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30+ Healthy Instant Pot Recipes for Weight Loss

Thanks to your Instant Pot, you can make a myriad of healthy meals that can help you lose weight for good!
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Having a slow cooker is nice and all, but have you tried the Instant Pot? Some even say that the Instant Pot gives the same great taste as a slow cooker, but with the convenience of time. For most of these healthy Instant Pot recipes, you can have a scrumptious dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. Get ready for meat that will melt-in-your-mouth, comforting soups that will soothe your soul, and spicy dishes that will make your heart sing. Plus, if you're trying to lose a few extra pounds, these recipes can easily be made low-carb!

So if you're in the market for more healthy Instant Pot recipes to try at home, here are some of our absolute favorites to cook. And for more, don't miss these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.

Instant Pot Steak Fajitas

holding steak fajita filling with tongs from an Instant Pot
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In less than 30 minutes you'll have yourself a delicious meal for a crowd with almost minimal effort on your end! These Instant Pot steak fajitas can be served on warm tortillas, or on a bed of greens with a heaping amount of guacamole.

Get our recipe for Instant Pot Steak Fajitas.

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Instant Pot Keto Cheeseburger Soup

bowl of keto cheeseburger soup
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Typically, cheeseburger soup consists of the following delicious ingredients: ground beef, cheese, and potatoes. But what if you're attempting the keto diet and can't have those extra net carbs? Whether you're attempting to go low-carb or simply looking for some healthy Instant Pot recipes, this cheeseburger soup is perfect to have for dinner (or lunches!) throughout the week.

Get our recipe for Instant Pot Keto Cheeseburger Soup.

Creamy Instant Pot Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese

scoop of cheesy cauliflower mac and cheese from an instant pot
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Macaroni and cheese is a classic dish that has two important ingredients: macaroni and cheese sauce. Clearly, a dish where you substitute macaroni with cauliflower couldn't be called "mac and cheese" simply by nature. So while it technically isn't true mac and cheese, this Instant Pot cauliflower mac and cheese is strikingly similar to the real thing and is the perfect alternative for anyone trying to go low carb.

Get our recipe for Creamy Instant Pot Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese.

The easy way to make healthier comfort foods.

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken with Spinach

creamy chicken with spinach and cracked black pepper from an instant pot
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This Instant Pot creamy chicken will go well with all kinds of dinner sides. For a low-carb option, serve this creamy chicken with some extra vegetables like cauliflower rice and parmesan-roasted broccoli. For a balanced meal, enjoy this chicken with our oven-baked fries and roasted carrots.

Get our recipe for Instant Pot Creamy Chicken with Spinach.

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

chicken tikka masala with naan bread
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Craving Indian food, but don't have any Indian take out places near you? Don't worry, you can make your own version of chicken tikka masala—thanks to your handy Instant Pot—right at home! Toast up naan to go with it, or for a low-carb version, simply serve this Instant Pot chicken tikka masala with cauliflower rice.

Get our recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala.

Instant Pot Tilapia with Vegetables

cooked tilapia with vegetables on a plate garnished with parsley
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Served with cooked carrots and green beans, this tilapia is full of flavor thanks to the vegetable broth and the extra butter. If you're looking to round out your meal, you can always serve the fish with some crispy oven-baked fries on the side. Or keep it a keto Instant Pot tilapia by simply enjoying it with the buttery vegetables and fish.

Get our recipe for Instant Pot Tilapia with Vegetables.

Instant Pot Shrimp and Broccoli

shrimp and broccoli with cauliflower rice sprinkled with sesame seeds green onions and sriracha
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Shrimp doesn't need a ton of time to cook, which is why this Instant Pot shrimp and broccoli recipe is the perfect recipe to whip up on a busy weeknight. Served on rice, or cauliflower rice to keep it low-carb, this recipe is one that you're going to want to make again and again.

Get our recipe for Instant Pot Shrimp and Broccoli.

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings

finished chicken wings with blue cheese dip and celery on a plate
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Thanks to this very handy appliance, you can enjoy buffalo chicken wings at home using one of our easiest healthy Instant Pot recipes. The best part? You won't need to deep fry these wings to get them crispy!

Get our recipe for Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings.

