50+ Pot in Pot Recipes for the Instant Pot

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Over 50 Instant Pot Pot-in-Pot Recipes that use a smaller pot inside your pressure cooker to steam foods or to cook multiple ingredients at once for fast dinners, desserts, and more!

a four-photo collage featuring pot in pot cooking in an Instant Pot. On the left side is an overhead shot looking into a cake pan filled with tomato sauce suspended over meatballs. The top right is a foil-covered pan being lowered into an Instant Pot. The bottom middle is eggs and potatoes on a steamer basket. And the bottom right is raspberry bread pudding on a red Oxo sling before going into the pressure cooker

What is Pot-in-Pot Cooking?

The pot-in-pot cooking method refers to recipes in which a liquid is added directly to the bottom of the pressure cooking pot and a second pot is placed on a trivet above the liquid. You can use this method to cook foods only in the second pot or you can use this method to cook one food directly in the cooking pot and a second dish in the pot suspended above.

Recipes that use pot-in-pot cooking can be sweet or savory and vary from everything like pastas and separate sauces to things like cheesecakes or anything using a steamer basket. 

New to Pot-in-Pot Cooking? We have a whole post that goes into detail about How to Use the Pot in Pot Method with your Instant Pot or other brand of pressure cooker. We’ve also made a helpful step-by-step YouTube video about pot in pot cooking.

Equipment needed

At the most basic level, pot in pot cooking uses the trivet that comes with your pressure cooker and a oven-safe pan that can fit inside your pressure cooker with room for the steam to come up around it.

The recipes below each use some of the following items:

Instant Pot Pot-in-Pot Recipes

These pot-in-pot recipes will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL.

55+ Pot in Pot Instant Pot Recipes

These 55 Instant Pot recipes use the pot-in-pot method to cook multiple items at once and steam delicious meals, desserts, and sides!

Instant Pot Side Dishes

Pot-in-Pot Entrees

Instant Pot Desserts


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