We have rounded up our top Easy Instant Pot Dinner Recipes and Ideas for you to try in 2023. Meal prepping not for you? Bored of the same repetitive meals and want to spice up your menu? Looking for simple easy dinner ideas that don't take hours and hours of cooking? Our Easy Instant Pot Dinner recipes are just for you. Say good bye to boring Monday thru Thursday dinners with this collection of easy weeknight meals.
These vegetarian / vegan Instant Pot dinner recipes are family friendly and super easy to make. You will never get bored the variety we have from curries to rice preparations, noodles, ratatouille, salads and soups. We have shared exactly how much time each recipe will take to make. They are perfect for weeknight dinner ideas and will also come handy to pack school or office lunches. So save this post!
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Easy Instant Pot Recipes for Weeknight Dinners
Our top Easy Instant Pot Dinner Recipes and Ideas for you to try in 2023. Meal planning not for you? Bored of the same repetitive meals and want to spice up your menu? Looking for simple easy dinner ideas that don't take hours and hours of cooking?
The Jennifer Aniston Salad
The Jennifer Aniston salad is here! The perfect blend of flavor and freshness and named after the famous Friends star, this salad lives up to its hype. If you haven’t tried it yet, but heard of it, now’s your chance to dive in and make this easy salad recipe for yourself. Ready in less than 20 minutes.
Best Chole Recipe
The best Punjabi chole recipe you can find is right here! One taste of this perfectly cooked chickpea dish and you won’t want to eat this any other way. Soak the chickpeas overnight and they are ready in like 40 mins of cook time.
Best Instant Pot Matar Paneer
Instant Pot Matar Paneer is a creamy, flavor packed way to serve peas and soft Indian cheese Paneer. Using the pressure cooker ensures you get consistently delicious results in just less than 30 minutes. Your family will love this yummy, wholesome recipe.
Instant Pot Palak Paneer
30 minute Instant Pot Palak Paneer tastes just like the Indian restaurant! It is Rich, creamy, and perfectly spiced spinach and paneer dish. This easy vegetarian dish is a hearty meal that’ll get your family to eat and love their greens!
Instant Pot Shahi Paneer
This restaurant style exotic curry with cottage cheese is not only exotic but one of the easiest Indian curries to ever make at home. Ready in 30 minutes. The smooth, silky curry dunk with soft and tender paneer cubes is rich, creamy and super yummy when paired with Naan or Basmati Jeera Rice. Perfect for special occasions, parties and potlucks. Try it, might just become your new favorite curry.
Instant Pot Chana Saag / Chickpea Spinach Curry
A vegan and gluten-free chickpea spinach curry cooked in an onion tomato sauce. Makes a nutritious weeknight meal when paired with basmati jeera rice, quinoa, naan or roti. Ready in under 30 minutes. Yes please!!!
Instant Pot Idli Sambar
Instant Pot Idli Sambar ready in less than 30 minutes. Kick start your day or wrap it up with a warm bowl of Idlis (soft & spongy rice cakes) dunk in a delicious bowl of Sambar (vegetable lentil soup). So comforting and soul soothing!
Instant pot Kadai Paneer
A delicious Indian comfort food ready in under 30 minutes. This mouthwatering recipe found in most Indian restaurants. It is one of the most popular Indian curries and cooked throughout the world. Quick to make, you can delight your family with any day of the week with this dish.
Best Instant Pot Saag Aloo Recipe -(Spinach Potato Curry)
Full of warming flavors this a one-pot pressure cooker recipe for an Indian favorite, Saag Aloo, also known as Spinach Potato Curry. This creamy and flavorful potatoes and spinach curry is tasty, healthy and a breeze to make with this 30-minute recipe.
Instant Pot Vegetable Paneer Biryani
Aromatic, Fragrant, flavorful, spicy, delicious, and super tasty This Vegetable Biryani is perfect to serve as a main course meal and is ready in under 30 minutes. It’s studded with dry fruits, colorful veggies and super fragrant from aromatic whole spices. This Recipe will be a hit all year around and will have everyone clambering for more.
