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12 Must-Have Instant Pot Mini Recipes (3-Quart)

We love to make things easier for you and that’s why we’ve put together our favourite Instant Pot mini recipes, which are perfectly suited to you smaller-batch, 3-quart pressure cooker. 

12 Must-Have Instant Pot Mini Recipes

Many people have the 6-quart Instant Pot for batch cooking and for matching up recipes. Most bloggers and cookbook authors are using this version as the standard size. It can be tough to figure out the proper proportions for the Instant Pot Mini, which is the 3-quart version.

Today, we’re sharing with you some recipes designed specifically for 1-2 people in the Mini. With these recipes, you won’t have to do the guesswork on your own at all. Plus, you won’t be burdened with leftovers because some people simply don’t like them!

Eliminate food waste and make dinner easy with some of these featured Instant Pot Mini recipes. If you find any more Instant Pot mini specific recipes, share with us!


1. Instant Pot Mini Spaghetti from Simply Happy Foodie  

Instant Pot mini spaghetti

A little pasta goes a long way! If you’re just looking for a 1-2 person serving or simply leftovers for lunch tomorrow, this recipe is perfect. With meat sauce and optional veggies, it’s great on its own or paired with a green salad. This is sure to be a weeknight staple, cooking up in only 9-13 minutes.

2. Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes For Two from Dessert for Two

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Making up a main dish in the oven? Whether it’s steak or meatloaf, these mashed potatoes are an undeniably delicious and comforting side dish. We all know they taste the best fresh from the pot anyway, so don’t worry about using up leftovers with this recipe for the 3-quart pot.

3. Instant Pot Cheesy Garlic Orzo from Simply Happy Foodie 

3-quart Instant Pot creamy orzo mini

This delicious cheesy side made with the Instant Pot Mini actually makes 4-6 servings which the Mini can totally accommodate, but you can easily halve this recipe to make a 2-3 serving side dish with ridiculously cheesy goodness in every bite. Orzo is the perfect pasta for soaking it all up!


4. Instant Pot Mini Cake from Home Pressure Cooking 

Instant Pot mini cake

Most cakes for the Instant Pot aren’t made in the Mini and we all know baking by intuition or guessing can be dangerously disappointing. This recipe will curb your sweet tooth with a small cake – perfect for dessert lovers and people who don’t necessarily want the temptation of a full-size cake hanging out around the house!

5. Instant Pot Butter Chicken from Simply Happy Foodie

Instant Pot mini butter chicken

Tempted by takeaway? Try this perfect serving of Indian butter chicken for your IP Mini. With the perfect blend of spices for a dreamy, creamy sauce, you can serve this with rice or cauliflower rice for a complete meal.


6. Instant Pot Mini Pot Roast from Home Pressure Cooking  

3-quart Instant Pot mini pot roast recipe

A pot roast is often a big meal made for a big pot. If you just want a special dinner for two, this is your go-to recipe. Simply choose a smaller cut of meat to make it work, and the rest will fall into place. This should help you figure out similar meat and veggie recipes, too.

7. Instant Pot Mini Mac & Cheese from Simply Happy Foodie

Instant Pot mini mac and cheese  

Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food and this perfect portion is just the right size for a lazy and satisfying dinner. It’s nearly as easy as the boxed stuff – just made with real food ingredients!


8. Instant Pot Chicken & Dumplings from Dessert for Two

Instant Pot Chicken & Dumplings soup for two

Chicken and dumplings are one of the most soothing meals with rich and hearty dumplings and tender chicken in a thick and creamy broth. Speckled with veggies, you’ll only regret not having more when you want to go back for seconds!

9. Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili from Simply Happy Foodie 

3-quart Instant Pot mini sweet potato chili

Velvety sweet potatoes, ground beef, spicy green chiles, hearty kidney beans and plenty of spice come together brilliantly and effortlessly in this Mini Duo recipe, perfect for garnishing with your favourite chili toppings.

10.Instant Pot Moroccan Chickpea Soup from Spice Cravings 

Instant Pot mini chickpea soup

This spicy and rich taste of Morocco is a mix between a soup and a stew with a gorgeous blend of ingredients that make it feel a bit like curry and a bit like a unique spin on tomato soup. Perfect for vegetarians and plant-based eaters with a big punch of protein.

11. Instant Pot Mini Meatloaf from Home Pressure Cooking 

Instant Pot mini meatloaf with bacon

This meatloaf for two is as tasty as it is tiny, great for serving two people. Topped with bacon and paired with lovely, perfectly cooked potatoes, you’ve got a full meal in a jiffy – and a darn good one at that.


12. Instant Pot Vegetarian Taco Pasta from Spice Cravings 

Instant Pot mini taco pasta (vegetarian)

This pasta is paired with all your favorite taco ingredients for a Mexican spin on pasta salad, fantastic served both hot and cold so you can save a little for the next day. No meat here, but feel free to add it (or faux meat) for extra protein.

Do you own a 3-quart Instant Pot mini? Do you have a favorite recipe? Share with us below!


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