The Instant Pot family just got a whole lot bigger, thanks to Amazon Prime Day last week. The trendiest kitchen gadget on the planet sold out in just 19 hours, and now all those new owners finally have their Instant Pots. Hooray! Welcome to the family — let's all shred a chicken together!
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Getting an Instant Pot is a big life event, like getting engaged or realizing you have a nursery to decorate. And like all big life events these days, that means it's time to make a Pinterest board.
According to Pinterest, Instant Pot searches on the site suddenly jumped 152 percent on July 17. Because what do you do when you finally get an Instant Pot? You go to Pinterest and start looking for things to do with it, of course.
When you get a new Instant Pot, it's tempting to start with something basic like a pot of rice, but if you make something boring you might wind up shrugging over your Instant Pot and saying, "I don't get the hype." Don't start with lentil soup unless you really like lentil soup. In fact, it's probably best to start with a recipe for an Instant Pot version of something you already like to make, because that's how you'll see where the Instant Pot really shines.
There are more than nine million Instant Pot and pressure cooker recipes on Pinterest, so all the new Instant Pot users have plenty of options to choose from. Here are some of the top recipes people have been adding.
Want to roast a whole chicken in 30 minutes flat? Here's a Paleo-approved recipe that will show you how to do that. Cooking a whole chicken in 30 minutes is one of the Instant Pot's most-lauded tricks, and this recipe has been saved more than 82,000 times. You can see it on Pinterest here.
Beef and Broccoli
This Instant Pot adaptation of the classic beef and broccoli combo has been saved more than 55,000 times. And if you get a second Instant Pot insert, you can make rice to go with it too. Check out the recipe on Pinterest here.
Pot roast normally takes hours, and the longer you cook it the better the results will be. But an Instant Pot can make a tender, fall-off-the-bone roast in less than an hour. This particular recipe is also gluten-free, Paleo- and Whole30-approved, and low carb. It's been saved more than 37,000 times. You can see the whole recipe on Pinterest here.
Red Beans and Rice
This red beans and rice recipe takes two hours in the Instant Pot, but that's not bad considering a dish like this would normally be an all-day affair. Everything cooks in the pot all at once, and this recipe has been saved more than 27,000 times. Check it out on Pinterest here.
You can make sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot in about 15 minutes. So many people (26,000, to be exact!) have saved this guide to pressure cooker sweet potatoes, where you just toss them in with some water, and they'll be ready to top with cinnamon butter, marshmallows, or whatever else you like in less time than it would normally take to preheat the oven. See the recipe on Pinterest here.
Spaghetti might be the standard "I don't have time for this" weeknight meal, but this pasta with meat sauce cooks in four minutes in the Instant Pot. From prep time to table it takes 15 minutes, so it's easy to see why this recipe has been saved more than 25,000 times. Check it out on Pinterest here.
Mac and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese might not seem like it would benefit from the Instant Pot treatment, but this recipe has been saved more than 15,000 times because it promises the look and taste of homemade macaroni and cheese with the speed of the boxed variety. Here's the recipe on Pinterest.
If you already like to make homemade applesauce, you're probably going to love the Instant Pot. This recipe has been saved more than 6,000 times because it's a fast way to turn apples into a cinnamon-spiced sauce that tastes like apple pie filling. See the recipe here on Pinterest.
Banana French Toast
Did you know you could make French toast in the Instant Pot? This banana-cinnamon French toast tastes like bread pudding and comes together in just 25 minutes. It's been saved more than 4,000 times, and you can check out the recipe here on Pinterest.