Instant Pot Dog Food recipe

Easy, Healthy Instant Pot Dog Food Recipe

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Have you seen all the scary major dog food brand recalls?! There have been so many that it started to spook me out and pushed me to start changing to homemade dog food. The Instant Pot makes it so easy! Read on for an Instant Pot dog food recipe to make homemade dog food easily!

DIY Dog Food Kit

  1. Instant Pot
  2. Crock-Pot
  3. FoodSaver
  4. KitchenAid Mixer
  5. FreshPet
  6. Bear Paws Meat Shredder 

Raw Food – Is It Right for Your Dog?

Raw feeding is a more primal type of feeding, where dogs are provided with raw meat, uncooked bones, organs, plus fruits & veggies.

I thought about switching Roxy & Rico to a raw food diet, but Rico is a struggle eater. For a pup that was living on the streets of Puerto Rico, you’d think he’d eat pretty much anything.

Granted, he was very young when we found him, but man. This boy has been known to spend 15 minutes trying to eat a single goldfish cracker!

He’s an extremely picky, very slow eater. Plus, he has a very high metabolism and if he’s fed too little, or he eats dinner too early,  he tends to get a bit pukey early the next morning.

That’s why I decided to try cooking meals for them in my Instant Pot. My main goal is to provide the best food possible and try to resolve his tummy issues.

Easy, Healthy Instant Pot Dog Food Recipe

Is It Truly Easy To Make Dog Food?

YES!! It was surprisingly simple to make their dog food, and way less expensive than I thought it would be! This recipe is easy and SUPER adaptable and doesn’t follow a traditional recipe in the sense that it needs precise measurements.

I recommend taking a look at Balance IT. It is a wonderful resource to give TONS of ideas of what you can add in or substitute.

Dog Food Recipe

  • 2 pounds of chicken breasts (about 3 large breasts)
  • 1 cup rice (I used white as it’s gentle on the tummy)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (onion & garlic free!)
  • A large sweet potato
  • Bag of frozen peas & carrots
  • Bag of frozen spinach

Place chicken breasts in Instant Pot with 1 cup low sodium chicken broth. Press Manual button to 6 minutes, and let natural release. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, this can be done in a Crock-Pot or oven, or on the stovetop.

Shred up the chicken, either with forks, or I use my trusty KitchenAid mixer. I just put the paddle attachment on and let it do the work for me! Set aside the chicken.

Cut the sweet potato. I cut it in half and cooked it in the Instant Pot for 15 minutes, then let cool. Dice up or mash the sweet potato into small bites. Add 1 cup rice to the chicken broth still in the Instant Pot.

You can also get creative here and add flaxseed or sorghum grain. Flaxseed is great source of fiber and boosts cardiovascular health. It’s also been shown to have benefits against cancer!

Sorghum is gluten-free, so if your pup has gluten allergies, this could be a great option! Here’s a terrific article from Animal Bliss explaining the benefits: Are Sorghum and Flaxseed Good for My Dog? I added one tablespoon of each with the rice. 

Pour in the bags of spinach and frozen peas & carrots. If you want, you can substitute/add broccoli, brussel sprouts, okra, or green beans; just adjust the water levels as needed.

Stir and add another cup of water, then cook it all on manual for 10 minutes. Let natural release, and then mix in the shredded chicken.

From here you can decide whether to add a bit more water if it appears dry, or cook a bit longer if it’s still pretty soggy. You can also add hard boiled eggs if you’d like.

I also like to add a sprinkle of crushed egg shells before serving, along with diatomaceous earth. These boost their calcium intake and add lots of other health benefits! Read more about how awesome diatomaceous earth is for dogs here.

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Easy, Healthy Instant Pot Dog Food Recipe

Serve to your pup and watch them scarf it down! This made just over 5 pounds of food, and all the ingredients only cost me $12. I also bought a bag of Freshpet® Select Tender Chicken with Crisp Carrots & Leafy Spinach Dog Food to compare. That bag cost $22 for 5.5lbs, so I saved quite a bit!

The ultimate test was when I put a bit of both in their bowls. Both Roxy & Rico went for the homemade food first before going to the Freshpet food, which they do love. I consider that a win!

Plus, with that amount, I’m able to seal portions with my Foodsaver and freeze for later. I had purchased some organ meat to add, buuuut Roxy DID NOT LIKE.

Honestly, I totally forgot to add it to the food until the next day, so I tried serving some raw mixed in, and when she picked around it, I tried cooking it and adding it to the next meal.

It was still a no-go for Rox, who we affectionately call garbage gut because she NEVER refuses food. Shockingly, Ri was fine with it!

Overall, cooking their food was way easier than I expected, and they both loved it much more than their processed food.

I’m definitely going to continue with this, and encourage you to give it a shot! You may be surprised by how easy it is, and how much better you feel knowing where the ingredients come from.

