35 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes (Quick & Easy)
See my guide on how to use an Instant Pot.
You’ll love these Healthy Instant Pot Recipes! With these easy pressure cooker recipes, you’ll get delicious weeknight dinners on your table faster than ever. Plus, ideas for breakfast, side dishes and meal prep!
The more I use my Instant Pot, the more I realize what an amazing appliance it is. I couldn’t live without my Instant Pot at this point – it saves me so much effort with preparing quick, healthy meals!
You can use your Instant Pot as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer or rice cooker. You can also sauté veggies, brown meat and make yogurt in an Instant Pot. I use the Instant Pot sauté and pressure cook functions most often.
If you are new to Instant Pot cooking, read my guide on How to Use an Instant Pot.
I own multiple Instant Pots. I’ll often have two Instant Pots cooking at the same time if I’m doing food prep for the week or making a main and side dish for dinner. You might think I’m crazy, but it is so convenient!
I regularly use both the 6 quart Instant Pot and the 8 quart Instant Pot DUO. I love and highly recommend both, depending on your needs. The 8 quart is great for when you are feeding a crowd or meal prepping large batches of dried beans, etc. The 6 quart is perfect for feeding a family on a daily basis.
Why you need an Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker)
- You can make true one pot meals in your Instant Pot.
- If you forget to start your slow cooker, you can make dinner fast in your Instant Pot.
- You can safely and effortlessly cook meat from frozen.
- It’s a hands-off way to cook. You don’t need to watch a pot on the stove or a pan in the oven.
- You can make many meal prep staples quickly and easily, including shredded chicken, hard-boiled eggs, steel cut oats and cooked beans (from dry).
- The pressure cooking process develops delicious flavors quickly. I’ve never had a better chili than my Instant Pot Turkey Chili!
Healthy Instant Pot Recipes
This Instant Pot Spaghetti is one of the best Instant Pot recipes for a fast family dinner. Everything cooks together in one pot: meat, pasta and sauce!
This Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup has the best flavors of fall wrapped up in a deliciously easy soup!
Honey Garlic Instant Pot Chicken Breasts are always moist, tender and flavorful! These pressure cooker chicken breasts cook perfectly in minutes from fresh or frozen for a quick dinner.
Instant Pot Minestrone Soup is the perfect hearty meal to warm you up. This homemade recipe tastes just like the restaurant version and is loaded with healthy vegetables and hearty beans.
Enjoy an easy savory meal with this Instant Pot Chicken Thighs recipe. Perfectly juicy and seasoned with a homemade spice rub, make these chicken thighs in your Instant Pot in just 30 minutes, start to finish.
These Easy Peel Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are so simple to make and easy to peel! They are a great healthy meal prep option for breakfasts, snacks and lunches.
This vegetarian Instant Pot Lentil Soup is a warmly spiced soup that’s filled with tender lentils, vegetables and tomatoes.
This Instant Pot Potato Soup is the perfect thick and creamy soup for a chilly winter evening meal.
We can’t get enough of this Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup! This healthy one pot dinner can also be made in the slow cooker.
Instant Pot Pinto Beans are a versatile recipe that you can use to make many delicious meals.
This Instant Pot Greek Chicken has only 5g net carbs. This delicious and healthy meal will have you coming back for more!
These Instant Pot Baked Potatoes are an easy meal, perfect for a weeknight. Load them up with your favorite toppings and enjoy.
Everyone who tries this Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe says it is the best turkey chili they’ve had! I bet your family will love it too.
Instant Pot Chicken and Mushrooms has loads of flavor from onion, garlic and mushrooms plus an herb and seasoning blend.
Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash is an easy, hands-off way to cook this versatile ingredient. It turns out tender and perfectly cooked, ready to enjoy with marinara sauce or use in your favorite recipes.
This vegetarian Instant Pot Lentil Chili with black beans, quinoa, lentils and veggies is a healthy and hearty chili recipe.
Easy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice is always a family dinner favorite! Made with brown rice and packed with veggies, this healthy dinner cooks in under 30 minutes.
Enjoy this delicious Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup made easy and fast in your pressure cooker.
This Instant Pot Brown Rice recipe is a hands-off way to cook fluffy brown rice! This easy pressure cooker rice recipe helps to simplify dinner prep.
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is a foolproof recipe that turns out perfect every time. The easiest way to cook corn on the cob!
Make your favorite takeout food at home with this Pressure Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken & Noodles recipe.
Cook your own Black Beans in your Instant Pot! These Mexican-flavored black beans are easy to make, with no soaking required! Use them in burritos, tacos, salads, enchiladas or as a side dish.
Weeknight meals just got easier with this delicious Instant Pot Whole Chicken. The leftovers are perfect for sandwiches!
You can never have too many chili recipes and this Instant Pot Chili is flavorful and easy to make.
This Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup is perfect for cold winter days!
Breakfast just got easier with these foolproof Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats. They come out perfect every time!
Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes are an easy side dish, or add your favorite toppings and make them a meal.
