Whether you’re looking for easy Whole30 Instant Pot recipes for chicken, pork, beef, or vegetables, here are 30 quick and easy main dishes that you can make in your Instant Pot. They're perfect for creating healthy Whole30 meals during busy weeknights or speedy meal prep sessions.
One of the biggest challenges in doing a Whole30 is finding quick and easy weeknight meals that are nutritious, tasty, and compliant with the Whole30 diet — and that the whole family will eat.
It can be stressful when you arrive home not knowing what to make. If you’re anything like me, you probably want something filling, delicious and healthy, but doesn't take too long to get on the table. Even more frustrating can be the additional challenge of coming up with ideas for these quick and easy Whole30 meals!
Luckily, I’ve found that cooking with my Instant Pot is the perfect solution to this particular dilemma. This handy kitchen gadget makes preparing quick and easy meals simple.
Most Instant Pot meals come together in about 30 minutes and require very little prep time. Perfect for busy weekdays!
How to Cook Whole30 Recipes in Your Instant Pot
If you haven’t already purchased an Instant Pot for your kitchen, I would suggest taking a look at my make and model recommendations for the best Instant Pots available on the market.
One of my other top tips for new Instant Pot owners is purchasing multiple silicone sealing rings. These rings are some of the Instant Pot accessories I keep on hand and make it a little easier to create flavorful meals. I have one for savory dishes and another for sweet (or delicately flavored) dishes.
The Instant Pot is one of my favorite kitchen appliances for Whole30 meal prep recipes like simple hard boiled eggs for breakfasts on the go. Or quick spaghetti squash or butternut squash for side dishes or to serve as a base for any of the meats and sauces below.
A quick search for Whole30 Instant Pot meals will yield so many different real food recipes. No matter whether you love chicken, beef, pork, or prefer vegetarian dishes, there’s a recipe for every taste and healthy lifestyle.
Best of all, cooking meals with your Instant Pot allows you to pull together hearty recipes that typically take a full day to cook, such as stews, chili, and pulled pork, in a fraction of the time. This makes Instant Pot cooking the perfect option for healthy yet satisfying versions of your favorite comfort food recipes!
All that’s left to figure out is which of these easy Whole30 pressure cooker recipes you’ll try first!
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Recipes with Less Than 10 Ingredients
These quick and easy Whole30 Instant Pot recipes are a great choice if you’re looking to streamline your shopping list and meal prepping time!
The Easiest Instant Pot Pulled Pork
This ridiculously simple pulled pork recipe is quick to pull together and the variety of ways you can serve it are practically endless. It’s freezer friendly and a real crowd pleaser.
With only 5 minutes of hands-on prep time, this pulled pork is a great recipe for weeknight meals or even game days! Recipe from Cook Eat Well.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Using the Instant Pot is the easiest way to make hard-boiled eggs perfectly every time. The secret is the pressure cooker actually steams the eggs rather than boiling them, making them easy to peel.
You can meal prep and keep hard-cooked eggs in the fridge for an easy Whole30 snack, or to make deviled eggs. Recipe from Cook Eat Well.
Easy Instant Pot Ribs
With just three simple steps, it's so easy to make these fall-off-the-bone tender Instant Pot ribs at home. The pressure cooker makes the pork extra tender, and a slathering of sugar-free BBQ sauce and a quick finish under the broiler or on the grill makes them perfect.
Don't skip the easy homemade rub for extra flavor! Recipe from Cook Eat Well.
Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash is a great alternative to pasta and cooking it this way makes it easy to get perfect "noodles" to use in your favorite way with Whole30 sauce recipes.
It's delicious with everything from Bolognese sauce to a simple toss with olive oil, garlic and herbs like spaghetti aglio e olio. Recipe from Cook Eat Well.
Instant Pot Butternut Squash
Mashed butternut squash is pure comfort food and this method of cooking makes it quick enough for weeknights. And since the pressure cooker does all the work, you don't have to struggle with to peeling or cutting up the hard squash.
After it cooks, it's easy to remove the skin and seeds. Then just mash it with your favorite add-ins for a delicious side dish. Or use it in another recipe like butternut squash soup. Recipe from Cook Eat Well.
Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
If your looking for a quick and easy way to cook sweet potatoes, this is it! Sweet potatoes are a staple on Whole30 and you can use this method to meal prep them for meals during the week. Or serve them right away with your choice of toppings.
From a simple butter (or ghee) and herb topping to a base for pulled pork, taco meat or salsa chicken, they're a quick and satisfying way to get dinner on the table. Recipe from Cook Eat Well.
Easy Chicken Recipes
Chicken is one of the most versatile proteins that you can prepare in your Instant Pot. Get ready for juicy, tender chicken dinners that the whole family will love!
