Instant Pots are becoming more and more common in kitchens across the country. These versatile appliances can make cooking much easier and less time-consuming and they also help to make our cooking as delicious as it can be.
When it comes to summer cooking, there’s no reason why Instant Pots can’t be put to good use.
There are a number of delicious summer recipes that can be made in an Instant Pot and in this article, we will introduce some of them to you.
We have the 23 best Instant Pot recipes for summer. We’ve included a range of recipes, including some vegetarian ones, that use a large number of flavors and ingredients. All of the recipes are listed in alphabetical order.
Our first recipe is for a simple but flavorsome chicken breast. You will need boneless and skinless chicken breasts that are seasoned with a dried seasoning of your choice, salt, and ground pepper.
The chicken can be cooked in only 25 minutes and once cooked, can be served with a wide variety of sides such as rice or summer vegetables.
Summer is a great season for tacos as they’re light but full of flavor and can be filled with whatever fillings you desire.
In the case of this recipe, the main ingredient is Instant Pot chicken flavored with barbecue sauce.
The recipe also includes a delicious pineapple salsa that will add lots of summer flavor to your tacos.
Pasta is a very versatile dish that can be served at any point of the year.
Making it on the stovetop usually means juggling a pot of pasta, a pot of sauce, and potentially some meat, but this recipe allows for everything to be cooked in the Instant Pot.
You will need to start with the ground beef, before adding the ingredients for the sauce and the pasta.
This delicious Instant Pot recipe needs only five ingredients. Although the recipe calls for ground pork, this can be substituted for chicken, turkey, or beef.
The other ingredients are garlic, water, soy sauce, honey, and rice. Once cooked, you can serve it over some lettuce for the perfect summer dish.
This is our second recipe for tacos. As it can be made with either chicken or vegetable stock, you can easily make it vegetarian if you want.
The filling of the tacos is made from lentils, broth, salsa, and a mix of seasonings and spices. There are a variety of toppings you can include to finish your tacos.
This seafood feast makes great use of the different seafood and vegetables that are available during the summer months. It’s also very healthy and delicious and is sure to impress your family and guests.
You will need to open your Instant Pot to add extra ingredients at several points during the cooking process but the combination of turkey sausage and raw shrimp makes it worth it.
Mojo is a citrus and herb sauce and it matches perfectly with pork. In this recipe, the pork is seasoned with oregano, garlic, cumin, bay leaf, orange, and lemon.
When all of the seasonings have been added, the pork will need one hour to cook. The pork can be refrigerated as long as it is consumed within three days.
Tamales originate from Mexico and Guatemala but they have become increasingly popular across the US in recent years.
The recipe does take some time to make, however, and you will get the best results if you prepare it over two days.
It can be done in one if you don’t have the time. The tamale filling is made from pork, corn husks, and a wide range of flavorings.
Chowder is a thick soup and although it is a heavy and hot meal, this chowder includes several summer vegetables and flavors that make it the perfect dish for a summer evening.
As well as the corn and crab listed in the recipe name, the chowder is also full of bacon, leek, bell pepper, and potato. It can be made in as little as 35 minutes, too.
Tilapia is one of those fish that is often overlooked when it comes to cooking, but it is a delicious and light fish that we love to include in our dishes.
You can use frozen tilapia filets or switch this for another fish if you prefer. As well as the fish, the dish also includes Roma tomatoes, garlic, basil, and seasonings.
We love chili and this chili full of vegetables is the perfect chili for the summer months. This recipe is not only vegetarian but it is also fully vegan and has many health benefits.
The base of the chili is black beans and pinto beans and these are seasoned with poblano peppers, chile powder, and chipotle chile in adobo sauce.
Baby back ribs are ideal for a wide variety of summer events. They can be served at family events, barbecues, or tailgate parties.
You will need to cut down your ribs so that they fit into the Instant Pot but that won’t affect their flavor at all.
The ribs can be made in advance or made just before serving, depending on which is best for you.
Instant Pots are great for making seafood and this dish is no different.
The ‘en papillote’ part of the recipe name means in paper and you will cook this dish inside the Instant Pot while wrapped in a parcel of parchment paper or aluminum foil.
The fish is cooked inside the paper with lemon, parsley, tomatoes, and olives.
Asopado is a mix between soup and paella and it is delicious when made in an Instant Pot. It’s a chicken and rice dish that is cooked in soup and made with a tomato-based sauce.
In the case of this recipe, you will need to prepare the sofrito tomato sauce first and then add your chicken thighs.
