The best Instant Pot recipes are so popular to make because they’re done in an appliance that combines the best of two culinary prep staples: pressure cookers and slow cookers. The versatility and ease of use that comes with owning just one device that can do both things is why Instant Pots have such die-hard fans. Another plus: The seemingly endless recipes you can whip up simply and quickly to make delicious appetizers, dinners, and even desserts.
The Instant Pot is a classic in the line of “set it and forget it” multicookers—and if you don’t have one, consider adding it to your holiday wish list ASAP. It works while you do something else, whether that’s preparing another dish (like an easy pasta recipe) or getting your place ready for a big party. You can use it to make entire meals, basic elements for larger dishes—think chicken for fajitas—or to create healthy substitutes of your favorite comfort food.
Here are a few of the best Instant Pot recipes, courtesy of pro food influencers, to get you started on your journey.