Most Popular Electric Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Recipes

The most popular electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot) recipes include a mix of quick-and-easy dinners with crowd-pleasing showstoppers—all adapted perfectly for any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot. 

photos of some of the most popular recipes including beef, chicken, turkey

As always, I like to kick off the new year by looking back at the most popular electric pressure cooker recipes on Pressure Cooking Today. (How is it already 2018?!)

These recipes are my readers’ overall favorites and the electric pressure cooker recipes they visited most this year. Most of these weren’t a surprise to me; they have consistently been among my best recipes for years.

Are there any of these you haven’t tried?

The 10 Most Popular Electric Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Recipes

#10 – Smokey Beef Brisket in the Pressure Cooker

beef brisket with BBQ sauce drizzled over

This brisket is perfect to feed a crowd, making it a good fit for larger sized pressure cookers. If you’re making it in a 6-quart pressure cooker, you may need to cut the brisket in half in order to fit it in the pot. The brisket marinates overnight, then has just a 1-hour cook time in the pressure cooker (compared with 6 to 8 hours in the oven)!

#9 – Moist and Tender Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast

turkey with gravy drizzled over the top with mashed potatoes

I know, right—turkey in the pressure cooker?! Honestly, though, I love making turkey breasts in the pressure cooker. The meat comes out reliably moist and tender, with lots of flavorful liquid to make gravy. My family doesn’t eat the skin, but if you love a roasted skin, you can always crisp it up in the oven after it’s done pressure cooking.

#8 – Pressure Cooker Chunky Potato Cheese Soup

potato cheese soup

I think this is the perfect potato soup. It’s surprisingly filling, with a rich bacon-cheese flavor and tender-firm chunks of potatoes. A good steamer basket is a must-have for this recipe—it steams the potatoes above the onions, broth, and spices, which allows the potatoes to take on the great flavor of the soup while still retaining a firm texture and shape.

#7 – The Best Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Rice Pudding

two small glasses of rice pudding

This is the only dessert to make the list, but I understand why. My cheesecakes are a sometimes food, but this creamy, old-fashioned rice pudding is ready fast and is perfect for anytime you’re craving something sweet. (I prefer to eat mine hot!) It’s just quick, easy-to-make comfort food.

#6 – Classic Pressure Cooker Pot Roast and Potatoes

cooked pot roast with small potatoes

This pot roast recipe is classic comfort food—it reminds me of the wonderful Sunday dinners Mom cooked when I was growing up. But it comes together way faster that Mom ever made it! I love my pot roasts fall-apart fork-tender, but if you prefer a more sliceable roast, reduce your cook time to around 45 minutes with a natural release.

#5 – Quick Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Potato Salad

potato salad topped with eggs and paprika

I used to dread making potato salad for family get-togethers, but the pressure cooker cooks everything in one easy step—just nestle the eggs (in their shells!) in between peeled and diced potatoes, set a 4-minute cook time, and prepare the dressing while they cook. The potatoes come out tender and the eggs are perfectly hard boiled. You can even customize the seasonings in the dressing to your tastes, giving you quick-and-easy convenience with just-the-way-mom-made-it flavor.

#4 – Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

Pulled pork sandwich with BBQ sauce dripping down the sides

Tastes just like cooked-all-day, smoky-sweet pulled pork, but it’s ready in a fraction of the time! The recipe has only three ingredients (BBQ sauce, chicken, and oil)—you brown the meat in the oil, pour a little water and BBQ sauce into the cooking pot, and then let it come to pressure while you help the kids with homework (or binge a few episodes on Netflix—I won’t tell).

#3 – Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli

a bowl of beef and broccoli over rice

This is my go-to recommendation for people just starting out with their Instant Pot / electric pressure cooker because it’s the kind of quick-and-easy recipe that will make you fall in love with pressure cooking. The pressure cooker takes a tough, inexpensive cut of beef and tenderizes it in a rich sauce that is salty and sweet with just a little heat—it’s better than take-out!

#2 – Pressure Cooker Mongolian Beef

mongolian beef with broccoli, rice, and carrots

Thin slices of beef again, this time in a lightly sweet, garlic-ginger sauce. This PF Chang knockoff isn’t spicy, though you can always add red pepper flakes to heat things up a little. It’s quick and easy—just brown the beef, add the water and spices, and let the pressure cooker babysit your meal while you focus on other things.

#1 – Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Honey Sesame Chicken

honey sesame chicken in a black bowl over rice

I was thrilled to see my sesame chicken recipe top this year’s list—the photo is on the cover of my cookbook, and it’s one of my go-to recipes because I almost always have the ingredients on-hand. Even better, it comes together quickly, my family loves it, and it makes great leftovers. A winner all around!


#10 – Pressure Cooker Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

#9 – Pressure Cooker Green Chile and Rice

#8 – Pressure Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Taco Salad

#7 – Pressure Cooker Amish Macaroni Salad

#6 – Pressure Cooker Beef Curry

#5 – Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo 

#4 – Pressure Cooker Asian Steamed Dumplings

#3 – Pressure Cooker Chinese Lemon Chicken

#2 – Pressure Cooker Tandoori Chicken

#1 – Pressure Cooker Chicken Lazone

electric pressure cooker cookbook cover image

Most popular recipes from my cookbook, The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook, released in November, 2017:

  • Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps (page 46)
  • Carnitas Street Tacos (page 50)
  • Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice (page 80)
  • All-American Beef Stew (page 90)
  • Broccoli Cheese Soup (page 96)
  • Chunky Potato Cheese Soup (page 99)
  • Chicken Enchilada Pasta (page 156)
  • Stuffed pepper casserole (page 178)
  • Tuscan Garlic Chicken Fettuccine (page 198)
  • Vanilla Lovers Cheesecake (page 282)

If you’re curious, here are the top 10 most popular electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot) recipes for 2016 and the top 10 for 2015.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope it’s a year filled with love and laughter—and great food made quick and easy in your electric pressure cookers. Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite pressure cooker recipe was last year.

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Most popular electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot) recipes