We’ve picked the best Instant Pot vegan recipes that will please and delight on any occasion, including healthy stews, soups, grains, legumes and even desserts. If you’re following a plant-based diet or simply trying to eat less meat, these vegan pressure cooker dishes are for you! Recently updated with even more delicious ideas.
- Why We Love Instant Pot For Vegan Cooking
- Best Instant Pot Vegan Recipes
- Vegan Instant Pot Soup Recipes
- Vegan Indian Instant Pot Recipes
- More Vegan Stews & Curries
- Vegan Instant Pot Pasta, Rice & Other Grains
- Vegan-Friendly Sides & Dips
- Vegan Instant Pot Desserts
- A Must-Try Recipe
- Best Instant Pot Vegan Recipes: Ultimate Veggie Stew
- More Vegan Roundups & How-To Guides
- Most Popular Vegan YouTube Videos
Why We Love Instant Pot For Vegan Cooking
The Instant Pot is wildly versatile, and there are hardly recipes that are off-limits.
For the vegan crowd, the pressure cooker is an irreplaceable kitchen tool. If rice, beans, and lentils are staples in your meals, you probably know just how long it can take to make those things! This is doubly true if you’re soaking or sprouting your grains and legumes beforehand. Overall, it’s a whole lot of waiting.
So, enter the Instant Pot. You’ve got your staples cooked – potentially in bulk – at the beginning of the week which offers you a blank canvas and some plant-powered protein to work with. Here are some of our favourite ideas for vegan-friendly pressure cooking. whether you follow a vegan diet, are trying to cut back on meat a little, or just want to please a crowd. These are dishes even the omnivores will eat up!
Best Instant Pot Vegan Recipes
There are so many fantastic vegan recipes for Instant Pot. We’ve divided our selected dishes into additional categories such as Soups, Pasta, Indian, and Sides. These will help you navigate to what you’re looking for.
Vegan Instant Pot Soup Recipes
These recipes are perfect for vegans or anyone looking for delicious and nutritious soups that can be prepared in a short amount of time. With a variety of ingredients and flavors, there is a plant-based soup recipe to suit everyone’s taste buds.
This Mexican-inspired Instant Pot corn soup is made with healthy ingredients, flavourful spices, lime, and a little chipotle for a smoky, chili kick. It’s gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and super quick and easy to make. Get this recipe on our blog.
This soup is loaded with vegetables and lentils. It’s naturally low in calories and full of nutrients and flavor without added oil or sugar. Perfect for healthy eating. Get this recipe on our blog.
Bright, zesty, and unique, this soup is the perfect pick-me-up. It makes a lovely creamy soup without the addition of dairy, you can easily freeze it, and the leftovers are especially good after the flavours have sunk in a bit. Get the recipe on our blog.
Hearty, thick, and full of flavor and veggies, this Instant Pot Minestrone will leave you feeling satiated and nourished. Making this classic Italian tomato broth-based soup with pasta, potatoes, and beans gives you plenty of fibre and protein and you will be getting a ton of antioxidants and vitamins from all the veggies. Get this recipe on our blog.
Cooking with butternut squash is also very nutritious as this starchy root vegetable is full of vitamins, antioxidants and fibre. It’s a healthy source of carbohydrates but is relatively low in calories. Get the recipe on our blog.
If you love aromas of Thai cuisine – think zesty lime, fresh cilantro, fragrant curry, ginger, garlic, and coconut – you will really enjoy this creamy, hearty Instant Pot red lentil soup. It is packed with veggies, plant-based protein, and creamy coconut milk. This soup is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan-friendly. Get this recipe on our blog.
Packed with vitamin A-rich sweet potatoes, protein-rich black beans, and warm spices, you won’t be able to get enough of this comforting bowl. Top it off with your favourite garnishes – fresh cilantro, chopped avocado, some raw onion, a spoon of vegan sour cream or a sprinkle of nutritional yeast. Oh, and don’t forget the tortilla chips! Get this recipe on our blog.
Eat your beets! This vibrant borscht is a wonderful way to pack in veggies on the side. You can add beans or omit them, and it’s perfectly vegan if you replace a dollop of sour cream to serve with a scoop of coconut or soy yoghurt instead. Get this recipe on our blog.
