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45 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

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Olena Osipov
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An ultimate collection of 45 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes for busy families. Quick, easy and the best pressure cooker recipes on the web! Simple and kid approved ingredients to make healthy dinner a breeze.

If you are still learning how to eat healthy using an Instant Pot, you are in the right place. 🙂

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45 Instant Pot Recipes

Introducing 45 healthy Instant Pot recipes every pressure cooker owner needs!

Hi! My name is Olena and I’m a working mom of 2. And I “don’t have time to cook”. Sounds familiar? We live off of Instant Pot recipes, soups and freezer meals. 100% honest truth – I am obsessed with mine. Even in the summer, I use it weekly because it keeps my kitchen nice and cool.

With electric pressure cooker recipes, you rarely have to saute anything. You can just throw everything in the pot and walk away (to do other mom/dad chores). At least, I don’t have to babysit my dinner. Healthy dinner is ready, it’s healthy and everyone loves it. Well, most of the time. 🙂

Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? I know. Instant Pot is life changing. It’s a magic pot!!!

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Healthy Instant Pot One Pot Meals

Imagine meat, side and veggies all cooking in one pot in under 30 minutes to make a healthy dinner. That’s the magic of these healthy instant pot recipes. Skip washing multiple pots, pans and utensils tonight!

Instant Pot Spaghetti

Instant Pot Spaghetti is a healthy one pot dinner that is ready in 20 minutes. Pasta, meat and sauce – all cook in one pot. It is a true Italian meal with a lot of flavor and little effort. So hearty!
instant pot spaghetti

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo with milk and Parmesan is creamy, saucy and absolutely like a heavy cream restaurant quality alfredo. And nobody will complain.
instant pot chicken alfredo served on a white plate with a fork

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice is absolutely scrumptious one pot meat with chicken breasts or thighs, white or brown rice and veggies. It is ideal for busy weeknights.
instant pot chicken and rice served on a white plate with a fork

Instant Pot Lasagna

Lazy Instant Pot Lasagna is made without a springform pan in 30 minutes. Uncooked pasta, meat and sauce combined in a pressure cooker makes the best, easiest and healthiest lasagna! I don’t think I will ever go back to making lasagna the traditional way!

instant pot lasagna served on a white plate with a fork

Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes

Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes is an easy one pot chicken recipe with no sauteing required. This recipe is a “set it and forget it” healthy dinner in your electric pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes in a baking dish

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Instant Pot Beef Stew is a one pot dinner with fall apart beef and lots of vegetables cooked in a delicious gravy sauce. Just like my Ukrainian grandma used to make!

instant pot beef stew in a grey bowl

Instant Pot Jambalaya

Instant Pot Jambalaya is a delicious one pot meal with veggies sauteed in sausage drippings, tender chicken, rice, succulent shrimp and lots of Cajun spice, seasonings and flavor.

instant pot Jambalaya in a white dish served with a black fork

Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken Pasta is a 30ish minute one pot meal with tomato sauce, chicken breasts and gooey cheese on top. Full of staples, kids’ favorite and so easy!

Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken Pasta served in a turquoise bowl with a napkin

Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes is classic comfort food that is ready in under one hour. This recipe is definitely going to be one of your family favorites!

Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes served on a turquoise plate with a fork.

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is creamy, mouthwatering and a hands off family comfort food. Made healthy-ish with only 1 cup of cheese and any kind of noodles, this pasta dinner recipe is ready in 15 minutes.

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese served in a turquoise bowl with a spoon

Instant Pot Ground Meat Stroganoff

Instant Pot Ground Beef Stroganoff is a healthy and easy 30 minute pressure cooker family meal. Pasta, meat and sauce all cooked in one pot.
Instant Pot Ground Beef Stroganoff served on a plate with a napkin and fork beside

Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls

My version of Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls is lazy where cabbage rolls are unstuffed and made into a casserole. It is a one pot meal and the ultimate comfort food from my Ukrainian grandma’s recipe made in electric pressure cooker.
instant pot cabbage rolls served on a white plate with a fork

Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers

Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers with any ground meat, any rice and in half the time of your mom’s. Juicy, flavorful and an easy weeknight meal – sign me up!
red and yellow instant pot stuffed peppers served on a white plate

Instant Pot Rice and Beans

You can make Instant Pot Rice and Beans recipe tonight! With dried black beans, no soaking, no sauteing, in 30 minutes flat. Bam!

instant pot rice and beans served on a white plate with a side of cucumber and tomato salad

Instant Pot Goulash

Instant Pot Goulash with ground beef or turkey, diced tomatoes, pasta, and melty cheese is a 30 minute one pot meal entire family will love. This is American goulash or American Chop Suey that is perfect for busy weeknights!

