Instant Pot Side Dish Recipes
Side dishes are the perfect way to turn an ordinary meal into one that is filling, hearty—and a delight for your taste buds. The following are 2 delicious side dish recipes that you can easily make with your Instant Pot.
1. Cheesy Rice and Broccoli
This richly flavored dish combines rice, broccoli, and cheese for a filling side that goes well with many different cuisines.
- 1 garlic clove – minced
- 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 cup white rice – brown is acceptable, don’t use vegetable substitutes
- 2 cups broccoli – chopped
- 1 cup onion – diced finely
- 1 cup shredded cheese – cheddar or Colby Jack
- 5 tbsp. butter
- First, turn your Instant Pot onto sauté mode and add in your butter.
- Add in your onion and cook for about 3 minutes.
- Then add your garlic and cook for 30 seconds while stirring.
- Turn your pot off.
- Add in 2 cups of broth along with your rice, stir until well mixed, and then cook on Manual/High-Pressure mode for 5 minutes with the lid locked.
- Quick-release the steam, then add in your broccoli, the rest of your broth, and salt and pepper to taste if desired.
- Cook on Manual/High-Pressure for 1 minute, then quick-release the steam.
- Add in your cheese, mix until it is melted and gooey, and serve with entrée.
2. Garlic Potatoes
If you’re a fan of potatoes, then you’ll enjoy these melt-in-your-mouth potatoes cooked with butter and garlic.
- 1 lb. potatoes – no peel, cut into half-inch slices (Yukon Gold preferred)
- 1/2 cup butter – optional additional 1/2 cup to serve with, for an extra buttery, creamy dish
- 1 cup broth – chicken or vegetable; chicken is preferred
- 1 clove garlic – peeled, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- First, turn your Instant Pot on the sauté function and melt your 1/2 cup of butter inside the pot. Be careful not to burn the butter.
- Once it is melted, cook your sliced potatoes in a single layer until they are golden-fried. This will take about 5 minutes on each side.
- Set potatoes aside—you will be adding them back to the pot again later.
- Set a trivet inside your Instant Pot, and then add in your broth, garlic, salt, and pepper. Watch the garlic to make sure that it doesn’t burn during the cooking process.
- Cook your spice and broth mixture for about one minute before adding the potatoes back into the Instant Pot.
- Then, lock the lid.
- Cook on Manual/High-Pressure for 1 minute, then release the steam using the quick-release method. This will take about 5 minutes.
- Then, set potatoes aside and continue cooking broth and butter mixture until it reduces, or 2 minutes.
- Add potatoes back into the pot in one layer, cook for 3 minutes per side.
- Serve while hot; if desired, serve with extra potato for an extra creamy, buttery potato dish.