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Easy Instant Pot Dog Food Recipe

Easy Instant Pot Dog Food Recipe

Bailey Mae is well-loved and well-fed. The latter is due, in part, to this easy Instant Pot Dog Food Recipe.

We hadn’t realized just how well-fed she was until one day she rolled over for someone to pet her belly and was coughing and carrying on.

She’d put on some weight, and since we want her to be around as long as possible, we started cutting back her food.

It’s frustrating trying to determine if the experts are for a grain-free diet or if it is not good for your dog’s food?

Perhaps your dog needs to be on a grain-free diet because of weight or food allergies, add more diced sweet potato, butternut squash, or pumpkin (not pie filling pumpkin) to this recipe, and omit the rice.

There is a variable where even some experts state that kibble is dangerous.

Where were those experts when the kibble was first introduced?!

Then there is trying to keep up with the constant recalls.

I mean it’s crazy trying to figure out what is safe for our dogs to eat.

Introduce and reintroduce new kibble into her diet.

Kibble wasn’t enough for her anymore.

She begged.

She flashed her big brown eyes at us, making them dramatically sad for effect, in hopes she could have just a little table scrap.

You may also want to check out my Pinterest Instant Pot board for more great recipes like this pressure cooker dog food!

instant pot dog food on counter in jars with pressure cooker

My Instant Pot Dog Food Testers:

This is when I started making Bailey Mae and Jeb Instant Pot Dog Food.

It’s really easy, it takes 30 minutes, and the dogs absolutely love it.

It may be the best dog food.

I love that I control what they are eating.

Add more or add less of a particular ingredient as I choose.

It reminds me to think about how much I hate feeding my humans processed foods. 

I KNOW that’s not good for them.

Did you know processed dog food is just like that?

Think about that.

We love our fur babies and yet for the sake of “cheaper” or lack of knowledge, we choose to feed them processed dog food.

Learn how to check your dog food.

We talked to Bailey’s veterinarian and were told dogs need lots of protein, but also fat, and fat-soluble vitamins as well as healthy carbohydrates (by the way, an all-raw diet lacks these carbs).

Keep in mind there are foods that you should not feed your dogs (learn more at Today’s Best Recipe).

Bailey Mae and Jeb love it.

They *think* it’s human food..the same stuff we’re eating.

And seriously?

There is no reason why, with some added spices, it wouldn’t work like a human’s meal.

How To Serve:

They will eat it cold, but well, we still spoil them and serve it to them heated up.

I just add a little hot water to the jar, put the lid back on, and give it a shake or two.

I want to be clear; we still feed our dogs kibble–just more of this instant pot homemade dog food and less of the kibble.

Then pour it onto their serving dish and watch them lick their chompers as I set it down for them to eat.

If this seems like too much work, you could purchase a similar vet formulated, healthy dog food called Pet Plate.

It’s healthy and free from all the bad parts.


instant pot dog food collage


In three weeks, after switching her to this dog food made in the Instant Pot, Bailey Mae trimmed down so she can go on longer walks, roll over for belly-love, and she’s nowhere near the beggar she once was thanks to this dog food recipe!

Instant Pot Dog Food Recipe

It’s not just for helping dogs lose weight, it’s a great option for everyday food. 

instant pot dog food recipe


I put half of the mixture into gallon-sized ziplock bags and store them in the refrigerator.

The other half I place in half-pint jars and store in the refrigerator.

Jeb and Bailey Mae each eat one full jar each day, in addition to their kibble.

I give them half of the jar at lunch and half of the jar at dinner.

I recommend checking with your veterinarian as to how much your dog should be eating each meal.

Please remember that dogs need meat as a first ingredient.

Before you make vegan food for dogs, please discuss with a veterinarian to make sure your dog’s health is front and center and will not be put at risk.

In fact, whether you are switching brands or switching from commercial dog food to homemade dog food, your first priority should always be that your dog gets all their needed nutrients.

Please, first, consult with your vet before going entirely homemade.

This recipe is healthy, safe, and nutritious for dogs, but it is not intended as a complete diet for your dog. 

This recipe is intended as a delicious, wholesome supplement to your dog’s regular diet, not a complete meal replacement.

