Should You Get an Instant Pot

Have you wondered if you should get an Instant Pot? A long time ago, I asked myself the same question.

Refried Beans and tortilla chips

First, let me say I am not sponsored by the folks at Instant Pot. I have had a love affair with this pot for many years now. It is one of the few kitchen appliances that I use on a weekly basis.

Only the coffee machine is used with greater frequency. This kitchen appliance is extremely diverse, if you have a limited sized kitchen, want something that is convenient, and if you are tired of single-use appliances this is the small kitchen appliance for you.

I have made dishes like a roast, or even beef short ribs in about 90 minutes from start to finish. This was perfect for when I have come home from work and wanted to have dinner on the table.

The pressure cooker feature of the Instant Pot enables me to have dishes that take a long time to cook in much less time. I will also confess that I have taken this to work on days we have had a pot luck, and I have literally cooked lunch at my desk, multiple times.

a bowl of beef stew

What can you cook in an Instant Pot?

You can cook so many things in an Instant Pot. Since it can cook in many different ways this pot is perfect to make all sorts of dishes. I have made things like soups, stews, risotto, roast, corned beef, beans, and so much more.

Since it can serve as a pressure cooker, steamer, slow cooker, rice cooker, and even a yogurt maker in the 7 in 1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker.

What is an Instant Pot?

I know, what you might wonder is what in the world is an Instant Pot anyway. An Instant Pot is a type of pressure cooker, but it does more. Pressure cookers may sound scary. These are not pressure cookers of the days of old.

There are horror stories of old-style stovetop pressure cookers and accidents that happened when they exploded. First off, let me dispel this myth. Modern pressure cookers do not randomly open. They only release or they only open when all of the pressure has been released.

The pressure in the Instant Pot can release in two ways, naturally, when you allow the pot to come to normal pressure with time. The second way is the quick release. The quick release is a value you move and it allows the pressure to be released on a controlled fashion.

Pulled pork tacos

Instant Pot Recipes

Here is a collection of my personal Instant Pot recipes. Since this works as a slow cooker, you can use any of your favorite slow cooker recipes in this multi-cooker. Keep in mind you can also steam, and use it as a rice cooker. I have even made homemade yogurt in one.

Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto
Instant Pot Stick of Butter Rice
Hard Cooked Eggs
How to cook a corned beef
Instant Pot Beef Stew
Cracker Barrel Mushroom Braised Pot Roast
Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot
Refried Beans

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Different Models of the Instant Pot

There are several models that are sold. One is the 6 in 1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, and there’s a more advanced model is the 7 in 1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker.

Both versions do the following: Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, and Steamer & Warmer. The 7 in 1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker also makes Yogurt.

There are three different sizes available, there is a 5 quart, 6 quart, and an 8 quart. I personally use the 6 the quart only.

They also sell a blue tooth/wifi enabled model as well. For me it’s a good size, I can do a decent sized roast in there, or even cook corned beef. If you have a super large family you may want to consider the 8 quart model.

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W

Instant Pot IP-LUX60 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart 1000-Watt

Instant Pot IP-Smart Bluetooth-Enabled Multifunctional Pressure Cooker, Stainless Steel

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I hope you give serious consideration to an Instant Pot. It helped me clean out the clutter in my kitchen. I literally gave away my rice cooker, my steamer, and a couple of slow cookers as well. I only have so much room for kitchen appliances in my pantry, and when one appliance knocked out several others, and it worked well. I passed along those appliances to others.

Recommended Cookbooks for your Instant Pot

The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals
The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot: 80 Easy and Delicious Plant-Based Recipes That You Can Make in Half the Time
Instant Pot Top 500 Recipes: (Fast and Slow Cookbook, Slow Cooking, Meals, Chicken, Crock Pot, Instant Pot, Electric Pressure Cooker, Vegan, Paleo, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch and Fast Snacks)

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. R. Stein

    I bought the 3 qt instant pot because I’m cooking for two people. All the recipes are for larger pots. How do I handle this? Just cut ingredient quantities in half?

  2. Bmoviegirl

    If you get one then get the Non connected one. You DO NOT need a Bluetooth connected pressure cooker. Just look at the Boston Marathon tragedy. They are NOT secure. People can break into your home network. The connected version is a bad idea so please just don’t buy one.

