20 Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes If You Just Want To Eat ASAP (2024)

From side dishes, to desserts, to drinks.

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The Instant Pot is useful year-round — but that's especially true on Thanksgiving. 🥘

It's one of the easiest ways to take a few holiday recipes away from your (overly-crowded!) oven or stove. Below are several Thanksgiving favorites — including mains, sides, desserts, and drinks — where the Instant Pot does all the hard work for you.


(Also: Reminder that since the IP has a slow cooker setting, any Crock Pot recipes will work in it, too!)

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Maybe you're hosting a smaller Thanksgiving, or maybe you just don't feel like going the whole turkey route — since it takes forever. Either way, a bone-in breast only takes 35 minutes to cook and still feeds 4 to 6 people.

Recipe: Instant Pot Turkey Breast

2. 1-Minute Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

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So simple: Just toss in cranberries, water, orange zest, and your sweetener of choice — and pressure cook for 60 seconds.

Recipe: 1-Minute Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

3. Creamiest Instant Pot Mac 'n' Cheese

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There is no meal that cannot be improved with a side of mac 'n' cheese. (And that includes Thanksgiving!)

Recipe: Creamiest Instant Pot Mac 'n' Cheese

4. Shortcut Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

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Doing Thanksgiving for two? Make everything super easy with this all-in-one meal. It's all of your favorite flavors — but with way less prep, cleanup, and waste.

Recipe: Shortcut Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

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If you're making this vegetarian or vegan, double check that your Worcestershire sauce checks out. (If it doesn't, here's an easy homemade version.)

Recipe: Slow Cooker Portobello Pot Roast

7. Instant Pot Cherry Cheesecake

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By using a 7" or 8" springform pan — which is placed directly in the Instant Pot — you'll get towering, centerpiece-worthy slices.

Recipe: Instant Pot Cherry Cheesecake

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Even with just butter, these are delicious (and fast!) to make. To upgrade them even more, toss in a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Recipe: Instant Pot Mashed Buttery Sweet Potatoes

9. Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Ham

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This uses the IP's slow cooker setting — meaning you could also make this in a Crock Pot. Either way, you'll save oven space.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Ham

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The shortcut here is starting with frozen dinner rolls that rise overnight. In the morning, you'll coat them in butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans — then bake.

Recipe: Instant Pot Monkey Bread

11. Instant Pot Glazed Carrots

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For maximum ease, this recipe starts with baby carrots. (But if you have more time, you could also slice regular carrots — the tri-color ones would be really pretty!)

Recipe: Instant Pot Glazed Carrots

12. Slow Cooker Classic Stuffing

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If you like a more savory-sweet stuffing, add in sliced apples or cranberries.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Classic Stuffing

13. Instant Pot Hot Chocolate

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Not mandatory but highly encouraged? Adding bourbon or Bailey's.

Recipe: Instant Pot Hot Chocolate

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Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free — and something everyone will love.

Recipe: Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

15. Slow Cooker Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze

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Tangy balsamic and salty Parmesan make just about everything better.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

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IP mashed potatoes are faster and (arguably tastier) than the stovetop version — and the pressure cooker doubles as a warming station.

Recipe: Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

17. Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples

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These are perfect spooned over poundcake or ice cream. (Or even just solo!)

Recipe: Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples

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To easily lift the entire pie up and out after cooking, line the slow cooker with parchment paper first.

Recipe: Crock Pot Pecan Pie

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Things you can never have too many of at Thanksgiving: Potato-based sides.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Potatoes au Gratin

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