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!
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.

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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

  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.

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