you've got dinner.

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9. Potato Risotto

Inspired by an Italian classic, this weeknight meal is pure comfort through and through. This version relies on the pressure-cooker function on the Instant Pot to deliver the same ultra-creamy and tender results in a fraction of the time.

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10. Sweet and Spicy Braised Cabbage

Whenever you need a quick side dish to pair with any type of meat, these sweet and spicy cabbage wedges are always a good idea. They're packed with flavor and, thanks to the Instant Pot, come together in about 15 minutes from start to finish.

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