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Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs

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If you’re in a rush, try this quick and easy recipe for Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs in buffalo sauce. With just a few steps, your entire family will be enjoying a tasty dish – even the kids!

Cooking frozen meatballs in the Instant Pot has never been easier. Get ready for a flavor-packed dish that perfectly blends convenience and taste. Let this Instant Pot meatballs recipe do the work, and enjoy a delicious meal in no time!”

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Time-Saver: This frozen meatballs Instant Pot recipe perfectly cooks your frozen meatballs.
  • Spicy Buffalo Flavor: The buffalo sauce adds a tangy kick that’s simply addictive.
  • Versatile Dish: You can serve as a hearty appetizer or over rice or pasta for a main.

Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients needed for your frozen meatballs Instant Pot recipe

  • Frozen Meatballs: Provide a convenient, protein-rich base for the dish. Opting for unseasoned chicken meatballs allows for versatility in flavor.
  • Buffalo Hot Sauce: Gives the meatballs a spicy kick, adding depth and heat to the dish.
  • Chicken Stock: Provides liquid for pressure cooking and enhances the savory flavors of the meatballs and sauce.
  • Ranch Dressing: Adds a creamy, tangy element to the dish, balancing out the heat from the buffalo sauce. Also serves as a delicious dipping sauce.
  • Green Onions: Offer a fresh, slightly sharp contrast to the rich flavors of the meatballs and sauce.
  • Blue Cheese (Optional): If used, it can add a bold, tangy kick to the dish, complementing the heat of the buffalo sauce.

How To Cook Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs?

Using your Instant Pot means you’ll have a meal or appetizer on the table in less than half an hour. Follow the simple steps to cook your Instant Pot frozen meatballs.

Step One: Add Frozen Meatballs to Instant Pot

Place all your Frozen meatballs into the Instant pot with the chicken broth.

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Step Two: Add Buffalo Sauce And Ranch

Add Buffalo Hot Sauce and half of the ranch dressing to the inner pot. Stir to combine and coat the meatballs well.

Step Three: Pressure Cook Frozen Meatballs

Close your Instant Pot lid and place the vent in a sealing position. Pressure-cook your frozen meatballs by pressing the manual pressure cook button set for 5 minutes.

Step Four: Quick Release Instant Pot Meatballs

When the Instant Pot beeps, do a quick release by flipping your valve to the “venting” position. The frozen meatballs such now be fully cooked and tender.

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Step Six: Serve Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Serve your Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with extra ranch for dipping and garnish with green onions and blue cheese crumbles if desired. Enjoy!

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Cooking Tips

  • Gentle Stirring: When mixing meatballs in sauce, use a gentle stirring motion to ensure that the meatballs are evenly coated without breaking apart. Stirring too vigorously may cause the meatballs to lose their shape and texture.


  • Marinara Meatballs: You could try marinara sauce or tomato sauce with Italian seasoning for Italian meatballs.
  • Grape Jelly Meatballs: Other meatball sauce options could be honey garlic sauce, grape jelly meatballs, chili sauce, barbecue sauce, soy sauce, or teriyaki sauce.


  • Beef Meatballs: You can use frozen meatballs made from beef in place of chicken meatballs in this recipe. You could also try using ground turkey for turkey meatballs.
  • Beef Broth: Just follow the same instructions for cooking and use beef broth instead of chicken broth for a beefy flavor.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

Fridge: To store leftover meatballs, place them in an airtight container or zip-top bag and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Freeze: To freeze meatballs for later use place them them in a freezer-safe container or bag.

Reheat: When you’re ready to eat simply reheat your frozen cooked meatballs in the microwave or the oven.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

If you’re wondering what to serve with meatballs then here are some great ideas! No matter what you choose to serve with meatballs, they are sure to be a crowd-pleasing appetizer or main dish!

  • Pasta: Serve the chicken meatballs over a bed of your favorite pasta, such as spaghetti or fettuccine.
  • Rice: Pair the meatballs with steamed white or brown rice for a satisfying and filling meal.
  • Salad: Create a fresh and crisp salad, whether it’s a simple garden salad or a more elaborate Caesar salad.
  • Vegetables: Roasted or grilled vegetables, such as asparagus, broccoli, or bell peppers, complement the chicken meatballs well.
  • Bread: Enjoy the meatballs in a sandwich or wrap, using sub rolls, pita bread, or tortillas.
  • Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes make for a comforting and hearty side dish.
  • Cauliflower Mash. Try a Healthy Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower recipe as a side with your meatballs.
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How Many Frozen Meatballs Can You Cook In An Instant Pot?

Depending on the size of your Instant Pot, you can cook anywhere from 25 to 50 meatballs in a single batch. This is perfect for feeding a crowd or stocking up the freezer with leftovers.

How Long To Cook Frozen Meatballs in Instant Pot?

The usual time to cook frozen meatballs in Instant Pot is around 5 minutes on high pressure. However, you may need to adjust the cooking time based on the size and thickness of your meatballs.

Frozen Meatballs V’s Fresh Meatballs

When it comes to cooking meatballs, you can use fresh or frozen meatballs. I like frozen Instant Pot meatballs because they are fast and easy to make and I can get them directly from the freezer if I decided to make an Instant Pot meatball recipe.

Can I Cook Frozen Meatballs on Slow Cooker Mode?

Yes, you can cook frozen meatballs in the Instant Pot using the slow cooker mode.

Simply place the frozen meatballs and chicken stock or broth into the Instant Pot and set on the slow cooker setting for 4-6 hours.

Best Cheese for Meatballs

There is no one “best” cheese for meatballs, as different types of cheeses will work well with different meats. For example, some good options include feta cheese and Parmesan cheese with ground beef, ricotta cheese and Gorgonzola cheese with ground chicken, or cheddar cheese and Monterey jack cheese with ground turkey.

Provolone cheese, fontina cheese, and blue cheese are also good options. You can experiment with different types of cheeses until you find the perfect combination for your juicy meatballs!

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Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs are easy and simpel to cook in a tasty buffalo sauce.


  • 1-2 lbs Meatballs, Frozen
  • 1 cup Buffalo Hot Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing, plus additional for serving
  • Green Onions, sliced, optional for serving
  • Blue Cheese, optional for serving


  1. Place all ingredients in your Instant Pot and stir well to combine.
  2. Secure the lid on your Instant Pot and set to manual pressure for 5 minutes.
  3. Quick release.
  4. Stir the meatballs well in the sauce to coat, then serve.
  5. Sprinkle with optional green onions and blue cheese for serving and drizzle with additional ranch or provide on the side for dipping.


Gentle Stirring: When mixing meatballs in sauce, use a gentle stirring motion to ensure that the meatballs are evenly coated without breaking apart. Stirring too vigorously may cause the meatballs to lose their shape and texture.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 990Total Fat: 80gSaturated Fat: 28gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 45gCholesterol: 225mgSodium: 1951mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 5gSugar: 10gProtein: 48g

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More Quick Instant Pot Recipes

Some days, we just don’t have the time or energy to make a gourmet dinner. So, here are some of my favorite quick and easy Instant Pot recipes to try:

Enjoy this easy weeknight meal today!

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