Want a quick and easy soup that is hearty and nutritious? This Italian-inspired farmhouse soup is just the thing. It’s a tasty vegan vegetable soup for those nights when you want to give your digestion a break or if you feel like a need a lighter meal. You know those times, right? Get this recipe on our blog
This healthy and light vegan Instant Pot udon soup is made with mushrooms and soy sauce infused broth and is served with protein-rich edamame and crispy tempeh. It’s quick, easy, and perfect for a weeknight meal. Get this recipe on our blog.
Serve this soup with the gremolata – a condiment of chopped parsley, lemon zest, and garlic– which freshens up the soup and gives it an added Mediterranean twist. Get the recipe on our blog.
A heartwarming, thick soup, almost like a stew, that is perfect for a chilly or rainy day or when you need a hit of comfort food. Get the recipe on our blog.
Healthy and low in calories with a luxurious, velvety texture and delicately sweet and rounded flavor of tender vegetables, spices and a touch of coconut cream. Get the recipe on our blog.
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Vegan Indian Instant Pot Recipes
These recipes feature a range of ingredients, spices, and techniques that are characteristic of Indian cooking, and offer a flavorful and nutritious way to enjoy a variety of vegan dishes such as curries, dals, biryanis, and more. Whether you’re an Indian food enthusiast or simply looking for new vegan recipes to try, these are a must-try.
A delicious classic vegetarian Indian dish also known as cauliflower and potato curry. Serve as a side, over rice or with a side of naan bread. It’s vegan and gluten-free friendly. Get this recipe on our blog.
Instant Pot chickpeas in a spicy tomato sauce, also known as chana masala, is a super easy, nutritious, vegetarian, and vegan dinner. Plus, you get to cook the accompanying brown rice at the same time. Get this recipe on our blog.
A tasty Indian, vegetarian rice recipe that is perfect for a weeknight dinner. You can use mushrooms, paneer, asparagus or artichoke hearts instead of jackfruit in this recipe. Get the recipe on our blog.
The sauce is a little sweet and earthy, and sometimes with nutty hints. Get the recipe on our blog.
It captures the essence of a rich Indian dal but with a lighter, more tomato-based sauce and the addition of potatoes and carrots. Get the recipe on our blog.
Made with sliced white mushrooms that pair perfectly with the sweetness of green peas in a tomato-cashew–based sauce. Get the recipe on the blog.
More Vegan Stews & Curries
From spicy lentil stews to creamy chickpea curries, these recipes feature a variety of vegetables, legumes, and spices that are not only flavorful but also packed with essential nutrients.
This vegan and gluten-free friendly Instant Pot chickpea stew is a delicious main meal full of Moroccan-influenced spices and flavors. Serve it over rice, couscous or with some crusty bread. Get this recipe on our blog.
Made with butternut squash pumpkin and garbanzo beans (or chickpeas), this Instant Pot chili is comforting and hearty, perfect for a fall or winter dinner. Served with diced avocado and cilantro, this is a must-go gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan chili for your pressure cooker. This is a great make-ahead, freezer-friendly recipe. Get this recipe on our blog
If you’re expanding your lentil recipe repertoire, this coconut curry dish is a total keeper because it’s easy, full of plant-based protein, healthy fats and veggies. Get the recipe on our blog.
This gorgeous split pea stew (or thick soup) is adapted from a classic Turkish lentil soup, also known as Mercimek Çorbası. It’s simple, rich and nutritious stew is full of warm, aromatic spices and flavours that will get you asking for seconds. Get this recipe on our blog.
At first glance, you’d never guess it doesn’t have any beef, and you won’t be missing out on much. Hearty mushrooms, potatoes, carrots and celery give it all the texture and substance you need. Plus, it’s grain-free. Topped with parsley, lemon gremolata for the best taste. Get this recipe on our blog.
Hearty, deliciously spiced, and a little smokey, this vegan-friendly Instant Pot lentil stew is super easy to make and will quickly become a favorite plant-based dinner recipe. Serve it with rice, potatoes, or a side of toasted bread rolls or baguette. Get this recipe on our blog.
This posole is made “meaty” with a secret ingredient – jackfruit! It lends its beautiful texture and sweet flavour to this Mexican-inspired dish usually made with pork. You can top yours how you like, but we love the fresh tastes and vibrant colours coming in here. Get the recipe from Tried & True.
