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The Best Instant Pot Recipes of 2021

We've rounded up the best Instant Pot recipes that 2021 had to offer. Get cooking these classics in the year ahead with your pressure cooker.

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Pressure-Cooker Melt-in-Your-Mouth Chuck Roast

My husband and I like well-seasoned foods, so this pressure cooker roast is terrific. You’ll also love how flavorful and tender this comforting recipe turns out. —Bette McCumber, Schenectady, New York

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Pressure-Cooker Sweet ‘n’ Sour Pork

Even though a co-worker gave me this recipe more than 20 years ago, my family still enjoys it today.—Martha Nickerson, Hancock, Maine
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Pressure-Cooker Chicken and Bacon White Chili

I made a twist on my favorite white chicken chili and used my pressure cooker, which made it very quick and easy. I like to serve it with avocado, cilantro and onions. —Teri Lee Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan
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Pressure-Cooker Beef Tips

These beef tips remind me of a childhood favorite. I cook them with mushrooms and serve over brown rice, noodles or mashed potatoes. Here's one of the best Instant Pot recipes for a quick and easy dinner. —Amy Lents, Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Pressure-Cooker Garlic Chicken and Broccoli

This simple riff on a classic Chinese chicken dish proves you can savor the takeout taste you crave while still eating right. —Connie Krupp, Racine, Wisconsin
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Pressure Cooker Molten Mocha Cake

When I first made my decadent chocolate cake, my husband’s and daughter’s expressions said it all. She says it’s one of her “most favorites.” Later, I took one of these to our next-door neighbors. Their teenage son, who answered the door, ate the whole thing without telling anyone else about it! —Aimee Fortney, Fairview, Tennessee
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Pressure-Cooker Short Ribs

These tender pressure-cooker short ribs explode with flavor, and they're a quick and easy alternative to traditionally braised short ribs. Serve with egg noodles, rice or polenta. .—Rebekah Beyer, Sabetha, Kansas
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Pressure-Cooker Potato Soup

I decided to add some character to a basic potato chowder with roasted red peppers. The extra flavor gives a deliciously unique twist to an otherwise ordinary soup.—Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma
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Pressure-Cooker Fabulous Fajitas

When friends call to ask for new recipes to try, suggest these tasty fajitas. Top as you like to add healthy color and extra flavor. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Pressure-Cooker Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage

I first tried this fuss-free way to cook traditional corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day a few years ago. Now it’s a regular in my menu planning. This is terrific with Dijon mustard and crusty bread. —Karen Waters, Laurel, Maryland
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Pressure-Cooker Spanish Chili

I like to prepare this Spanish chili on the weekend so I have an instant weeknight dinner on hand. I've come to love my pressure cooker because it makes mealtime a breeze. —Lynn Faria, Meriden, Connecticut
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Pressure-Cooker Pork Ribs

When I was younger, my mom made these delicious pressure-cooker pork ribs for special Saturday dinners. Now I can prepare them on any weeknight! —Paula Zsiray, Logan, Utah
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Pressure-Cooker Ground Beef Stroganoff

My mother gave me this recipe 40 years ago. It’s a wonderfully tasty dish that’s perfect for a pressure cooker. —Sue Mims, Macclenny, Florida
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Pressure-Cooker Tuscan Chicken Pasta

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner, this Tuscan chicken pasta is just the ticket. After the milk and cream cheese are added, the mixture will look liquidy. Just continue to cook and stir and the dish will come together. —Amber Gaines, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Pressure-Cooker Beef Carnitas

I came up with this recipe while cleaning out my refrigerator and trying to figure out what I could do with a pot roast that had been in the freezer. I LOVE how easy this is.—Ann Piscitelli, Nokomis, Florida
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Pressure-Cooker Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

This Instant-Pot pork tenderloin with sweet brown sugar and balsamic glaze will become a go-to dinner your whole family will love. It's perfect for busy weeknights, but also special enough for company. —Karen Kelly, Germantown, Maryland
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Pressure-Cooker Barbecued Beef Ribs

These tender, tangy ribs taste slow-cooked but are a cinch to make. They’re great for picnics as well as a family dinner.—Erin Glass, White Hall, Maryland
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Pressure-Cooker Chicken Thighs in Wine Sauce

