Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup

If you could bottle up comfort food and serve it in a bowl, I’m convinced it would be called Potato Soup. And if you could find a way to make it without it consuming your entire day, then that would be called Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup.

Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup is served

Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup

Baked potato soup is a bowl of comfort – but time-wise, it’s hard for a weeknight. Using the Instant Pot has the potatoes ready in a fraction of the time and everything can be made in the pressure cooker pot, which makes clean up a breeze.

Here, I’ve made the soup with my favorite baked potato toppings – cheese, bacon and green onions – but you can add in any toppings you like. Broccoli and sour cream would also be great!

Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup Ingredients

Pressure Cooker Baked Potato Soup


  • 4 baking potatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • cup butter
  • cup flour
  • 6 cups milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place a steamer basket inside the pressure cooker.

  2. Wash the potatoes well, poke with a fork several times, and add to the steamer basket.

  3. Add water to the pressure cooker pot.

  4. Set cook time to 12 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.

  5. Remove the potatoes from the pot. Remove the steamer basket and dump the water.

  6. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, split them in half and scoop out the pulp. Set aside

  7. Hit the saute button. Melt the butter in the pressure cooker pot. Whisk in the flour and cook for a minute.

  8. Gradually add the milk. Cook until bubbly, but don't let it boil. Stir often. 

  9. Stir in the potato pulp, cheese, bacon, green onions, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat through, but don't let boil. This may be a good time to remove the pot from the unit as there's no good way to control the temperature and you don't want the milk to approach the boiling stage.

  10. If it's too thick, add a bit more milk.

  11. Serve with extra cheese and bacon.

What soup toppings do you like to use at your house? Cheese seems to be a classic favorite whatever the soup, but I’m just curious what else you prefer? I just may need to add a few more to our repertoire.

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Instant Pot Beef Stew

This Instant Pot Beef Stew is a comforting bowl of the classic favorite, made in a fraction of the time. That’s basically the best of both worlds!

You’ll probably find yourself whipping up a batch of this Instant Pot Beef Stew just as soon as the temperatures start to drop in early fall. Year after year after year. Consider yourself warned. If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, it’s a great time of year to pick one up.Instant Pot Beef Stew is served

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Beef stew is a cold-weather favorite. Tender chunks of beef and vegetables are perfect for a chilly day. Often, this is cooked low and slow to bring out the flavors, but there are days when you just don’t have hours to let it simmer. Those are the days to break out your pressure cooker.

This Instant Pot Beef Stew will give you the beautiful flavors of the traditional favorite in a fraction of the time.

Instant Pot Beef Stew Ingredients

Once you get your Instant Pot Beef Stew ingredients added to the pot, you’ll have time to heat up a loaf of crusty bread. A bowl of Beef Stew and some thick buttered crusty bread make for the perfect cool weather meal.

Actually, it’s enjoyable any time of the year. But somehow, it’s even tastier in the colder months. If you prefer to use the oven or slow cooker, then you’ll want to check out my All Day Beef Stew – Oven or Crockpot Recipe.

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 2 lb. stew beef
  • 3 cups chopped potatoes
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3-4 cups tomato juice
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 cup instant tapioca
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Add all ingredients to the pressure cooker pot and stir. 

  2. Set for 35 minutes cook time. 

  3. Do a quick pressure release.

If you’re looking for a few more possibilities for making the most of your Instant Pot, then you might want to check out my post on my Top 10 Instant Pot Accessories. It really is amazing what you can make in this handy little kitchen appliance!

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Instant Pot Risotto

Risotto is one of those dishes that many of us have reserved for dining out because it requires a bit too much attention. But what if I told you that this Instant Pot Risotto makes the classic creamy Italian rice dish a weeknight dinner option? Read on for the recipe and a few details.

This Instant Pot Risotto is a game changer! Making risotto on the stovetop is not hard at all, but it is time-consuming. It requires stirring constantly, which can be its own kind of therapy, but one that’s not usually good for a weeknight.

But you can easily make Instant Pot Risotto!

The version I share here doesn’t use wine. I love adding wine when I have it, but it’s not something I keep on hand so I like having the option to not need it.

Instant Pot Risotto

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a great alternative to pasta if you’re trying to cut carbs. Even if you’re not concerned about counting carbs, this vegetable is so good. And I think you’ll be amazed at how quickly and easily Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash cooks.

I like serving it with salt, pepper and grated Parmesan for an easy lunch. Or top it with a quick spaghetti sauce with Italian sausage for a heartier meal.

The Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash is the easiest way to cook perfect spaghetti squash.

Cutting the squash in half horizontally will yield longer “noodles” because the fibers of the squash run horizontally. I find that cooking half the squash at once works best for me.

One squash is typically enough to feed four people if you’re topping it with a meat-based sauce. If the squash is small enough, you can do both halves, but often they’re a bit too big to fit in the pot at once.

Prep time is very short – just a minute or two to cut it in half, then scoop out the seeds with a spoon. And once your pot comes to pressure, you’re only about 17 minutes to a cooked squash!

While your squash is cooking, you may want to check out my favorite Instant Pot Accessories to get even more use out of your Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

Easy and quick spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  1. Cut squash in half horizontally.

