Are you looking for quick and easy Instant Pot recipes that can be on the table in no time? Look no further! In this post, we'll share our top picks for delicious 'dump and go' Instant Pot recipes that can be made in less than 15 minutes. That's right - these recipes are as simple as adding all of the ingredients to the Instant Pot and letting it do the work for you. From hearty soups and stews to mouthwatering main dishes, these recipes are sure to become favorites in your household. So grab your Instant Pot and let's get cooking!

Things to Know

HP = High Pressure. All recipes assume a full natural release (pin drops on its own).

HP Frozen Chicken - See the end of the document for frozen chicken cooking time. Pretty much every recipe assumes we are using frozen Chicken.

Sauté - Assumes a Tbsp or two of canola oil

Blend - Before I had an immersion blender, I would use a small blender to blend the ingredients. Now I just add everything to the pot and blend it.

1 Handful = 1/3 a cup

Mix - If you see something like `4 Tbsp mix` this means that instead of adding all the ingredients, you could mix them in bulk and then use 4 Tbsp of the mix.

­Butter Chicken


Ginger garlic paste 🧄 paste1 green chili
3 handfuls of cashews 4 green cardamons
¼ tsp red chili 🌶 powder½ tsp garam masala
1 tsp salt 🧂½ tsp Paprika
1 tbsp cilantro 🌿1 tsp Kasuri methi
1 cans of tomatoes🥫½ cup water 💧
2 ½ Tbsp milk 🥛1 ½ tsp honey 🍯

Then add

1 tbsp ketchup Add meat/panner/tofu
1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast2 Frozen chicken breasts

HP Frozen Chicken


Chana Masala


2 bay leaf 🍃6 green cardamoms
2 large onions, chopped 🧅2 sprig mace 🌼
ginger garlic paste 🧄 paste2 green chili, chopped
1 inch cinnamon stick 

Then Add

2.5 cups chickpeas (soaked)2 cups of water 💧
1 can tomatoes🥫4 tbsp lemon juice 🍋

Add to (4 Tbsp mix)

¼ tsp cinnamon½ tsp Garam masala
1 tsp cumin powder2 tsp coriander powder
4 tsp chana masala½ tsp red chili powder 🌶
2.5 tsp salt 🧂4 Tbsp cilantro
1 tsp kasuri methi leaves1 tsp turmeric

HP 40 mins




1 tsp mustard seedsHandful curry leaves 🍃
¼ tsp asafetida1 green chili
 ¼ onion 🧅

Then Add

1 ½ cups split pigeon peasPotato 🥔!
3 ½ cups water 💧

1 tbsp sambar masala

(1/2 tbsp for 🥟)

½ tsp turmeric2 tsp tamarind paste
2 tsp salt 🧂1 tbsp cilantro
Veggies/Okra1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast

HP 15 mins


Chicken 🐓 Korma

Blend (2 Tbsp combined spice mix)

1.5 cans tomatoe 🥫s1 tsp Cumin powder
Handful of nuts 🥜1 tbsp coriander powder
1 green chili½ tsp Cayenne
Ginger garlic paste 🧄 Paste½ cup water 💧
1 tsp Tumeric1 tsp salt 🧂
 1 tsp garam masala

Then Add

½ can evaporated milk 🥛1tbsp Ketchup
¼ cup cilantro1 TBsp Nutritional Yeast

HP Frozen Chicken


Curried White Basmati Rice

1 Bay leaf1 inch cinnamon stick
1 large onion 🧅, choppedGinger garlic paste 🧄 paste

Then Add (2 Tbsp mix)

1 tbsp curry powder½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp red chili 🌶 powder1 tsp Paprika (Kashmiri Red chili 🌶 powder)
Peas!2 cups rice
1 cup chicken 🐓 stock1 TBSP Nutritional Yeast
1 Cup water 

HP 6 mins


Curried Chickpeas

Soak dry chickpeas in water for 8-12 hours

Cook chickpeas by themselves in just enough water to cover them (HP 40 mins)

In a new pot Sauté

1 Bay leaf1 inch cinnamon stick
1 large onion 🧅, choppedGinger garlic paste 🧄 paste

Then Add (2 Tbsp mix)

1 tbsp curry powder½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp red chili 🌶 powder1 tsp Paprika (Kashmiri Red chili 🌶 powder)
Peas!1 TBSP Nutritional Yeast


Broccoli Cheese Soup


½ onion 🧅 chopped (Sauté first if you want to make it fancy)Celery/Carrots
Broccoli3 Bouillon cube
3 cups water 💧Potato 🥔?

