55+ Best Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes

We’ve collected the ultimate Thanksgiving Instant Pot recipes for pressure cooking omnivores. Our list includes savoury main dishes, sides, and desserts. We have a whole turkey, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie on the Thanksgiving dinner menu, to mention just a few!


Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes
 

It’s the time of year when you can eat whatever you want with a fabulous great excuse – Thanksgiving! But, if you’ve ever cooked a full Thanksgiving menu or you’ve simply committed to bringing a few dishes, it can require a lot of preparation and planning. Instant Pot can give you many shortcuts to make Thanksgiving dinner planning a lot easier (and faster too!).

There are so many great Thanksgiving recipes you can make in the Instant Pot from cozy soups, hearty appetizers, delicious turkey and meat mains, fabulous sides and desserts. It’s one of those kitchen gadgets that can really shine at this time of the year. Plus,

Looking for something more plant-based and dairy-free? We have put together the best vegan Thanksgiving Instant Pot recipes here and even more vegan festive sides here.

WHY USE THE INSTANT POT FOR THANKSGIVING

  • Cut down kitchen time! If you have an Instant Pot, Thanksgiving is just about the best time to put it to us. It will make your prep day more efficient, whether you’re making sides ahead of time or an Instant Pot dessert. This will give YOU more time to hang out with the family and set up a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape for your feast. 
  • Save on stove or oven space. Quite a lot of Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts are cooked in the oven but what if it’s occupied by a juicy turkey or whole chicken? Well, that’s when you can make a delicious Instant pot side dish or a cake at the same time without needing that oven space.
  • Make-ahead magic! We love using the Instant Pot for batch cooking and making food ahead of time. You can prepare mashed potatoes, pre-cook vegetables, make a delicious starter soup or appetizer dip all before the big feast day. The same goes for desserts as you can usually pressure cook them the day before. 

Let’s make this year’s Thanksgiving dinner easy, fast and stress-free with these comforting and delicious Instant Pot recipes that the whole family will love. 

 

INSTANT POT THANKSGIVING MAINS

Cook A Whole Turkey In Instant Pot

Instant Pot Whole Turkey

Let’s start with the star of the meal. Most people make a big turkey for Thanksgiving. If you’ve used your pressure cooker for long enough, you know it’s fantastic for cutting back time to cook large chunks of meat, including but not limited to entire birds. Yes, it’s possible! You can cook a whole turkey in the Instant Pot. Using an 8qt model of the Instant Pot,  it can handle an 8-9lb turkey on a trivet. Recipe from Bacon Is Magic

Check out Instant Pot Turkey & Gravy from The Novice Chef Blog

Check out Instant Pot Sausage Stuffing from Sweet and Savory By Shinee

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe

Instant Pot turkey breast

Sometimes you just don’t want to fix a whole turkey. So why follow a tradition just for a picturesque table? The turkey breast comes out juicy and flavorful with pan drippings that are perfect for gravy. If you want crispy skin then just place the turkey breast under the broiler for a few minutes. Recipe from Crunchy Creamy Sweet. Check out What to do with Leftover Turkey.

Instant Pot Glazed Ham

Instant Pot GLAZED Ham

Maybe your family does a ham instead of turkey on Thanksgiving. The same rule still applies here: you can use your Instant Pot for that. Case in point? This beautiful Instant Pot ham is juicy, flavorful and so easy to make in the pressure cooker in under 30 minutes. It’s made with a delicious low-carb, Keto, Paleo glaze. Recipe from Life Made Sweeter

Whole Blackened Chicken

Instant Pot Whole Blackened Chicken

When you aren’t a fan of turkey but still want to have a bird on the table, try a whole chicken instead. Serve with green beans, lemon garlic asparagus or baby potatoes for a complete meal. Check out more tasty, juicy Instant Pot whole chicken recipes here.

You might also like our Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie (Two Ways)

 

Instant Pot Bacon Barbecue Meatloaf

instant pot meatloaf

Here is something completely different from tradition but will definitely be a celebration with each bite. Bacon always takes food to the next level. Get The Recipe Here

Easy Instant Pot Pork Shoulder & GRAVY

Instant Pot Pork Shoulder With Gravy (Step-By-Step)

With our step-by-step pictures and instructions, you will be able to master this pressure cooker classic for making succulent, juicy and delicious pork meat. The gravy is made with the cooking broth incorporating all those wonderful flavors of the meat, onions, garlic and seasoning. A great alternative to turkey or chicken! Get The Recipe Here.