  2. Scoop out seeds using a spoon.

  3. Place half of squash in Instant Pot, cut side up. If both halves will fit, place both in the pot.

  4. Pour water into the bottom of the pot. Sprinkle squash with salt.

  5. Seal lid and set cook time for 17 minutes.

  6. When cooking time is finished, do a quick pressure release.

  7. Open lid and carefully remove squash. Use tongs or a fork to pull the "noodles" from the squash and serve.

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How to Make Instant Pot Rice aka. Instapot Rice

There’s something simple and comforting about a hot bowl of buttered rice. I guess that’s why it’s such a popular dish all over the world. And now, with the popularity of the Instapot, you can make Instant Pot Rice faster and easier than ever before.

For me, this love for rice started in childhood. I remember reading the folktale “A Grain of Rice,” adapted into a children’s book by Helena Clare Pittman. “A Grain of Rice” tells the story of a young man who saves the emperor’s daughter and as a reward he asks for a single grain of rice to be given to him, and the next day two grains, the third day four grains, and continue to double each day for a total of 100 days.

By the end of the story, the man is the richest in the land and elephants are bringing rice by the ton! It’s a great book about math…but also really makes me want some finely cooked rice! The book I remember is set in China, but the story has about as many variations as there are types of rice! 

No Rice Cooker? No Problem!

Making instant pot rice can be simple, fast, and scrumptious!

Instant rice in a box just isn’t as good and making rice on the stove can be tricky! But don’t get discouraged, break out that instapot (instant pot) and learn to make rice the fast, easy, and 21st century way! 

Another perk of Instant Pot Rice is that you can actually steam veggies at the same time in a steamer basket and cut down on your clean up. You can find the steamer and my entire Instant Pot wishlist on the Top 10 Instant Pot Accessories Post

How to Cook Short Grain or Long Grain White Instant Pot Rice

Short grain white rice is an American staple. It’s sticky, tasty, and goes with everything! When cooking white rice, you can actually use the “rice” setting on your instant pot. Follow the one to one method of one cup of water for every one cup of rice.

Instant Pot White Rice

Short or long grain, this sticky white rice is tasty and goes with pretty much everything!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Tiffany


  • 2 cups white rice
  • 2 cups water


  1. Place 2 cups of white rice in the instant pot
  2. Pour 2 cups of water into the pot
  3. Close the lid and seal
  4. Set the Instant Pot to the ‘rice’ setting or for 5 minutes
  5. Cook and then allow it to set and naturally release for 10 minutes
  6. Serve

White rice can also be cooked with chicken broth or vegetable broth in place of the water for a more savory flavor. Add cheese and some pre-cooked shredded chicken for a quick and easy lunch.

How to Cook Brown Instant Pot Rice 

Even though brown rice takes far longer to cook, even brown instant pot rice, it is worth the wait! My favorite way to eat brown rice is by topping it with black beans, chicken, cheese, salsa, and guacamole.

Brown rice is hearty and makes a great healthy grain to serve with burrito bowls or even as a side to a simple meal of chicken and veggies. Brown rice on the stove can take a white, but in the instant pot, it takes less than 30 minutes.

Note: Brown rice tends to be a bit crunchy, to avoid cooking crunchy rice, add a bit more water than you would with other rice types. For brown rice, add about a quarter cup more of water or liquid per cup of rice.

Instant Pot Brown Rice

This hearty rice may take a few minutes longer than white rice, but it's definitely worth the wait!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Tiffany


  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water


  1. Place 2 cups of brown rice in the instant pot
  2. Pour water in the pot

  3. Close the lid and seal
  4. Cook the rice for 17 minutes on high pressure

  5. Do a quick pressure release

  6. Serve

Brown rice in the instant pot can be easily prepared as you get other parts of your meal together for a fast dinner. You could even prepare brown rice in the instant pot as you get ready in the morning. Pack the brown rice up with some leftover chicken for a cheap lunch on a busy day.

How to Cook Basmati Instant Pot Rice 

Basmati rice is native to the Indian subcontinent. Basmati rice is one of my favorite types of rice. It has a clean taste and is a common side of many Indian dishes.

My family loves to eat tikka masala with naan bread and Basmati rice, but on the stove, I always struggled with overcooking my rice. With the instapot this problem is a thing of the past… plus it only takes 16 minutes!

Instant Pot Basmati Rice

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Serves: 4 servings

Basmati is a clean tasting rice, native to the Indian subcontinent and a common side for many Indian dishes
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  1. First, measure out 2 cups of Basmati rice.
  2. Dump the rice into the instapot along with 2 cups of water.
  3. Close the lid of the instant pot pressure cooker or instapot and cook on high pressure for 5-6 minutes depending on how tender you’d like your rice.
  4. Do a natural release for 10 minutes
  5. Release any excess pressure

If you’d like your rice to be more tender, increase the liquid. Increasing the cooking time may lead to burnt rice at the bottom of the instapot.

How to Cook Jasmine Instant Pot Rice

Jasmine rice is a delicious, fluffy white rice commonly found in east Asia. it tastes just as good made in an instant pot pressure cooker or instapot as it does on the stove… and it’s definitely superior to instant, one-minute rice from a box!

