Short on time? Choose one of these 25+ Quick Instant Pot Dinners and get a flavorful, home-cooked meal on the table in under 30 minutes.
Life seems to speed up in the fall! Whether you’re coming home from a long day at work or squeezing in dinner between practice and bedtime. Your electric pressure cooker can be your best friend when you’re short on time and need to get dinner on the table.
These quick dinners will work in the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, Mealthy MultiPot, and any other brand of electric pressure cooker!
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Time-Saving Tips for Making Dinner in a Pressure Cooker
Planning ahead makes a really big difference in being able to pull off a quick dinner. It helps you when time is tight and ensures you have what you need on hand and ready to go.
Know When to Skip Steps
If you’re in a rush, there are certain steps you can skip in the cooking process, like browning the meat before cooking. Keep in mind that this can affect the flavor of the finished dish. I wouldn’t recommend it for meals where the browning is a significant part of the flavor. However, for meals that have a significant amount of seasoning, this can be a time saver!
Sometimes having the meal finished is good enough.
Even though pressure cookers cook hotter and faster than stovetops, they can only do so much. For quick meals, you’ll need to use quick-cooking ingredients like chicken, white rice, and pasta.
Diced or sliced meats will cook more quickly than whole cuts of meat. For example, thinly sliced chuck roast cooks in 12 minutes at high pressure, while a whole chuck roast takes 75 to 90 minutes at high pressure.
Also keep in mind that cold ingredients or recipes with large amounts of liquid like soups will take longer to reach pressure.
General Cooking Tips to Save Time in the Kitchen
Prep the Night Before
I know, I know, skip this step if it’s 5:30 and you need dinner now!
However, if you’re planning in advance of a busy week, remember that doing things ahead of time like dicing the chicken and onions, measuring spices, and even having the Instant Pot assembled and on the counter will help cooking go smoothly at dinner.
It might keep me up a few minutes later, but I’m always kicking myself the next day if I skip it.
If there are certain meals your family asks for over and over, make sure you keep a good supply of the ingredients on hand. For example, in the winter my family asks for the Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Chicken & Wild Rice Soup several times a month, so I make sure to keep a box or two of the Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice on hand all the time.
(I always try to restock when I use the second-to-last box in the pantry. That way, I have a cushion if I forget and don’t have to run to the store when the meal’s halfway prepared.)
For perishable ingredients, like carrots, onions, and celery, I like to buy a little more than what I need so I can chop and freeze the leftovers.
What tips do you have for making dinners quick? Let me know in the comments!
Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Chicken Lazone features seasoned chicken strips fried in butter, pressure cooked until tender, served over pasta in a rich cream sauce. Get this decadent meal on your table in under 30 minutes!
This Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli recipe features bite-size pieces of chicken and crisp-tender broccoli, smothered in a creamy cheese sauce and served over fluffy white rice. You'll have this family favorite on your table in UNDER 30 minutes!
This Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Chicken Shawarma made with spices you probably already have in your cupboard. A Middle Eastern meal, tender chunks of seasoned chicken thighs are served on lettuce leaves with Tzatziki sauce.
I’ve adapted one of my 30-minute meals, the Instant Pot Shredded Barbecue Chicken recipe from my cookbook, The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook. I often use this chicken for both sandwiches and salads—it’s one I often keep on hand.
American Chop Suey is a classic comfort food made with macaroni, ground beef, onions, and bell peppers—then loaded with mozzarella and crisped until golden brown. Makes a big batch to feed a crowd and ready in under 30 minutes.
Make this quick, easy to make Instant Pot dinner that tastes like one of your family's favorite Asian carry-out meals! This Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken features tender, bite-size chunks of chicken in a sweet, sticky sauce.
If you love BBQ chicken and Hawaiian chicken teriyaki, you'll love this easy-to-make Pressure Cooker Hawaiian BBQ Chicken. A mash up of flavors with tender chunks of chicken and sweet pineapple in a tangy barbecue sauce.
Pressure cooker chicken and wild rice soup is a cream-based soup loaded with chicken, long grain and wild rice, carrots, onion, and celery. A quick-cooking, hearty soup recipe you'll want to make again and again!
This Pressure Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Pasta is a perfect family meal. It’s a 30 minute meal with an irresistible golden, cheesy top. It cooks up even quicker when you brown it in your Ninja Foodi or with your Mealthy Crisp Lid!
Artichoke chicken is a quick, easy, Instant Pot chicken dinner recipe. Smoked paprika gives this Pressure Cooker Artichoke Chicken tons of flavor as well as a pretty color—plus, you can make it with what you have on hand in your pantry!
This dish features tender, thin-sliced beef and broccoli in a rich sauce that is salty and sweet, with just a little heat from the red pepper flakes. It's better than take-out and comes together in about 30 minutes!
A pressure cooker version of PF Changs popular mongolian beef recipe. This Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Mongolian Beef is made with thinly sliced flank steak, then cooked in a lightly sweet, garlic ginger sauce until tender. Plus, it's ready in about 30 minutes!
Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Indian Butter Chicken is a classic restaurant favorite that is easy to make at home. You'll love the combination of tender chicken thighs and a creamy, buttery tomato sauce—and it's ready in about 30 minutes!
French Dip Sandwiches don't get much easier than this! Just toss the meat ingredients into the cooking pot and walk away while dinner makes itself. These Easy French Dip Sandwiches work great in the Instant Pot or any brand of electric pressure cooker.
Make better-tasting meals in a fraction of the time with an electric pressure cooker! At Pressure Cooking Today, we post quick, easy, and delicious recipes that your family will ask you to make again and again!