The Best Instant Pot Hacks {That You’ve Got To Try!}

This collection of amazing Instant Pot Hacks includes all sorts of different and unexpected ways to use your Instant Pot. Save time and money by going beyond the usual soups and crack chicken recipes, and make your Instant Pot do even more!



While the Instant Pot is best known for making soups, stews, and meat, there are soooooo many other things you can do with this magical electric pressure cooker!

When it comes to making main dishes, you already know how the Instant Pot can save you valuable you time and money. But did you realize you can use your Instant Pot for much, much more?

Yeap. I’m talking everything: beverages, dried beans, grains, yogurt, jam, baby food, pickles, crayons, baked goods….and even wine! All can be made quickly and easily right in the Instant Pot.

So, if you’re ready to move beyond the basics and make your Instant Pot do more, read on and learn all about these amazing Instant Pot Hacks!

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How To Make Drinks in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Infused Waters – 4 Ways

Learn how quick and easy it is to make a batch of refreshing and and thirst quenching Instant Pot Infused Water. With 4 delectable flavor variations to choose from, keeping your taste buds happy is a breeze.

4 bottles of instant pot infused water with fruit and straws

Instant Pot Iced Coffee Concentrate

Mornings just got a whole lot easier (and tastier) thanks to this recipe for Instant Pot Iced Coffee Concentrate. With just 2 ingredients and 5 minutes of effort, whip up a batch and keep it in the fridge to enjoy all week long.

close up of instant pot iced coffee concentrate in a glass and a bottle with flowers

Instant Pot Orange Mulled Wine

Tis the season…for making flavorful Instant Pot Orange Mulled Wine! So deliciously warm and festive, you’ll want to make this Glühwein all season long.

three glasses of orange mulled wine

Instant Pot Iced Tea

Quench your thirst with this easy to make Instant Pot Iced Tea. With just 3 ingredients (although you can add much, much more), you can enjoy flavorful iced tea whenever the mood strikes.

3 glasses of Instant Pot Iced Tea with fruits and garnish

Instant Pot Wine

How To Make Wine In The Instant Pot by FoodNService

The rumors are true! It is entirely possible to turn regular grape juice into delicious wine using your Instant Pot. With these easy-to-follow instructions, you can have fun creating great tasting homemade wine.

How To Cook Dried Beans In The Instant Pot

Instant Pot Black Beans

Thanks to the Instant Pot, you can cook black beans in less than 1 hour…and with no soaking required! Perfect for meal prep, just whip up a batch of these Instant Pot Black Beans and use throughout the week.

Instant Pot Hummus

Making Instant Pot Hummus is easy with this no soak chickpeas recipe! All that’s needed is just a few pantry ingredients to easily make a classic hummus that is super smooth and silky.

creamy instant pot hummus in a bowl with chickpeas and spices on top

How To Perfectly Cook Grains In The Instant Pot

Instant Pot Rice – 4 Ways

Make perfectly cooked rice right in your Instant Pot! Whether you prefer Instant Pot White Rice, Instant Pot Brown Rice, Instant Pot Jollof Rice, or Instant Pot Mexican Rice, follows these instructions to get delicious rice that is cooked just right, each and every time.

overhead view of large black bowl containing white rice with a spoon sticking out

Perfect Instant Pot Quinoa

This dump and start Instant Pot Quinoa recipes gives you perfect quinoa every single time. It is effortless, easy and absolutely fail-proof. Great for meal prep!

A bowl of instant pot quinoa

Instant Pot Polenta

Making polenta in the Instant Pot means it does all the work for you. Just add the ingredients, stir, set it and forget it until it’s done and ready to serve. Serve this Instant Pot Polenta as porridge for breakfast, or as a creamy delicious side dish.

instant pot polenta breakfast porridge topped with nuts and served in a blue ceramic bowl with a gold spoon

Pop Corn In The Instant Pot

Instant Pot Popcorn

You only need 2 ingredients and a few minutes to whip up this easy Instant Pot Popcorn. An easy and healthy snack that the whole family will love.

