6 simple and delicious things to make in your Instant Pot

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The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker is a handy appliance that can create a number of unexpected dishes that will keep you and your family well-fed through breakfast, lunch, and dinner. When summer arrives and temperatures soar, look to the Instant Pot to create quick, delicious meals that won’t heat up your kitchen.


Start the day with a protein-rich breakfast by pressure cooking up a batch of eggs in a steamer basket with a cup of water. Customize the style of eggs by adjusting the cooking time: 3 minutes at high pressure will yield soft boiled eggs, while 5 minutes will give you hard boiled eggs. As a bonus, eggs cooked in the Instant Pot have shells that are easier to peel than eggs cooked on a stovetop.

Berry Jam

When berry season is in high swing and you have more blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries than you know what to do with, use the Instant Pot to make jam in less than an hour. Skip the pectin and instead use cornstarch and the Instant Pot’s Sauté setting to thicken up the jam. Spread the jam on toast at breakfast, add it to jelly sandwiches, and spoon it over ice cream for an extra special treat.


Hummus is a high-protein vegetarian dip that can give you the energy to power through a hike or can be enjoyed dockside with veggies and chips. Cover dried chickpeas with an inch of water and cook in the Instant Pot for around 50 minutes on high pressure. Blend the cooked chickpeas in a food processor with olive oil, garlic, and your choice of additional seasonings to create a smooth, creamy hummus.

Corn on the Cob

The days of cooking corn on the cob by standing over a boiling pot of water on the stove are over. Instead, add husked corn and a cup of water to the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for three minutes to make this summertime classic.

Caramelized Onions

Add some gourmet flare to your barbecued sausages by making caramelized onions in the Instant Pot. Cook the onions in butter or coconut oil with the Sauté setting before sealing the Instant Pot and letting everything pressure cook for around 20 minutes. Finish off the onions by sautéing them one more time to help remove any excess moisture.


Satisfy a sweet tooth by baking cheesecake, chocolate lava cake, and even boxed cake mix in the Instant Pot. Cakes made in a pressure cooker are cooked through steam, so the dessert is sure to stay moist. Making cake does require investing in a pan that will fit in the pressure cooker, otherwise the cake will burn. A six-cup bundt pan is a popular choice for making dessert in the Instant Pot.

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