Vegan Instant Pot Pasta, Rice & Other Grains
From creamy risottos to flavorful pasta dishes, these recipes feature a variety of ingredients, including vegetables, legumes, and spices, that are not only delicious but also packed with essential nutrients.
This vegan Instant Pot mac and cheese is made with dairy-free cashew sauce and artichokes and is velvety, creamy and full of flavour. Enjoy this healthier, lighter version in about 35 minutes. Get this recipe on our blog.
If you love homemade Italian cuisine, you must try this vegan bolognese recipe. This meat-free version is made with red lentils and mushrooms, pressure cooked in a gorgeous, rich tomato sauce. You’ll be surprised by how satiating and hearty this dish is, making it a worthy rival to its traditional meaty cousin. Get this recipe on our blog.
This gorgeous Instant Pot quinoa dish is perfect for a lazy, nutritious dinner. It’s suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike, and can be served as-is with a salad or some greens, or as a side dish. Get this recipe on our blog.
If you think all risotto recipes are heavy and full of butter and cheese, wait till you try this Instant Pot version. This dish is filling and nutritious yet it won’t leave you feeling stuffed and bloated. There are a few sneaky ingredients that will make it taste like the classic version. Get this recipe on our blog.
This meal is the definition of budget-friendly, and it hardly even feels like it. Infused with flavour, colour, and beautiful texture from a blend of rice, peas, and corn, this vegan meal is nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory, and without all the additives found in traditional yellow rice. Get this recipe on our blog.
Made with mushrooms, onions and garlic for added flavor, it’s fantastic as a main vegetarian or vegan dish, or it can be served as a side. Plus, it’s gluten-free and budget-friendly. Get the recipe on our blog.
Coated in the most delicious balsamic orange dressing and served cold or warm. It is perfect for any time of the year. Get the recipe on our blog.
Instant Pot rice noodles with sticky maple, ginger, and chili sauce are healthy and delicious and can be served as they are or with a side of protein and veggies. Get the recipe on our blog.
This brown rice and cashew nut salad is full of crunchy vegetables and is dressed with a delicious concoction of balsamic vinegar and soy sauce with a touch of garlic and a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup. Get the recipe on our blog
This healthy and delicious Instant Pot rice pilaf is made with protein-rich chickpeas (garbanzo beans), warm spices, and cilantro for a perfect main or a side. Get the recipe on our blog.
This hearty salad features crunchy veggies with an Asian peanut butter dressing that is a shining star of this dish. With perfectly balanced salty and sweet flavours, it coats the salad with the most gorgeous flavors. Get the recipe on our blog.
A combination of raw miso paste, tomato paste, and Tamari or soy sauce, infuse this dish with real umami flavour, known as the fifth taste. It’s a little salty and savoury, tickling your tastebuds in all the right ways. Get the recipe on our blog.
Of course, we had to send you off with a savoury risotto too! Risotto is undeniably delicious but a little time-intensive from scratch which is why we love it in the Instant Pot. This dish is perfect for autumn. Get the recipe from Hip Pressure Cooking.
Vegan-Friendly Sides & Dips
From creamy hummus to flavorful vegetable sides, these recipes feature a variety of ingredients, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, and spices, that are not only delicious but also packed with essential nutrients.
The variation without meat or dairy is often referred to as a Shepherdess pie, and our recipe uses lentils, mushrooms, vegetables and tomatoes as the key filling ingredients. Get the recipe on our blog.
You don’t need to be a plant-based diet enthusiast to enjoy these vegan bean burgers. Made with a variety of nutritious beans and tasty ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes, carrots, garlic and warm spices. Get the recipe on the blog.
We’re swapping bacon for sun-dried tomatoes to add saltiness (and sweetness) in this vegetarian-friendly versions of Instant Pot collard greens. This delicious side dish is also gluten-free, Whole30 and paleo-friendly. It’s a lovely twist that turns this classic dish into a plant-based version and we think it can give the bacon version a run for its money. Get this recipe on our blog.
A whole head of cauliflower is perfectly pressure cooked with a delicious spice rub, then finished with a sweetened glaze and garlic, thyme bread crumbs. It’s beautiful, impressive, festive, and easy to make. Serve it as a plant-based, vegetarian main or as a side for Christmas. Get this recipe on our blog.
