Vegan Instant Pot Recipes
The best vegan Instant Pot pressure cooker recipes, cookbooks, resources and tips for easy plant-based cooking. Just so you know, this post contains affiliate links, which means I make a small commission when you order through them.
It’s funny how often the Instant Pot comes up in conversation. Friends ask me all the time if it’s worth it. Just last week while shopping at Trader Joe’s, one of my friends who works there said, “hey do you have one of those Instapot things?” The next comment is often that people think Instant Pots are only helpful for cooking meat.
This sentiment couldn’t be farther from the truth. The first year I had my Instant Pot it sat in its box, as I was too intimidated by it. But now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, the Instant Pot is one of my favorite kitchen tools. I love it far more than my slow cooker, and it’s wonderful for plant-based food. Let me share why, some of my favorite healthy Instant Pot cookbooks, and finally the best vegan Instant Pot recipes on the internet. Let’s goooooo!
What is an Instant Pot?
Instant Pot is the most popular brand of electric pressure cooker. While it doesn’t cook everything faster, necessarily, it is a set-it-and-forget-it method. I can get my recipe going in the Instant Pot and not need to mess with it while I help my kids with homework or clean up. In that way it’s like a slow cooker, but it’s opposite in terms of cooking time. The Instant Pot has multiple functions, which, depending on your model may include: yogurt, saute, rice, soup, steam, slow cook, and more.
Note: I don’t recommend the slow cook function on the Instant Pot, as I’ve found it to be much slower than traditional slow cookers.
Unlike the old stovetop pressure cookers, which terrify me, the Instant Pot has built-in safety mechanisms that make it much more user-friendly. You can buy an Instant Pot at most cooking stores these days, including Williams-Sonoma, Amazon is an easy option (affiliate links).
Plant-Based Uses for the Instant Pot
- Quickly cook dried beans without soaking.
- Easily cook dried lentils.
- No-fuss rice and quinoa.
- Steam beets quickly and easily.
- Easy soups and stews.
Best Vegan and Vegetarian Instant Pot Cookbooks
When friends ask about getting started with the Instant Pot I always recommend getting a cookbook. There are Instant Pot cookbooks for just about every style of cooking and diet.
I personally own Vegan Under Pressure by Jill Nussinow and it’s a wonderful resource. Her recipes are a lot like my own: simple and made with real food ingredients. There are also cooking timetables for nearly everything you’d ever want to cook in the Instant Pot. The only downside is that there are very few pictures.
Another highly rated vegan Instant Pot cookbook. I haven’t personally seen this one, however.
I shared one of Manali’s recipes from this cookbook here. Though it’s vegetarian, most of the recipes are vegan or can be made vegan.
Other Resources for Vegan Instant Pot Recipes
Facebook Group: The Instant Pot Vegan Recipes group is very helpful. It’s a closed group but you can request to join.
Best Vegan Instant Pot Recipes
Without further adieu, let’s get to the recipes already! These are the best vegan Instant Pot recipes I could find. Many are from right her on Yummy Mummy Kitchen, and others are those I’ve asked my blogging friends to share with us. If you have any favorite Instant Pot recipes I’ve missed, please share them in the comments.
Instant Pot Burrito Bowls with Black Beans and Brown Rice
Easy Instant Pot pressure cooker burrito bowls made with cilantro lime brown rice and black beans using the pot-in-pot method. These Chipotle inspired burrito bowls are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.
Vegan Pumpkin Soup in the Instant Pot (or on the Stove!)
I love the added greens in this comforting bowl.
Teriyaki Instant Pot Rice - (stovetop instructions included)
A flavorful side dish!
Black-Eyed Peas and Potato Stew | Lobia and Aloo Subzi – (Vegan and Gluten Free)
Cold Winter nights calls for a bowl of this warm Black-Eyes Peas and Potato Stew made in the Instant Pot. Serve this Vegan and gluten free stew with some rice or crusty bread on the side.
Best Vegan Chocolate cake in instant pot / pressure cooker / baking
Did you know you can even bake a cake in the Instant Pot?!