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When you’re planning your 4th of July party menu this year, think beyond the grill and consider what your Instant Pot can help you make! There are dozens of great Instant Pot recipes that are perfect for a summer party, that can be made easier and faster than ever before.
We asked our fellow food bloggers to send us their best 4th of July Instant Pot recipes to share with you. These recipes include favorites like potato salad and mac & cheese, plus a few that you might not have thought about, and a few drinks to go with it.
One thing that I like to do the day before a big 4th of July BBQ is prep in the Instant Pot all the things I’m going to make the next day. You can boil potatoes for potato salad, cook macaroni for Mac & Cheese, pre-cook chicken drumsticks or wings to put on the grill the next day, etc. This can save a ton of time in prep on the day of your celebration.
PRO TIP: If you have an extra inner pot for your Instant Pot, you can switch out the pot to make your next dish, rather than having to empty it out and clean it before moving on to the next project.
Instant Pot Carne Asada is tender, flavorful, and just as juicy as when you cook it on the stove top or grill. You can use this carne asada recipe to make a delicious main dish, or use it for tacos, fajitas, or nachos.
This Instant Pot pork shoulder recipe makes incredibly flavorful pulled pork that is so good you won’t believe how easy it is to make. You can make a huge batch in the Instant Pot to use for your 4th of July menu – from pulled pork sandwiches to loaded nachos.
Cooking chicken drumsticks in the Instant Pot is an incredibly fast and efficient way to go. You can cook large batch of drumsticks quickly, even from frozen, and then transfer them to the grill to get crisp. It saves a ton of time and effort cooking them fully on the grill.
Instant Pot Thai Grilled Chicken (Gai Yang) is a pressure cooker adaptation of the popular Thai street food. Finishing on the grill and glazing with Thai sweet chili sauce gives the chicken a spicy-sweet barbecue flavor that’s irresistible!
There’s no need to pre-soak the beans in this recipe, which makes it perfect for a busy day like the 4th of July when you’re likely cooking a big meal. Combine Instant Pot cooked beans with bacon, onion and spices to make irresistible sweet and smoky beans.
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is the perfect summer side dish for a get together or BBQ. You’re just 20 minutes away from this creamy, cheesy, quick and comforting meal. Make it ahead of time and just put it in the oven to warm up.
One of the best traditions of summer are tender juicy ears of corn on the cob hot out of the pot, and dripping with butter with a sprinkling of salt! Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is a quick and easy way to make this simple classic BBQ side dish.
Thai Noodle Salad is a perfect way to enjoy all the crunchy vegetables. It is served with amazing peanut sauce and that sauce makes this salad just too irresistible. This noodle salad is perfect for summertime as it only takes just a few minutes to prepare.
This Easy Corn Chowder Recipe is a delicious chowder that is made with bacon and without heavy cream. This lightened-up version is loaded with flavor and makes a perfect dinner recipe for the cold weather. Make it in less than 30 minutes tops inside a pressure cooker such as Gourmia or Instant Pot!
Chocolate lovers rejoice! This Instant Pot Triple Chocolate Cheesecake will satisfy your cravings for a sweet treat this 4th of July. It’s dense, rich and decadent with the perfect amount of chocolate flavor.
The Instant Pot is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. And there are many accessories that will help you get more out of your Instant Pot.