Enjoy warmer weather and sunshine with these delicious and fresh summer Instant Pot recipes and avoid heating up your kitchen. We’ve got tacos, zesty risottos, summery soups and fruity desserts.
Are you ready for summer? We sure are and we have a fun list to share with you so that you can share your fresh and light creations with your friends. The wonderful thing about summer is the heat but too much of a good thing can make you miserable. So don’t heat up your kitchen with your oven or stove. Contain that heat in your pressure cooker. Less heat, less energy, and less work for you so you can enjoy the beautiful sunny outdoors.
Check out our collection of the best summer Instant Pot recipes including main courses, sides and desserts.
10-Vegetable tomato sauce (multi-purpose)
Super nutritious Instant Pot tomato sauce recipe is perfect for using up summer produce. This multi-purpose Italian sauce can be used in many dishes such as pasta, meatballs, enchiladas and ragu and is great for batch cooking and make-ahead meal prep. This recipe is sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo and Whole30 friendly. Recipe from Instant Pot Eats.
Clean Eating Instant Pot Summer Soup
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can’t eat soup. It’s so easy to make a batch to heat up later. The perfect blend of comforting and freshness for the season. Packed with all the fresh summer produce and super customizable to whatever you have on hand! Recipe from Pinch of Yum.
Chickpeas With Salsa Verde & Yoghurt
Yotam Ottolenghi inspired Instant Pot chickpeas with salsa verde, roasted red peppers and yoghurt. Whether you like them in salads, hummus, stews or soups, cooking chickpeas in Instant Pot is super convenient and affordable. This dish is gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Get this recipe from our blog.
Instant Pot Mojo Chicken
These Instant Pot Mojo Chicken Tacos are deliciously inspired by the flavors of the Cuban Mojo. Tender, juicy, and bold-flavored chicken, wrapped in a warmed corn tortilla. These tacos are a taste of paradise any day of the week, not just on Taco Tuesdays! Recipe from Mommy’s Home Cooking.
BBQ Chicken Tacos With Pineapple
These Instant Pot BBQ chicken tacos are both healthy and delicious. Made with shredded, saucy meat and topped with zesty and sweet pineapple salsa for that unforgettable tropical twist. Find this recipe on our blog here.
We love making shredded beef using our Instant Pot because they can be used in so many ways, from tacos, wraps and burgers to salads and casserole fillings. We were excited to try this recipe from Amazing Mexican Favorites with Your Instant Pot by Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri and Rudy Vidaurri because it has a lovely twist in a form of Mexican chorizo (which adds extra richness and flavour) and the unmistakably smoky chipotle chiles. Find the recipe on our blog here.
Shrimp Scampi Paella
Who’d have ever thought that you can literally toss together a delicious meal using frozen shrimp and uncooked rice in just 5 minutes? This Pressure Cooker Shrimp Scampi Paella is the perfect example of how you can take a basic technique (like cooking rice) and layer in flavors to make a one-pot meal once you become comfortable with the fundamentals of pressure cooking. Recipe from Health Starts in the Kitchen.
Instant Pot BBQ Keto Ribs
This delicious rack of smoky Instant Pot barbecue ribs is low-carb and keto-friendly. The pressure cooker method guarantees tender meat perfect for BBQ affairs and finishing up in the smoker, on the grill or in the oven with your favorite sauce. Get the recipe on our blog.
Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps
This better-than-P.F. Chang chile-flavored orange chicken lettuce wrap recipe is incredibly easy to make thanks to the Instant Pot pressure cooker that does double duty as a self-serve, low-carb appetizer or as a healthy main meal that’s quick to make and even more fun to eat. Recipe from Foodie Crush.
Instant Pot Brown Rice Salad (Vegan)
Besides the nutrient-dense brown rice, this hearty salad features a lot of other healthy ingredients such as crunchy red cabbage, peppers, carrots, and herbs. The Asian peanut butter dressing is full of healthy fats and is a shining star of this dish. With perfectly balanced salty and sweet flavors, it coats the salad with the most gorgeous flavors. This recipe is vegan and gluten-free friendly. Get it on our blog here.
Risotto never looked so good or as colorful until now with great texture. Bacon, of course, doesn’t hurt either for giving this dish a ton of flavor without having to try too hard. It’s deliciously easy to make for a quick dish for a hungry family. Recipe from Cabot. Cheese
SIDES & SALADS
Creamy Curry Chicken Salad
Great for summer potlucks and picnics, this Brazilian-inspired curry chicken salad with raisins, sweet corn and creamy dressing is super simple to make, especially with the help of your Instant Pot pressure cooker. Recipe from Instant Pot Eats.