3 bowls of Instant Pot Pocorn

This awesome 30-page Instant Pot Recipe Binder Printable gives you everything you need and all in one place. It contains all sorts of easy-to-use tools and helpful information to give you a truly organized and easily accessible recipe collection.

How To Make Holiday Meals In The Instant Pot

Instant Pot Whole Chicken

Yeap, you can cook a whole chicken in the Instant Pot! And in less than 45 minutes. This is a simple and easy-to-follow Instant Pot recipe that can be modified to suit your needs.

overhead view of instant pot whole chicken on a platter next to a knife

Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Garlic Butter Gravy

Making Thanksgiving dinner just got a whole lot easier, thanks to this recipe for Instant Pot Turkey Breast. In less than an hour, you can enjoy moist and tender turkey smothered in a delectable garlic butter gravy.

Garlic Butter Gravy being poured onto the Instant Pot Turkey Breast that is sliced and ready to serve on a white platter

Dump and Start Instant Pot Lamb Shoulder

Use the Instant Pot to cook succulent fall-apart lamb shoulder in far less time than the traditional oven-roasted method. Perfect for serving at Christmas or Easter.

A platter of sliced Instant Pot Lamb Shoulder garnished with fresh herbs and pomegranate seeds

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage is ready to serve in less than 2 hours! This traditional combination of tender juicy meat and flavorful vegetables makes a hearty and satisfying holiday meal.

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage ready to serve on a white platter with parsley and carrots

How to Make Baking Easy With The Instant Pot – Proof Dough, Extracts And More

Chili Herb Instant Pot Pizza Dough

Use the Instant Pot to make chili herb pizza dough in less than an hour! Enjoying delicious and flavorful homemade pizza has never been easier.

a finished pizza made with chili herb instant pot pizza dough and ready to serve

Instant Pot Cinnamon Rolls

Making Cinnamon Rolls in your Instant Pot is so easy, you’ll never want to make them any other way again. And all it takes is 30 mins to proof the dough right in the Instant Pot!

a plate of 3 instant pot cinnamon rolls ready to be served

Instant Pot No Knead Muesli Bread

With the Instant Pot, you can bake up delicious crusty homemade bread with absolutely no kneading required!

Instant Pot Bundt Cake

Yeap, it is entirely possible to bake a cake in the Instant Pot! And this Instant Pot Rainbow Bundt Cake recipe requires just 10 mins of effort and a handful of everyday pantry ingredients.

2 slices of rainbow cake

Instant Pot Homemade Vanilla Extract

Every baker needs vanilla extract. And using the Instant Pot to create your very own homemade vanilla extract is easy and fun! DIY extracts are more economical than store-bought, plus they are a great homemade gift.

The completed Instant Pot Vanilla Extract packed in individual bottled and tied with handwritten gift tags

Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract

Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract is a great addition to every pantry. It’s perfect for those fall recipes. And it has soooooo much more cinnamon flavor as compared to ground cinnamon. Great for holiday gifting too!

Three small bottles filled with Instant Pot Cinnamon Extract tied with a handwritten label and placed on a blue cloth towel alongside two cinnamon sticks

How To Make Instant Pot Jam

Instant Pot Orange Strawberry Jam

This Instant Pot Strawberry Jam recipe comes together in just a few minutes, and can be made using fresh or frozen berries. The Instant Pot makes it so easy to enjoy delectable homemade jam all year long.

Pinepple Jam in the Instant Pot by Mrishtanna

This recipe for Instant Pot Pineapple Jam is not just delicious, it is super easy to make. And with no refined sugar added, this is a healthier homemade jam recipe that you’ll love.

