10 Keto-Friendly Instant Pot Recipes to Make Right Now
When it comes to eating a ketogenic diet, the Instant Pot can be a cook’s best friend. The beloved cooking tool helps break down tough meats, turns fats into creamy soups and stews, and keeps the mess of cooking contained to a single pot for the most part. That’s not lost on some of our favorite food bloggers, who’ve produced amazing recipes showing just how useful an Instant Pot can be when eating keto.
1. Pulled Pork from A Saucy Kitchen
Pulled pork is a super-easy staple of a meat-centric diet, and this Instant Pot version makes it even easier. Flavored with garlic, onions, chiles, and lime juice, the tender pork makes an easy main dish or an ingredient for lettuce wraps or omelets later on.
2. Carnitas from Fit Foodie Finds
If you’re looking for a little bit more flavor in your pork, this version boosts it with smoked paprika and cayenne pepper in the rub, then green chiles in the stew. The resulting meat is a little juicier than the standard pulled pork above, but that only makes it even better for dishes where you’d want that flavor to ooze into other ingredients, like on top of a salad.
3. Chicken Cacciatore from Flavcity
This Italian comfort-food classic gets an Instant Pot upgrade with zucchini and cauliflower, along with the chicken drumsticks and tomato broth that come standard with the dish.
4. Lemon Butter Chicken from Diethood
Chicken thighs are both the perfect keto-friendly food and do wonderfully in the Instant Pot, so it’s no surprise that they make a few appearances. Here, they come with big, friendly flavors drawn from the butter, garlic, and lemon juice.
5. Zucchini Noodle Pho from Eating Instantly
A creative standout in a crowd full of hearty, meaty dishes, this vegetarian broth filled with vegetables comes in as a beautiful, lighter dish — although there’s still (optional!) meat in the recipe.
6. Deviled Eggs from Skinnytaste
Okay, so most of these recipes have you pretty well-covered for the main dishes, but sometimes you need a fancy app that still fits your keto, Instant Pot lifestyle — and what better than that amazing retro-but-still-cool classic, deviled eggs?
7. Breakfast Casserole from Peas & Crayons
Again, a nice change from the dinner-heavy world of keto and Instant Pot recipes, this breakfast casserole is basically a crustless quiche filled with peppers, spinach, and onions. It works well for making ahead, which is great for fast mornings when the carbs seem tempting.
8. Jambalaya from Real Simple Good
Jambalaya is one of the biggest-flavored, most hearty dishes, and for most keto people it would seem hard to navigate, since it’s full of rice. But this recipe uses cauliflower as a stand-in and the flavors get along perfectly with the sausage, shrimp, and chicken.
9. Vegetable Beef Soup from Jo Cooks
Need some extreme comfort food? Find it in soup form with this wonderful soup — with a secret. Beyond the standard lovely ingredients — tomatoes, beef, veggies galore — this soup uses a last-minute egg to thicken it up and give it a velvety texture.
Chili is practically the perfect food for keto diets, and this one takes it up a notch with the addition of bacon. It takes a few extra steps because of getting the bacon perfectly crisp, but it’s worth it for the final product.
What are your favorite keto-friendly recipes for the Instant Pot?