High Pressure for 15mins (Quick Release)

Sauté for 5 mins

1 can Evaporated Milk 🥛1 stick butter (Optional)
1 Pack of Cheese 🧀Pepper


Beef (or chicken 🐓) Stew

Sauté and reduce to half

1/2 onion 🧅Ginger garlic paste 🧄 
1 cup red wine 

Then add

3 Tbsp tomato 🍅 paste1 tsp turmeric
1 Tbsp cumin¾ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom1 pound eggplant (optional)
4 cups chicken 🐓 broth1 Pound potato 🥔  (Approx. 2)
1 cup water 💧Salt 🧂 + Pepper
3 Tbsp parsley or mint3 sticks of Rosemary
5 bay leavesVeggies!
2 Celery stalksFrozen peas
1 package mushrooms (optional) 

HP Frozen Chicken or Frozen Red Meat

Finish with ¼ cup flour


Couscous with Chicken 🐓


1/2 onion 🧅Ginger garlic paste 🧄

Then add

4 tsp ground fenugreek1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp salt 🧂1 pound chicken 🐓
½ tsp pepper1.5 cups Couscous
½ cup nuts 🥜 (crunched)3 cups chicken 🐓  broth
1.5 tbsp parsley 

Cook at HP


Lemon 🍋y chicken 🐓 with fingerling potato 🥔!


Ginger garlic paste 🧄 🧄 paste

Then add

5 tbsp lemon 🍋  juiceSalt 🧂 + Pepper
½ cup chicken 🐓 broth¼ cup green or black olives (optional)
2 tsp Parsley1lb fingerling potato 🥔
Chicken 🐓 

HP Frozen Chicken

Garnish with olive oil


10-spice vegetable soup with Cashew Cream

Soak ¾ cup of Cashews and then blend with 1 cup of vegetable broth


Ginger garlic paste 🧄¼ onion 🧅
Then Add all this
5 cups vegetable broth3 medium carrots 🥕
1 bell pepper (optional)Potato 🥔!
2 stalks celery (optional)1 can tomatoe 🥫s 🥫
1 tbsp 10 spice blendSalt 🧂 + pepper 🧂
2 cups of spinach 🍃2 cups chickpeas


Lentil Soup

Add all this

Ginger garlic paste 🧄½ onion 🧅
1.5 cup green lentils1 can tomatoes 🍅
1 tsp Italian seasoning¾ tsp Thyme
Pepper4 cups chicken 🐓 broth
4 cups spinach 🍃 
Garnish with Parmesean


Parmesan Pasta


garlic 🧄onion 🧅
1 tsp cumin seeds1 bay leaf
Blend milk with cashews
Then Add all this
Lemon juiceThyme
Kasuri MethiAll purpose seasoning
Tomato?Parmesean? Mozorella?


Chicken Chili

Cook 2 cups dry beans (drain and put back in pot) – 10 mins NR

Then add

 1 cup chicken stock
2 cups frozen corn or peas2 cans diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp taco seasoning1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp onion powderSalt n’ Pepper
Two chicken breasts2 Tbsp lime juice
Veggies?Try no water?
1 can green enchilada sauce (optional) 
High Pressure 25 mins


Mixed Bean Soup


garlic 🧄onion 🧅
Then Add
2 cups mixed beans (unsoaked) or the equivalent soaked½ tsp chicken bullion
3 bay leavesSalt + Pepper
15 mins HP (soaked)


Lentil Soup (2)


1 cup diced onion1 Bell pepper diced
1 Jalapeno pepper diced2.5 cups chicken broth
1 can black beans1 can pinto beans
1 can tomatoes¾ cup red lentils
1 cup peas½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp chili powder1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp cumin 

HP 15 mins

Finish with ½ cup heavy cream

Enjoy with the following optional toppings:

 Crushed chips, shredded cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, sliced avocado, fresh cilantro, or Greek yogurt.


Cabbage Roll Soup


garlic 🧄onion 🧅
Brown meat (optional)

Then Add

1lb meat2/3 cup brown rice
5 cups chopped cabbage2 cans diced tomatoes
10oz can of tomato soup5 cups chicken broth
1 ½ cups V8 juice1 tsp paprika
1 tsp Rosemary1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

HP Frozen Chicken


Chicken and Rice Soup


4 cups chicken broth½ cup brown rice
2.5 lbs chicken1 onion
Veggies4 celery stalks
2 cups peas2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder2 tsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp tyme1 tsp salt
Pepper to taste 

HP Frozen Chicken

In a small bowl, mix and add to pot
1 cup milk1 1/3 tsp cornstarch


Chicken Gyros

Marinate Overnight

3lbs chicken6 Garlic cloves
1 cup lemon juice1.5 onion
2 tbsp olive oil4 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp oregano½ tsp allspice
2 tsp lemon pepper1 cup chicken broth

