Most Popular Electric Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Recipes

The most popular electric pressure cooker Instant Pot recipes of 2018 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, Ninja Foodi, and Crock Pot Express. 

Best Instant Pot Recipes of 2018 that work in ANY brand of electric pressure cooker

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. 

These recipes are my readers’ overall favorites and the electric pressure cooker recipes they visited most this year. These recipes are consistently 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 Recipe for the Instant Pot / 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 – Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Chunky Potato Cheese Soup Recipe

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.

#8 – The Best Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe

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.

#7 – Quick Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe

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.

#6 – Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker White Rice Recipe

pressure cooker/instant pot easy white rice

Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot white rice has just a 3-minute High Pressure cook time! Plus, when you use your pressure cooker / Instant Pot, you get great white rice that’s perfect every time. 

#5 – Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Corned Beef and Cabbage

It came as a surprise to my kids that there’s no corn anywhere in this St. Patrick’s Day classic. Corned Beef and Cabbage is a good, old-fashioned Irish meal that cooks up incredibly delicious and quick-and-easy in the Instant Pot. 

#4 – Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Mongolian Beef Recipe

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.

#3 – Easy Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

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, pork, 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).

#2 – (Instant Pot) Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli Recipe

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!

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

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!



If you’ve been a long-time pressure cooking today reader, you’ve probably tried these overall top-10 recipes. So here are the top-10 recipes that were new in 2018. I hope you find a new favorite here!

#10 – Hummingbird Food (this one surprised me!)

#9 – Caramel Pecan Cheesecake 

#8 – Lemon Cranberry Breakfast Farro

#7 – Pork Tenderloin Marsala

#6 – Hollywood Two Tone Cheesecake

#5 – Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

#4 – Chicken Shawarma

#3 – American Goulash

#2 – Chinese Lemon Chicken

#1 – Chicken Bacon Penne Pasta

electric pressure cooker cookbook cover image

Reader favorite recipes from my cookbook, The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook:

  • Carnitas Street Tacos (page 50)
  • Broccoli Cheese Soup (page 96)
  • Chunky Potato Cheese Soup (page 99)
  • Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta (page 163)
  • Beef Bourguignon (page 214)

Reader favorite recipes from my cookbook, Instantly Sweet, released in October 2018:

  • Caramel Pecan Cheesecake (page 52)
  • Mini Lemon Cheesecakes in a Jar (page 57)
  • S’more Lava Cake (page 68)
  • Strawberry Pie (page 101)
  • Dulce de Leche (page 146)

If you’re curious, here are the top 10 most popular Instant Pot recipes / electric pressure cooker recipes for 2017, to 10 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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Best Instant Pot Recipes of 2018 that work in ANY brand of electric pressure cooker