Jasmine instant pot rice takes a shorter time to cook but requires a bit more water. Some folks prefer to rinse their rice with water before cooking, but in a pinch, just dumping the rice into the pot with some water will do just as well! 1 and ¼ cups of water for every 1 cup of Jasmine rice.

Instant Pot Jasmine Rice

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Serves: 4 servings

A delicious, fluffy white rice common to east Asia.
  • 2 cups of Jasmine Rice
  • 2 ½ cups of water
  1. Measure 2 cups of Jasmine rice and pour into the instapot
  2. Measure 2 and ½ cups of water and pour into the instapot
  3. Close the lid and cook for 4 minutes on high pressure
  4. Do a natural release for 10 minutes
  5. Release the extra pressure (if any) after 10 minutes

Serve the Jasmine rice as a side with dumplings, orange chicken, or any other dish of your choice.

How to Cook Coconut Instant Pot Rice

Jasmine rice tastes great with a hint of coconut, as well. If you’re looking to mix up your rice-cooking to spice up a boring Tuesday evening meal, try using a can of coconut milk with 2 cups of Jasmine rice.

Cook it for 5 minutes in the instant pot pressure cooker and follow the 10-minute natural release protocol of the water-method. The coconut milk will add a hint of flavor and tastes great with all kinds of meals!

Instant Pot Coconut Rice

Coconut milk adds a hint of flavor to jasmine rice and tastes great with all kinds of meals
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Tiffany


  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • 16 oz. can coconut milk


  1. Measure 2 cups of Jasmine rice and pour into the instant pot
  2. Open and pour the can of coconut milk into the instant pot
  3. Close the lid and seal
  4. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes
  5. Do a natural release of the pressure for 10 minutes
  6. Release the extra pressure and serve

I’ve made coconut rice as a side with Indian-style butter chicken or even added some lime juice to serve with some spicy chipotle and lime chicken seared in an iron skillet.

How to Cook Sticky Instant Pot Rice

Instant Pot Sticky Rice

Sticky rice is the foundation of good Chinese take-out, and thanks to the Instapot, it's also the foundation to a great home cooked Chinese dinner!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Tiffany


  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • 2 cups water


  1. Rinse 2 cups of Jasmine rice and drain
  2. Place rinsed rice in the Instant Pot with slightly less than 2 cups of water
  3. Close the lid and seal the Instant Pot
  4. Set pressure to high
  5. Set cook time for 7 minutes
  6. Use a natural release for 10 minutes
  7. After 10 minutes, manually release the excess pressure (if any)

Sticky rice is the foundation of good Chinese take-out… or a delicious home cooked knock-off! It’s also delicious for making homemade sushi or California rolls. You can get that texture by making rice in the Instant Pot.

The first key is to use Jasmine rice… but you also will want to rinse the rice beforehand. Rinsing the rice will help get the sticky quality you hope for and keep it from getting too mushy while it cooks.

How to Cook Wild Instant Pot Rice 

The first time I cooked wild rice, I thought it would never get done! It takes well over an hour on the stove top—but that isn’t the case with the Instant Pot! Thank goodness for that! I am far too impatient to wait over an hour for rice, but using the Instant Pot cuts that time nearly in half!

Unlike the other types of rice, wild rice requires more liquid. Use 4 cups of liquid for every cup of wild rice.

Instant Pot Wild Rice

This hearty rice starts with a lot more liquid and takes longer than other types, but the Instant Pot gets it done in half the time of the stovetop!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Tiffany


  • 2 cups wild rice
  • 8 cups water


  1. Place 2 cups of wild rice and 8 cups of water in the instant pot
  2. Close the lid and seal
  3. Set to high pressure
  4. Cook for 35 minutes
  5. Allow the pot to naturally release for 15 minutes
  6. Serve

Wild rice is native to North America and areas of Asia, and it’s both hearty and healthy. Thankfully, the Instant Pot makes it easy and faster to make!

Rice is a great foundation to cuisines worldwide

Rice remains a staple food all over the world and can provide rich sustenance for your family. There are hundreds of varieties of rice and many ways to cook the grain.

The most common types of rice you’ll find in your local grocery store break down into two main categories: white rice and brown rice. Of the white rice varieties, you might be familiar with Basmati, Jasmine, or long grain. Brown rice also comes in long grain or short grain. Finally, wild rice is another type of rice frequently found in the aisles of the grocery store.

From the spicy jolaf rice found on many Nigerian tables to white sticky rice served with mahi mahi. Japanese style or a quick lunch of cheesy chicken rice like my mom used to make, rice is as versatile as you can be creative. That is probably the reason you can find it cooking in pots, pans, or electric cookers in homes all over.

Despite the fact that rice is a staple of global cuisine, many people struggle with making a pot of rice. I don’t know about you, but I have made both soggy, mushy pots of rice in sore attempts to make a simple dinner. The next time around, I would end up burning the rice, trying to compensate for my previous mistake! 

A lot of people suggest using a rice cooker, but an instant pot will work just as well!

Cooking (white) Rice is as Easy as 1-2-1:

Whether it is on the stove, in a rice cooker, or with an instapot, most rice cooks on the one-to-one principle: one cup of water for every one cup of rice.