Instant Pot turkey meatballs and gravy

Turkey Meatballs & Gravy (Instant Pot Recipe)

Ground turkey meatballs are cooked in the Instant Pot in a delicious broth that is then thickened to become a creamy gravy. This saucy meatballs dish is great over mashed potatoes or pasta noodles and a side of greens. Get The Recipe Here.

 

Roast Beef & Gravy

Instant Pot Beef Roast With Gravy

Warm, hearty, and full of flavor. Chuck or topside beef is seared and pressure-cooked pot-roast style in a delicious red wine brown gravy resulting in fall-apart, tender meat. Served with a side of mashed potatoes and vegetables for a perfect dinner meal. Get The Recipe Here.

Roast Chicken and Potatoes

Instant Pot Herb Garlic Roast Chicken & Potatoes (Duo Crisp & Classic)

Fall in love with our juicy Instant Pot roast chicken and potatoes slathered with garlic-herb butter. Pressure-cooked for speed, then roasted using the Air Fryer lid or in the oven to golden crispy perfection. Cooking broth and drippings are loaded with flavor and make the best gravy to pair with the potatoes. Get The Recipe Here.


 

DELICIOUS THANKSGIVING SIDES

CREAM CHEESE INSTANT POT MASHED POTATOES

Fluffy and flavorful, this cream cheese mashed potatoes with fresh dill is the perfect side dish for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Cream Cheese Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Check out Regular Mashed Potatoes Recipe from The Salty Marshmallow

Check out Perfect Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Rice from Low Carb Delish

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

These mashed sweet potatoes are just heaven! Pure buttery, garlicky heaven that you can eat every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This dish has a permanent spot on any Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Recipe from Yellow Thyme. 

Instant Pot Ranch Potatoes

Instant Pot Ranch Potatoes (Creamy Cheesy Recipe)

In a nutshell, ranch potatoes are red potatoes cooked and flavored with ranch seasoning. To make things even better, warm ranch potatoes can be transferred to a casserole dish and baked with grated cheese on top. Get The Recipe Here.

 

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole

A simple, paleo-friendly side dish made entirely in the pressure cooker, saving you valuable oven space. No pre-boiling of the potatoes is required! Recipe from Life Made Sweeter

Easy Macaroni & Cheese

Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese

Creamy macaroni and cheese is a dish that everyone should master. Who doesn’t love a good, creamy, cheese pasta?  Get The Recipe Here.

Pressure Cooker Candied Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Candied Sweet Potatoes

Do you take your candied sweet potatoes with or without marshmallows? Either way, this pressure cooker recipe only took 4 minutes to cook! Recipe from Make It Love It.

Tomato & Onion Braised Green Beans

Turkish-style Instant Pot Braised Green Beans

If you feel like making something a little different (and healthier) to the cream-loaded green bean casserole, we can’t recommend these braised green beans enough! This Turkish-inspired recipe will delight your dinner guests and become a crowd-favorite. Get The Recipe Here.

 

Instant Pot Green Beans & Potatoes

Instant Pot Green Beans and Potatoes with Bacon

It all starts by sauteing the bacon to take this southern Instant Pot Green Beans and Potatoes side dish to the next level. Recipe from Oh Sweet Basil

Check out Instant Pot Orange Ginger Carrots from Meatloaf and Melodrama

5-Minute Pressure Cooker Cranberry Sauce 

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

This sauce is too good to only be with turkey. Think pancakes, sandwiches, cream cheese with crackers, buttermilk biscuits, swirled into oatmeal, over vanilla ice cream. Recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

MAC & CHEESE WITH CORN

Corn Mac And Cheese In Instant Pot

A great twist on a traditional cheesy macaroni dish using up the best of summer produce. Frozen or canned corn can also be used to make this mac and cheese dish. Get The Recipe Here.

 

Macaroni & Cheese WITH CRISPY BACON

Macaroni and Cheese With Crispy Bacon

Comfort food must-have for any table with kids. Now just sprinkle some bacon on top for the adults at the table. Recipe from Deliciously Sprinkled

Check out Instant Pot Spicy Creamed Corn from Went There 8 This

Instant Pot Green Beans With Butter & Pepper

Instant Pot green beans

Try these simple Instant Pot green beans with melted butter, sea salt and cracked pepper for a perfect hit of nutrients and fiber. The key to using the pressure cooker for lightly cooked, steamed-like veggies is to use LOW pressure and this is where the adjustability of the Instant Pot is so useful. Get The Recipe Here

