30 Awesome Instant Pot Summer Recipes

Author: Lisa Childs

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Category: Instant Pot Recipe Roundups

Published Date: July 7, 2020

Updated Date: December 21, 2022

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Summer is a time to cook as quickly and efficiently as possible, without warming up the kitchen too much! The Instant Pot is perfect for cooking in the summer because it’s hands-off and convenient!

Instant Pot Summer Recipes

The Instant Pot is a wonderful tool to use in the summer because it doesn’t heat up your kitchen like an oven or stove would. It’s also fantastic to make side dishes in for all your summer bbqs!

I’ve compiled a list of 30 awesome Instant Pot recipes to make in the summer! These are awesome summer recipes that are easy, delicious, and fast! You’ll also find a couple extra recipes in there, too!

Make sure you bookmark this list of the best Instant Pot Summer Recipes that you’ll come back to all summer long.

Instant Pot Ribs

Instant Pot Ribs with sweet baby rays bbq sauce

These lovelies were featured on Sweet Baby Ray’s Instagram page. They’re SO good and the perfect Instant Pot summer recipe.

RECIPE: The Best Instant Pot Ribs

Corn and black bean salad

Black Bean and Corn Salad is an easy and simple summer corn salad recipe that uses fresh, sweet corn, savory black beans, creamy avocado, crunchy bell peppers, and a tangy vinaigrette. I use my Instant Pot to quickly cook the corn perfectly.

corn and bean salad with chips

RECIPE: Black Bean and Corn Salad

Instant Pot Margherita Pasta

a bowl of margherita pasta on a red napkin

This easy Instant Pot Margherita Pasta is SO simple, fresh, and perfect for summer! It’s also a lovely vegetarian dish that is great as a main or side dish.

RECIPE: Instant Pot Margherita Pasta

Instant Pot Low Country Boil

closeup of Instant Pot low country boil

This Low Country Boil has been a HIT with my readers! All you have to do is throw everything together in the pot, and it’s basically done! You can adjust it however you like, and EVERYONE loves it!

RECIPE: Instant Pot Low Country Boil

Fresh Pineapple Ginger Lemonade – Perfect summer recipe

a hand holding a glass of pineapple lemonade with mint leaves and pineapple

Alright, I know this is NOT an Instant Pot Recipe, but so many of my readers love this for summer that I had to include it in this roundup.

This non-alcoholic drink is SO refreshing and the perfect easy treat to enjoy on a hot summer day or night! The ginger is a bit spicy and pairs perfectly with the pineapple and tart lemon. You’re gonna love it.

RECIPE: Fresh Pineapple Ginger Lemonade

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash with Lemon Cream Sauce

closeup of Instant Pot spaghetti squash with lemon cream sauce

If you get an overabundance of spaghetti squash in your gardens, try this amazing Instant Pot summer recipe for Instant Pot spaghetti squash with lemon cream sauce. It’s a really nice low carb, keto side dish that you can enjoy with any delicious grilled protein.

RECIPE: Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash with Lemon Cream Sauce

Instant Pot Pinto Beans Cafe Rio Style

These Instant Pot pinto beans are cooked to perfection from dried without any pre-soaking needed! Delicious to eat on their own with some chips, paired with cilantro lime rice or your favorite Mexican dish.

RECIPE: Instant Pot Pinto Beans Cafe Rio Style

Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken Pasta


If you have an abundance of seasonal tomato and basil, then this Bruschetta Chicken Pasta is for you! Marinated tomatoes and freshly grated parmesan bring a ton of flavor, without a lot of prep.

RECIPE: Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

easy instant pot baked potatoes

A baked potato bar is probably one of the easiest “dinners” you could make for your family! Baked potatoes are awesome to make because they also make amazing leftovers. You can use the leftovers as hash browns or in my Instant Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup recipe.

RECIPE: Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Instant Pot Green Beans

These fresh Instant Pot green beans have a beautiful umami flavor. Coupled with chunks of thick bacon, this easy side dish is sure to be a hit! 

This Instant Pot green bean recipe is a great way to cook up those abundant summer green beans without heating up the whole kitchen!

RECIPE: Instant Pot Bacon Green Beans

Easiest Instant Pot Summer Recipe- Instant Pot Kraft Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Easy Mac and Cheese

If you have kids at home all summer like me, this recipe is gonna save you! No fuss, no drain, no babysitting required to make Instant Pot easy mac at home in minutes.

RECIPE: Instant Pot Kraft Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot cheesecake

My classic Instant Pot Cheesecake recipe is on the best you’ll ever taste! Top it with fresh summer berries and people will be singing your praises all year!

RECIPE: Instant Pot Cheesecake

Easy Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas

chicken fajita

This easy instant pot chicken fajitas the perfect summertime meal. It is loved by the whole family, takes no time at all and you avoid heating up your kitchen as you use your pressure cooker.

RECIPE: Easy Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas

4 Ingredient Instant Pot Country Style Ribs

Easy country style Instant Pot country style ribs

Only 4 ingredients and an hour or less away for these cheap, fall-apart tender country style ribs in the Instant Pot! You’ll love this easy Instant Pot summer recipe for entertaining or just for busy nights

RECIPE: 4 Ingredient Instant Pot Country Style Ribs from fresh or frozen

Instant Pot S’mores Cheesecake

instant pot cheesecake recipe

What’s more American than cheesecake? Oh, it’s S’MORES cheesecake! This is filled with yummy chocolate chips and topped with beautiful toasted marshmallows.

