Make use of your favorite pressure cooker with our hand-selected list of the best plant-based Instant Pot recipes! From savory bean soup to spicy Indian dishes, quick breakfast ideas and even desserts, these recipes are sure to turn into family favorites.
Do you like cooking your own beans from scratch? Prepare healthy stews or chilis in larger batches so you can feed a crowd or store lots of leftovers in the fridge for quick dinners?
The Instant Pot is a versatile and convenient kitchen appliance that probably doesn’t even need an introduction. If you’re new to it, feel free to check out our Instant Pot guide (including a free downloadable eBook!).
From saving you time, money and sanity thanks to its hands-off cooking function, timer and large volume, to reducing waste and so much more, this pressure cooker is a device that’s loved by many.
We certainly wouldn’t want to miss it anymore! It preserves nutrients and flavor, allows for whole grains and beans to be cooked in a short amount of time and just opens up many more culinary opportunities!
Make use of your dried goods and fresh veggies by choosing from our selection of plant-based Instant Pot recipes for the whole family!
Let’s start with a true Instant Pot classic. Soups and stews are among the most common meals that you can make in your pressure cooker, and this delicious veggie stew is the perfect example! Easy to put together with just 6 simple ingredients, this recipe results in a tomatoey and light plant-based dinner idea for busy weeknights.
Made with sweet potatoes, black beans, quinoa and colorful vegetables, this chili is ideal for a healthy plant-based meal the whole family will love! Really flavorful and high in protein, it’s great for meal prep and health-conscious folk.
This scrumptious plant-based Instant Pot recipe is sure to make your whole family really happy: Mac and Cheese! But unlike the traditional version, it’s free from all animal products and even features some hidden veggies. Try this undetectably vegan and creamy pasta dish!
If you’re looking for a flavorful Indian dinner but cannot be bothered to go out, this is for you. Restaurant-style, irresistible, healthified and way less complicated than it sounds.
For simplicity or depending on taste preferences, you could even skip the marinated tofu! The quinoa biryani with caramelized onions on its own tastes fantastic, especially with a nice dollop of plant-based yogurt to temper the Indian spices.
If you’re ever over oats for breakfast (we’re still not after many years!), a creamy quinoa porridge might call your name. This plant-based recipe is made with a can of coconut milk which you can swap for any plant-based milk if you’d like a lighter version.
Super customizable as you can add whatever toppings you have on hand after cooking it — think fruit, nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, or granola.
This tasty soup is fully plant-based, gluten-free and couldn’t be easier to make! Perfect for a creamy hearty meal during the week, it tastes fantastic and is rich in nutrients. Great for batch cooking and reheating!
Made with dried black beans and just 6 ingredients total, this simple plant-based soup is bursting with flavor and essential nutrients! No presoaking required and only 10 minutes of hands-on prep time are needed to make this Instant Pot dinner recipe. Top with avocado, salsa and soy yogurt!
It’s these kinds of dishes that make you love your Instant Pot. This plant-based cauliflower recipe is super simple, wholesome and requires very little active time. Perfectly balanced, full of veggies and bursting with delicious spices… your kitchen will smell amazing while the Instant Pot does all of your cooking.
This beautiful Instant Pot ramen is perfect for making in the pressure cooker instead of on the stove! Jazz up your veggie broth with some onion, mushrooms, ginger and garlic and your delicious noodle bowl will be ready to enjoy within just 15-20 minutes of hands-off cooking.
Wait, you can make a cake using an Instant Pot? Yes, so grab your steamer basket and springform pan and try this chocolatey plant-based treat. It doesn’t create a super-hot kitchen during summer, you don’t need to check the oven all the time and the simple chocolate ganache just requires 2 ingredients.
This plant-based oatmeal recipe for the Instant Pot can be made with either old-fashioned oats or steel-cut oats! Both versions are included in the post and make for comforting, healthy and quick breakfast choices. Add your favorite toppings and store any leftovers for up to 5 days!
If there’s a hit list of the most crowd-pleasing plant-based dinners, then chili mac will definitely be in the top three! You can choose between an extra rich, omnivore-friendly version using store-bought vegan "beef" or lighten it up with crumbled tofu for a whole-food version. Everyone will love this savory, flavorful dish topped with some vegan cheese!
You’ve probably had traditional sloppy joes before — how about putting a plant-based Instant Pot version not on rolls but on sweet potatoes instead? We love this delicious and creative combination and the sweet potatoes can even be cooked in the Instant Pot as well (instructions can be found in the recipe).
Looking for a delicious bowl of comfort? This Instant Pot lentil soup is made with tons of different vegetables, spices, green lentils and crushed tomatoes — perfect to warm you up on a cold day! Super high in nutrients and satiating, it’s great for batch cooking and tastes wonderful with a slice of crusty bread.
It’s got the flavor of enchiladas, but it’s also not enchiladas – still, a quick and comforting version that’s ready in just 25 minutes. Top with some chopped corn tortillas and a few shreds of vegan cheese if you like.
