15 Easy Instant Pot Vegan Dinners

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Looking for some quick and easy dinner recipe ideas for those busy weeknights? I got you covered with these 15 easy and delicious Instant Pot Vegan Dinner Ideas!

These hearty meals can be prepared rather quickly using your Instant Pot. These are packed with flavors and just the kind of meal you need for busy days.

The leftover also make great lunches.

a collage of instant pot vegan dinner recipes

I struggle with making dinner everyday. I know that sounds like such a paradox, since I am a food blogger and should have food in my refrigerator. The fact is that yes there is always food in my refrigerator but it might not always be dinner worthy.

For example you won’t really eat ice cream or brownies for dinner right? Those days are hard and after a long day of clicking pictures, editing, cooking, cleaning (which I detest the most!) I am left with no energy to cook dinner.

Well, enter my Instant Pot! It’s my best friend during those busy days. It usually takes me around 10 to 15 minutes to throw something in the Instant Pot and we have a warm dinner ready to devour.

I am sharing with you guys today a round-up of my 15 favorite Instant Pot Vegan Recipes. These make great dinner or lunches and you would love the ease with which you can make these. There are curries, chili, fried rice, noodles and also recipes where you can make 2 things at the same time using the pot-in-pot method!

Tell me which one is your favorite?

1- Mexican Quinoa

Quinoa with beans, corn, jalapeños and  flavored with cumin, smoked paprika and chili powder. This dish is great for meal-prep and also to pack in lunches. Healthy and gets done in 30 minutes or less.

mexican quinoa in a black bowl topped with avocado

2- Spinach Dal

Dal was something I grew up eating every day of the year, no exceptions! This spinach dal has added spinach to make it even more nutritious.

spinach dal served in a copper container and garnished with cilantro

3- Easy Vegetable Biryani

Making biryani doesn’t always have to be complicated. You can make a quick version using your Instant Pot when the biryani craving strikes! Basmati rice is cooked with fragrant spices and vegetables to make a complete meal.

bowl of vegetable biryani held by a pair of hands

4- Thai Peanut Noodles

It is one of my most favorite recipes and you guys love this one too. Spaghetti tossed in a creamy peanut sauce makes for a very flavorful meal. I love the fact that Instant Pot eliminates the extra-step of boiling the noodles.

This recipe is not 100% vegan but simply swap honey with brown sugar or maple syrup to make it completely vegan. 

thai peanut noodles in a black bowl with a pair of chopsticks on the side

5- Vegetable Korma

Making a flavorful korma was never this easy. This vegetable korma is creamy, super flavorful and pairs so well with naan or rice. I love how all the veggies retain their texture in this curry.

vegetable korma served in a black bowl with naan on the side

6- Pineapple Fried Rice

This is such a quick way to enjoy fried rice. The juicy pineapple bits are my favorite. Leftovers make great lunches!

vegan pineapple fried rice in a white bowl with a pair of chopsticks on the side

7- Thai Pumpkin Curry with Jasmine Rice

Make Thai pumpkin curry and jasmine rice- the complete meal in one go using the pot in pot method. So convenient and perfect for busy days!

thai pumpkin curry in a white bowl served along with jasmine rice in a white bowl

8- Tofu Tikka Masala

Spicy marinated cubes of tofu are tossed in a creamy curry. I love the ease of this Instant Pot version. My favorite way to eat this? With naan!

tofu tikka masala served in a large bowl

9- Ethiopian Lentil Stew

If you have never had Ethiopian Lentil Stew aka misir wot then you are missing out? And the easiest way to make it? In your Instant Pot!

ethiopian lentil stew in a bowl

10- Thai Peanut Tofu Pineapple Curry

So many elements lead to explosion of flavors in this curry. Serve it over brown rice for a warm meal.

thai peanut tofu pineapple curry in a white bowl served with 2 spoons

11- Beans & Brown Rice

Healthy, nutritious and protein rich meal made in one using the pot-in-pot method in the Instant Pot.

instant pot beans and brown rice served in a white place with sliced avocados

12- Sweet Potato Curry

This sweet potato curry is packed with flavors with the addition of red curry paste, smoked paprika and garam masala. I love the roasted cashews on top.

sweet potato curry in a black plate served with brown rice

13- Butternut Squash Chili

Hearty, flavorful, spicy – this chili is so good when you want something comforting and wholesome. I make it all the time when butternut squash is in season.

butternut squash chili in a large bowl topped with diced avocados, lime wedge and jalapenos

14- Chana Dal

This comforting dal is really easy to make in the Instant Pot. I love to eat it with boiled rice.

chana dal served in a round copper vessel garnish with cilantro

15- Mediterranean Lentil Soup

Lentil soup packed with tons of flavors and gets done in 30 minutes or less. I love to eat it with some pita bread on the side.

mediterranean lentil soup in a grey bowl and garnished with cilantro

Hope these recipes inspire you to use your Instant more often and get creative with it. I would love to know which of these Instant Pot Vegan Recipes is your favorite? Happy Cooking!

Hi, I’m Manali!

Bringing you easy, delicious vegetarian & vegan recipes! Eating veggies can be fun, you just need to get creative in the kitchen with the right set of ingredients!

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  1. I can’t thank you enough for this post. I am in love with my new instant pot, but have had a hard time finding vegan meal recipes…until now! Bless your heart for doing the work for me <3

      1. I just stumbled across your website and I am so excited!! I am so ordering a instant pot tonight! Thank you so much!!