Instant Pot Rajma Chawal
Instant Pot Rajma Chawal is a delicious meal your whole family will love. The Instant Pot makes preparing this hearty vegetarian recipe easy enough for a busy night. Leftovers store well and make perfect nutritious lunches to fuel your family’s day. Cook time is 30 minutes, once the kidney beans are soaked overnight.
Aloo Matar - Instant Pot / Stove Top Recipe
Instant Pot Rajma Chawal is a delicious meal your whole family will love. The Instant Pot makes preparing this hearty vegetarian recipe easy enough for a busy night. Leftovers store well and make perfect nutritious lunches to fuel your family’s day. Ready in under 30 minutes and is perfect when paired with roti or rice.
Instant Pot Lentil Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash
Enjoy the goodness of lentils and squash with this salad. Packed with flavors and easy to make. Everyday meal, potlucks or a special occasion, trust me you are sure to impress! Ready in under 30 minutes.
Instant Pot Rice and Beans
Easy Mexican Instant Pot rice and beans makes a delicious and quick vegetarian meal. Ready in 30 minutes. Loaded with the bold flavor of salsa and spices, this hearty dish is a delicious addition to taco night. This Mexican Instant Pot rice and beans recipe also would be the perfect base for a burrito or burrito bowl.
Instant Pot Roasted Potatoes
Not just any Roasted Potatoes recipe, these are German style Rosemary Potatoes with colorful veggies. Budget friendly, tasty & easy to make. Makes a perfect side for any occasion. Pressure cook the potatoes, then season with garlic herb blend and saute with onions & peppers. Yum yum!!! Under 30 minutes. Pair it with a salad or soup.
This Instant Pot Mushroom Masala (Mushroom Curry) is an easy & delicious restaurant style Indian vegan curry made with mushrooms & peas in an onion tomato based curry. Pair it with rice or a flatbread and it makes a perfect meal that is ready in 20 mins.
Instant Pot Methi Matar Malai Paneer
So Creamy, delicious, mild-flavored, rich looking curry made with Methi ( fenugreek leaves), Mattar (green peas), and Paneer. All it takes is an Electric Pressure Cooker and 10 minutes to prepare this awesomely delicious recipe!
Easy Summer Orzo Salad
If you are looking to cool down with a refreshing cold pasta salad recipe then this Easy Summer Orzo Salad is your recipe. Made with easily available ingredients and comes together quickly, this is great for summer parties and potlucks because it's a guaranteed crowd pleaser. 5 Minutes.
Easy Instant Pot Ratatouille Recipe
Ready in under 30 minutes. Break out the summer veggies and whip this for a delectable side dish or a vegetarian lunch! Serve over our yellow rice or with crusty bread for dipping
Love the Chana Masala or Chickpeas served at the Indian restaurant? Save a trip to the restaurant and make your own. It just needs 10 mins. of cook time once the chickpeas are soaked or you can used canned chickpeas.
Instant Pot Three Bean Chili
This Instant Pot Three Bean Chili, is a must try weeknight meal. It's warm, hearty, packed with flavors, perfect texture and super easy to make. Plant-based protein. Vegan. Dump and stir the ingredients and it just needs 10 mins of cook time.
Instant Pot Vegan Burrito Bowl
Its a weeknight and you don't want to spend too much time in the kitchen? Instant Pot Vegan Burrito bowl comes to the rescue. Its a versatile dish and you can add whatever veggies and proteins and toppings to meet your family taste. Dump and Stir the ingredients and set the cook time to 5 mins.
Instant Pot Vegetable Biryani
Ready in less than 30 mins. Aromatic, Fragrant, flavorful, spicy, delicious, and super tasty. It’s studded with dry fruits, colorful veggies and super fragrant from aromatic whole spices. This Recipe will be a hit all year around and will have everyone clambering for more.
Vegetarian Italian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Vegetarian Italian stuffed cabbage rolls are a fun and tasty way to enjoy a wholesome dish with minimal effort. Full of nutritious vegetables and filling rice, these veggie and rice stuffed rolls make a hearty, flavorful meal you’ll feel good about serving to your family for dinner. Prep in under 30 mins.
