30 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes 30 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes
September 9, 2019
by Olena

30 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

by Olena

An ultimate collection of Healthy Instant Pot Recipes for busy families. These quick and easy pressure cooker recipes will help you to get dinner on the table with minimum effort.

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8 quart instant pot duo

Healthy Instant Pot Dinner Recipes

Hi! My name is Olena and I’m a working mom of 2. And I don’t have time to cook. Sounds familiar?

You need an Instant Pot ASAP. 100% honest truth – I am obsessed with mine. Even in summer I use it weekly. Especially in summer because it keeps my kitchen cool.

With Instant Pot prep time is maximum 10 minutes. I rarely saute and love how I throw everything in it and walk away. To do other mom chores. I don’t babysit my dinner. Dinner is ready, it’s healthy and everyone loves it. Well, most of the time.

Sounds like a dream? I know! Instant Pot is life changing. It’s a magic pot!!!

Why You Need an Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)?

  • Hands off cooking method.
  • Makes true one pot meals.
  • Prep time is maximum 10 minutes.
  • Food comes out more flavorful.
  • Can cook meat from frozen.
  • Cook beans from dried without soaking first.
  • You don’t have to plan much ahead.
  • Amazing for meal prep.

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Healthy Instant Pot One Pot Meals

Imagine meat, side and veggies all cook in one pot in under 30 minutes to make healthy dinner? That’s what healthy Instant Pot one pot meals are for. Instant Pot is magical! Skip washing multiple pots, pans and utensils  tonight!

instant pot spaghetti on a plate with a fork

Healthy Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

Chicken is the most cooked meat in America. And it comes out super juicy and tender cooked in Instant Pot. Second best feature of Instant Pot is to be able to cook meat from frozen. Now you can always have a plan if your forgot to have a plan.

instant pot teriyaki chicken with a spoon

Healthy Instant Pot Soup and Stew

Stew and soup made in a pressure cooker in fraction of time of its stovetop versions. But tastes like it has been simmering all day. Flavorful food is another Instant Pot magic.

instant pot beef stew garnished with peas and dill

Healthy Instant Pot Basics (Meal Prep)

I absolutely love my Instant Pot for cooking batches of rice, quinoa, beans etc. Grains come out fluffy and perfect. Beans require no soaking. Could I ask for more? And prep is 1 minute. Pinch me or you.


instant pot black beans in a dish


Instant Pot Frozen Chicken

4.9 from 15 reviews

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

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 44.5 lbs whole frozen chicken
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • Avocado oil
  • 1 cup water


  1. Rinse frozen whole chicken with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Drizzle with a bit of oil and using your hands rub it all over chicken. This step will ensure proper “sticking” of spices to frozen chicken.
  2. Place chicken in Instant Pot breasts side down. Sprinkle half of each spice evenly on one side of chicken in the following order: salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika and oregano. Holding onto the wings, carefully flip the chicken (we don’t want to disturb the spices) and season the other half with remaining spices (might seem like a lot but trust me). Holding onto the sides transfer chicken onto a large plate.
  3. Inside the Instant Pot, add water, then place the steam rack with handles and chicken breast side up on top of it (holding onto the sides, you know the drill by now). Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High:
  4. 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.

    Display will say ON, Instant Pot will take about 15 minutes to come to pressure, you will see a bit of steam coming out from a valve, then float valve will rise and countdown will begin

  5. After your chicken is ready, Instant Pot will beep, display will say OFF and now it needs to bring pressure down before you can open it, which will be indicated by a dropped down float valve. It is called Natural Release and DO NOT do Quick Release (turning sealing valve to Venting position). It should take about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Open the lid and you will have the juiciest and most flavourful chicken ever. Serve however you like, shred for meal rep, freeze for later, save bones for bone broth. Oh, and that flavourful broth at the bottom makes amazing soup the next day (don’t throw away!). So many options it’s crazy!

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.

Why? Because larger size Instant Pot has larger volume (area) for more pressure to build up. Thus, it takes longer to bring pressure down. Therefore, 8 quart pressure cooker keeps cooking chicken while bringing down pressure for 40 minutes vs. 6 quart that takes only 15 minutes.

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  1. 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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