The keto diet takes a lot more than just replacing bread with all the bacon and butter. If you really want to do this high-fat thing right, it takes planning, commitment, and a whole lot of recipes to keep you from falling into a delicious but unhealthy cheese rut.
One key way to make the keto diet easier? Meal prepping. One time-saving kitchen gadget to make makes meal prepping easier? The Instant Pot. You probably know where we’re going with this. Check out these 19 keto meals you can make in the Instant Pot so that you’ve got time to live your best low-carb life.
1. 10-Minute Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken
2. Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Salmon
The best part about this recipe is that it lets you put still-frozen salmon in the Instant Pot, making it perfect for busy (or forgetful) cooks who didn’t defrost their fish in the morning. Not only is the dish forgiving, but it’s also super fast, cooking up in just 10 minutes.
3. Instant Pot Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Soup
With cream cheese, cheddar, and half-and-half, this soup is loaded, all right. But while you’d usually find potato at the base of a recipe like this, this one sticks to cauliflower—it keeps the carb count low and you’d never be able to tell the difference.
4. Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
If you’re craving meatballs but your keto kitchen no longer stocks bread crumbs, bust open that bag of almond meal in the pantry. It’s just as good for binding the chicken and seasonings together and helps them hold up well while cooking in the Instant Pot.
5. Ropa Vieja
Needing 90 minutes at high pressure, this Instant Pot recipe takes longer than others, but that only means the beef and spices have more time to cook together. You’ll be rewarded with the most mouthwatering, tender meat and most flavorful soup ever.
6. Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo
Spaghetti squash does have a slightly higher carb count for a keto meal, so just make sure this dish fits into your plan for the day. Trust us, you’ll want to make room for it; who wouldn’t want to dig into a cheesy, pasta-like bowl?!
7. Instant Pot Now and Later Keto Indian Butter Chicken
While butter gets the side-eye on many other diets, the keto plan welcomes it with open arms. Make it the center of attention in this decadent Indian-inspired dish, where it adds plenty of richness to the spicy tomato gravy.
8. Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
Super tangy from the lime juice and just spicy enough from the salsa, these carnitas are so full of flavor that you won’t miss the tortillas a bit. Make sure to use a marbled pork cut to keep with the high-fat needs of the keto plan.
9. Keto Instant Pot Crack Chicken
Don’t worry, there’s nothing illegal about this recipe, although the rich mix of bacon, cheese, and chicken sounds (and tastes) like it should be. Make it a full meal by serving it with keto-friendly veggies like cauliflower or zucchini.
10. Instant Pot Quiche
While quiches can take up to 40 minutes to make in the oven, this Instant Pot version slashes the cooking time in half. Individually portioned and easily adapted to whatever veggies you have on hand, they’re perfect for last-minute or even make-ahead meals.
11. Low-Carb Keto Zuppa Toscana
This Tuscan soup usually gets its richness from a combo of potatoes and heavy cream, but this keto-friendly version keeps the dairy and switches out the spuds for radishes. It’s an unexpected substitute, but it works surprisingly well.
12. White Barbecue Sauce Paleo Instant Pot Ribs
A white barbecue sauce may be a first for you, but it’ll become a regular once you try it. This one swaps the cream for coconut milk to keep things higher fat without the need for dairy. Just be sure to omit the honey, and don’t worry, it’ll still taste just as good.
13. Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon
Julia Child’s recipe may be the gold standard for bourguignon, but it also takes more than six hours to make. So while this Instant Pot version may involve a fair bit of chopping first, rest assured that the entire thing still takes only one-third of the amount of time as the original.
14. Low-Carb Chicken Taco Soup
If taco shells aren’t an option on the keto plan, stick the filling in an Instant Pot and add some broth. Less than 30 minutes later, you’ve got spicy, cheesy, practically carb-free chicken soup.
15. Instant Pot Kalua Pork
You may not be headed to Hawaii anytime soon, but this island staple will make dinnertime at home feel like a luau. While the Instant Pot replaces the traditional underground oven-cooking method, the end product tastes pretty close to the real deal.
16. Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites
Anything “sous vide” sounds like it should be coming out of a restaurant kitchen, but all the phrase means is cooking food inside sealed containers—in this case, mason jars! Filled with an egg and cream mixture and placed in the Instant Pot, each jar produces a perfectly fluffy, soufflé-like bite that’s portion-controlled, portable, and perfectly keto.
17. Instant Pot Spinach and Artichoke Chicken
While standard spinach and artichoke dip can’t pass off as an actual meal, add some chicken for protein, and it becomes a totally acceptable dinner. Cooked in the Instant Pot in just 20 minutes, it’s a quick casserole-style dish and a total crowd-pleaser.
18. Tomatillo Chili
Keto meal planners will appreciate this “make once, eat all week” dinner. Replacing half the beef with pork for this bean-free chili adds a new flavor dimension, and thanks to the Instant Pot, it’s got the slow-cooked taste but with a faster cooking time.
19. Instant Pot Chili Lime Steak Bowl
Grain bowls may be trending on restaurant menus, but at home, keep it keto with this low-carb, meat-heavy alternative. Top with lots of avocado for that all-important healthy fat.