Instant Pot Chili

spoon holding up chili from a bowl
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Looking for a low-carb chili? Just take out the beans! This Instant Pot chili recipe doubles up on the meat and keeps the net carb count super low.

Get our recipe for Instant Pot Chili.

Instant Pot Chocolate Pudding Cake

Whole30 instant pot chocolate pudding cakes in ramekins on table
Posie Brien / Eat This, Not That!

We sing praises to the Instant Pot any chance we get, and we're especially excited about using it to "hack" desserts. These quick Whole30-approved chocolate pudding cakes are steamed under high pressure in the Instant Pot and ready in about 10 minutes total.

Get our recipe for Chocolate Pudding Cakes.

Instant Pot Lemon Cake

whole 30 lemon cake in pan
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Think you can't have cake while on the Whole30? Think again! This lemon cake will satisfy your sweet craving while attempting the Whole30 diet. The only source of sweetness here is date syrup because dates are the only Whole30-compliant sweetener. The cake is also dairy-free by swapping in coconut milk.

Get our recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Cake.

Instant Pot Chicken Zoodle Soup

Whole30 instant pot chicken zoodle soup
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Chicken noodle soup is the ultimate comfort food, especially during the cold weather months. We've made our special light version by swapping in zucchini noodles for regular noodles, which makes this recipe gluten-free, paleo, and Whole30-approved. Basically, the healthiest chicken noodle soup you could possibly have.

Get our recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Zoodle Soup.

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken

cooked lemon chicken inside an Instant Pot
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Cooked in chicken broth with a touch of fresh lemon juice, this lemon chicken is one of our favorite healthy Instant Pot recipes. Pair it with some easy sides like roasted broccoli or Brussels sprouts for a well-rounded meal.

Get our recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Chicken.

Instant Pot Cacio e Pepe Spaghetti Squash

cacio e pepe spaghetti squash
Courtesy of The Lighter Step-By-Step Instant Pot Cookbook

Forget carbs! Spaghetti squash is all you need to make a delicious plate of Cacio e Pepe. Plus an Instant Pot, of course.

Get Jeffrey Eisner's recipe for Instant Pot Cacio e Pepe Spaghetti Squash.

Instant Pot Tofu Tikka Masala

instant pot tofu tikka masala
Courtesy of The Lighter Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook

You'll never call tofu "boring" again after trying this flavorful recipe!

Get Jeffrey Eisner's recipe for Instant Pot Tofu Tikka Masala.

Instant Pot Mug Cakes in Mason Jars

four Mason jars of mug cakes
Courtesy of The Lighter Step-By-Step Instant Pot Cookbook

How cute are these mini mug cakes? Perfectly portioned and made with healthy ingredients, they're a dessert you can feel good about.

Get Jeffrey Eisner's Recipe for Instant Pot Mug Cakes in Mason Jars.

Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

instant pot wild rice soup
Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Looking for a bowl of comforting (yet filling) soup for lunch? This wild rice soup will certainly soothe the soul. Enjoy with some crusty bread to round out your meal.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas

instant pot crispy carnitas
Gimme Some Oven

Slow-cooker carnitas sure are delicious, but if you don't have enough time to slow cook the meat, make this Instant Pot crispy carnitas recipe instead! Serve with a pineapple slaw for that delectable combination of salty and sweet.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

Instant Pot Coq au Vin

instant pot coq au vin
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Coq au vin is a classic, romantic dish to make, but can be a bit of a challenge when you're tight on time. Make it even easier for yourself with this flavorful Instant Pot Coq au Vin recipe.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

instant pot tortilla soup
Courtesy of Feasting at Home

Save yourself the extra calories (and carbs) from endless tortillas by enjoying a bowl of chicken tortilla soup instead. Simply slice up a few tortillas to go in the soup instead of completely going overboard on your carb count for the day.

Get the recipe from Feasting at Home.

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

instant pot steel cut oats
Courtesy of Well Plated

Rolled-cut oats are pretty easy to cook with, but cooking with steel-cut oats is a bit more of a challenge. Make it easier for yourself with this Instant Pot steel cut oats recipe, served with blueberries, sliced bananas, and chopped nuts.

Get the recipe from Well Plated.

