If your Instant Pot is only taken out of the cupboard when it’s time to make a big batch of rice, soup, or beans, this is your cue that it’s time to dust it off and use it more often!

An Instant Pot is a multi-purpose pressure cooker that can save so much time and hassle in the kitchen compared to the conventional way of cooking meals. It can also replace many home appliances, which can also provide a savings of money and counter space. Let’s consider the many ways an Instant Pot can serve you in the kitchen.

Here’s are a few things you can make in the Instant Pot that you may not know about:


One of the most common uses of an Instant Pot is its function as a rice cooker. Since a rice cooker only serves one purpose, there is no need for this addtional appliance when you own an all-in-one Instant Pot. Best of all, in an Instant Pot, you can throw in all of the remaining ingredients for your meal with the rice and cook it all at the same time!

Steel-Cut Oats

Your Instant Pot can cook your breakfast oats without any needed supervision and can keep it warm until you’re ready to eat. Making oatmeal in the Instant Pot makes it extra creamy and tasty, and there’s no need to keep an eye on it while it cooks. Making oatmeal in the microwave or stovetop can be messy and feel hurried, especially on those busy mornings when you need to multitask. With the Instant Pot, you just add the ingredients and forget about it until it is done.

A Variety of Soups

The best part about an Instant Pot is that it’s extremely hands-off. All you need to do is throw your ingredients into the pot and wait a short amount of time until it’s ready to eat. No stirring, no adjusting the temperature. Your soup will be done within minutes with minimal clean-up and no need to watch over it.


Say good-bye to the pre-packaged popcorns from the store! Buy kernels and make your own popcorn for a delicious healthy snack. You can use less oil than store-bought popcorn, and you can flavor your treat to your preferences- maybe sweet, savory or possibly adding a little colorful candy.


One of the more interesting things you can use your Instant Pot for is making your own yogurt. It might sound complicated, but it’s actually extremely easy and a much cheaper, healthier, and tastier option than buying your yogurt from the store. All you need is milk and a yogurt starter. To make vegan yogurt, simply use coconut milk to make the yogurt dairy-free.

Hard-Boiled Eggs

Making hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot is a lifesaver for meal prepping. You can cook an entire carton of eggs within minutes and store them in the fridge for easy access throughout the week.

One of my favorite things to make in the instant pot is hard vegetables like spaghetti squash or pumpkin. These take a while to roast so the instant pot saves a ton of time with a great result.

What are your favorite recipes for the instant pot?