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50 Instant Pot Lunch Recipes You Have to Try

These incredibly easy Instant Pot lunch recipes make effortless meals that always taste fantastic.

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Pressure-Cooker Char Siu PorkTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Char Siu Pork

I based this juicy pork on Asian influence in Hawaii. It's tasty as is, in a bun or over rice. Use leftovers with fried rice, ramen and salads. —Karen Naihe, Kamuela, Hawaii

Just getting started? Try these easy Instant Pot recipes for beginners.

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Pressure-Cooker Vegetable Wild Rice Soup

Pressure-Cooker Vegetable Wild Rice Soup

This thick and hearty soup is packed with colorful vegetables. It's wonderful for lunch alongside a healthy salad or a light sandwich. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey

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Pressure-Cooker Shredded Chicken GyrosTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Shredded Chicken Gyros

Our family has no links of any kind to Greece, but we always have such a marvelous time at the annual Salt Lake City Greek Festival. One of my favorite parts is all the awesome food. This meal is a good way to mix up our menu, and my kids are big fans. —Camille Beckstrand, Layton, Utah

You’ll also like these make-ahead meals for your busy family.

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Pressure-Cooker Mediterranean Chicken OrzoTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Mediterranean Chicken Orzo

Orzo pasta with chicken, olives and herbes de Provence has the bright flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. Here’s a bonus: Leftovers reheat well. —Thomas Faglon, Somerset, New Jersey

Free up your weekend by making these easy family dinners for Sunday nights.

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Pressure-Cooker Mexican Beef Soup

My family loves this stew, and I'm happy to make it since it's so simple! Serve the dish with cornbread to make the meal even more filling. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas

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Pressure-Cooker Risotto with Shrimp and Asparagus

This speedy method of making risotto works every time! —Kim Gray, Davie, Florida

And for breakfast, try these make-ahead breakfast recipes to avoid morning mayhem.

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Pressure-Cooker Asian WrapsTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Asian Wraps

This recipe is similar to other Asian wraps but packed with even more deliciously healthy flavor. Instead of ordering Chinese, why not try making these yourself? —Melissa Hansen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Pressure-Cooker Beef Burritos with Green ChilesTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Beef Burritos with Green Chiles

Here's a family favorite that gets mouths watering simply with its heavenly aroma! Hearty and flavorful, it's quick comfort food. —Sally Pahler, Palisade, Colorado

Check out these dinner recipes every working mom needs to know.

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Pressure-Cooker Cuban Pulled Pork SandwichesTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Cuban Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I lived in Florida for a while and loved the pork served there, so I went about making it for myself! The flavorful meat makes amazing Cuban sandwiches, but you can use it in traditional pulled pork sandwiches and tacos, too. —Lacie Griffin, Austin, Texas

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Pressure-Cooker Turkey Vegetable Soup

Our family is big on soup. This favorite is quick to make and very tasty, giving me plenty of time to have fun with the family. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Pressure-Cooker Pork Satay with Rice Noodles

I love the addition of peanuts to savory recipes. Intensify the flavor by sprinkling with minced fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts for that restaurant-quality look and taste. —Stephanie Anderson, South Gardiner, Maine

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Fabulous FajitasTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Fabulous Fajitas

When friends call to ask for new recipes to try, suggest these tasty fajitas. Top as you like to add healthy color and extra flavor. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Pressure-Cooker Eggs in PurgatoryTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Eggs in Purgatory

Tomatoes and red pepper flakes add spicy zing to these saucy eggs. Serve them with toasted bread or sauteed polenta rounds for an unforgettable morning meal. —Nick Iverson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Lora's Pressure-Cooker Red Beans & RiceTaste of Home

Lora's Pressure-Cooker Red Beans & Rice

My dear mother-in-law passed this simple recipe to me. With meats, beans and savory veggies, it's tasty, easy and economical, too! —Carol Simms, Madison, Mississippi

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Pressure Cooker Rigatoni with Sausage & Peas

Pressure Cooker Rigatoni with Sausage & Peas

With a tomato-y meat sauce and tangy goat cheese, this weeknight wonder is my version of comfort food. You want to have bowl after bowl. —Lizzie Munro, Brooklyn, New York

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Pressure-Cooker Chicken Thighs in Wine SauceTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Chicken Thighs in Wine Sauce

I love this recipe for its incredible flavor—and it seems everyone who tries it does, too. For an easy pairing, try mashed potatoes and peas.—Heike Annucci, Hudson, North Carolina

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Pressure-Cooker Tandoori Chicken PaniniTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Tandoori Chicken Panini

The tandoori-style spices in this chicken give it a bold flavor that’s so hard to resist. It tastes incredible tucked between pieces of naan, then grilled for an Indian-inspired panini. —Yasmin Arif, Manassas, Virginia

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Pressure-Cooker English Pub Split Pea SoupTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker English Pub Split Pea Soup

