As one of Amazon's perennial best sellers and an internet sensation, the Instant Pot is a cult favorite kitchen essential across the board. It seems like this genius gadget can do just about anything, from pressure cooking beans (in a fraction of the time it would take on the stovetop), to slow cooking (also in less time) savory dishes with meat so tender, it falls off the bone.
Everyone loves the Instant Pot for those cold winter evenings when all you want is some hearty beef stew, Netflix, and a big, cozy blanket. But the Instant Pot is also a key player for all those on non-hibernating days as well (we're talking weeknight meals, work snacks, and best of all, summer shindigs). Because the very last thing you'll want to do when it's 100 degrees outside is to turn on the stove.
Enter the Instant Pot. Prep your ingredients, toss inside, close up the lid and let it do its thing. This hands-free approach means that you'll have more time to set the table, chat with guests, or just lounge on the sofa in front of the AC with a chilled glass of rosé. It's a win-win situation.
So the next time you're having friends over to a backyard party, bring out the Instant Pot and get cooking (or rather, turn it on, sit back and relax). Here are seven of our favorite Instant Pot summer recipes that are guaranteed to have people coming back for seconds.