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Instant Pot Stuffing Traditional Thanksgiving Recipe


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This Instant Pot Stuffing is the perfect marriage of traditional Thanksgiving stuffing ingredients and a modern appliance. The best thing about making stuffing in your Instant Pot is that it comes out extra moist, not dry.

stuffing in a white bowl on a brown table with an instant pot and green linen in the background with title text reading Instant Pot Stuffing

I don’t know about you, but my biggest challenge at Thanksgiving is cooking all the food so that it is all hot and ready to serve at the same time. To accomplish this, I have to rely on more than just my stove and oven.

My Crock-Pot always plays a critical role. And my Instant Pots (yes, I have 2!) are now essential Thanksgiving tools too.

What You’ll Need

For this stuffing recipe, I basically just converted my favorite oven version. Nothing crazy going on here, just a traditional Thanksgiving stuffing.

close up view of stuffing in a white bowl on a brown table with an instant pot and green linen in the background

Pantry Items

  • Bread cubes (I used a bag of stuffing cubes)
  • Nuts (I prefer walnuts or pecans)
  • Broth (you can use vegetable or chicken)

Fresh Ingredients

  • Cranberries
  • Butter
  • Onion
  • Celery

From the Spice Cabinet

  • Poultry seasoning
  • Salt

Equipment

How to Make Instant Pot Stuffing

Making Instant Pot Stuffing is a lot like making traditional stuffing. The only difference is, we’ll be doing everything in the Instant Pot instead of on the stove and oven.

Step 1: Prepare bread cubes

Combine your bread cubes (or stuffing cubes if you’re using store-bought) in a large bowl with cranberries and nuts.

bread cubes, cranberries and nuts in a white bowl with more cranberries and nuts next to it on the white counter and also a red and white linen

Pour broth over the bread cubes.

broth being poured from a measuring cup into a white bowl of bread cubes, cranberry and nuts on a white counter

Step 2: Saute vegetables

Turn the Instant Pot on Saute mode and wait for the display to read “Hot.” Then, add a stick of butter to the pot along with chopped celery and onion.

Cook for a couple of minutes then add the poultry seasoning and salt.

butter, chopped celery and onions, and seasonings being cooked in an instant pot with a wooden spoon with more cranberries and nuts next to it on the white counter and also a red and white linen

Stir in the seasonings and continue cooking for about a minute. Press “Cancel” to turn off Saute mode.

Step 3: Combine ingredients

Next, add the sauteed celery and onion to the stuffing mix. Clean out the Instant Pot inner liner.

stuffing mix and celery and onions in a white bowl on the white counter and also a red and white linen

Stir the ingredients together to make sure they are well combined.

a spoon of stuffing above a white bowl of stuffing

Step 4: Prepare pan

Now it’s time to spoon the stuffing into the steamer pan. It should fill it up nearly to the top.

stuffing in a steamer pan with more cranberries and nuts next to it on the white counter and also a red and white linen

Cover the pan with the lid (or with foil if your pan didn’t come with a lid). Place the metal trivet that came with your Instant Pot in the bottom of the inner liner.

Add a cup and a half of water to your Instant Pot and then lower the steamer pan into the pot.

an instant pot with a steamer pan with a lid on it on the white counter and also a red and white linen

Step 5: Pressure cook

It’s finally time to cook the stuffing! Secure the lid and make sure the valve is set to “Sealing.” Choose “Manual” and set the time for 20 minutes.

When the pot beeps indicating that the cook time is complete, carefully move the valve to “Venting” and wait for the pressure to full release before removing the lid.

stuffing in and instant pot on a white counter next to a red and white linen

Transfer to a serving bowl. That’s it! Your Instant Pot Stuffing is ready for the Thanksgiving table.

stuffing in a white bowl on a brown table with an instant pot and green linen in the background

Instant Pot Stuffing Recipe

In case you need it, here’s the printable recipe card for Instant Pot Stuffing.

Instant Pot Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

This stuffing is not your normal stuffing. Packed with different flavors that go great together.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 236 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces dry cubed stuffing
  • ½ cup cranberries
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 2 cups broth vegetable or chicken
  • ½ cup butter salted
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups water- for the instant pot

Instructions
 

  • Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  • Turn Instant Pot on to saute and saute the onion and celery together with the butter for 2-3 minutes. Add in the seasonings and continue sauting for another minute.
  • Add the sauted mixture to the cubed stuffing. Stir to combine. Transfer into a metal Instant Pot pan, such as a stackable pan set (in this case you’d be able to cook two sides at once). Cover pan with lid or foil.
  • Add 1 ½ cups of water to the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Lower the pan with the stuffing in to the inner pot on a trivet.
  • Close the instant pot lid and turn pressure valve to seal. Cook on manual high pressure for 20 minutes.
  • Allow for a quick pressure.

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 699mgPotassium: 124mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 676IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
Keyword crenberry pecan stuffing, instant pot, stuffing
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

stuffing in a white bowl on a brown table with an instant pot and green linen in the background with title text reading Instant Pot Stuffing

More Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes

Have more than one Instant Pot? Or just want to explore some other ways you can use it for Thanksgiving? Check out these other Instant Pot Thanksgiving recipes.

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Instant Pot Turkey

gravy in a white bowl with a spoon in it next to a parsley sprig on the white counter with an instant pot and blue and white linen in the background

Instant Pot Gravy

More Instant Pot Resources

Love your Instant Pot? Find more Instant Pot Recipes here. And check out my favorite Instant Pot Hacks.
Do more with your Instant Pot with these helpful Instant Pot Accessories:

 Genuine Instant Pot Stainless Steel Inner Cooking Pot - 6 Quart Genuine Instant Pot Sealing Ring 2-Pack - 6 Quart Red/Blue Genuine Instant Pot Silicone Lid 5 and 6 Quart Hiware 7 Inch Non-stick Springform Pan/Cheesecake Pan/Leakproof Cake Pan Bakeware - Fits 6, 8 Qt Pressure Cooker Hatrigo Steamer Basket for Instant Pot Accessories 6 qt [3qt 8qt Avail] fits InstaPot, Ninja Foodi, Other Pressure Cookers, Strainer Insert for Insta Pot Ultra, Silicone Handle, for Instant Pot 6 Qt Aozita Stackable Steamer Insert Pans with Sling for Instant Pot Accessories 6/8 qt - Pot in Pot, Baking, Casseroles, Lasagna Pans, Food Steamer for Pressure Cooker, Upgrade Interchangeable Lids Aozita Multipurpose Stackable Egg Steamer Rack Trivet for Instant Pot Accessories Aozita Silicone Egg Bites Molds for Instant Pot Accessories - Fits Instant Pot 5,6,8 qt Pressure Cooker, Reusable Storage Container and Freezer Tray with Lid, Sous Vide Egg Poacher

3 thoughts on “Instant Pot Stuffing Traditional Thanksgiving Recipe”

  1. Thank you so much Corinne!! I made our favorite stuffing for Thanksgiving and used your directions for the Instant Pot. It turned out perfect. All hail the Instant Pot!!

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