Add to pot and cook for 15 mins HP

Serve with fried pita bread and these toppings
Tzatziki Sauce
4 cucumbers (Peeled, and seeded)64 oz greek yogurt
8 tsp garlic1 tbsp red wine vinegar



Saute (Olive Oil)

1 cup onionHashbrowns (optional)
GarlicEggs (Optional)


2 chicken breasts2 Tbsp taco seasoning
½ tsp salt1 can black beans (drain)
1 cup corn (optional)½ can tomatoes (drain)
2 cups chicken broth1 ½ cups brown rice
Bell PepperSpinach OR Cabbage
4 Tbsp lime juice1 Tbsp cilantro

HP 22 mins

Start cooking tortillas and then roll in the mix


Yummy Potato Soup


1 cup onion1 cup Celery


8 cubed skinless potatoes2-3tsp chicken powder
Water to cover potatoes 

Cook 2min HP

Sauté in a separate pot

4 tbsp oil½ cup flour
1 Cup milk1 tsp tarragon
1 tbsp cilantro 
Add everything together


Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas




Olive oil2lb chicken breasts
2 Tbsp taco seasoning2 cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp lime juice2 cups corn (optional)
25mins HP, then shred chicken with a fork in the pot

Preheat Oven to 400


1 - Add some sauce to the bottom of a baking dish 2 – Heat tortillas, 5 at a time between a damp paper towel in the microwave for 30 seconds 3 – Add chicken mixture with a little enchilada sauce to a taco. Place it seam side down and add some more sauce to the top. Sprinkle cheese on top, too, if you’d like. 4 – Bake for 20 mins (covered in foil?)


Pasta Fagioli Soup

Saute (olive oil)

1 cup onionGarlic


Chicken3 cups chicken broth
1 cup tomato sauce or soup1 cup chopped Celery
2 cups diced bell pepper (optional)2 cups chopped carrots
1 can kidney beans1 cup pasta
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepperSpinach?


Chicken Posole

Saute (olive oil)

¼ onionGarlic
3 Tbsp diced red peppers (optional) 


½ tsp salt1 can red enchilada sauce
½ tbsp Cayenne1 Can beans
4 cups chicken broth1 Tbsp lime


Chicken Vindaloo


½ onion4 Garlic cloves


2 Tsp Cayenne½ tsp Ginger Powder
2 Tsp curry powder¼ tsp cinnamon
1 Tsp Smoked Paprika¼ tsp black pepper
1 Tsp Salt 

Then add

½ cup chicken broth¼ cup white vinegar
2 chicken breasts 


Jeera Aloo


4 tsp coriander seeds (roughly crushed)2 ½ tsp cumin seeds
Ginger Garlic paste4 green chilies (sliced)
Microwave 2 large potatoes

Mix with

1 tsp turmeric¼ tsp red chili powder
1 tsp salt4 tsp lemon juice
Cilantro for garnish


Split Pea Soup


3 Tbsp Olive oil1 diced onion
2 ribs celeryGinger

Then add

1 tsp liquid smoke1lb split peas
6 cups chicken broth2 bay leaves
ParsleySalt + pepper
 Frozen Veggies

HP 15 mins


Chicken in Black Pepper Sauce


2 large yellow onionsGarlic

Then add

2 Tbsp Black pepper½ cup chopped cilantro (optional)
2 Tablespoons Ketchup½ tsp Turmeric
2 chicken breasts2 ½ tsp salt
½ cup water1 ½ tsp Cumin
1 ½ tsp coriander1 tsp garam masala

HP Frozen Chicken


Cooking Times (Assume Natural release)

Make sure the Internal temperature of the Chicken is at least 160℉!

FoodFood:Water RatioTime
Mixed Chili beans (soaked)Cover8 mins
Mixed bean soup (Dry)Cover15 mins
White basmati rice1:18 min
Quinoa1:1.5, 3:4.51 min
Potatoes (sliced)½ cup water4 mins
Potatoes (large, whole)½ cup water15 mins
Potatoes (Small, whole)½ cup water8 mins
Potatoes Cubed½ cup water6 mins
Couscous (Big ones)1:22 mins
Couscous (Small ones)1:21 min
Hard Boiled Eggs1 cup5 mins
Chicken (frozen)1 cup26 mins
Chicken (fresh)1 cup6 mins
Frozen ground beef1 cup20 mins
Chickpeas (soaked)Cover15 mins
Chickpeas (dry)Cover40 mins


Other Measurements

1 Can tomatoes = 5 tomatoes

1 lime = 2 Tbsp Juice

1 Can beans = ½ to ¾ cup dried, soaked, and cooked beans.

3-6 cloves garlic = 1 Tbsp garlic

¼ cup = 4 Tbsp


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