25 Paleo Instant Pot Recipes

From dinner recipes with ground beef, chicken and pork, to soups and side dishes, we’ve rounded up 25 of the best Paleo Instant Pot recipes for you to try and enjoy. Eating well has never been easier!

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Which Pressure Cooker is best?

There are different version of pressure cookers, and we use this version of the Instant Pot.

Other popular brands are:

CHECK THIS OUT: You can read our detailed and honest review of the Instant Pot here.

Any of these pressure cookers should work for these Instant Pot recipes. Although the recipes are written for an Instant Pot, simply utilize whatever pressure cooker you have to make them.


Paleo Chicken Recipes for the Instant Pot

Insanely Easy Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken from The Real Simple Good Life

Bowl of shredded instant pot buffalo chicken with sauce pouring in from a spoon

Honey Mustard Chicken from Paleo Running Momma

Close up of honey mustard chicken in dish with sauce and spoons

Teriyaki Chicken Bowls from The Wooden Skillet

Teriyaki chicken served in a bowl with rice, broccoli and carrots.

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Meatballs from Eat the Gains

Instant pot BBQ chicken meatballs in skillet angle shot

Healthy Instant Pot Orange Chicken from The Real Simple Good Life

Chunks of orange chicken in a bowl with orange wedges

Paleo Dinner Recipes for the Instant Pot

Instant Pot BBQ Beef Brisket from The Real Simple Good Life

Sliced BBQ beef brisket on a platter with BBQ sauce over it

Chili Lime Instant Pot Short Ribs from What Great Grandma Ate

Chili lime instant pot short ribs in a bowl with cilantro topping overhead shot

Instant Pot Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin from Physical Kitchness

Instant pot teriyaki pork tenderloin on a plate stacked in a row with sauce angle shot

Turkey Bacon Ranch Meatloaf from Physical Kitchness

Sliced turkey bacon ranch meatloaf on a board angle shot

Instant Pot Pot Roast from The Real Simple Good Life

Shredded pot roast on a platter with sweet potatoes, celery and onion

Paleo Soup Recipes for the Instant Pot

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili from The Real Simple Good Life

Two bowls of white chicken chili with lime, jalapeno, cilantro and sour cream

Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodle Soup from The Movement Menu

Bowl of Thai soup with zoodles limes and chopped parsley

Stuffed Pepper Soup from Real Food with Jessica

Stuffed pepper soup in a pot with ladle scooping some out angle shot

Paleo Lasagna Soup from Unbound Wellness

Paleo lasagna soup in a bowl with basil and cheese overhead shot

Bacon and Sweet Potato Chili from A Calculated Whisk

Bacon sweet potato chili in 2 bowls with toppings overhead shot

Paleo Ground Beef Recipes for the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes from The Real Simple Good Life

Sloppy joes in a bowl with spoon and chopped purple cabbage topping

Instant Pot Meatballs from Real Food with Jessica

Plate of meatballs and red sauce over spaghetti squash

Instant Pot Ground Beef Bulgogi from My Heart Beets

Bowl of korean beef bulgogi with sliced green onion and sesame seeds

Instant Pot Egg Roll in a Bowl from Wholesomelicious

Egg roll in a bowl with ground beef, cabbage, cilantro and onion

Korean Sloppy Joes from What Great Grandma Ate

Sloppy joes stuffed in potatoes that are cut in half and topped with sliced green onion

Paleo Side Dish Recipes for the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes from A Calculated Whisk

Instant pot mashed potatoes in a bowl with spoon and butter on top overhead shot

Creamy Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts from The Bettered Blondie

Creamy brussels sprouts with bacon and a wooden spoon in the instant pot

Perfect Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes from Kristine’s Kitchen

Three sweet potatoes with butter in each on a plate

Instant Pot Creamy Cauliflower Mash from Physical Kitchness

Instant pot creamy cauliflower in a bowl with butter and thyme overhead shot

Maple Instant Pot Carrots from Food With Feeling

Plate of baby carrots with maple cinnamon topping

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Paleo Instant Pot Recipes: Carnitas

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 8
Calories: 214kcal
Author: Erica Winn
These Paleo and Whole30 Instant Pot shredded pork carnitas are super tender, juicy and flavorful! Plus, we have 25 other Paleo Instant Pot recipes including dinner recipes, soups and side dishes!
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Ingredients

  • 3 lbs pork shoulder or butt, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (about 2 oranges)
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp oregano (fresh or dried)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 2 tbsp ghee (or other cooking oil)

For topping/serving:

  • romaine lettuce (or sub Siete Tortillas or other sturdy lettuce)
  • cilantro
  • avocado
  • jalapenos, sliced
  • lime wedges

Instructions 

  • Cut pork into cubes and set aside. Prep onion and garlic as noted.
  • Combine orange juice, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt and chipotle powder in a bowl or jar and mix well.

For the Instant Pot

  • Press the sauté button on the instant pot and add ghee. Once hot, add in the pork and brown it on all sides. Press cancel on the instant pot once the pork is browned.
  • Pour the juice/seasoning mixture all over the pork cubes and add in the diced onion and garlic.
  • Secure the lid on the instant pot and close the pressure valve. Press the “manual” button (or “pressure cook” button) and set the time to cook for 30 minutes at high pressure. Once the time is up, let the pressure naturally release on its own for 20 minutes.
  • Manually release any remaining pressure and remove the lid. Shred the pork with two forks.
  • Serve carnitas in lettuce wedges or tortillas with your favorite toppings.

For the Slow Cooker

  • Follow the first 2 steps in the recipe above. Then, heat a pan on the stove over medium heat and add ghee. Once hot, add in the pork and brown it on all sides.
  • Once the pork is browned, add it to the slow cooker. Pour the juice/seasoning mixture all over the pork cubes and add in the diced onion and garlic.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Shred the pork with two forks. Serve carnitas in lettuce wedges or tortillas with your favorite toppings.

Optional step (for crispy carnitas):

  • Set your oven to broil.
  • After shredding the pork, use a slotted spoon to remove the pork and onions from the instant pot and place on a large sheet pan. Spoon some of the juices from the instant pot over the top of the pork in the sheet pan.
  • Place in the oven to broil for 6-8 minutes, until the pork begins to develop some brown and crispy edges. Watch carefully and cook to your preference.
  • Alternatively, you can simply transfer some of the pork to a skillet over medium heat and cook it until it’s crispy, stirring occasionally. This method is easiest if you are re-heating the pork leftovers from the fridge.

Notes

Nutrition facts are an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet and do not include the topping/serving items for this recipe. See our full nutrition information disclosure here

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g
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