In this post, we will explore the most popular dishes and foods that home cooks make in their Instant Pots. We conducted a reader's poll on social media, and identified the top 10 list, along with some runner-ups. From rice to pulled pork and even yogurt, the Instant Pot can make cooking these dishes a breeze. Read on to discover some new Instant Pot recipes to try in your own kitchen and let us know your most cooked food or dish in the pressure cooker in the comments!
The Instant Pot has become an essential kitchen gadget for many home cooks. This versatile appliance can perform multiple functions, including pressure cooking, slow cooking, sautéing, steaming, and more.
With its ability to cook meals quickly and efficiently, it's no wonder that the Instant Pot has gained such a huge following. To find out what our readers' most cooked foods and dishes in their Instant Pots were, we conducted a poll on social media, and here are the top 10 dishes (plus 2 runner-ups).
MOST COOKED INSTANT POT DISHES
Here are 10 of the most popular and frequently cooked dishes that can be made in an Instant Pot, from soups and stews to rice dishes.
Rice is one of the easiest dishes to make in an Instant Pot. Simply add rice and water to the pot, set the cooking time, and let the Instant Pot do the rest. It's a foolproof way to make perfect rice every time. We have a great how-to-cook rice in the Instant Pot (all kinds) here.
Soup is another popular dish that can be easily made in an Instant Pot. Whether you're making chicken noodle soup or a hearty beef stew, the Instant Pot can handle it all. Plus, with the pressure cooking function, you can make flavorful soups in a fraction of the time it would take on the stovetop.
Some of the most mentioned soups by our readers included Zuppa Toscana, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Minestrone Soup, Cauliflower Soup, Stuffed Pepper Soup, and Taco Chili Soup. Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the comments below.
3. Hard Boiled Eggs
Believe it or not, hard-boiled eggs are one of the most popular dishes made in the Instant Pot. The pressure cooking function makes it easy to cook perfect hard-boiled eggs every time, and they're easy to peel too! Here is our how-to post on how to cook boiled eggs in the Instant Pot.
4. Pot Roast
Pot roast is a classic comfort food that's perfect for the Instant Pot. With the pressure cooking function, you can make a tender and juicy pot roast in a fraction of the time it would take in the oven. You can make beef, pork, lamb, or chicken pot roast.
Ribs are another dish that's perfect for the Instant Pot. The pressure cooking function helps to tenderize the meat, and you can finish them off on the grill or in the oven for a crispy exterior. You can also make the most delicious short ribs in the pressure cooker. Here are some Instant Pot rib recipes to get you started.
Chili is a hearty and flavorful dish that's perfect for the Instant Pot. With the pressure cooking function, you can cook the meat and beans quickly, and the flavors will meld together perfectly. Some of the most popular recipe included a traditional beef and bean chili, vegetarian chili, and a cream cheese white chicken chili.
Try one of these Instant Pot chili recipes with a twist.
7. Beans & Lentils
Beans are another food that's easy to make in the Instant Pot. Whether you're making black beans, pinto beans, or lentils, the Instant Pot can cook them quickly and evenly. Here are some basic reipec to get your started:
- Black Beans With Spiced Onions
- White Beans With Rosemary & Garlic
- Basic Lentils from Minimalist Baker
- Instant Pot Lentil Stew
- Instant Pot Kale Sausage & White Bean Stew With Chili Garlic Oil
Chicken is one of the most versatile meats, and it's perfect for the Instant Pot. Whether you're making shredded chicken for tacos or a whole roasted chicken, the Instant Pot can handle it all.
Some of the most popular chicken dishes cooked by our readers are:
- Chicken & Brown Rice
- Chicken & Mashed Potatoes from Heather Likes Food
- Chicken Burrito Bowls from No. 2 Pencil
- Butter Chicken
- Firecracker Chicken from Little Sunny Kitchen
- White Chicken Chili from Simply Recipes
9. Pulled Pork
Pulled pork is another classic comfort food that's perfect for the Instant Pot. With the pressure cooking function, you can cook the pork until it's tender and juicy, and then shred it for sandwiches or tacos. Some people choose to finish their pulled pork in the oven for extra crisp, browned finish. Here are some popular recipes:
- Firecracker Pulled Pork
- Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas from Gimme Some Oven
- Instant Pot Kalua Pork from Nom Nom Paleo
- Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipes With A Twist
- Leftover Pulled Pork Recipes
10. Beef Stew
Beef stew is another hearty dish that is popular with our readers. Using the Instant Pot's pressure cooking function, you can make a flavorful stew in a fraction of the time it would take on the stovetop.
Most popular recipes according to our poll are:
11. Risotto - Runner-up
Risotto is a creamy and delicious dish that's really easy to make in the Instant Pot. You can make perfectly cooked risotto without all the stirring and attention required on the stovetop and the results are almost always fail-proof. Check out these popular risotto recipes:
- Instant Pot Vegetable Risotto With Lemon & Parmesan
- Instant Pot Kabocha Squash & Pea Risotto
- Mushroom and Spinach Risotto from Instant Pot Official
12. Yogurt - Runner-up
Yes, yogurt is another popular dish that's you can make in the Instant Pot. We were actually surprised that quite a few people do it. With the yogurt setting, you can make thick and creamy yogurt with just a few simple ingredients. Here are some popular recipes to try:
Instant Pot Yogurt from Simply Recipes
Instant Pot Greek Yogurt from Pressure Cook Recipes
In conclusion, the Instant Pot is a versatile and convenient appliance that can make cooking a breeze. Whether you're making rice, soup, hard-boiled eggs, or any of the other popular dishes on this list, the Instant Pot can help you. We would love to know what your most cooked food or dish is. Let us know in the comments below.