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Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

Whipping up my instant pot frozen meatballs is a breeze. Just toss 'em in, add broth, marinara, and seasonings. Ten minutes under pressure and voila! Saucy, savory meatballs ready to devour.

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Let's talk meatballs! I've got a killer recipe that'll save you time without skimping on flavor. These frozen meatballs cooked in an Instant Pot are my go-to when I need a quick, satisfying meal. Imagine tender, juicy meatballs swimming in rich marinara sauce, perfectly seasoned with Italian herbs. Best part? Minimal effort required. Just dump everything in, set your pot, and boom – dinner's ready. Whether you're feeding hungry kids or hosting friends, this dish always hits the spot. Trust me, you'll want to keep this one in your back pocket.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Meatballs

  • Frozen meatballs: Convenient and ready-to-use protein source that saves time and effort in preparing this dish.
  • Beef broth: Adds depth of flavor and richness to the sauce, enhancing the overall taste of the meatballs.
  • Marinara sauce: Provides a robust tomato base with herbs and spices, creating a flavorful sauce for the meatballs.

Essential Tools for Making Frozen Meatballs in the Instant Pot

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the frozen meatballs quickly and efficiently.
  • Measuring cup: Needed to accurately measure and add the beef broth and marinara sauce to the recipe.

Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs Recipe

This easy Instant Pot recipe allows you to cook frozen meatballs quickly and effortlessly. Perfect for a quick dinner or appetizer.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 350 kcal


  • Instant Pot


Main Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen meatballs
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place frozen meatballs in the Instant Pot.
  • Pour beef broth and marinara sauce over the meatballs.
  • Sprinkle Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper over the mixture.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and set to high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Once done, do a quick release and carefully open the lid.
  • Serve the meatballs with sauce over pasta or as desired.


For a spicier version, add red pepper flakes to the sauce.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 20gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 800mgPotassium: 400mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 3mg


Keyword Frozen Meatballs, Instant Pot, Meatballs
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Preparing and Storing Meatballs for Later

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the meatballs according to the recipe.
  • Allow the meatballs to cool completely.
  • Store the meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the meatballs as directed.
  • Let the meatballs cool down.
  • Place the meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze.
  • Once frozen, transfer the meatballs to a freezer-safe bag or container.
  • Label the bag with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Adding a splash of balsamic vinegar to the sauce can give the meatballs a rich and tangy flavor that elevates the dish.

Common Questions About Cooking Frozen Meatballs in the Instant Pot

Can I use fresh meatballs instead of frozen in this recipe?
Yes, you can use fresh meatballs, but you may need to adjust the cooking time as they will cook faster than frozen meatballs.
How can I add more flavor to the meatballs?
You can add additional seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, or red pepper flakes to enhance the flavor.
Can I double the recipe in the instant pot?
It is possible to double the recipe as long as you do not exceed the maximum fill line of your instant pot.
Can I use chicken broth instead of beef broth?
Yes, you can substitute chicken broth for beef broth if you prefer or based on dietary restrictions.
How should I store any leftover meatballs?
Store any leftover meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

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