published: March 16, 2020 — last update: December 11, 2020 byDeryn Macey
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These 25 healthy plant-based Instant Pot recipes are easy to make and work great for both pantry and fresh ingredients. From vegetables to beans and even dessert, the Instant Pot is a versatile and convenient addition to a plant-based kitchen.
What plant-based foods can you make in an Instant Pot?
You can make pretty much anything in an Instant Pot and while it’s not necessarily faster than cooking stovetop, I love how hands-off it is…just dump and go!
I even use it for preparing quickly cooked veggies like broccoli just because it’s less effort than dealing with various pots and pans. I love how I can have it going without having to monitor it while I prepare other items. It’s so handy!
Aside from recipes, here are some of the ways I use my Instant Pot to prepare plant-based foods:
Steaming vegetables. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, beets, sweet potato, potato and even greens like kale are all quick and easy to make in an Instant Pot.
Baking vegetables. I love baking whole squashes, potato and sweet potato in my Instant Pot. It’s so easy and perfect for food prep.
Roasting vegetables. You can make wonderful roast veggies like potato, sweet potato, carrot and Brussels sprouts.
Cooking whole grains. I frequently cook quinoa, brown rice, farro and steel-cut oats in my Instant Pot
Cooking beans from scratch. The Instant Pot is wonderful from cooking any and all beans from scratch. You’ll never go back to canned again!
Cooking lentils. Lentils are easy to make in an Instant Pot using endless flavor variations.
24 Plant-Based Instant Pot Recipes
I searched the web high and low to find the best plant-based Instant Pot recipes and basic tutorials for you. These recipes are all:
This flavourful cauliflower potato curry is easy to make in the Instant Pot or stovetop. It's packed with spices, veggies and other feel-good ingredients. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner the whole family will enjoy!
These Instant Pot black beans are savory and have just the right amount of saucy because nobody likes dry beans; you need that delicious thickened up bean broth for your rice to soak up! Black beans are one of my favorite things to make in the Instant Pot. They're wonderful in salads, soups, buddha bowls, tacos, burritos, as a side dish and anywhere else you'd use canned black beans.
A thick and hearty lentil soup packed full of flavor and made specifically for the Instant Pot. This is the perfect way to use up the bag of lentils in your pantry! To make the recipe oil-free, omit the oil and saute the onions, carrot and celery in water or broth.
These Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice features red beans cooked from scratch with veggies, flavorful cajun spices, and optional vegan sausage. Served with rice for a healthy & hearty lunch or dinner. This is perfect for meal prep!
This Instant Pot Potato Soup is the ultimate comfort Fall and Winter food. It’s loaded with delicious chunks of potatoes and other veggies. It’s creamy, delicious, healthy, and vegan, as well as oil-free and gluten-free/
These Instant Pot Vegan Quinoa Burrito Bowls are an easy and healthy make-ahead meal loaded with fiber and protein. Top with burrito favorites like cilantro, shredded lettuce and avocado to customize your make. For an oil-free recipe, omit the oil and saute in water or broth.
This recipe is super easy and has many excellent reviews. To make it refined sugar-free, swap the 1 tbsp brown sugar for maple syrup or coconut sugar. It also calls for 1 tsp of sesame oil, which can be left out but I do find it really enhances the flavor of Asian recipes such as this.
This healthy and easy vegan one-pot pasta marinara is made with whole food plant-based ingredients. You'll need just 20 minutes to make this classic Italian comfort dish. It can be gluten-free if made with gluten-free pasta. Great for the whole family and an easy way to sneak in extra veggies!
This is easy Black Eyed Peas Curry Recipe is so simple yet flavorful. It melts in your mouth, is made with delicious warming spices and it's perfect to serve on a chilly night. Both stovetop and 'no soaking' Instant Pot versions are included. Serve on its own or with rice, quinoa, roti or cauliflower rice.
Steel-cut oats are probably my favorite thing to make in the Instant Pot. I love how you can just toss in oats and water, press a button and you're done! I make IP steel-cut oats often for meal prep as you can heat them up daily with different toppings like banana, berries, almond milk and nut butter.
These Instant Pot Brownies require just one bowl and 10 minutes to stir together and are made without flour for a rich and fudgy texture! The recipe is vegan, oil-free, refined sugar-free and made with just a few simple ingredients.
This post covers everything you need to know about making perfect sweet potatoes in your Instant Pot. A must-try and so wonderful for meal prep! Enjoy them plain or with sweet or savory toppings for a quick and healthy meal.
Ever wondered how to cook a whole squash in the Instant Pot. This post will cover all your questions! Baked squash makes a wonderful, snack, breakfast, side dish, addition to salads and soups and so much more.