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45+ Easy Instant Pot Side Dishes


Whether you’re making a meal to feed a hungry gathering, or simply throwing together a quick weeknight dinner, side dishes are important! They ensure that everyone is fully satisfied, and they bring another layer of flavor, texture, and color to the plate.

Luckily, your pressure cooker is an excellent place to make side dishes that come together in minutes. Here are the 40+ Best Instant Pot Side Dish Recipes to make dinner at your house something to really look forward too–whether it’s a weeknight or a fancy celebration.

These Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Side Dish Recipes work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, and Mealthy MultiPot.

Our most popular Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Side Dish recipes include crowd-pleasing potato dishes like Instant Pot Quick Potato Salad and 4-Minute Rosemary Garlic Potatoes . Of course, no list of the best Instant Pot potato dishes would be complete without our Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin and Creamy Mashed Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker . Both are classic pairings with many of our hearty beef recipes .

Potatoes may be a go-to side dish to make in a pressure cooker. But they’re not the only starch that cooks up perfectly under pressure. In fact, rice is one of my favorite things to make in my Instant Pot. That’s why I wrote the how-to guide on everything you need to know to cook rice in the Instant Pot. Plus, I break down how to make white , brown , and even forbidden black rice in a pressure cooker.

And once you’ve mastered cooked rice, add major flavor with our best rice side dishes, including Quick Coconut Rice , Chipotle’s Lime Cilantro Rice , and Mexican Green Rice .

Of course, we’re not all about the starches here. There are plenty of delicious Instant Pot Vegetable Side Dishes that bring color and nutrition to your plate. Favorites include Corn on the Cob , Thai Quinoa Edamame Salad , and Roasted Cauliflower Barley Risotto .

There are plenty more hearty risotto and other grain side dish recipes as well. Once you try it, I bet you’ll agree that the Instant Pot is the best place to cook risotto and polenta–they come out creamy every time, without all of the stirring. Be sure to try Creamy Lemon Parmesan Risotto with Baby Peas , Sun-Dried Tomato Herbed Polenta and Goat Cheese Risotto .

If you’re looking for more healthy grain side dish recipes to serve up, try Spicy Brown Rice Black Bean Salad , fragrant Saffron Almond Pilaf , and zesty and versatile Lemon Rice in the Instant Pot . These are all vegetarian crowd-pleasers.

If you have a delicious entrée in mind, don’t forget to complement it with a tasty side dish. And rely on your Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker to take the stress out of a multi-recipe meal.

Our Instant Pot Side Dish Recipes cover everything from vegetarian grain recipes to quick and easy potato salads perfect for summer nights. Plus, we’re always adding more, so check back often to keep your side dish repertoire fresh and put that pressure cooker to good use! .