This round up of paleo pressure cooker recipes is for you, modern day cavemen and cave-women!
The paleo diet means no grains, no dairy, no soy, no legumes, and no sugar. If you’ve been following the “diet” for awhile, you’ve probably been asked, “Well then, what can you eat?” The answer comes down to meat and veggies for the most part, and if you’ve cooked enough paleo-compliant recipes, you know it’s not as restrictive as it sounds.
Still, that doesn’t take away from the fact that cooking for your dietary needs takes a little time and a little extra attention. It’s easy to run into a rut in the kitchen whether it’s a lack of creativity or you just can’t bring yourself to cook after a long day at work. The Instant Pot basically suits every individual’s needs from the busy mums to college students, and the paleo dieter is no exception. It makes hands-off healthy meals a possibility when you need it, and we’ve rounded up some of our favourite paleo-friendly recipes to make in the pressure cooker.
Instant Pot meatballs primavera from Food Faith Fitness
If you’ve ever had pasta primavera, you know the taste! The paleo diet eliminates pasta, so this recipe substitutes zucchini noodles for the base. The star of the dish is definitely the meatballs, though. Ground chicken, fresh basil, and Italian seasoning come together as the dynamic trio bringing home that classic flavour.
Chicken Marsala with spaghetti squash from Mama Instincts
Mushrooms, Marsala cooking wine, chicken stock, and fresh basil are all you need to get that tastebud explosion going with yet another paleo-friendly “pasta” dish.
Italian chicken drumsticks from Instant Pot Eats
These chicken drumsticks are fall-off-the-bone tender so you can serve them on the bone or shred them off in the beautiful tomato sauce with garlic and thyme that they’re cooked in. Either way, it’s going to be good eats with a dose of protein, fat and veggies for the win!
Kung Pao chicken from Sweet C’s Designs
You’ll see pretty soon that we’ve got an Instant Pot recipe for basically every takeaway dish imaginable. Kung Pao chicken is like a peanut chicken, but this recipe uses cashews to keep it paleo alongside coconut aminos and red pepper flakes for the infamous sauce.
General Tso’s chicken from Wholesomelicious
Instead of soy, this recipe uses coconut aminos. Instead of sugar, we have a touch of honey and coconut sugar instead. Basically, this is everything you love about General Tso’s without the junk, making it totally paleo-friendly.
Creamy chicken & vegetable soup from Tasty Yummies
This is cosy, comforting winter food at its finest. Naturally, the Instant Pot makes a mean chicken soup but when you take it to the next level with this creamy base? It’s like a hug in a bowl.
Filipino adobo chicken from Food and Sunshine
Tangy and tender, this Filipino-inspired dish is easy to make paleo-friendly. Bonus? It’s also AIP-friendly, so it’s nut-free to boot. The vinegar braise is what makes this adobo chicken unique, and the rest of the ingredients are pretty simple. Serve these up with some fresh slaw – sure to be a BBQ hit.
Easiest Italian chicken ever from Food Renegade
Most pulled chicken recipes call for a BBQ sauce or some Mexican flair, but not THIS dish. Instead, you’ll have a gorgeous shred with Italian flavour infused in every single bite. Plus, there are just three ingredients: chicken, marinara sauce, and mushrooms. Who said good home cooking needs to be complicated?
Carnitas from Nom Nom Paleo
Egg roll soup from The Curious Coconut
Instead of the roll, put it in a bowl. This is a good rule of thumb for paleo eating anyways, and it will probably be a pleasant surprise most of the time. Rolls, wraps, and sandwiches are off the table, but you can take those same ingredients and flavours to make something ultra tasty like egg rolls… without the deep-frying and stuff.
Barbacoa inspired pulled pork from Instant Pot Eats
Every night is taco night. The Instant Pot clearly does a great job at making delicious, tender, pulled meats and this pork is a fabulous example of just that. Inspired by barbacoa, this is delicious with some guac and cauliflower rice for a full paleo meal.
