Instant Pot Recipes for Delicious, Easy Winter Dinners
The transition from autumn to winter means more than just adding layers to your wardrobe. It means transitioning to comforting, stick-to-your-ribs meals that can feed your family and provide delicious leftovers. The chicken curry shown here is the perfect example. One of the best and easiest ways to do this is by enlisting the help of a slow cooker or pressure cooker—enter the Instant Pot which can tackle both methods of cooking. Winter may be the season for big, hearty meals, but who says we have to spend all day in the kitchen? This countertop appliance is ideal for cooking the things that we all start to crave as the temperatures drop, and it does it all in half the time (or less!).
Dreaming of that slow-simmered Sunday dinner that you grew up eating every chilly weekend? The Instant Pot will have it on the table in no time, tender winter vegetables and all. Or maybe game day chili is what's on the menu. Make quick work of your favorite recipe by using the pressure cooker setting—the chili will be ready to go in time for kickoff, and maybe even before you finish preparing the toppings.
What we are accustomed to eating on cold winter days—large cuts of meat, soups, stews, chili—are a perfect match for the Instant Pot. Even busy weeknights are no match for these tried-and-true recipes. Enjoy plenty of cozy, cold-weather dinners with these Instant Pot recipes, ideal for winter meals.
Instant Pot Chicken Adobo and Rice
Succulent chicken thighs and perfectly tender rice cooked together in one pot is no small feat. The Instant Pot transforms this traditional dish from the Philippines into a winter weeknight staple.
Instant Pot Turkey Chili
A big pot of chili is always in rotation on our dinner menus. Warm and spicy from poblanos, chili powder, and a touch of cumin, this turkey chili is a winter favorite.
Instant Pot Chicken Thighs Marbella
Pressure Cooker Thai Red Curry
Instant Pot Carnitas
Flavored with chipotles in adobo, oregano, cumin, and cayenne, plus winter citrus, these Instant Pot carnitas are totally irresistible. Make a batch over the weekend and eat them all week long; they are perfect tucked into tacos, heaped onto big bowls of grits, or stirred into scrambled eggs.
Dried porcini mushrooms are a true powerhouse ingredient in this beloved dish. In the pressure cooker—or the Instant Pot on pressure cooker setting—short ribs cook in just 30 minutes, leaving behind plenty of flavorful juices for the noodles.
Pressure Cooker Chile Verde
The key to success with this dish is starting on the sauté setting to sear the pork shoulder and develop as much flavor as possible before it pressure cooks. Bowl it up with some of the sauce and scoop it up with tortilla chips.
Pressure-Cooker Coq au Vin
The Instant Pot really concentrates the flavor of the red wine that we all know and love in this classic French chicken dish.
Pressure-Cooker Three Bean Ribollita
Some winter dishes can be heavy and a little too filling, but that's not the case with this Italian classic. Our pressure cooker/Instant Pot version of the hearty vegetarian soup strikes the right balance between light, healthy, and satisfying.
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
If you happen to be using the oven to roast or braise, enlist the Instant Pot to make the side dish. The steam created while pressure cooking makes these mashed potatoes extra luscious.
Instant Pot Brisket
Sweet and sour brisket can be enjoyed long after the holidays end. Add this easy recipe to your regular dinner rotation.