50+ Easy Pantry Recipes

March 16, 2020 By Aneesha |

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Here’s a list of 50+ recipes that can be made with pantry and frozen ingredients for times when you are stuck at home due to weather, sickness or an emergency. These pantry recipes are easy to make using your Instant Pot, Air fryer or stove, and can be adapted to available ingredients, and most of all, they are healthy and tasty.

Bowl of bean chili, tofu curry, tortellini, pasta, lentils and lo mein noodles

A well stocked pantry and freezer can really come in handy at times when you are stuck at home for any reason and cannot do a grocery run for a few weeks.

The idea is to stock shelf-stable foods with common frozen ingredients, and use them efficiently. If you are wondering what all you should buy, here’s a post that will help:

How to Stock Your Pantry and Freezer

The recipes in this collection can be made with pantry and freezer ingredients, and offer easy substitutes so you can adapt and customize them based on availability of ingredients.

The key idea is that if you run out of an ingredient or two, you can get creative and substitute with what you have on hand and still enjoy a healthy and balanced meal. On that note, let’s get started!

Master Sauces

Here are some base sauces that can be made-ahead, doubled or tripled, and frozen for later use. Freeze in 1-meal portions in ziplock bags to optimize space. To reuse, simply thaw it in the refrigerator overnight, and heat as per recipe directions. Alternatively, you can stock store-ready substitutes in your pantry.

Instant pot pasta sauce, by Spice Cravings. The Everything But The Kitchen Sink Pasta Sauce is exactly what it sounds like, it's got a ton of veggies, aromatics, meat, cheese & tomatoes! I've always got a jar of this chunky, delicious, & super healthy sauce in my freezer. Make this sauce to clean up the fridge, when leftovers of veggies & cheese start piling up. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce
Hearty, delicious & healthy!  This Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce is an easy meal-prep recipe that makes weeknights dinners a breeze. It's also a great way to use up leftover veggies, cheese and meats in your fridge.  I call it my "Everything But The Kitchen Sink" pasta sauce.
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Master Curry Sauce - Punjabi Gravy by Spice Cravings. This Punjabi Gravy is a rich, aromatic and versatile master curry sauce that is the base for a variety of Indian curry dishes. This recipe starts with onions, ginger, garlic and tomatoes, simmered with warm Indian spices like garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and of course, salt, turmeric and cayenne. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Curry Sauce | Indian Onion Tomato Masala (Instant Pot & Stove)
This Indian Curry sauce is a flavorful and versatile master masala curry sauce that forms the base for a variety of Indian lentils and curry dishes. A great make-ahead and easy-to-freeze sauce.
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Bolognese sauce stored in a jar, ready for freezing
Easy Bolognese Sauce- Instant Pot & Stove
Chunky, meaty, full of vegetables, this delicious and slightly non-traditional Bolognese sauce elevates an everyday pasta dinner to a ‘feast’. Ground meat, carrots, celery, onions and tomato get transformed in to a flavorful ‘alcohol-free’ sauce in this easy pressure cooker or stovetop recipe.
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pesto recipe in black bowl with pine nuts, cheese, lemon and basil stems
10-Minute Pesto Sauce
This simple and classic 10-Minute Pesto recipe blends together basil, pine nuts, garlic, cheese and olive oil into the ultimate, vibrantly green sauce.
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tikka masala sauce with cilantro garnish in gray bowl on navy blue plate
Tikka Masala Sauce – Instant Pot | Stove
An authentic Tikka Masala Sauce recipe with a blend of spices that is smooth, creamy and ready in under 30 minutes in the Instant Pot or on the Stove.
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Tips for Making healthy and Tasty Meals out of the Pantry & Freezer