Maple tamarind ribs from Grazed and Enthused
These ribs are sticky, sweet, fall-off-the-bone perfection for your summer BBQ needs, and they come together in just an hour. Plus, the tamarind and maple glaze is uniquely delicious! This recipe is also AIP-friendly.
Crispy mojo pork shoulder from Zenbelly
Need we say more? Serving suggestions definitely include a fresh batch of colourful slaw and some fried plantains or tostones. Mojo pork has got it going on in all of its citrus-infused glory, finished off with a glorious crisp.
BBQ meatballs from Plaid & Paleo
These meatballs are all about the sauce, and you’ll quickly see why. Cherries are used to get that sweetness that usually comes from sugar in barbecue sauce lending both big flavour and a lovely burst of red in the glaze.
Mongolian beef from Instant Pot Eats
Playing the guessing game with takeaway is kind of risky with the paleo diet. While you can do your best, you’re likely going to end up with some less than ideal ingredients like sugar, soy, wheat, corn, or MSG. This dish has none of that while encompassing all that is good about Mongolian beef.
Paleo chili from Homestead Chic
No beans? No problem. You’ll love this legume-free meaty mix-up with all the chili flavour you adore. Plus, you get a healthy dose of veggies in this recipe with cabbage and carrots in the blend.
Maple smoked brisket from Bare Root Girl
You get a touch of sweetness in this brisket from the maple, and then you balance it out with a dose of smoke – all without having to use the smoker which takes up both time and space! The Instant Pot does it well and yields a seriously tender and divine brisket in the end to serve over your favourite veggie mash.
Beef stew from Predominantly Paleo
This is one of the first recipes many people make in their Instant Pot. It’s easy, it’s affordable, and it’s a crowd-pleaser. The entire family will gladly chow down on a bowl of beef stew and its leftovers.
Kerala beef fry from My Heart Beets
Beef isn’t often used in Indian recipes, but this is an exception to the rule. With the Instant Pot, tackling new and inventive feats in the kitchen is made simple, easy, rewarding, and fun. Kerala beef fry is made with coconut slices and curry leaves. Yum!
Beef BBQ short ribs from Instant Pot Eats
Short ribs are often underlooked for a main dish, but they’re inexpensive and oh so delicious cooked low and slow. The pressure cooker removes the need and cooks them fast to tender perfection. These are smothered in a beautiful sugar-free BBQ sauce. Finger-lickin’ good!
Beef ragu from Instant Pot eats
This blend of stew and bolognese is a fabulous freezer meal. It’s good on its own or with your favourite pasta/rice substitution. The best part? The veggies hiding out! This protein and iron-packed dish couldn’t be easier than with the IP.
Italian tomato meatballs from Instant Pot Eats
Spaghetti and meatballs might be cutting it close to SWYPO during the Whole30, but a humble combination of homemade sugar-free tomato sauce, grass-fed beef, and innocent zoodles saves the day. Have your cake (or pasta) and eat it too with this dish.
Cranberry braised turkey wings from Hip Pressure Cooking
Braising made easy? The Instant Pot makes it happen. This simple recipe is a stunner with cranberry, bursts of citrus from orange juice, and crunchy walnuts. Swap out the butter for coconut oil or ghee to make it strict paleo, and you’ve got yourself something scrumptious to gnaw on – like a real caveman.
DIY sandwich meat from Meal Plan Addict
We all need meal prep when it comes to sticking to the paleo diet. We also need no-cook, easy protein options to mix and match with different meals or toss into a salad when the hunger sets in and you just can’t cook. Instead, batch cook this deli meat in the IP.
Japanese turkey meatballs from Instant Pot Eats
These turkey meatballs are dished out in a wonderful, Japanese-inspired Teriyaki sauce. There are options for no refined sugar or soy with this one, instead using honey and coconut aminos to bring in those same flavours while keeping it paleo.
Apple glazed turkey meatballs from Once a Month Meals
There is tons of apple hiding out in this dish, and you know just how well it pairs up with poultry. Ah, this dynamic duo can only be made more delectable by knowing we can whip this one up in the Instant Pot. The meatballs are grain-free to boot, using almond flour as the binder instead.