Your dog will like this delicious treat; I sometimes add 1 cup blueberries for the antioxidants, vitamins, and extra boost of low-glycemic carbs to this homemade dog food recipe.

Dogs need fruits and vegetables.

Some great fruits to try are:

  • blueberries
  • diced apple (but not the seeds)
  • banana
  • fresh pineapple (with all spines and skin removed)
  • mango (without the pit)
  • watermelon (rind and seeds removed)
  • peaches (no pit)
  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • You can also cut back on everyday food waste by adding these:
  • carrot tops
  • beet greens
  • green beans
  • Brussels sprout tops
  • diced cabbage cores
  • over-ripe bananas
  • bruised or mushy fruit (check to be sure its dog-safe)

I keep these items in a gallon bag in my fridge until I am ready to make a batch of homemade dog food.

This recipe also adds coconut oil.

Coconut oil is one of those foods that are just as beneficial for dogs as it is for humans!

The saturated fat in coconut oil is awesome for your dog’s energy levels and the shine in their fur coats.

Add a spoonful of coconut oil for your fur baby to reap the rewards.

In older dogs, coconut oil helps keep their metabolism going strong.

And while this is Instant Pot Homemade Dog Food with Chicken, you can substitute the chicken for pork, beef, turkey, etc.

Lamb and rice dog food can help those dogs that have allergic reactions to other types of ingredients.

While I encourage you to experiment to give your dog a variety as you implement this Instant Pot Homemade Dog Food into their diets, please

Do NOT Add These Foods To Homemade Dog Food

  • grapes
  • raisins
  • cherries
  • avocado
  • anything with chocolate or cacao
  • onions or leeks
  • anything with xylitol
  • macadamia nuts
  • garlic (unless directed by your vet) and other allums
  • brewer’s yeast
  • raw bread dough

NOTE: Xylitol is an all-natural alcohol sweetener that may be present in all-natural peanut butter.

ALWAYS read your ingredients and be familiar with them, especially if you plan to use them in your dog’s recipes.

Xylitol can be deadly to your dog.

Never give any ingredient that contains Xylitol to your dog.

Just because it says “all-natural ” doesn’t mean it’s safe!

Read the Peanut Butter label to ensure that there is NO xylitol.

Be Gentle and Make the Switch

Your dog’s digestion system is sensitive, so you’ll want to switch to homemade food gradually.

Start by mixing one part of homemade food with four parts of your pet’s current food.

Over the course of up to 2 weeks, gradually increase the amount of homemade food, while gradually decreasing the amount of commercial food.

Please consult your vet prior to making any homemade dog food. 

Instant Pot Dog Food Ingredients:

1 whole chicken

3 cups chicken broth (without onions as an ingredient) or Bone Broth

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

2 cups baby spinach

1 Tablespoon coconut oil

2 cups rice

How to Make Instant Pot Dog Food:

Add everything to the Instant Pot

ingredients for homemade dog food in pressure cooker.


Press Manual for 30 minutes

Quick Release when it beeps

Remove chicken from bones and shred.

Instant pot dog food after cooking


Store in airtight containers.

instant pot dog food in jars


I have made this so many times, and sometimes I have added leftover veggies.

instant pot dog food

It’s a great basic recipe to add to (just do your research and don’t include anything that is harmful to a dog).

instant pot dog food recipe

instant pot dog food recipe

Easy Instant Pot Dog Food Recipe

Yield: 8 quarts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Easy DIY Dog Food You Can Make in Your Instant Pot. That's right, Instant Pot Dog Food--your dogs will love this recipe that's so easy you might never add kibble to your grocery list again!


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 3 cups chicken broth (no onions in ingredients)
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 cup blueberries (optional)


  1. Add everything to the Instant Pot
  2. Press Manual for 30 minutes
  3. Quick Release when it beeps
  4. Remove chicken from bones and shred.
  5. Store in airtight containers


You can save time by using a rotisserie chicken already cooked. We also save our leftover meat throughout the week and use it in place of the whole chicken.

You can substitute pork or a combination of proteins (pork, beef, chicken, turkey, etc.)

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 quarts Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 424mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 23g

Nutritional information may not be accurate

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