RicoEnjoyingFood

Easy, Healthy Instant Pot Dog Food Recipe

How Much Should I Feed My Dog?

I recommend discussing the amount to feed your dog with your vet, as they can help determine based on your dog’s size and weight.

Roxy and Rico are both right around 50 pounds so I give them a ½ cup of their dry dog food and ½ cup of homemade dog food. It helps Rico eat a little faster, and helps Roxy stay a little slimmer.

Transition your dog’s food slowly over the course of a week or two so you avoid any potential stomach issues.

Want to make your dog homemade dog treats? Here’s our favorite quick & healthy dog treat recipes!

Have you been been considering making dog food for your pups? Comment below!

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18 Comments

  1. I have a Min Pin with lots of stomach problems and I can make his food cheaper and better for him then what I was buying at the vets office. His hair is getting soft and shiny. I cook about 6 skinness chicken breast, 4 cups rice, package of carrots and peas mixed and freeze in sandwich bags and add sweet taters when I heat his meal in the micro wave. He loves it and looks so much better.

    1. I love how the homemade food has helped your pup out so much, Karen. That’s wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for posting this recipe! My little 15 year old miniature dachshund was diagnosed 4 weeks ago with chronic renal failure and less then a week later he was diagnosed with a UTI (which has now cleared up thanks to antibiotics). Since chronic renal failure he hasn’t liked the people food that he normally likes such as carrots, watermelon, cucumbers, eggs, etc. He would take one bite then spit it out but had that sad look on his face like to say he wanted to eat it but can’t. So the only thing he’s been eating is white rice mixed with water and shredded boiled chicken as well as just plain pasta – basically bland foods. The other day he ate some of my steamed broccoli but the next few days he turned his nose up to it. So I’ve been researching what sorts of food to feed him that is good fo rhis kidney. Your recipe is perfect for this so I made it tonight to feed him during the week since he already ate tonight. I decided to give him a litle and he chowed down on it like crazy! I didn’t have the frozen spinach but I think I’ll need to add more rice as it seem to be a lot of chicken & it was only a 1.5 lb chicken breast. I did add more liquid then your recipe called for but I kept getting a burn notice.

    Thank you again for sharing this recipe! My little Odie LOVES it!!

    1. That made my heart so happy, Patricia! I’m so glad it perked Odie up to have a great, healthy meal. Leafy greens are wonderful for helping with kidney issues, so the spinach will be a great addition when you get it. Fresh works well too, if that’s easier. Hugs to your boy!

      1. My little Odie is still loving your recipe. He’s not too keen on spinach so I’ve been putting frozen broccoli in it and he’s chowing down. As I type I am making half a batch in my Instant Pot but this time I have added a tablespoon of ground flaxseed. I’m hoping he’ll eat it with the ground flaxseed in it as his taste buds have change so much since the chronic renal failure diagnosis. At least I know I can still make this recipe without it and he’ll eat it.

        Thank you again for posting this for all of us!!
        Happy holidays!

        1. Yay!! I’m thrilled he’s doing well and is happily eating! I know senior pups can be a bit picky sometimes, and love how you take the time to see what he’s in the mood for. Happy holidays to your family as well!

          1. Hi- my senior dogs cannot have potatoes or legumes! What could I add with the turkey and rice? They all have sensitive tummy’s

  3. Be careful what type of store bought broth you use, whether it’s regular broth or bone broth, as those made for human consumption contain onion, which is toxic to dogs. While you may not see an immediate reaction, there can be a cumulative one. If the package says flavorings, spices, etc., it contains onion. Much better, safer, and less expensive to make homemade broth from bones in the instant pot to use when making homemade dog food.

    Also, if ones dog is prone to oxalate stones, use kale rather than spinach.

  4. One thing to remember is a lot of broths have onion in them which is not safe for dogs.

  5. What about their essential vitamins they need? I use
    The crock-pet Diet to make my food and buy the vitamin supplements from them.

  6. I made this today and followed the recipe except I used plain water instead of broth. My dog went wild for it! Very easy to prepare and I feel good about the ingredients! Thanks!

  7. I can’t get my dogs to eat any kibble, iv’e spent so much money trying out new kibble. Do you think this along with fish oil and diatomaceous earth will have all the vitamins and nutrients they need?

  8. I’ve been looking at starting a homemade meal plan for my 14 year old Border Collie mix. We are traveling in an RV for a year, headed through Mexico snd Central America and I know I will not be able to find the same food through. Plus, I love the idea of homemade and Quito, my pooch, prefers it. Love the post! Any other ideas appreciated!

  9. How did you calculate on how much to give your dogs? I have 4 small dogs 2 that are 12 lbs, 1 3-1/2lbs, and one is 4-1/2 lbs.

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