If you’re wondering what to do with your new Instant Pot, first of all, congrats! Whether you scored a pressure cooker on deep discount for Prime Day or were gifted one by some kind friend or family member, you’ve officially been indoctrinated into the Instant Pot cult.
But you’re probably wondering how to get started. Well, lucky for you, there’s plenty to do with your Instant Pot—from quick and easy meals to throwing a party solely using your pressure cooker. Keep reading for our suggestions on how to best wield your Instant Pot.
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Sure, you can use your Instant Pot without any additional accessories, but then you’d be missing out on the real fun. The Instant Pot can easily be transformed into a host of other appliances: slide in a steamer for eggs and vegetables, attach a Mealthy lid to air fry all your favorite foods, and attach a yogurt rack to make your own yogurt at home. Check out the best Instant Pot accessories.
The easiest way to make the most of the Instant Pot is by investing in Instant Pot cookbooks. The many books out there will guide you on how to use one of the most popular kitchen appliances in the world, from crafting classically French recipes to baking desserts.
There are plenty of classic dishes you’ll end up constantly using the Instant Pot for, but there are also a wealth of items that you wouldn’t necessarily think of. You can cook dried chickpeas within an hour, prepare your own baby food, make your own wine, and brew your own vanilla extract. See 11 unexpected things to make in your Instant Pot.
Speaking of unexpected—you can use the pot to proof dough, or even to fully bake a loaf. Plus, find seven more surprising Instant Pot recipes, including homemade limoncello and an easy orange-lemon marmalade.
The yogurt setting is also perfect for proofing homemade pizza crust. See CNET’s overview of how to make Instant Pot pizza dough.
Yes, you can make your own cheese in your pressure cooker—learn how to make Instant Pot mozzarella.
You likely already have your own roster of weeknight dishes you riffle through, but weeknight dinners can be so much easier (and just as quick!) with the Instant Pot. Try making southwestern chicken and rice, baked potato soup, beef stew, and mac and cheese, or any of these 15 easy Instant Pot dinners.
Whole30 certainly doesn’t have to be so dire now that you can make all your meals in your trusty Instant Pot. Whip up a plate of Whole30-compliant beef and broccoli, seafood gumbo, and chicken burrito bowls in no time. Try these Whole30 Instant Pot recipes.
Dinner parties can be far less stressful if you make everything in the Instant Pot. Not only will clean-up be easier, but the cooking time will be so much faster. You can find a laundry list of Instant Pot dinner party recipes here, buoyed by mushroom risotto, asparagus soup, and chocolate lava cake.
After all, it’s likely your kids have grown tired of the trusty peanut butter and jelly. Wield the powers of the Instant Pot to prepare creamy mac and cheese, perfectly plump hard-boiled eggs, and baked potatoes. These Instant Pot school lunch recipes are all kid- and parent-friendly.
Say good-bye to soggy cereal and burned toast. Whip up steel-cut oatmeal, gooey cranberry French toast, and breakfast egg muffins studded with your favorite vegetables. These Instant Pot breakfast recipes will get you going in the morning—fast.
Sure, you could invest in your own air fryer, but perhaps your kitchen doesn’t have any more space for another hefty appliance. Enter the Mealthy CrispLid, which transforms any Instant Pot into an air fryer. Read our executive editor’s Mealthy review.
Take in these tips to properly clean your Instant Pot so it smells like new no matter what you make in it.
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