  3. ken Gaubert

    I live near New Orleans and I use my Elite 10 qt pressure cooker at least two days a week.
    Pressure cooking is not good for every dish but with a little adjusting of amount of liquid and
    Cooking time you can do about 75% of the dishes you like. It’s a trial and error issue for the first time one tries a new dish but you will get the hang of it.
    You will definitely love this method of cooking.


  4. Gale Christensen

    I’ve been thinking a lot about getting one of these, I really think I’d love it.
    But all the recent bad reviews on Amazon have me really leery. If a seller on Ebay had that many bad reviews, I’d shop elsewhere. I know of instances of people being paid to write positive reviews on Amazon. Maybe I’m just a worrywart.
    Does anyone who reads this page have one that didn’t work? Or broke right away? I just really don’t want to make such an investment to end up with something useless.

    • Stephanie

      I can’t speak for every bad review on the Instant Pot. Taking a look at the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W it has over 13,000 reviews, the average rating is 4.7. That’s really high. Looking on the top page right now, someone gave it a 2 because it was complicated. 1 person out of about 10. It wasn’t that the pot broke, it was because they found it complicated.

      I can only tell you, I have had one of mine for 4 or 5 years now, I have never had any trouble. I bought another one, used it, no trouble. Most people I know that have them, *Love* them. The manufacturer has a warranty on it breaking immediately, so you should be covered there. Amazon has a return policy. So I don’t know how to tell you to mitigate the risk. Purchasing anything comes with a decision. Good luck in making your decision.

  5. Diane R

    I got my Instant Pot last year. I really like it and I can make a great homemade spaghetti sauce in 5 mins!. My pot is well made and I have had no issues with it. Maybe someone got theirs confused with another brand? I am buying a second one for Xmas.

  6. Alyssa Seaton

    Have you tried your Olive Garden copykat Chicken and Gnocchi in the pressure cooker? I just ordered the the lux-60 6qt 6 -1 on a Black Friday deal and wondered if you had modified for the pressure cooker? I make the soup quite often it’s our favorite. 🙂

    • Stephanie

      No, I haven’t. I don’t think it needs to be pressured cooked. I’ll definitely consider a version for a slow cooker. Since gnocchi is different than pasta, I don’t think you can pressure cook gnocchi, as it may disintegrate under pressure.

  7. Cathy

    I got my insta pot last year. It took me a while to not let it intimidate me. Once I got going I was fearless. I have had no problems with mine. If anything was to happen to mine I would definitely buy another one.

  8. Stephanie

    I am sorry I haven’t seen the bad reviews on Amazon. I have used mine weekly for about 4 years now. I love it. I think the quality is quite good from the ones I have purchased, I am sorry the reviews drove you away.

  9. Sherrie Johnson

    I LOVE my Instant Pot. I have nothing but good to say about it. I really appreciate the fact that I can use the saute feature to brown my the meat…then the onions/mushrooms, etc., the use the slow cooker or pressure cooker. Great flavor. I’ve made rice with the rice feature, made cheesecake, meatloaf, delicious oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, and my favorite…yogurt! The very best yogurt EVER! I haven’t bought yogurt in almost a year now! I just now peeked at the reviews on Amazon and it reads: #5 rating: 84%, #4 rating: 9%, #3 rating: 2%, #2 rating: 1%, #1 rating: 4%. That’s out of 12, 339 ratings! I also like the Facebook Community for the Instant Pot. Such good recipes and ideas. But I’m especially loving your recipes here. I thank you for having such a wonderful website!!

  10. Becky T

    Love my insta pot so much I took it to a friends house for a week visit and had to fight to bring it back home. I did send her the information when it went on sale this season.

  11. Karen Talley

    I just ordered one today because of a Black Friday special. My daughter, who does not cook AT ALL, has one and raves about it. If it can convert her I figure it must be a special appliance and I can’t wait to try mine out. Thanks for the recipes.

  12. Travel

    I considered one of these a few weeks ago and then I read the reviews. Apparently the quality is quite poor and they break easily. So, no thanks.

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