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Instant Pot Recipes?
« on: January 04, 2017, 10:24:06 AM »
I received an instant pot for Christmas!

So far I've only made chickpeas from dried and Thai curry.  Both turned out great.  I froze the chickpeas in smaller batches and the Thai curry was better I think because the lemongrass and aromatics under pressure really distributed flavour.  I put the quick cooking vegetables in at the end and used the saute function for this.  I plan to try Greek yogurt and pho broth next.

My parents got one too and they've made stock and boiled eggs.   The IP is great for stock and the egg shells are easy to peel even on the farm eggs they get - which are really difficult usually.

I'm still trying to work out what else I will use the IP for as I'd like to add it in as a regular household tool.  I think the main advantages of the IP are the reduced cooking time and easy clean-up and it is good for things that require long cooking time.

I've looked at a bunch of recipes and it seems like it is pretty ideal for Indian food as most houses in India don't have ovens and pressure cookers are standard: http://myheartbeets.com/instant-pot-butter-chicken/ and http://www.cookingyoulove.com/instant-pot-dal-makhani/

I also like the idea of using to make jook: https://www.budgetbytes.com/2016/03/instant-pot-congee-jook/ 

Does anyone have any favourite recipes in the IP? 

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2017, 10:33:05 AM »
I've cooked roast/potatoes/carrots, pork loin for pulled pork, cabbage rolls, meatloaf, potatoes for mashed potatoes. That is about it. I've had mine for a year and still learning how to convert recipes and just taking the time to try things.

I also have a rice cooker (pre-Instapot) and I used to cook my roast in that and bake cakes (pre-gluten free). Now that I'm finally expanding my gluten free cooking/baking with gf flours I'm sure I will find a way to use it with more of those recipes too. I wasn't a bad cook or baker until I had to go gf and its been one fail after another so I got discouraged and bought way too many box mixes and I assure you those are really expensive.

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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2017, 10:48:46 AM »
I came across a lot of gluten free recipes online for IP like here:
http://dontmesswithmama.com/top-50-paleo-instant-pot-recipes/

It seems quite popular for Paleo cooks too. 

I tried baking with coconut flour and found it difficult to work with.  Some people are baking in the IP gluten-free: http://instantpot.com/gluten-free-vegan-soy-free-chocolate-cheesecake-in-the-instant-pot/
http://injohnnaskitchen.com/2016/09/instant-pot-banana-bread-gluten-free-dairy-free/

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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2017, 11:16:27 AM »
Oh, you mean recipes you cook in a pot.  My bad.

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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2017, 11:21:55 AM »
I love my IP.  Seriously, you don't need a cookbook or anything.  There's so many ideas on YouTube and Pinterest.  Also, most pressure cooking blogs now have IP conversions.

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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2017, 11:28:05 AM »
I got one for Christmas too. I subscribe to Once A Month Moms, but they have a lot of free Instant Pot Meals. Just choose Prog. Pressure Cooker in either the freezing day or serving day filter.

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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2017, 11:42:14 AM »
Posting to follow, as I also got an Instant Pot for Christmas. Thoughtfully, the giver also gave an Instant Pot cookbook which had some good ideas but generally the food isn't to our tastes.

Things we have made in the Instant Pot so far:
-Beans (from dried to done in under an hour!)
-Stock (Done in 1.5 hours! I made three batches with the same bones before it started to get overcooked!)
-French toast bake (from the cookbook, but basically 3 cups bread cubes, 2 eggs and 1 cup milk, plus fruit/spices)
-Tamales (Didn't work out as well; faster than steaming them on the stovetop, but they were...too moist.)

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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2017, 11:48:45 AM »
Posting to follow - will be getting one sometime in the next 3 months! I think I'm most excited to try the various Indian food recipes.

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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2017, 11:52:43 AM »
I got an Instant Pot for Christmas as well.  I've already made two recipes, both delicious.  The first was this beef stew:
http://www.pressurecookrecipes.com/instant-pot-beef-stew/

The second was the "Sicilian Vegetable Medley" recipe in the little book that came with the Pot.  I thought it was a bizarre set of ingredients (eggplant, potatoes, red pepper, onion, basil leaves... but then capers, olives, raisins, pine nuts...) but I gave it a go and have been eating the results for lunches all week.

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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2017, 11:54:10 AM »
but generally the food isn't to our tastes.

Yes, this is an issue for us too and we used our crockpot rarely due to preferring stir fries and grilling.  I wouldn't enjoy many of the convenience uses like making one pot spaghetti, but I do think the IP is going to get regular use as part of an overall meal planning routine once I figure out some of the Indian dishes and I think I will make lots of broth, soup and yogurt with it.  If I had this when the kids were smaller I probably would have used it as part of the freezer meal cooking we did back then.

