Make super filling and delicious meals with this list of 30+ Vegan Instant Pot Lentil Recipes! These recipes are great for meal prep and/or stocking your freezer with healthy plant-based meals.
Lentils are an inexpensive protein powerhouse and they’re so versatile. They are the base for tons of satisfying plant-based recipes including soups, curries, and more.
I personally love lentils as the meat substitute in my vegan taco soup, slow cooker lasagna soup, lentil curry, slow cooker lentil sloppy joes, and my lentil meatloaf with oats. I even have a comprehensive article on how I cook plain lentils in a rice cooker and a pressure cooker!
Benefits of using an Instant Pot to cook lentils
The Instant Pot (or any electric pressure cooker) is a great time saving device. It can cook legumes, grains, and even hardy vegetables within minutes, meaning you’ll be able to get dinner on the table faster.
If you don’t have a specific meal plan in mind, I recommend using the Instant Pot to cook plain lentils to use throughout the week (and freeze some extra portions!).
Pressure cookers are easy to use and makes cooking a breeze (don’t be intimidated!). They also don’t heat up your kitchen are quick and easy to clean. I personally use my two Instant Pots (yes two!) almost daily to cook dried lentils, beans, rice, quinoa, soup, potatoes, and more.
What Instant Pot do you recommend?
I own two Instant Pots – one newer, one older. The only real difference I’ve noticed between the two is the newer pot comes to pressure a few minutes faster. If you’re someone who has almost no time to cook meals at night, take this into consideration.
The outcome of the food cooked, however, is the same, so my recommendation is to go with the Instant Pot that best fits your budget. I almost always cook meals using manual high pressure, so purchasing an Instant Pot with all the bells and whistles is not necessary.
If desired, shop my two recommended Instant Pots for your Instant Pot Lentil Recipes.
INSTANT POT PRO
Comes to pressure faster with a safer pressure release button.
INSTANT POT DUO PLUS
The best budget Instant Pot!
Can I use another brand of pressure cooker?
If you have another brand of electric pressure cooker, you can still make these recipes. Refer to the manual for how to use your specific model. Once you’ve learned to use it, you’ll see how to “adapt” recipes pretty quickly to suit your specific model. In most cases, the buttons are labeled differently, but perform the same functions.
Now, if you have an Instant Pot and you haven’t used it yet, here are 30+ Instant Pot lentil recipes to inspire you. The list below contains tons of delicious, flavorful recipes to make in your pressure cooker and encourage you to keep your pantry stocked with lentils for cheap, healthy meals at home!