Instant Pots are truly amazing and if you scroll down, you’ll see that I linked the top 10 Best Instant Pot Recipes on this site for 2019! But before we get to that I want to cover some important tips and common questions about Pressure Cookers and Instant Pots.
I feel this is important to cover because so many people are afraid of using a Pressure Cooker, especially when pictures of a Pressure Cooker Explosion go viral. But let me assure you, most errors are a result of the owner and not the appliance and can be easily avoided.
What Is The Difference Between A Pressure Cooker and An Instant Pot?
Honestly, there isn’t a big difference. Instant Pot is a brand name of Pressure Cookers. There are many brands on the market from Instant Pot, Ninja, Mealthy Multipot and many more. You’ll see both terms used interchangeably on recipes and in conversation though.
How Does A Pressure Cooker Work?
Pressure Cookers use a process of cooking foods at high temperatures using a liquid as a base and holding the pressure thanks to the sealed vessel. This allows for high temperatures to be reached in a short time and is what helps foods to cook much faster than using a standard oven.
What Can You Cook In A Pressure Cooker?
There are so many different things that you can cook in your Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot. Everything from dry beans to soups, bread, yogurt, and meats.
Even more impressive is that this one appliance allows you to saute, boil, steam, braise, and roast foods inside of it, giving you plenty of options to choose from.
How Do You Cook With A Pressure Cooker?
Using the pressure cooker is simple enough, especially when you follow along with a trusted recipe. It’s as simple as adding food and liquid, closing the pot’s lid and making sure that the valve is in the correct position.
Then select the pressure and time according to the recipe, let it reach temp and wait for it to finish. The recipe will either ask you to release the pressure or let it release on its own, but once the pressure is released the lid will unlock and you can access your food.
As you can see, using an Instant Pot is such a simple process and can really have some great added benefits to your meal routines. By saving yourself a lot of cooking time by choosing to use an Instant Pot you can save yourself from the temptations of ordering delivery for dinner on those exhausting days.
If you want to save time and effort, a Pressure Cooker is definitely the way to go! It’s as simple as a slow cooker but much more versatile and fun!
If you’re ready to get cooking here are my top 10 Instant Pot Recipes to get you started.
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Using your Instant Pot’s Yogurt Setting you can proof the dough needed to make these delicious 1 hour cinnamon rolls. This recipe makes a large batch of delicious, fluffy, and mouth watering rolls.
Ramen Pad Thai
Using Ramen noodles this dish can be made and served within a few short minutes. That not only makes it an incredible dish for a busy night, but also helps to stretch your grocery budget because this dish is very frugal.
Hawaiian Macaroni Salad:
Unlike a traditional macaroni salad, this one brings you a sweet and tangy flavorful island twist. This side dish is a hit at potlucks or pairs great with teriyaki flavored dishes.
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
A super simple dish of sweet and sour meatballs that comes together in minutes. Serve alongside a heaping pile of rice and you have a flavorful meal that everyone can enjoy.
Biscuits and gravy is a staple breakfast food in so many homes. It brings the best comforts to the table and leaves you feeling full as you start the day. This sausage gravy is fast, easy, and delicious!
Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
A tater tot breakfast casserole is exactly what you need to help you start your day with a fast, warm, and deliciously filling meal. Combining all of your favorite breakfast flavors like potatoes, eggs, cheese and meats in one throw-together meal.
Fiesta Chicken Casserole
Savory, cheesy and packed with festive flavors you’ll feel ready for anything with this simple pasta dish.
Homemade Refried Beans
You’ll never want to buy canned refried beans again once you learn how simple and easy it is to make them at home. Not only do they save you money, but they can open you up to a new world of flavorful possibilities. Homemade refried beans taste amazing!
Instant Pot Breakfast French Toast
French toast is a common and popular breakfast food for many, but not many people take advantage of their Instant Pot to cook it. Tossing everything together not only helps you to cut down on the cooking time (no more standing there and filling one slice at a time) but it also helps you get a good meal on your plate within minutes.
Easy Chicken Fajitas
Flavorful and easy chicken fajitas are a great idea for a fast dinner. With cooked veggies and chicken in every bite, you’ll be glad you tried this dish!
Still have questions on how to use your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker? We can help with that too? Instant Pot FAQ .
Let us know if you make one of these 10 Best Instant Pot recipes and be sure to tag @devourdinner on Social Media so I can see.