Zesty, nutritious Mexican bean salad made with legumes cooked in the Instant Pot to save time and heat. It works as its own summer meal or you can bring it as a side dish to a picnic or a barbecue. Get the recipe on our blog.
Tofu and bok choy steamed together with savoury sesame soy sauce, fresh ginger and garlic is a simple Japanese-inspired dish that is very healthy and delicious. Pressure cooker steam locks in all the nutrients and the whole recipe is made in 20 minutes. Get this recipe on our blog.
These beans are truly scrumptious. Dip your toast in them or serve them underneath your favourite vegan sausages. These are a BBQ and meal prep staple with a secret ingredient – dried mushrooms! Sweet and savoury, this is the only recipe for baked beans you’ll ever need. Get this recipe on our blog.
Refried beans are easy enough to buy in a can, but homemade trumps all when it comes to this tasty appetiser. This recipe has vegan adaptations, and even includes a bonus grain-free and vegan tortilla recipe for wrapping or dipping with whatever else your heart desires. Get the recipe from Allergy-Free Alaska.
This dish is perfect in any season with zesty lime, perfectly fried onions thanks to the Instant Pot’s handy saute function and tons of spices. These are a great side dish or addition to burritos and burrito bowls. Get this recipe on our blog.
This Instant Pot potato salad is a great example of using the pressure cooker for spring and summer dishes. It’s a fantastic salad to bring to a barbecue party, picnic in the park or to enjoy as a nutritious, balanced meal at home. Mixed with lovely green beans, peas, pickles, and zesty shallot vinaigrette, it’s vegan, gluten-free and Whole30 friendly. Get this recipe on our blog.
This recipe for Instant Pot white beans is something you would commonly find in Mediterranean and Italian cooking: slowly braised with aromatic rosemary or other herbs and garlic and finished with a little olive oil. It’s easy, affordable and super healthy. Get the recipe on our blog.
Using a method of cooking food in a folded pouch ready to steam and infuse flavor. Get the recipe on our blog.
Inspired by a Sri Lankan dish made with cabbage and warm spices like mustard seeds and turmeric, plus some delicious shredded coconut. Get the recipe on our blog.
Yes, it’s very easy to get a tub of pretty decent hummus from any supermarket, but there is something rather satisfying about making your own batch. Get the recipe on our blog.
Cheese without the cheese? You got it. This is the perfect way to dress up steamed veggies, plain rice, pasta dishes or anything you can think of, because what isn’t better with cheese? Better yet – it’s made almost entirely of vegetables and only takes five minutes! Get the recipe from Clean Food, Dirty Girl.
Vegan Instant Pot Desserts
From decadent chocolate cakes to fruity cobblers, these recipes feature a variety of ingredients, including fruits, nuts, and spices and are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth.
Who doesn’t love a piping hot bowl of porridge on a cool morning? Using rolled oats, an oven-proof round dish, and a trivet, this is a simple and hands-off way to make a nourishing oatmeal breakfast while you can get on with getting ready in the morning. Get this recipe on our blog.
Whether you like it for dessert or breakfast, this rice pudding is truly divine. It’s layered with chai spice and warm tones with a tiny caffeine boost to wake you up. Plus, it’s dairy-free and gluten-free. Indulge wisely with this creamy, dreamy treat. Get this recipe on our blog.
hether or not it’s a holiday, this is a fantastic vegan dessert that you can make in your Instant Pot. It can be tough to find a recipe for a moist cake that’s dairy-free and egg-free to make in your IP, but this one fits the bill. Plus, it’s not too sweet. Get the recipe on our blog.
Here’s another sweet recipe for you! Whether you’d like a bite for dessert or an alternative to oats in the A.M., this coconut and almond risotto packs in the healthy fats and it’s gluten-free to boot. Get the recipe from Instant Pot Recipes.
One of the most brilliant functions that the Instant Pot possesses is the ‘yoghurt’ button. It’s pretty much as simple as that! You just need a few ingredients to get started, and dairy isn’t necessarily one of them. Plus, it’s super affordable, and you can avoid the additives and sweeteners found in store-bought products. Get the recipe for this coconut milk yogurt from Detoxinista.