  • Aromatics and Flavor Base: Frozen aromatics like ginger, garlic and onions, and other flavoring vegetables, such as celery, carrots and peppers are great for adding flavor to your meals. You can buy frozen aromatics from the store, or freeze them yourself. These frozen veggies stay good in the freezer for a month.
    • For onions, peppers, carrots and celery, chop or pulse them in a food processor and store them in 1-meal portions and freeze.
    • or ginger and garlic, blend or mince, add to ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, transfer to a ziplock bag to save space.
  • Vegetables: Use frozen vegetables to add vitamins, minerals and fiber to your meals. Common examples are: spinach, broccoli, stir-fry medleys, soycutash, peas, corn, edamame (good source of protein), green beans, squash and peppers. Check here for a list of long lasting vegetables and fresh foods.
  • Protein: Tofu and Cheese stay good in the fridge for 3-4 weeks. Cheese can also be frozen for later use. Stock up your freezer with lean ground meats, chicken, shrimp or similar proteins that can help stretch a meal for a family. Beans and lentils are a great way to add plant based protein and fiber to your meals. Keep dry or canned beans and use them in soups, quesadillas, curries and more.
  • Pasta, Bread & Grains: Pick whole-grain pasta, bread, noodles and tortillas to increase the fiber content in meals. Buy tortillas and bread with a longer shelf life. Both of these can also be frozen for up to a month.
  • Spices and Seasonings: Most spices and sauces have a long shelf-life (months). Keep your pantry stocked with your commonly used one. Sauces like soy sauce, hoisin, Thai curry pastes, sriracha, chili garlic paste, pasta sauce, salsa add a ton of flavor to meals.

Notes and Tips About These Recipes

  • Beans: If using canned beans, use any kind you have on hand for the following recipes. Pressure cooking time remains the same.
  • Lentils: Dal Tadka recipe or Lentil Soup recipe can be used for the following lentils with adjusted pressure cooking times:
    • Red lentils: same time
    • Green Lentils: 10 mins pressure cook (high), NPR
    • Brown Lentils: 12 mins pressure cook (high), NPR
    • Black eyed peas (Lobiya): 15 mins pressure cook (high), NPR
    • Split chickpeas (chana Dal): 12 mins pressure cook (high), NPR
  • Veggies: Customize with what you have in stock. Carrots, celery, peppers can be added to any or all recipes. Canned baby corn, water-chestnuts, bamboo shoots are a great addition to Asian recipes. Frozen spinach, broccoli, peas, corn, edamame, soycutash are great source of nutrients. Frozen riced cauliflower can be added to soups and curries to bump up the fiber content (you can’t taste it).
  • Aromatics- Ginger, Garlic, Onions: Once you run out, use dry onion flakes, garlic and ginger powder. Here are easy substitutes based on trusted resources:
    • Onion: 1 tablespoon of dried minced onion equals 1/2 cup finely chopped onion.
    • Garlic: 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder for each clove of garlic
    • Ginger: 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger for 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • Paneer & Tofu can be used interchangeably. Most chicken recipes in this list can be substituted with either.
  • Chickpeas & Beans: Good to add to any rice pilaf to add protein and fiber to the dish.
  • Spaghetti noodles can be used for asian noodles recipes too, like in Lo Mein.
  • Full fat coconut milk is a good dairy-free ‘canned’ substitute for heavy whipping cream for curries and pasta.

Vegetarian Meals

These recipes are easy to put together with the following pantry and freezer items that can be stocked up for 3-4 weeks.