This method can be used with most white rice, including white Jasmine and Basmati.

The one-to-one principle will cook the rice so that it is not too mushy and also not too crunchy. I don’t know about you, but I hate crunchy rice!

If you like your rice more on the sticky side, increase the water by about one tablespoon. However, if you do like your rice slightly more crunchy, decrease the water by approximately one to two teaspoons. Keep in mind, if you decrease the water too much, the rice may burn to the bottom of your Instant Pot pressure cooker.

And if you’re a more visual learner, you can find youtube videos on cooking rice in your instant pot too, like one that Ground Leaf posted a few years ago on cooking white rice.

Instant Pot Rice for the homecook

How Much Rice Should I Make?

Your instapot or instant pot pressure cooker can cook quite a bit of rice! One cup of rice will easily serve 2 people, if the rice is a side item. Add one cup of rice for every two people you want to serve. You may want to cook more if rice is the main dish you are serving.

Why Does the Rice Stick to the Bottom of My Instant Pot?

A common problem people have cooking rice is that some of the rice sticks to the bottom of the pan or pot. The first thing to know is that this is an age-old problem of cooking rice.

In Chinese there is even a word for that crunchy rice left at the bottom of the pot. Mi guoba (米锅巴) means “scorched rice.” In Iran, that crunchy rice is even served as a common dish! Pegao, as it’s referred to in Puerto Rico, is found in many homes. Around the world, people have different ways of eating and utilizing the scorched rice from the bottom of the pot.

Rice burning to the bottom of the pan is nearly inevitable if you are cooking rice over an open flame in a metal pot, but rice sticking to the bottom of the pan is still likely when cooking in a rice cooker or even an instapot or instant pot pressure cooker.

But while the crunchy rice at the bottom of the pot is not a sign you’re a bad chef, no one wants to clean out rice that has actually blackened and burned to the bottom of the instant pot!

Add More Liquid

How do you solve the problem of burning your rice? Add a little more water! If you’ve been burning your rice, rather than decreasing the amount of time you are cooking the rice, first try adding a tablespoon or two more water to the pot. Decreasing the cooking time might just make the rice hard on your teeth. Adding water will help the rice at the bottom of the pot to have enough liquid to cook well!

Rinse The Rice Ahead of Time

Others swear by rinsing the rice beforehand. Rinsing the rice before you cook it may add just enough water to keep your rice from burning.

So there you have it. The answer to pretty much any question that you could have about cooking Instant Pot Rice. I would love to know which recipes you’ve tried and what you think of Instant Pot Rice in the comments below.

Happy cooking!

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Top 10 Instant Pot Accessories Picks + 3 extras

A few weekends ago I had the privilege of speaking at a conference, my topics being meal planning tips and Instant Pots along with some of the Instant Pot accessories that are available. That is what prompted me this Top 10 Instant Pot Accessories Picks + 3 extras post … but, I digress.

We kicked off this calendar year with Pressure Cooker School on Facebook Live and here on the blog with a free Instant Pot Meal Plan. And it was about a year ago that we did an entire series on cooking meats and proteins for the freezer using your electric pressure cooker.

Are you seeing a theme here? Electric Pressure Cookers, and specifically the Instant Pot, aka. Instapot, have become wildly popular in the past few years. As we’re learning how to use them, we’re realizing all the things they can do!

Top 10 Instant Pot Accessories Picks + 3 extras

Some of these magical functions require a few Instant Pot accessories. Let me just tell you, there are lots of accessories out there. Which begs the question … which ones do I really need? And why do I really need that accessory? And in what order should I make my wish list?

No need to fret over all the questions because today I want to share my top 10 Instant Pot accessories + 3 more, just because I figure a little free information is always a good thing.

instant pot accessories + 3 extras

My top 10 Instant Pot Accessories Picks + 3 extras

Back to the plethora of Instant Pot accessories, you can find with a quick internet search: there are so many it’ll make your head spin. You’ll find everything from extra rings (something I think is a must-have!) to the more unique and even odd. The most “personalized” thing I’ve seen is some 90-degree vent cover that looks like a dragon or wolf.

If you’re wanting a peek at my wishlist, lumped into tiers of priority purchases, then let’s chat!

So here’s the quick list – My top 10 Instant Pot accessories Picks + 3 extras

Just in case you’re like me and prefer an easy to read list, here’s my list …

  1. Sweet and Savory Rings
  2. Stackable Steamer Pans
  3. Tempered Glass Lid
  4. Extra Cooking Pot and the non-stick version
  5. Silicone Lids
  6. Double Egg Steamer Pack
  7. Silicone Cupcake Liners
  8. Mesh Strainer
  9. Gripper Clips
  10. 7″ Bundt / Cheesecake / Cake Pan
  11. Yogurt Maker
  12. Silicone Egg Bite Molds
  13. Quick & Carry Bag

But you’re probably wondering why these made the cut. Read on for the why behind each item, what they can do and even how to take care of some of them.