RECIPE: Instant Pot S’mores Cheesecake

Instant Pot Cajun Sausage and Rice

parsley with sausage mix

This is a super easy one pot meal that is fresh, spicy, and delicious. It also cooks super fast, so it’s the perfect Instant Pot summer recipe!

RECIPE: Instant Pot Cajun Sausage and Rice

Instant Pot Crab Legs

a cluster of Instant Pot crab legs

Doesn’t summer just scream SEAFOOD?! These Instant Pot crab legs couldn’t be simpler and they’re great for celebrating or gathering this summer.

RECIPE: Instant Pot Crab Legs

How to cut a watermelon into cubes

a bowl of watermelon

This isn’t an Instant Pot recipe, but I know in the summer we’re all eating a lot of watermelon. Follow this step-by-step guide on the easiest way to cut a watermelon and choose the best one!


Instant Pot Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

macaroni salad

It’s so easy to make a traditional Hawaiian Macaroni Salad using your Instant Pot. Creamy, sweet and tangy, this authentic salad is perfect for your plate lunch!

RECIPE: Instant Pot Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Kalua Pork

teriyaki sauce being poured onto a plate of kalua pork, rice, and cabbage on a blue plate

My family loves this Instant Pot Kalua Pork recipe with our favorite teriyaki sauce drizzled on top. You can serve it on top of Instant Pot Rice as well!

RECIPE: Instant Pot Kalua Pork

How to Keep Berries Fresh All Summer

berries in a tupperware

I know you’re here for Instant Pot Summer Recipes but If you haven’t already seen my hack to keep those fresh summer berries from molding for up to 21 days, you need to check this out!

HOW TO: Keep Berries From Molding


pulled pork on a bun on a plate

Instant Pot Pulled Pork is the full proof way to achieve tender, flavorful pulled pork in about one hour!


Strawberry BBQ Chicken Salad

Strawberry BBQ Chicken Salad with Instant Pot frozen chicken

I use frozen chicken to make the most refreshing, delectable, delicious summer salad. You’ll love the fresh combination of sweet strawberries and corn with savory bbq chicken, avocado, and black beans.


Instant Pot Hot Dogs

hot dogs on a plate iwht Instant Pot

Summer is about family gatherings and these Instant Pot Hot Dogs are so easy and flavorful. Perfect for making a large batch. Top them with all the Chicago dog fixings!

RECIPE: Instant Pot Hot Dogs

Instant Pot Salt Potatoes- one of the best Instant Pot summer recipes!

Creamy, salty, smooth Instant Pot Salt Potatoes

Instant Pot Salt Potatoes are creamy, salty, smooth, and ADDICTING! I couldn’t believe the texture the first time I tried them and now they’re a 4th of July tradition!

This recipe goes crazy every Independence Day because it is the best Instant Pot summer recipe.

RECIPE: Instant Pot Salt Potatoes

Easy Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers

4 stuffed peppers on a plate

Instant Pot stuffed peppers are a complete meal even your kids will love.

RECIPE: Easy Instant Pot Stuffed Peppers,

Buffalo Chicken Wraps

a bowl of buffalo chicken dip surrounded by vegetables

It’s hard to qualify these as an actual recipe because it’s so easy! I love how you can have a hearty, healthy meal in minutes even using frozen chicken. I throw this in my 3 quart Instant Pot while I prepare my kid’s lunches and it’s ready for me as soon as I’m ready to eat.

RECIPE: Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wraps

spicy shredded instant pot salsa chicken

salsa chicken in a large platter

Have this spicy shredded Instant Pot salsa chicken on your table in under 40 minutes! Super versatile and delicious for tacos, burritos, bowls, and more.

RECIPE: Spicy shredded Instant Pot salsa chicken

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Instant Pot and Corn on the Cob

Summer’s aren’t complete without sweet ears of luscious, sweet corn on the cob! Fresh corn is just in another universe compared to canned or frozen corn. It’s so easy to make in the Instant Pot, since you don’t have to boil a huge pot of water and it’s completely hands off. You can also cook them with or without the husk on them, or with or without a steamer basket!

RECIPE: Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Instant Pot Pork Lettuce Wraps

three lettuce wraps on an orange background

These Instant Pot Pork Lettuce Wraps have a healthy secret. Whole grain wheat berries add a chewy whole-grain goodness to the ground pork! These light healthy wraps are perfect for summer!

RECIPE: Instant Pot Pork Lettuce Wraps

Instant Pot Chicken Legs

Instant Pot chicken leg drumstick on lettuce with teriyaki sauce

This is one of the easiest Instant Pot chicken recipes to date! And, it’s super affordable to feed lots of people! Try these Instant Pot chicken legs and finish them off on the grill for perfectly moist, juicy chicken every single time!

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Legs (fresh or frozen!)


Instant pot shredded chicken made Mexican style are great for meal prep or to use in any of your favorite Mexican dishes like tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, burritos and more. This is shredded chicken taken a notch up with all wonderful Mexican flavors



piece of peach cheesecake

Learn how to make a light, healthy and summary Instant Pot cheesecake with light cream cheese, Greek yogurt and juicy peaches. This fruity cheesecake is low in refined sugar and carbohydrates, making it a perfect treat.


Hope you enjoyed these 25 amazing Instant Pot summer recipes to make for your friends and family! Let me know which ones you try!

The best Instant Pot Summer Recipes

Graphic with 23 Instant Pot Summer recipes with four photos of watermelon, ribs, salad, and cheesecake

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