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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2017, 12:00:24 PM »
Also, if you like rice pudding there are a lot of glowing reviews for IP rice pudding.   Seems like something that would really suit pressure cooking.

Here is a recipe: http://gnowfglins.com/2016/10/21/instant-pot-rice-pudding/

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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2017, 12:19:35 PM »
Posting to follow as another recent (Christmas) IP recipient :)

So far we've used it once, to cook a whole chicken. It turned out fall-off-the-bone perfectly and was amazingly easy! I can see this thing getting heavy use once we get a few solid recipes in the rotation.

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« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2017, 12:27:19 PM »
Love my instant pot I got for Christmas.  So far I have made, steel cut oats, minestrone soup, coconut rice, chicken tortilla soup, baked potatoes and brussel sprouts.  All have turned out great.  I have spent countless hours scouring the internet for IP recipes and have a whole list of things I'm going to try.
« Last Edit: January 04, 2017, 12:30:55 PM by itsallgood »

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« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2017, 12:30:01 PM »
I originally bought my IP because of a tomato beef soup posted on Skinnytaste.  Now she's got a bunch more recipes and is even offering instructions on converting some of her other popular recipes.  If there's not a conversion but seems like something that can be done in an IP, check the comments!

http://www.skinnytaste.com/recipes/pressure-cooker/

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« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2017, 12:46:54 PM »
I love my instant pot, it's nice to make soupy pasta (is there a term for this? lol) and pot roast during the winter.

https://wellnessmama.com/77044/garlic-herb-pot-roast/

This is the recipe I generally use but I've modified it a bit. I sear the meat before adding it (you can do this with the sauce function) and I like to add more fresh garlic cloves - I even shove some in the meat before searing it.

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« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2017, 02:22:49 PM »
Pretty sure you just became my hero for the day. The cheesecake is on my to do list now. I made some almond bars that I have always loved only used gf flour. I baked them too long so they are a bit dry so I put them in the freezer to make a crust of some sort. I can just replace the sweetener and crackers with those on that recipe. The weekend may not come soon enough for me. Too bad my family loves to complain about gf foods because they all love cheesecake and I may not share. :)

I came across a lot of gluten free recipes online for IP like here:
http://dontmesswithmama.com/top-50-paleo-instant-pot-recipes/

It seems quite popular for Paleo cooks too. 

I tried baking with coconut flour and found it difficult to work with.  Some people are baking in the IP gluten-free: http://instantpot.com/gluten-free-vegan-soy-free-chocolate-cheesecake-in-the-instant-pot/
http://injohnnaskitchen.com/2016/09/instant-pot-banana-bread-gluten-free-dairy-free/

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« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2017, 02:29:41 PM »
Please report back :)

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« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2017, 02:33:40 PM »
If you are make Indian food in it, you have to do the curry on the first floor and rice inside a separate bowl on the second floor at the same time. Use the metal trivet to make it like bunk beds.

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« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2017, 03:07:12 PM »
My winters are so much better with no-hassle "cooked all day" Instant Pot chicken stock. None of that constant checking to make sure it didn't evaporate too much, boil too fast, etc. I literally just dump in a seasoned roast chicken carcass, set it to 50 minutes, and walk away. I find that vegetables overcook/overextract if you include them - carrots make it very sweet, onions turn into jelly that you can't even pick up with a spoon - so if I want the finished product to have those flavors, I just add it when I make the final dish. You also save money and waste less food by not cooking and throwing away vegetables just to add a little flavor to stock.

It is borderline life-changing to have easy, cheap access to amazing stock all winter long - fantastic soups and stews are a snap and can be done in minutes.

Other than that, I mostly use it for cooking dry beans, pulled pork (I use shoulder/butt and cut it into a few chunks to speed cook time), and beef stew.

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« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2017, 05:09:33 PM »
Best Green Beans ever:

Prepare a couple of pounds of fresh green beans by washing and snipping off the stem. Break into inch long pieces.  Throw into the crock pot with 4 tablespoons of bacon grease, a teaspoon of salt,  and 2 cups of water.  I put real bacon bits in it too.  Bring to pressure and cook 4 minutes under pressure. Cool off the top with water and do what I do - just eat them out of the pot.  Yum!

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« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2017, 06:20:39 PM »
Oh, you mean recipes you cook in a pot.  My bad.

I thought the exact same thing when I read that thread...

