10 Ways to Use Your Instant Pot This Summer

updated Jun 5, 2019
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You already know the benefits of leaning on your slow cooker in summer, so it should come as no surprise that your Instant Pot is also invaluable. With the option for lightning-fast pressure cooking or slow cooking, this multi-cooker can do it all! From a luscious eggplant dip to a Italian beef sandwiches, here are 10 ways to use your Instant Pot all summer long.

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Using the pressure cooker function, the Instant Pot turns out tender grains of rice in a fraction of the time. Keep the stove off and lean on this appliance for side dishes and rice salads.

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You know that lentil salad you’re planning to bring to the potluck next weekend? It comes together in a fraction of the time when you rely on your Instant Pot’s pressure cooker function.

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This is one of my favorite recipes to make in the Instant Pot, and especially so in the summer. It makes the most tender and juicy shredded pork that can be used for sandwiches, tacos, salads, grain bowls, and more.

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If you really want to change things up at this summer’s cookouts, these beef sandwiches are a great place to start. They’re loaded with spiced beef, tender bell peppers, pickled vegetables, and cheese, and the meat can even be made a couple days in advance.

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Skip the sub-par takeout — this irresistible version of tikka masala hits the table in record time with the help of your Instant Pot’s pressure cooker function.

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I can’t think of a better way to use up your eggplant and tomato haul from the farmers market than caponata. It’s simmered in a sweet and sour sauce, using the slow cooker function, and can be served as a dip, spooned over grilled chicken and fish, or tossed with pasta.

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Pull out your Instant Pot, dial up the slow cooker setting, and you’re well on your way to giving Taco Tuesday an easy and totally delicious refresh with tender shredded chicken fajitas.

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Once you’re ready to go beyond corn on the cob, this is the side dish you’ll want to make again and again to get your fill of those sweet kernels. It pairs well with just about everything and couldn’t be easier to make using the slow cooker function on the Instant Pot.

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Lean on the slow cooker setting and this set-it-and-forget-it recipe for those messy sandwiches you love, filled with hearty ground beef and a rich tomato sauce.

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With grilling season upon us, this is the most luscious condiment you’ll want by your side. Rich caramelized onions have a place on everything from burgers and brats. While you’re at it, consider making a double batch — you can freeze the leftovers for later.