Summer season is approaching, which means soon there will be barbecues and potlucks aplenty. Thankfully, if you’re tasked with bringing a side dish but are in a time pinch, there are tons of summer Instant Pot recipes to help you out. With all the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and more, the Instant Pot has quickly become a cult favorite and you can use it to impress everyone at your next get-together while saving time and keeping cool in the kitchen.
From salads to ribs to dessert, I rounded up the best recipes on Pinterest, so you don’t have to risk getting lost over there.
1. A potato and egg salad fusion
Why choose between making potato salad and egg salad when you can combine the two? This Pressure Cooker Deviled Egg Style Potato Salad from The Foodie Eats has the flavor of deviled eggs, has the perfect consistency, and only takes 15 minutes to cook. You also might want to use a sharp chef’s knife to chop through all those potatoes.
2. Grill-free corn on the cob
Boiling corn can be quite time-consuming. You need to shuck the corn, wait for the water to boil, and then cook the corn for several minutes. But this Instant Pot Corn on the Cob from Pressure Cook Recipes only takes two minutes and the results are just as juicy. Be sure to serve them with nonstick corn holders so you don’t burn your hands.
3. Soup that’s the essence of the summer
Barbecues are usually filled with hot dogs, creamy salads, and other not-so-good-for-you foods. If you want to feel a little bit healthier this go-around, bring this Clean Eating Summer Soup from Pinch of Yum to your next potluck. It’s loaded with veggies and only takes about 30 minutes in the Instant Pot. Make sure you have a sturdy cutting board—like our favorite—to chop through all through vegetables.
4. A bright beet salad
Beets are incredibly difficult to cook with. They take forever to roast, the red juice gets on everything, and you leave the kitchen looking like you were just at a crime scene. Thankfully, cooking them in an Instant Pot is quicker and a little less messy, so you can throw them into this Beet Salad with Arugula, Goat Cheese, and Walnuts from Paint the Kitchen Red. You’re going to want to use the best nonstick pan we’ve ever tested to toast the walnuts.
5. The quickest and juiciest ribs
Slow-cooked ribs are great and all, but you can get the same amazing flavor in just 35 minutes with the Instant Pot. These Instant Pot Baby Back Pork Ribs from I Wash You Dry are dry rubbed, cooked in the Instant Pot, and finished off in a broiler, making wonderfully crispy ribs for your next cookout. Use our favorite baking sheet when broiling to assure there's even heat distribution.
6. Potluck favorite baked beans
Baked beans are a staple at most cookouts and these No Soak Instant Pot Baked Beans from The Typical Mom might be the easiest you’ll ever make. You save time because there's no need to pre-soak the beans and it's loaded with the savory flavors of bacon and chili powder. Store them in the best glass food containers we’ve ever tested so they don’t spill en route to the cookout.
7. A cozy bowl of chili
Loaded with beans, ground beef, and corn, this Instant Pot Chili from Plated Cravings is sure to be a winner. It’s both sweet and spicy thanks to cocoa powder and chili powder and only takes 10 minutes to cook. You’re going to want to use our favorite mixing bowls to prep your ingredients.
8. The easiest iced tea
Iced tea is the drink of the summer, but it can be difficult to get the flavor just right when you make it at home. This Iced Tea from So Texan infuses the tea in the Instant Pot and uses baking soda to neutralize any bitter flavor. You can even add a few drops of essential oil like peppermint or orange for a boost of flavor.
9. Sweet summer cheesecake
Both key lime pie and cheesecake are great desserts to bring to a cookout, so why not make both? This Instant Pot Key Lime Cheesecake from Skip to my Lou is super easy to make and creates a creamy, silky texture using a pressure cooker. Be sure to use a solid hand mixer to mix the cheesecake filling smoothly.
10. Peaches loaded with cobbler
Peach cobbler takes on a new form with these Instant Pot Stuffed Peaches from Recipes to Nourish. This simple dessert embodies the sweet flavors of summer and is best served with a side of ice cream. For best results, cut out the pit using a sharp paring knife.