Potluck Recipes



Shrimp Boil

Shrimp Low Country Boil

Juicy Lucy Burgers

Sloppy Joes

Instant Pot Hot Dogs

New York Hot Dogs

Coney Island Chili

Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

Honey BBQ Boneless Chicken Thighs

Honey Teriyaki Drumsticks

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

Shredded BBQ Chicken

Easy BBQ Instant Pot Ribs

Pressure Cooker BBQ Ribs

Quick Apple BBQ Ribs

Country-Style BBQ Pork Ribs

Pressure Cooker Kalua Pig

Mexican Pork Carnitas

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

Pressure Cooker Sweet Pork

BBQ Beef Ribs

Cherry Pie Beef Ribs

Bone-In Beef Short Ribs

Hawaiian Teriyaki Beef Short Ribs

Chipotle Shredded Beef

Korean Beef

Sweet BBQ Meatballs


Deviled Eggs

Corn Bread

Chili (with Beans)

Chili (without Beans)

Spicy Baked Beans

Vegan Baked Beans

Vegetarian Baked Beans

Mexican Pinto Beans

Vegan Pinto Beans

Mexican Black Beans

Quick Potato Salad

BLT Potato Salad

Potato Salad with Carrots

Mexican Rice

Mexican Green Rice

Macaroni & Cheese (1)

Macaroni & Cheese (2)

Macaroni & Cheese w/Veggies

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Bacon & Ranch Pasta Salad

Pasta, Cheese & Peas Salad

Corn on the Cob

Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage

Collard Greens with Bacon

Southern Style Green Beans & Bacon

Beet & Caper Salad


Key Lime Pie

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Singles

Red, White & Blue Cobbler

Pina Colada Rice Pudding

Paleo Banana Bread

Mini Zucchini Cakes

Bourbon Banana Bundt Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake


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Info for IP Beginners


So, you bought an Instant Pot…now what!?

Don’t be afraid of it…it’s not going to explode!
Electric pressure cookers are much safer to use than the old
stovetop cookers that you probably heard horror stories about.
The Instant Pot has 10 Proven Safety Mechanisms.

I know it sounds boring, but please do it anyway.
Taking the time to learn the basics will prevent frustration later on.
You don’t have to memorize everything, but at least give it a quick read.
If you run into a problem later you’ll remember that the manual addressed
that issue and then you can go back & read it more thoroughly.
Some manuals may not show the design change for the Anti-Block Shield.
Please see photo below that shows the 2 different types of shields:


Second Step…do the “Initial Test Run” (aka: “Water Test”).
It will give you a better understanding of how the Instant Pot works
& will help to ease any fear you might have about using it.


Now you’re ready to cook!
You can start with something easy like hard boiled eggs,
or you can jump right in with a more complicated recipe.
Start with what you’re comfortable with & progress from there.
Either way, it’s best to start with recipes written specifically for
the Instant Pot until you fully understand how to use it.

Cook times can be tricky when starting out. It’s best to err on the side of
under cooking. If not done when you open the pot just close it back up &
add a little more time. Keep notes for the next time you cook that recipe.

Don’t get frustrated if something doesn’t come out perfect.
With a little practice you’ll have your favorite dishes perfected.
Have fun learning!


Instant Pot Help Videos

VIDEO: “How To” for Beginners

VIDEO: Instant Pot Water Test

Water Test: Step-by-Step & Video

VIDEO: Closing the Instant Pot Lid

VIDEO: Cleaning the Instant Pot Lid

VIDEO: Attaching the Condensation Cup

VIDEO: Removing the Oval Anti-Block Shield

VIDEO: Removing the Round Anti-Block Shield

VIDEO: Natural Release vs Quick Release

Instant Pot Instructional-pdf

Beginners Quick Start Guide

Questions After Your Purchase

Instant Pot Specifications & Manuals

New Features Instant Pot Duo Version 2

Pressure Cooking Time Chart

Instant Pot Terminology

Which Instant Pot Button to Use (1)

Which Instant Pot Buttons to Use (2)

Quick or Natural Pressure Release

Should I Cancel “Keep Warm” for a NPR?