My Top Five Must-Haves

1. Silicone Sweet & Savory Rings

instant pot accessories sweet savory rings

These are definitely a must-have as you begin to use your Instant Pot for more and more recipes. I love using mine for soups, hard-boiled eggs, rice and even oatmeal and desserts. But I do not love that some foods can leave a rather pungent odor on your ring. I’m looking at you stinky onions. Once that happens, oatmeal is never the same. These particular rings are the ones I would recommend for two specific reasons. One – using unofficial Instant Pot Sealing Rings can void your warranty, and that’s typically not a good idea. Two – the different colors make it easy to remember which one to use for which type of recipes, blue for sweet and red for savory. 

Regardless of how many sealing rings you have, you’ll want to do some routine care and maintenance on them, but that’s way easier than it sounds. After each use, simply remove the ring and wash it in soapy water or run it through a dishwasher cycle with the rest of the dinner dishes. Then you just position it securely back in the lid and you’re good to go. It’s also a good idea to check the rings for cracks on a regular basis because a tight seal is what allows the pressure cooker to work in the first place. I would actually consider these rings to be more of a necessity than Instant Pot Accessories because at some point they will have to be replaced due to normal wear and tear.

2. Stackable Steamer Pans

Instant Pot Accessories steamer pans

The second item on my Instant Pot accessories wish list is a steamer pan or two. These are obviously the perfect pan for steaming veggies, but they do so much more than that. You can use them to reheat leftovers, bake a lasagna or even make a cheesecake. And since there are 2 pans you can actually make an entire meal with meat or fish in one and veggies or rice in another, or any other combination that you can think of. You know if it’s a way to make dinner quicker and easier and with less clean-up, then I’m all in!

A little side note here, about the whole PIP or Pot-in-Pot cooking thing. This is one of the more self-explanatory abbreviations in the Instant Pot world, meaning that your cooking in a pot, inside of the Instant Pot. Things like reheating a meal in a small round casserole dish, steaming veggies in a steamer pot, or baking a cheesecake in a springform pan – these all require a separate pan inside of the Instant Pot. These versatile stackable steamer pans are the first of the PIP options that I have on my list.

3. Tempered Glass Lid

Instant Pot Accessories glass lid

This is money well spent for several reasons. You can use it with the sautee feature so you don’t have to dirty another pan and you can keep splatters off your counter. Cue the angel chorus for easier dinner clean-up! The other time the glass lid is really handy is for the slow cooker setting. You can use the slow cooker function with the traditional lid, but if you’re like me, you want to see your food to know if any time or temperature adjustments need to be made. I’ve readily admitted to being a control freak when it comes to seeing my food in a slow cooker. Again, because many of us have a genuine need to see what’s going on with our dinner, this may be more of a necessity than just another item on the Instant Pot Accesories wish list. 

4. Extra Cooking Pot

Instant Pot Accessories stainless pot

Yet another handy accessory for more than one reason. An extra pot allows you to cook your meat, while you prep your side dish and then quickly switch pots when your meat is done. You can even store leftovers in one pot and still have the extra pot available for another meal. It also gives you an opportunity to have both a stainless steel pot and a non-stick pot, because choices are always a good thing!

Instant Pot Accessories non-stick pot

I guess I should explain a bit here for those of you who are curious about the Instant Pot but don’t yet own one. The cooking pot is basically like the crock of a slow cooker. It’s the removable pot that your food (or PIP pan) goes in when using the Instant Pot. While you really never need an extra crock for a slow cooker, the Instant Pot is so quick that it could come in handy for 2 different dishes in one meal. And beyond being handy, it’s pretty affordable too!

5. Silicone Lids

Instant Pot Accessories Silicone Lid

Rounding out the top 5 must have Instant Pot accessories wish list are silicone lids. Yes, lids, not lid. We already talked about why an extra pot is on my top 5, so a lid quickly becomes lids. Why a lid? Because as handy as an extra pot is for storing leftovers, soup or sauce that spills if you only used foil or plastic wrap for that lid is messy. And life already has enough messes to clean up! Have I ever mentioned that I’m a “lazy” cook? In this case, it may be more brilliant than lazy because it alleviates another cleaning project. You’re welcome!

The Super Handy Fab Five

It’s kind of like the fab four, but different. These are the five Instant Pot accessories that will come in really handy to make your Instant Pot even more versatile and user-friendly.

6. Double Egg Steamer Pack

Instant Pot Accessories Egg Steamers

I’ve mentioned several times on Facebook live how much I love using my Instant Pot for hard-boiled eggs. They come out perfect. Every. Single. Time. And, I don’t have to stand there and monitor them at all.

And the best part is that peeling them is a breeze. The shells come off without leaving craters and losing half the egg here and there. This double steamer pack is really nice because you can do a dozen eggs at a time! They’re a great protein for busy days – waking up late, after-school snacks, an evening at the ball field or the court or …

You may wonder why you even need some of these Instant Pot Accessories? I mean, why can’t just set them in the pot with water to hard-boil like you’ve done on the stovetop? Technically, you can, but wherever the egg touches the bottom or sides of the pot, you’ll have a brown spot. It won’t change the taste of the egg at all, but who wants a brown spot when you’ve finally found the method for a perfectly peeled egg?

