Top 5 Instapot Recipes For Beginners

One of the main reasons why I and so many other people love the Instapot is the speed and ease of cooking. Even as a beginner, cooking even basics things become so much faster. Today, I will be sharing some basic instapot recipes that you can try right when you get your Instapot. No prior experience needed.

Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are an easy breakfast, lunch or even just a snack. And lucky for us, the two main drawbacks to hardboiled eggs (at least for me) can be solved with the Instapot. If you want to learn how to make perfect hard-boiled eggs in 5 mins every time, then keep reading.
The first thing I don’t like about hardboiled eggs is it usually takes over 20 mins for me to cook them from start to finish. With the Instant Pot, it takes 5 minutes. Second, I hate when the shell is hard to get off. If you use this recipe, the eggs will peel extremely easily.

Ingredients:
Eggs
1 cup of water

Equipment:
Instapot
Steam Rack

Directions:

1. Place steam rack in Instant Pot along with the cup of water.
2. Place as many eggs as you would like/can without stacking.
3. Close Instapot and make sure its sealed (including the valve).
4. Set to 5 minutes on manual.

That’s it! Once its done, release the steam with the quick release and put the eggs in cold water until the desired temperature is reached.

Japanese Cheesecake

When I think of cheesecake, the words “easy” or “beginner” don’t come to mind. But with this simple recipe and the Instapot, its both of those. With just 3 simple ingredients, you can make a light and fluffy Japanese cheesecake that everyone will love.

Ingredients:
3 Large Eggs
4 Oz White Chocolate chips
4 oz cream cheese (full fat), at room temp.

Equipment:
Instapot 6qt or 8qt
Small Round cake pan 6’’ diameter, 3’’ tall. I used one made by Wilton which can be seen here.

Directions

1. Spray inside of cake pan with oil then line with parchment paper. Easiest and cleanest way I’ve found to do this is to cut a circle that will fit the bottom of the pan. Then a long strip to cover the side.
2. Melt chocolate on stove or microwave. Putting chocolate in a glass bowl and floating that in simmering water is a good way to melt it on the stove. If you use the microwave, heat in 20-second intervals until melted.
3. Add cream cheese and melted chocolate together and whisk until smooth and mixed together.
4. Separate the yolk from whites of the eggs, and mix the yolk into the cream cheese, chocolate mixture. Whisk again until smooth.
5. Beat egg whites with a whisk or electric mixer until stiff. It important that egg whites are very stiff otherwise your cake will collapse. You should be able to form stiff peaks with the whites, not just soft ones.
6. Add 1/3 of egg whites to the batter and fold in gently. Repeat with another 1.3 of the whites, and then again with the rest of the whites.
7. Pour into Pan.
8. Add 1.5 cups of water to your instapot. Place the trivet that came with your instapot in it, and then the pan on top of it. The pan should not be touching the water.
9. Seal and set to 17 minutes on manual high pressure.
10. Once done, you’re welcome to eat it, but we recommend you let it sit in the fridge for a couple hours to develop its taste.
11. You can add some powdered sugar on the top if you want.

Oatmeal

A super easy oatmeal recipe that you set the night before and have it ready for when you wake up.

Ingredients:
Oatmeal
Water

Directions:
1. Add your usual mixture of oats and water (or water and milk)
2. Seal Instapot and set to 8 minutes on high pressure.
3. You can wait 5 minutes after to let the oatmeal calm down, but I usually just release the pressure and get eating.

It’s that easy. But I guess it is just oatmeal.

Mac and Cheese

People always say homemade mac and cheese is better than boxed, but for some reason, I just like the taste of boxed mac and cheese the best. With an Instapot, I can now cook it in 5 mins.

Ingredients:
7.3 oz box of your favorite boxed macaroni and cheese
1 1/4 cup water
¼ cup milk
2 tbs of butter

Directions:

1. Add butter water and pasta to instapot.
2. Close and seal, set to 5 mins at high pressure.
3. Do a natural pressure release
4. Stir in Milk and cheese.

This is by far the easiest way to cook macaroni and cheese.

Rice

Rice is simple, and yet its very easy to mess up. But if you follow a few rules, you’ll get perfect rice each time.
Rule #1: Cooking time should be 3 minutes on high pressure with a 10-minute natural release.
Rule #2 Ratio of Rice to water should be 1:1. So 1 cup of rice would need 1 cup of water.
Won’t do directions for this one as its sort of explained in the rules. I do recommend rinsing the rice before cooking.

Thank you for reading my top 5 beginner recipes for Instapot. Which was your favorite? Also, what do you most enjoy cooking with your Instapot? Let us know below.


Instant Pot Duo Series Review

Since the beginning of humans, we have slowly been improving the process of gathering and preparing our food. It was not too long ago when humans would spend most of the day gathering and preparing their food. Eventually, we developed farming and better techniques of cooking. Today, the amount of time we need to spend on keeping ourselves fed has drastically decreased, increasing the amount of time available to do other things.  Even with our advances, cooking can still be a major hassle.