Instant Pot Mexican Bean Salad
This Mexican bean salad is a great dish to use the Instant Pot for batch cooking the base ingredients, legumes and fresh veggies, required to make a satiating, healthy salad. It works as its own summer meal or you can bring it as a side dish to a picnic or a barbecue. It’s vegan and gluten-free friendly. Recipe from Instant Pot Eats.
Corn On The Cob With Cajun Butter
There is nothing like fresh corn on the cob, cooked just right, and smothered in butter and sea salt. Perfect for families and big groups, this Instant Pot corn on the cob recipe comes with a spectacular flavor twist. Smothered in Cajun butter and lime juice, sweet corn takes on a whole new meaning and will take your love for fresh corn to the next level. Get the recipe on our blog here.
Instant Pot Tangy Potato Salad
This is a fantastic salad to bring to a barbecue party, picnic in the park or to enjoy as a nutritious, balanced meal at home. Instant Pot cooked potatoes and green beans take very little time, just enough to dice up the other ingredients and to whisk up that delicious tangy vinaigrette. It’s vegan, gluten-free and Whole30-friendly. Get this recipe here.
Instant Pot Cowboy Beans
These are baked beans that are heartier and meatier, with ground beef, bacon, and kielbasa smoked sausage. It sounds like a lot, and it is, but they are good! The flavor is rich and delicious, and a little less sweet than regular baked beans. These pressure cooker Cowboy beans are hearty enough to be your main dish, or a really amped up side dish. Recipe from Simple Happy Foodie.
10-Minute Zucchini Noodles with Garlic & Parmesan
Perfect for hot summer evenings or when you simply don’t have the energy or will to turn up the stove. The Instant Pot doesn’t generate much heat in the air. This dish is light, healthy and only takes 10 minutes of your time. Plus, it gives that Sauté key function a new purpose! Recipe on our blog here.
Deviled Egg Salad
This recipe will show you how to quickly hard boil a ton of eggs in your Instant Pot, then chop it all up. No peeling necessary! It’s tossed with all the good stuff like crispy bacon, smoky paprika, a dab of mustard, and mayo. Make sure you check out this alternative way of making hard-boiled eggs! Recipe from Ruled Me
Brussels Sprouts and Farro Salad
Hearty and filling, this easy Instant Pot side dish is sure to be a hit in your kitchen. It’s definitely not boring or ordinary but will definitely jazz up the idea of salad for your summer. For a vegetarian option, omit the bacon, saute the Brussels sprouts in olive oil, and cook the farro in vegetable stock. Get it from My Recipes.
Instant Pot Bacon Potato Salad
Potato salad is great until you count the time into prepping the potatoes for it. Speed up the clock by using your Instant Pot and add some bacon on top. This Instant Pot Bacon Potato Salad is Whole 30 and Paleo compliant. Recipe from Cooking with Curls.
Instant Pot Easy Macaroni Salad
You can’t have a BBQ picnic without a traditional macaroni salad. It’s part of the family, just like potato salad and bags of chips. The Instant Pot makes things go a little smoother when you have to whip up something in an already hot kitchen. Contain the heat and avoid turning on the stove. Recipe from Berly Kitchen.
Beets are an acquired taste, but those who love them are obsessed with them. This Instant Pot Beet Salad is dressed simply with a zesty lime-yoghurt, and a bit of a kick with some thin-sliced jalapenos and cilantro. It’s a healthy salad that can be beautifully plated. Recipe from Platings and Pairings.
SNACKS & DRINKS
Instant Pot Hummus
Yes, it’s very easy to get a tub of pretty decent hummus from any supermarket, but there is something rather satisfying about making your own batch. The best thing about hummus is that it can be enjoyed by vegans and omnivores alike; it’s great for snacking or packing in a lunchbox; and, it’s high in protein and fiber. Recipe on our blog.
Spinach & Artichoke Dip
We all need that crowd-pleasing appetizer, the one that feeds an army but doesn’t require too much work. Oh, and preferably one that doesn’t require the oven. This is one of the easiest dips to make with the help of the Instant Pot. It takes care of all the work for you in just 3 minutes using frozen chopped spinach that doesn’t require any kind of thawing. Recipe from Damn Delicious.
Instant Pot Black Bean Dip
We love a good salsa and guacamole but to complete the trio you need a Black Bean Dip. Have you seen one this colorful or gorgeous? It’s a fiesta in each bite. Instant Pot makes cooking dry beans so much faster and healthier. Recipe from Peas and Crayons.