  • Pantry: Canned or dried Beans, Lentils, Canned Tomato (paste and diced), Jarred salsa, Jarred Pasta sauce, Jarred Roasted Red Peppers, Coconut milk, Thai curry paste, Cashews (can substitute with almond flour), Rice, Bread, Pasta, Tortillas and Quinoa.
  • Freezer: Frozen Paneer, Assorted Veggies (including spinach, green beans, carrots, peas, corn, peppers, celery, onion, ginger and garlic), Ravioli, Soy Meatballs.
Black bean chili with corn and peppers, served with a wedge of lime
Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot | Vegan Chili
If you're looking for an easy, comforting and delicious vegan chili recipe, you're going to love this dump and start Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot! Creamy black beans simmered with tomatoes, corn, peppers and fire roasted green chilies, and seasoned with taco seasoning and a secret ingredient!
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Black beans in a grey bowl, garnished with cilantro and cotija cheese
Creamy Black Beans in Instant Pot
Easy Instant Pot recipe for restaurant-style black beans! These creamy & delicious black beans are a perfect side for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, or any Mexican inspired meal. 
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Juicy, spicy veggie bean burger on a plate
Veggie Burger | Black Bean Burger
How about a delicious veggie bean burger with a golden brown bean-patty sandwiched between butter-toasted buns, smothered in sweet and spicy Sriracha-mayo sauce! 
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Moroccan Chickpea Soup served with olive oil and toasted baguette
Moroccan Chickpea Soup in Instant Pot
Easy Dump & Start Instant Pot recipe for Moroccan Chickpea Soup, a hearty and flavorful dish. Creamy Chickpeas cooked with fire-roasted tomatoes and earthy spices like cumin, coriander, cinnamon and paprika, give this vegan and gluten-free soup it's iconic bold and rich taste.
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Cut up black bean quesadillas served on a cutting board
Black Bean Quesadillas | Stove, Oven & Air Fryer
Crispy quesadillas filled with Mexican spiced black beans, peppers, onion, corn and lots of cheese! How's that for a delicious and filling 'One-Pan' meal in 30 minutes! This easy recipe for Black Bean Quesadillas is perfect for weeknights, game day parties, and makes a delightful school lunch.
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Indian Dal Fry served in a black bowl with steamed basmati rice
Instant Pot Dal Tadka | Indian Dal Fry with Rice
Easy pressure cooker recipe for a hearty and delicious one-pot Indian meal, Instant Pot Dal Tadka, or Dal Fry with Rice.  Split Pigeon Peas, also known as Toor Dal or Arhar Dal, are flavored with aromatics & spices, and cooked with pot-in-pot basmati rice.  Enjoy this popular Indian comfort food in just 30-minutes.
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Quinoa burrito bowl with sliced avocado
Mexican Quinoa in Instant Pot
Healthy, filling and so easy to make, this Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa is a delicious one-pot meal. Quinoa, beans, corn and peppers cooked in Tex-Mex style in just 30-minutes. This vegan and gluten-free dish is perfect for school lunches, picnics and potlucks too.
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instant pot chana masala served with rice and pickled onions
Instant Pot Chana Masala
A simple recipe for a popular Indian spiced chickpeas curry called Chana Masala.  This hearty and delicious curry is made with dry or canned chickpeas, which are rich in protein and are naturally vegan & gluten free.  Enjoy it over aromatic basmati rice, or pair with Naan.
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Zesty Instant Pot Lentil Soup
