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Give me your instant pot recipes!

I just ordered an Instant Pot Pro Crisp 11-in-1 w/ Air Fryer Combo (8 Quart).

There are a lot of gnarly videos out there. I'm a good cook and really only want this for the pressure cooker, but I figured that the dehydrator and air fryer might be handy. Also, it looks classier than the other models.

If you have some good recipes, please share! I pretty much like everything and can cook absolutely anything thrown at me.


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  1. [5]
    Codo_Sapien
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    I gotchu, fam - These are recipes I've tested, and they're excellent! Pressure Cooker Recipes Colombian Chicken Stew With Potatoes, Tomato, and Onion Recipe Instant Pot Split Pea Soup with Ham...

    I gotchu, fam - These are recipes I've tested, and they're excellent!

    Pressure Cooker Recipes

    Slow Cooker Recipes

    It looks like I've got some more recipes I need to try, so I won't share them until I vet them, but I think I know what's going to show up in the meal plan soon!

    5 votes
    1. [4]
      tomf
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      these are golden! I'm gonna go deep into moroccan food, too. Once this pandemic is over (in 2090), it'll be so nice to make carnitas for the gang.

      these are golden! I'm gonna go deep into moroccan food, too. Once this pandemic is over (in 2090), it'll be so nice to make carnitas for the gang.

      1 vote
      1. [3]
        Codo_Sapien
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        Oh man, that Moroccan one is a favorite. It's comfort food from another culture I don't know very well, and I love doing that - I'll definitely be exploring more Moroccan recipes as well! The...

        Oh man, that Moroccan one is a favorite. It's comfort food from another culture I don't know very well, and I love doing that - I'll definitely be exploring more Moroccan recipes as well!

        The carnitas recipe was very dope too. Technically, the traditional way you should prepare them is to spread the cooked carnitas thin on a baking sheet under a broiler for 5ish minutes to get crispy bits. We didn't do that with that recipe, and it still turned out great!

        I've got one problem with some of the recipes I've listed - my kids aren't in love with some of the more complex flavors. While they're not picky by any means, they aren't quite ready to go on gastronomical vacations quite yet, so they turned up their nose at that one and the Tikka Masala. Mama Codo and I can vouch though - everything I linked is plenty tasty.

        2 votes
        1. [2]
          tomf
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          no kids on my end. A few pickier eaters, but they typically come around -- and they don't live with me. I can't imagine living like that. Someone in my cooking channel posted this Bayless video on...

          no kids on my end. A few pickier eaters, but they typically come around -- and they don't live with me. I can't imagine living like that.

          Someone in my cooking channel posted this Bayless video on carnitas that should adapt well, too. I think doing it all in the pressure cooker then finishing it off in the pan should get it to where it should be.

          For Moroccan, I typically do a fake tagine with poached eggs on a mix of merguez sausage, spicy tomato & chickpea stew w/ black olives, preserved lemon, raita and grilled focaccia. I don't really follow recipes or anything, but this is really nice. The key is to get a good ras el hanout blend... or just make your own.

          2 votes
  2. [2]
    Thrabalen
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    I have two go-to recipes. Both are very much comfort food, and have served me well. The first: Macaroni and Cheese. Dirt-basic mac and cheese with a creamy sauce. You'll need 1lb dried pasta (I...

    I have two go-to recipes. Both are very much comfort food, and have served me well.

    The first: Macaroni and Cheese. Dirt-basic mac and cheese with a creamy sauce. You'll need 1lb dried pasta (I like elbows or shells), 1 can of evaporated milk, 16 ounces of shredded cheese (my personal favorite is extra sharp cheddar), and half a stick of butter.

    First, cut the butter into pats and place them in the pot. Add your pasta, then 40 ounces of water. Set the pot for four minutes. When it's done with that, release the pressure. Stir the can of evaporated milk into the pasta. Let sit one minute to thicken. Then, set to sauté and add in the cheese, making sure to add it a small handful at a time, stir until the cheese melts into the solution, and repeat until all of your cheese is sauce. That's it.

    The other is a taco casserole, and I kind of cheat. I start by making 2 pounds of taco beef, setting that aside, then making mac and cheese as I detailed above, making sure to us e a taco blend for the cheese. Once you're past the previous steps, add 2 pounds of taco seasoned beef, two cans of diced tomatoes, and a crushed family size bag of nacho chips. Let that sit at the "Keep Warm" stage for 20 minutes (for the chips to soften), and that's it.

    4 votes
    1. tomf
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      that mac n cheese sounds amazing. That much dairy would invert my body --- but I'll definitely make it for others.

      that mac n cheese sounds amazing. That much dairy would invert my body --- but I'll definitely make it for others.

      3 votes
  3. [2]
    Akir
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    I don't really recipe much. But there are two things that pressure cookers kill at. Number one is hyper-cooking meat to fork-tender super fast. Number two is Risotto. Runner-up is beans and other...

    I don't really recipe much. But there are two things that pressure cookers kill at. Number one is hyper-cooking meat to fork-tender super fast. Number two is Risotto. Runner-up is beans and other dried legumes, but unfortunately my husband basically refuses to eat them. I personally think it's also a great way to do the heating portion of mashed potatos, but I know a lot of people disagree with me.

    The nice thing about the electric models is that they have a number of cooking modes, and one of the most underappreciated things is yogurt mode. Homemade yogurt can be really great, especially if you are the kind of person who likes to experiment with flavors.

    The most important thing to know about pressure cookers is that they're not good if you want to cook things to a specific doneness. This is especially true for vegitables, because it will absolutely destroy their texture.

    4 votes
    1. tomf
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      Yogurt is definitely high on my list. My favorite brand of coconut yogurt completely disappeared from the shelves despite the company saying its still on the market. This does feel like one of...

