There is no need to heat up the entire house this Summer with these 20 of our favorite Instant Pot Asian recipes you can make inside the house so you don’t have to live off of your outdoor grill. They are easy and delicious.
The last thing I want to do every Summer is to turn on that oven. Oh my gosh, the house itself turns into a giant oven!
We utilize our outdoor grill every now and then during Summer, but I like to be able to stay indoors too when the heat and especially the humidity here in Minnesota are just ridiculous. I love my Instant Pot (not paid to say this). I’ve used it a lot despite the season. Used it a lot all year long pretty much! So, here I am compiling 20 of my favorite Instant Pot Asian recipes you should definitely try if you have not already!
1. Easy Chinese Cold Drunken Chicken Rolls
These are served cold and so it’s very refreshing to beat that Summer heat
2. Easy Tom Yum Chicken Rice
You may have had tom yum soup before, but the same tom yum paste is great for this one-pot rice dish.
3. Semur Ayam Kentang Kecap (Chicken Potatoes Smoor)
This flavorful chicken dish is one of our family favorites. A perfect dish to feed your family or a big crowd
4. Easy Pressure Cooker Lo Mai Gai
Bring this dim sum classic to your home. I love making this with Instant Pot because I don’t need to soak the rice for hours
5. Black Bean Spare Ribs Rice
Rice and tender spare ribs are all cooked in one pot to give you a delicious meal in no time
6. Simple Burmese Beef Potato Curry
This beef potato curry has a great complex flavor without the complexity. I believe it might be one of your favorite curry dishes ever!
7. Japanese Chicken Curry
This Japanese style curry has been my favorite ever since I had it for the first time at a Japanese restaurant super long time ago
8. Fish Biryani
I made this with brown basmati rice, but you can make it with regular white basmati rice too. This is an amazing rice dish that we love so much!
9. Asian Chicken Macaroni Soup
The kind of macaroni soup that I had when I was a kid. There’s really no fixed rules on how to make this Asian-style macaroni soup. The best part is all cooked in one pot without having to cook the pasta separately!
10. Indonesian Curry Chicken
This is a simpler version of Indonesian curry chicken, but fret not, still packed with incredible flavors
11. Soy Sauce Braised Pork Belly
Need me to say more? Pork belly is simply incredible and once you try this braised pork belly, you will know what I mean 😉
12. Easy Yam/Taro Rice
I just love one-pot rice dishes like this made with meat (or not) and tuber pieces like Asian taro
13. Lu Rou Fan (Taiwanese Braised Pork Belly Rice)
I’m not kidding when I said that this lu rou fan was like heaven in a bowl. You gotta try it yourself to believe it!
14. Nasi Pandan Wangi (Aromatic Pandan Rice)
Pandan is like the “vanilla” of Southeast Asia. My kids love it when I flavored the rice with pandan leaves. It pretty much goes with any entrees and vegetables
15. Gulai Nangka / Gulai Cubadak (Young Jackfruit Curry)
This meatless curry made with young jackfruit pieces are packed with flavors and also can be made vegan-friendly
16. Wedang Kacang Tanah (Two Ways)
This “humble” Indonesian dessert comes together easily with only a few ingredients
17. Thai Coconut Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niao Mamuang)
You will love how easy this popular Thai dessert to make using your Instant Pot.
18. Bubur Ketan Hitam / Bubur Injin (Black Sticky Rice Dessert)
Black sticky rice is highly popular in Southeast Asia and typically used to make dessert and kue / kuih
19. Eight-Treasure Glutinous Rice Pudding (Ba Bao Fan)
In case you haven’t noticed that many Asian desserts do use sticky rice/glutinous rice 🙂
20. Chinese Steamed Matcha Sponge Cake (Ji Dan Gao)
I was so blown away when I first made a steamed cake using Instant Pot! I was like “really?” wow! You should try it too!
There are also many other Instant Pot Asian recipes I’ve made throughout the year in case you are interested. I hope you like what I’ve compiled up there and found some of them useful! Enjoy your Summer!
First of all, THANK YOU for all your wonderful recipes! It’s been a go- to for me since I discovered your blog a couple of months ago. Great job with everything!
Had a question about Instant Pot…. finally thinking of getting one after I botched up a batch of brown rice yesterday (turned out all soggy and starchy after I increased to 3 cups from 2). Been refraining from buying any more electrics for my kitchen after a recent spring cleaning left me wondering why I bought some of the things I had. However, brown rice has become a staple weekly thing for both my hubs and I so figured instead of an expensive rice cooker, maybe go down the path of an Instant Pot that can serve multiple functions to justify purchasing it. Sorry for being long winded and giving more info than you probably needed! My question is which Instant Pot do you have and recommend?
Thanks again! Look forward to your reply.
Hi Charlotte, THank you for your kind words and support 🙂 I have the 7-in-1 Instant Pot Duo 6-quart size, about 3 years ago. So mine is a much older model but I can’t imagine life without it now ha..ha..! It’s not necessarily faster, but it’s convenient and I mostly used the pressure cooking and the yogurt maker features. Yes, it can cook rice too using rice cooking features or pressure cooker features. I guess it really depends on what you will be using the IP for mainly. Some of the newest models have air fryer, sous vide, cake features, as well. But from what I heard the air fryer is not as useful as it’s too small and no rice, egg, cake, or yogurt function (which defeat the purpose for me).
For me, 6 quart is enough and probably the most common size that people own, but definitely don’t go smaller than 6 quarts, it’s pretty useless IMHO to own a 3 quart, you can hardly do anything with that small size.
If I were to do it all over again, I would probably do the 9-in-1 Instant Pot Duo Plus (the cake-making feature because I’m into cake-baking these days) or the 9-in-1 Instant Pot Evo Plus (Sousvide and baking feature). For me, it has to have these basic features: Pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, steaming, warming, sautéing, yogurt making, baking. This site sums them all up for easier browsing https://mashable.com/roundup/best-instant-pot-to-buy-recipes-deals-amazon/
I hope this helps?
Thanks much for your reply! I just received my Instant Pot Nova Plus 6qt today!! Already started my first pot of rice for tonight!🤞I made a multi grain rice and am hoping my estimated
BTW, have you tried making tau suan in the instant pot before?
Have fun experimenting. I haven’t tried with tau suan since the split mung beans require short soaking time and cooking time, I haven’t tried it with IP yet