A Zesty Instant Pot Lentil Soup recipe that is both Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspired offers a hearty and comforting one-pot meal.
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Bowl of Indian spiced vegetable biryani with a side of yogurt
Instant Pot Vegetable Biryani
An easy Instant Pot recipe for Vegetable Biryani, a classic Indian dish made with assorted vegetables & basmati rice, flavored with herbs, spices & saffron.
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Creamy Broccoli cheese pasta with broccoli and carrots
Broccoli Cheddar Pasta in Instant Pot
Rich, creamy and cheesy, this Broccoli Cheddar Pasta is comfort food at it's best! This family-friendly one-pot meal is everything a Broccoli Cheddar soup promises, and more. Here's a 30-minute dump-and-start recipe for your Instant Pot pressure cooker. Enjoy!
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A chickpeas and rice pilaf served in a white bowl on a colorful tray.
Instant Pot Chana Masala Biryani | Chickpeas Biryani (Vegan)
Chana Masala Biryani or Chickpeas Biryani, is a combination of two popular Indian dishes, Chickpeas Masala Curry & Indian Rice Pilaf called Biryani!    I make this vegan dish in an instant pot, which really blends the flavors together.
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White bowl with Instant Pot Minestrone Soup
Instant Pot Minestrone Soup
This is my pressure cooker ‘pour-and-start’ recipe for Minestrone Soup. It’s delicious, healthy and a colorful blend of hearty vegetables, earthy broth and fiber-rich northern beans. I add my own twist by adding quinoa to it, and that makes it a great one-pot gluten-free meal!
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Indian kidney beans curry called Rajma served in a copper bowl
Rajma in Instant Pot | Red Kidney Beans Curry
An easy Instant Pot recipe for a traditional Indian red kidney beans curry, called Rajma. This popular vegan and gluten-free comfort food can be made with dry or canned beans and is best enjoyed with steamed basmati rice.
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A big bowl of Pasta fagioli Soup with red beans, pasta, celery and carrots
Pasta Fagioli Soup – Instant Pot | Stove
Dump & start recipe for a quick & tasty Italian vegetarian soup, Pasta Fagioli. This hearty soup is made by simmering pasta & beans in a rich tomato broth. This easy meal can be made in an Instant Pot or stove, and is ready in 30 minutes!
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A cup of Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup garnished with parmesan cheese
Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup (Instant Pot & Stove)
A bowl of this creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato soup is perfect for a cold winter evening.  Packed with flavor and nutrients, this healthy, gluten-free & vegan soup is ready to eat in 20 minutes. Make it in your Instant Pot or stove, and enjoy the flavors of Fall in a bowl!
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Vegetable Manchurian made in 30 minutes, served in a bowl with chopsticks
Veg Manchurian Recipe: Instant Pot & Stovetop Recipe
Vegetable Manchurian is a popular Indianized Chinese dish, in which vegetable meatballs are simmered in an asian flavored sweet, spicy and tangy sauce.  
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A clay bowl with palak paneer
Saag Paneer | Palak Paneer in Instant Pot
30-minute Instant Pot recipe for Palak Paneer, or Saag Paneer, a popular Indian curry made with soft paneer cubes simmered in a flavorful spinach gravy.
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Two bowls of Vegetarian Cheesy Taco Pasta
Taco Pasta – Instant Pot & Stovetop (Vegetarian)
