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10 Quick and Easy Pressure Cooker Recipes Perfect for Summer

10 Quick and Easy Pressure Cooker Recipes for Summer

10 Quick and Easy Pressure Cooker Recipes Perfect for Summer whether you are looking to beat the heat, keep it classic or sweeten your day.

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As the weather gets warmer you might be less inclined to turn that oven or stove on. So I’ve rounded up 10 Quick and Easy Pressure Cooker recipes Perfect for Summer. These recipes are great for Summer in so many ways. Some are really healthy if you are working on getting beach body ready, other are classics you must have and BBQs and comfort food recipes you just cant live without.

Here’s the pressure cooker I used to make these recipes.

These recipes are broken down into categories so you can go straight to what you want. Sometimes when I meal plan, I have what to cook. I just know I have a taste for something. Does that happen to you? Like you really want something light or something saucy. Well no worries that’s all in here. Some of these recipes take as little as 5 minutes in the pressure cooker. You probably could start your meal plan for next week right now. LOL.

10 Quick and Easy Pressure Cooker Recipes Perfect for Summer

10 Quick and Easy Pressure Cooker Recipes Perfect for Summer

Healthy and Delicious Pressure Cooker Recipes

Pressure Cooker Shrimp Scampi Paella

Came across this dish a couple of weeks ago during my fit for fish (and shellfish). Love shrimp because it absorbs a ton of flavor and it’s done in a flash. 5 Minutes in the pressure in all you need to get this dish done.  Want to thank Hayley over at Health Starts in the Kitchen for this Pressure Cooker Shrimp Scampi Paella recipe. You know I’m all about comfort food that delicious and healthy.


Pressure Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Not only is this butternut squash recipe healthy and delicious it’s also vegan. Saute onions then add peeled and cubed squash and all other ingredients to the pressure cooker and set 12 minutes. Then throw everything in the blender. Yum. I love the texture of this recipe and it’s just as good warm as it is chilled. Add it to you “Beat the Heat” menu or as shooter for fun at your next BBW.

Pressure Cooker Kale and Sausage Soup

Are you thinking “okay I understand why butternut squash soup, it’s chilled. But how is this soup perfect for Summer.” Because it’ll help you sweat. And sweating help to cool the body. Don’t believe me? (Read more here.) This Pressure Cooker Kale and Sausage Soup was inspired by the Portuguese Caldo Verde recipe. The traditional recipe uses potatoes and linguiça sausage. Now I could have used the potatoes but the garlicy  linguiça sausage was much harder to come by so I used the sausage I had on hand and increased the garlic. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on some Portuguese linguica sausage do it. You won’t regret it.

Classic Summer Pressure Cooker Recipes

mama's potato salad

Pressure Cooker Potato Salad

Potato salad is the staple of any backyard BBQ. You can make my mama’s version of potato salad. Which is more traditional with the use of mayonnaise. Or my cousin’s more light and summery potato salad which uses olive oil instead of mayo. Either way, the pressure cooker is a great way to shorten the cook time on your potato salad. You can use this pressure cooker potato recipe to get started.

Instant Pot Baby back Ribs

Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Yup, I did it. I put my ribs in the pressure cooker. I wasn’t sure whether my husband would every forgive me. You know the grill is his thrown and for me to have used his beautiful ….. and shove it in the pressure cooker was like a horrible nightmare for him. Thank goodness those pressure cooker Baby Back Ribs came out absolutely delicious.

Pressure Cooker Corn on the Cob with Herb Butter

Sometimes after husking a bunch of corn, I’m just not that interested in it corn anymore. Has that every happened to you? My littles love corn so I could be husky for hours and only make enough to get through lunch and dinner. I love that you can toss the corn and into the pressure cooker and be done. This recipe comes from  I made pressure cooker corn on the cob with herb butter instead of Cajun.

Serious Pressure Cooker Comfort Food Recipes


Pressure Cooker Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

My friends and I will joke about taking a girls trip to New Orleans every now and then (more like every other month). The food is just so good and it’s so relaxed and …. You just an’t help but have a good time. Have to be honest that the food I had there was different than anywhere else. Prior to New Orleans I had never had a charboiled oyster (I wonder if hunny could figure out how to do that on the grill) or …. But it was absolutely delicious and I would … over and over again. That trip is what has inspired a number of recipes on the blog (#willtravelforfood), including this Pressure Cooker Louisiana red Beans and Rice recipe. So serious comfort food.

Pressure Cooker Pork Carnitas

I would be remiss if I didn’t have the most classic West Coast comfort on here. Crispy Pork Carnitas. You can make this recipe in the pressure cooker then crisp it up on the grill or on the stove. These just remind me of Summer and fun and happiness. I know it’s a lot to get out of a carnita but a lot of the food I made is based on feeling. What’s the dish that scream Summer to you?


Pressure Cooker Turkey and Pumpkin Chili

I’m in love with this turkey and pumpkin chili. If you haven’t tried it yet it’s a must. Put it on your “to do” list now. It’s delicious like chili is and there are all these added nutrients from the pumpkin. Yippee. BTW …  it’s great over hot dogs and nachos.

Now to finish the party right, it’s a must to end this list of 10 quick and easy pressure cooker recipes that are perfect for Summer with something sweet and delicious.

Key Lime Pie

Pressure Cooker Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie is one of my favorites. Unfortunately, not everyone can make it well. I know when i was in Florida the baker owner explained that many Northern bakers don’t use real key limes (Hmmm). That’s why their pies are always a bit off. Understanding I might not be able to get that exact flavor I still had to try my hand at making a key lime pie. It was absolutely delicious.


White Chocolate Raspberry Mini Cheesecake

I love this pressure cooker White Chocolate Raspberry mini cheesecake recipe because I love cheesecake and I’d hate to let the heat keep me from some on my favorite sweets. This recipe come from the Milners over at It’s bit different than the cheesecakes I typically make but it really is just as good. If you’ve got a sweet tooth this will cure it.

So many other recipes that would have been perfect on this list but I had to limit myself to 10 or it would seriously get out of control. Which pressure cooker recipe are you going to try?


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