How to Get a Pan Out Of the Pressure Cooker

Pot-in-Pot Cooking

Instant Pot Accessories

Pressure Cooker Cookbooks

60 EASY Pressure Cooker Recipes

Pressure Cooker One Pot Meals

Instant Pot Recipes & Info

Instant Pot Community on Facebook


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Pot-In-Pot Cooking


When using the Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking method
your food is placed into a separate container before
you place it into the stainless steel inner pot.


-ALWAYS put the inner pot in the Instant Pot.
-ALWAYS add water to the inner pot.
-Place trivet into inner pot.
-Set the container with your food on trivet.
-Seal pot & cook.


There are several reasons for using the PIP method:
-Thick sauces tend to scorch on the bottom of the pot.
-If you don’t want your food watered down or cooked in liquid.
-To keep foods separated when cooking more than one item.
-Convenience / Easy Clean Up
-Personal preference

Some of the foods you can use the PIP method for are:
cheesecake, cake, pudding, custard, breads, quiche,
poached eggs, meatloaf, lasagna, casseroles, leftovers.

You can use any container that is “oven safe”.
Oven Safe materials you can use in the Instant Pot include:
stainless steel, aluminum, pyrex, corningware, silicone bakeware.
Some materials conduct heat better than others so you may need
to adjust your cooking time depending on the container you use.

You also want to make sure that your container fits inside the inner pot/liner.
You need to allow room for steam to rise around the container(which doesn’t
require much space), but you’ll also need to allow room for whatever you’ll be using to remove your container from the pot as it is going to be HOT.
Items you can use to remove hot containers include:
Foil Slings, Silicone Bands, Tongs, Jar Lifters, Silicone Gloves & Hotpads.

Visit these pages for more info & helpful photos:

Collection of PIP Photos

How to Make a Foil Sling

How to Get a Pan Out of a Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Accessories

Instant Pot Recipes & Info

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Pressure Cooker Cookbooks


The cookbooks listed below have gotten good reviews
by members of the Instant Pot Community Group.

Great Food Fast
by Bob Warden

Instant Pot Obsession
by Janet A Zimmerman

I Love My Instant Pot
by Michelle Fagone

The New Fast Food
by Jill Nussinow

Vegan Under Pressure
by Jill Nussinow

Hip Pressure Cooking
by Laura Pazzaglia

Vegan Pressure Cooking
by JL Fields

Instant Pot Weekday Meals
by Oxmoor House

Everyday Instant Pot
by Mama Under Pressure

Pressure Cooker Perfection
by America’s Test Kitchen

Comfortable Under Pressure
by Meridith Laurence

Delicious Under Pressure
by Meridith Laurence

175 Best Instant Pot Recipes
by Marilyn Haugen

Paleo Cooking With Your Instant Pot
by Jennifer Robins

The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book
by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

The Healthy Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Janet A Zimmerman

So Fast, So Easy Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Beth Hensperger

Everything Healthy Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Laura Pazzaglia

Miss Vickie’s Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes
by Vickie Smith

The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Sara Quessenberry & Kate Merker

The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Laurel Randolph

O M Gee Good! Instant Pot Meals, Plant-Based & Oil-Free
by Jill McKeever

The Official Instant Pot Ultimate Cooking Time Guide
by Chris Stevens

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All links to Amazon are direct links 
with no affiliate or referral codes. 
I make no money at all from this site.

Instant Pot Terminology


Abbreviations & Terms used in the “Instant Pot Community” Facebook Group

IP = Instant Pot

PC = Pressure Cooker

EPC = Electric Pressure Cooker

QR = Quick Release
Open valve & release steam quickly

NR = Natural Release
Leave valve closed & allow pressure to drop on it’s own.

NPR = Natural Pressure Release
(same as Natural Release)

10 min NPR = Let pressure drop on it’s own for 10 minutes,
then open valve to release remaining steam.

HP = High Pressure

Trivet = the metal rack that goes in the bottom
of your pot to keep food out of the liquid.

Seal / Ring = Silicone sealing ring for lid.

Pin = Float Valve. Silver or Red (8qt) pin in lid
that pops up when the pot pressurizes.

Handle / Vent / Knob = Steam Release. Handle on
lid that you turn to either Sealing or Venting.

Shield = Anti-Block Shield. Metal cover over the
steam release valve (inside the lid).