I love this recipe for its incredible flavor—and it seems everyone who tries it does, too. For an easy pairing, try mashed potatoes and peas.—Heike Annucci, Hudson, North Carolina
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Pressure-Cooker Beef Brisket in Beer

One bite of this super tender brisket and your family will be hooked! The rich gravy is perfect for spooning over a side of creamy mashed potatoes. —Eunice Stoen, Decorah, Iowa
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Pressure-Cooker Sweet Onion and Cherry Pork Chops

When I want to jump-start supper, I opt for these tender pork chops. The sweet and savory cherry sauce makes this recipe a keeper. Try serving it with wild rice pilaf. —Stephanie Ray, Naples, Florida
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Pressure-Cooker Red Pepper Chicken

Chicken breasts are treated to black beans, red peppers and juicy tomatoes in this southwestern supper. We love it served with rice cooked in chicken broth—and it would also make a great filling for tacos or burritos. —Piper Spiwak, Vienna, Virginia
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Pressure-Cooker Mexican Beef Soup

My family loves this stew, and I’m happy to make it since it’s so simple! Serve the dish with cornbread to make the meal even more filling. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas
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Pressure-Cooker Pork Chops

Everyone will enjoy these fork-tender pork chops with a creamy, light gravy. Serve with a green vegetable, mashed potatoes or a salad. —Sue Bingham, Madisonville, Tennessee
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Pressure-Cooker Round Steak Italiano

My mom used to make a similar version of this wonderful dish, and I’ve always enjoyed it. The gravy is especially dense and flavorful. —Deanne Stephens, McMinnville, Oregon
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Grandma’s Pressure-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

I’ve made this soup weekly since I modified my grandma’s recipe for the pressure cooker. Chicken soup, especially this one, is quick to make and budget-friendly for any large family. —Tammy Stanko, Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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Pressure-Cooker Swiss Steak

Swiss steak has a been a standby for family cooks for decades, and this no-fuss way to cook it promises to keep the entree popular for years to come. Best of all, it's low in calories and fat. —Sarah Burks, Wathena, Kansas
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Pressure-Cooker Apple Balsamic Chicken

I just love the sweet and tart flavor that balsamic vinegar gives to this easy dish. After cooking in the pressure cooker for just a few minutes, the chicken thighs are tender and flavorful. —Juli Snaer, Enid, Oklahoma
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Pressure-Cooker Beef Stew

I like to serve this twist on traditional stew with fresh rolls on crusty bread. The roast and vegetables cook quickly and make a comforting meal. My family loves this unique pressure cooker beef stew. —Joanne Wright, Niles, MI
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Pressure-Cooker Black-Eyed Peas with Ham

Here's a regional favorite I grew to love after moving to the South, pressure-cooker black-eyed peas. You'll never want to eat canned black-eyed peas again! Serve the dish as a side with grilled chicken, or make it your main course and round out the meal with greens and cornbread. —Tammie Merrill, Wake Forest, NC
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Pressure-Cooker Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Melt-in-your-mouth delicious! For this steak and cheese recipe, I like to saute extra onions and green pepper just until they are al dente to add to the top of the meat before melting the cheese. —Kimberly Wallace, Dennison, Ohio
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Pressure-Cooker Risotto with Chicken and Mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms add an earthy flavor to this creamy classic, while shredded rotisserie chicken makes it a snap to prepare. You'll savor every bite. —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida
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Pressure-Cooker Summer Squash

We love squash, but I got bored with fixing plain old squash and cheese. I decided to jazz it up a bit by adding seasoned croutons and bacon. This was a huge hit with the family. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Pressure-Cooker Mushroom Pot Roast

Packed with wholesome veggies and tender beef, this is one company-special entree that will delight all ages. Serve mashed potatoes alongside to soak up every last drop of the beefy gravy. —Angie Stewart, Topeka, Kansas
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Pressure-Cooker Char Siu Pork

