The best Gluten-Free Instant Pot recipes and guide includes a variety of dishes for easy meal planning. Find chicken, beef, soups, vegetarian, and even breakfast recipes with a bonus how to use an instant pot tips and tricks section!
Instant pot recipes that are gluten-free!
Electric pressure cooking has become a favorite cooking method because an Instant Pot removes guesswork and excess time. Similar to the slow cooker cooking method, generally there is minimal prep with a lot of hands-off cooking.
Luckily there are many quick and easy gluten-free instant pot recipes available. Dishes that usually take all day, such as chili, tougher cuts of beef, roast, and pork recipes are done in a fraction of the time.
There a few ingredients to look out for when searching for gluten-free recipes. Many dishes includes a sauce made out of the cooking liquid. These sauces should thickened with cornstarch, gluten-free flour, or an alternative gluten-free starch.
Some ingredients, such as soy sauce or canned soup, may contain gluten. Read all the ingredient labels or use recipes with made-by-scratch sauces (many included below), so you know everything is safe to eat.
How to use an instant pot
If you are new to instant pot cooking, check out my complete beginner’s tutorial on how to use an instant pot. Below are the important basics to be aware of.
- Liquid – Always have at least 1 cup of liquid in pressure cooker. Sometimes recipes will call for less if the ingredients contain a lot of water, like chicken, fruits, or vegetables.
- Seal – Lock lid in place by turning clockwise. Make sure the valve at top is in SEAL position. The valve will let off a little steam as the float lifts up and locks into place. This is normal and it will stop once the pressure cooker comes to full pressure.
- Timing – The recipe will include a cook time, which is the time to set for cooking under high pressure. It will not start counting down that time until it comes to pressure. This can take anywhere to 5-30 minutes, depending on how much liquid is inside.
- Quick Release (QR) vs. Natural Release (NR) – For QR, when the cooking time ends press or turn the button to release pressure immediately. For NR, after the cook time ends do not do anything and the unit gradually releases pressure as it sits.
cooking gluten-free pasta in a pressure cooker
Gluten-free pasta may be cooked in an electric pressure cooker with less cooking time. If the pasta is overcooked, you will be left with a mushy, disinergrated mess.
Therefore, when I substitute gluten-free pasta in a traditional instant pot recipe I always reduce the cook time by 2 minutes. Also, gluten-free pasta absorbs more liquid because of the starches. Therefore, add about 1/4 cup more liquid when converting from a regular recipe.
If you discover the pasta is undercooked once the pressure has been released, it’s easy to cook longer, but there is no going back from overcooking. To cook longer, use the simmer function or reseal the unit and cook for an additional minute.
If a recipe calls for all-purpose flour, substitute an equal amount of gluten-free all-purpose flour. My preferred brand to use is Cup4Cup gluten-free flour.
Cornstarch may also be used as a gluten-free thickener. Generally halve the amount of flour called for to substitute cornstarch. For instance, if the recipe calls for 2 tablespoons flour, use 1 tablespoon cornstarch whisked together with a little water to make a slurry.
Add the cornstarch slurry to the liquid after recipe is done cooking under pressure. Stir in the cornstarch / water mixture and simmer until thickened.
If you cannot tolerate cornstarch, or are looking for alternative low carb thickeners, see this article on alternative gluten-free starches.
Using frozen meat
Another bonus of instant pot cooking is being able to cook frozen or partially frozen meats. Since this reduces the starting temperature of the liquid, it will take longer to come to pressure.
Also, certain cuts of meat are not recommended for cooking from frozen, like large cuts of beef or pork. Generally smaller proteins, such as chicken breasts, chicken thighs, stew meat, or pork tenderloin work great.
sides to serve with gluten-free instant pot recipes
Many side dish options are right in your pantry, such as gluten-free pasta, rice, potatoes, or canned veggies. Below are my favorite side dishes.
- Roasted Cabbage
- Steamed Broccoli
- Mashed Potatoes
- Rice (To make this easier, use a rice cooker for a hands-off side dish as well)
- Sweet Potatoes – roasted or mashed
- Zucchini recipes
instant pot chicken recipes
instant pot beef / pork recipes
instant pot soup recipes
instant pot vegetarian recipes
instant pot breakfast recipes
My favorite way to use the instant pot is as a yogurt maker. I make it so often, I have a second instant pot solely dedicated to this!
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