Easy Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

These easy Instant Pot recipes for beginners will get you comfortable using your new pressure cooker. All delicious options and very easy to make, they are sure to be a hit in your home.


So you just got a new Instant Pot and you want to get cooking, but how? What should your first recipe be? Well, I’ve got those answers for you right here. I’ve come up with a list of easy instant pot beginner recipes that you will be successful at.

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Before we get started cooking though, I need you to be comfortable using your new pressure cooker. I made a video several years ago of Unboxing my Instant Pot. It’s a fun, short video so you can unbox your pot if you haven’t already. Make sure to watch the bloopers at the end, courtesy of my hubby!

After you watch that, you can move on to the water test. My How-to Video and post will walk you through the water test as well as tell you some important dos and don’ts.

Now that you’ve unboxed your new pot and done the water test you’re ready to cook!

Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

I always tell people to start with easy recipes so you can be successful. You will get used to using the Instant Pot and before you know it, you’ll be a pro! So here’s a list of my easiest recipes for beginners, enjoy!

  • corn on the cob with a piece of soft butter

    Corn on the Cob

    from One Happy Housewife

    I know this may not sound so exciting but it’s the perfect thing to start with. It’s incredibly easy and you’ll get used to releasing the pressure, which is what people are most scared of. Plus, once you make Instant Pot Corn on the Cob, you’ll never make it on the stove again!

  • steaming broccoli in the instant pot

    Steamed Broccoli

    from One Happy Housewife

    Instant Pot Broccoli is unbelievably fast and it comes out perfect every time! Follow my instructions to make sure you don’t overcook it. Once you make your steamed broccoli, you can step it up a notch and make my delicious Lemon Butter Broccoli. Another veggie that’s just as easy, is cauliflower. You can check out my Instant Pot Cauliflower post if you prefer it over broccoli.

  • a fresh hard boiled egg cut in half

    Hard Boiled Eggs

    from One Happy Housewife

    This is probably the first thing that most people want to make when they get a new Instant Pot. Probably because everyone raves about how perfect eggs come out and how easy they are to peel. Well, I’m here to tell you the hype is true! I love making Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs and I’m sure you will too! You have to keep in mind though, that my perfect is not yours, so you need to play around with the numbers after your first attempt if they are not perfect for you.

  • close up of a dr pepper pulled pork sandwich topped with onions and pickles

    Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

    from One Happy Housewife

    This may sound like a big undertaking for one of your first recipes, but it is a winner and you won’t believe how easy it is to make. My recipe for Instant Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork has a step by step that is perfect for beginners. If you follow the recipe you will have one of your new favorite meals to make in your pressure cooker!

  • top view of a bowl of homemade mac and cheese on top of a plate

    Macaroni and Cheese

    from One Happy Housewife

    Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is an easy and super kid-friendly meal you can make with very little effort and a little bit of time. My recipe has a delicious combination of cheeses. It’s perfect for adults and kids alike!

  • instant pot spaghetti and meatballs

    Spaghetti & Meatballs

    from One Happy Housewife

    This right here is one of the easiest things you can make. My recipe for Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs uses frozen meatballs and jarred pasta sauce. It’s easy, quick, and your family will love it! If you prefer no meatballs, then you can check out my easy Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce.

  • a bowl of beef and bowtie pasta

    Beef & Bowtie Pasta

    from One Happy Housewife

    This recipe for Instant Pot Beef and Bowtie Pasta is incredibly easy and has been a huge hit with my readers. It’s perfect for picky eaters and so delicious and flavorful for adults. This is definitely an easy recipe for beginners, and you will be so pleased with your results.

  • serving instant pot salsa chicken

    Salsa Chicken

    from One Happy Housewife

    If you want to try your hand at chicken, then this recipe for Instant Pot Salsa Chicken is as easy as it gets. It’s a dump and start recipe and it requires only a few ingredients. You can use it to make shredded chicken for tacos, quesadillas and so much more.

  • a large bowl of taco soup

    Taco Soup

    from One Happy Housewife

    This Instant Pot Taco Soup is easy to make and it’s incredibly flavorful. It’s a delicious and hearty soup the whole family will love. It’s a perfect recipe for beginners that’s loaded with taco flavor.

  • French Dip

    from One Happy Housewife

    I left the best for last. My recipe for Instant Pot French Dip is just to die for! It’s actually my husband’s recipe and to this day it’s my favorite recipe on the blog. You can’t miss this one. It’s very easy to make and it always impresses. You’ll feel like a pro after making this French Dip!

I hope these easy recipes make you fall in love with your new pressure cooker! Let me know in the comments when you try one!

Happy Cooking!

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