30 Healthy Instant Pot Recipes You Need to Try

Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

Eat cleaner, healthier, and quicker with the Instant Pot!

What is clean eating? Clean eating, simply put, is eating whole foods as close to their natural state. That means minimally processed food or handled food. Of course, almost everything we have these days is somewhat processed because we heat it up, or puree it, etc.

Even your all fruit and vegetable smoothie is processed because you have chopped and pureed it. However, it’s still not as processed as say a store bought breakfast bar. The goal is to stay minimally processed.

P.S. – We also have other clean eating recipes to help you stay inspired and healthy! Be sure to check them out!

Why I love my instant pot…and why you need one!

This little tool has improved my quality of life immensely because quite frankly, I’m not a good planner! As an added bonus, I am able to cook my family healthy meals in just minutes! Quicker than it would take me to load everyone up and head to a fast-food restaurant!

Plus, there are so many different ways to use an instant pot! I can use it as a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and more. I can even use it to instantly prep my favorite freezer meals with no thawing required!

Top Rated Healthy Instant Pot Recipes

Because I love my instant pot so very much, I decided to round up 30 of my favorite healthy Instant Pot recipes to share them with you! If you don’t already have an instant pot of your own, you’re going to want one after seeing these delicious and healthy meal ideas.

1. Honey Teriyaki Chicken

The homemade teriyaki sauce on this recipe is amazingly delicious! Step up the healthy by serving with cauliflower rice or quinoa. You can whip up this instant pot chicken recipe in 30 minutes or less!

2. Healthy Chili Recipe (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)

Healthy instant pot chili

Just because this is clean eating chili doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a flavor punch!

3. Chicken Butternut Quinoa Stew

Instant pot chicken butternut squash

This stew is thick and filling, but at the same time tastes fresh and light. Plus, it’s so full of color and pretty! Also, it’s only 2 Weight Watchers points!

4. Pork Roast with Mushroom Gravy

Low carb instant pot pork roast

Anything that has a mushroom gravy calls my name and this pork roast recipe looks perfect!

5. Honey Parmesan Pork Roast

Change it up from beef and try this pork roast with the easy honey Parmesan gravy. It is a beautiful thing – so easy, yet so delicious!

6. Lemon Pepper Chicken

This chicken is incredibly flavorful and easy to make! It nearly falls apart when you cut into it because it is so tender and juicy! If you like lemon pepper seasoning, you will LOVE this chicken.

7. White Chicken Chili Recipe

Instant pot chicken chili

This white chicken chili recipe is a great one to add to your dinner rotation, especially during the soup season around here – fall and winter! I’ve tried a few different recipes, but I really like this one for a couple of reasons. It is a pretty healthy recipe, and it still has a great chili flavor!

8. Shrimp Alfredo Pasta

Instant pot pressure cooker shrimp alfredo pasta recipe

If you’re a seafood lover you’re going to really enjoy this healthy instant pot recipe. So delicious and creamy!

9. Healthy Honey Sesame Chicken

Healthy honey sesame chicken recipe

This sesame chicken recipe has simple ingredients, a delicious sweet sauce, and it can also be easily prepared as a freezer meal. Also, with a few slight modifications, it’s only 7 Weight Watchers points!

10. Sausage, Kale & Sweet Potato Soup

Instant pot sausage kale sweet potato soup

This soup combines 3 of my favorite flavor powerhouses in one recipe and it just works! It’s a perfect soup for the cold weather too!

11. Spaghetti Squash

Instant pot spaghetti squash

Using spaghetti squash in recipes is one of my favorite ways to cut carbs! It’s also extremely versatile as you can top it with different sauces and fillings.

12. Paleo Chicken & Smoked Sausage Stew

Instant pot paleo chicken

Nothing says comfort food to me more than stew, and this chicken and smoked sausage stew will really hit the spot! You can even add some hot sauce to kick the flavor up a notch.

13. Cream of Butternut Squash & Ginger Soup

Instant pot butternut squash and ginger soup

When I think fall, I think butternut squash in everything. This squash and ginger soup is everything I love about fall in one delish dish!

14. Green Chili With Chicken

Instant pot green chili chicken soup

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a lover of chili. This green chili recipe is seriously loaded!

15. Mashed Potatoes

Instant pot mashed potatoes

Being an Idaho girl, I had to include a potato recipe on this list! These mashed potatoes are low in calories yet still creamy and delicious.

16. Kalua Pig

Instant pot kalua pig

This last summer I was at a wedding where a kalua pig was served and oh my heck was it good. I did find some crockpot recipes for it, cooking time is crazy long though. However Nom Nom Paleo has perfected kalua pig for the Instant Pot!

17. Carnitas Under Pressure

Instant pot carnitas under pressure

Do I love carnitas? YES! They are a fun food to throw into the menu and mix it up a bit and this pressure cooker version is fantastic.

18. Crispy Mojo Pork Shoulder

If I had to pick one meat to have the rest of my life, pork would be my pick. And this crispy mojo pork shoulder recipe is all the proof I need to stand by those words!

19. Sweet Potato & Turkey Chili

Instant pot sweet potato white turkey chili

Sweet potato white turkey chili is something I would have never even thought of and not only is it tasty, but it’s beautiful too!

20. Whole Chicken

Instant pot whole chicken

Yep. You read that right! You can cook a whole roaster chicken in the Instant Pot! This recipe will show you how to do it in such an easy way too. You don’t even have to flip the chicken over!