Easy Salsa Chicken (With Frozen Chicken)
You will not believe how easy this chicken recipe is! You literally just dump in pantry and freezer ingredients (yes, chicken thighs straight from the freezer!). Then shred the chicken in the sauce once it's cooked.
Use for burrito bowls with cauliflower rice, tacos in lettuce wraps, to top sweet potatoes or spaghettt squash. The possiblities for last minute no-stress meals are endless! Recipe from Cook Eat Well.
Sweet Potato Chicken Curry
With only 15 minutes of hands-on prep time and a total time of about 35 minutes, this dish can be pulled together faster than almost any Indian Restaurant delivery service. And it’s so much healthier!
Try serving it with cauliflower rice to mimic the traditional rice side dish. This Whole30, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly recipe includes a step-by-step photo tutorial and is even freezer-friendly! Recpe from therealfoodrds.com.
Healthy Chicken Piccata
This Chicken Piccata recipe is an easier and healthy version of the beloved classic comfort food. And it also comes together so much faster than the traditional recipe, requiring only 10 minutes of prep time.
This recipe skips breading and frying, but still includes all the delicious flavoring of the original dish. Rachel also includes plenty of fantastic ideas for side dishes, serving tips and alternative cooking methods. Recipe from rachelcooks.com.
This healthy twist on the traditional Italian meal makes a clever substitute with the spaghetti squash standing in for pasta. This recipe also includes instructions for prepping this meal in your slow cooker.
Requiring only 15 minutes of prep time and the ability to have this dish on the table in under an hour makes this a perfect choice for weeknights where time is short but you really want a deliciously comforting meal. Recipe from realfoodwithdana.com.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Here’s another healthy twist on an Indian dish that’s so fast that you can have it on the table before your neighbor’s takeout arrives! This recipe is a great choice if you’re looking to meal prep and pack individual servings for lunches and single-serving dinners during the week.
Try serving it with cauliflower rice for a hearty and satisfying nod to this classic meal! Recipe from tastythin.com.
Chicken carnitas is a classic addition to tacos and burritos. This is another recipe that’s perfect for meal prepping in advance because of its versatility. Try adding it to soups, quesadillas, taco bowls, or even game day nachos!
This Whole30, paleo, and gluten-free recipe comes together in just 10-15 minutes of hands-on prep time. Then it's as easy as throwing everything in your Instant Pot and walking away. So easy! Recipe from asaucykitchen.com.
Coconut Lime Chicken
This one-skillet Coconut Lime Chicken is equally easy to whip up in your Instant Pot. It's Whole30, paleo, and dairy-free and this flavorful dish comes together in about 30 minutes.
You’ll find some tried and true tips for perfecting your creamy coconut milk sauce below the recipe card. No matter which cooking method you opt for, this meal is sure to be a fast favorite among your family. Recipe from asaucykitchen.com.
Hearty Soup Recipes
These Instant Pot Whole30 soup recipes are the perfect solution for those that want to enjoy chowders and other similar soups that typically take a full day to develop complex flavors and depth.
Easy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
This easy chicken soup comes together in no time at all. It cooks start to finish in the instant pot. Juicy chicken is combined with tomatoes, onions, jalapeno, and topped with avocado, lime and cilantro.
There's even a tip for a Whole30 alternative to the tortilla strips. The comfort of homemade chicken soup with all the zesty flavors everyone loves. Recipe from Cook Eat Well.
Loaded Mexican Chicken Soup
This loaded chicken soup is both heartwarming and incredibly versatile. This recipe includes plenty of suggestions for adaptations that can help you make this soup spicier, less spicy, kid-friendly, or vegetarian.
It even offers an alternative slow cooker prep method. This paleo, Whole30, gluten-free and dairy-free recipe is perfectly paired with a little cauliflower rice to fill out your meal. Recpe from realfoodwholelife.com.
Potato Leek Soup With Cauliflower
This healthy twist on the classic potato and leek soup is a great addition to your Whole30 recipe rotation during cooler months. This Whole30, paleo, gluten-free and grain-free soup comes together with just 10 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes of cooking time.
It’s an incredible choice no matter whether you’re meal prepping your weekday lunches or whipping up a quick and filling soup for dinner. Recipe from acalculatedwhisk.com.
Instant Pot Or Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chowder
This delicious Buffalo chicken chowder delivers a serious kick of flavor in such a short amount of cooking time. Your prep time for this soup should clock in at 5 minutes and you can be ladling it into bowls in about 30 minutes.
It’s the perfect addition to a healthy Super Bowl meal or among a tailgate spread. This Whole30, paleo, and dairy-free chowder recipe also includes an alternative method for the crockpot. Recipe from wholesomelicious.com
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
This Loaded Baked Potato Soup makes a clever substitute with white sweet potatoes standing in for traditional starchy white potatoes. This swap makes this soup perfect for those that are following AIP, Whole30, paleo, and even vegan diets.
