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pressure cooker meatballs in a bowl

Instant Pot Meatballs

These easy meatballs are juicy, effortless, made from pantry staple and require only a few mins cooking in the Instant Pot.
Course Main
Cuisine American, Western
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 333kcal


Instant Pot Meatballs:

  • 1.5 lb (675 g) ground beef or turkey fresh or frozen
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 spring onions scallions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese optional
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic purée
  • 2 eggs
  • salt to taste

Meatballs Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 x 14 oz (2 x 400g) cans of diced tomatoes sugar free
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1-2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning


Cooking Instructions

  • Combine all meatball ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Form the mix into balls using your hands or a small ice cream scoop.
  • Oil the Instant Pot insert then add the meatballs, in layers trying not to squash them.
  • Pour the tomatoes, water, vinegar and herbs over the meatballs.
  • Cover the Instant Pot, Seal, select manual or pressure cook, choose high pressure and set the time to 5 mins.
  • Cook till done, allow 10 mins natural pressure release and then quick pressure release the rest.


The total cook time does not include the time it takes for the Instant Pot to get to pressure and the time for the natural pressure release.


  • This was designed as a 'one pan dump everything in and press go' recipe for busy moments in your life. If however you have time and prefer to, then please and go ahead and brown the meatballs first. Just brown them using the sauté function in batches in the Instant Pot till done. Don’t forget to deglaze the pot before cooking the meatballs in tomato sauce if you brown the meatballs first.
  • To make life even easier feel free to use a pre-made tomato sauce or some store-bought pasta sauce.
  • You can absolutely use regular breadcrumbs if you are not following a low carb or gluten-free diet.
  • I find beef (or pork) with some fat work best in this recipe. However, if you are trying to reduce the calories then by all mean use lean beef.
 Weight Watcher Points
If you use calorie-controlled cooking spray instead of olive oil in Step 3 as well as lean turkey mince, there are 2 Blue Plan SmartPoints per serving.
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Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 11.2mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 3.4mg