Instant Pot Stuffing is an easy recipe made in the pressure cooker. It keeps you out of the kitchen, so that you can spend quality time with your loved ones.
It’s almost Thanksgiving! This holiday is all about family and friends.
Getting together, talking, drinking, eating and having a lot of fun. It’s the time of year for turkey and my Instant Pot Turkey & Homemade Gravy recipe is always great to start out your Thanksgiving menu!
In light of what has just happened, instead of posting that recipe today, I decided to do a very simple stuffing recipe instead. This Instant Pot Stuffing Recipe is dedicated to Claus Wagner Bartak. My very close and very loved friend, Claus, passed away early this morning.
I have regrets.
If you have people you love, please, make a point to see them soon. We were supposed to visit Claus and something came up. Sometimes it is okay to take short cuts and spend more time with family and friends.
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Ingredients for Instant Pot Stuffing
The base for any stuffing is dried bread. It takes some time to dry your own bread, but really, a package of dried stuffing mix is much easier and just as good. You can always add your own touches to the stuffing. I added a section of yummy add ins below.
Normally, I baked a Sourdough Bread and a Cast Iron Cornbread and then I dry them out and toast them. It takes time. Just this one, forget about spending all day in the kitchen and try out this stuffing short cut. You will have more time with your family and friends and you know what? This easy Instant Pot Stuffing recipe is just as good as starting from fresh bread!
How to Make Easy Instant Pot Stuffing.
- Grab a bag or a box of Stuffing or even your favorite Croutons. They are already filled with buttery goodness and lots of seasonings.
- If your Croutons are the small cubes, you can leave them in tact.
- Toss the Stuffing into a Large Mixing Bowl.
- If you prefer softer veggies, you can start them out directly in the Instant Pot.
- Make sure not to let the onions burn to the bottom of the cooking pot.
Melt some buttah, baby!!!!!
This recipe will come together quickly and with very little effort.
Make it Easier and Skip the Sautéing Step
- If you don’t want to take the time to sauté the vegetables in your cooking pot, then simply skip this step!
- Your veggies will be firmer and a bit more predominant.
- All the ingredients can simply be added to your large Bowl and combined and then cooked in the pressure cooker.
Add Ins for Instant Pot Stuffing.
- Beaten Egg – adds fluffiness to the Instant Pot Stuffing, definitely recommended
- Chopped Apple
- Unsweetened Dried Cranberries
- Chopped Pecans, Walnuts or Almonds
- Crisp Bacon
- Chopped Roasted Chestnuts – my personal favorite add in
If there are other things you like in your Instant Pot Stuffing, just add it in. Remember, this recipe is very basic and a short cut, so anything you would like to add, just add it to the stuffing mix.
Tips and Tricks for Instant Pot Stuffing.
- Dice celery smaller than the onions. Onions cook and become soft very quickly, so dicing them larger than the celery will help to keep the vegetables nice and even.
- Use Turkey Broth as the cooking liquid. It seems so obvious, right? Mix up some Water with a little Better Than Bouillon Turkey Base and add it to the cooking pot.
- No need to cover the pan of stuffing and no need to worry about water getting into the pan, Because, we want the to get into the Casserole Dish!!
The hot Turkey Broth will infuse into the pan of Instant Pot Stuffing and keep it moist, while adding more flavor.
That’s it. You can enjoy Instant Pot Stuffing for Thanksgiving as is, or you can brown the top.
It’s a matter of preference. Do you like stuffing cooked inside the Turkey or in the Oven? If you like it cooked inside the Turkey, you will love this Instant Pot Stuffing right out of the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker.
If your preference is a drier Stuffing, then pop the Casserole Dish into the oven for a few minutes, after pressure cooking.
You are going to want to make a double batch of this stuffing for leftovers. It’s THAT good.
What to do with Leftover Instant Pot Stuffing.
- Make Air Fryer Turkey Croquettes.
- They are the perfect recipe for leftover Thanksgiving Instant Pot Stuffing and Instant Pot Turkey with Gravy.
- They only take a few minutes to prepare and then a short cook time in your Air Fryer.
You will want to make these croquettes all year round!
For a crispy top, use a Mealthy Crisplid to brown. To make sure the Stuffing doesn’t try out, use the Turkey Broth from the cooking pot and pour a little over the top of the stuffing.
So, there you have it. This super simple, easy Instant Pot Stuffing recipe. Serve it in the same Casserole Dish it cooked in and save an oven transfer.
You can make this in advance and heat up, right before you eat. Your Thanksgiving meal is not complete without my Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake “Pake.”
More Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes to Make:
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Pressure Cooker Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce
- Pressure Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole (Instant Pot)
- Pressure Cooker Cranberry Bread Pudding/French Toast
Clausy, I know my sweet boy, Chester, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on October 10, 2017, greeted you with purrs. Cuddle him for me. I love you both.
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Pressure Cooker
- Mealthy CrispLid (buy from Mealthy) / Mealthy CrispLid (buy from Amazon)
- J.A. Henckels Classic 8 inch Chef’s Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Simply Gourmet (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Rösle Stainless Steel Flat Whisk– a MUST have, probably my most used utensil
- di Oro Living Silicone Spatulas Set
- My FANTASTIC Teak Cutting & Charcuterie Board & Compartments
- Stainless Steel Tall/Short Trivet & Egg Cooker Set
- 5.5 Quart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl
- Casserole Dish
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- Select Sauté/Browning and allow pressure cooker to fully heat. Add butter, celery and onions and Sauté for one minute.
- Pour in 1.25 cups of turkey broth and a pinch of sage. Mix through. Hit cancel on Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker.
- Add stuffing and water chestnuts to a large mixing bowl. Mix in an egg, if desired. Pour in sauteed onions, celery and broth. Mix together.
- Butter Casserole Dish and pour in Stuffing Mixture. Don't pack stuffing into dish.
- Add the rest of the broth to cooking pot and place Trivet in pot.
- Place casserole dish on top of trivet.
- Lock on Lid and close pressure valve. Cook at high pressure (most machines default to high ) for 13 minutes.
- When beep sounds, wait 10 minutes and then release the rest of the pressure.
- Serve as is, or pour 1/8 cup of turkey broth over stuffing. Place Mealthy CrispLid on top. Set temp to 350 and time to 5 minutes or until top is nice and brown.
Alternative No Sauté Method
- Rather than first sautéing the vegetables in the pressure cooker, just add them into a large mixing bowl with melted butter and combine. Then mix in 1.25 cups broth, sage, stuffing mix and any add ins. Combine well and continue with Step 4.
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