I based this juicy pork on Asian influence in Hawaii. It's tasty as is, in a bun or over rice. Use leftovers with fried rice, ramen and salads. —Karen Naihe, Kamuela, Hawaii
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Pressure-Cooker Beef and Rice Cabbage Rolls

My family can't wait for dinner when I serve my tasty cabbage rolls. The dish comes together in a pinch and always satisfies. —Lynn Bowen, Geraldine, Alabama
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Pressure-Cooker Saucy Italian Chicken

To make this in the slow cooker, cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Plate and top with cheese. —Marisa Loper, Sammamish, Washington
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Pressure Cooker Pepper Steak

Pepper steak is one of my favorite dishes but I was always disappointed with beef that was too tough. This recipe solves that problem! I've stored leftovers in one big container and also in individual portions for quick lunches.—Julie Rhine, Zelienople, Pennsylvania
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Pressure-Cooker Smoky White Beans and Ham

I had never made or even eaten this dish before meeting my husband. Now I make it at least once a week. I serve it with some homemade sweet cornbread. Delicious! —Christine Duffy, Sturgis, Kentucky
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Pressure-Cooker Thai Coconut Beef

My husband and I love Thai food, but going out on weeknights can be challenging with busy schedules. I wanted to create a Thai-inspired dinner that could double as an easy lunch the following day. The beef is fantastic in this dish, but chicken or pork would be equally delicious!—Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Pressure Cooker Loaded Chicken Veggie Soup

When someone at our house gets sick, I whip up this quick and easy chicken soup. It resembles chicken noodle, but uses a variety of veggies instead of noodles for even more nutrition. Plus, if you use a pressure cooker or slow cooker, it makes meal prep even simpler! — Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
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Pressure-Cooker Beef Osso Bucco

Our beef osso bucco boasts a thick, savory sauce complemented by the addition of gremolata, a chopped herb condiment made of lemon zest, garlic and parsley. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Pressure-Cooker Cuban Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I lived in Florida for a while and loved the pork served there, so I went about making it for myself! The flavorful meat makes amazing Cuban sandwiches, but you can use it in traditional pulled pork sandwiches and tacos, too. —Lacie Griffin, Austin, Texas
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Pressure-Cooker Coffee Beef Roast

Coffee is the key to this flavorful beef roast that simmers until it's fall-apart tender. Try it once, and I'm sure you'll cook it again. —Charles Trahan, San Dimas, California
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Pressure-Cooker English Pub Split Pea Soup

This family favorite is the same recipe my grandmother used. Now with the magic of today's appliances, I can spend 15 minutes putting it together, walk away for a bit and then it's "soup's on!" Finish it with more milk if you like your soup a bit thinner. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida
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Pressure-Cooker Autumn Apple Chicken

Fill the whole house with the aroma of chicken with apples and barbecue sauce. This is a meal you won’t want to wait to dig into.—Caitlyn Hauser, Brookline, New Hampshire
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Pressure Cooker Caribbean Pot Roast

This dish is definitely an all-year recipe. Sweet potatoes, orange zest and baking cocoa are my surprise ingredients. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
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Pressure-Cooker Coq au Vin

Don’t be intimidated by the elegant name. The classic French dish is now made easier in one appliance! This Instant Pot coq au vin has all the classic flavors of a rich red wine-mushroom sauce but is so simple to make. My family loves it with whole grain country bread or French bread for dipping into the extra sauce. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland
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Pressure Cooker Beef Daube Provencal

My dish is perfect on chilly nights, especially after we have been out chopping wood. The melt-in-your-mouth goodness makes it a staple in my menu rotation. —Brenda Ryan, Marshall, Missouri
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Pressure Cooker Herbed Chicken and Shrimp

Tender chicken and shrimp make a flavorful combination that's easy to prepare, yet elegant enough to serve at a dinner party. While I clean the house, it practically cooks itself. I serve it over hot cooked rice with crusty bread and a green salad. —Diana Knight Reno, Nevada
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Pressure-Cooker Spicy Beef Vegetable Stew

This zesty ground beef and vegetable soup is flavorful and comes together so quickly. It makes a complete meal when served with warm cornbread, sourdough or French bread, if you can squeak in a few more calories. —Lynnette Davis, Tullahoma, Tennessee

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