Find the very best easy and healthy Instant Pot side dishes in this recipe round-up. All of these recipes are gluten-free using real food ingredients.

collage of side dish recipes

Healthy Side Dishes

No matter what type of diet you’re on, if you’re looking for real food, easy side dishes, then you are in the right place. The Instant Pot is particularly great for making side dishes, as you can set it and forget it.

If you haven’t yet jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon, I recommend getting a 6-quart Duo. In my opinion, this is the easiest model for getting started. You might also want to check out my post on how to use the Instant Pot.

Pro Tips

As with any Instant Pot dish, you always need 1 cup of liquid to make sure the pot can come up to pressure. That’s because a pressure cooker works by trapping the steam made by heating up the liquid. So, even when you are making a side dish, it’s important to have liquid which can come from water, broth, canned tomatoes, or other liquid ingredients.


Can I make these recipes using a 3-quart “mini” Instant Pot?

Most recipes are written for a 6-quart Instant Pot, but can be adapted to using the 3-quart. It might take some tinkering. You can start by cutting the ingredients in half. Just always remember to include 1 cup of liquid to ensure your pot comes up to pressure.

Now, let’s get to the round-up of the 17 best Instant Pot side dishes! Whether you’re going to a potluck, barbecue, or a holiday gathering, there is certainly a recipe here that will make your cooking easier.


1. Instant Pot Whole Red Potatoes

You’re going to love how easy it is to make red potatoes in the pressure cooker. They get cooked perfectly and are an easy, healthy side dish.

potatoes in a bowl with chives on top and a gold fork

2. Instant Pot Artichokes

Cooking artichokes has never been easier than using the pressure cooker. They turn out tender and sooooo delicious.

two artichokes in an instant pot pressure cooker

3. Instant Pot Carrots

Even kids will eat this healthy carrot side dish that has just a few simple ingredients.

instant pot carrots in serving dish

4. Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Everyone loves these delcicious, tender baked potatoes that get cooked perfectly in the pressure cooker. Serve them with your favorite toppings.

baked potato on a plate

5. Instant Pot Cauliflower Mash (Low-Carb)

This is a low-carb version of mashed potatoes, but using cauliflower instead! This healthy side dish is full of fiber and flavor.

mashed cauliflower in a blue bowl

6. Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Making mashed potatoes has never been easier. This recipe is perfect for holidays, or any special occasion when you want a batch of mashed potatoes.

recipe in a white bowl with rosemary sprigs

7. Instant Pot Sweet Potato Mash

You’re going to love this easy recipe for Mashed Sweet Potatoes that is both paleo and vegan diet friendly.

instant pot mashed sweet potatoes

8. Instant Pot Basmati Rice

Everyone needs this easy recipe in their back pocket. This pressure cooker rice is such an easy side dish. And, the rice is so fluffy!

cooked rice in a white bowl with two gold spoons

9. Instant Pot Beets

Making cooked beets has never been easier. This mess-free method is so great. And, cooked beets are absolutely delicious!

beets in instant pot pressure cooker with water and trivet

10. Instant Pot Whole Sweet Potatoes

Make a big batch of sweet potatoes in your pressure cooker. This is the easiest method for cooking them.

baked whole sweet potato on a white plate with polka dots

11. Instant Pot Whole Butternut Squash 

Cooked butternut squash is a great healthy side dish.

butternut squash puree in a white bowl

12. Instant Pot Cabbage

Don’t wait for St. Patrick’s Day to make cook cabbage. This is a great healthy side dish.

cooked cabbage in instant pot

13. Instant Pot Spanish Rice 

This rice dish goes with almonst any main dish. It’s flavorful and easy to make.

bowl of instant pot spanish rice with fresh lime

14. Instant Pot Coconut Rice 

Here’s another easy rice dish you can make in your pressure cooker.

bowl of instant pot coconut rice with chives on top

15. Instant Pot Potato Salad

This Instant Pot Potato Salad is a summertime favorite. This recipe is vegan and gluten-free.

bowl of potato salad with a gold spoon

16. Instant Pot Cranberry Relish

Cranberry relish is a great side dish to enjoy all year round.

instant pot cranberry relish with whole cranberries

17. Instant Pot Candied Yams 

You don’t have to wait until the fall holidays to make this super easy Candied Yams recipe. It’s a healthy version that can be served with any main dish. This recipe is naturally vegan, low-fat, and gluten-free.

yams in a white serving bowl


Whether you’re meal prepping for the week or you’re cooking side dishes for Sunday dinner, you should have plenty of recipes to choose from. I think you’ll find that a pressure cooker cuts down on the work, but still produces side dishes that are healthy, easy, and delicious!

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