7. Silicone Cupcake Liners

Instant Pot Accessories Cupcake liners

Okay, these have to be the most fun and festive Instant Pot Accessories for my planner-sticker-loving heart! And they’re great for making cheery little cupcakes and saving on paper waste too. How can you use these colorful cupcake baking cups in your Instant Pot you ask?

Obviously, they work for cupcakes and muffins, but they’re also perfect for individual cheesecakes. I’m thinking one of the benefits is that it’s quicker than a traditional cheesecake. I think they’re a little healthier too since I won’t feel the need to finish off an entire cheesecake!

They also work great for poached eggs. I’m thinking about setting it in the morning, and they should be ready by the time I get back to the kitchen. A poached egg in one of these bright little liners just has to make Monday mornings a little easier to face!

8. Mesh Strainer

Instant Pot Accessories Mesh Strainer

A mesh strainer that fits in your Instant Pot is another versatile little accessory. One of the common uses is for hard boiling eggs if you don’t have a rack that you like to use. They’re also great for making a delicious and super-healthy bone broth.

And the thing I need to try this fall is loading one up with fresh apples, oranges, and a few other classic ingredients to create hot spiced cider. The cooking time should be somewhere around 15 minutes (plus heating & pressure release time) but that’s much faster than the slow cooker recipes I’ve used.

The beauty of the mesh strainer is that when your food or cider or broth or whatever is done, you can easily remove the floating ingredients that you really don’t want to serve. Some people even use these with a cheesecloth lining to strain yogurt.

And there’s no reason why you can’t use this and several of your Instant Pot accessories outside of your instant pot too! Anytime you can opt for one gadget that does double-duty, then I say go for it!

9. Gripper Clips (because I already have mini mitts)

Instant Pot Accessories Gripper Clips

When I first saw these gripper clips, I wasn’t quite convinced that they needed to be included in my Instant Pot accessories wish list. It’s probably because I already have some Mini Mitts that are perfect for the Instant Pot and for handling all sorts of other hot items in the kitchen.

As I read more about them, they do seem like a more secure and effective way to pull out a loaded and hot inner pot, especially if there is very much liquid in that inner pot. Many times we just serve directly from the inner pot, but not if I’m using my Instant Pot for more than one dish for dinner.


Instant Pot Accessories Mini Mitts

And again, because one product with several uses is always nice, they’re also great for removing hot pans and trays from the oven or microwave or grill.

10. 7” pan in a variety of options

Technically this is really a collection of 3 Instant Pot Accessories, but they’re kind of the same so I’m going to clump them together.

Round Cheesecake pan with a removable bottom

Instant Pot Accessories removable bottom cake pan

My third choice here is the 7” pan with a removable bottom. And the first recipe I would use it for? Well, some sort of cheesecake, of course!

Non-stick Springform Pan

Instant Pot Accessories springform cake pan

My second choice would be the 7” springform pan. In some ways, I can also see that clip on the outside getting banged around and messed up in the cabinet. It’s just the way things are when everyone helps put dishes away, one of those family activities I like to encourage! But I can also see how this might be easier to remove a cheesecake from because you don’t have to push it up from the bottom.

Can you just imagine that going sideways and dumping a cheesecake on the countertop instead of gently pushing it up and out of the pan? Not that I wouldn’t strongly consider scooping it back into a pan and serving it with some sort of garnish!

And clinching the first choice title … Bundt Pan!

Instant Pot Accessories 3-in-1 cake pan

It’s the combination bundt/cheesecake/cake pan. I’m guessing there’s no need to explain this option because it can function as all three of the above with minimal storage. This particular model has some great reviews and ideas for recipes beyond cakes – like lasagna and meatloaf. And I just love the color of this one too!

Most of us may be able to survive just fine without a bundt pan, but when you can get all three Instant Pot accessories in one, then why not?! Or if you’re the type who would definitely opt for all 3 of these pans, then you can free up a little storage space in your cabinet for some other kitchen gadgets.

And a few extras just because a girl can dream right?!

11. Yogurt Maker 

Instant Pot Accessories yogurt maker

I have to admit that I had not really considered making yogurt in my Instant Pot until several of y’all mentioned how easy it is to make yogurt in yours. I definitely enjoy yogurt, especially on low-carb days, so why not give it a try?

Technically, this yogurt maker is  a greek yogurt maker and it isn’t really considered among most Instant Pot accessories. Except that you use it to drain yogurt after you take it out of your Instant Pot, so I’m adding it to the official list!

Some people simply use cheesecloth to drain most of the liquid out of their yogurt. But, you’ll also find quite a few reviews that talk about how much smoother and creamier their Greek yogurt is using this little accessory. It seems like it could pay for itself pretty quick depending on how much yogurt you can go through in a week.

And there’s a stainless steel model too

Instant Pot Accessories stainless yogurt maker

There are two versions to choose between for my Instant Pot accessories wish list – the regular yogurt maker and the stainless version that costs a little more. I’ll probably shoot for the stainless one because I’m thinking it might last a little longer.

And then the real experimenting will begin, with the list of possible add-ins for yogurt. I may start with fresh fruit or all fruit preserves and granola. Or maybe a dollop of Greek yogurt mixed with some savory spices on top of Migas! If you have some favorite add-ins or toppings, I would love to hear those in the comments below.