      Yogurt is definitely high on my list. My favorite brand of coconut yogurt completely disappeared from the shelves despite the company saying its still on the market. This does feel like one of those /r/woodworking ventures where I spend 3x as much to make a similar product, though.

      Doing beans in this thing is smart, too.

      There are a lot of good ideas here. I've seen a few folks who are using it to make cheese, too, which is handy.

      This one also has a dehydrator. Behold my $15 batch of raisins!

      2 votes
  4. [4]
    HotPants
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    Chicken Tortilla Soup It is absolutely delicious.

    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    It is absolutely delicious.

    4 votes
    1. streblo
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      Made this tonight, it was really good. I added the full can of adobo sauce and went with greek yogurt, cilantro, jalapeno, avocado, cheese and fried tortilla strips as toppings. Definitely will...

      Made this tonight, it was really good. I added the full can of adobo sauce and went with greek yogurt, cilantro, jalapeno, avocado, cheese and fried tortilla strips as toppings. Definitely will make this again, kudos for the recipe!

      4 votes
    2. [2]
      tomf
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      you're speaking my love language. That looks so good!

      you're speaking my love language. That looks so good!

      1 vote
      1. HotPants
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        It is sooooo good, especially fully loaded with all the garnishes (sour cream, cilantro/ coriander, grated cheese, tortilla strips)

        It is sooooo good, especially fully loaded with all the garnishes (sour cream, cilantro/ coriander, grated cheese, tortilla strips)

        2 votes
  5. [2]
    vord
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    As a rice cooker, it is fantastic. Rice and beans gets you a solid foundation for tons of stuff. A personal favorite is a Cuban Beef Bowl. Rice+ beans (add cilantro and lime), pineapple/avocado...

    As a rice cooker, it is fantastic. Rice and beans gets you a solid foundation for tons of stuff. A personal favorite is a Cuban Beef Bowl. Rice+ beans (add cilantro and lime), pineapple/avocado salsa, and marinated steak.

    3 votes
    1. tomf
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      I got into this because I was looking for a good rice cooker. I don't like devices for cooking --- but the rice cooker I was going to get wasn't much less than this instant pot. This and stuff...

      I got into this because I was looking for a good rice cooker. I don't like devices for cooking --- but the rice cooker I was going to get wasn't much less than this instant pot.

      This and stuff like Ropa Vieja is gonna be on regular rotation. I can feel it :) Good call.

      2 votes
  6. [2]
    Merry
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    I have two that I usually do: Chili Spaghetti Sauce The chili is really good while the spaghetti sauce is decent for a quick meal prep.

    I have two that I usually do:

    Chili

    Spaghetti Sauce

    The chili is really good while the spaghetti sauce is decent for a quick meal prep.

    3 votes
    1. tomf
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      that chili looks great. Good color. ~35m minute chili is gonna be fantastic and pretty much passive.

      that chili looks great. Good color. ~35m minute chili is gonna be fantastic and pretty much passive.

      2 votes
  7. [2]
    ras
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    This Butter Chicken was my introduction to the Instant Pot. We still eat this at least once a month.

    This Butter Chicken was my introduction to the Instant Pot. We still eat this at least once a month.

    2 votes
  8. [3]
    streblo
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    I'm not a big fan of the all-in-one-pot recipes with protein+vegetables as they either require you to add everything in stages (and re-pressurize every time) or lose a lot of the texture of what...

    I'm not a big fan of the all-in-one-pot recipes with protein+vegetables as they either require you to add everything in stages (and re-pressurize every time) or lose a lot of the texture of what you're cooking. To me the biggest strength of a pressure cooker is cooking meat almost like you've slow cooked it all day in a fraction of the time. So I do lots of pork shoulders or roasts with roast vegetables done in the oven.

    It’s no replacement for BBQ brisket, but you can make a decent brisket in the instant pot in ~2 hours as opposed to all day. I’ve used this recipe and it was pretty good, needed way more liquid smoke however.

    2 votes
    1. Akir
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      Have you tried instant pot ribs? They're not the best ribs, but they're way better than they should be.

      Have you tried instant pot ribs? They're not the best ribs, but they're way better than they should be.

      3 votes
    2. tomf
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      That brisket looks better than I thought it would. I'm surprised they don't have a smoker attachment. Though, I'm not sure how well that would work. I am 100% against mushy veg. I think I'm going...

      That brisket looks better than I thought it would. I'm surprised they don't have a smoker attachment. Though, I'm not sure how well that would work.

      I am 100% against mushy veg. I think I'm going to end up quadrupling my taco intake with this thing.

      For things like a roast, I'd probably to it with some veg but strain and ditch 'em or make a sauce of some sort of gravy. There are some pretty bad videos with this thing where people are pressure cooking veg along with the meat and they think the mush-factor is good.

      This thing has a dehydrator -- so I'm thinking I'll try making some jerky, too.

      1 vote
  9. [2]
    CALICO
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    Not so much a recipe, but a tip: If you're making plain, white rice, toss in a couple of smashed garlic cloves & a star anise; it'll make your rice a little more worth a damn. If you're a...

    Not so much a recipe, but a tip:

    If you're making plain, white rice, toss in a couple of smashed garlic cloves & a star anise; it'll make your rice a little more worth a damn.

    If you're a licorice-adverse, I can't help you. Nobody can.

    I'm sorry.

    2 votes
    1. tomf
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      I am the absolute opposite of licorice-adverse! I love star anise. I feel for people who aren't with us in this.

      I am the absolute opposite of licorice-adverse! I love star anise. I feel for people who aren't with us in this.

      1 vote