A cake is always, always welcomed. Especially when it’s vegan and you can make it in the Instant Pot. Just when you thought you’d seen it all, the pressure cooker stepped up its game! Even if you’re not so skilled at baking, this fruity and refined sugar-free recipe is bound to be a success. Get the recipe from Healthy Slow Cooking.
A Must-Try Recipe
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Best Instant Pot Vegan Recipes: Ultimate Veggie Stew
For The Cooking stage
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion diced
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 garlic cloves, roughly sliced
- 1 oz dried porcini mushroom about 25 g
- 2 carrots medium, sliced thick
- 1 celery stick large, sliced
- 3 potatoes medium, peeled and diced into cubes (1.5 lb/700 g)
- 1/2 sweet potato diced into cubes
- 1 zucchini medium, diced
- 4 oz. green beans fine, sliced in halves and tails removed 120 g
- 1 cup peas baby, frozen
- 1 tbsp ketchup good quality or tomato paste for Whole30
- 2 tbsps soy sauce or Tamari (coconut aminos for Whole30)
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 cup tomatoes passata or chopped canned tomatoes
- 2 cups vegetable stock 500 ml
- 1 vegetable stock cube crushed (for extra flavor)
- A pinch of pepper or chilli (optional)
Finishing & serving
- 3 tbsp tapioca flour or other fine flour or starch
- 2-3 tbsp water
- 1/4 cup parsley finely diced
- 1 lemon zest
- Pre-dice the vegetables and set them aside.
- Turn the Instant Pot on and select the Sauté setting. Once heated, add the olive oil, onions and half a teaspoon of salt. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic, dried porcini mushrooms and stir.
- Add the rest of the vegetables and stir. Now add all final ingredients listed in the cooking stage and stir through. Press Cancel to stop the Sauté.
- Secure and lock the lid and point the top valve to Sealing (on older models). Press Manual/Pressure Cook and adjust the time to 5 minutes using – and + buttons. It should say HIGH pressure underneath. After a few moments, ON sign will come on indicating that the Instant Pot is building up the pressure. On older models, you might also hear 3 beep sounds. and adjust the time to 5 minutes. The pressure will take about 10-12 minutes to build up and THEN the cooking timer of 5 minutes will appear on the screen. Please note, some cooking does begin while the pot is building up the pressure.
- Once the timer ends, leave the pot undisturbed for 8-10 minutes for the built-up pressure to release naturally. You will see a new timer on the screen showing you how long it’s been sitting idle. Then, use the quick release method by pointing the top steam handle to Venting or pressing on the steam knob (on newer models) to let off the rest of the pressure and steam.
- Mix the tapioca flour with water in a small bowl. Open the Instant Pot lid and stir in the tapioca slurry mixture into the stew. Stir through, you should see the sauce thicken slightly. Now, taste the stew and add more salt or pepper if you like. You can also add a little drizzle of lemon juice.
- Serve the stew topped with fresh parsley and lemon zest, also known as gremolata.
- STOVETOP INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat a large stew pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onions and salt and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring a few times. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir through. Pop the lid on top and cook over medium heat for 40-45 minutes until potatoes are nice and soft. Stir a few times and check the heat, it should not be boiling but rather simmering or bubbling away. Finish the stew same as above.
More Vegan Roundups & How-To Guides
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Most Popular Vegan YouTube Videos
Creamy White Bean Soup with Kale is no ordinary soup! It has a super creamy texture without any dairy or nuts and features wholesome and comforting yet gourmet flavor booster. Recipe from Rainbow Plant Life.
This dish is for sure one of the easiest, most aromatic, and flavorful meals you could quickly fire up from your kitchen. Recipe from Food Impromptu.
Make this healthy & easy plant-based recipe for lunch or dinner! Recipe from Food Impromptu.
Dump and Go Instant Pot recipes that are perfect for lazy days, busy weeknights, or whenever you want a hearty, healthy meal with minimal effort. Get the recipes From Rainbow Plant Life: Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato Soup, White Bean Stew, Tomato-Fennel Chickpeas with Brown Rice.
This recipe keeps the flavors as authentic as possible while making it simple. Recipe from Vegan Richa.
Which recipe are you most looking forward to trying? Savory or sweet? Let us know in the comments below, and share this roundup with your plant-powered friends!