Instant Pot Goulash

Instant Pot Ground Turkey Quinoa Bowls

Instant Pot Ground Turkey Quinoa Bowls is a healthy 30 minute pressure cooker one pot meal. Quinoa, meat and veggies all cook in same pot with a delicious Asian flavored sauce.
Instant Pot Ground Turkey Quinoa Bowls in a grey bowl

Instant Pot Chicken and Turkey

Chicken is the most cooked meat in America. And it comes out super juicy and tender when cooked in an Instant Pot. Just check our our collection of 20 Instant Pot chicken recipes.

Instant Pot Chicken Breast

Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Breast from fresh or frozen in 25 minutes from start to finish using simple ingredients. Use for meal prep, quick dinners or you name it.
plate of cooked instant pot chicken breast; one whole chicken breast and one shredded chicken breast

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

EPIC Instant Pot Chicken Thighs that are juicy, tender, flavorful and ready in 30 minutes. Not to mention, it is a 5 ingredient chicken recipe!

Instant Pot Chicken Thighs served on a blue plate over rice

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken makes flavorful and healthy pulled chicken in 30 minutes total. Serve with rice, salad or make wraps and freeze for busy nights.
Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken is healthy, sticky and delicious made with fresh or frozen chicken. An easy pressure cooker dinner the entire family will love!
instant pot teriyaki chicken with a spoon

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos are the most easy tacos with fresh or frozen chicken breasts. This recipe is a 30 minute healthy dinner idea I promise will become your go-to!
Instant Pot Chicken Tacos garnished with lettuce, guacamole and red onion

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken or make rotisserie style whole chicken in the pressure cooker with only 5 mins of prep. This chicken comes out super juicy!

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken cooked on a plate

Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Instant Pot Butter Chicken is such an easy healthy 30 minute dinner. You can make this recipe whenever you crave Indian food. Many readers give it 5 stars and call this recipe authentic.
instant pot butter chicken

Instant Pot Stir Fry

Instant Pot Stir Fry is a one pot wonder with frozen chicken, frozen vegetables and healthy easy teriyaki sauce. Do you need to be saved at the end of the work day? Then this healthy Costco Instant Pot dinner with 5 mins prep is for you!
Instant Pot Stir Fry

Instant Pot Chicken Burritos

Chicken Burrito Recipe for busy people! Meal prep 17 chicken burritos in an hour in the Instant Pot and freeze for later. Or turn chicken burrito into a low carb burrito bowl.
instant pot chicken burritos wrapped in tin foil

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Instant Pot Turkey Breast is super juicy, ready in an hour and you can even make the gravy in the same pot. Save time, money and feed a small gathering. It’s perfect!
instant pot turkey breast served on a plate with gravy, mashed potatoes and cranberries

Instant Pot Meat

The second best feature of the Instant Pot is being able to cook meat from frozen. And it is also so easy to cook other types of meat in your instant pot. Now you can always have a plan, if you forgot to have a plan.

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas is crowd pleasing, juicy and crispy, Mexican pulled pork served in tacos, burritos or salads and topped with quick pickled onions. Crazy EASY and so GOOD!
blue bowl of instant pot pork carnitas

Instant Pot Meatballs

These Instant Pot Meatballs are life changing! Make with any meat, no sauteing, with or without sauce, fresh or frozen, as an appetizer or even add pasta for a one pot meal.
Instant Pot Meatballs served in a baking dish with toothpicks

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork is juicy, saucy, and perfectly seasoned. Using a pressure cooker is the easiest way to get tender fall-apart pork to your dinner table in under 2 hours!

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Ribs

Instant Pot Ribs are the most juicy, flavorful and easy pork ribs you will ever try. Smothered in homemade healthy BBQ sauce or use healthier store-bought. Ready in unheard of for ribs 1 hour. Instant Pot magic!

Instant Pot Ribs

Instant Pot Pot Roast

Instant Pot Pot Roast with chuck or rump roast cooked in as little as 1.5 hours. You can also add baby carrots and potatoes to make this dinner a one pot meal. Comforting meal with tender (not mushy) vegetables, fall apart beef and delicious gravy!
Instant Pot Pot Roast served with baby potatoes, carrots and gravy

Instant Pot Pork Chops

These tender and juicy Instant Pot Pork Chops are so flavourful. With a perfectly seasoned outer crust topped with a luscious gravy, this restaurant quality meal is ready in under an hour!

