Here is a big list of the 31 Best Instant Pot Side Dishes that are delicious and easy to make! Sides are a great way to include veggies in your diet, bring out the flavors of a particular food, or simply create a complete meal.

I love cooking practically every meal of the day in my Instant Pot because it is so easy to use. I especially love the convenience of pot-in-pot cooking when making two items at once; for example, a curry with rice can easily be made using the pot-in-pot method.

Besides rice, there are veggies, pasta, and many other sides to be made in the Instant Pot. This list is also sure to give you some great accompaniments for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners!

Most of the dishes I’ve listed are healthy, and many are even low-carb, especially all the veggies! There is also an array of both vegetarian & vegan sides. You’re sure to find at least a few side dishes you will love!

Green Beans with Garlic & Lemon

Steamed green beans with garlic and lemon on a platter
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These perfectly steamed Instant Pot Green Beans have a fresh, crunchy texture and are so easy to make! Saute with butter and garlic, drizzle on some lemon juice, and they make a delicious side dish for any meal.

Get the Instant Pot Green Beans recipe.

Garlic & Herb Carrots

Garlic Herb Carrots Instant Pot

Garlic & Herb Carrots are perfectly cooked in the Instant Pot. Sautéed with lots of butter, garlic, and herbs, they make a perfect side dish!

Get the Instant Pot Carrots recipe.

Steamed Broccoli

steamed broccoli in a plate

Easy, fresh & tasty Steamed Broccoli made in the Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker). Enjoy this low-carb, healthy vegetable steamed in less than 15 minutes. Try this foolproof method to get the perfect texture for broccoli every time. 

Get the Instant Pot Broccoli recipe.

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes in a plate
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Enjoy perfectly creamy and fluffy mashed potatoes in no time with this Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe.

Get the Mashed Potatoes recipe.

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes

Creamy Sweet potatoes topped with butter in a white plate ion front of the instant pot

Sweet Potatoes cook to perfection in the instant pot, tender and creamy. These pressure cooker “baked” sweet potatoes are fast & easy to cook, and make a delicious snack or side dish!

Get the Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes recipe.

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese in a spoon
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It’s so creamy, cheesy, and easy that you’ll never make Mac & Cheese on the stove ever again. This is a perfect side dish for busy weeknights since it takes less than 10 minutes to make.

Get the Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipe.


A plate of hummus and pita bread on the side, garnished with paprika and herbs.

You will love this smooth, creamy hummus made from dried chickpeas in the instant pot in just over an hour. With just a few simple and healthy ingredients, this Instant Pot Hummus is the best creamy dip for any occasion!

Get the Instant Pot Hummus recipe.

Instant Pot Steamed Vegetables

a medley of steamed vegetables in a steamer basket

Learn how to steam vegetables perfectly in the instant pot using this easy, no-fail method. The veggies are perfectly cooked and are not mushy with the instant pot zero-minute magic!

Get the How to steam vegetables in Instant Pot recipe.

Baked Potatoes

How to steam potatoes in instant pot

Potatoes are perfect for steaming in a pressure cooker, and it takes less than 30 minutes to get perfectly cooked baked potatoes. 

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Steamed Cauliflower

Perfectly Steamed Cauliflower in the Instant Pot

Easy, fresh & tasty Steamed Cauliflower made in the Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker). Enjoy this low-carb, healthy vegetable made in less than 15 minutes. A perfect side to any meal! 

Get the Instant Pot Cauliflower recipe.

Corn on the Cob

closeup of corn on the cob with butter and parsley

This easy Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is sweet, juicy, and tender-crisp. It is cooked quickly in the pressure cooker. Season to taste and serve as an appetizer, snack, or side dish!

Get the Instant Pot Corn on the Cob recipe.

Bombay Potatoes

Spicy Bombay Potatoes Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Baby Potatoes cooked with aromatic spices as a one-pot dish are perfect for serving as an appetizer or a side dish. These delicious and easy Bombay Potatoes take just 20 minutes to make in the Instant Pot or stovetop.

Get the Instant Pot Bombay Potatoes recipe.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts in a bowl
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Quickly and easily make steamed and sautéed Brussels sprouts with your Instant Pot in under 30 minutes.

Get the Brussels Sprouts recipe.

Aloo Gobi (Potato & Cauliflower Stir Fry)

Aloo Gobi Instant Pot Pressure Cooker 1

A healthy & delicious potato and cauliflower stir fry made in the instant pot. So easy and quick. It takes just 20 minutes to make this Indian side dish. Vegan & Gluten-Free.  

Get the Instant Pot Aloo Gobi recipe.

Lemon Rice

Instant Pot Lemon Rice

Flavorful, tangy, and crunchy Instant Pot Lemon Rice from South India, made as a one-pot dish in Instant Pot. Aromatic Basmati Rice flavored with lemon juice, mustard seeds, and ginger and topped with roasted peanuts. 

Get the Instant Pot Lemon Rice recipe.