This cheesy, spicy and yum Vegetarian Taco Pasta is the best of both worlds.  It’s good old hearty pasta dressed up in spicy and zesty taco seasoning. Here’s an easy 30-minute Instant Pot and Stovetop recipe for this weeknight family favorite. Enjoy!
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Easy Dal Makhani served in a black bowl
Dal Makhani in Instant Pot
This restaurant style Dal Makhani is a creamy, rich and flavor packed lentil curry made by cooking whole black lentils and kidney beans with aromatics and toasted Indian spices. 
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Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew- Misir Wot
Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew | Misir Wot in Instant Pot
Misir Wot is an Ethiopian lentil stew made by cooking lentils in clarified butter, ghee, and ‘Berbere’ spice blend.  I used the instant pot for this recipe, to bring down total cooking time to less than 30 minutes.
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A bowl of paneer butter masala, also known as, paneer Makhani, made in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
Paneer Butter Masala | Paneer Makhani in Instant Pot
An easy Instant Pot pressure cooker recipe for Paneer Butter Masala, or Paneer Makhani, a popular Indian vegetarian delicacy.  Made with Indian cottage cheese (paneer), simmered in tomato puree, Indian spices, and finished with a touch of heavy cream.
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basil pesto pasta in black bowl with fork on blue kitchen towel with grape tomatoes in a bowl
Basil Pesto Pasta
A two-ingredient Basil Pesto Pasta recipe cooks in just a few minutes in the Instant Pot or on the Stovetop for a versatile weeknight meal!
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Thai green curry with vegetables and Tofu served in a blue bowl
Instant Pot Thai Green Curry with Tofu
This slightly sweet and mildly spicy recipe for Instant Pot Thai Green Curry with Tofu beats take-out any day! It's a delicious vegan curry that comes together in less than 30 minutes, and is completely customizable.
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Quinoa vegetable biryani. A healthy twist to your everyday vegetarian biryani by Spice Cravings. Quinoa Vegetable Biryani/Pilaf is my healthy twist on a popular Indian classic, Vegetable Biryani! I replace rice with Quinoa in this recipe. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian
Quinoa Vegetable Biryani in Instant Pot
Quinoa Vegetable Biryani is my healthy twist on a popular Indian classic, Vegetable Biryani.  I replace rice with quinoa in this recipe and add vegetables and paneer with a biryani masala mix for a tasty and sumptuous meal.
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Instant Pot Rava Idli, savory steamed semolina cakes by Spice Cravings. These idlis made with rava, with mixed in corn, peas, carrots, and cashews. These rava idlis are soft and spongy and a real favorite with my kids. Made with semolina flour called Rava, this dish is a variation of the popular south-Indian breakfast dish called 'Idli' (steamed rice & lentil cakes). #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Instant Pot Rava Idli | Steamed Semolina Cakes
Soft & spongy rava idli is a favorite with my kids. It’s a variation of the popular south-Indian breakfast recipe called ‘Idli’ (steamed rice & lentil cakes). Made with semolina (rava), corn, peas, carrots, and cashews, these savory cakes make for a healthy & tasty breakfast or brunch. 
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Instant Pot Egg Bites | Frittatas Muffins (6 ways)
Instant Pot Egg Bites or Frittata Muffins are muffin shaped warm, fluffy and nutritious eggs bites that are steamed in an electric pressure cooker. These make-ahead frittata bites are gluten-free and ideal for a filling low-carb breakfast.
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Chicken & Meat Recipes

