14 Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes

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

photo collage of 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. 

two bowls of mung bean and coconut curry with naan and brown rice in the background

Mung Bean and Coconut Curry
Mung Bean and Coconut Curry! This easy vegan curry is packed with Indian flavours, coconut milk, cilantro, and lime. It's incredibly easy and can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stove top. 
Check out this recipe
mung bean and coconut curry on a grey background

2. Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

If you’re looking for a creamy, cozy bowl of comfort food you can whip up in your Instant Pot, give this Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup from Running to the Kitchen a try! 

creamy tomato tortellini soup in blue bowls on a wooden surface

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup
This Instant Pot creamy tomato tortellini soup is made in no time thanks to pressure cooking – majorly creamy and cheesy and packed with bright summer basil!
Check out this recipe
creamy tomato tortellini soup in blue bowls on a wooden surface

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. 

two bowls of red lentil stew and a red ceramic pot of stew on a grey background

Red Lentil Stew
This easy Red Lentil Stew recipe is the perfect weeknight dinner when you want something healthy, quick, and delicious. It's completely vegan, loaded with veggies, and comes together in under 30 minutes. Make Instant Pot Lentil Stew or cook it on your stove top, and serve with rice or pasta. Top with chili flakes if you want to bring the heat, or leave it as is for the kids.
Check out this recipe
red lentil stew in a ceramic bowl

4. Tofu Tikka Masala

Indian flavours work really brilliant in vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes, and this Tofu Tikka Masala is no exception. Grab the recipe from Yup, It’s Vegan

Tofu tikki masala in a white bowl on a wooden background

Tofu Tikka Masala
To make tofu tikka masala, start by sauteeing a few aromatics and spices in your Instant Pot, and then seal the lid to finish the curry.
Check out this recipe
Tofu tikki masala in a white bowl on a wooden background

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! 

vegan carrot ginger soup in a blue bowl topped with black sesame seeds and arugula

Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup with Red Lentils
This Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup is packed with protein thanks to the addition of red lentils! It's a healthy recipe with warming spices that's easy to make in your Instant Pot, Crockpot, or on the stove top (instructions are included for all three!).
Check out this recipe

6. Smoky Lentil Stew

This Smoky Lentil Stew from The Cook Report is the ultimate cold weather warmer. Simple, healthy and suitable for vegans, this lentil stew takes just 10 minutes in the pressure cooker!

instant pot lentil vegetable stew on a grey background with rustic fabric

Smoky Lentil Stew
This smoky lentil stew is the ultimate cold weather warmer. Simple, healthy and suitable for vegans, this lentil stew takes just 10 minutes in the pressure cooker!
Check out this recipe
instant pot lentil vegetable stew on a grey background with rustic fabric

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. 

Indonesian black rice pudding in a large blue bowl topped with banana and coconut chips

Indonesian Black Rice Pudding
Indonesian Black Rice Pudding is a healthy vegan recipe that's perfect for breakfast or dessert! Made with coconut milk and naturally sweetened with coconut sugar, this rice pudding recipe can be made on the stove top or in the Instant Pot. 
Check out this recipe
Indonesian black rice pudding in a blue bowl

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. 

a bowl of cooked farro on a white background

Instant Pot Farro
Instant Pot Farro is a hardy and delicious whole grain that is amazing in soups, salads, stews, or flavorful side dishes. Learn how to cook farro in a pressure cooker or on the stovetop for a delicious and fast meal. If you’re bored with rice, you’ll love cooking farro for a fun new option!
Check out this recipe
a bowl of cooked farro on a white background

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. 

two bowls of vegan lentil soup on a grey background

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.

instant pot butternut squash soup in black bowls on a grey background

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup
Instant pot butternut squash soup is velvety smooth soup, perfect for lunch or dinner. It’s a great winter meal with crusty bread.
Check out this recipe
instant pot butternut squash soup in black bowls on a grey background

11. Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

I make the filling for this Lentil Shepherd’s Pie in my Instant Pot. It’s so fast and so easy, when it’s done it’s simply a matter of topping with mashed potatoes and baking in the oven. 

a plate of lentil shepherd's pie with a white casserole dish in the background

Lentil Shepherd's Pie
Lentil Shepherd's Pie! This vegan shepherd's pie recipe is easy to make in your Instant Pot, slow cooker, or on the stove top. Simply top with mashed potatoes for a healthy gluten-free vegetarian dinner! 
Check out this recipe
lentil shepherd's pie on a blue plate topped with chives

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. 

vegetarian fajita pasta on a white plate with a casserole dish to the side

Vegetarian Fajita Pasta
Loaded with veggies and lots of flavor, this Vegetarian Fajita Pasta is our favorite pasta dinner. Fire-roasted tomatoes, black beans, colorful bell peppers, sour cream and cheese make this a healthier pasta dish. Make it as a one-pot dish in the Instant Pot or Stovetop. Enjoy topped with cilantro and avocado.
Check out this recipe
vegetarian fajita pasta on a white plate with a casserole dish to the side

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!

carrot and tahini soup topped with greens in blue bowls

Instant Pot Carrot Soup with Garlicky Greens
Velvety smooth Spicy Carrot Soup enriched with tahini and topped with garlicky wilted greens cooked in toasted sesame oil. Naturally vegan and gluten-free, it's a cinch to make in your Instant Pot or on the stove top.
Check out this recipe
overhead shot of carrot soup topped with cooked greens and sprinkled with sesame seeds

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.

Mexican rice in a grey bowl with cilantro and lime in the background

Instant Pot Mexican Rice
This recipe for Instant Pot Mexican Rice is quick and easy to make in a pressure cooker! It is a one pot meal that makes a delicious side dish and goes well with tacos, burritos, refried beans or your favorite Mexican dinner.
Check out this recipe
Mexican rice in a grey bowl with cilantro and lime in the background

 

This recipe collection was originally published January 11, 2019. It was edited and updated on December 26, 2019.



 

Comments

  1. Natalie says

    Brilliant timing for me! My instant Pot was only delivered a week ago and I have been chomping at the bit to make some proper meals in it. My fussy family should eat most of the meals on your list (as long as I can master the witchcraft of the Pot). Thank you so much!

      • Natalie says

        Thank you. You were right – it’s nowhere near as scary as it looks!

        I’ve already tried 3 recipes in this collection. They went down very well but didn’t produce quite enough for the five of us (I love leftovers too). If I increase the quantity of ingredients do I have to increase the cooking time?

        • Katie Trant says

          Yay, I’m so glad! Which recipes did you try? If you double the recipe you don’t have to increase the cooking time, but it will take longer for the IP to come up to pressure and will therefore cook for longer.

      • Natalie says

        I can’t see our last couple of comments but, in response to your question: I have made the lentil soup, the smoky lentil stew and the fajita pasta. I will be making them all again but the smoky lentil stew was a particular hit!
        Thank you so much for answering my question too 😊
        This post has got me off to a flying start!
        Would love more along similar lines.

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