This family favorite is the same recipe my grandmother used. Now with the magic of today's appliances, I can spend 15 minutes putting it together, walk away for a bit and then it's "soup's on!" Finish it with more milk if you like your soup a bit thinner. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida

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Pressure-Cooker Philly Cheesesteak SandwichesTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Melt-in-your-mouth delicious! For this steak and cheese recipe, I like to saute extra onions and green pepper just until they are al dente to add to the top of the meat before melting the cheese. —Kimberly Wallace, Dennison, Ohio

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Instant Pot Chili con CarneTaste of Home

Instant Pot Chili con Carne

Although multicookers can’t replace every tool in the kitchen, they sure are coming close. Chili con carne is one of our favorite dishes to re-create in them. This cooks up fast but tastes like it simmered all day! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Pressure-Cooker Sweet 'n' Sour PorkTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Sweet 'n' Sour Pork

Even though a co-worker gave me this recipe more than 20 years ago, my family still enjoys it today.—Martha Nickerson, Hancock, Maine

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Pressure-Cooker Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ ChickenTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Carolina-Style Vinegar BBQ Chicken

I live in Georgia but I appreciate the tangy, sweet and slightly spicy taste of Carolina vinegar chicken. —Ramona Parris, Acworth, Georgia

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Pressure Cooker Hearty Pork & Black Bean NachosTaste of Home

Pressure Cooker Hearty Pork & Black Bean Nachos

My husband and I are both graduate students right now, so we don't have a lot of time to cook dinner. Our family loves coming home to this incredible nacho platter, and I love how easy it is to prepare. —Faith Stokes, Chickamauga, Georgia

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Pressure-Cooker Chickpea Tagine

Pressure-Cooker Chickpea Tagine

While traveling through Morocco, my wife and I fell in love with the complex flavors of the many tagines we tried, so we came up with this no-fuss dish. It's great alongside grilled fish, or add shredded cooked chicken in the last 10 minutes for a change-of-pace entree. —Raymond Wyatt, West St. Paul, Minnesota

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Pressure-Cooker Italian Pulled Pork SandwichesTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Italian Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Enjoy all the flavors of Italian sausage sandwiches with this healthier alternative. —Lia Dellario, Middleport, New York

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Pressure-Cooker Beef CarnitasTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Beef Carnitas

I came up with this recipe while cleaning out my refrigerator and trying to figure out what I could do with a pot roast that had been in the freezer. I LOVE how easy this is.—Ann Piscitelli, Nokomis, Florida

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Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken with BasilTaste of Home

Pressure Cooker Lemon Chicken with Basil

No matter when I eat it, this tangy chicken dish always reminds me of summer meals with friends and family. The recipe produces a lot of lovely sauce; serve it as is or spoon it over some lightly herbed couscous. —Deborah Posey, Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Pressure-Cooker Black Bean SoupTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Black Bean Soup

Life can get really crazy with young children, but I never want to compromise when it comes to cooking. This recipe is healthy and so easy thanks to my one-pot cooker! —Angela Lemoine, Howell, New Jersey

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Pressure Cooker Frittata ProvencalTaste of Home

Pressure Cooker Frittata Provencal

This recipe means a delectable dinner is ready shortly after I walk in the door from work. The meatless pressure-cooker meal also makes an elegant brunch for lazy weekend mornings. —Connie Eaton, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Pressure-Cooker Easy Pork PosoleTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Easy Pork Posole

Looking for a meal in a bowl? Sit down to a Mexican classic full of cubed pork, sliced sausage. hominy and more. It all goes into the pressure cooker, so you can come home at night and dinner is ready in a flash. —Greg Fontenot, The Woodlands, TX

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Pressure-Cooker Curried Chicken Meatball WrapsTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Curried Chicken Meatball Wraps

My strategy to get picky kids to eat healthy: Let everyone assemble their dinner at the table. We love these easy meatball wraps topped with crunchy veggies and peanuts, sweet raisins and a creamy dollop of yogurt. —Jennifer Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia

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Pressure-Cooker Lentil Pumpkin SoupTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Lentil Pumpkin Soup

Plenty of herbs and spices brighten up my hearty pumpkin soup. It?s just the thing we need on nippy days and nights. —Laura Magee, Houlton, WI

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Pressure Cooker Mini Teriyaki Turkey SandwichesTaste of Home

Pressure Cooker Mini Teriyaki Turkey Sandwiches

Preparing the pulled turkey in a delicious teriyaki sauce for these snack-size sandwiches is a breeze using a pressure cooker. Serving them on lightly-toasted sweet dinner rolls is a finishing touch.—Amanda Hoop, Seaman, Ohio

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Pressure-Cooker Lamb Pitas with Yogurt SauceTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Lamb Pitas with Yogurt Sauce

The spiced lamb in these stuffed pita pockets goes perfectly with cool cucumber and yogurt. It's like having your own Greek gyro stand in the kitchen! —Angela Leinenbach, Mechanicsville, Virginia

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Pressure-Cooker Pork Tacos with Mango SalsaTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa

