Passing up a bowl of mac’ n cheese while your gluten-eating friends dig in during brunch is the worst. But living a gluten-free lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the joys of tasty food from inside your kitchen. We found an Instant Pot recipe for every type of craving, from savory to sweet, so gluten-free eaters will never be without a way to whip up barbecue chicken wings for dinner or chocolate chip banana bread for dessert.
The programmable pressure cooker can help you make just about anything you crave at the push of a button—even if you suck at cooking. Ready your aprons: These Instant Pot recipes are ready to be made.
1. Instant Pot Chocolate Pudding Cake
With a consistency reminiscent of a chocolate souffle without all the fuss, this Instant Pot pudding cake is the super-easy healthyish dessert you’ve been dreaming of. It uses loads of dark chocolate plus apple sauce as the unexpected secret ingredient to give it that melt-in-your-mouth richness. Prepare to be whisked away to ooey-gooey chocolaty heaven in fewer than five minutes. Talk about instant gratification!
2. Instant Pot Gluten-Free Chili Mac and Cheese
Satisfy cheesy (and chili) cravings in one big bowl of mac n’ cheese. Shop for gluten-free elbow pasta (like brown rice or chickpea), ground lean turkey, onion, peppers, zucchini, garlic, kidney beans, sharp cheddar, and tomato sauce. You’re just minutes away from your childhood favorite in adult-approved form.
3. Instant Pot Gluten-Free Meatballs
Just like mama used to make—only totally safe for gluten avoiders. These quick meatballs are made with beef, shallots, eggs, tapioca starch, yeast, dried oregano, and fresh parsley. Lay the bad boys over a bed of spaghetti squash, and your gluten-free meal will be ready to take down.
4. Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala
Here’s a way easier version of the classic spiced dish from your favorite Indian restaurant. It’ll only take you 15 minutes to cook in your Instant Pot, which is hard to beat for a weeknight meal. Indian food is often pretty safe for gluten-free eaters, but this ultra-creamy recipe has zero questionable ingredients to second-guess. To make the coveted sauce, you’ll need crushed tomatoes, sour cream, ginger, garlic, onions, and a blend of spices like turmeric, garam masala, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
5. Instant Pot Sesame Chicken
When Chinese take-out cravings hit, instead of calling for delivery, make this homemade version—that you know is both gluten-free and much healthier—in 30 minutes. All you need to spice up this chicken breast is tamari, honey, garlic, crushed red pepper, and cornstarch, meaning minimal shopping is required.
6. Instant Pot Tortilla Chicken Verde Chili
Whether it’s game day and you’re on last-minute chili duty or you need something to fulfill your late-night Mexican cravings, you can get this recipe on the table in 20 minutes. Think of this meal as taking taco night up about three notches.
7. Instant Pot Gluten-Free Barbecue Chicken Wings
Barbecue sauce can often be a doozy for those with gluten allergies because gluten is a binding agent in many. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on beloved BBQ wings for good. In this recipe, you’ll be whipping up your own glaze. We encourage you to make lots of extras because the sauce also goes well with your bunless burger, GF chicken tenders, and frittatas.
8. Instant Pot Gluten-Free Pho
It’s hard not to love a good bowl of pho—it’s cheap and loaded with Vietnamese flavor and noodles. As a gluten-free eater, it can be risky ordering one while out at a restaurant due to possible soy and non-rice based noodles. Instead of eyeing your wheat-eating friends with disdain while they slurp up steamy bowls, make this homemade version for yourself before heading out.
9. Instant Pot Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
In the dead of winter, all you wish for is a bread-stuffed dessert to pair with some tea. Now you can have it—even if you eat gluten-free. In this recipe, cassava flour, bananas, avocado oil or grass-fed butter, and maple syrup make the magic happen. Have a wholesome slice with breakfast or save the loaf for dessert time.