15 Most Popular Instant Pot Recipes of 2018 on Spice Cravings

January 4, 2019 (Updated: December 12, 2019) By Aneesha |

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I cannot believe 2018 is behind us!  Our tiny little team at Spice Cravings wishes you all a very Happy & Healthy 2019!   I also want to take this opportunity to thank you all for trying my recipes, loving them and sharing them.  This would be a perfect time to share some of the most popular recipes on Spice Cravings this past year.  So, here are the top 15 Instant Pot Recipes in 2018.  This list is based on analytics and reader’s reviews for recipes that were most viewed, cooked and shared by you all.

This list includes a spread of multi-cuisine recipes for breakfast, dinner and dessert, including, vegetarian, chicken, meat and gluten-free recipes .  I hope you have enjoyed cooking these recipes for your family and friends as much as we enjoyed developing, testing and filming them!  I look forward to your continued support and sharing many more tasty, healthy, quick & easy recipes in 2019!

Top 15 Instant Pot Recipes

#1: Thai Panang Curry in Instant Pot

Thai Panang Curry chicken made in the instant Pot, served with brown rice

Thai Panang Curry is a one of my family’s must-haves when we go to a Thai restaurant.   It’s a rich, mildly spicy and creamy coconut curry that can be made with Chicken, Seafood or Tofu (Vegetarian & vegan).   This easy panang curry recipe is part of my dump and start series, in which I cook tasty and healthy meals in an Instant Pot, with minimum effortin 30 minutes or less.

#2: Instant Pot Chicken Dum Biryani

Image for Chicken Biryani made in Instant Pot

Chicken Biryani or Chicken Dum Biryani is an Indian classic chicken and rice dish.  In this recipe, marinated chicken is steam-cooked with aromatic basmati rice and flavored with saffron and cardamom.  In this simplified Instant Pot Chicken Biryani recipe, I create authentic biryani flavors using the Instant Pot.  And it’s all done in around 35 to 40 minutes from start to finish!

#3: Rice Pudding: 2 ways – Indian Kheer & Mexican Arroz Con Leche

If you are looking for a comforting and delicious dessert, nothing comes close to a bowl of old-fashioned creamy Rice Pudding.  In this easy dump-and-start recipe, I transform three simple ingredients, rice, milk & sugar, into a rich and satisfying Indian Rice Pudding, called Kheer, or Spanish style Arroz Con Leche, using the Instant Pot pressure cooker!

#4: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup- pin it to pinterest

Coming at number 4, this recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is hands down the easiest comfort food recipe ever.  This recipe is the perfect combination of earthy, zesty and creamy.   Chili powder, cumin, coriander and fire-roasted tomatoes provide an intense earthy flavor to the broth, which contrasts so beautifully with the soft tender chicken, creamy beans and sweet corn.  A squeeze of lime before serving takes it over the top.  This super easy and delicious soup is the perfect finale to any day!

#5: Instant Pot Lamb Korma Recipe

Instant Pot Lamb Korma Pin

Lamb Korma is an Indian Mughlai dish, in which lamb stew meat is braised in a cream based sauce and toasted Indian spices.  Traditionally, this lamb curry is simmered for hours to reach the perfect tenderness and rich flavor.   In this easy Indian food recipe for Lamb Korma curry, I pressure cook the meat with aromatics, in a creamy coconut sauce, to a melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

#6: Instant Pot Egg Bites or Frittata Muffins: 5 ways

Pin for Instant Pot Egg Bites Frittata Muffins

Instant Pot Egg Bites or Frittata Muffins are a bite of comfort early in the morning!  They are warm, fluffy, flavorful and nutritious eggs bites that are shaped like muffins.  They are low-carb and gluten-free.   Cooking these is a 1-2-3 process– Beat eggs, top with your favorite mix-ins, cook them for 5 minutes in the Instant Pot – breakfast couldn’t get any easier than this!  In this instant pot egg bites recipe, I list 5 different flavors of mix-ins, ranging from Mediterranean to corn & pepper jack cheese.

#7: Instant Pot 3-Ingredient Ravioli Lasagna

Instant Pot lasagna recipe using fresh store-bought ravioli, cheese and tomato sauce.

Lasagna used to be a weekend dish for me, until, I made this weeknight twist on the classic: Quick Ravioli Lasagna. I call this semi-homemade dish Lazy Lasagna, because you need just 3-ingredients: store-bought fresh Ravioli, cheese and marinara sauce. I assemble the lasagna and cook it in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot. And just like that, we have a delicious instant pot Italian dinner ready, in a little over 30 minutes, with minimal effort.

