9 Must-Try Vegan Recipes for Your New Instant Pot

Did you snag an Instant Pot on Cyber Monday? Try these delicious vegan Instant Pot recipes to help you make the most of it, and get some beginner tips for using your new Instant Pot.

I have had my Instant Pot for a couple of years now, and it is one of my go-to kitchen appliances. The pressure cooking function cooks food up in a fraction of the time, but there is definitely a learning curve when it comes to using your new Instant Pot.

Getting to Know Your Instant Pot

Like I mentioned above, using your Instant Pot for the first time can be a little bit overwhelming, especially if you’ve never used a pressure cooker before. I’m a child of the 80s, so I grew up hearing stories from my parents about the exploding pressure cookers of their own childhoods. The first time I used my Instant Pot, I set it, then ran out of the room. After two years of heavy use, though, it’s gone from a little bit scary to a favorite kitchen tool.

One important thing to know about your Instant Pot: the booklet of cooking times it comes with is not the most accurate. I suggest tossing that booklet into the recycle bin and investing in a good Instant Pot cookbook. Vegan Under Pressure by Jill Nussinow and The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot by Kathy Hester are my go-tos.

Vegan Under Pressure has accurate and easy to use charts for cooking beans, grains and vegetables, and both books have amazing Instant Pot recipes that will knock your socks off.

If you’re used to cooking on the stovetop, you probably check in on your food’s progress every once in awhile to see how things are going. You can’t do that in the Instant Pot, because then you’ll lose pressure. I found this nerve-wracking at first, but you’ll get the hang of this as you use it.

Any time you see a range of cooking times, start on the low end and follow the release instructions (natural or quick). You can always bring to pressure for another minute or two, do a quick release, check again and repeat until your food is cooked to your liking.

Vegan Instant Pot Recipes

The list below takes advantage of the pressure cooking and yogurt functions on your Instant Pot. You can also use the slow cook function to make any slow cooker (aka crock pot) recipe right in your Instant Pot. If you’re looking to make the most of the slow cook function, check out these vegan slow cooker recipes.

Instant Pot Quinoa Buddha Bowl

1. Quinoa Buddha Bowl

This recipe showcases the Instant Pot’s power when it comes to cooking whole grains and steaming vegetables in a flash.

Hearty lentils take the place of ground beef in this deeply-seasoned Instant Pot Lentil Chili recipe that cooks up quickly and easily in your pressure cooker!

2. Lentil Chili

You probably know that the Instant Pot cooks dried beans in a fraction of the time, and this lentil chili is a great way to get started. There’s no soaking required, and this chili cooks up in eight short minutes at high pressure, with a natural release (about 10 minutes).

Instant Pot Baba Ghanoush

3. Baba Ghanoush

I never used to make baba ghanoush from scratch, because it felt like such a time commitment. This recipe takes advantage of the saute and pressure cooking functions to give you flavorful baba ghanoush without having to turn on the oven.

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal Apples

4. Steel Cut Oatmeal

Steel cut oats might have been too time-consuming for a weekday morning before, but now you can make them any day! Get these into the Instant Pot, and they’ll be ready to eat by the time you’re showered and dressed. No standing over the stove.

Instant Pot Quinoa Salad

5. Quinoa Salad

While the Instant Pot takes care of cooking your quinoa, you can prep the veggies, fruits, pecans and dressing for this healthy summer salad.

Pressure Cooker Mashed Potatoes

6. Mashed Potatoes

I know—you probably think you don’t need a recipe to make mashed potatoes, but this recipe eliminates the need for plant-based milk. Since you use so little water to cook your potatoes, the cooking water gets extra thick and starchy. Just mash the potatoes up with the cooking water and little vegan butter or oil, and you’re golden.

Creamy Instant Pot Potato Soup

7. Potato Soup

This hearty potato soup is one of my favorite one-pot winter meals. All you have to wash at the end is the pot from your Instant Pot. Did you know that it’s dishwasher safe?

Pressure Cooker Jackfruit Teriyaki takes less than half an hour to make. Serve it up over rice or in a sandwich, sloppy Joe-style.

8. Jackfruit Teriyaki

Three minutes at pressure and a natural release are all that stand between you and a bowlful of jackfruit Teriyaki. Serve with your favorite veggies and whole grain or stuff it into a sandwich.

Vegan Soy Yogurt in the Instant Pot from Glue & Glitter

9. Soy Yogurt

When I bought my Instant Pot, I was sure that I’d never use the yogurt function, but now I make yogurt about once a week. This recipe is so easy, my four-year-old can make it! I have not tested this recipe with other vegan milks, but if you try it out, I’d love to hear how it goes!

The cardinal rule when making vegan yogurt in the Instant Pot is to choose a plant-based milk with no gums or thickeners. Sugar, salt or flavors are fine, but thickeners, like guar gum and carrageenan, turn your yogurt into an un-saveable nightmare. Trust me on this.

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Try these delicious vegan Instant Pot recipes to help you make the most of it, and get some beginner tips for using your new Instant Pot


Tabot T
Tabot T1 months ago

Thank you for sharing! Love my Ipot!

Jessica C
Jessica C1 months ago


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Frances G1 months ago


Marie W
Marie W8 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Jack Y9 months ago


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John J
John J9 months ago

thanks for sharing

John J
John J9 months ago

thanks for sharing

Ellen J
Ellen Jabout a year ago

These sound good. Thanks.

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