Are you new to the Instant Pot and looking for some easy recipes to get started? In this post, we’ve gathered 10+ beginner-friendly Instant Pot recipes that are perfect for those just starting out with their beloved pressure cooker.

10 Easy Beginner Instant Pot Recipes
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Did you get a new instant pot? Thinking, where do I start? We often see posts about people who got a new instant pot last year or a gift on Christmas but have not opened it yet as they are scared to use a pressure cooker. Let me assure you the instant pot is not the same as the old stovetop pressure cooker you might have seen with the scary sounds.

You will love the Instant Pot! I am excited to share some easy beginner recipes with you. I will start with many basic recipes but will give you pointers to try other recipes.

But first, have you set up your instant pot and done the water test? If not, here are the resources to get you started –

There are some basic recipes here that will get you acquainted with all the things you can do with your instant pot and also help you learn the cooking times and techniques. For more recipe ideas, check these 200+ Instant Pot Recipes.

You can also check out popular Instant Pot Cookbooks if you like to get recipes from a book.

Let’s get started with easy instant pot recipes.

1. No boil / Cold Ingredients Yogurt

Cold Milk No boil Yogurt Instant Pot

This no-boil / cold ingredients yogurt is the easiest way to make yogurt in the instant pot.  Pour ultra-pasteurized milk, add the starter, and stir. Press the yogurt button and return to creamy thick yogurt after 8 hours.

Of course, you can also start with the traditional yogurt recipe in the instant pot.

2. Instant Pot Rice 

ninja foodi basmati rice in a bowl

Making perfectly cooked rice has always been a challenge for me, but not anymore with the instant pot. Here you will find the foolproof recipe to cook rice in the main instant pot steel insert or make pot-in-pot rice in smaller quantities.

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3. Perfect Boiled Eggs

After peeling the eggs boiled in the instant pot, my husband said, “Buying the instant pot is worth it only for these easy-peel eggs”. You must check the easy method to boil eggs and the no-effort peeling.

4. Oatmeal

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

I love a bowl of warm oatmeal to kickstart the day in the right way. Turns out this is also the best and easiest breakfast you can make in the instant pot!

5. Steamed Vegetables

a medley of steamed vegetables in a steamer basket

Along with all of the amazing meals and desserts you can cook in the Instant Pot, there are tons of simple things you can do with it as well. Whether it be carrots, asparagus, green beans, or pumpkin, you can perfectly steam almost any vegetable in the Instant Pot!

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6. Penne Pasta 

penne pasta in red sauce garnished with basil leaves in a white bowl

Learn the basics of making pasta in the instant pot with this easy penne pasta recipe. Bonus this is a kid-friendly recipe, and my daughter’s favorite.

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7. Minestrone Soup

vegetable and pasta minestrone soup in a bowl

One of the best things to make in the instant pot is SOUP. Many recipes are perfect dump-and-go recipes. They are sure to make you enjoy more soups this Fall!

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8. Lentils (Chana Dal)

Pressure Cooker Chana Dal.

Instant Pot is a perfect gadget to cook lentils and beans quickly. If you are vegetarian or want to add more plant-based meals to your diet, check out the 20+ lentils and beans recipes.

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9. Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Have you been afraid to try curries, or do they seem to be too much work? Think again…they are a breeze with the instant pot. We have loved Indian and Thai curries made in the instant pot. Start with this easy Chicken Curry.

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10. Rice pudding

Kheer instant pot

I had to end the list with something sweet. Making rice pudding (or kheer) in the instant pot is a game changer. Dump all the ingredients and return to perfectly creamy pudding after 30 minutes. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? We enjoyed this pudding so much more after getting the instant pot.

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See tips and tricks for using Instant Pot. Check out Why I love the Instant Pot? here

I hope you enjoy your new Instant Pot and cook some amazing food. Comment below and tell us what you first cooked in your Instant Pot!

About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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  1. I am attempting your Chicken Biryani recipe. I have the chicken marinating overnight and sometime today I plan will put all the ingredients together. So far relatively easy to follow mainly because my wife stock the cupboards well with all the spices. I consider a basic Seu Chef and am now in retirement trying to graduate as a family chef! I need lots of good vibes and most of all LUCK! Otherwise, I will have a hungry family on hand. LOL