Break out the napkins! You’re about to make a finger-licking mess. No matter what your craving, spice or sauce preference is, we’ve got an Instant Pot chicken wings recipe for you.
Instant Pot Candied Cajun Trail Mix
This candied cajun trail mix is the perfect quick and healthy snack and a total crowd-pleaser. Cajun Spices, maple syrup, nuts, seeds, and chickpeas all cooked together then mixed with dried mango for a sweet touch. It’s vegan-friendly and naturally grain-free! Recipe from Cotter Crunch.
Tasty Egg & Cheese Salad Dip
Inspired by a Ukrainian family recipe, often prepared for celebratory feasts and parties. Great as a dip or salad, and perfect for using up leftover eggs! It uses hard-boiled eggs, grated cheese such as Cheddar or Mozzarella, mayonnaise, and a little garlic. It’s super simple but you will be surprised by how delicious it is. You can serve it on top of vegetable slices or sticks (as a dip), in lettuce cups (for a low-carb and keto version) or with your favorite crackers. Recipe on our blog.
Perfect Summer Instant Pot Sweet Tea
Any sweet tea lovers out there? Sometimes when you make it traditionally on the stove and don’t pay attention to the heat or cook time and the tea can end up with a bitter-tasting. The Instant Pot cooks at the perfect temperature and time and allows you to have a simplistic sweet tea each time. Recipe from Awe Filled Homemaker.
USING UP FRUIT in INSTANT POT
Mixed Berry Jam
Take advantage of all those seasonal berries and a few minutes of free time and make this Instant Pot Mixed Berry Jam. All of the lower sugar, organic, fancy jellies and jams are expensive so with berry season make your own to put on your PB&J sandwich. Recipe from Meg’s Everyday Indulgence.
Instant Pot Stuffed Peaches
Instant Pot Stuffed Peaches are summer perfection. Juicy peaches stuffed with cinnamon cobbler goodness and topped with delectable ice cream. This easy treat tastes just like peach pie but only takes minutes to make in the Instant Pot®. Recipe from Recipes to Nourish.
Instant Pot Breakfast Cobbler
Do you need a little variety in your life? Waking up to the same breakfast day after day can be convenient and reliable, but it can get a bit boring. This breakfast cobbler is a great way to use pressure cooking in a less obvious way, and it simultaneously brings a delicious variation to your morning meal! Recipe from Epicurious.
Fruit Clafoutis WITH CHERRIES
Clafoutis, pronounced KLA-foo-tea, is a French dessert which is traditionally made with un-pitted cherries. However, you can adapt this recipe to any kind of fruit of the season. If possible, keep it small, round and red – in keeping a little bit with tradition! Suitable substitutions for cherries are blackberries, raspberries, large blueberries whole small strawberries, seedless dark red grapes. Recipe from Hip Cooking.
Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples
Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples are a warm and gooey brown sugar and cinnamon delight that is a perfect eaten as is or used as a delicious apple cinnamon dessert topping on pound cake, pancakes or waffles, as a pie filling, or over a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Recipe from Flour On My Face.
CAKES & CHEESECAKES
Instant Pot Summer Berry Cake
A perfect tea cake for summer made with mixed berries. The lemony glaze drizzled over the cake is DELICIOUS and enhances the flavors of this not-too-sweet cake. Plus can’t go wrong with more fresh berries on top along with some fresh mint? Recipe from Ministry of Curry
Instant Pot Apple Cake
Do you sometimes find your fridge overwhelmed with too many apples? This easy Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Cake recipe is a perfect excuse to use up all of these apples. Instant Pot Apple Cake is so moist and tender! Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or, let it cool and sprinkle some powdered sugar on top. Recipe from What’s In The Pan?.
Caramel Pecan Cheesecake
Look at that caramel drip down the sides! Indulge in a creamy filling sweetened with brown sugar on a shortbread pecan crust with a decadent caramel topping studded with toasted pecans. Recipe on our blog.
New York Cheesecake
Not only is instant pot cheesecake easy to make; it’s just as good as it’s oven counterpart. It starts with a buttery graham cracker crust and is topped with a velvety smooth cream cheese mixture and then pressure cooked for a little less than an hour. NOTE: To avoid savoury odours attaching themselves to your sweet treats consider getting a new seal. Recipe from Little Spice Jar.
Lime Cheesecake is creamy, tangy, fast and ready for summer. When made in the Instant Pot there’s no cracking as with baked cheesecake. It’s the perfect dessert for a summer gathering that mixes traditional with a twist. Recipe from Boulder Locavore.