12. Silicone Egg Bite Molds

Instant Pot Accessories Egg Bite Molds

These egg bite molds made the “a few extras” list because they could make fun treats for a party, or maybe even a Tuesday afternoon. A lot of people use them for egg bites, but they will also work for mini-muffins and even mini cheesecakes or chocolate lava cake. Now I’ve got your attention, right? Wouldn’t that be fun for some bite-sized fuss-free party food that looks extra special?

13. Quick & Carry Bag

Instant Pot Accessories Quick & Carry Bag

I’ve gone back and forth on this one, but it does seem like this tote bag could quickly become one of my favorite Instant Pot accessories. When we go to the beach with the family we love to do freezer cooking to dramatically reduce the eating out budget line. Honestly, this accessory would pay for itself with the first meal that we ate in instead of eating out too!

Some people use theirs for taking food to a potluck in the same way that many of us have toted slow cookers for years. And the extra storage compartment on top and pocket on the front help ensure that nothing will get left behind. 

Now that I think about it, if the Instant Pot is used as a slow cooker, and then fitted with the pressure cooker lid just for transport, it’s probably just as easy as toting my slow cooker to the next potluck. For some of us, that could mean replacing the slow cooker with an Instant Pot that has a slow cooker function. That leaves more space both on the shelves and in the budget to use this appliance to its fullest capacity.

How about you?

Have you jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon? If so, what’s your favorite feature or recipe to make in yours?

And if you have any of these accessories, I would love to know what your thoughts are on it. It’s always great to hear the pros and cons of others before making a purchase. Or maybe you’re in the process of compiling your own wish list. In that case, what are your top 5?

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FREE Pressure Cooker School

I’m sure by now you’ve all heard about the Instant Pot, aka. electric pressure cooker. I’ve heard from several of you who recently received one as a gift and are feeling a little intimidated by it. That’s exactly why we’re offering Free Pressure Cooker School!

Free Pressure Cooker School

We kicked it off by covering: [Read more…]

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Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of College Inn®. The opinions and text are all mine.

I love Ham and Bean Soup, but it typically takes quite a few hours to make.  Enter the Instant Pot or any brand of digital pressure cooker.  This appliance makes it possible to have fantastic Ham and Bean Soup in less than one hour!

And this recipe is healthy too. Beans, ham, vegetables and a generous portion of College Inn® make this recipe simple and nutritious.

If you haven’t tried using your Instant Pot yet, this is an easy recipe to test it out.  Everything gets added to the pot at the same time.  The lid is sealed and the cook time set, then you can work on other things – maybe fix a big salad and some cornbread – while the soup cooks.

Once the timer goes off, the soup is ready to serve.  It doesn’t get any easier than this.  You don’t even need to soak the beans before cooking.

Want more delicious instant pot dinners? Sign up to download the FREE menu and color-coded grocery list so you can enjoy one of these great instant pot meals tonight.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup:

Do be sure to rinse and pick through the Great Northern beans before adding them to the pot. Dried beans often of small stones or other debris that needs removed before cooking.

There’s just a small amount of chopping for this recipe, but it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes and probably less than that.

If you decide to try it, share your results using #CollegeInnBroth!

This is truly a recipe that anyone can make!

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings


  • 1 pound dried great northern beans
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 4-5 small carrots or 2-3 large chopped
  • 1 pound ham cubes
  • 6 cups or 48 oz. College Inn® Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt


  1. Rinse and pick through the dried beans to remove any small rocks or debris
  2. Place rinsed beans, onion, garlic, celery, carrots and ham in Instant Pot.
  3. Pour College Inn® Chicken Broth over all the ingredients in the pot. Stir in the salt.
  4. Seal lid and set cook time for 35 minutes.
  5. Do a quick pressure release.
  6. Serve in bowls.

See also: The 10 Best Instant Pot Accessories

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FREE Instant Pot Meal Plan + Instant Pot Deals you won’t want to miss

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. I am so grateful for each of you and your commitment to building stronger families by gathering around your dinner table!

You all know how much I love my electric pressure cookers and let me tell you, they were both vital to yesterday’s calm at our house. We’ve gathered a few resources for Instant Pot Deals you won’t want to miss.

FREE Download Instant Pot Meal Plan and Grocery List!

We’ve put together this free Instant Pot Dinners Meal Plan  for you!

Click here to download your one week of Instant Pot Dinners, complete with a color-coded grocery list just like our weekly meal plans.

Instant Pot Deals you won’t want to miss!

Instant Pot deals you won't want to miss

While you’re at it, check out my affiliate link for the 6-quart Instant Pot Black Friday Deal on Amazon today. They also have this 8-quart Instant Pot Black Friday Deal with a yogurt function too. You’ll want to snag one right away as Amazon prices can change quickly and we’re not really sure how long this sale will last.

I’ve also packed lots of information and a few tips about my Top 10 Instant Pot Accessories Picks + 3 extras post that you might find helpful. Especially if you’ve used your Instapot and are seeing all the possibilities with it!

Free Eat at Home Instant Pot Resources

If you still have a few questions about the Instant Pot then you can watch the Facebook Live that I did on Wednesday for all the basics and answers to some of the most common questions.

