If you’re looking for ridiculously easy summer instant pot recipes, you’re in the right place! These recipes are all super simple to throw together and totally family friendly, too. Use your instant pot during the warm months to keep your kitchen cool and spend more time enjoying the sunshine while dinner cooks away at home.
Don’t put away that instant pot just yet! Put it to use this summer to keep your kitchen cool and to create hands-off instant pot meals that will allow you to play all day and still come home to a delicious, healthy, easy dinner.
To get you inspired, I’ve rounded up my favorite fresh, healthy real food summer instant pot recipes!
There’s no reason to miss out on the convenience & ease that comes with just throwing a bunch of real food ingredients into your instant pot and having more time to spend enjoying the sunshine. All you need to do is switch up the flavors a little bit!
These are simple, vibrant recipes that are inspired by farmer’s market produce & classic barbecue flavors.
Use these recipes on hot nights when you can’t stand to turn on the oven, busy weekends when you’re enjoying time outdoors, or for gatherings like barbecues & potlucks.
All of these recipes have easy to find ingredients and simplified prep steps. They’re designed to help you make the most of fresh summer produce – like corn, basil, tomatoes, and fresh fruits – while it’s in season (and at it’s most affordable price).
I know how intimidating it can feel to use a new appliance for the first time.
If you’ve been thinking about getting an instant pot (or already have one and are scared to take it out of the box) – start with just one easy recipe. It’s the best way to learn how to use your pressure cooker, get over your fears, and (most importantly) get cooking!
There’s so many things my family & I love to cook in our instant pot, but here’s a few of our favorites we look forward to enjoying every summer.
These recipes are great for weekly meal prep or whenever you need to feed a crowd simply & easily.
I’ve included some paleo friendly, whole 30 friendly, and vegetarian options too. Each recipe has simple adaptations and tips waiting for you, like ingredient swaps and ways to make these meals kid-friendly.
Summer Instant Pot Recipe Ideas
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Instant Pot Chicken Corn Chowder
Flavorful and super nourishing, this Instant Pot chicken corn chowder is a simple one-pot meal everyone will love. Naturally dairy-free and can easily be made vegetarian & vegan, too!
Instant Pot Real Deal Real Food Dairy-Free Cheese Sauce
Creamy, dreamy, and totally delicious, Instant Pot Real Deal Real Food Dairy-Free Cheese Sauce is an amazing alternative to traditional cheese sauce, and is super easy to whip up. Read on for instructions to make this recipe in an Instant Pot, slow cooker, or on the stovetop.
Let’s make a feel-good version of our favorite takeout! A true one-pot wonder, this easy Instant Pot chicken burrito bowl recipe is a perfect dump-and-go option for busy weeknights, meal prep, or as a chicken burrito filling.
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or chicken thighs), rice, chicken broth, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, canned black beans, corn, cumin, mild chili powder, garlic powder, lime juice and salt.
3-Ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Stuffed Potatoes
The easiest, most delicious, crazy simple recipe, 3-Ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Stuffed Potatoes is your new go-to for weeknight cooking.Everything cooks at once, so dinner’s done in minutes! Gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, paleo, and Whole30 friendly.
Instant Pot Spinach Artichoke Chicken is a healthy, dairy-free twist on the classic dip we know & love! Creamy, dreamy, packed with protein, and bursting with flavor, this simple recipe is sure to become a new, easy weeknight dinner staple.
15 Effortless Summer Instant Pot Recipes, plus Enchilada Chicken
Prep: 5 minutesmins
Cook: 1 hourhr3 minutesmins
Total: 1 hourhr8 minutesmins
This 5-Ingredient Enchilada Chicken is one of my favorite easy instant pot dinner recipes (perfect for beginners)! Plus 15 more summer instant pot recipes that'll save you from having to turn the oven on during the warmer months.
Set the saute function in a 6-quart electric pressure cooker for 8 minutes.
Add the olive oil, onions, ¼ teaspoon salt, and saute for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the tomato sauce, water, cumin, garlic powder, and chicken, stirring to combine.
Secure the lid, select the manual setting, and set it to high pressure for 15 minutes for fresh chicken, or 20 min for frozen. If using frozen chicken, make sure it’s spread in an even layer, without sticking together. Your instant pot may take anywhere from 25-35+ minutes to come to pressure before the cook time starts.
When the pressure cooker timer is done, quick release the pressure.
Remove the chicken, and shred or chop into bite sized pieces. Add back to the pressure cooker, stirring to combine. Taste, adding lime juice, hot sauce (if using), and additional salt or pepper if desired.