30-Minute Meals for the Instant Pot

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There are a lot of features to love about the Instant Pot when you need to get dinner on the table fast nothing beats its pressure-cooker function. Dump in the ingredients, seal the lid, and watch as recipes that would otherwise require a slow simmer or hands-on work at the stove are ready in a flash with very minimal effort. Here are 10 quick-cooking Instant Pot recipes to start you out.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When the Instant Pot is involved, it won’t take very long to cook up a bunch of potatoes. They cook up tender and ultra-creamy just the way you love, but in a fraction of the time required with the oven.

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Your Instant Pot turns this traditional slow-braised, tangy chicken into a 30-minute meal.

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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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