I've made quite a few tacos in my day, but you can't beat the tender filling made in a pressure cooker. These are by far the best pork tacos we've had—and we've tried plenty. Make the mango salsa from scratch if you have time! —Amber Massey, Argyle, Texas

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Pressure-Cooker Cajun Chicken AlfredoTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Cajun Chicken Alfredo

This recipe is a true comfort food! Cajun spice adds a nice heat to the creamy Alfredo sauce. And nothing beats having to clean only one pot. Add more or less seasoning depending on your preferred spice level. This recipe would also be tasty with shrimp or smoked sausage. —Jennifer Stowell, Deep River, Iowa

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Pressure-Cooker Smoky White Beans and HamTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Smoky White Beans and Ham

I had never made or even eaten this dish before meeting my husband. Now I make it at least once a week. I serve it with some homemade sweet cornbread. Delicious! —Christine Duffy, Sturgis, Kentucky

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Pressure-Cooker Beef and Veggie Sloppy Joes

Pressure-Cooker Beef and Veggie Sloppy Joes

Because I’m always looking for ways to serve my family healthy and delicious food, I started experimenting with my go-to veggies and ground beef. I came up with this favorite that my kids actually request! —Megan Niebuhr, Yakima WA

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Pressure-Cooker Italian Sausage & Kale SoupTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Italian Sausage & Kale Soup

The first time I made this colorful soup, our home smelled wonderful. We knew it was a keeper to see us through cold winter days. —Sarah Stombaugh, Chicago, Illinois

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Pressure-Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Here's a good-for-you dinner that's also a meal-in-one classic. Add a salad and, in just moments, call everyone to the table. —Michelle Gurnsey, Lincoln, Nebraska

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Enchilada SoupTaste of Home

Pressure Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

What's the quickest and tastiest way to bring the flavor to your favorite chicken tortilla soup? Instant Pot! This soup delivers a big bowl of fresh comfort—just ask my husband. Toppings like avocado, sour cream and tortilla strips are a must. —Heather Sewell, Harrisonville, Missouri

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Pressure-Cooker Tropical Pulled Pork SlidersTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Tropical Pulled Pork Sliders

I used what I had in my cupboard to make this Hawaiian-style pork filling, and the results were fantastic. It's a delicious way to fuel a party. —Shelly Mitchell, Gresham, Oregon

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Pressure-Cooker Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Pressure-Cooker Creamy Cauliflower Soup

I love indulgent cream soups but not the fat that goes along with them. The velvety texture of this healthier cauliflower soup makes it feel so rich, and the spicy kick warms you from the inside out. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan

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Pressure Cooker Shredded Beef Burrito Filling

Create a taco or burrito bar! For a variation, I make beef and bean burritos by mixing a can of refried beans into 3 or 4 cups of cooked beef filling.—Hope Wasylenki, Gahanna, Ohio

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Pressure-Cooker Black Bean Chicken NachosTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Black Bean Chicken Nachos

One of my favorite local restaurants, Zeppelins, has the best chicken nachos. Its famous dish inspired me to create my own, with the added convenience of using the pressure cooker. I recommend fresh cilantro because it makes the dish pop with flavor. —Natalie Hess, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Pressure-Cooker Buffalo Shrimp Mac & CheeseTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Buffalo Shrimp Mac & Cheese

For a rich, creamy and slightly spicy shrimp and pasta recipe, you can't beat this crowd-pleasing dish. It's a nice new twist on popular Buffalo chicken dishes.—Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island

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Pressure Cooker Beer-Braised Pulled HamTaste of Home

Pressure Cooker Beer-Braised Pulled Ham

To jazz up leftover ham, I cooked it with a beer sauce. Buns loaded with ham, pickles and mustard are irresistible. —Ann Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts

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Pressure-Cooker Pork Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Pressure-Cooker Pork Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Warm pork and cool, crisp lettuce are a combination born in culinary heaven. My spin on a lettuce wrap is chock full of scrumptious flavor and spice. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina

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Pressure-Cooker Caribbean Chipotle Pork SlidersTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Caribbean Chipotle Pork Sliders

One of our favorite pulled pork recipes combines the heat of chipotle peppers with cool tropical coleslaw. The robust flavors are always a big hit. —Kadija Bridgewater, Boca Raton, Florida

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Pressure-Cooker Beef and Rice Cabbage RollsTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Beef and Rice Cabbage Rolls

My family can't wait for dinner when I serve my tasty cabbage rolls. The dish comes together in a pinch and always satisfies. —Lynn Bowen, Geraldine, Alabama

Camille Berry
Part of the third generation in a family of restaurateurs, Camille was born with a passion for cooking and food. She embarked on a career in hospitality where she excelled as a sommelier and wine director. This hospitality experience has given her a wealth of first-hand knowledge about how to pair all manner of drinks with food—plus some serious kitchen skills. These days, she's hung up her wine key in favor of a pen and covers all aspects of food and drink.

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