Asian salmon and garlic vegetables from Instant Pot Eats
Seafood is one of the easiest things to make in the Instant Pot since it’s cooking time is notoriously quick. This salmon dish takes around 15 minutes and you’ve got a complete meal a la pressure cooker. Getting in those omega-3s has never been simpler.
Fish stew from Simply Recipes
You can use any firm fish for this gorgeous stew with a tomato base and a bit of wine (because you know the cavemen loved their wine). A glug of olive oil brings depth to this hearty fish stew which would easily please any seafood enthusiast!
Steamed shrimp & asparagus from Lemon and Lavender Love
Simple experiments can yield some tasty results. This tasty and light meal is good on its own or served up with some potatoes or mash. The best part? Well, it takes like… 3 minutes. No joke.
Lamb curry from The Real Food RDs
Lamb curry is a gorgeous dish to curb the takeaway cravings with on the paleo diet. If you kick it primal, you can serve it atop some rice cooked in the Instant Pot. Otherwise, whip up some grated cauliflower “rice” for the bed. Either way, it’s what’s on top that counts.
Mediterranean lamb roast with potatoes from Gnowfglins
Potatoes are paleo if you ask us. If you include them in your version of the paleo diet, this recipe is comfort food at its finest. If you don’t, simply swap them out for sweet potatoes! Either way, the Instant Pot makes a fancy lamb dinner easy peasy.
Leg of lamb stew from Instant Pot Eats
This one is a little less Irish and a little more Moroccan with naturally sweet dates, cinnamon, and ginger stewed in a delicious and flavourful broth. The lamb is fall-off-the-bone tender, and this dish is perfect served atop a bed of cauliflower rice.
Irish lamb stew with paleo soda bread from Food by Mars
What’s lamb stew without a side of savoury soda bread? Both are grain-free and paleo-friendly, so you can have your bread and dip it too! This gorgeous stew comes together in the Instant Pot for tender lamb every time, and a gorgeous sauce you’ll want to keep soaking up!
Ratatouille from Instant Pot Eats
This simple dish transforms into a rainbow of nourishment and deliciousness you’ll look forward to serving for guests or for the family. A blend of tomato, eggplant, and zucchini with some herbs de Provence are all you need… besides a little pressure, of course. This will pair up well with Italian dishes or any simple grilled protein.
Curried butternut squash soup from Detoxinista
This is also one of our favourite spins on Indian food in the Instant Pot. This warming soup is the perfect blend – literally – of creamy butternut squash, coconut milk, and curry powder. This is a simple side dish you’ll want to revisit.
Carrot, lemongrass & cilantro soup from Instant Pot Eats
This creamy soup has a base of slightly sweet carrots and dairy-free coconut milk, perfect for a paleo side dish. Lemongrass and cilantro bring home the flavour with a dash of sesame seeds on top. Top it off with a squeeze of fresh lime and you’ve got one tasty soup to slurp on.
Beet, cabbage, and apple stew from Paleo Magazine
Sometimes, you just want to warm up with something. This brings in loads of natural sweetness from both the beets and the apples while the cabbage keeps it hearty and light. This is a perfect dish to batch cook at the beginning of the week, and it couldn’t be more simple to make.
Sri Lankan coconut cabbage from Instant Pot Eats
Not many people are familiar with Sri Lankan-style food. Change the game with this recipe, taking cabbage to the next level. Mustard seeds, turmeric, and shredded coconut bring this dish together making it the perfect fibre-rich side dish.
Borscht (beet soup) from Instant Pot Eats
Beets are a fabulous addition to your Whole30 menu with natural sweetness and beautiful colour. This soup is rich in nutrients and it’s fantastic served hot or cold. Simply replace the sour cream on top with coconut cream and voila!
The moral of the story? The Instant Pot makes eating paleo pretty simple and supremely delicious! What recipe are you most excited to try? Let us know!