10 Dump-and-Go Instant Pot Recipes

Don’t have time to whip up a full-blown dinner? Try one of these instant pot recipes for a simple, flavorful fix

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Cooking can be both fun and rewarding. Testing out a new recipe is an immersive learning experience, and it’s a great way to unwind or bond with loved ones. 

But let’s be honest. You live a busy life, so you don’t always have time to spend hours in the kitchen throwing together a full-blown feast.

That’s where the Instant Pot comes in. Following in the footsteps of the beloved (and decidedly trademarked) Crock-Pot, the “Instant Pot” is a name-brand kitchen favorite that’s become synonymous with a type of multipurpose pressure/slow/etc. cooker (also sometimes called a multicooker) that’s wildly popular for one great reason: It makes cooking easy. Gopuff your groceries, throw the ingredients in the pot, pick your settings and that’s that. Bone apple tea.

So, if you’re looking for an affordable way to make great food without toiling in the kitchen or getting takeout, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve collected an array of pressure cooker recipes that keep it simple, so you can make the most of your free time without sacrificing the satisfaction of a filling meal.

Take note that for most of these recipes, there’s a small amount of prep work, but that’s to be expected. It doesn’t get much simpler—unless you’re willing to eat your meat raw and vegetables whole.

Honey Garlic Instant Pot Chicken Breast 

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Honey garlic chicken on rice with broccoli
Source: Kristine’s Kitchen

A glance at pressure cooker recipes will reveal that Instant Pot people are obsessed with chicken. And why shouldn’t they be? Multicookers are a great way to serve up juicy, tender meats without stressing yourself over complex recipes.

This Instant Pot chicken entrée includes honey and garlic for a dinner that’s both sweet and savory. The best part? There are only seven ingredients (or six, if you opt for water over broth!).

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Instant Pot Dump-and-Go Meatball Lasagna 

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 14 minutes

Dump and go meatball lasagna in a pot
Source: 365 Days of Slow and Pressure Cooking

Cooking for a fussy household? This meatball lasagna could be your next big thing. It requires only a handful of simple ingredients (bowtie pasta, basic pasta sauce, frozen meatballs, shredded Parm, etc.) and provides the same divine Italian flavors as traditional baked lasagna. Who wouldn’t want seconds?

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Jambalaya 

Prep time: 20 minutes 

Total time: 6 hours 20 minutes

Jambalaya in a bowl
Source: Creme de la Crumb

This Cajun staple is packed with tangy-spicy flavor delivered via jalapeños, carefully selected seasonings and three different meats: sausage, shrimp and chicken. It’s got everything you need to please the palate in one simple, three-step dish.

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Instant Pot Korean Beef 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Korean beef in a bowl
Source: I Heart Eating

This Korean beef recipe is a delectable departure from the same old same old. 

There are only 11 ingredients—and the first 10 get whisked together right off the bat—so it’s about as low-effort as dinner gets. If you’d like to kick things up a notch, serve it on a bed of white rice with a touch of Sriracha and roasted broccoli on the side.

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Instant Pot 20-Minute Chicken Burrito Bowls 

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Chicken burrito bowl
Source: Damn Delicious

These burrito bowls include all the ingredients you’ve come to expect from Tex-Mex takeout—rice, beans, meat, veggies, cheese and seasonings—and the simplicity of the recipe makes it an easy dish to embolden with flavorful additions like salsa and hot sauce. You’ll only need 20 minutes or so to put the recipe together which makes it a prime choice if your schedule is packed.

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Instant Pot Moroccan Split Pea Soup 

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Moroccan split pea soup in a bowl
Source: Recipes From a Pantry

Flavorful, healthy, vegan and gluten-free—this soup ticks a lot of boxes. It’s also a true dump-and-go recipe; just put in the ingredients and turn on your pot. If you’re committed to a meatier meal, add some chopped ham or bacon bits for a savory enhancement.

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Best Ever Dump-and-Go Beef Stew

Prep time:  10 minutes

Total time: 42 minutes

Beef stew in a bowl surrounded by vegetables
Source: The Bearded Hiker

Beef stew is a stone-cold classic that’s been around (in various forms) for thousands of years. Which makes sense, because it’s hard to resist a big bowl of meat and vegetables. This recipe, however, goes a half-step beyond the usual, with tasty tidbits like tapioca pearls, a splash of Worcestershire sauce and a can of V8.

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Instant Pot Creamy Masala Steel-Cut Oats

Prep time: 2 minutes

Total time: 16 minutes

Two bowls of creamy masala steel-cut oats garnished with sliced avocado
Source: Full of Plants

Whether you’re cooking breakfast for dinner or trying to spice up your morning routine, savory oatmeal is an underrated must-try. This recipe is exceptionally easy to put together, with a few out-of-the box spices to add some flair.

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  • Steel-cut oats
  • Coconut cream (or full-fat coconut milk)
  • Tomato paste
  • Maple syrup
  • Freshly grated ginger
  • Garam masala
  • Turmeric 
  • Coriander
  • Dried fenugreek leaves (or ground fenugreek)
  • Chili powder
  • Salt

Instant Pot Mediterranean Rosemary Salmon 

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Plateful of Mediterranean rosemary salmon
Source: The Gracious Pantry

Fancy food doesn’t have to be a hassle. This recipe is an excellent choice if you’d like to serve a refined dish that requires minimal prep work. Cook the salmon with frozen asparagus and a sprig of rosemary, then pile the remaining ingredients on top and you’re all set.

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Instant Pot Vegetable Curry

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Bowl of vegetable curry
Source: Delicious Everyday

This curry is an A-plus pick if you’re looking to get a ton of flavor and nutrition out of your dinner without actually doing much. You’ll have to chop up some vegetables and cook the rice separately, but your pressure cooker will do the rest of the work. 

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  • Zucchini
  • Red bell pepper
  • Orange bell pepper 
  • Frozen peas
  • Vegetable broth
  • Coconut cream
  • Curry powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cumin
  • Basmati rice 
  • Fresh cilantro

Not sure if any of these recipes strike your fancy? Do some digging to find one that does, then get your ingredients delivered to your door fast with Gopuff.

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