Spanish Rice

mexican tomato rice in front of the instant pot

This Instant Pot Spanish Rice, often known as Mexican Rice or Arroz Rojo, is full of flavor, easy to make, and incredibly tasty. This versatile Spanish Rice is a wonderful side dish for any meal!

Get the Instant Pot Mexican Rice recipe.

Turmeric Yellow Rice

golden Turmeric rice in a bowl garnished with cilantro

This fragrant and flavorful Indian Turmeric Yellow Rice is a healthy alternative to your usual white rice. Try my recipe to make this vibrant rice in an instant pot easily.

Get the Instant Pot Yellow Rice recipe.

Brown Rice Mushroom Pilaf

Mushroom Brown Rice served in a plate

Easy, healthy & delicious Brown Rice Mushroom Pilaf. A flavorful one-pot dish with just 5 ingredients. It is perfect to make on a weeknight and enjoy as a side or as a meal. Even better, make it on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot.

Get the Instant Pot Mushroom Pilaf recipe.

Couscous & Vegetable Medley

Couscous pulao instant pot pressure cooker

Israeli Couscous cooked with vegetables of choice in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.  Enjoy it as a side or salad. 

Get the Instant Pot Couscous recipe.

1-minute Quinoa

quinoa in a ladle on top of instant pot

Perfectly cooked Quinoa in Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot. Two ways – In the main pot and pot-in-pot. Just add quinoa and water, set the timer, and come back to perfectly cooked quinoa. 

Get the Instant Pot Quinoa recipe.

Coconut Rice

Coconut Rice made in the pressure cooker served in a black bowl topped with sesame seeds and scallions

Fast & Easy Coconut Rice made in the Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot. Perfectly cooked rice with the sweet aroma and subtle flavor of coconut milk. This is a great vegan & gluten-free rice side dish to many Asian dishes! 

Get the Instant Pot Coconut Rice recipe.

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Pressure Cooker Cilantro Lime Brown Rice served in a brown bowl with lime slices and a spoon

This Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Brown Rice is easy, healthy, and tasty! This Cilantro Lime Rice tastes just like Chipotles. The fresh cilantro and lime flavors make it a wonderful side dish or ingredient for burritos or bowls!

Get the Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice recipe.

Spinach Rice

Spinach Rice served in a bowl along with cherry tomatoes

Spinach Rice cooked in the instant pot or stovetop as a one-pot recipe. Aromatic basmati rice with spinach and spices makes this Spinach Rice flavorful and healthy!

Get the Instant Pot Spinach Rice recipe

Beet Rice

Beet Pulao Rice Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

A mildly flavored rice pulao with beets, green peas, and aromatic spices in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.  

Get the Instant Pot Beet Rice recipe.

Lemon Parmesan Orzo – Instant Pot

Lemon Parmesan Orzo with tomatoes in a green bowl

Instant Pot Lemon Parmesan Orzo pasta with garlic, cherry tomatoes, and parsley is a perfect side dish. It is very quick and easy to make pressure cooker orzo pasta! 

Get the Lemon Parmesan Orzo – Instant Pot recipe.

Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad

Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad in a white bowl garnished with basil

Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad is a light, refreshing side dish made with orzo pasta, grape tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil. This easy orzo pasta salad is quick to make and perfect for taking to a picnic or get-together.

Get the Caprese Orzo Pasta Salad recipe.

Lemon Asparagus Pasta

Penne Pasta with green Asparagus and peas in a white bowl

Get all spring flavors in a bowl with this Lemon Asparagus Pasta. Make it in the Instant Pot in just 30 minutes, and the result will be a creamy bowl of pasta filled with fresh greens! It contains peas, asparagus, and a splash of lemon juice, creating a symphony of tangy and savory flavors. Try this delicious, vegetarian, one-pot meal tonight!

Get the Instant Pot Asparagus Pasta recipe.

Pesto Orzo Salad

Pesto Orzo pasta salad in a white bowl with a fork

Sun Dried tomatoes, basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella make this Pesto Orzo Salad a summer favorite. It’s fresh, flavorful, and so easy to make! Perfect for a picnic, potluck, or weeknight meal.

Get the Pesto Orzo Salad recipe.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Mushroom Spaghetti in 2 white bowls

Spaghetti tossed in a creamy cheese sauce loaded with mushrooms. If you love mushrooms, this creamy mushroom pasta is going to be your new favorite. Make this amazingly delicious creamy, dreamy pasta in the instant pot in less than 30 minutes! 

Get the Instant Pot Mushroom pasta recipe.

Mexican Black Beans

black beans in a bowl garnished with cilantro

Packed with protein and fiber and full of flavor, these healthy Mexican Black Beans in Instant Pot are the perfect side dish to make for your family.

Get the Instant Pot Black Beans recipe.

Cranberry Chutney

Indian style spiced cranberry chutney in a bowl

This Cranberry Chutney is sweet, spicy, and tangy, all at the same time. It is like a flavor burst in your mouth, with cranberries, apples, orange juice, and spices. Make it in the instant pot in just 30 minutes.

Get the Cranberry Chutney recipe.

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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