I have been cooking with my Instant Pot for years now, and it is by far one of my favorite tools to speed up the process of making dinner in my house. It’s super easy to throw together simple ingredients and create delicious comfort food that is sure to delight your whole family. It’s also perfect for making delicious vegan Instant Pot recipes for any meal of the day.
When I first got my Instant Pot, I wasn’t sure where to start – there are SO many one pot recipes out there. How would I know which would turn out well? Well, after some trial and error, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite healthy plant-based instant pot recipes. These are easy to make, chock full of plant-based protein, and come together quickly. Browse this list to discover my top recipes to make in the instant pot – and be sure to let me know which one is your favorite!
What Is an Instant Pot?
If you haven’t jumped on the Instant Pot train yet, you are going to want to by the end of this article. In short, it as a multi-functional electric pressure cooker that is safe, easy to use, and perfect for whipping up quick and easy vegan dinners. It comes in a variety of models and sizes, which you can explore at your leisure. I have the stainless steel Instant Pot Duo in the 6-quart size, which I have found is perfect for making my favorite recipes and fits my one-pot vegan recipes perfectly.
I bought an Instant Pot a few years ago after seeing some of my favorite influencers using the Instant Pot to make all kinds of simple plant-based recipes. Plus, it has such varied functionality: You can also use it to make grains, lentils, beans, and dessert – and you can even throw it in the dishwasher! Right away, I knew it would be a great addition to my kitchen… and I’m sure it will be to yours, too.
The Best Instant Pot Breakfast Recipes
One of my favorite things about the Instant Pot? You can use to it to create easy and quick to make meals at any time of day. While many people think of the pot as a go-to for soups, vegan chili, and rice dishes, you can also make oats in the Instant Pot. Here are a few easy Instant Pot recipes for breakfast.
#1: Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
Great for meal prep and a quick breakfast alike, this Instant Pot peanut butter oatmeal is a healthy vegan option to start your day with a boost of energy. This recipe is from Rainbow Plant Life, a site run by Nisha Vora. Nisha has tons of amazing recipes to make in your Instant Pot – and you can even buy her easy vegan Instant Pot cookbook on Amazon. Check out this delicious recipe right here.
#2: Stuffed Breakfast Sweet Potatoes
Want to branch out from Instant Pot steel cut oats? This vegan pressure cooker recipe is for you. Easy to make and ready in a matter of minutes, the sweet potato is stuffed with almond butter, maple syrup, and chia seeds. Try it right here to enjoy a sweet breakfast that feels a little more upscale than Instant Pot oatmeal.
#3: Instant Pot Apple Butter
This recipe for naturally sweeted apple butter is made using an Instant Pot – although it comes with directions to make it without an Instant Pot if you do not have one. It is one of my favorite vegan spread recipes, and the pot version means that you do not even have to peel the apples! This is the perfect breakfas topping on toast, cereal, oatmeal, and more. Check out the recipe here.
The Best Vegan Instant Pot Recipes for Soups
Whether you are making lunch for the day or meal-prepping for the week ahead, these Instant Pot vegan recipes are delicious – plus, they store well for about a week. Often, I will prep soup or another Instant Pot meal and freeze it so that it’s ready to go whenever I need a quick lunch or dinner on hand. Here are some of my favorite recipes for wholesome, tasty Instant Pot soups.
#1: Instant Pot Lentil Soup
This healthy vegan Instant Pot recipe is sure to gain an immediate spot on your favorites list. And the best part? It’s SO easy! Once you put the lentil in the Instant Pot, you are really just waiting until they are softened and read to go. This recipe also has potatoes that add to its hearty flavor and is easy and fast to make. You will get a big batch, so don’t be afraid to freeze it! Try this vegan lentil soup recipe here.
#2: Instant Pot Vegan Chili
Ready in just 20 minutes, this easy Instant Pot vegan recipe calls for two types of beans and is packed with plant-based protein. While your mom might have labored over chili on the stove all day, this plant-based Instant Pot version is a whole let less work – meaning that you have more time to kick back and relax before enjoying a bowl of chili for lunch. It’s easily one of my favorite vegan Instant Pot recipes.
#3: Instant Pot Pumpkin Lasagna Soup
Sounds weird, right? That’s what I thought at first too – but this Instant Pot vegan stew is one of the most delicious lunches I have ever thrown together! It is even topped with a delicious vegan parmesan cheese … in other words, what’s not to love about this easy pumpkin recipe that is cooked in the Instant Pot? Trust me on this one. Try it right here.
My Favorite Plant-Based Instant Pot Recipes
Need some more inspiration? Check out these links to some more of my favorite quick and delicious Instant Pot recipes. They are sure to blow your mind!
- Instant Pot pasta marinara
- Vegan mac and cheese
- Instant Pot white bean stew
- Instant Pot cauliflower with garlic and herbs
- Instant Pot black beans
- Best Instant Pot vegetable soup
- Vegan Instant Pot pasta recipe
- Creamy vegan Instant Pot potato soup
- Vegan split pea soup
- Instant Pot butternut squash soup
- Perfect Instant Pot brown rice
The Instant Pot Is Your Best Friend
There are so many delicious recipes that you can make easily in the Instant Pot. From vegan Instant Pot cauliflower soup to Instant Pot rice pilaf and even Instant Pot ramen bowels, the world of pressure cooking is endless. I hope you’ll join me in enjoying a delicious recipe for the Instant Pot. And if you want even more tasty vegan meals, check out my article on the best vegan steamer recipes. I love fueling my family with plant-based protein, and it is so much more attainable than you might think, especially with the Instant Pot in your corner. If you try one (or more) of these recipes, let me know what you think!