Stock up your freezer with ground meats, chicken or similar proteins that can help stretch a meal for a family and are also economical. Most of the recipes using chicken can be made with tofu or paneer, and vice versa. Here’s what you need from your pantry and freezer:

  • Pantry: Canned tomato, rice, pasta (noodles), coconut milk, Thai curry paste, canned baby corn, cashews (can substitute with almond flour).
  • Freezer: Frozen chicken, ground turkey (or any ground meat), veggies (including spinach, stir-fry medley, corn, peppers, celery, onion, ginger and garlic), fish (salmon/ mahi-mahi/ cod).
Chicken Lo Mein noodles served with chopsticks
Instant Pot Chicken Lo Mein
Instant Pot Chicken Lo Mein, an easy one-pot dump & start recipe for a popular Chinese takeout. Noodles, chicken & vegetables tossed in a sweet and savory sauce in 30 mins!
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A plate of shredded salsa chicken tacos garnished with onion and cilantro
3-Ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Tacos
If there was ever a contest for the “Easiest Chicken Taco Recipe Ever”, this recipe for 3-Ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken would win hands down! The only prep I do is open a packet of chicken, taco seasoning and a jar of salsa. I pressure cook the chicken, shred it and load it on to soft warm corn tortillas!  YUM!
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Chicken curry served in a grey bowl with a side of cucumber salad and cumin rice
Chicken Curry Recipe in Instant Pot
Easy and delicious one-pot Indian meal! Here is an Instant Pot recipe for an Indian style Chicken Curry cooked with pot-in-pot cumin flavored basmati rice! 
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White chicken Chili served in a white bowl
Easy White Chicken Chili in Instant Pot
This White Chicken Chili soup is a simple “Dump & Start” recipe. You add all the ingredients in a instant pot and let it do it’s magic. The only work you have to do after that is figure out what toppings you want to put on it.
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Thai Red Curry Soup recipe is a hearty, healthy, rich and creamy soup that can be made in 5 minutes in the instant pot. Filled with veges and your favorite protein like Chicken, its a perfect dinner dish. By Spice Cravings. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Thai Red Curry Soup
Thai Red Curry Soup recipe is a hearty, healthy, rich and creamy soup that can be made in less than 30 minutes in the instant pot.  Filled with vegges and your favorite protein like chicken, its a perfect dinner dish.
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Instant Pot Chicken Chili, By Spice Cravings. This is a spicy, tasty, quick 'n' easy, and healthier chicken chili recipe. Made with ground chicken, taco seasoning and creamy pinto beans, you'll love this protein and fiber packed warm bowl of goodness, on a cold, winter night too. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Easy Instant Pot Chicken Chili
Try this easy and healthy chicken chili recipe. Made in the instant pot with ground chicken, taco seasoning and creamy pinto beans, you’ll love this protein and fiber packed warm bowl of goodness on game day or on a cold, winter night.
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Easy Butter Chicken with Saffron Rice
Easy Butter Chicken and Saffron Rice (with Dairy-Free option)
Instant Pot Butter Chicken with Saffron Rice ! Tender and juicy chicken, cooked in a creamy tomato sauce, with pot-in-pot Saffron flavored Basmati Rice! This easy Butter Chicken recipe is a quick & easy ONE-POT meal, ready in 30 minutes. 
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A bowl of thai Massaman Curry made with chicken and assorted vegetables
Massaman Curry Recipe- Instant Pot or Stovetop
Massaman Curry, a mild and flavorful Thai curry with a perfect blend of sweet, spicy and creamy. A light squeeze of lime ties all the flavors together in this simple yet elegant dish. Here's a 30-minute pressure cooker and stove-top recipe for this delicious curry.
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Thai red curry served with brown rice in a brown bowl on a wooden backdrop
Thai Red Curry Salmon Recipe (Instant Pot & Stove Recipe)
An easy recipe for tender and flaky salmon simmered in red curry paste and coconut milk. This flavorful gluten-free Thai Red Curry Salmon recipe will be on your table in under 30 minutes!
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A bowl of American Goulash made with ground turkey and elbow macaroni
Instant Pot Goulash
A delicious comfort food recipe with ground meat and pasta cooked in a flavorful tomato sauce. This American-style Instant Pot Goulash comes together in one-pot in just 30 minutes!
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A bowl of chicken Saag curry served with basmati rice
Chicken Saag in Instant Pot (Chicken & Spinach Curry) | Palak Chicken
Here's a one-pot pressure cooker recipe for an Indian favorite, Chicken Saag, also known as Palak Chicken. This creamy and flavorful chicken and spinach curry is tasty, healthy and a breeze to make with this 30-minute recipe.
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Two bowls of gluten free chicken noodle soup made in instant pot
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup (Gluten Free)
This delicious and comforting soup is the best, easiest, and quickest homemade Chicken Noodle Soup I have ever made using my pressure cooker, Instant Pot!  You know a soup is awesome when it feels like a warm hug! 
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instant pot chicken korma with cumin rice in black bowl with fresh cilantro
Chicken Korma- Instant Pot | Stove
Chicken Korma, a mildly spiced Indian Chicken curry made by simmering chicken with floral Indian spices and creamy coconut milk. It's an easy one-pot meal with cumin rice cooked right alongside, ready in 30-minutes!
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Instant pot Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian spices by Spice Cravings. This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth.  This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Chicken Noodle Soup with Ethiopian Spices (Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker)
This classic Chicken Noodle soup is made by simmering chicken and vegetables, such as carrots and celery, spices, herbs and small noodles in chicken broth. This recipe uses the Ethiopian Spice blend called Berbere Seasoning to enhance the flavor and made in an instant pot.
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Instant Pot Chicken Wonton Soup
Easy Wonton Soup- Instant Pot & Stove
Easy weeknight-friendly recipe for a light and delicious, Wonton Soup. Simmer store-bought frozen wontons in a flavor-packed broth and enjoy this asian restaurant favorite in under 30 minutes. Here's a simple recipe for your Instant Pot pressure cooker or stove.
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Rice and Sides