21. Steel Cut Oats

Instant pot steel cut oats

You don’t have to only make dinner in the Instant Pot! Try breakfast too! These steel-cut oats are awesome, easy, and versatile!

22. Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker Pot Roast

Instant pot roast

Instant Pot Pot Roast is another one of those foods that I just adore in the cold months. This pressure cooker pot roast recipe is delicious and so easy!

23. Butternut Squash Risotto

Instant pot butternut squash risotto

This butternut squash risotto is a great alternative to pasta and it only takes about 20 minutes to prepare!

24. Pulled Pork Tacos

Instant pot pulled pork tacos

Three of my favorite words… then you add instant pot to the front and you have some yummy Instant Pot Pulled Pork Tacos!

25. Chicken Noodle Soup

instant pot chicken noodle soup recipe

Chicken noodle soup is a classic cold-weather food or soup to have when you’re feeling under the weather, but a lot of canned chicken noodle soups aren’t actually that healthy. This instant pot version solves that problem!

26. Pulled Pork

bbq pulled pork

Just looking at this pulled pork slathered in BBQ sauce is making my mouth water. It doesn’t cook as fast as some of the other instant pot recipes on this list, but it’s worth the wait!

27. Yogurt

Instant pot yogurt

Yes! You can use your instant pot to make homemade yogurt, and it’s even better than the store-bought stuff. It’s not as hard as it seems either!

28. Tamales

Instant pot hot tamales

I am so excited about this instant pot tamale recipe! Much quicker than traditional tamales but just as delicious.

29. Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant pot hard boiled eggs

This recipe is really simple but also makes for a nice healthy and filling breakfast. You can make a ton of quick hard-boiled eggs in the instant pot as well so it’s great for meal prep.

30. Mexican Shredded Chicken

Easy Instant Pot Mexican shredded chicken recipe

Last but not least, another easy, fast, and healthy instant pot recipe. This shredded Mexican chicken is so delicious!

Healthy instant pot recipes

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of healthy instant pot recipes on this list for you to try…but which one are you going to try first? With everything looking so tasty, you might have a hard time choosing!

If you want to try them one at a time, I recommend bookmarking or pinning this post so that you won’t lose it 🙂

Find more clean eating recipes and learn more about the Instant Pot!

Healthy fast instant pot recipes

Meal Type: Recipe Roundup, Clean Eating
Categories: Healthy, Pressure Cooker

Comments & Reviews

  • Thank you for putting this list together! I recently found out that I am very sensitive to gluten, milk, and peanuts (along with a whole bunch of other things that only cause mild reactions) so it is wonderful to have this list of good (and safe for me) recipes to use in my new Instant Pot.

    I also REALLY appreciate that you included a photo of each dish because I’m a very visual person. Endless lists of recipes – with names only – make my eyes blur. LOL

  • This is an awesome list. I am definitely going to bookmark it.

  • Looks good!
    Thank you 👌

  • The food looks delicious and healthy. BUT I first looked at chicken with cilantro rice. Cook rice separately in rice cooker? Make sauce separaelty in sauté pan and coat chicken in sauté pan? Why bother with the Instant Pot? 😞

    • Marge, the issue you have highlighted also grabbed my attention. i would really like to know the answer. Cheers!

      • Hello! Looks like we missed the original question! I’m not exactly sure which recipe you’re referring to Marge. Some of them are ours, and others belong to other blogs. But since chicken and rice have very different cook times, I suspect that’s why it’s not recommended to cook them together. Although, I myself purchased a 2nd instant pot for this very reason!

  • i wish i read my email ! And got one on sale day.. I use my small
    Crock pot. I. Like these recipes.

  • This list is so great!! We just got an instant pot so I was looking for some great recipes that were easy and delicious. We have only made dinners from this list so far and we have enjoyed every. single. one. Currently making up next weeks shopping list and menu with the recipes we didn’t get to.

  • Do you have a list of the most useful Instant Pot accessories?

  • Can you make banana bread in an instant pot?

  • I got my instapot today! Was searching for recepies and landed on your website! I’m gonna try all of them.

  • Followed the “Chicken Fennel Soup: The PaleoCajun Lady” recipe and it was A DISASTER! She said to cook it for “30 minutes.” Well, this was my first soup attempt and what I got was a big pot of disintegrated chicken and veggie MUSH! The chicken completely disintegrated into mushy strings of chicken and the broth was so bland I had to save it by throwing in a couple packs of Ramen seasoning that I had. I then looked at other chicken soup recipes and found that virtually everyone else said to cook chicken soup for only around TEN minutes. Wasted a whole pot of ingredients (fennel ain’t cheap!) and had to apologize to my family that had patiently waited in expectation of a nice bowl of soup and ended up eating mush. Well ‘Live and Learn,” I guess; now I look around at similar recipes to what I’m cooking so as to get a better idea of accurate cooking time.

    • Oh man, that really stinks! Did she have negative comments on her blog post? Might be worth letting her know your experience… maybe she has some insight for you. Thank you for letting us know your experience!

  • We tried the teriyaki chicken tonight! Mouth watering! The best chicken I’ve ever made! I made lettuce wraps with jasmine rice and the teriyaki chicken 🤤

  • It looks easy to make! Will try it tonight!

  • a lot of thse are for the slow cooker, NOT the instant pot. do you have versions of these for the actual IP?

    • Hi Prk… I just checked every link and a few of them are originally slow cooker recipes that also have instructions for the instant pot . You just have to scroll down to the recipe to see the modifications. Hope that helps!

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