So far, we’ve only included savory and main dishes but Instant Pot summer recipes are also for desserts.
Cobblers are a traditional and popular dessert and you can make these just as easily in an Instant Pot as you can in an oven.
The black and blue part of this recipe comes from the addition of frozen blackberries and blueberries.
Picadillo is a Latin-American dish made from meat and vegetables and often includes fruit such as raisins and olives.
In the case of this picadillo recipe, the meat is pork and it is cooked with several fruits and vegetables such as apples, onion, raisins, tomatoes, and olives.
We love the mix of seasonings in this recipe as it even includes pumpkin pie spice.
Risotto is an Italian dish that is based around creamy rice. This recipe combines rice with shrimp, asparagus, onion, and Parmesan cheese and cooks it in a mix of chicken broth and white wine.
The resulting dish is a delicious and light summer meal that you and your family are sure to love.
We’re a big fan of Thai cooking for its smooth consistency and spicy taste. This coconut beef is a perfect example of Thai cooking and is so easy to make thanks to the Instant Pot.
You can adjust how spicy the dish is by increasing or decreasing the amount of red curry paste you include. The sauce is made from coconut milk, beef stock, and peanut butter.
19. Summer Soup
Soups may not be the first thing people think of when they think of summer dishes but with the right ingredients and flavors, they’re just as suitable for summer as they are for winter.
In the case of this aptly named summer soup, you will make a dish full of diced tomatoes, zucchini, and corn that is served with farro rice.
Salads are the perfect dish for summer. They can be served for lunch or dinner, as well as for side dishes, picnics, and potlucks.
This salad is more involved and filling than most others as it is full of chicken seasoned with curry powder. You will also get a recipe for a curry mayo dressing to dress your salad.
This is our second Thai-inspired Instant Pot summer recipe. It’s based on Gai Yang, which is a popular recipe used for street food in Thailand.
It uses chicken thighs which are glazed with a marinade made from soy sauce, fish sauce, lemon, and lime juice.
You will need to marinade the thighs in the sauce for at least 30 minutes but we suggest leaving it overnight to get the best flavors.
Who doesn’t love mac and cheese?
There are many different ways to make mac and cheese and this recipe gives you a quick and easy way to make it in your Instant Pot. As the name of the recipe suggests, you can make this in only a few minutes.
Unlike most mac and cheese recipes, this includes either ground turkey or beef and is also made with chicken broth and spinach leaves. Of course, the key ingredients are still macaroni and cheese though!
For our final summer dish, we’ve picked a vegetarian option. You can make this recipe vegan if you wish by substituting the Parmesan cheese for nutritional yeast.
You will need to make some zucchini noodles before you begin cooking as once the cooking starts, it progresses very quickly!
The noodles are flavored with garlic, lemon zest, and salt, and once cooked you can sprinkle mint and Parmesan cheese over the top.
Are there any vegetarian Instant Pot recipes suitable for summer?
Are there any vegetarian instant pot recipes suitable for summer? Absolutely! From refreshing soups and light salads to vibrant veggie stir-fries, the world of vegetarian Instant Pot recipes is full of options that are perfect for the summer months. Experiment with flavors like zesty herbs and juicy seasonal vegetables to create delicious and healthy meals.
In this article, we listed the 23 best Instant Pot recipes for summer. We included a wide variety of different recipes and foods so you and your family can choose the best recipes for you and your tastes.
There are several vegetarian and vegan options and we even included a summer dessert. Whatever foods you like, there is sure to be a recipe here for you.
We hope you enjoy making these dishes as much as we did!
Frequently Asked Questions
Let’s look at some answers to frequently asked questions about Instant Pots and summer.
Instant Pots are a great appliance to have in your kitchen throughout the year. They can help you manage your time better as you can allow your meals to cook more quickly than they might when cooked in a regular oven
However, they really come into their own during the hot months.
Cooking meals in an Instant Pot means that you don’t have to spend your time slaving over a hot stove and sweating. Instead, you can just load your Instant Pot and leave it to do all of the work.
When it comes to the best dishes for the summer, we advise looking for light meals.
Summer doesn’t mean that you have to avoid hot meals, but there is a big difference between the light meals of summer and the more hearty meals of winter.
Some common summer ingredients include fruits and vegetables such as zucchini, eggplants, cucumbers, peaches, and various berries.
Many summer dishes include meats such as fish or pork and mix them with a variety of summer vegetables.