Run out of fresh meat or veggies but got a stash of frozen food for emergencies? This collection of Instant Pot recipes with frozen foods will help you get dinner on the table in no time. Whether you’ve got frozen chicken, salmon, beef, corn, potatoes, or any other veggies, we’ve got a delicious meal for you to try.
Are you a person who loves Costco, BJ’s, or Sam’s Club? These places are perfect for finding great deals, especially in the frozen food arena. Obviously, with bulk shopping, you can’t eat it all, but you can definitely freeze it. Then enjoy for several different meals in the future when you are crunched for time.
Who isn’t busy and crunched for time? The thought of cleaning, cutting, peeling or thawing can suddenly turn a great meal idea to a dreaded sweat-box in the kitchen. Keeping ingredients simple and accessible makes healthy eating more attainable. Veggies that are already washed and precut saves your prep time. If it’s as easy as cutting a bag open and dumping it in a pot, then you are more likely to eat those peas and carrots, then order a pizza. Well, let’s hope so at least.
We can’t always go to the store when we want to have fresh produce or meats from the butcher. And sometimes the product is just not in season. Freezing allows you to enjoy what you love when you want to eat it.
Flash-freezing is a method of accelerated freezing immediately after the item is harvested, at its peak of perfection without the use of artificial preservatives. It also helps to resist freezer burn allowing for much longer shelf life. It also locks in the nutrition, texture, and flavor. So, here is a list of frozen foods you can cook up in your Instant Pot together with our favourite recipes.
Best Frozen Foods To Cook In The Instant Pot:
- Frozen chicken (breast, wings, diced meat)
- Frozen beef (roast, ground beef, diced beef)
- Frozen pork (ground pork, tenderloin or loin, diced pork)
- Frozen meatballs
- Frozen shrimp and fish fillets like salmon, cod, and haddock
- Frozen clams for chowder
- Frozen potatoes, broccoli, beans, carrots, peas, corn, and mixed vegetables
- Frozen mushrooms
- Frozen berries
- Frozen stocks & broths
We have some handy Instant Pot recipes using different frozen foods to share with you!
Frozen Meat & Poultry
Instant Pot ‘Frozen’ Roast Beef & Potatoes from Oh So Delicioso
Take a frozen roast beef and potatoes and in just a couple of hours turn it into the most delicious pot roast meal you’ve ever had. No one will ever know you forgot to defrost the roast for dinner.
15-Minute Instant Pot Italian Meatballs (from Frozen) from The Butter Half
Want quick and easy comfort food that doubles as an appetizer and dinner? Cook frozen meatballs in just 5 minutes using your pressure cooker. You can also make these Instant Pot Italian meatballs ahead and reheat them in the microwave easily. They store well for freezer meals, and can be made into sliders, or served with zoodles, soups and stews, and sandwiches.
Instant Pot Frozen Pork Tenderloin from Sweet and Savory Meals
Frozen Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot is a quick and easy way to make a delicious meal in just about one hour. The method is very simple, and you can also apply this strategy to other meats.
Pressure Cooker Frozen Chicken Wings from The Typical Mom
Having frozen chicken wings and breasts in the freezer for just in case situations is smart planning. But knowing how to cook them fast is even better. From freezer to dinner in less than 30 minutes! Choose your favorite barbecue sauce and get your stack of napkins ready.
Instant Pot Shredded Chicken (From Frozen) from Show Me the Yummy
This Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Recipe using frozen chicken breasts is perfect for meal prep and a great base for so many different recipes! You can use it in salads, soups, sandwiches, enchiladas, or nachos.
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup (w Frozen Chicken) from Balancing Motherhood
What makes this soup amazing when you are sick is that it’s made in the Instant Pot which means it cooks in no time! There’s no need to remember to thaw out your meat, just use frozen chicken breasts and throw all your other ingredients in without using much brain power or energy so you can return to your comfy couch, blanket, and movie.
Instant Pot Frozen Whole Chicken from iFood Real
Imagine putting whole frozen chicken in Instant Pot and having tasty rotisserie style chicken in under an hour. Just rinse frozen chicken so oil and then spices will stick to it. Wash sink after rinsing. When your done cooking the chicken you will have flavorful golden liquid broth at the bottom to make soup!
Instant Pot Ground Beef (from Frozen & Fresh) from The Wooden Skillet
So it’s dinner time and you realize you forgot to take out your hamburger for dinner. We’ve all been there. All hope is not lost. That’s why you have your handy dandy Instant Pot.
Frozen Fish & Seafood
Ginger Soy Salmon From Fresh or Frozen from Instant Pot Eats
This quick and easy Instant Pot salmon with soy-ginger dressing and broccoli is a lovely, nutritious dinner meal. If you want to use frozen salmon fillets, all you have to do is add 2 minutes to the cooking cycle. Takes the hassle out of thawing the fish first and makes this dish more affordable. This is a guest recipe from The Fresh & Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook by Megan Gilmore.
Instant Pot Shrimp From Frozen from The Typical Mom
Wondering how to cook frozen Instant Pot shrimp so they’re perfectly pink when they’re done? There is literally no cooking time at all. Try this Shrimp Alfredo.
Instant Pot Fish Chowder (frozen fish & corn) from Cardamom & Coconut
This recipe for Instant Pot Fish Chowder is so simple, delicious, and creamy. Just chop up some veggies. Add them to the Instant Pot with some broth and frozen fish fillets (no need to thaw!). Serve with some warm bread for the perfect weeknight dinner!
Frozen Corn & Potato Chowder from Evolving Table
Instant Pot Potato Corn Chowder is a quick and easy gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan soup recipe that is full of flavor! One reason this is so quick to make is because of the frozen corn used. The amount of time you save by simply opening up a bag of frozen corn versus making a mess cutting up ears of corn in your kitchen is worth the slight difference in freshness.
Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup (with Frozen Broccoli) from Simply Happy Foodie
This soup is thick and rich, with the perfect balance of sharp cheddar cheese and broccoli. Using frozen broccoli will cook up faster and softer.
Instant Pot Corn (From Frozen) from The Typical Mom
We all love fresh, but sometimes it’s just not in season when you are craving it. Using your pressure cooker is the easiest way to steam frozen corn on the cob to perfection every time.
Instant Pot Potato & Bacon Soup (from Frozen potato) from Three Little Ferns
This easy Instant Pot potato soup recipe uses frozen hash brown potatoes to cut down on prep time and bring this hearty soup to the table even faster! No peeling, no dicing, no measuring, just empty the packages, dump and go! This a great option when you don’t have a full kitchen to work with.
Instant Pot Vegetable Bean Soup (use Mixed Frozen Veggies) from Eating Instantly
This Instant Pot Vegetable Bean Soup is a delicious vegetarian, gluten-free soup recipe that comes together in one pot – and it’s much healthier for you than store-bought canned soup! It is also really versatile and you can just use a giant bag of frozen veggies to cut down on prep time.
Instant Pot Berry Cobbler (using frozen berries) from Easy Instant Recipes
Here is a healthy and simple dessert to bring to the table using frozen berries. This recipe is ridiculously easy to adapt to gluten-free (just use gluten-free oats) to make this berry crisp a big win for everyone!