21 Easter Instant Pot Recipes So You Have More Time For The Egg Hunt
Easter is almost here, and while your plans might look a little bit different this year (or maybe a lot different), you can still prepare a meal for your family that feels festive. Even better, you can make that meal in a fraction of the time (with a fraction of the effort) with the help of these irresistible Easter Instant Pot recipes.
For my family, Easter dinner always features a smorgasbord of side dishes like mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and plenty of vegetables anchored by a hearty meat dish like baked chicken or pot roast. Unfortunately, cooking so many dishes at once can be quite time consuming. Using an Instant Pot to cook Easter dinner cuts the cooking time down and leaves more time for celebrating the holiday with family and friends.
Traditionally, the best Easter meals typically combine ingredients from winter holiday feasts with fresh spring vegetables and herbs. This creates a tasty menu that delights kids and adults alike and encourages plenty of time for family bonding around the dinner table. Thanks to these cooking bloggers with a knack for Instant Pot usage, these recipes will cut your cooking time in half while sparing you the stress of hours spent in the kitchen. Which means more time for inside Easter egg hunts and post-dinner naps.
1. Instant Pot Asparagus Stuffed Chicken
This stuffed chicken recipe from Once A Month Meals features bright green asparagus, giving you a side dish within your main course. A balsamic glaze tops this gluten and dairy-free dish, perfect for meeting the dietary needs of your guests on Easter Sunday.
2. Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup
This scrumptious side dish from Well Plated can also be served as a main course if you're planning to have a lighter meal on Easter Sunday. Fresh broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower combines with cheddar and parmesan cheeses to make this creamy Instant Pot soup.
3. Instant Pot Chipotle Braised Lamb Shank
Lamb is an Easter dinner staple, and this twist on classic braised lamb shank from A Cozy Kitchen uses spices like cumin and coriander to create a feisty dish, perfect for serving a crowd.
4. Instant Pot Herb Chicken Orzo
Fresh herbs like rosemary, basil, and thyme help this Instant Pot chicken dish from A Spice Perspective come alive. Served with fluffy orzo pasta, this dish is ready for serving on Easter in just under half an hour.
5. Best Instant Pot Baked Beans
This baked bean side dish from A Spicy Perspective cooks in your Instant Pot in less than an hour without having to soak the beans overnight, which you probably would have forgotten to do anyway during all of the Easter madness.
6. Pressure Cooker Spiced Apples
Looking for a versatile fruit dish for Easter Sunday that can be served as a side or for dessert? Look no further than this spiced apple recipe from A Spicy Perspective which can be served on its own, as a side for pork dishes, or scooped over ice cream for a yummy dessert.
7. Instant Pot Beef Stew
Classic and comforting, beef stew is perfect for the Instant Pot because you can sauté and brown the meat right in the cooker (so you don't have to get another pan dirty). This recipe from Foodie Crush adds butternut squash and mushrooms to the usual combo of beef, carrots, potatoes, and onions.
8. Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup
This hearty split pea soup from Budget Bytes can stand alone as a main dish for a simple Easter lunch or dinner, or make a wonderful side or starter for a larger meal. You can make this veggie-packed dish in your Instant Pot in about 45 minutes.
9. Instant Pot Salted Caramel Cheesecake
Enjoy a decadent dessert for Easter that can be made in a little over half an hour in your Instant Pot. This cheesecake by Cookies and Cups cooks right in your Instant Pot and is topped with smooth caramel sauce and flaky sea salt.
10. Instant Pot Butternut Squash
Butternut squash is the versatile springtime side dish that will wow guests at your Easter dinner. This recipe by Foodie Crush shows you step-by-step how to cook butternut squash perfectly in your Instant Pot in a mere 10 minutes.
11. Instant Pot Garlic Butter Brussels Sprouts
Chicken stock and plenty of garlic give these Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts succulent flavor. This delightfully easy-to-make green dish by I Am A Food Blog is sure to become an Easter dinner tradition for years to come.
12. Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes
In just 20 minutes, these creamy garlic mashed potatoes can be ready to grace your Easter table. Made completely in an Instant Pot, milk and butter give these mashed potatoes a creamy appeal.
13. Instant Pot Pulled Pork
A good pulled pork recipe is so versatile, and can make Easter lunch or dinner a breeze. It can be served over mashed potatoes, on slider buns, or on its own with a variety of sides. This Instant Pot pulled pork recipe by That's What Che Said is ready in just over one hour.
14. Creamy Instant Pot Macaroni & Cheese Five Ways
Foodie Crush combines soft white cheese with sharp cheddar cheese to create a creamy Instant Pot side dish perfect for serving with Easter dinner. Add some variety to this comfort food staple by choosing one of five add-ins that the recipe suggests like bacon or beans to jazz up the dish.
15. Baby Back Ribs In The Instant Pot
This baby back ribs recipe from Foodie Crush promises fall-off-the-bone tenderness after just under 30 minutes in the Instant Pot. A homemade rib rub seasoning helps to make these tasty ribs the perfect addition to your Easter meal.
16. Pressure Cooker Honey Butter & Herb Roasted Chicken
This beautifully cooked chicken from Table For Two can go from your fridge to your Easter table in just an hour and a half. Not only will it look gorgeous on your table, the fresh thyme, lemon, and honey flavors set this dish apart and make it a standout main dish.
17. 3-2-1 Dip
If there was ever a time to celebrate one’s health this is it. So why not allow yourself to indulge a little on Easter with this 3-2-1 Dip from Averie Cooks? Cream cheese, Rotel, and Italian sausage come together to form a decadent dip to kick off the festivities.
18. The Best Glazed Meatloaf
If you’re fully living off pantry items and bits and bobs in the fridge, a meatloaf is a great option. And incredibly, this one from Mel's Kitchen Cafe can be prepared in an Instant Pot. Scroll down below the recipe for the full instructions.
19. Instant Pot Smoky Honey Cilantro Chicken
This Easter, nontraditional is the new traditional. To really give the holiday a wacky spin why not go entirely off script and prepare this Instant Pot Smoky Honey Cilantro Chicken. Perfect for tacos, this is a crowd-pleaser from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.
20. Instant Pot Loaded Potato Salad
Nothing says spring like a picnic-style loaded potato salad and the Instant Pot is a way to shortcut this classic. No. 2 Pencil’s recipe explains how the simmer insert can help make this in a matter of minutes.
21. Beef & Broccoli
If you’re looking to serve an Easter dish that everyone will enjoy, go for the old reliable beef and broccoli. But don’t sweat it over a stove. With Table for Two’s recipe, the entire dish can be made in the Instant Pot.
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