Multi cookers, or instant pots as they are also known, are a 7-in-1 appliance that lets you consolidate seven different kitchen gadgets all in one convenient unit. These innovative machines can function as a slow cooker, multi cooker, steamer, yoghurt maker, induction pot and a rice cooker, which makes these a must have in any home kitchen. They suit every cooking style and skill level to make getting dinner on the table just that little bit quicker and easier.
Easy Multi Cooker Recipes
So here we have compiled a little list of a few delicious recipes that you can make in a multi cooker just to give you a taste of how versatile and easy to use these appliances really are.
Please note that all recipes are designed for a 6L multi cooker.
1. Asian Slow Cooked Beef Soup
- 500g beef shin
- Salt and pepper
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 2 tbl minced ginger
- 1 cup stock
- 2 tbl soy sauce
- 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
- 1 tsp fish sauce (optional)
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- Rub the beef shin with salt and pepper and place in the slow cooker.
- Add the remainder of the ingredients to the slow cooker and fit on the lid.
- Set the multi cooker onto the slow cooker setting and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Remove the lid and separate the meat. Discard and bones and gristle and set aside.
- To reduce the sauce, adjust the setting on the multi cooker (model dependent) and turn the pot on high. Bring the sauce to the boil.
- Add the meat back and adjust the seasoning. Serve with rice or egg noodles.
2. Pressure Cooked Mediterranean Lamb Stew
- 500g lamb shoulder
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 carrot
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1tbl tomato paste
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- Handful fresh parsley
- 1 tin tomatoes
- 500ml stock
- To prepare the meat rub the lamb liberally with salt and pepper, if you want added flavour seal off the meat in a smoking hot pan before adding to the slow cooker.
- Roughly chop the onion and carrots and add to the slow cooker along with the parsley, oregano, parsley and the minced garlic.
- Now add the stock and tinned tomatoes. Be sure to wipe down the sides to avoid burning.
- Put your multi cooker on the pressure cooker setting and cook on low for 40 minutes.
- Release the pressure and drain the meat and vegetables.
- To reduce the sauce, adjust the settings on your cooker (model dependent) and bring to the boil until it gets to your desired consistency.
- Add the meat and vegetables back in and adjust the seasoning
3. Pressure Steamed Sweet Potatoes
These are great as a side or as the main act with all the fixings. This also leaves the oven and stove free for the rest of your dish if needs be.
- 4 large sweet potatoes
- 1 cup water
- 2 diced tomatoes
- 1 knob butter per potato
- 1 cup grated cheese
- Sprinking paprika
- 2 chopped spring onions
- 1 tbl cream cheese per potato
- Wash your sweet potatoes thoroughly and place them in the steamer rack of the multicooker.
- Pour the water into the bottom of the cooker and place the rack in place over the top.
- Tightly secure the lid and set to pressure cook for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.
- For loaded sweet potatoes preheat your grill and remove the sweet potatoes from the cooker. Cut halfway down each potato and spread open slightly.
- Place the cream cheese and butter into each sweet potato, sprinkle with the tomato, spring onions and a good sprinkling of salt and paprika.
- Cover each potato in grated cheese and place under the grill until the cheese in melted and slightly crisped.
4. Creamy Mac And Cheese
- 500g macaroni
- 150g cream cheese
- 2 cup grated gouda
- 150ml milk
- 4 cups water
- ½ tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbl butter
- Place all the ingredients in the multi cooker besides milk and cheeses. Place on the lid and set to steam for 5 minutes.
- Remove the lid and pour in the milk and cheeses. Stir in until the ingredients melt together into a creamy consistency.
- Adjust seasoning as needed before serving.
5. Crock Pot White Rice
A classic side, notorious for going wrong becomes simple if you use the instant pot. This also opens up your time and stove space for the rest of the meal.
- 2 cups long grain rice
- ½ tsp lemon zest
- 2 ½ cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- Place the rice in a colander and rinse under the cold tap until the water runs clear, this will wash off any extra starch that could make your rice sticky.
- Place all the ingredients in the cooker and fit the lid on tightly.
- Set onto the rice cooker setting (model dependant) and cook on high for 5 minutes.
- Release the lid and leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
This little selection is merely a taste of the variety of meals that are made super quick and easy using a multi cooker. From full meals to easy sides, an instant pot can do it all!
Due to the 7-in-1 nature of these amazing machines you can cook almost any meal imaginable in one easy-to-clean unit that shows you to drastically reduce your cook time, time spent cleaning dishes and the inevitable kitchen clean up all in one go, it’s really a no-brainer. If you don’t already have a multi cooker in your kitchen line up I hope these recipes show you how much of an asset these can be in your culinary arsenal.