Lucky for you, the next evolution of cooking has been released: The Instapot.

The Instapot is a pressure cooker that has taken the world by storm. Their sleek design, easy controls, and overall quality have made Instapot one of the best selling pressure cookers on the market. Instant Pot has 4 current models and one upcoming model at the time of writing this. The current models include Lux, Duo, Duo Plus, and Ultra. The upcoming model is called “Max”.

InstaPot Duo Review

The Instapot Duo is the best selling Instapot on the market today. That’s because it combines affordability with a decent amount of features.  The Duo is a 7 in 1, meaning it’s the equivalent of 7 kitchen appliances. These include: a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer.

Smart Programs: The Duo features 14 smart programs that are easily selected on the front interface. Soup, Slow Cook,  Meat/Stew, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Porridge, Steam, Keep Warm, Bean/Chili Yogurt, Manual, Multigrain, and Pressure Cook.

Stainless Steel: The Duo (and all Instapots) is made of stainless steel, making it easy to clean, sturdy and food safe. All parts of the instapot that are in contact with your food is made with 304 food grade stainless steel.

Accessories: The most basic accessories are included in the package: A small recipe booklet, serving spoon, soup spoon, and a steam rack.

UL Certified: You can have peace of mind with Instapot. UL certification requires very stringent safety measures to be met. Its also very energy efficient so your energy costs will likely go down.
The Duo is available in three sizes 3qt, 6qt, and 8qt. The 3qrt is good for 1-2 people or if you want a smaller instapot to cook side dishes alongside a bigger instapot. You might think just using a big instapot for everything is the way to go but big instapots don’t do too well with small dishes. The 6qt is good for 4-6 people and is the most popular size. If you need something a little bigger, then you the 8qt might be for you.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or an Instapot veteran, the Duo is a great machine and a solid investment. Do you have an instapot? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below.


Top 5 INSTAPOT Cookbooks For Beginners

Instant Pots are like nothing you’ve ever cooked with. This is obviously very exciting, but getting started and learning how to cook with it can take time. That’s why I recommend you get a cookbook made specifically for cooking with Instapots. Instant Pots amazing success has exploded the number of cookbooks available, but below, I share the top 5 best selling cookbooks which have been vetted by thousands of customers.

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook

With sales of over 500,000, this Cookbook is the best selling pressure cooker cookbook on Amazon. It comes with over 100 easy to follow meals, recipe guidelines, and each recipe has color-coded labels that allow you to quickly see how long the recipe will take.
After reading many reviews, there is a group of people who think some of the recipes aren’t easily usable for their family, but many others claim they like all the recipes. Overall, it looks like a great choice.

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The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook

This cookbook has almost a cult-like following, with people raving about how much they love this cookbook. Not only does it have many delicious recipes, but it also has great instructions on how to convert any recipe to work with your Instant Pot. For that reason, this is really the only Instant Pot recipe book you would ever need. That being said it still has a lot to offer people who already have several Instapot Cookbooks.

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Dinner in an Instant

Melissa Clark, the writer of this cookbook, is no stranger to cooking. With 37 cookbooks under her belt and the reporter for the New York Times food Sections, she clearly has the experience and knowledge to put out an awesome cookbook, and that she did. The 75 recipes included in the book are “modern” and might be a little more complicated and time-consuming than other cookbooks mentioned in this article. But most of the time its worth it.

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The Keto Instant Pot Cookbook

As you have probably guessed from the title, this cookbook is specifically made for people on or interested in the Ketogenic diet. It includes the basics on the Keto Diet, the basics on using your Instapot, over 65 simple recipes and each recipe have nutritional information so you can easily track what you’re eating. Even if you’re not interested in Keto, this can still be a great book to find some new recipes in. If you’re very serious about Keto, some people have reported that many of the recipes have too many carbs and therefore are not technically keto. Not a big deal for most but something I thought I would mention.

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How to Instant Pot

The last book is a cookbook, but it takes a bit of a different angle than the rest of the books mentioned here. This book focuses on mastering all the functions of the instapot and generally how to use it. It’s like a much-improved version of the instructional manual you got with your Instapot. Its organized by each function and it really helps you learn how to use each one. The techniques learned in this book will help you cook any recipe whether it’s from this book or one of your other ones. Many people have reported that while the techniques are extremely helpful, the actual recipes weren’t all that great. Others disagree and say the recipes are great as well. Either way, this book would make a great addition to your collection and could greatly improve your Instant Pot cooking.

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Thanks for reading my top 5 instant pot cookbooks! Let me know below in the comments section what your favorite one is and if you recommend any others.


Top 5 Electric Pressure Cooker Reviews

Although electric pressure cookers have existed for a while, they have only recently become mainstream popular. Their ease of use, convenience and speed of cooking has catapulted them into the spotlight, and it’s done well there. Millions of pressure cookers have been sold, and it doesn’t appear things will be slowing down any time soon. But if you’re reading this, you probably already know this, and want to take the next step and get one for yourself. Below, are the top 5 electric pressure cookers.