You can also find my honest review of the Instant Pot vs. the Cuisinart Pressure Cookers. And then there’s this entire series on Cooking Meats and Proteins for the Freezer in your Instant Pot.

Do you have an Instant Pot or is it on your wish list this year? We would love to hear about your favorite way to use yours in the comments below!


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Eat at Home Habit #5 Master time-saving cooking methods

We’re in the middle of a series on 7 Habits of Eating at Home with tips on each habit to help in establishing out own healthy habits. We’ve covered topics like planning meals around your calendar, quick and simple grocery shopping tips, stocking your freezer and the 15-minute meal. Today we delve into some tools and tips for mastering time-saving cooking methods.

Habit #5 – Master time-saving cooking methods

In Habit #1 we talked about consulting your calendar when making out your meal plan so that the amount of time and the time of day available for cooking matches up with the recipe.

Strategically choosing slow cooker recipes, pressure cooker meals, sheet pan dinners, and 15-minute meals depending on what your day or week is looking like will make a huge difference in your success with eating at home.

But in order to make all of these amazing options for saving time in the kitchen work, you need to learn how to best use these appliances and cooking methods and which one makes the most sense for the different mealtime scenarios that come up in your schedule.

It really helps to practice with these appliances and cooking methods at a time when you aren’t in a rush so that you can figure out the individual quirks or steps for each one without a lot of pressure or stress to get it right the first time.  Don’t give up if you have a failure or two.  It could be that you’re just learning how to use the appliance, and with a little perseverance, you’ll come to find that it’s one of your absolute favorite kitchen tools!

A good recipe will go a long way to making you successful – and I’d like to think that the recipes we have here on the site are good ones that will make cooking a delicious meal for your family easy and enjoyable!

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Tips for Using the Slow Cooker

You can make a ridiculous amount of good food in the slow cooker. Prep time is fast and there’s little to no standing in the kitchen monitoring the food as it cooks. That’s a huge plus if you have a lot of other things to do besides keep an eye on the stove!

One of the biggest issues you may run into with slow cookers is that they tend to cook too hot.  Most often, this is because you’re using one that is too big.  If the food doesn’t fill the crock at least half way, chances are it will cook hotter than it needs to, resulting in dry and over-cooked food. Some slow cookers are better than others at cooking consistently, too.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use the slow cooker:

Tips for using the Instant Pot or any electric Pressure Cooker

The digital, electric variety of pressure cookers are fairly new.  I have the six quart 6-in-1 version and I use mine all the time. It’s such a handy kitchen tool! They’re really easy to use, but there is a bit of a learning curve if you’ve never used a pressure cooker before.   Read through your manual very well and keep it handy so you can refer to it as needed as you set things up the first few times. I recommend trying to making something simple in the Instant Pot for the first time, like rice.

Here are some of the things I’ve learned from using my pressure cookers this past year.

  • The most important thing to remember when using the Instant Pot or any electric pressure cooker is that you’ll need to add at least 1 1/2 cups of liquid to the pot to get it to come to pressure.  However, remember that the liquid doesn’t have to be water!  Things like broth, tomato sauce or juice, enchilada sauce and any other liquids work too. A good instant pot recipe will account for the need for liquid, but if you experiment with your own recipes, that’s something to keep in mind!
  • Also, remember that the amount of time you set the pot for is not the time that your dinner will be done.  You need to allow extra time for the pot to come to pressure before the cook time even starts. The amount of time needed for the pot to come to pressure and then the food to cook varies a lot. And it is usually still a lot faster than cooking on a stovetop or in the slow cooker so it’s a great option when you need to cut down cook time a bit.
  • Picking good recipes that are made for cooking in the instant pot is ideal for cooking a successful meal when you are starting out! Every week, we put instant pot as well as slow cooker instructions for many of our recipes in the Weekly Meal Plans. It’s been a hit with our members and I’ve enjoyed cooking these recipes as well!

Looking for a few recipes to try out? Here are a few of my favorites on the blog.

If you are considering buying a pressure cooker, but aren’t sure which to go for you can read my honest review of the two brands I bought in this post here.

Tips fop making fantastic Sheet Pan Dinners

A sheet pan isn’t exactly an appliance, but it is a really useful tool to have in the kitchen!  You can put nearly any type of meat and vegetable combination on a sheet pan and have a marvelous dinner with less time and mess than if you cook each item individually.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when making a sheet pan dinner.

  • The best thing is to use a very large sheet pan like this one. If you don’t have a large pan, you can use two regular sized sheet pans, but the large one is really nice and not expensive. If you have a bigger family, two large ones can really make it easier, too!
  • Timing is everything with sheet pan dinners.  Figure out which ingredient will need the longest cook time and place that in the oven first.  Then add the other ingredients later so they get the proper cook times as well.
  • Be sure to oil the pan or use parchment paper to keep clean up easy. After all, the whole point of saving time is to spend it with those around your table, not standing at the sink scrubbing off baked-on food!
  • These sheet pan dinner recipes are super popular at our house and with our readers! Try one out and see what you think! Once you see how easy they are, you’ll have inspiration for endless varieties of meals you can toss together on a sheet pan and get in the oven for easy family meals.
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