10 Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes to get you inspired to use your pressure cooker! Make healthy, easy, and approachable meals including soups, stews, pasta, rice, and curries. This is a great selection of Instant Pot Vegetarian Recipes to get you started, with many vegan recipes too!
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I got my Instant Pot a little over a year ago, and it quickly became one of the most used and most loved appliances in my kitchen.
If you recently got an Instant Pot and it’s still in the box, or perhaps it’s out of the box but all you’ve done is gingerly poke at the pressure release valve and then quickly back away from the thing, I get you. The first time I used mine I had to text a friend step by step to make sure I wasn’t doing anything wrong that would result in the thing exploding in my kitchen.
The words “pressure cooker” can get in your head and make it seem pretty daunting, but I assure you that the Instant Pot is a breeze to use. If you’re just getting started, my friend Sarah from Sustainable Cooks has put together an Instant Pot Beginner’s Guide that’s worth reading through.
There are a gazillion good Instant Pot Recipes on the web, so it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Not to worry, though! I’ve sifted through dozens of websites and chosen some really amazing Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes to get you going.
14 Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes
1. Mung Bean and Coconut Curry
This Mung Bean and Coconut Curry is far and away the most popular recipe on Hey Nutrition Lady, and it was also the very first recipe I tested out in my Instant Pot. It turns out beautifully, with perfectly cooked mung beans every time.
2. Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
3. Red Lentil Stew
This Red Lentil Stew is one of my favourite quick and easy weeknight dinners. It’s a perfect Instant Pot Vegetarian Recipe, cooking the lentils like a dream and melting the veggies right in there.
4. Tofu Tikka Masala
5. Carrot Ginger Soup with Red Lentils
I love the way that lentils turn out in the Instant Pot. This Carrot Ginger Soup with Red Lentils is super simple to make, and doesn’t require any sautéing. Just dump, set, and go!
6. Smoky Lentil Stew
7. Indonesian Black Rice Pudding
This Indonesian Black Rice Pudding is traditionally served for breakfast, but I also love it as an afternoon snack or dessert. It’s easy to make on the stovetop, but it’s sooooo much faster made in the Instant Pot.
8. Instant Pot Farro
If you’re looking to add more healthy whole grains into your diet, give this Instant Pot Farro from Sustainable Cooks a try! It takes the guesswork out of cooking this ancient grain, and is much faster than cooking farro on the stove top.
9. Vegan Lentil Soup
I have a bunch of different lentil soups in my repertoire, but this Vegan Lentil Soup is one I come back to again and again. Made in the pressure cooker, this is an Instant Pot Vegetarian Recipe you’ll be sure to get on board with.
10. Intant Pot Butternut Squash Soup
This Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup from Curry Trail is velvety smooth soup, perfect for lunch or dinner. It’s a great winter meal with crusty bread. It only takes a few minutes in your Instant Pot to get this soup ready.
11. Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
12. Vegetarian Fajita Pasta
Loaded with veggies and lots of flavour, this Vegetarian Fajita Pasta from Piping Pot is a one-pot dish in the Instant Pot. Fire-roasted tomatoes, black beans, bell peppers, sour cream and cheese make this delicious pasta dish.
13. Instant Pot Carrot Soup
This velvety smooth Instant Pot Carrot Soup is super creamy and delicious thanks to the addition of tahini, and a full meal topped with garlicky greens. Give it a try!
14. Instant Pot Mexican Rice
This recipe for Instant Pot Mexican Rice from Upstate Ramblings is quick and easy! It’s a one pot meal that makes a delicious side dish and goes well with tacos, burritos, refried beans or your favourite Mexican dinner.
This recipe collection was originally published January 11, 2019. It was edited and updated on December 26, 2019.