Summer cooking is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, there are a large number of seasonal ingredients at your disposal. From corn and sweet peas to peaches and new potatoes, it’s summer’s cooking Tasty. However, when hot weather sets in, most of us want to spend as little time as possible in our kitchen. Instead, we tend to reach for snacks and what’s easier (read: eat out or throw some hot dogs at the barbecue). Enter: quick pot.
If you’re trying to curb the habit of delivering food or don’t have access to an outside cooking space, this kitchen appliance workhorse is your best friend. Whether you’re craving barbecue ribs, peach cobbler, or the perfect homemade taco, look no further than this ubiquitous pressure cooker. These instant favorites make the perfect summer meal.
Bring your favorite gyro stand flavor to the dinner table with this super simple recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Gyros. Think: tender, juicy, spiced chicken and onions piled on soft Arabic bread and topped with a yogurt dressing of cucumber, tomato, and lettuce. Pro tip: For extra tenderness and flavor, try marinating the chicken in the lemon and spice mixture for a few hours before putting it in the Instant Pot. Get the Chicken Gyros recipe.
Regular chicken tacos get a tropical twist with this sweet and savory pineapple salad. Jessie Van Slyke of Kitschen Cat says she modeled this recipe on her partner’s favorite pizza—roasted chicken with red onions, jalapenos, and pineapple—and the result was delicious. Another reason we like this recipe: It’s incredibly versatile. Roast chicken is tender and delicious, and it tastes great in a boneless chicken sandwich or as a high-protein salad. Get the instant BBQ Chicken Taco recipe.
What’s summer without corn on the cob? Take your coke game to the next level with your instant pot and this delicious recipe that uses Cajun butter and lemon. Making corn on the cob in a pressure cooker is a super quick and easy way to avoid your kitchen steaming up in the summer. Even better: Cajun butter can be made directly in the pot. Get the Instant Pot Corn on the Cob recipe.
Looking for the perfect low-carb dish for summer? Meet your new favorite dinner: Orange Lettuce Chicken Wrap. Hailed as “better than PF Chang’s,” these refreshing and savory rolls combine orange chicken with cucumbers, red peppers, green onions, carrots, cabbage, chopped water chestnuts, and radishes with all the herbs (mint, basil, cilantro, even watercress). Add an optional spoonful of rice (or cauliflower rice), fold and dip in a delicious sauce. As the author notes, you can use any flavor for the chicken (or your choice of protein—tofu and other meats work great) if you want to make other versions of this easy summer meal. Get the recipe for Orange and Orange Lettuce Rolls.
We love a good one-pot meal. If you’re trying to reduce your take-out consumption, this easy-to-make Korean instant pot (eat bibimbap) fits the bill. Delicious beef marinated in sugar, ginger, and soy sauce is paired with paprika and rice. All you have to do is rub the roast beef dry, sear it in the Instant Pot, then allow the pressure cooking to work its magic. Want to mix things up? Use the beef in a lettuce wrap, like the recipe above, and add a dash of your favorite hot sauce. Get the recipe for Instant Korean Beef Bowl.
If you grew up spending summers in the South, there’s a good chance you’ll think of pork as a year-round food. If you’re craving some grandma’s bacon but don’t want to overheat your kitchen, try this instant recipe for boiled pork. Eat it alone with some corn on the cob, bring it to your next family gathering to put it next to potato salad, or put it on a sandwich with plenty of pickles, mustard, and relish. Get the recipe for Instant Pot Ham.
Another food of season: peaches! Made with fresh peaches and tomatoes, this sweet and spicy sauce is easy to prepare. Use it as a garnish with your favorite meats, add some to sandwiches and tacos, or simply dust it with tortilla chips. Get the instant peach salsa recipe.
A beautiful piece of salmon makes the perfect summer snack. However, if you’re bored with the usual additions of lemon, dill, or maple, check out this Vietnamese-inspired salmon recipe that uses a mixture of sugar and fish sauce to flavor the fillets. While pressing salmon won’t save you time, it will give you the perfect moist fish, without any of those unappetizing white stuff that salmon bread often produces. Get the instant Vietnamese salmon recipe.
Great boiled shrimp ready in six minutes? Yes please. This super-easy instant pot recipe pairs more seasonal produce—corn and potatoes—with Andouille sausage and a buttery sauce you won’t die for. Get the recipe for Boil Shrimp in a Quick Pot.
Barbecue ribs are synonymous with summer cooking. However, if you live in a small space and don’t have access to a barbecue (not to mention a balcony), recreating your summer favorite can be tricky at best. Enter this instant recipe for dry rub ribs, Memphis style. Smoked paprika in the rub mimics the flavor you’ll get from grilling over hot coals. The result is a delicious dish that brings all the flavor without the flame. Get this instant Memphis-style ribs recipe.
If you’re like us and can’t get enough of tacos in the summer (or any time of year really), you’ll love this recipe for Pork Chops to Make in the Instant Pot. Tender, juicy pork with a crunchy edge is perfect for use in tacos, burritos, tamales, rice bowls, or salads. Served with a little sauce and refreshing lemon juice. Get the recipe for Instant Pot Pork Carnitas.
Nothing says summer like a peach cobbler. Browse the internet and you will find plenty of recipes for peach cobbler using cake mix. This easy recipe shows you how to make it from scratch using canned or fresh peaches in your Instant Pot. Mix, cook, and garnish with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired. Get the Instant Pot Peach Cobbler recipe.