Check out Instant Pot Cornbread With REal Crispy Crust from Imagelicious

Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes

Instant Pot pressure cooker scalloped potatoes au gratin

When you don’t have room in the oven, but don’t have time for the slow cooker, the Instant Pot is an excellent solution. You can use cheddar cheese, or a combination of cheddar and mozzarella or even Monterey Jack or Colby cheese, basically cheese is good no matter what. Get The Recipe Here

Check out Instant Pot Polenta from Feasting At Home

 

Instant Pot Creamed Beets

These Instant Pot creamed beets make a perfect side dish (especially for Thanksgiving or Christmas) and can also be served as a vegetarian main dish. Similarly to creamed spinach, this recipe features cooked diced beets (we used the Instant Pot for that), softened onions, garlic, and heavy cream and it’s all topped off with a little sharp feta and chives. Get The Recipe Here

BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH CRISPY BACON & GARLIC

Brussels Sprouts In Instant Pot With Bacon & Garlic

With only a handful of ingredients, this recipe for Instant Pot Brussels sprouts with crispy bacon and garlic is a must-have not just for Christmas or Thanksgiving, but for any day of the week. These mini cabbages have a nutty, sweet flavor and make for a great side dish to any mains. Get The Recipe Here

Smoky Instant Pot Pecan Brussels Sprouts 

Smoky Instant Pot Pecan Brussels Sprouts 

Smoky Pecan Brussels Sprouts: a little bit sweet, a little bit smoky, with a nutty crunch. Only four ingredients and only take about 15 minutes to make! Recipe from Glue & Glitter.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH RISOTTO WITH CRANBERRIES & PECANS

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto With Cranberries & Pecans

Add a festive touch to your butternut squash risotto with some tangy dried cranberries and earthy pecans, as well as lovely warm spices. Made in the Instant Pot, this butternut squash risotto can be cooked with any type of sweet winter squash or pumpkin and it’s perfect as a side dish on a Thanksgiving table. Get The Recipe Here.

 

Buckwheat With Mushrooms

Instant Pot Buckwheat Recipe

Made with mushrooms, onions and garlic for added flavor, it’s a fantastic vegetarian or vegan option. Plus, it’s gluten-free and budget-friendly. Get The Recipe Here.

Instant Pot loaded mashed potatoes

Loaded Mashed Potatoes In Instant Pot

Creamy, buttery, and perfectly scoopable, this casserole fusion of loaded baked potatoes and a classic mash is irresistibly delicious. Super easy and perfect side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, roast dinners and for making ahead. Get The Recipe Here.

Cheesy Brussels Sprouts

Cheesy Brussels Sprouts (Instant Pot + Oven)

This dish is a crossover between brussels sprouts au gratin and a good old creamy veggie bake. The Brussels sprouts are cooked in a creamy broth in the Instant Pot, then transferred to a baking dish, and finished with cheese under a broil.  Get The Recipe Here.

 

Instant Pot Creamed Corn

Creamed Corn In Instant Pot

Super creamy, perfectly sweet and savory and so easy to make that you will never buy canned creamed corn again! Serve this classic Southern side dish at your next barbecue or as part of the holiday table spread. This corn recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free. Get The Recipe Here.


FESTIVE APPETIZERS

Deviled Eggs With Bacon, Cheddar & Chives

Instant Pot Deviled Eggs with Bacon and Chives

A fun and festive twist on the classic party appetizer. They are perfect for the 21 Day Fix, Weight Watchers, and anyone following a Keto or low carb plan. This deviled egg mixture has bacon, cheese, mayo, greek yoghurt, salt, and a tiny bit of mustard. Then topped again with extra bacon, chives, and cheddar because why not. Recipe from Confessions Of A Fit Foodie

Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Spinach and artichoke dip for Thanksgiving

This Instant Pot spinach and artichoke dip is a copycat Applebees recipe and is so addictive. It is the perfect flavor combination that will compliment any Thanksgiving table. The garlic, spinach, and artichokes are a classic trio of flavors, and then you add in the different cheeses, and it makes this a dynamite starter dish. Recipe from Adventures of A Nurse.

For more dip recipes you can make in the Instant Pot, check out this collection.

Instant Pot Cocktail Meatballs

Cocktail meatballs for Thanksgiving

Delicious homemade meatballs cooked in a rich sticky sauce are juicy and flavorful in just 30 minutes. Great for holiday finger food! Recipe from Appetizer Addiction.

 

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Creamy, cheesy dip with a signature hot sauce butter flavor. The chicken and sauce are easily cooked in the Instant Pot and the dip can be finished in the oven with extra grilled cheese on top. Dip your favorite crackers, corn chips, or celery sticks, and enjoy while watching the next game or movie. Get The Recipe Here.


