If you’re following a keto diet, the pressure cooker is a valuable kitchen tool. These 15 Instant Pot keto recipes will show you how to achieve satiating, tasty and low-carb meals with ease and speed.
The keto diet has grown steadily in popularity over the years, and it’s something we don’t see losing its hype any time soon. A low-carb, high-fat diet can be beneficial for many people. It’s notorious for yielding amazing weight loss results, but it’s not only good for shedding pounds. It can be a great way to kick sugar addiction, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, heal from autoimmune disease, improve fitness, and prevent disease.
The keto diet is founded on a basis of healthy, nourishing fats like avocado, grass-fed butter and ghee, coconut products, quality cheese, and meat of course. Oh, but don’t forget the veggies! Leafy greens and cruciferous veggies in particular are fabulous for loading up on macronutrients while eating low-carb.
Like with any diet that eliminates a lot of foods, learning to cook interesting, balanced meals without using up too much precious time is key. The Instant Pot and keto go hand-in-hand when it comes to planning ahead and staying on track. Here are some of our favourite Instant Pot keto recipes.
1. Keto Instant Pot Smothered Pork Chops from Ruled Me
These Smothered Pork Chops are a one pot dish that’s perfect for busy nights when you’re short on time but still want a homemade dinner that’s quick and easy. Serve over steamed asparagus and cauliflower rice or mash for that instant comfort fix.
2. Instant Pot no noodle lasagna from Low Carb Yum
Lasagna with no noodles… say what? Just eight ingredients and the press of a few buttons makes this cheesy dish packed with Parmesan, mozzarella, ricotta cheese and beef. It’s as simple as that with a bit of sugar-free tomato sauce and egg to hold everything together. You won’t miss the noodles when you’ve got all that cheese.
3. Chicken bacon chowder from 5 Dinners 1 Hour
You really can’t go wrong with this combination. Cream cheese, plenty of butter, and mushrooms make up the base, and each bite is stacked high with chicken, bacon, and spinach. You get your healthy fats, you get some protein, and you get your greens with this one.
4. Chili with beef & chorizo from Instant Pot Eats
Turns out, a good chili recipe doesn’t necessarily need the beans. This recipe loads up on the meat with a hearty blend of chorizo and beef, ensuring a high fat meal that will be satiating. Cooked with carrots, celery, and red chili, each bite packs a punch of tasty heat.
5. Beef stew from Low Carb Maven
Beef stew is often loaded with potatoes, but eliminating the starch makes this classic comfort food totally keto-friendly. This recipe is the perfect one to start with for a basic template with whole mushrooms and celery root to add bulk to the dish.
6. Starbucks sous vide egg bites from Food & Wine
These are a great grab-and-go breakfast munchie from Starbucks, but they’ll cost you a pretty penny. Master the art of “sous vide” in the Instant Pot with some eggs, a few strips of bacon, and some handy mason jars. These are the perfect energising way to kick off your morning.
7. Sri Lankan coconut cabbage from Instant Pot Eats
It’s super important to include plenty of fibre on a keto diet. Greens are the answer – especially cruciferous greens like cabbage. This stellar side dish is spiced with turmeric and mustard seeds, then tossed with dessicated coconut to boost your fat intake. It’s perfect with your choice of protein.
8. Green chile pork taco bowl from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Forget the tortillas. Bowls are where it’s at, especially on the keto diet. This “taco” in a bowl boasts tender and spicy green chile pork, cauliflower rice, poblanos, Mexican cheese, and sour cream if you want to get fancy. Add some cilantro, avocado, and whatever else you like to keep it fresh.
9. Zucchini noodles with lemon and Parmesan from Instant Pot Eats
A simple side dish or a light lunch, this zoodles dish is easily made in the Instant Pot in just ten minutes. It’s not just for “slow” cooking and meaty dishes! These are zesty with a hint of fresh lemon and a generous sprinkle of Parmesan. It pairs perfectly with meatballs (see above), sliced grilled chicken, or steamed fish.
10. Pecan pie cheesecake from All Day I Dream About Food
You know we had to include dessert on our list, especially when you can make cheesecake in the Instant Pot. Considering the ingredients besides the crust and sugar are pretty keto on their own, all it takes is a few simple tweaks. This recipe uses almond flour for the crust, carb-free sweeteners, and a lovely butter pecan topping.
11. Creamy garlic mushroom chicken stew from Instant Pot Eats
Chicken thighs and mushrooms make the meat of this dish, served in a base of chicken stock and sour cream. It’s keto-friendly and highly addictive with some seriously rich ‘stick-to-your-ribs’ food. You can make it dairy-free with coconut milk while still keeping it low-carb.
12. Pork roast with mushroom gravy from Health Starts In The Kitchen
Nothing beats a good gravy served atop mouth-watering meat. This gravy is made without the flour and just as savoury, topped with mushrooms. Serve this up with some veggies and you’ve got a full meal.
13. Chicken soup from I Breathe, I’m Hungry
Chicken soup is a staple, especially in the winter. It’s usually served with noodles, but you won’t be missing out on much because this recipe makes up for that with extra veggies. Bonus: make your own bone broth in the Instant Pot to use in this dish.
14. Asian salmon & vegetables from Instant Pot Eats
This dish comes together in just 15 minutes with perfectly cooked fish and tender veggies. You can swap out any low-carb choices you enjoy or ones that are in season. Omit the honey in the sauce and add your favourite low-carb sweetener instead for true Asian flair.
15. Italian tomato meatballs from Instant Pot Eats
Meatballs are a must-have. Ground beef, lamb, pork or turkey will work for these. You can even use a blend. This recipe uses an unsweetened homemade sauce. Then, you’ve got a freezer stash of meatballs to use for “pasta” dishes with zoodles, snacking, or however you like yours.
Okay, I’m feeling hungry now! If you enjoyed these keto recipes, make sure to share this round-up with your low-carb or low-carb curious friends. Happy eating!