#8: Instant Pot Brown Jasmine Rice

Fluffy kernels of brown rice cooked in Instant pot, served in a black bowl

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.   Brown Jasmine rice pairs really well with the #1 recipe above – Thai Panang Curry.

#9: Easy Instant Pot Butter Chicken and Saffron Rice

Indian Butter Chicken served with aromatic saffron Rice

Butter Chicken is one of my kids’ favorite Indian curries.  Tender and juicy chicken, cooked in a creamy-buttery tomato sauce.  In this super-easy adaptation of my recipe for Authentic Butter Chicken, I simplified the cooking process to be less than 30 minutes, without losing any of that amazing rich flavor.  And to make it a one-pot meal, I cooked saffron rice in the same pot, using pot-in-pot (PIP) cooking method in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.

#10: Instant Pot BBQ Ribs in 30 Minutes!

Instant Pot recipe for BBQ pork ribs

My husband loves ribs.  Over the years, he moved from making them on the grill to the oven and now in the instant pot.  It takes just 30 minutes of cooking time in the instant pot and the meat absorbs the rub and comes out juicy and super tender.  He finishes off the ribs by basting them with BBQ sauce and broiling them in the oven to get a terrific crust.   Now, he makes these instant pot BBQ ribs much more often than he could on the grill and the oven.

#11: Super Easy Instant Pot Indian Curry recipe

A jar of master Indian Curry sauce, that is a foundation for many lentils and curry dishes in Indian cuisine

Every cuisine has some basic ingredients that form the ‘foundation’ of many dishes.  This Indian curry recipe is a rich, aromatic and versatile Punjabi-style master curry sauce that forms the base for a variety of delicious north-Indian food dishes. You can make a variety of Indian recipes with this master curry recipe.  Some popular examples are Chana MasalaKidney Beans curry (Rajma)Paneer Mutter (Cottage cheese and peas)Everyday Chicken Curry, and believe it or not, even Butter Chicken!

#12: Instant Pot Minestrone Soup with Quinoa (Gluten-Free)

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup is one of easiest and tastiest soups that you can make in a flash.  It’s a perfect blend of hearty vegetables, tomatoey broth and fiber-rich beans.   I add my own twist by adding quinoa instead of pasta, and that makes it gluten-free and a great one-pot comfort meal for my family!

#13: Instant Pot Lamb Dum Biryani

Lamb and rice pilaf cooked with indian spices in an Instant pot, served in a copper bowl

Lamb Dum Biryani is an extremely popular meat and rice casserole from the Indian subcontinent.  Nutty basmati rice are flavored with aromatic spices like garam masala and saffron, layered with marinated lamb.  It is then steam cooked to perfection.   Pressure cooking the lamb and rice in my Instant Pot, helps to creates a steam cooking environment, called “Dum”, as a result of which there is a perfect harmony of infused flavors!

#14: Instant Pot Paneer Tikka Masala

Close up of Paneer Tikka Masala, cottage cheese cubes simmered in a tomato onion curry

Paneer Tikka Masala is the king of vegetarian dishes in north-Indian cuisine.  Tender pieces of cottage cheese are simmered in a traditional tomato-onion gravy.  The curry is seasoned with warm Indian spices, which gives it a bold taste.  This delicious dish is finished by adding some heavy cream, due to which the curry gets a buttery-yummy taste.

#15: Korean Spicy Chicken Bulgogi Recipe

A bowl of Korean bulgogi chicken served over jasmine rice

My family loves Korean food! My husband’s favorite dish is Bulgogi, which is grilled meat marinated with Gochujang (chili pepper paste), served on rice or lettuce cups.  This Instant Pot Korean Spicy Chicken Bulgogi Recipe is my weeknight, and pressure cooker friendly bulgogi recipe.  We use chicken, instead of pork or beef, which makes this dish lighter in calories, so a bit healthier.  I include a recipe for Spicy Pickled Cucumber Salad called Oi Muchim in the recipe card.

Bonus:  A Low-Carb Cocktail: Gin and Tonic

Low carb Gin Tonic Cocktail, Party Drinks

Not an Instant Pot recipe, but this low carb version of the classic Gin & Tonic made it to the top 25 and currently ranks among the top 5 in search, for Low-Carb Gin.  My husband and I love Gin & Tonic.  And because we like to watch our carbs, especially with cocktails, my husband developed this recipe with a simple hack, and reduced the carbs by half.   We just love it, hope you do too! Cheers!


Here is another great collection of the TOP 10 Instant Pot Indian Vegetarian Recipes on Spice Cravings

A collection of my Top 10 BEST Instant Pot Indian Vegetarian Recipes


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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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