Instant Pot pork chops

Instant Pot Bolognese

Instant Pot Bolognese is Italian meat sauce made in 40 minutes instead of simmering for 3 hours. Same hearty and flavorful sauce that will knock your nonna’s socks off.

Instant Pot Bolognese

Instant Pot Soup and Stew

Stew and soup can be made in a pressure cooker in a fraction of the time it takes to cook on the stovetop. But these recipes taste like they have been simmering all day. Flavorful food is another Instant Pot magic.

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili is an outrageously delicious dinner made in one hour with only ten minutes of prep. Pantry ingredients, creamy and WOW your family chili recipe.
Instant Pot White Chicken Chili in a bowl garnished with peppers, avocado and cilantro

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup just like my Ukrainian grandma used to make. It is easy, hearty, healthy and delicious. Serve with fresh dill or parsley, lots of pepper and toasted whole grain bread. Yum!
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup served in a white bowl with a spoon

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili

Buffalo Chicken Chili made healthy and yet creamy in the Instant Pot. You can even turn this recipe into a freezer meal.
Instant pot buffalo chicken chili served in grey bowl garnished with cilantro and lemon

Instant Pot Lentil Soup

The best Instant Pot Lentil Soup with green or brown lentils, canned tomatoes and spinach. Only 5 mins of prep and no sauteing.
>Instant Pot Lentil Soup served in a white bowl

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup

Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup with chicken, veggies, rice, herbs, and spices in a delicious broth. This soup is healing, healthy, and tasty! A twist on a childhood favourite.
instant pot chicken and rice soup

Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup

Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup with ground meat, rice, veggies and chunky tomato broth is everything you love about stuffed peppers but ready in your pressure cooker within 30 minutes.

Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is everything you love about Mexican food in a one pot 30 minute meal. Delicious and  healthy soup loaded with chicken, veggies and tortillas, this soup will warm you to the bones.
Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup served in a bowl topped with shredded cheese and avocado

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup is quick and made easy with simple ingredients. This pressure cooker soup is super creamy and cozy with warm spices.

instant pot butternut squash soup in a bowl garnished with cream and rosemary

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana is a rich and hearty Italian sausage and potato soup. It is so easy to make Olive Garden’s soup healthy at home.
Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana

Instant Pot Taco Soup

Instant Pot Taco Soup is one of the easiest dinners of all time. Made with mostly pantry ingredients, it is full of flavor, delicious and nutritious.
Instant Pot Taco Soup garnished with cheese and tortilla chips and lime. Served in a orange bowl with chips and spoon on the side

Instant Pot Beef Barley Soup

Instant Pot Beef Barley Soup with tender chunks of beef, carrots, and pearls of barley cooked in a deliciously seasoned broth. It is an easy pressure cooker soup with a comforting homestyle feel.
Instant Pot Beef Barley Soup

Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili

This Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili is a hearty stew made with beans, veggies, quinoa and irresistible rainbow of smoky flavours. Full of fiber and protein, vegan friendly and ready in under an hour healthy dinner. Watch it disappear even among carnivores. A winner!!! 🙂

Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup is a true 10 minute set and forget recipe. You don’t have to soak the peas or saute the veggies. Pea soup is cheap, filling and healthy.
Instant Pot Split Pea Soup served in a bowl with a slice of bread

Instant Pot Black Bean Soup

Instant Pot Black Bean Soup is a hearty and delicious vegan soup with no soaking of beans required. Even most avid carnivores and kids will love this soup!
Instant Pot Black Bean Soup

Instant Pot Borscht

Instant Pot Borscht is my Ukrainian grandma’s borscht recipe adapted for a pressure cooker. Serve this hearty cabbage and beet soup with lots of dill, garlic and sour cream. So good!
Instant Pot Borscht served in bowl with a side of bread

Instant Pot Minestrone

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup is a flavorful hearty Italian soup with beans, pasta and veggies. Not only it is delicious and comforting but nutritious.

instant pot minestrone in a bowl with a spoon

Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

This Instant Pot Vegetable Soup is easy, healthy and comforting. It cleans out the fridge and tastes unbelievable with 2 secret ingredients.
Instant Pot Vegetable Soup in a bowl with a spoon

Instant Pot Turkey Chili

Instant Pot Turkey Chili is the ultimate fall and winter comfort food. Ground turkey, beans, veggies and spices simmer for 15 minutes in your electric pressure cooker with a taste like it has been cooking all day. You can even make this chili with dried beans.
instant pot turkey chili in a white bowl garnished with greek yogurt, cheese, green onion and lime

