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

    • Jenny

      Hi Mina, your recipe sounds good… however, thighs are very high in fat which could cause pancreatitis. Breasts would be much better since they are lower in fat.

  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.

    • Sandy

      I’m so happy for you. I too want a Teddy Bear pupppy. Can you share with me where you got yours. Thanks so much! Merry Christmas!

  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.

    • Gloria

      Oh my – I am taking care of MY dog. MY family MY way. I donate and also help homeless people all the time. It doesn’t mean I am not going to feed MY dogs less well. I do my part for others AND my dogs.

      It is called an AND as well as MY choice of what I can AFFORD to feed my own dogs.

      It is not my responsibility to feed tens of thousands of people.

  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.

    • rose

      Thank you for that tip Iris. I used to make it for my dog Raina and also added eggshells with that one along with the pumpkin and wheat germ. I lost the recipe and can’t find it. I may try this one.

  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!

  16. James

    Thanks for the recipe, man! Making it now and see how the pup likes it. And sorry you have to deal with all the unappreciative and “know it all’s” on this thread. lol

  17. C

    Just made this for my 12.5 yo poodles. Smell delicious- they may have to share with me. I used chicken bone broth powder to add some nutrients. They really like it. Thanks!

  18. Cat M.

    love this recipe idea but since I have a 200lb English Mastiff I would need to increase the measurements or make it daily if that was his only food! lol
    Seriously I’ll try this out to add to his regular food.

  19. TimW

    This looks great and will try it. I’ve been making food for my Boxer for about a month and will share that he got sick off a batch so I pulled out the frozen medley and he was fine. I read on the bag that it should be heated to 160 which I assume is to kill any nasties from the factory so I’ll probably add them in a bit sooner when I try this recipe so I’m sure the veg medley is cooked through. Thank you for your recipe!

  20. Ann

    I have been making my dog’s food for nearly 2 years. the recipe is very similar to this but I add pumpkin and fresh parsley. I make a large batch and then scoop it into half cup servings onto cookie sheet and pop in the freezer. then I take the portions and put them in a freezer bag. I make enough for about 6 weeks at a time and just take out a serving each day. I stir in fish oil right before she eats it. she loves it. I also keep dry food in a bowl for her to supplement this food if she gets hungry. my dog is a 19 lb. teddy bear and eats a 1/2 c. serving per day. I like the idea of cooking this in an insta pot and am going to try it.

  21. Jennifer Shields

    Jeffrey, this post and my post on garlic are not to contradict you. My purpose is to help educate you, so please do not take then as criticism! ………………………………………………..………………………………………“Below are some of the mushrooms your pet dogs can eat:

    Cremini
    Maitake
    Portobello
    Porcini
    Reishi
    Shiitake”
    White button mushrooms https://dogfood.guide/can-dogs-eat-mushrooms/ ………………………………………………………………………………………….. The Top 5 Mushrooms For Dogs: Multi-Dimensional Healing https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/medicinal-mushrooms-for-dogs-multi-dimensional-healing/

  22. Melissa Henry

    Thanks Jeff! I love your recipes! Even for dogs. As soon as I saw that you did dog food, I went to your site right away! I just rescued a 2 year old Standard Poodle that was starved and severely ignored after he left his Breeder. Thankfully, those idiots gave him back before they moved (thankfully), and I want to give him the best life he can have, including what he eats. I will let you know how he does on this diet. Thank you again!

  23. Lori McCutcheon

    I also do this but at the end add a can of pure pumpkin purée (they love it mixed with their kibble) One of my dogs has gastro issues, and one is very old. Now my service pup eats anything.

  24. Peg

    Jeffrey,
    This is great for a cooked food for dogs, but, please check with Dr. Karen Becker and a few facebook “natural” feeding/healing sites for cats & dogs and you will find that MUSHROOMS are just as necessary for a dog as they are for humans. Also, garlic is not a no-no. It certainly should not be fed in huge amounts, but it is a healthy additive to food for your dog. It would be GREAT if you would update this page to show that you’ve researched this.

  25. Janet

    I usuallybcookbanwhoke chicken in the instant pot and then, use the broth for steaming the veggies. I pull the white meat off the chicken to shred for my dogs and save the dark me for myself since that is my preference. Using the whole chicken is much cheaper. My dogs still get a quality dry kibble with the chicken and veggies. I no longer have issues with them eating their kibble.

  26. Paul

    Thanks for sharing this, I have a picke eater with a tender stomach. mixed in some pumpkin and he loves it!!! Thanks again.

  27. Olga

    I made this recipe today with ground Turkey meat. My dog loved it, ran circles of joy, and gave me signals to add more to her bowl – LOL. Her reaction was good to say the least. I put 7 days worth of single servings in the fridge and vacuumed sealed the rest for freezing with 5 portions on each baggie. My servings are of 1/3 cup each. We give out dog 1/3 cup servings twice a day and will give her the regular Cane Pure for breakfast and try this for dinner to make the two servings she gets per day.

  28. Jean Edwards

    I do not think my dogs(5) have EVER ate before. I made this with peas, carrots, mushrooms, green beans and, spinach. Then after cooking I added in a can of pumpkin purée. They about climbed into the instant pot to get it. Made them wait until cool. You must tell Banjo a huge thank you from Juneau, Dexter, Abby, Odin, and Bubba. They LOVED it! I thank you Jeffery I love making goodies for my babies.

  29. Ross

    I read your site every time you post a recipe and was beside myself with joy to see this recipe for dog food. I am going to make and give a batch to my sister-in-law for her current foster dog who has some tummy issues. (He is a sweet, quiet, little guy who can’t seem to get adopted.) I will let you know how he likes your food. I sure miss my own beautiful girl, so right now I have no fur baby to cook for. (she was a rescue – a little Dalmatian) and we all loved her dearly. Thank you for helping us food our whole families. You are a beautiful human being.

  30. Nicole Ortiz

    I’m making it now for my very picky dog. We have been giving her FreshPet but the last two or three bags have gone bad before the 7 days (even with a date of May and June). I’m going to also add cranberries after the cooling process because she likes them in the FreshPet. I also got a supplement to add. She will not eat any dry food AT ALL! Will update once we try it for dinner (fingers crossed)!

  31. Darrell

    My girl Geena is 12.5 years old. Started feeding her a similar mix a few months ago. At 6am she’ll come to my bedside with a little nerf to rouse me out of bed for breakfast. She never did this before. I even get a little dance out of her. At 6pm it’s a full on dance show. She gets so excited. She eats every bite morning and night. She’s started loosing some weight and is more active. Wish I had been doing this all along. Feed your fir babies home-made food. It’s best for them and they’ll love you even more for it.

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