Instant Pot Chicken and Potatoes

instant pot chicken and potatoes
Courtesy of Creme de la Crumb

Did you know potatoes are one of the most satiating foods? That's right! Choosing potatoes as one of your carbs for the day will actually make you feel fuller than bread or pasta would.

Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb.

Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar and Zucchini Soup

instant pot broccoli cheddar and zucchini soup
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Veggies and cheese? Yes, please! This comforting bowl of broccoli cheddar is the perfect meal for a cold, winter day. Cozy up with this soup and some crusty bread to pair, or for a low-carb alternative, serve with a big side salad.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

Hawaiian Chicken Tacos with Jalapeño Ranch Slaw

instant pot hawaiian chicken tacos
Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Made with juicy pineapple and spicy sriracha, these tangy Hawaiian chicken tacos will most certainly rank at the top of your favorite healthy Instant Pot recipes list.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

Instant Pot Non-Dairy Yogurt

instant pot yogurt in a bowl with fruit
Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

Scared to try making yogurt with your Instant Pot's Yogurt feature? Now's the time to give it a whirl! Thanks to this recipe by A Beautiful Mess, you can have easy non-dairy yogurt on a regular basis.

Get the recipe from A Beautiful Mess.

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

instant pot mac and cheese
Courtesy of Foodie Crush

Why settle for the boxed stuff when you can have creamy homemade mac and cheese right at home? Plus, if you're not feeling plain mac and cheese, you can spruce it up with different toppings using this recipe from Foodie Crush.

Get the recipe from Foodie Crush.

Instant Pot Vegan Mehti Chicken Curry with Soy Curls

instant pot chicken vegan methi
Courtesy of Vegan Richa

Vegans, rejoice! This chicken curry made by Vegan Richa can be thrown together in your Instant Pot. With all kinds of flavors and spices, even meat-eaters will come back for seconds.

Get the recipe from Vegan Richa.

Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken

instant pot honey garlic chicken thighs
Courtesy of Diethood

Who knew making chicken thighs would be so easy in an Instant Pot! For perfectly cooked chicken every time, cook chicken in your Instant Pot and whip up a recipe like this one.

Get the recipe from Diethood.

Instant Pot Vegetarian Gumbo

instant pot vegetarian gumbo
Courtesy of Cotter Crunch

If you love spicy food, you're going to absolutely love this vegetarian gumbo! Stuffed with all kinds of delicious vegetables, this gumbo is one of those healthy Instant Pot recipes you're going to want to make again and again.

Get the recipe from Cotter Crunch.

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Mac

instant pot cheeseburger mac
Courtesy of Foody Schmoody Blog

Skip the processed box of Hamburger Helper and make your own version of cheeseburger mac in your Instant Pot!

Get the recipe from Foody Schmoody Blog.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken

instant pot orange chicken
Courtesy of Fit Foodie Finds

Why order takeout when you can easily make it at home? This orange chicken Instant Pot recipe is so easy to make, you'll have dinner on the table faster than actually ordering Chinese for delivery.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.

Instant Pot Peanut Chicken

instant pot peanut chicken
Courtesy of Feasting at Home

If you're a fan of peanut butter, then we promise you're going to love this Instant Pot peanut chicken recipe. Served with sauteed greens, pepper flakes, and rice, this meal is well-rounded and will leave you feeling full and satisfied for hours.

Get the recipe from Feasting at Home.

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

instant pot butternut squash soup
Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

Keep it simple with creamy butternut squash soup for lunches this week! Thanks to this healthy Instant Pot recipe, you can prep a big pot of butternut squash soup to enjoy throughout the days ahead.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

Instant Pot Honey Teriyaki Chicken

instant pot honey teriyaki chicken
Courtesy of Creme de la Crumb

Served on rice or a bed of greens, this pulled honey teriyaki chicken is one of those easy healthy Instant Pot recipes you won't be able to shut up about.

Get the recipe from Creme de la Crumb.

Instant Pot Vegan Lasagna Soup

instant pot vegan lasagna soup
Courtesy of Vegan Richa

Don't feel like making a whole dish of lasagna? Throw together this healthy Instant Pot recipe instead! This deconstructed bowl of lasagna soup is vegan, meaning it cuts a lot of that extra cheese—and in return, the calories.

Get the recipe from Vegan Richa.

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