Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs

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These Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs cook up perfectly tender and moist. The instant pot is so convenient for cooking packaged meatballs straight from frozen.

fork holding cooked meatball

Frozen Meatballs in the Instant Pot

Easy dinner alert! These frozen meatballs will quickly become a family favorite. They are so easy to cook up tender and delicious in the instant pot. And you can top them with any sauce you love– pasta sauce, BBQ, or even buffalo sauce. You’ll love them!

For me, it’s a cinch to add a package of frozen meatballs to the instant pot, along with a cup of water. I can then set the table, make side dishes, tidy up the kitchen, or just relax while the instant pot does its thing. The meatballs are a kid-friendly dinner, so I know this meal will always be a hit. Plus they’re full of protein and so tasty!

Love easy dinners in the instant pot? Check out these effortless meals that cook in minutes: Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks

, Instant Pot Bone-In Chicken Thighs, or Instant Pot Frozen Tilapia.

instant pot with meatballs on trivet

How To Make Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs

Add a cup of water to the instant pot for cooking. Open package of frozen meatballs and add to the instant pot, on top of a trivet, if you have one.

Close lid and set to sealing position. Cook frozen meatballs for 10 minutes (or 20 mins for raw meatballs) on high pressure.

meatballs cooking on trivet in instant pot

When cooking time is over, quick release the steam. Then open instant pot and remove perfectly cooked meatballs. If you choose to top with sauce, you can microwave it for 30 seconds- 1 minute in the microwave. Then pour over meatballs.

spoon holding cooked meatballs

Cooking Tips

  • A trivet is an instant pot accessory. It’s a rack made of stainless steel that holds the food above the liquid while the instant pot is running. The purpose is to keep the cooking food out of the liquid, but still allow it to absorb the moisture. This results in food that’s moist but not saturated. Using a trivet is totally optional. If you do not have one, you can just cook the meatballs directly in the water.
  • No need to thaw out the meatballs. The instant pot cooks them straight from frozen
  • You can add sauce to the instant pot, but some models will have a “burn” notification if you cook sauce in them. It might work better to cook the meatballs, remove them from the instant pot, and then serve them with sauce.

fork holding piece of instant pot meatball

What To Serve With Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs

We love to top these with homemade sauces. Try this Greek Tzatziki Cucumber Yogurt Sauce Recipe, Instant Pot Cherry Tomato Sauce, or Instant Pot BBQ Sauce Recipe.

spoon scooping meatballs out of instant pot

And for a side dish? These yummy meatballs go well with so many things! How about Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes And Ricotta Cheese, Artichoke Salad With Tomatoes And Canned Artichoke Hearts, or Oven Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato French Fries?

close-up of cooked meatballs

More Easy Frozen Foods Cooked In the Instant Pot

Frozen Brussels Sprouts

Instant Pot Frozen Pierogies

Frozen Seafood Medley

Frozen Ravioli in the Instant Pot

Frozen White Castle Sliders in the Instant Pot

instant pot cooked meatballs on a plate

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Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs

These Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs cook up perfectly tender and moist. The instant pot is so convenient for cooking packaged meatballs straight from frozen.
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time13 minutes
Course: Dinner, Instant Pot
Keyword: Instant Pot fRozen Meatballs
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 522kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 28 oz meatballs frozen

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Instructions

  • Add a cup of water to the instant pot for cooking.
  • Open package of frozen meatballs and add to the instant pot, on top of a trivet, if you have one.
  • Close lid and set to sealing position.
  • Cook frozen meatballs for 10 minutes (or 20 mins for raw meatballs) on high pressure.
  • When cooking time is over, quick release the steam.
  • Then open instant pot and remove meatballs.
  • If you choose to top with sauce, you can microwave it for 30 seconds- 1 minute in the microwave. Then pour over meatballs.

Notes

  • A trivet is an instant pot accessory. It's a rack made of stainless steel that holds the food above the liquid while the instant pot is running. The purpose is to keep the cooking food out of the liquid, but still allow it to absorb the moisture. This results in food that's moist but not saturated. Using a trivet is totally optional. If you do not have one, you can just cook the meatballs directly in the water.
  • No need to thaw out the meatballs. The instant pot cooks them straight from frozen
  • You can add sauce to the instant pot, but some models will have a "burn" notification if you cook sauce in them. It might work better to cook the meatballs, remove them from the instant pot, and then serve them with sauce.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 522kcal | Protein: 33g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 570mg | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg
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