Instant Pot Favorites

So this summer we went to New Mexico for a job. We only took with us our clothes, Will’s crib/toys and a few kitchen items. The Instant Pot was totally on that list!! It was funny because I had the instant pot probably 5-6 months before I actually started using it. Now I use it at least every other day, if not everyday!

Reasons why I love my Instant Pot:

  • Worry free cooking- I just have to throw the food in there and not have to worry about burning it, boiling over, stirring…
  • Multiple uses: my favorites are cooked chicken, rice, potatoes, boiled eggs, soups and corn.
  • Take it and GO – if I ever am going to a pot luck I just click the lid on and grab it and GO! It won’t spill in the car, it stays totally warm and it’s an easy shape to carry
  • Timed start- sometimes I get dinner ready during Will’s nap or shortly there after…that is great but usually leaves about an 1-2 hrs before dinner should actually be ready…so I just set the delay timer to start cooking dinner and it will be ready exactly when I need it to be! Then I can go outside and enjoy playing with Will!
  • Easy to clean!!
  • Fast!! -everything gets cooked the same…but a ton faster!!

So here are a few of my go to recipes/times for the instant pot.

Rice

  • Jasmine Rice – 1 cup rice/1 cup water. Add to instant pot. Close lid and seal. Cook on Manual/High for 3 minutes. Natural Release for 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure. Fluff.

  • Brown Rice- 1 cup rice/1 cup water. Add to instant pot. Close lid and seal. Cook on Manual/High for 15 minutes. Natural Release for 5 minutes. Release remaining pressure. Fluff.
  • Wild Rice- 1 cup rice/1.5 cup water, 1 tsp olive oil. Add to instant pot. Close lid and seal. Cook on Manual/High for 15 minutes. Natural Release until the pressure is dropped (normally about 10 minutes). Fluff.

Seasoned Chicken

  • 1 cup chicken broth, 1 tsp seasoning salt, 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts.
  • Chicken can be frozen or thawed. It cook the same but might take longer to come up to pressure if frozen.
  • Add all ingredients to instant pot. Close lid and seal. Cook at Manual/High for 12 minutes (they will be cooked at 7-8, but the extra time makes it tender). Allow to Natural Release for 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure. Drain about 1/2 liquid. Shred chicken and store in extra liquid if not using right away.

Corn on the cob

  • Corn (husked and silk removed), 1 cup water
  • Add water to instant pot. Place trivet inside the pot. Place corn on the trivet. Close lid and seal. Cook on Manual/High for 3 minutes. Quick Release the pressure.
  • I’ve done as many as 4-5 cobs at a time

Boiled Eggs

  • Dozen Eggs, 1 cup water
  • Add water to instant pot. Place trivet in instant pot. Place eggs gently on trivet. Close lid and seal. Cook on Manual/High for 5 minutes. Quick Release and put eggs in ice cold water. Try not to shout for joy when peeling them…it’s a miracle!

Mashed potatoes

  • 5 lbs russet potatoes, 1.5 cups water, 1 stick butter, 1/2-1 cup whipping cream, salt and pepper or ranch seasoning
  • DONT PEEL POTATOES!!!
  • Place trivet in instant pot. Cut potatoes in half and place on trivet. Don’t fill above max fill line. Add water. Close lid and seal. Cook on Manual/High for 12 minutes. Quick Release the pressure. Potatoes will be hot. Use a paper towel to grab and squeeze the potato out of the skin into a clean bowl. Don’t get extra water in clean potato bowl. Add butter (can be melted to be made easier), cream and seasonings to clean potatoes.

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