Instant Pot Duo

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  • Cookes meals for upto 4-6 people

  • 7 different cooking functions

  • Schedule up to 24 hours in advance to cook

  • Intuitive and large control Panel

  • High-quality Construction

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Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker

A well-established player in the one-pot cooking arena, Crock-pot has released their own interpretation of an electric pressure cooker. Its an 8 in 1 cooker beating the Instant Pot Duo by 1 and it’s also slightly cheaper at the time of writing this.

  • High quality – Made by a well-known company

  • Easy to use Control Panel

  • Includes recipe book, steamer rack, and serving spoon

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Instant Pot Ultra

If you like the Instant Pot Duo but want a little more, the Ultra is the next evolution. With 10 Functions, this can replace many of your other appliances in your kitchen. It’s the best looking in my opinion out of all the options with a huge control panel and screen. It’s also extremely programmable, and even has stuff like adjusting for your altitude.  Overall, a great choice!

  • Beautiful Design

  • Huge Control Panel with Screen

  • 10 in 1 Cooker

  • Includes a Steam Rack, Soup Spoon, Serving Spoon, Recipe and Measuring cup

  • High-quality Construction

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Instant Pot LUX Mini

Yes another Instant Pot, I guess these guys know what they’re doing. The Lux is very similar to the other instant pots but has fewer features. If you’re on a budget, the Lux is usually the cheapest out of the Instant Pot lineup. It also makes a good pressure cooker to compliment a bigger one.

  • Cheapest Instant Pot

  • Programmable

  • Mini is good for 2-3 people or for cooking side dishes.

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Chefman Pressure Cooker

Last on our list is a 2.5qt electric pressure cooker from Chefman. This cooker is great for sides or if you’re cooking for 1-2 people. 9 Cooking functions and a 1-year warranty make this a great option.

  • 1-year warranty

  • Simple and clean design

  • 9 cooking functions

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There you go, our top 5 list. There are many pressure cookers out there but if you choose any of these 5 you should not have any problems.


Top 5 Must Buy Accessories For Instapot

Whether you just invested in an Instant pot, or are a long time user like me, you should consider some instant pot accessories that will supplement your instapot and allow you to get the most out of it. After doing extensive research for my two instant pots, I compiled this list of the top 5 best accessories I found. So without further ado:

 Steam Release

This is an extremely simple and inexpensive accessory, and yet it’s been one of the most useful purchases I’ve made for my instapot. After I prepare my dish in the instapot and turn it on, I like to push it back against the wall to free up counter space. The only problem is most of the counter space has cabinets over it, and when the instapot releases steam, it all ends up on the bottom of my cabinets. All the buildup of moisture eventually started peeling the paint and mold started forming under my cabinets. The easy fix? This little plastic pipe that redirects the steam in the direction of your choosing.

  • Directs steam anyway you want, with 360 degrees of rotation.

  • Fits all Instapot Models except Lux

  • BPA Free and Odorless

  • Food Grade and Dishwasher safe.

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Instant Pot Cover

I store my instant Pots on my counter and while I don’t mind how they look, I know some people who prefer to have them covered when they’re not using them. For those who want an instant pot cover, I recommend this one from Debbiedoo’s.

  • Available in 3, 6 and 8-quart sizes

  • Various Designs to choose from (my favorite is the black)

  • Made of 100% cotton

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Inner Cooking Pot

I never thought I would need an extra inner cooking pot because an instapot can only use one at a time. But I quickly found out that having an extra one made things so much easier. Sometimes one would be dirty and I could just grab the other one. Or sometimes I store leftovers in the pot and instead of transferring all the food out, I can just get my extra one. It’s also convenient if you’re preparing more than one dish. Those are just some examples of how an extra pot can be useful.

  • Genuine Instapot so you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues

  • Food Grade with no chemical coating

  • Easily Cleaned

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Sillicone Lid

As mentioned above, I like to store leftovers in the stainless-steel pot. It saves me from washing extra storage containers and its super convenient. Instapot makes this really easy, with their silicone lid. After eating, I just pop this lid on and put it in the fridge.

  • Air and Watertight, Spill Proof

  • Food Safe – passed FDA and LFGB tests, BPA free

  • Available sizes: 3qt, 6qt, 8qt

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Mini Mitts

Instant Pots obviously can get pretty hot, making it a bit difficult to get the pot out of the machine after the food is done cooking. But the makers of Instant Pot got you covered with a pair of mini mitts made just for this problem. They’re small but have great grip, making removal of the pot a breeze.

  • Grips Instant Pot Well

  • Small – Easy to Store and Wear

  • Food Grade Silicone

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There you go. Those are my top 5 must have instant pot accessories. None of them are necessary, but they sure do make Instant Pots that much more convenient. Comment below what your favorite Instant Pot accessory is.