25 Instant Pot & Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Recipes That’ll Save the Day

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This turkey day, give thanks for that Instant Pot or slow cooker! We’ve got the ultimate collection of Thanksgiving recipes that guarantee a fast, simple, and delicious meal. From mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce to stuffed squash and turkey, here’s how to make sure cooking your favorite Thanksgiving dishes is as easy as possible.

Instant Pot Recipes

Instant Pot Deviled Eggs

Need a holiday appetizer ASAP? Lexi's Clean Kitchen has you covered with no-fuss Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs and a deviled egg recipe that'll wow your party guests. 

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Are you ready to revolutionize your Thanksgiving turkey? Crunchy Creamy Sweet has the hookup: bone-in skin-on turkey breast that's ready in 35 minutes. It's a winner-winner turkey dinner. 

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Do you crave cranberry sauce when Thanksgiving rolls around? Then you've got to check out this version from Zen & Spice. It calls for fresh cranberries instead of the artificial canned stuff, and it's done in no time at all. 

Pressure Cooker Ham

Hooray for a ham that's done in 7 minutes! Oh So Delicioso has the hookup, with a recipe that has a sweet pineapple glaze and oodles of flavor. Plus, it pairs great with any holiday side dish. 

Pressure Cooker Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

This cornbread from Tidbits might just be a Thanksgiving gamechanger. It's got a jalapeño kick (which you can adjust to your fam's tastes), it's whole grain, and the cheesy crust is oh-so-good. 

Instant Pot Green Bean Casserole

The green bean casserole is almost as big a Thanksgiving requirement as the turkey. This Instant Pot version from Stay Snatched uses fresh green beans and two kinds of cheese—and it's done in 20 minutes! 

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Garlic

This Instant Pot mashed potatoes recipe from Boulder Locavore is so good you'll want to upgrade it from side dish to main dish PDQ. If the creaminess doesn't get you, the garlicky goodness will.

Instant Pot Cranberry Stuffing

Make a super Instant Pot stuffing! It's easy to achieve with this recipe from Merry About Town (Picture the perfect combo of bread, tangy cranberries, and Thanksgiving flavor.). 

Instant Pot Stuffed Squash

How pretty is this stuffed squash, courtesy of Recipes from a Pantry? We love the bright colors, festive flavors, and how it's extra easy to whip up. It'll be a Thanksgiving wow factor without any fuss. 

Instant Pot Honey Butter Carrots

These ain't your average carrots! Covered in a honey butter glaze, these veggies from Salt & Lavender are positively addictive. The whole fam (kids included!) will be asking for seconds. 

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole

Do your sweeties love sweet potato casserole? Well, you're going to love this version from Zen & Spice, which is made entirely in your Instant Pot—no bowls, pots or pans required. 

No-Knead Whole Wheat Rosemary Bread

Did you know you can make delicious Instant Pot bread? Mind blown! This lovable loaf from Delish Knowledge has a hint of rosemary and is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving meal. 

Instant Pot Loaded Mashed Cauliflower

This dish from Diethood is a veggie-ful twist on traditional mashed potatoes. It's cheesy, garlicky, and the main ingredient is cauliflower! Trust us, you'll want to bookmark it forever and ever. 

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

If you thought slow cooker mac and cheese was easy, wait until you get a glance at the recipe for an Instant Pot version we spotted over at Spend with Pennies. Even easier, you'll be eating cheesy noodles in no time. 

Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

End the Thanksgiving meal with an Instant Pot dessert! We're crazy about this cheesecake from Growing Up Gabel, and you will be too. Small but mighty, it features a gingersnap cookie crust and creamy filling.

Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Carrot and Apple Soup

This hearty and flavorful soup from Foxes Love Lemons features ingredients like apple, carrot and fresh garlic. It’s a guaranteed fall classic and a great way to warm up on a chilly day! 

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Cornbread

Ready for the best-ever cornbread? Since this version is made in the slow cooker, it comes out extra moist with just the right amount of sweet. You’ll set it, forget it and absolutely love it. Get the recipe from Life Made Sweeter.

Mashed Potatoes

We would have never thought to make mashed potatoes in the slow cooker, but this recipe from Life Is But a Dish works like a charm. And since nobody likes cold ‘taters, the cooker keeps them warm until you’re ready to eat. 

Scalloped Potatoes

For a hearty side, try making these yummy scalloped potatoes from Well Plated. They’re made using a mix of Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes, and the cheesy sauce makes them an instant kid favorite. 

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

There’s no need to wait for Thanksgiving to bust out an amazing sweet potato casserole. This version is great for any day of the week—and it’s a bit healthier than usual, thanks to a secret ingredient. Get the recipe from Kristine’s Kitchen Blog.

Turkey Breast with Gravy

Who says turkey is just for Thanksgiving? This delicious recipe from Skinny Taste helps keep the turkey moist by cooking it in the gravy mixture.

Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs

How easy are these meatballs from Dinner at the Zoo? They only need five ingredients—and one of them is frozen meatballs! Plus, the sauce is truly tasty, and you can even serve over broccoli for an extra healthy kick. 

Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding

Try something a little different with your Crock Pot, like this drool-worthy bread pudding from The Gunny Sack. Day-old bread, pumpkin puree and spices come together to make something truly magical. 

Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake

Psst! Not only is this pumpkin cheesecake easy to whip up in your handy-dandy Instant Pot, it also sports a unique granola crust. Creamy, crunchy, and no work at all--head to The Wicked Noodle for the recipe.

Cranberry Pomegranate Mulled Cider

Mulled cider is perfect for sipping on a chilly day. This vibrant version is lightly spiced, antioxidant-rich and totally delicious. Plus, you can always adjust the flavors to suit your family's tastes. Get the recipe over at The View from Great Island.

—Abigail Matsumoto

Featured image: iStock


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