Indian spinach rice with cashews
Spinach rice in Instant Pot | Spanakorizo
Aromatic basmati rice cooked with a boat load of spinach! Here's an easy pressure cooker and stovetop recipe for flavorful Spinach Rice, a healthy vegan and gluten-free side-dish, that compliments any meal!
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Indian flavored Instant Pot lemon rice
Instant Pot Lemon Rice
Fluffy grains of aromatic Basmati rice flavored with mustard seeds, curry leaves and fresh lemon juice. Here's an easy 30-minute Instant Pot and stovetop recipe for this flavorful vegan and gluten-free side dish, Lemon Rice.
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A dome of cooked coconut rice garnished with dried coconut and cilantro
Easy Coconut Rice- Instant Pot | Stove
Coconut Rice is a flavorful vegan, gluten-free side that pairs well with many asian entrées. In this easy 30-minute recipe, basmati or jasmine rice is cooked with unsweetened coconut milk in the instant pot or stove.
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Colorful mexican rice served in a grey bowl with a lime green napkin
Mexican Rice – Instant Pot | Stove (Tex-Mex Style)
Soft, fluffy and full of flavor, this easy pressure cooker or stove-top recipe for restaurant-style Mexican Rice will become your go-to side dish for Tex-Mex Night!
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A green bowl of white fluffy basmati rice
Instant Pot Rice | Perfect Pressure Cooker Rice
Here's a fail-proof recipe to make perfect Instant Pot rice.  Using this easy to remember recipe, you can enjoy light and fluffy Basmati or Jasmine rice in just a little over 30 minutes! 
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A partial view of a bowl of brown rice
Brown Rice in Instant Pot
Here is a simple dump-and-start recipe for making soft and fluffy Brown rice, using an Instant Pot pressure cooker.  Brown rice is an extremely nutritious whole grain rice, that is high in fiber, antioxidants and minerals.
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best instant pot quinoa in a blue bowl garnished with cilantro
Instant Pot Quinoa
A foolproof method for making Instant Pot Quinoa that is virtually hands-off and requires a 1-minute pressure cooking cycle for fluffy, tender grains.
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Fluffy and nutty Indian Cumin rice
Instant Pot Cumin Rice | Jeera Rice
Jeera rice or Cumin rice is a popular Indian side in which nutty basmati rice is cooked with aromatic earthy cumin seeds. It goes great with most Indian curries and lentils.
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easy rice pilaf with saffron in black bowl
Saffron Rice | Saffron Rice Pilaf
Saffron Rice Pilaf, or Pulao, is aromatic and nutty basmati rice simmered in a floral and fragrant saffron infused broth prepared in one of four ways.
Close-up shot of a sliced jalapeno cornbread
Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread- Oven & Instant Pot Recipe
A combination of sweet and savory, this cheesy Jalapeños Cheddar Cornbread is the perfect balance between moist and crumbly.  This recipe is an all jazzed-up version of my favorite store-bought cornbread mix.
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hard Boiled Egg cut in half, with salt and pepper
Easy & Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs (5-5-5 method)
Here’s an easy and fail proof recipe to make perfect Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs in a pressure cooker!  The popular 5-5-5 method works like a charm every single time and makes for some real-easy-to-peel boiled eggs.
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I hope you find these recipes useful and easy to stock for. With a little bit of planning and organizing, you can make healthy and delicious meals for your family from a well-stocked pantry and freezer.

For stocking tips, read this article on How to Stock Your Pantry and Freezer. If you have any suggestions and tips, or need substitution ideas, please comment below and let us know! Stay healthy my friends!


Aneesha holding a glass of white wine Hi, I'm Aneesha, a foodie by birth and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. Here I share quick, easy & healthy Indian & global recipes that are low in effort and big on taste! A recipe doesn't make it on the blog unless it is tested multiple times and gets a thumbs-up from my taster-in-chief, my husband, and my teen-chefs, my twin girls!

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