PIP = Pot In Pot. Food is put in pan/bowl
before putting in Instant Pot.

Sling = Aluminum foil strip used to remove
pans when using the Pot-In-Pot method.

HBE = Hard Boiled Egg

6-6-6 = method for cooking hard boiled eggs.
6 minute cook time-6 minute natural pressure
release-6 minutes in ice bath.

Fat Daddio = Brand name for springform & push pans.

Grifiti Bands/Big Ass Bands = Brand of large rubber bands
used to remove pans when using Pot-In-Pot method.

Nut Bag = Reusable Nylon mesh bag for straining yogurt.

Pothead = Instant Pot user


 A Few Helpful Links:

Pot-in-Pot Cooking

Info For IP Beginners

Instant Pot Accessories

Instant Pot Info & Recipes

Which Instant Pot Button to Use

How to Get a Pan Out of the Pressure Cooker

Quick Pressure Release or Natural Pressure Release

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60 EASY Pressure Cooker Recipes



Crack Chicken

Chicken Pot Pie Stew

Whole Roasted Chicken

Instant Pot Insta-Chicken

Buffalo Style Chicken Wings

Honey Garlic Chicken & Carrots


Beef Stew

BBQ Beef Ribs

Mongolian Beef

Classic Pot Roast & Potatoes

Meatloaf w/Potatoes & Carrots

Southern Tangy Pulled Roast Beef


Easy BBQ Ribs

Hawaiian Kalua Pork

Pork Chops & Celery Rice

Pressure Cooker Pork Roast

Pressure Cooker Sweet Pork

Pork Chops in Mushroom Gravy


Mac n Cheese

One Pot Meat Spaghetti

One Pot Penne & Meatballs

Lasagna in a Pressure Cooker

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Chicken & Bow Tie Pasta Alfredo


Beef Barley Soup

Easy Broccoli Soup

Easy 9-Bean Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Sausage & Tortellini Soup

Cream of Tomato Rice Soup


Pinto Beans

Black Beans

Baked Beans

White Beans + Ham Shank

Ham Hocks & Black Eyed Peas


Easy Spanish Rice

Mushroom & Garlic Risotto

Pressure Cooker White Rice

Pressure Cooker Brown Rice

Instant Pot Shrimp Fried Rice


“Baked” Potatoes

Sweet Potato Puree

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Lipton Onion Soup Potatoes


Corn on the Cob

Spaghetti Squash

Steamed Broccoli

Mashed Cauliflower

Honey Ginger Carrots


Apple Crisp

Apple Pie Bread Pudding

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Instant Pot Boxed Cake Mix

Pressure Cooker Rice Pudding


Homemade Yogurt

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Homemade Applesauce

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Bone Broth in an Instant Pot

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More Recipes At: “Instant Pot Recipes & Info”

Instant Pot Accessories

Listed below are items that can be used with the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Any item that is “Oven Safe” can be used in the Instant Pot.  You can use the following materials in your Instant Pot: Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Non-Stick Bakeware, Silicone Bakeware, and Oven Safe Glassware.

The other consideration is “Will it Fit?”.   The 5 and 6 Quart inner pots are the same width, the size difference is in the height of the pots. The inner width of the pot is 8.5″. You’ll need to allow a little extra room to get your items in & out of the pot. As a general rule 7″ wide items should fit without any problem. Anything larger than that and it becomes “iffy” on whether it will fit, especially if there is a rim or hinge on the item.

**Items listed below will fit into the 5 and 6 quart Instant Pot. The inner dimensions of the new 8qt pot are  9.5″ wide by 7″ high so you can go about an inch wider with the 8 qt pot.