Best Instant Pot Baked Beans
Instant Pot baked beans make a perfect meal when served with brown rice, baked sweet potato, corn bread or Hawaiian rolls. Simply soak the beans the previous night and dump all the ingredients in the Instant Pot and pressure cook for 40 mins while finishing other chores.
Instant Pot Mujadara (Rice and Lentils)
This Instant Pot mujadara recipe is a delicious combination of lentils, rice and caramelized onions. This fragrant vegetarian recipe comes together quickly in your pressure cooker, making it perfect for any night of the week. Just remember to soak the lentils ahead of time and this is ready in under 30 mins. Best part, the lentils and rice are cooked to perfection, no mushy rice nor lentils.
Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Curry
This Instant Pot mujadara recipe is a delicious combination of lentils, rice and caramelized onions. This fragrant vegetarian recipe comes together quickly in your pressure cooker, making it perfect for any night of the week. Best part, the lentils and rice are cooked to perfection, no mushy rice or lentils. Ready in approx 30 mins.
Instant pot Vegetable Quinoa Pulao Recipe
This healthy vegetable Quinoa Pulao/Pilaf recipe is read in 15 mins. Filled with colorful vegetables and is served with homemade yogurt. Naturally high in protein and gluten-free. This Easy Quinoa Pilaf is great for lunch or dinner and can be made in advance. This Vegetable Quinoa Pulao/Pilaf is yet another favorite quinoa dish that my family LOVES!!
Instant Pot Curried Quinoa Pilaf - Pulav
One minute Instant Pot Curried Quinoa Pilaf - Pulav is my recipe for a go-to weeknight dinner. Well, I am sure that you knew that you could make quinoa in 1-minute in your Instant Pot, but did you know you could make a complete meal in 1-minute? Yes, one minute is what it takes for this yummilicious dish. This nutritious fare is vegan and gluten-free. Total winner!
Instant Pot Charro Beans
We love to serve this Charro Beans with Pico De Gallo and Rice. So delicious and a perfect dump and stir recipe for a quick weeknight meal. Just dump the ingredients in the pot and forget about it for 50 mins.
Easy Tofu Soup
Easy tofu soup is a simple vegetarian soup that comes together in under 30 mins in the Instant Pot. With the pressure cooker, you can make this just about any night of the week for a healthy, flavor packed treat you can feel good about serving to your family. With a carefully chosen blend of Asian flavors and a bright medley of veggies, your family will happily eat it anytime!
Korean Spicy Noodles
Easy tofu soup is a simple vegetarian soup that comes together quickly in the Instant Pot. With the pressure cooker, you can make this just about any night of the week for a healthy, flavor packed treat you can feel good about serving to your family. With a carefully chosen blend of Asian flavors and a bright medley of veggies, your family will happily eat it anytime!
Teriyaki noodles are a simple but delicious Asian-inspired dish perfect for any weeknight. Thanks to the Instant Pot, you can have this dinner ready in less than 20 minutes with almost no prep work needed. Perfect for feeding your hungry family on busy nights!
Thai Green Curry
Thai green curry is ready in under 30 minutes and is a flavor packed, veggie filled meal that will satisfy your takeout cravings right at home! Refreshing and slightly spicy, this curry is sure to please your whole family. And since there is minimal prep involved and it cooks in less than a half hour thanks to the Instant Pot, you can easily make this any night of the week!
The Best Vegetable Panang Curry (with video)
Our yummy Panang curry is a tasty, Thai treat you can make at home just about any night of the week. Bursting with a balance of sweet and spicy flavor, this rich and creamy comfort food is surprisingly healthy and a perfect way to get your picky eaters to get more vegetables in their mouths. If you love curry, you must try this easy, less than 30 minute recipe tonight!
Tom Kha Soup Recipe (Thai Coconut Soup with Tofu)
20 minute Tom kha soup (Thai coconut soup with tofu) is a spicy, sweet soup with a hint of refreshing sour flavor that goes perfectly as an appetizer or even as a main course. The soup is perfect any time of the year. You’ll definitely be skipping Thai takeout with this easy Instant Pot recipe.