Instant Pot Chili

This Instant Pot Chili with ground beef, canned or dried beans and a few pantry staples is thick, hearty and flavorful. A reader shared this recipe with me and now it’s our new favorite. It is called Two Day Three Bean Chili but thanks to the magic Instant Pot, it is ready in 1.5 hours.
instant pot chili served in a bowl garnished with cilantro, shredded cheese


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45 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

45 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes: Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

One of our most popular Instant Pot recipes! Whole chicken rubbed with simple smoky spices cooked from frozen until juicy and tender. Better than any rotisserie chicken with 5 minutes prep.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Ukrainian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 318kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 4.5 lbs whole frozen chicken
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • Oil
  • 1 cup cold water


  • In 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot, add water and place trivet. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika and dried oregano until combined. Set aside.
  • Rinse frozen chicken with cold water and dry with paper towel. It is necessary to remove the frost. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Drizzle with a bit of oil and rub with your hands spreading all over the chicken. This will help spices to stick to meat.
  • Sprinkle prepared spice mix evenly around chicken, while holding onto the wing and turning.
  • Transfer seasoned chicken to previously prepared Instant Pot chicken breasts up.

Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cook on High or Manual button:

    For 6 quart Instant Pot:

    • 4 lbs whole chicken – 60 minutes.
    • 5 lbs whole chicken – 70 minutes.

    For 8 quart Instant Pot:

    • 4 lbs whole chicken – 40 minutes.
    • 5 lbs whole chicken – 50 minutes.
    • 6 lbs whole chicken – 60 minutes.
    • After, you have to let Instant Pot release pressure on its own until the pin drops down - called Natural Release. It should take about 15-30 minutes depending on the size of your pressure cooker. 8 quart takes longer.
    • Open the lid and carefully remove chicken onto platter, or using tongs or knife, remove pieces right in the pot and serve. Chicken will be super tender.
    • Serve however you like: with pasta and salad, with quinoa salad etc. Save bones for Instant Pot bone broth. And that flavourful broth at the bottom of the pot makes amazing soup the next day.

    Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

      Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container or resealable freezer bags for up to 3 months. Thaw in a fridge or on a counter.



        Cooking time varies based on the size of your chicken and Instant Pot.
        • Larger size 8 quart Instant Pot has larger volume (area) for more pressure to build up. Thus, it takes longer to bring pressure up and down.
        • Average natural pressure release is: on 8 quart - 40 minutes, on 6 quart - 15 minutes.
        • Do not turn valve to Venting as chicken still keeps cooking while pressure is coming down.


        Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 684mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 532IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg
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        Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

        My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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        1. Olena, I love your Instant Pot recipes! I got the IP for Christmas, but I was too intimidated to utilize until I read through and made Corned Beef and Cabbage. Sincere gratitude!

        2. 5 stars
          I made the chicken Alfredo instant pop recipe and it was delicious! I made it with broccoli instead of peas. I highly recommend this recipe! ? thank you I truly enjoy your blog!

        3. Hello, I am enjoying your information and recipes. Are all of your recipes using the pressure cooker setting on the Instapot?

        4. 5 stars
          I love my Instapot! I use it for beans all the time, especially garbanzo beans for hoomis. Thanks for the interesting looking recipes!!
          Diane Donato

        5. 5 stars
          Love your recipes I go to them first then decide what I want to cook. Love my IP . Thank you.

        6. Recently diagnosed with Pancreas problems and purchased a Ninja Foodi (to be delivered on Thursday) and so I am looking for healthy recipes. I have been to about 10 different sites and this is the first one that has exactly what I am looking for. Great recipes that I feel like I can actually make. I especially like the recipes that has a pic of all of the ingredients. I have never cooked (I am 60 years old) so this is a bit overwhelming for me. Your site has taken that anxiety away. I really appreciate the site !!!!


          1. Hi Jack! I am happy to hear that you have found my site! Don’t be shy to leave a comment or star review when you try any of my recipes. Happy cooking (you can do it)!

        7. In the taco soup recipe you recommended, if using ground beef, pour the fat in the trash or compost. This is a compost no no! No fats or animal products. It attracts vermin, and isn’t good for it otherwise.

          I appreciate your recipes. We just bought an IP.

          1. I meant city compost, the one they take away in the bin. Didn’t occur to me some do yard compost. I will specify that, thank you. I hope you enjoy my recipes and please let me know what you try.:)

        8. I don’t really care about the chicken meat that much but I’d like to make a lot of Rich broth from a frozen chicken. How do I adapt this recipe? I’m a total beginner!

        9. 5 stars
          Extremely delicious beef stew recipe, Olena! Thank you for it and for putting together a bunch of healthy Instant Pot Recipes. I just got mine for Christmas and need ideas. This post covers all basics for health nuts like me lol.

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