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International Instant Pot® Recipes

POSTED December 31, 2019

Travel around the world in an instant with Instant Pot® recipes inspired by international cuisine! Everyone knows what a time-saver this pressure-cooking phenomenon is, but check out these memorable ethnic recipes, as well as some Instant Pot® hacks, to get even more from this amazing machine!

A Trip to Mexico in 30 minutes!

The best homemade chicken tortilla soup from Feasting at Home uses all fresh, natural ingredients—including dried black beans (one of the cheapest foods available in the grocery store) and skinless, boneless chicken thighs. Aside from cooking the onions first, you can just dump everything else in the pot and let the pressure cooker work its magic.

Try this topping tip: for the tastiest tortilla chips, spray strips of fresh tortillas with olive oil spray and a sprinkle of salt, and bake in the oven until crisp.

Nostalgic Polish Dinner in Six Minutes!

Polish grandmothers famously spent all day in the kitchen working with the ingredients on hand to come up with delicious and nutritious meals for their families. Back in the 1970s, someone adapted all that work to a crock-pot meal, and now, thanks to Instant Pot®, you can have this old-fashioned dinner ready in about six minutes! 

A Taste of Home’s Pressure Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage is perfect for families who aren’t crazy about a lot of spices and just like the basic “meat and potatoes.”

If this adaptation makes you wonder whether you can convert all your favorite slow-cooker recipes, the answer is YES! Here’s a hack from Hip 2 Save: as a general rule, if the meat dish cooks in eight hours on low or four hours on high in the slow cooker, it will cook in 25-30 minutes in the Instant Pot. Also make sure to add at least a 1/2 cup of liquid to the Instant Pot.

Instant Italian, Moroccan and Korean!

It’s not the time-consuming traditional way Italians make pasta, but YES, your Instant Pot® can cook pasta without turning it to mush! You’ll love this one-dish veggie pasta with marinara sauce and goat cheese by A Couple Cooks—they also have a whole bunch of other vegetarian recipes on their website.

Tired of the same old casserole-style recipes for one-pot meals? Then you will love this exotic, Middle-Eastern inspired Moroccan Chicken from Urban Bliss Life! The recipe calls for boneless chicken thighs, quinoa, chickpeas, garlic, ginger and onions, as well as a tantalizing mix of spices like paprika, turmeric, and cumin. The surprise ingredient—dried cherries—is what sends this meal to the moon and back!

Craving a restaurant-quality Korean-inspired beef and brown rice in a sweet and savory sauce? No one will ever suspect this entire meal was prepared in 35 minutes in an Instant Pot®. The creator of this recipe at Inquiring Chef shares this hack: you can cook brown rice in a bowl on a rack above the beef at exactly the same time, but it stays separate and doesn’t mix with the sauce!

Even better, with an Instant Pot®, you can use cheaper cuts of meat. Inexpensive stew meat or a chuck roast with lots of caramelizing does well in the Instant Pot, according to Cooking Light’s Beef on a Budget. So there’s no need for expensive cuts of beef for this delicious recipe.

Freeze Now for Even More Speed Later

How to make your already incredibly convenient Instant Pot even more convenient? Try this hack from Eat This Not That: freeze ingredients for your Instant Pot® meals. 

Because Instant Pots allow you to cook straight from the freezer and throw in all your ingredients at the same time, you can plan out recipes in advance and freeze them in round containers that fit right into your pot. This hack allows you to meal prep when you have time: on the weekends or at night after the kids have gone to bed. 

Fine Dining at Crystal Valley 

There are plenty of great eateries near the master-planned community of Crystal Valley —and the best one might be in your own designer kitchen! Check out this fast-growing community, with new homes from D.R. Horton, Kauffman Homes, Century Communities, and Richmond American Homes. There’s lots to do in the surrounding area, so stop by to find the new home of your dreams in ranch and two-story models, priced from the $300s.


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