Thai Massaman curry
This Thai Massaman curry is ready in under 15 mins. A warm, comforting curry that is perfect for any night of the week. You don’t need a lot of time or ingredients to make this a delicious treat the whole family will love. Add additional veggies and make this a complete, wholesome convenience meal you’ll be making over and over again.
Vegan Tofu Pad Thai (Instant Pot + Stove Top)
Vegan tofu pad Thai is a quick, tasty version of everyone’s favorite takeout dish ready in under 20 mins at home. This recipe features rice noodles in a slightly sweet and spicy sauce. This wholesome dish packs tons of flavor, for a dinner you and your family will love. Make this yummy plant based recipe the next time you have a craving for takeout!
Instant Pot Ramen Noodles (Thai Vegan)
Vegan tofu pad Thai is a quick, tasty version of everyone’s favorite takeout dish. This recipe features rice noodles in a slightly sweet and spicy sauce. This wholesome dish packs tons of flavor, for a dinner you and your family will love. Make this yummy plant based recipe the next time you have a craving for takeout!
Easy Red Lentil Soup with Lemon Recipe
An easy nutritious soup that is easy to put together and so comforting. Dump and stir recipe. Something about this soup really warms the soul. Plant-based protein powerhouse and full of flavors. Perfect weeknight meal ready in under 30 mins. Pair it with a crust bread, yum!
Thai Peanut Curry (Rice and Tofu Instant Pot Recipe)
This easy Instant Pot Thai peanut curry is the perfect make-ahead meal for times when you need a nutritious lunch to take with you. Plus this easy Thai curry recipe is the perfect meal when you are craving Thai takeout for dinner since you can whip it up in under 30 mins, than it would take to go pick up your takeaway order.
10 Minute Spicy Thai Noodle Bowls
10 minute Instant Pot Spicy Thai Noodle Bowl -The easiest noodle recipe ever! A quick recipe for flavorful Asia inspired noodle made right in the instant pot. You can get a family favorite meal on the table even faster on busy nights! Leftovers are yummy, hot or cold! Enjoy!
Instant Pot Spaghetti with Lentils
This Instant Pot Spaghetti with Lentils makes a perfectly hearty weeknight dinner with just 7 pantry staples in 10 mins. It's tasty, rich in protein, fiber and budget friendly. No gummy noodles plus you won't miss the meat at all.
10 minute Burnt Garlic & Cilantro Noodles
My easy, Instant Pot garlic noodles recipe gives you restaurant taste in the comfort of your own home with just 5 Ingredients !The perfect quick lunch or dinner your whole family will love. Make this today and get this Quick, no-fuss meal on the table in minutes!
30 minute Toor dal is a bold, delectable meal when paired with rice that's absolutely packed with protein and fiber. Our version of this recipe makes clean up easy and decreases the total cook time, so you can have this ready in less than an hour!
Veggie Korma in 30 minutes
Vegetable korma is a medley of braised vegetables in a creamy, flavorful sauce. A combination of comfort food and healthy veggies, you will feel good about serving this wholesome dish to your family. And with its bold blend of spices and veggies, the dish will delight your family when you make it for them!
Spicy Urad Dal (Black Lentil Dal)
Spicy urad dal- black dal is a flavorful way to enjoy a hearty protein packed meal any night of the week. This easy Instant Pot recipe cooks up in less than 30 minutes and needs very little prep time. If you are looking for a bold blend of spices that you and your family will adore, then you should make this dal tonight!
Punjabi Aloo Gobi
Punjabi Aloo Gobi is a delicious blend of potatoes and cauliflower in under 30 minutes. The perfect combination of spices finishes this vegan recipe and makes it mouthwateringly yummy. Making it in the pressure cooker allows you to feed your family this nutritious lunch or dinner any day of the week!
