Instant Pot Dog Food

A lot of folks asked me to make an Instant Pot dog food recipe for their pooches. At first I thought it was a crazy idea…

…and then I got a dog and suddenly it seemed like a brilliant one.

Not only does my Banjo (a Norwich Terrier) LOVE this dog food, it is healthy and loaded with great nutrients! The best part is how bow-wow simple it is to make 🐶

Dog Food

IMPORTANT!: I am NOT a veterinarian or canine nutritionist. That said, while you can alter the veggies added (some like spinach and beans), here are some things you should NEVER feed dogs: onions, garlic, mushrooms, raisins, grapes and chocolate. This recipe is also meant as a supplement to kibble or as a snack/treat. Also, every dog reacts to food differently due to various reasons. If your dog’s poop color changes after feeding, it may be because of the dietary change and the colors in the food such as carrots. In general, it is usually suggested to slowly incorporate new foods with current foods for a smoother transition. You know your dog best, so as with any dietary change, be sure to monitor their behavior. Feed them at your own discretion with common sense employed and always take them to a licensed veterinarian should there be a shift in behavior in terms of what they eat.

Jeffrey and dog
Today’s recipe is brought to you by Banjo, the Norwich Terrier!
Adding olive oil to the pot
Begin by adding some extra virgin olive oil to the pot and give it some heat.
Adding ground chicken to pot
One the oil’s heated, add in some ground chicken (or turkey or beef)…
Sautéing ground chicken in oil.
…and sauté until crumbled and just lightly browned.
Adding brown rice to the pot
Now let’s add some rinsed brown rice to the pot…
Adding water to the pot.
…along with some water.
Stirring the pot.
Give it all a stir together, secure the lid and cook at high pressure.
Adding frozen vegetables to the pot
When done cooking, add in a few cups of a frozen vegetable medley. I used cauliflower florets, broccoli florets, carrots and peas (just make sure the pieces are small enough so your dog won’t have any trouble chewing).
Combining vegetables, chicken and rice in the pot to form dog food.
Give it all a stir. The heat from the chicken and rice will thaw the veggies quickly and help cool the pot at the same time. This is a double win because we typically serve dog food cold or at room temp.
Placing dog food in dog bowl.
Spoon the typical amount you feed your dog into his/her bowl (and of course give them so water too)!
Dog seeing food
The moment your dog sets eyes on this, they’ll know what’s up and the tail will begin a-waggin’!
Dog eating food
And to town they go on a dog food so delicious and nutritious, a human could also eat it and learn a thing or two!
Leftover food in tupperware
The leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container in either the fridge for the week or in the freezer!
Lids on tupperware
Whichever you decide, just pop a lid on it and sent it off to chill or freeze.
Jeffrey and dog
And that’s ONE very happy and satisfied pooch! Bow Wow, indeed!
Instant Pot Dog Food
Yield: 10

Instant Pot Dog Food

Instant Pot Dog Food

Not only does my Banjo (a Norwich Terrier) LOVE this dog food, it is completely healthy and loaded with great nutrients! The best part is how bow wow simple it is to make 🐶

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken, turkey or beef (the more lean the better)
  • 1 cup brown rice, rinsed for about 90 seconds
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups of a frozen vegetable medley. I used cauliflower florets, broccoli florets, carrots and peas (just make sure the pieces are small enough so your dog won't have any trouble chewing).

Instructions

  1. Add the oil to the Instant Pot, hit Sauté and adjust do it's on the More or High setting. After 3 minutes of heating, add the ground meat. Sauté for 3-5 minutes until crumbled and just light browned.
  2. Add the rinsed brown rice and water and stir until combined. Secure the lid, hit Keep Warm/Cancel and then hit Manual or Pressure Cook for 20 minutes at high pressure. Quick release when done.
  3. Stir in the veggies until well combined and let the heat of the pot thaw them for about 2 minutes. In turn, this will also cool the pot's contents which is great because we generally serve dog food chilled or at room temperature.
  4. Serve to your dog who will love you extra hard after eating this! (see Jeff's Tips for serving size and leftovers)

Jeffrey's Tips

This is optional, but as the chicken and rice are cooking in Step 2, feel free to take the veggies out of the freezer to give them a slight thawing head start.

You can place any leftovers in an air-tight container and either pop in the fridge for the rest of the week (about 5-7 days) OR in the freezer!

Obviously serving size will greatly vary based on the dog's size and diet. Banjo is a Norwich Terrier and considered "small" at around 15 pounds and I feed him about 1/3 - 1/2 cup twice a day (solid kibble in the morning and this in the evening). So you can double, triple or quadruple this recipe if you have, say, a Great Dane or 10 Norwich Terriers 😉

IMPORTANT!: I am NOT a veterinarian or canine nutritionist. That said, while you can alter the veggies added (some like spinach and beans), here are some things you should NEVER feed dogs: onions, garlic, mushrooms, raisins, grapes and chocolate. This recipe is also meant as a supplement to kibble or as a snack/treat. Also, every dog reacts to food differently due to various reasons. If your dog's poop color changes after feeding, it may be because of the dietary change and the colors in the food such as carrots. It is usually suggested to slowly incorporate new foods with current foods for a smoother transition. You know your dog best, so as with any dietary change, be sure to monitor their behavior. Feed them at your own discretion with common sense employed and always take them to a licensed veterinarian should there be a shift in behavior in terms of what they eat.