This Instant Pot Lemon Chicken with Garlic is an easy low carb and low effort meal for any day.
A sweet and savory honey garlic sauce makes this easy Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin Recipe something special.
Perfectly fluffy Instant Pot Quinoa cooks quickly in the pressure cooker. Enjoy it as a side dish or use it in your favorite quinoa recipes.
When you need a cozy, healthy dinner that cooks in one pot, this Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is just the recipe. You can make it with fresh or frozen chicken.
Breakfast for dinner? This Instant Pot Frittata Breakfast Casserole is crazy delicious and loaded with healthy veggies. This tasty pressure cooker breakfast is easy to make and an excellent make-ahead meal!
This Instant Pot Applesauce is an easy and delicious homemade apple sauce recipe that pressure cooks in just 6 minutes.
See how to cook moist, tender and juicy chicken breasts in your Instant Pot for shredding. This Instant Pot Shredded Chicken is quick and easy to make and it turns out perfect every time!
Healthy Instant Pot Recipes: Instant Pot Vegetable Soup
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 3 ribs celery, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 3 medium carrots, sliced into ¼-inch thick rounds or half rounds if large
- 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, about 4 medium, cut into ¾-inch pieces
- 1 cup chopped green beans, 1 inch pieces, fresh or frozen
- ¾ cup frozen corn
- ¾ cup frozen peas
- 14.5 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- ¾ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- Turn on the Instant Pot's saute function and add the olive oil. When hot, add the chopped onion and celery. Saute, stirring often, until softened, 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic, turn off the Instant Pot, and stir for 30 seconds.
- Pour the vegetable broth into the pot and stir, scraping up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add all of the remaining ingredients: carrots, potatoes, green beans, corn, peas, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Stir.
- Close the Instant Pot lid and move the steam release valve to the sealing position. Set the cook time to 4 minutes at high pressure. The Instant Pot will take about 20 minutes to reach pressure and then the cook time will start counting down.
- When the cook time ends, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes by just leaving the Instant Pot alone. Then, quick release the remaining pressure by carefully moving the steam release valve to the venting position. Once all of the steam has escaped and the pin drops down, carefully open the Instant Pot lid.
- Remove the bay leaves. Stir the soup, serve and enjoy!
- This soup is delicious served with chopped fresh parsley and grated Parmesan cheese. Try adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the soup for a bright, fresh flavor or a pinch of red pepper flakes for heat.
- Try using other vegetables in this vegetable soup recipe, such as zucchini, cubed butternut squash or sweet potatoes. Note that zucchini will become very soft after pressure cooking.
- To make this soup even more of a hearty meal, you can add canned beans or pasta. Canned beans can be added before pressure cooking. It is best to cook pasta separately and add it to the soup after pressure cooking.
I don’t even know which recipe to start with! I thought I’d find 1 or 2 that I liked but I want to try about half of these recipes haha thank you for all the ideas!
I’m glad you’re excited to try them!
These look absolutely delicious! You have amazing food photography too :] As much as I know my girl’s will love these, I know I will too!
Thank you! I hope you find some new favorites!
I got started reading this sight cause I want to my my son some healthy chicken soup for his cold. But all these recipes look wonderful. I have only had my instant pot for about 6 months, but like you I wonder how I existed or cooked before it!! I think I love most that I don’t have to stand and watch something on the stove and the delicious flavor of everything!! Thanks so much
Like these easy healthy recipes!
I have a large bacon hock that i would like to make into a thick vegetable soup.Where do I start please as I am new to the pressure cooker
Sorry, I haven’t tried a bacon hock in the pressure cooker yet.
I’m a vegetarian and I absolutely loved the Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup! It is so healthy, we’re going to eat this every Tuesday now. Thank you!
Love these Instant recipes , pls add non veg recipes too, thanks for sharing these Ideas with us
Love these instant pot recipes, thanks for sharing these recipe Ideas. We can explore cooking and just not thinking what we will cook today.!!!1
Thanks for sharing these Healthy Instant Pot Recipes, will love to try these . Will be my weekend recipes.
Happy New Year Kristine, these are great recipes. I will forward this to my daughter.
Love these Healthy Instant Pot Recipes , super excited to make these. Thanks for sharing this one .
Thanks for sharing these Healthy Instant Pot Recipes ,these recipes seems so delicious and amazing . Will love to try this one.
This Lentil Tortilla Soup is really amazing!!! I really love this recipe as it’s simple and healthy surely I’ll try it once. Thanks for sharing this.
Just got my pot for my Birthday. Reading through recipes and I want to try them out. All of them sounds so good. Thanks for these recipes. Looking forward to getting my recipe book. Wonderful, Wonderful
Love these Healthy Instant Pot Recipes, these recipes seems delicious and unique . Super excited to try this one, thank you for sharing this with us.
I have a 6 qt instant pot can I double these recipes and fit it in the instant pot?
It is going to depend on the recipe. A few could be doubled in a 6 quart pot, for others you would need an 8 quart pot to make a double recipe.