30 minute Chana Dal / Split Chickpea Dal
A split chickpea spicy, healthy dal perfect for any day of the week. Packed with flavor, this is the perfect way to get your kids to eat a healthy meal. This dal pairs well with a side of rice or roti. You can mix and match to find your perfect pairings to turn this into a wholesome, hearty meal you and your family will adore.
Mix Vegetable Daliya / Dalia Khichdi
Mix Vegetable Daliya / Dalia khichdi - 30 minute Bulgur Pilaf is a savory, easy recipe to make for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! These healthy grains are so delicious, you will forget you are eating a healthy meal. Loaded with nutrients like protein, fiber, and vitamins, this is truly an Indian super food that you’ll love feeding to your family.
Easy Weeknight Potato Curry / Aloo Curry
Easy weeknight potato curry or aloo curry is my go to easy dinner. When I’m at a loss of what to make, I can make this dinner in less than a 15 mins. Bursting with flavor, it will please even the toughest critics in your family.
Healing Ayurvedic Kitchari / Khichdi Recipe
This Instant Pot Kitchari / Khichdi recipe is a traditional Indian super food made of mung beans and rice that is ready in under 20 minutes. This yummy, healthy food is packed with flavors and nutrients. You can eat kitchari as part of a cleanse or on its own when you want a healthy, easy to eat meal that can feed the whole family.
Instant Pot Dal Makhani Recipe
Dal makhani is Indian comfort food at its finest that your family will love. Thanks to the Instant Pot, it is quick and easy to make. This dal curry is perfect for cool days, days when you need a pick me up, and days when you just want to have something that tastes delicious. Pair it with rice or naan and its yum.
Lauki Ki Sabzi | Bottle Gourd Curry Recipe
Dal Tadka Recipe
Yellow Dal tadka is a delicious, fast way to serve lentils to your family and friends. Dal Tadka with rice is a very popular meal in Indian cuisine due to its mouthwatering blend of aromatics. This flavorful entree is a weekly staple at our home as it cies together in less than 30 minutes and will undoubtedly become a staple in yours as well. You can feel good about serving this hearty, wholesome lentil.
Instant Pot Dal Palak / Spinach Dal Recipe
Instant Pot Dal Palak / Spinach Dal in 30 minutes brings modern convenience to traditional Indian cuisine. Bursting with flavor, dal palak is a great way to ensure that everyone in your family eats a protein packed, vegetarian meal.
Instant Pot Brown Lentil Curry
This easy Instant Pot Brown Lentil Curry is a hearty meal is ready in under 30 mins. A perfect boost of nutrition they need to power through the day. Packed with filling, wholesome ingredients, this whole masoor dal recipe is both good and good for you. Rich, nourishing and delicious – this Brown Lentil curry is love at first bite.
Navratan Korma - Instant pot / Stove top
Navratan Korma is a delicious mixed vegetable curry dish loaded with veggies, nuts and fruits. This is an awesome curry that is loaded with layers of flavors in a creamy curry your family will love. It is slightly sweet in taste and is an excellent way to get your kids to eat veggies. Pair it with naan or rice. It's ready in under 30 minutes.
Green Moong Dal Recipe (Instant Pot & Stove Top)
This mung bean dal hits every note for a perfect meal. It is warming and filling, creamy and chunky, spiced but not spicy. Serve it with rice, fresh naan or toasted bread for an easy weeknight meal! Or enjoy it as a soup. In either ways it's sure to nourish your body and soothe your soul. Ready in 35 minutes.
Mumbai Pav Bhaji in 30 minutes
Mumbai Pav Bhaji is a popular street food that offers a flavorful comfort food perfect for days you need a bit of a pick me up. This popular Indian fast food features a hearty blend of veggies and warm flavor from a blend of aromatic spice. You and your family will love this cozy dish and you’ll feel good about cooking it. It’s the perfect way to get more veggies into your diet or into your kids’ mouths!
Avocado Sushi Rolls in 30 minutes
Avocado sushi rolls are one of several different vegan options for people who love sushi. Ready in only a few minutes, this is the perfect snack, appetizer, or even dinner. We love to make these with the whole family so everyone has a hand in helping make a great dinner, mixed in with a bit of healthy competition.
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