Image1Cooks Essentials Round Pressure Cooker Dessert Pans

image1Imusa Flan Mold, 1.5qt

image1 Ekovana Stainless Steel Steamer Insert

Image47PushPan 6″ x 2″ Cake Pan

image44Fat Daddio’s 6″ x 3″ Cheesecake Pan

Image3Fat Daddio’s 7″ x 3″ Cheesecake Pan

Image7Fat Daddio’s 7″ Round Cake Pan

Image45Fat Daddio’s Ring Mold Pan 7 1/8″ Top x 6 1/2″ Bottom

Image40Fat Daddio’s 6″ Springform Pam

ipspringform Instant Pot Springform Cake Pan

Image2Nordic Ware 7″ Leakproof Springform Pan

Image4Hiware 7″ Nonstick Springform Pan

Image5Wilton 6″ Springform Pan

Image6Mrs Anderson’s 4-1/2″ Mini Fluted Pan

Image43Wilton 4″ Heart Springform Pan

Image34Nordic Ware 6 Cup Bundt Pan

Image71 Qt Kugelhopf/Bundt Pan, (6.8″ x 3.2″)

image5Wilton 6″ x 2″ Square Pan

iploafpan Instant Pot Springform Loaf Pan

Image10 Fat Daddio Bread Pan (6.37″ x 3.75″ x 2.75″)

Image4 Fat Daddio Bread Pan Set (7.75″x3.75″x2.75)

Image4Wilton Mini Loaf Pans 5.75 x 3″

Image878″ Silicone Muffin Pan


Image8  OXO Stainless Steamer w/Extendable Handle

Image9Sunsella Vegetable Steamer

Image38Stainless Steel Steamer Rack

Image42Stainless Steel Steamer Rack

Image2Stainless Steam Rack (5.9″ X 2.7″High)

Image1007″ Stainless Steaming Rack

steam-rackInstant Pot Steam Rack

image29 Instant Pot Silicone Trivet

Image10OXO Silicone Steamer, Green

Image49Trudeau Silicone Steamer w/Handles

Image11Silicone Vegetable Steamer

ipsteamer Instant Pot Steamer Basket

accessories Instant Pot Official Steamer Insert Set

image32Secura Steam Rack Basket Set

Image12RSVP Endurance Mesh Basket (remove handles)

Image35HIC Stainless Steel Mesh Colander, 8″

image5Ikea Stainless Steel Inserts

Image70    3 Piece, 8″ Bamboo Steamer


Image13Pyrex 7 Cup Glass Dish

Image5BIA Cordon Bleu 1-1/2-Quart Souffle (7.75″ x 5.5″)

Image89Anchor Hocking 1qt Bowl, Set of 6

Image36Anchor Hocking 20oz Casserole

Image14Marinex Glass Dish 6-3/4″ x 4-1/4″

Image15Pyrex 6oz Custard Cups, Set of 4

Image16CorningWare 7oz Ramekins

Image19Norpro 4oz Ramekins, Set of 6

Image37Silicone Egg Poacher Cups, 4 Pack

Image21Fox Run 1.25qt Stainless Bowl

Image22Tovolo 1.5qt Stainless Bowl

Image6Vollrath 1.5qt Stainless Bowl (7.2 x 7 x 2.8 in)

Image88Mason Cash Enamour Steam Bowl, 1qt


6qtInnerPot6 qt Inner Pot

Image64 8 qt Inner Pot

image16qt Ceramic Non-Stick Inner Pot

IPsealInstant Pot Sealing Ring (5 & 6 qt)

Image16Instant Pot Sealing Ring (8 qt)

image5Instant Pot Colored Sealing Rings (5 & 6 qt)

Image419″ Instant Pot Glass Lid (5 & 6 qt)

image310″ Instant Pot Glass Lid (8 qt)

Image33Instant Pot Silicone Cover (5 & 6 qt)

condensation-cupInstant Pot Condensation Cup

Image24Instant Pot Silicone Mini Mitts

Image23Heat Resistant Silicone Gloves

Image25Grifiti Silicone Bands-20pk, Assorted Sizes

Image26Grifiti Big Ass Bands-9″, 5 Pack

Image29Stainless Steel Plate Tongs

Image30 Stainless Steel Folding Plate Tongs

Image31Norpro Jar Lifter

Image27  Large Scoop Strainer

yogurt-cups  Instant Pot Yogurt Cups

Image27Euro Cuisine Yogurt Strainer

Image28Nut Milk Bag (for straining yogurt)

Image41 Pint Ball Mason Jar w/Lid

Ball4ozBall 4oz Jelly Jars-Set of 12

Kerr8ozKerr 8oz Wide Mouth Jars-12

Image39Foam Brushes (to clean pot rim)

Image32Instant Pot Online Store: IPs & Accessories

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