How To Make Instant Pot Yogurt

Thick and Creamy Yogurt

Once you’ve make this thick and creamy Instant Pot yogurt, you’ll never want go back to store-bought again. Making homemade yogurt in the Instant Pot is so easy, and requires only 2 ingredients and 2 steps.

a serving of instant pot yogurt with strawberry jam

Coconut Milk Yogurt by Mrishtanna

It’s easy to make delicious homemade dairy-free vegan yogurt in the Instant Pot. Just the thing for breakfast, snacks or desserts.

Instant Pot Accessories Let You Do So Much More

There are sooooo many wonderful accessories for the Instant Pot. From baking pans, silicone molds, and extra-long tongs to custom decals for decorating your pot, Adding accessories to your Instant Pot arsenal will help you cook up even more great-tasting food.

I’ve even created a super helpful shopping guide that includes some of my favorite Instant Pot Accessories. Yeap, each one of these items makes it even easier – and more fun – to do more with your Instant Pot.


You can also Check out this list of the  Best Instant Pot Cookbooks you can get, which can help you get the most out of your Instant Pot.

Use the Pot-in-Pot (PIP) Method

Peeps, if you haven’t yet tried the pot-in-pot method (or PIP), you are seriously missing out. PIP simply means placing your food items inside a dish, pan or pot that is then placed inside the Instant Pot insert to cook.

Not only is this method necessary for certain recipes (making the polenta porridge shown below, for example), it is also a great way to cut down on how often you have to clean the Instant Pot insert. Super helpful for those times when you want to use the IP again right away.

But the biggest benefit of pot-in-pot cooking is that you can make two separate parts of the same meal, at the same time, right inside the same Instant Pot. Being able to cook your main dish and a side simultaneously, in the same IP, is a total game changer!

Crafting With The Instant Pot

How To Make Instant Pot DIY Crayons by The Awefilled Homemaker

How’s this for an unexpected Instant Pot hack? These cute DIY crayon molds are a great way to give new life to broken crayons. An easy craft project that you and the kids will love.

Instant Pot Tie Dyed Eggs by This Ole Mom

These Instant Pot tie dye eggs are fun and easy to make. This is a super creative way to dye eggs using your Instant Pot and silk ties. Plus it only takes 5 minutes to produce these beautiful, one-of-a-kind dyed eggs. 

Even More Instant Pot Hacks

How To Make Pickled Jalapenos by My Dainty Soul Curry

Pickled jalapeños are a delicious addition to all sorts of dishes. And the best part? Make them in the Instant Pot and they’re ready to serve in minutes.

Instant Pot Elderberry Gummies by The Awefilled Homemaker

Making these immunity boosting and totally delicious elderberry gummies in the Instant Pot is easy, fun and affordable!

Instant Pot Baby Food by The Typical Mom

Cooking baby food in pressure cooker really is quick and easy. You’ll feel good knowing exactly what goes into your Instant Pot baby food, and save money at the same time.

Homemade Dog Food In The Instant Pot by Traditional Cooking School

Use your Instant Pot to cook up delicious food for the four-legged friends in your life! Making homemade, fresh and healthy dog food is easy thanks to the Instant Pot.

What This Instant Pot Recipe Binder Includes:

This awesome 30-page Instant Pot Recipe Binder Printable gives you everything you need and all in one place. It contains all sorts of easy-to-use tools and helpful information to give you a truly organized and easily accessible recipe collection.

  • 1 Instant Pot Recipes Binder Cover
  • 1 Instant Pot Recipe Page
  • 9 Recipe Category Cover Pages (mains, appetizers, desserts, sides, drinks, 15-minute meals, pantry recipes, frugal and a blank page for you to customize)
  • 7 Specialty Category Cover Pages (low carb, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, keto, Weight Watchers, gluten free)
  • 1 Kitchen Conversion Sheet
  • 3 Inventory Sheets (pantry, fridge, freezer)
  • 2 Instant Pot Cooking Times Cheat Sheets
  • 2 Pre-Filled Instant Pot recipes (that can be made right away!)
  • 1 Notes and Tips Page

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  1. What a comprehensive collection of hacks. I don’t own an instant pot, but I do have a competitor product so I might just try one or two of these