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« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2017, 01:43:06 PM »
I love my IP I got it the end of 2015. We make many things in it, there are tons of recipes online.

leg of lamb/roast (I cut up veggies for the bottom and put in the rack and set the lamb or roast on that).
I boil down chicken carcasses all the time for broth and soups.
Make beans from dry and refied beans in one pot is awesome
beans and ham hocks
whole chicken
carnitas and pulled pork
rice
hot cereal


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« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2017, 09:24:43 PM »
DH and I just got one as well. We received a cookbook with it, and have tried four dinner recipes from it. My favorite is: whole chicken - coat in coconut oil, then top with seasoning/spices (the recipe calls for 1 tsp each of: onion powder, garlic powder, ground mustard, and black pepper). Pour 1 cup water into the pot and put the chicken on the steam rack. Poultry for 30 minutes with 15 min natural release. The meat just falls off the bone!

I've also googled Instant Pot recipes and have bookmarked some to try. Figure this will come in handy for preparing frozen meals/leftovers for our upcoming new arrival (late-February).

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« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2017, 02:59:58 PM »
A simple lazy recipe is just a bag of frozen meatballs, a box of pasta, a can of pasta sauce, a can of water, 8 oz shredded cheese and italian seasoning and set on manual for 10 mins. It is a real good simple Italian Cheesy Pasta and Meatball dish.

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« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2017, 10:46:32 PM »
My apologies for having the munchies on seeing the thread title :-)

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« Reply #25 on: January 07, 2017, 11:17:13 PM »
Cooked up a turkey today and making stock right now.  Then going to try a version of this recipe that came highly recommended from a friend except she did not puree it.  http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016062-red-lentil-soup-with-lemon

I'm also going to add celery because I have it to use up plus smoked paprika and then cook it using manual 3 minutes then quick release and see how it goes (should work based on this recipe: http://eatwithinyourmeans.com/pressure-cooker-lentil-soup/).  Really inexpensive!

Will serve it with no knead artisan bread: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/11376-no-knead-bread (highly recommend) and salad.


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« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2017, 05:13:50 PM »
Recipe was good but definitely needed the fresh cilantro.  If you don't like cilantro I wouldn't bother.

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« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2017, 05:24:55 PM »
Scratch that one, then.

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« Reply #28 on: January 08, 2017, 05:46:02 PM »
I have an instant pot that I've used a few times.  The last few times I've used it I've had a devil of a time getting it to seal.  I've made sure everything is clean and it still doesn't seal.  Anyone else have that trouble or have any suggestions?

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« Reply #29 on: January 08, 2017, 05:55:19 PM »
Oh, you mean recipes you cook in a pot.  My bad.

I thought the exact same thing when I read that thread...
me too.

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« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2017, 05:57:00 PM »
I have an instant pot that I've used a few times.  The last few times I've used it I've had a devil of a time getting it to seal.  I've made sure everything is clean and it still doesn't seal.  Anyone else have that trouble or have any suggestions?

Other than pushing the sealing ring in I'd just contact instant pot customer support.

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« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2017, 06:25:14 PM »
I have an instant pot that I've used a few times.  The last few times I've used it I've had a devil of a time getting it to seal.  I've made sure everything is clean and it still doesn't seal.  Anyone else have that trouble or have any suggestions?

I check that silicone ring in the lid very carefully every time, to make sure it's correctly seated on the metal ring all the way around. Since I started doing that, I haven't had any trouble.

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« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2017, 07:58:32 PM »
Mashed potatoes (10 min HP, QR, drain and mash)

Leek/potato soup. Spanish bean soup. Chickpeas from dry to perfect in record time.

One pot pasta. Pot roast. Japanese curry (15 mins, from raw chicken and veggies.) Broccoli beef. Shredded chicken for tacos. Whole chicken. Lasagnas (made in 4" springform pans, so individual serving size.)

Cheesecake. Applesauce. Beets.

The thing is amazing.

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« Reply #33 on: January 08, 2017, 08:20:22 PM »

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« Reply #34 on: January 09, 2017, 05:13:22 AM »
Ok so I made this yesterday and it was really good. I used my leftover over baked Scandinavian almond bars for the crust with a bit of coconut oil to hold it together. It is very rich which I am totally ok with. I also made them in ramekins because I don't have a 7" pan. I still cooked them for 55 minutes and it was fine. My picky bf that complains about gf baking even like them so I will be expected to make them again.

 http://instantpot.com/gluten-free-vegan-soy-free-chocolate-cheesecake-in-the-instant-pot/

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« Reply #35 on: January 09, 2017, 11:58:48 PM »
Following for ideas!