This Instant Pot pumpkin curry is so rich and warming! Easy to make and family-friendly, we personally make curries a weekly dinner staple using different veggies and legumes. Try this combination of pumpkin, sweet potato, coconut milk and tomato paste!
Do you like the cilantro lime rice at Chipotle? This copycat version is a plant-based Instant Pot recipe that turns out light and fluffy every single time! Serve with any vegan Mexican dish you like, such as burritos bowls, tacos or quesadillas.
Healthy, creamy and topped with crispy curry chickpeas: this Instant Pot carrot ginger soup is a must-try! Made with fresh ginger, turmeric, onion and coconut milk, it’s a simple and delicious plant-based dinner idea that everyone is sure to request time and again.
Would you be up for an easier version of stuffed peppers? Try Instant Pot unstuffed peppers! All the great flavors but in a hearty, comforting and lazy dinner recipe. Using any rice of your choice, you can create a scrumptious filling that includes sliced bell peppers instead of baking them in a more traditional way.
This delicious vegan lasagna soup is made with red lentils, lasagna noodles, lots of veggies and basil. It’s a one-pot weekday meal that can even be made gluten-free and is sure to be a true hit with the whole family!
Calling all simple meal lovers! This quinoa burrito bowl only requires 8 basic staple ingredients and can be thrown together in just 5 minutes (plus the 20 minutes of hands-off cooking by your Instant Pot). It’s loaded with fiber and protein, perfect for meal prepping as it can be prepared in larger quantities and enjoyed cold for your next lunches!
This traditional American meal can so easily be made plant-based, it’s ridiculous. The perfect dish to serve to meat-lovers thanks to lots of savory flavors and chewy protein-packed lentils if you want to cook for both vegans and non-vegans! We love that these sloppy joes are mainly just made from everyday pantry staples.
Using both Gardein beef tips and vegan no beef bouillon, this hearty stew tastes just like the familiar comfort meal! Ready to enjoy in just 25 minutes total, this hearty plant-based Instant Pot dinner is perfect to make during a weeknight for the whole family.
This creamy cauliflower soup is thickened with potatoes and flavored with thyme and lemon. It’s an easy plant-based Instant Pot recipe perfect for a 30-minute weeknight meal and totally freezable. Serve garnished with some croutons and fresh herbs!
Ready for some delicious sugar-free apple butter made in the Instant Pot? Perfect to spread on toast, pancakes and more, this apple butter is thick and naturally sweet — plus, it pairs super well with peanut butter.
This restaurant-style creamy vegetable korma curry features the perfect blend of vegetables smothered in a coconut-based sauce. Made with cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, green beans and peas, this dinner is cooked in lots of spices, tomato puree and lime juice. Try it with some vegan naan or rice!
Yes, you read that right! Walnut and pumpkin in a delicious, comforting and nutrient-dense chili. The goodness doesn’t stop here: red lentils, black beans, bulgur and bell peppers, topped with avocado… running to the kitchen yet? This is going to taste so hearty and meaty, the whole family will be on board.
Who doesn’t like potatoes? I mean, seriously. Mashed potatoes are loved by pretty much everyone — especially with some gravy on the side. This easy Instant Pot version takes only 20 minutes to make and tastes even better when topped with some herbs or nutritional yeast!
This creamy goodness isn’t just 100% plant-based but also done in 20 minutes or less. Say what? The alfredo sauce even features some super healthy cauliflower and a whole lot of garlic for the “yum” factor.
Instead of the buttery, rich animal-based version you might be used to, this is a delightful dinner option that doesn’t weigh you down. Serve over fettuccine and be sure not to lick the whole blender jar empty before mealtime.
Have you ever tried making your own dairy-free yogurt? Here’s a recipe for a nice and smooth, tangy and creamy yogurt made in the Instant Pot! You do need the version of this pressure cooker with a designated yogurt button to provide the perfect environment for making this vegan yogurt, though.
Risotto doesn’t have to take forever! This creamy plant-based Instant Pot version perfectly exemplifies that: loaded with mushrooms and flavored with a creamy white wine sauce, you just need to sautée some of the ingredients for a few minutes before adding the rest and pressure cooking your risotto for 6 minutes.
Indian recipes are just perfect for making use of your Instant Pot! This creamy and hearty red lentil dal is a perfect comfort food meal with lots of protein, fiber and essential nutrients. Serve it over rice for a filling and healthy plant-based dinner and store any leftovers in the fridge or freezer for later!
Hasn’t the title convinced you, yet? This epic breakfast option makes a large pot of pumpkin oats which is perfect for weekly meal prep or even freezing for the next months! The recipe just takes 3 minutes of pressurizing in the Instant Pot and makes around 6 servings. We love the spices used here, definitely different from your usual oats!
More Plant-Based Recipes
If you liked these wonderful plant-based Instant Pot recipes, why not try some of the following goodness next?
Best Plant-Based Instant Pot Recipes (Beginner Edition)
Yield: 3 recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Just got an Instant Pot or new to a vegan diet? Here are the best beginner recipes you can make in your pressure cooker from oatmeal to Mexican rice and beans! For more simple recipes & tips, grab our free Instant Pot Guidebook.
Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.