Instant Pot Homemade Dog Food

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Simply, healthy, and easy to make- that’s what this Instant Pot homemade dog food is all about. Go give it a shot! 

If you’ve been relying on packaged dog food for as long as you can remember, this Instant Pot homemade dog food might just turn out to be a game-changer for you, in more ways than one. After all, what could be better than treating your furry friend to something that’s not just delicious but super healthy and nutritious too? 

Plus, you’ll also end up saving a few bucks while you’re at it. Ready to give it a shot? Here’s everything you need to know beforehand. 

dog looking at human food

Which Meat is Better For Dogs?

Ground meat- in most cases chicken, beef and turkey are excellent choices for dog food. Just try to stick to the organic variety as much as you can. 

Which Veggies Should I Use?

Some great veggies to consider including in your dog’s homemade food are carrots and carrot tops, beets and beet greens, brussels sprouts, cabbage, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, spinach, and peas. Remember to stay away from onions and garlic specifically.

If you're cooking the vegetables, there is also no need to add seasonings you would add if making the food for yourself.

It's also a good idea to look at this extensive list of things your dog can and cannot eat

When you’re making homemade dog food and offering it to your dog for the first time, just stick to one or two veggies, to begin with, and slowly start introducing other different veggies. 

What Else Can I Add?

Leftover rice, oatmeal, and brown rice are great options. And of course, you can also top the bowl with a bit of yogurt for some probiotic power. Frozen fruits like strawberries and blueberries, apples, bananas, mangoes, watermelon, and peaches are great too. 

And of course, you can always include some bone broth while you’re making it to pump up its nutritive value. 

Tips & Tricks to Make Homemade Dog Food

When it comes to making dog food in your kitchen, there are a few tips and tricks you need to keep in mind. 

  • Veggies, fruits, or meat- wherever it is, make sure it is thoroughly cooked and is cut into bite-sized pieces. 
  • Don’t consider this homemade version as a replacement for what you usually offer. Think of it as a supplement. 
  • Make sure you monitor your dog’s behavior for a day after you introduce any new food, just to keep an eye on what ingredients suit him best. 
  • Make your homemade dog food in coconut oil. It is as beneficial for dogs as it is for humans. 

Can I Make the Homemade Dog Food For Later?

Yes, you can! In fact, that’s one of the best parts about this homemade dog food. It is easy to make, which means you can make it in a big batch and store it for later. Use your Instant Pot to make a big batch, and separate it into individual portions. You can then either transfer it to zip loc bags or pour them into small airtight containers and freeze or refrigerate it, depending on when you plan to offer it to your dog. 

If you’re planning to offer it within a week, you can refrigerate it, and it’ll be safe to offer to your dog.


  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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