I've only done hardboiled eggs (farm eggs peel with ease now!), dry beans, whole chickens and chicken stock so far.

Planning to try a few recipes here! Thank you!

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« Reply #36 on: June 30, 2017, 08:33:30 AM »
Question for all you Instant Pot people. If I already have a crock pot and a rice cooker, do I really need an Instant Pot? What things do you love about it that you can't do with either of the afore mentioned items?

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« Reply #37 on: June 30, 2017, 08:39:06 AM »
Question for all you Instant Pot people. If I already have a crock pot and a rice cooker, do I really need an Instant Pot? What things do you love about it that you can't do with either of the afore mentioned items?

The IP is a pressure cooker - that's all I ever use it for. You can cook things like dried beans or chicken stock more quickly and neatly.

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« Reply #38 on: June 30, 2017, 09:05:15 AM »
I actually recently received one as a gift. Haven't had enough time to test a bunch of recipes yet, but these were very good:

http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2016/06/jamaican-jerk-pork-roast-whole-30-keto.html
A little spicy and delicious.

Shredded Chicken breast(~30 minutes from frozen breasts to moist shredded chicken)
Put frozen chicken breasts in with 2 cups of chicken stock/bouillon, set to manual on high for 30 minutes and then quick release when done. The shredded chicken is extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of ways and for multiple meals for the week.

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« Reply #39 on: June 30, 2017, 11:29:57 AM »
Question for all you Instant Pot people. If I already have a crock pot and a rice cooker, do I really need an Instant Pot? What things do you love about it that you can't do with either of the afore mentioned items?

The IPot, depending on which version you get, can do a lot - yogurt, slow cooker, pressure cook, steam, sautee, rice, etc. etc.  It's very easy and very fast.  It could help you de-clutter since it has so many options wrapped up into one pot.

If you don't find yourself in need of a pressure cooker or a time saver on cooking, then perhaps you don't need one.  We like ours a lot - kept the rice cooker because it's a really nice one and often time we will make a curry in the IPot with the rice going in the rice cooker - then mix it together when serving.

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« Reply #40 on: June 30, 2017, 12:28:48 PM »
Question for all you Instant Pot people. If I already have a crock pot and a rice cooker, do I really need an Instant Pot? What things do you love about it that you can't do with either of the afore mentioned items?


I got rid of my crock pot after using my instant pot for a winter. The meals come out so much better in an IP. And that's just using it as a quick cooker, it has so many other functions as already mentioned.

You know how crock pots if the meat sticks out of the liquid it gets all yucky? Or sometimes there's too much liquid? Or you have to brown your meat in a separate pan first? All that goes away with an IP.

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« Reply #41 on: June 30, 2017, 12:41:27 PM »
I went to Costco a while ago and purchased a bunch of rotisserie chickens.  I took the meat off the bones and froze it, which left me with a lot of chicken bones.  4 chickens worth, actually, so it's time for chicken soup!

I will break apart two carcasses so the bones lay flat, add some rough chopped carrots, onions, and celery for flavor, plus pepper and a little salt.  The IP gets set for 120 minutes at High and I let it come down to temp naturally.  Once it's cooled a bit I ladle off most of the floating fat, strain the mixture, and transfer to either a stock pot for adding all soup ingredients, or mason jars for saving.  This batch is going to be saved in mason jars which I will drink strait, heated, over the next few weeks.

I've done this in the instant pot before and am absolutely in love with the results!  Very dense, gelatinous broth and so much easier & faster than making it in a stockpot.

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« Reply #42 on: July 06, 2017, 09:42:18 AM »
Okay, so I broke down and got the Instant Pot. I ordered it from Kohl's a few days ago and can't wait to try it. They had it on sale and with some other discounts layered on, I paid about $80 for it.

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« Reply #43 on: September 11, 2017, 08:57:47 PM »
Are you happy with the instant pot?  I bought one myself today (smart model).  I'm looking forward to trying it out!

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« Reply #44 on: September 11, 2017, 09:20:53 PM »
Posting to follow.

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« Reply #45 on: September 12, 2017, 12:02:35 AM »
I found this recipe online recent and adapted it:

2 lb of boneless skinless chicken thighs (frozen)
2 c of spaghetti sauce for the liquid
Cook according to recipe above

When it was done, I sprinkled it with lots of fresh parmesan and served it over egg noodles.  Family went crazy for it. I've made it twice now. The last time, I had thawed meat so I used the saute setting and cooked it for less time under pressure. Equally tasty.