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The Best Quick Instant Pot Dinners (20 minutes or less)

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The Instant Pot can be such a lifesaver when you need a quick and easy dinner. One of our favorite recipes to make in the fall and winter is this 20-minute Instant Pot chili. It seriously tastes like it simmered away all day.

It’s nice to have a go-to list of quick Instant Pot dinners for those nights where you want maximum reward for minimum work. Wait, I guess that’s really most nights, huh? We are thankful these awesome blogger friends shared their best quick and easy Instant Pot recipes with us!

What Kind Of Instant Pot Should I Use?

Before we get the good stuff, let’s briefly talk equipment.

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Most of us have the basic 6 quart Instant Pot models. Alissa has an 8-quart, so if you have a specific question about the bigger model, I’m sure she can help you!

Quick Instant Pot Chicken Dinners

Pressure Cooker Cashew Chicken (Living Sweet Moments)

Carolina-Style Instant Pot Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (Two Healthy Kitchens)

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Shelley from Two Healthy Kitchens shares this 5-ingredient Carolina-style BBQ recipe. You mix the sauce up right in the Instant Pot, so no extra dishes! Hooray! PLUS, only 8 minutes of cooking time. I LOVE a Carolina barbeque, and this is a step up from throwing in a cup of bottled sauce with some chicken thighs.

Instant Pot Chinese Honey Sesame Chicken

(Recipes From a Pantry)

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Bintu promises is this recipe will be done faster than you can order it and pick up from your favorite local takeout restaurant!

Instant Pot Chicken Marsala – Keto and Low Carb (Keto Cooking Christian)

Quick Instant Pot Dinners- Chicken Marsala

This chicken in a marsala wine and mushroom sauce is super creamy and packed with flavor!

Instant Pot Firecracker Chicken (Little Sunny Kitchen)

Yum! Looking for a dish to bring the heat? This firecracker chicken is sure to please!

Healthy Instant Pot Chicken and Broccoli (The Brooklyn Mom)

Chicken and broccoli could be one of the ultimate healthy pairings. The classic duo gets a little upgrade in this quick Instant Pot dinner version.

Keto Tuscan Chicken (The Foodie Mom)

Robin affectionately calls this recipe “marry me” chicken. That’s a pretty sound endorsement if you ask me 😉

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken (Nourish Plate)

Super fresh ingredients come together for a zesty, delicious chicken dinner that’s easily ready in less than a half hour!

Instant Pot Orange Chicken (Sweet and Savory Meals)

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Another Fakeout Takeout that will become a family favorite!

20-Minute Instant Pot Beef Dinners

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef (Living Sweet Moments)

Who needs takeout when you can create healthier, cheaper options like this at home?

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Meatloaf (Low Carb Inspirations)

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A meatloaf that cooks in 20 minutes? Yes please! This recipe is also low carb and keto friendly.

Instant Pot Spaghetti (Carmy)

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No boiling water or draining for this super simple Instant Pot spaghetti recipe!

Instant Pot Pepper Beef Meatballs (Moshu Jenne)

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We all have those moments where we need to just get dinner done fast. is the perfect instant pot easy meal on a budget.

20-Minute Instant Pot Seafood Dinners

Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi (Crayons & Cravings)

Jaclyn at Crayons & Cravings says this Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi is quick and easy (perfect for those nights when you’re running behind.) It’s also a great recipe to make when you’re looking to create a romantic dinner for your spouse.

Instant Pot Salmon-Fresh or Frozen (Low Carb Yum)

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No worries if you forgot to thaw those frozen salmon fillets–this recipe can be made from frozen!

Sweet Chili Shrimp (That Girl Cooks Healthy)

I love a dish with the perfect balance of sweet and heat. It also comes together super fast!

More Quick Instant Pot dINNERS

Super Easy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese (Saving Talents)

Just when you thought you couldn’t love your Instant Pot more, you find out you can make THIS in it!

Easy Instant Pot Fried Rice or Quinoa (Raia’s Recipes)

This recipe is blowing my mind. I make fried rice quite a bit, usually with leftover bits of this and that, but this recipe comes together completely in the Instant Pot with minimal effort and 8 minutes cook time. Yes!!!!

Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa (Recipe This)

Kick up your Taco Tuesday with an easy Instant Pot Mexican quinoa dish!

Lemon Parmesan Orzo (Piping Hot Curry)

You can enjoy this Lemon Parmesan Orzo pasta as a side dish, vegetarian meal or add baked chicken or salmon for a heartier plate.

Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin (Bacon is Magic)


If you’ve tried pork tenderloin in the Instant Pot and it came out too dry, THIS recipe will get you back on track :).

Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo (Corrie Cooks)

Worried about pasta in the Instant Pot? Have no fear! This pasta will come out perfectly al dente.

Instant Pot Pork Chops in a Dijon Pan Sauce (Suburban Soapbox)

If you need weeknight dinner in a flash, these Instant Pot Pork Chops in a Dijon Pan Sauce are ready in MINUTES! Kellie promises they are the fastest, most tender, juiciest chops you’ll ever sink your teeth into.

Gluten Free Instant Pot Taco Pasta (Fearless Dining)

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What do you get when you combine al dente gluten free pasta, black beans, tomato, diced green chiles, onion, cheese, and taco seasoning? This delicious gluten free Taco Pasta!

Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto (Vegan Huggs)

Another magical dish in the Instant Pot–perfectly rich & creamy risotto! While traditional risotto may be easy to make, it’s time-consuming and needs constant babysitting. Not so with this quick Instant Pot dinner! It’s a great weeknight meal option.

Before You Go

We hope you love these quick Instant Pot dinner recipes. If you’re looking for more one-pot goodness, you may like these:

One-Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

10-Minute White Bean and Spinach Soup

Mushroom, Spinach, and Cauliflower Rice Skillet

Do you mind to pin this for later? That way you can come back when you need another quick meal! Thanks friends. 🙂

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