Release the Holiday Pressure With These Great Instant Pot Ideas

December 11, 2019

This holiday season, spend more time with friends and family and less time fussing in the kitchen. The Instant Pot Duo EVO is the perfect gadget to assist you with breakfast prep on hectic weekday mornings or to help you impress party guests with decadent desserts, like homemade cheesecake. With over 20 different enhancements, the Instant Pot Duo EVO is the fastest in the class, the all-time bestseller in the Instant Pot Duo series, and the easiest to cook with for new Instant Pot users.

We love using our personal Instant Pot from Bed Bath & Beyond to prepare show-stopping entrees, like Baby Back Ribs, or to concoct a batch of DIY Extracts, which make excellent stocking stuffers. This innovative appliance functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer and more to cook a variety of foods — all with a simple push of a button. Settings like Sous Vide and Bake make preparing chef-quality entrees and desserts a snap! Take home your own Instant Pot Duo EVO or spread a little holiday cheer and gift it to someone you love!

Perfect Instant Pot Eggs 

So Yummy

Ingredients:

  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • Toast, butter, chives, salt and pepper for serving

Preparation:

  1. Cut your egg carton in half. Stack the two halves on top of each other on the trivet in your Instant Pot.
  2. Add 1 cup of water to the inside pot.
  3. Seal and Pressure Cook on high for 5 minutes for hard-boiled, 3 minutes for medium jammy yolks and 1 minute for soft-boiled.

Instant Pot Cheesecake

So Yummy

Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 7 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • Cherry topping

Preparation:

  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Then pack into the bottom of a 6 inch springform pan.
  2. Cream the cream cheese, sugar and eggs until smooth and lump-free.
  3. Add in the vanilla and yogurt and mix to combine.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust.
  5. Add 1 cup of water to the inner pot of your instant pot, and add the cheesecake on top of the trivet in the pot.
  6. Seal the pot and press Bake, then Cheesecake and cook on high for 37 minutes. Quick release.
  7. Remove the cheesecake from the pot and allow to cool completely in the refrigerator.
  8. Top with cherry topping.

Instant Pot Lava Cakes 

So Yummy

Servings: 4

Ingredients: 

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3.5 – 4 oz dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Berries and whipped cream for serving

Preparation:

  1. Melt the chocolate and butter in a medium bowl.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, egg yolks, granulated sugar, and a pinch of salt. Mix until the batter becomes pale yellow.
    Add in and stir the chocolate-butter mixture with the egg mixture. Add vanilla extract. Then sift in flour. Mix everything together until everything is well combined.
  3. Spray the ramekins with cooking spray. Carefully pour the lava cake batter into four 6-ounce ramekins. Place trivet in Instant Pot, then stack the ramekins on top. Press Bake function and bake on high for 8 minutes.

Instant Pot Pad Thai 

So Yummy

Servings: 4

Ingredients for the sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon tamari paste
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup vegetable stock
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Ingredients for the Pad Thai:

  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ pack rice noodles
  • ¾ pound raw, peeled shrimp

Ingredients for garnish:

  • Chopped green onions
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Lime juice

Preparation:

  1. With your Instant Pot set to Saute on low — add the oil, ginger, garlic, green onions and carrots and saute for 3 to 5 minutes until soft.
  2. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Add the eggs and scramble quickly. Then mix into the sauteed carrots.
  3. Turn off the Saute function. Lay rice noodles on top, add the Pad Thai sauce, and lay the shrimp on top.
  4. Pressure Cook on high for 5 minutes.

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

So Yummy

Servings: 1 Rack

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • ½ tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 rack baby back ribs
  • 1 cup water
  • Optional: 1 cup barbecue sauce

Preparation:

  1. Mix all spices together and season the rack of ribs, front and back.
  2. Add the trivet and 1 cup of water to the inner pot of your Instant Pot.
  3. Roll the ribs up into one coil, and place the coil on the trivet in your pot.
  4. Seal your Instant Pot and Pressure Cook on high for 25 minutes, then quick release.
  5. Optional: Brown the ribs on a baking sheet in the oven set to broil for 5 minutes. Barbecue sauce may be added for extra sauciness.

Instant Pot Bread 

So Yummy

Servings: 1 Loaf

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl, combine water, yeast and salt. Let the yeast proof for about 3 minutes, then start adding in the flour.
  2. Mix the dough by hand until all the elements have combined and you have no loose flour. No need to knead.
  3. Place the dough in a greased, 6 inch cake pan.
  4. Add the pan to your Instant Pot, seal the lid and Proof at 80°F for 1 hour. The dough will double in size.
  5. Bake on high for 45 minutes.

Instant Pot DIY Extracts

So Yummy

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almonds
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • Peel of 1 lemon
  • Handful of mint
  • Bottle of vodka
  • 1 cup water

Preparation:

  1. Fill four medium-sized, heat-proof mason jars with mint, almonds, lemon peel and vanilla beans, respectively.
  2. Add vodka to each jar until ¾ of the way full, and seal the jars very loosely.
  3. With the trivet inside the Instant Pot, add your four jars. Then add 1 cup of water to the inner pot.
  4. Seal the pot in Pressure Cook on high for 30 minutes, then quick release.
  5. Allow the extracts to sit for 2 weeks, then use or gift!