Instant Pot Tips, Tricks, & Recipes for Beginners

The best place to start is usually at the beginning. The decision to buy an Instant Pot is a big one, and often it can seem intimidating and exciting for new users at the same time. However, if you buy it prepared or make sure to read up on it after you purchase it then it can be a great tool to make dinner, and life so much easier for you.

I've put together a great reference list of tips, articles, and easy to start with recipes from a great group of experienced food bloggers. This is a wonderful list for not only beginners, but also more experienced Instant Potters.

The very first thing I did in mine was a water test to make sure the unit would seal properly when it was cooking under pressure. If you are wondering what a water test is, or a natural release you might want to head over to Carmy: Run Eat Travel to check out What is an Instant Pot? Everything You Need to Know About the Instant Pot.

instant pot on table filled with potatoes, pearl onions, carrots, and mushrooms

After getting a water test under your belt, you could practice something that's easy like I did by making some sweet potatoes. Let Delightful Adventures guide you through How to Make Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes. These would be great for your meal prep topped with some salsa chicken, black beans, corn, and guacamole!

Cooked sweet potato on a white place with an Instant Pot in the Background with a bite of sweet potato on a suspended fork

Have less bumps in the road by reading about these 10 Common Mistakes You Can Avoid as a New User from veteran Instant Pot Bloggers Amy+Jacky at Pressure Cook Recipes.

close-up of an instant pot releasing pressure with steam being turned with an orange silicone glvoe

The very first meal I made for my family was my Instant Pot Sirloin Beef Tips in Mushroom Gravy. I just knew I had to convert our old family recipe to put on Monday is Meatloaf!

instant pot sirloin beef tips with mushroom gravy

As you get more comfortable with your pressure cooker you may want to have this handy Instant Pot Cooking Times Printable on hand from A Typical Mom as a reference for cooking times for common foods that are often made in it.

close-up of an instant pot on a blue table

While you're reading through all the great blog posts in this round-up you can snack on some Instant Pot Popcorn + 4 Variations with Video (GF, Vegan) from Recipes from a Pantry.

close-up of popcorn in a rusting white bowl with blue design on a marble table

If you have a yogurt button surely you would like to make a batch of the incredible yogurt everyone has been raving about! Check out this tutorial from Low Carb Yum on How to Make Low Carb Yogurt Using an Instant Pot!

homemade yougur in a serving cup toped with strawberries with instant pot in the background

Learn about 7 Instant Pot Burn Mistakes You Need to Avoid from Amy + Jacky at Pressure Cook Recipes. Don't be caught off guard with a 'Burn' notice, and learn what it all means.

picture of an insant pot displaying a burn notice on a white background

Did you know? It's actually possible to make deli-style roast beef with This Old Gal's Fool Proof Pressure Cooker Roast Beef that is low-carb, Keto, Whole 30, Slimming World, Weight Watchers, and Paleo compliant.

thinly sliced roast beef on a plate set on a table with a floral tablecloth

You've heard about PIP, but what is it? And, how is it done? Learn all about what the Pot In Pot (PIP) Instant Pot Cooking Method is from Paint the Kitchen Red.

three shots of an instant pot demonstrating the pot in the pot method

After reading up on PIP you can try out the method with this Healthy Egg Salad from My Crazy Good Life.

cooked egg salad in bowl with a blue spatula

Try out some fresh bread with these No Knead Homemade Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls - Ladi Pav from The Belly Rules the Mind. This truly a magic pot!

baked dinner rolls in a pan on a marble countertop

It might seem like there are a lot of buttons on your new appliance so let Piping Pot Curry take the mystery out of them by explaining Which Instant Pot Buttons to Use? while you get more experienced with your new friend.

close up of an Instant Pot control panel

Once you get some experience under your belt you may want to make some fresh Instant Pot Vanilla Extract from Recipes from a Pantry to give out as gifts for the Holiday season! Be sure to read all the great instructions and safety tips for this delicious recipe.

bottles of homemade vanilla extract on a woodend table with green cloth

Cut your dinner prep time with Sweet & Savory while she show's you How to Cook Frozen Ground Beef in the Instant Pot to use in stuffed peppers, tacos, pasta, or rice!

cooked seasoned ground beef in a bowl with wooden spoon

Check out this handy list Instant Pot Basics of commonly cooked items like eggs, potatoes, and rice from Thyme & Joy.

brown eggs in a holder trivet in an instant pot

Now that your really cooking up a storm you'll want to be sure to keep your pressure cooker clean and smelling good. Amy + Jacky from Pressure Cook Recipes will share on to get rid of a sealing ring odor or how to clean a discolored Instant Pot Liner in 4 Steps to Cleaning an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

pressure cooker being cleaned with a green cloth on a white background

After all that hard work why not bake, yes I said bake, yourself a treat in the! Try out this super easy Instant Pot Monkey Crack Bread from Monday is Meatloaf.

instant pot monkey crack bread

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