Reader Interactions

Comments

  1. Mina

    I’ve been making my dog food for years. Cook ppbunch of chicken thighs in the instant pot, make some rice in my other pot, let it cool and put in the food processor. Make one or two dozen hard-boiled eggs, depending on how much chicken I had, and mix it all together with canned string beans and pumpkin. Then I put it in Tupperware in the freezer

  2. Mary

    I often make my dogs food too. Instead of water I use LOW SALT beef or chicken broth for extra flavor. I also add pumpkin and green beans. Also add carrots and peas. Check with your vet. Homemade food doesn’t always have all of the vitamins and minerals that dogs need.

  3. Janice Binford

    Jeffrey,
    I have 3 shih tzus.. one will eat anything, the other two are so picky. Meals are always a pain..
    Your recipe looked so good and easy, that I just had to give it a try.. Can I just say SUCCESS!!
    I and my 3 furbies.. Hailey Claire, Brodacious and Tazman thank you sooooo much!
    ~~Janice Binford

    • Cathy

      This looks so easy and delicious that I am going to make this for myself, maybe with chicken tenders instead of ground chicken.

  4. Marilyn

    Jeffery
    Thank you.. I quickly made a small portion of this recipe.. Gave it to my Chihuahua Gizmo… He loves it.. I will be making this recipe for him as a part of his diet routine.. Thank you for posting a recipe that many fur babies will enjoy..

  5. Sarah Aikman

    I have two Pomeranians and a Papi-huahua (Papillon-chihuahua mix). One of my poms is 13 and a character. He normally will stand about until the other two finish so he can torment them by eating his food last. I am making my second batch of this recipe today. I mix it with their kibble. All three dive into their bowls when it is meal time now. No one waits around.

  6. Steve

    So we are making a big deal about feeding a DOG better food than tens of thousands of people in the US have available. Boy do we have an arrogant attitude.

    • Tracy

      What an ugly thing to say. It must feel awful to have such a nasty heart. I really hope that you seek the help that you obviously so desperately need and that you’re able to find and express joy in your life.

    • Kristy

      You can FEED yourself anything you like, and I will feed my dog, who has a kinder heart than you, premium everything, as is my right.
      ,

    • LR 24

      Steve, WE don’t have an arrogant attitude. Dogs must eat if we adopt them into our homes. What is the problem with giving them either a treat or another type of food? Even poor people have pets and this is not an expensive option. Perhaps putting your negative energy to use helping those unfortunate souls would translate to action that would keep you busy.

    • Lexi

      Steve, Steve, Steve. I’m not sure why you bothered to read a dog food recipe if you have no intention of making it. We all feel sorry if you actually own a dog. Get some therapy to work on your anger. You deserve joy in your life, not bitterness. And Jeffrey? We all love you!!

    • Janet

      Steve, I don’t know why you bothered reviewing a dog food recipe if you feel that way. These aren’t expensive ingredients, and about 60% of dogs will develop cancer in their lifetime so if one can decrease that chance by 40% just by adding wholesome cooked human food to kibble, then it’s worth it, and I’ve had 2 dogs pass away from cancer.

  7. SonjaSG

    My dog loves this! I also found a bone broth topper on Chewy and used that instead of water.
    If we want to double this recipe, would we increase cooking time?

  8. Karol J OSteen

    I’m anxious to try this for my 3 pups. They love broccoli and green beans as treats. My vet told me not to feed them carrots too often because of the sugar in them but, they do love them 🙂

  9. Iris

    Have been making dogfood since before instapot. You know what you’re getting. After cooking add pure pumpkin puree settled the stomach and keeps them regular. Some dogs have trouble with broccoli and cauliflower. Little gasy. The pumpkin helps that.

  10. Susan Fishman

    I’ve been making my pups food for long while, same recipe. However, often add chicken breasts and use ground turkey. often use my emulsifier to make it less chunky then I take a portion of that and spoon it out on parchment paper and dehydrate it and use it as treats. The DH treats also comes in handy when I realize that I had no more frozen food left so I just rehydrated what I had previously dehydrated

    • Debbie

      I was waiting to see if someone emulsified this as my dogs would have eaten around all the veggies. I’ve tried making my own before but they just turned theirs noses up at it.

  11. Victoria Luthro

    We had to come up with a recipe for our Bichon 16 years ago because of his food allergies. He couldn’t have beef, dairy, corn or even rice! At that time there were no ready to eat dog food choices available with those restrictions. After researching I found dogs should get a ratio of 1/3 meat, 1/3 veggies and 1/3 grain. So we cook a whole chicken (now in IP instead of oven!) and after deboning throw the bones back into the IP with water to make broth. No seasonings added. Then reduce broth to equal amount of meat. Example: 6 cups chicken, 6 cups veggies (cooked), 6 cups oatmeal, 6 cups broth. We use a mix of veggies: sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, soy beans. Sometimes add hard boiled eggs, bacon or fish to the chicken portion. Freeze up in small containers for two day portions. He also got a daily fish oil supplement. He just passed away at 16.5 years old. He lived a long and healthy life. We sure miss him.

  12. Margaret Higgs

    Thank goodness I found the dog food recipe! My dog just loves it. He is a picky eater , now he loves it with a small amount of his vet dog food on it. He’s had stomach problems as long as we have had him. Now it a joy to feed him. Thanks so much.

  13. Tracey

    I cooked this for our boy last week. We tried to give him his old dog food yesterday. He refused to eat the shop bought.

  14. Dana

    Far too many carbs in this recipe. Where is the organ meat? Omega 3? Fat? Calcium? Probably needs a whole food vitamin mineral supplement. Fresh is better than kibble almost always. But this will fall short of nutrient long term:

  15. Kristin Mineah

    My dog loves broccoli but I read somewhere that you should go easy on it, especially the florets. Since my husband won’t eat the stems (I know, right? An 81 year old five year old…), When I steam a head of broccoli, we get the florets and my dog gets the stems….works for everyone!

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