INSTANT POT THANKSGIVING SOUPS

Panera-inspired Instant Pot tomato soup

Instant Pot Tomato Soup

Velvety smooth and full of flavors bringing comfort and nutrients in one bowl. Made with canned Roma tomatoes, garlic, onions, Italian herbs and a little secret ingredient that brings out the umami flavor in the soup. It’s rich, creamy, and delicious! Get The Recipe Here.

Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli

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. It’s super simple, vegetarian and vegan-friendly and is made with a little trick that makes it extra creamy. Get The Recipe Here.

 

Creamy Mushroom & Wild Rice Soup

Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup With Mushrooms

Loaded with vegetables and thickened with a little cream and Parmesan cheese, this beginner-friendly wild rice and mushroom soup is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. Get The Recipe Here.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Instant Pot broccoli cheese soup

Creamy broccoli cheese soup in the Instant Pot is perfect for Thanksgiving and can be made ahead of time. It’s a classic recipe that everyone will love. Get The Recipe Here.

SPICY Instant pot Carrot Soup

SPICY INSTANT POT CARROT SOUP

This carrot soup is as bomb diggity and is made with only 5-ingredients!  It’s also vegan, supes clean, cozy, and easily freezable and share-able, all of which makes it an awesome recipe for all occasions. Recipe from Pinch Of Yum.

 

CREAM OF ZUCCHINI SOUP

Creamy Zucchini Soup (Instant Pot Recipe)

This creamy zucchini soup is velvety smooth and creamy yet it’s still quite light so it won’t fill up your dinner guests too much. It’s super easy to make in the Instant Pot too. Get The Recipe Here.


INSTANT POT THANKSGIVING DESSERTS

 

PUMPKIN & PECAN INSTANT POT CHEESECAKE

Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake (Instant Pot Recipe)

When it comes to seasonal fall and winter recipes, you can’t go past a good pumpkin or pecan dessert, and with this Instant Pot pumpkin cheesecake with pecan crust and topping, we’re combining both! With creamy, decadent pumpkin filling with caramelised butter pecan topping, this cheesecake is absolutely to die for and would be perfect for Thanksgiving. Get The Recipe Heres.

CLASSIC Pumpkin Pie

Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Pie

Some traditions are simply delicious and pumpkin season doesn’t seem to last long enough. So take advantage while it’s in the stores. Recipe from Pressure Cooking Today

Checkout  Grain-Free Instant Pot Pumpkin Pie from Instant Loss

INSTANT POT STEWED APPLES IN MULLED WINE

Instant Pot Stewed Apples In Mulled Wine

Instant Pot stewed apples in mulled wine. It’s exactly as it sounds – apples stewed with brown sugar in red wine and spices – resulting in soft, sweet, spiced, and slightly boozy-flavored fruit (but not alcoholic!). You can serve these pressure cooked apples as a dessert with delicious vanilla ice cream. Get The Recipe Here.

Chocolate Cake With Salted Caramel & Pretzels

Instant Pot Chocolate Cake

Incredible Instant Pot chocolate cake with salted caramel and pretzels sounds more indulgent than pie, right? An absolute crowd-pleaser. Get The Recipe Here

 

Instant Pot Apple, Pear & Fennel Crisp 

Instant Pot Apple, Pear & Fennel Crisp 

Some people like pumpkin, but others like an apple. This rustic crisp is the perfect way to end the evening with a fun addition of fennel to really embrace that seasonal produce. Your foodie friends and family will adore this dish, and you can feel good about serving it because it’s free of grains and refined sugar. Nobody will know, and you’ll be doing everyone a favor serving up a little something healthy after that huge meal! Recipe from Recipes to Nourish.

EGGNOG CHEESECAKE WITH GINGERSNAP CRUST

Eggnog Cheesecake With Gingersnap Crust & Caramel (Instant Pot Recipe)

For a dessert with the holiday spirit, make this fabulous Instant Pot eggnog cheesecake with gingersnap crust and caramel drizzle. Spiked with a little rum, cinnamon, and nutmeg, this pressure-cooked cheesecake is creamy and decadent, perfect with a little whipped cream or ice cream. Get The Recipe Here.

 

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  1. Just wanted to say hi and tell you I’m a big fan of your blog – it’s so well assembled and you have great taste in recipes! Love following your social accounts too. You’ll definitely have me giving my Pot a workout on Thanskgiving day ;D

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