Dawn and Garett also include some stellar ideas for delicious soup toppings. Bottom line? This is how you do healthy comfort food. Recipe from ourfoodfix.com.
Sunshine Lemon Chicken Chowder
This Lemon Chicken Chowder tastes light, bright, and full of summer sunshine. This recipe is an easy dinner and includes plenty of suggestions to help you switch up the flavors to perfectly suit your preferences.
Requiring only 10 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes to cook, this Whole30, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free soup is the perfect meal for busy weeknights! Recipe from realfoodwholelife.com.
Healthy & Satisfying Chili Recipes
Is there anything more satisfying and cozy than a stick-to-your-ribs chili. With plenty of nutritious and filling ingredients, there’s sure to be an Instant Pot chili recipe that’s perfectly suited to your taste buds.
Instant Pot Chili
This is a healthy twist on your classic chili recipe and it’s so easy to adapt. You’ll find lots of suggestions for ingredients to add in or leave out (depending on your preferred diet).
This recipe can even be adapted for vegetarians! This hearty and delicious Whole30 paleo recipe is perfect when you need dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. Recipe from rachelcooks.com.
This delicious paleo chili recipe includes plenty of topping suggestions. My favorites? Avocado and a little cilantro.
This lightning-fast Instant Pot recipe also includes directions for your slow cooker or stovetop if you’d prefer to skip the speedy plating times. This is the perfect hearty and healthy chili recipe to use when you want to prep meals in advance or feed a crowd. Recipe from wellplated.com.
No Bean Chili
Skipping beans in this chili recipe keeps this dish low carb, Whole30, keto and paleo-friendly. Best of all, you can be enjoying this delicious recipe at your dinner table in under 35 minutes.
And the leftovers? They taste even better the next day. Perfect for take-along lunches or if you want to prep a big batch for quick weeknight dinners. Recipe from foodfaithfitness.com.
Other Satisfying Recipes to Make in Your Instant Pot
As you can see, there are so many different Whole30-compliant recipes that you can make in your Instant Pot. The possibilities are endless. Here are a couple more delicious recipes to try just in case you need a few more ideas!
This breakfast casserole is a great choice no matter whether you’re serving it for brunch or meal prepping it in advance of a busy week. It can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
This recipe is easy to customize with your favorite vegetables for a delicious and nutritious start to your day. And if you're in the mood for 'breakfast for dinner,' this is perfect! Recipe from wholesomelicious.com.
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
This healthier version of classic Buffalo Chicken is paleo, whole30, and grain-free. It’s a great choice when you want to satisfy comfort food cravings while sticking to your healthy eating plan.
While the instructions may appear a little intimidating, nutritionists Stacie and Jessica break this recipe down step-by-step. You can even have it on the table in under an hour! Recipe from therealfoodrds.com.
Love taco night, but hate the headache of prepping your toppings while simultaneously trying to perfectly balance your taco meat? This is the recipe for you. And even better, any leftovers are perfect for take-along lunches the next day.
This meat comes together in 15 minutes from start to finish with ground beef or turkey — taco night has never looked this easy! Recipe from tastythin.com.
This Instant Pot Beef Stew is a snap to make paleo-friendly (throw in sweet potatoes for the white potatoes) and Whole30-friendly (leave out the peas and use coconut aminos).
While the cooking time of one and half hours is admittedly longer than most other recipes featured here, this is still significantly shorter than the full day it usually takes to prepare a hearty stew. If you find yourself with leftovers they can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Bonus: this also freezes quite well! Recipe from wellplated.com.
Here’s another easy and delicious Instant Pot pulled pork recipe that’s paleo and Whole30-friendly and takes barely any time to whip up! Pulled pork is especially great when you’re feeding a crowd because it’s relatively inexpensive to make and leftovers are freezer-friendly.
Try serving this pulled pork on some ready-made Keto Buns alongside your favorite coleslaw. Recipe from bowlofdelicious.com.
Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo (Instant Pot Or Not)
This simple Instant Pot Shrimp and Sausage gumbo strikes a beautiful balance of flavors with its hearty vegetables, healthy cooking fat, and of course, the shrimp and sausage themselves.
This paleo and Whole30-compliant recipe also includes stovetop instructions. But with only 5 minutes of hands-on prep time, this Instant Pot variation might be the quickest and easiest gumbo you will ever make! Recipe from acalculatedwhisk.com.
More Recipes to Try
Looking for more quick and easy recipes to try on your Whole30 program? Check out the Whole30 recipes archive for more easy and compliant meal ideas. My go-to recipes for easy meal prepping? Try the crockpot whole chicken, cauliflower rice, and slow cooker sweet potatoes.
My only concern before buying my Instant Pot a year ago was to wonder where I'd put in when it was not in use. It's so seldom "not in use" that it lives on a countertop along with my coffee maker and my toaster oven. Don't know how I got along without it.
Right? It's amazing how many things you can use it for!