Without a doubt, instant pots are the trendiest kitchen gadget of this decade. These handy countertop appliances make cooking easy and quick. Plus, instant pots double as slow cookers, too. However, these gadgets are complicated at best to operate, and their uniqueness means that traditional recipe cook times don't translate. Therefore, every instant pot chef needs cookbooks specifically made for instant pots to help them whip up meals if they want the end result to pass the taste test.
Here are 10 must-have instant pot cookbooks for any kitchen:
The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook
by Laurel Randolph
With over 500,000 copies sold, who wouldn’t include this on a list of best instant pot cookbooks? Randolph’s cookbook includes over 100 recipes and covers anything imaginable. Although most people find instant pot cooking to be an overwhelming undertaking at first, almost every review for this book mentions that Randolph’s explanations make using your instant pot easier than ever. From breakfast to beef to vegetarian-friendly meals, there’s something for everyone inside this one. In fact, the recipes are helpfully marked with flags such as family-friendly, fast weekday wins, meals that take over 45 minutes, and more.The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook is available in both hard print and ebook versions. Plus, this cookbook is officially endorsed by Instant Pot®.
Dinner in an Instant
by Melissa Clark
After her New York Times article went viral, Melissa Clark decided to continue testing out her instant pot, which led to the release of this delightful collection of recipes. A major perk of this cookbook is the flexibility Clark provides. For most recipes, she includes directions for both pressure cooking and slow cooking. Not to mention, there are plenty of dietary-conscious recipes for paleo, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals. Amazon offers a Kindle edition, plus both Barnes & Noble and Apple offer ebook versions of this cookbook.If you like this one and want more from Melissa Clark, check out her other instant pot cookbook, Comfort in an Instant.
Indian Instant Pot Cookbook
by Urvashi Pitre
Dallas-based food blogger Urvashi Pitre is now known as the “Butter-Chicken Lady” after sharing her instant pot version of the beloved recipe. In this cookbook, each recipe is laid out in an approachable, easy manner, meaning even the most novice cooks can master the flavors of India in mere minutes. Pitre’s book also includes a handy list of ingredients to stock your pantry, brief information on each dish, and great substitution suggestions for less commonly stocked items.Pitre’s Indian Instant Pot Cookbook is a great addition to your instant pot cookbook collection if you enjoy mixing things up from time to time. Not to mention, Amazon offers this cookbook in both Kindle and spiral-bound versions.
The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook
by Coco Morante
Author Coco Morante is known as an instant pot recipe expert. In fact, her Facebook page boasts over 500,000 followers! So, it’s no surprise that The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook appears on numerous "best instant pot cookbook" lists across the internet. Unlike some other books that include complicated recipes you’ve never made, the items in this book based on simple dishes you already know and love. These recipes are streamlined for busy, working mothers and people who need quick-prep goodies for parties. This cookbook includes a total of more than 75 recipes (and beautiful pictures to boot).If you’re looking for more by Morante to fit different dietary styles, she’s also released instant pot cookbooks filled with vegan recipes and healthy options.
How to Instant Pot
by Daniel Shumski
Daniel Shumski developed this recipe collection so people could use the pressure cooking appliance in both simple and exciting ways. In fact, many of the recipes build on each other so that you can apply the skills you learned from the basic recipes to more dazzling culinary delights as you feel more comfortable cooking. What really makes this particular cookbook stand out is how it’s divided into sections based on functions, like pressure cooking, slow cooking, and steaming. Each section includes a detailed explanation of that particular cooking method and some potential problems you may bump into.How to Instant Pot is hailed as a must-have for nearly every instant pot cookbook collection. Like others on this list, Shumski’s cookbook is available in both hardcopy and ebook options. Bonus: This book contains “quick fixes” to add a little flavor or enhance dishes that didn’t turn out as expected.
The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot
by Kathy Hester
Kathy Hester’s The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot provides quick and easy plant-based meals for cooks of nearly any skill level. This book’s layout really stands out, and it’s obvious that Hester took the time to carefully plan out the chapters. The cookbook starts with five simple starter recipes so you can feel acquainted with your instant pot, then it moves into sections on budget-friendly meals, meals to include whole grains, layered meals, and more. Hester also provides some great ways to use your instant pot to make wonderful non-dairy items such as pressure cooker almond milk, cauliflower sour cream, ricotta, queso, and non-dairy yogurt.The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot really makes vegan cooking a breeze with your instant pot. Also, you’ll easily find it available in both hard copy and ebook options.
The Instant Pot Bible
by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
The Instant Pot Bible is noted as the most comprehensive instant pot cookbook ever published. With over 350 recipes, you can make everything from hearty breakfasts to delicious desserts with just this one cookbook. Also, unlike some instant pot cookbooks which only contain recipes for one size of instant pot, this book provides recipes made for every single model of instant pot, including the Instant Pot MAX. Plus, Weinstein and Scarbrough included many tips, too.
If you’re curious how to prevent grains from becoming soggy and how to cook extra tender meat, this book is definitely for you. There are e-cookbook options of this available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google.
The Essential Mexican Instant Pot Cookbook
by Deborah Schneider
Serve the vibrant flavors of Mexico in mere minutes with this collection of instant pot recipes by Deborah Schneider! The Essential Mexican Instant Pot Cookbook includes straightforward, delicious recipes to make Mexican favorites such as hearty posole soup, sizzling steak fajitas, tender carnitas tacos, stuffed tamales, flan, and more. Another feature that makes this particular instant pot cookbook worth the purchase is the section on Mexican chiles. Also, don’t forget the entire section dedicated to salsas and hot sauces!
If you’re a fan of Mexican cuisine but don’t have the time to spend all day sweating over some enchiladas, The Essential Mexican Instant Pot Cookbook is a great time saving approach to one of the best cultural foods.
Skinnytaste One and Done
by Gina Homolka & Heather K. Jones
Skinnytaste One and Done is the ultimate cookbook for someone who loves saving time with all the modern appliances. In addition to instant pot recipes, this cookbook contains instructions for making good eats with your air fryer, dutch oven, grill, and slow cooker. Each recipe includes nutritional information from registered dietitian Heather K Jones, which makes it easy to work toward your health goals. Furthermore, all the recipes in this cookbook are also listed in Weight Watchers.
Helpful icons help you pick meals based on the preparation/cooking methods and dietary restrictions you need. Also, the recipes stay easy with short ingredient lists and instructions on a single page.
by Barbara Schieving & Marci Buttars
One common complaint about instant pot cookbooks is that the dessert options are limited to cheesecakes, puddings, and yogurts. Instantly Sweet changes all that, though! This book includes delicious lava cakes, cobblers, pies, compotes, and more! These recipes are easy to follow, don’t heat up your house like a traditional oven, and often come out more moist and delicious. With over 75 scrumptious selections, you can become everyone’s favorite dessert genius in half the time it traditionally takes to make sweet treats.
Note: All recipes in this book were made using a 6 quart instant pot. Be aware that recipes cannot be doubled and that different size instant pots may require more water and slightly different cooking times.
What's the best instant pot cookbook for you?
As you can see, instant pot cookbooks come in many forms! Just like any traditional cookbook, everyone finds a favorite or two, though. With these 10 books on your shelf (or counter), you'll feel ready to dazzle any guest or feed an entire army in less than an hour! Pretty cool, right?