Easy 4th of July Menu and Recipes
See what 4th of July recipes we’re serving this year, plus more than 25 additional recipes to help you use your Instant Pot to make faster, easier, and tastier main dishes, side dishes, and desserts!
In our family, the Fourth of July is all about the classic summertime food!
I’ll share our menu for this year’s big celebration, then include a round-up of other great ideas you could make this year!
Easy Menu for the Fourth of July
We love this menu for its make-ahead, flavorful foods that keep you (mostly) out of the kitchen when your guests arrive!
Easy Make-Ahead Baby Back Ribs
Baby Back Ribs have been a tradition in our family for decades. I used to bake them in a big roasting pan in my oven. But from the moment I tried them out the pressure cooker, I’ve never looked back!
I love this recipe because the ribs cook up quick and juicy, hold together on the grill so you can caramelize them, and are fall-apart tender on your plate.
TIP: Now that my family has grown, I make two batches of these ribs. I’ll pressure cook them the night before, then let them cool and chill in the refrigerator until my crowd comes over and we’re ready to grill.
Fresh Steamed Corn on the Cob
If you’re like me, Corn on the Cob is a must this time of year.
Corn cooked in the pressure cooker tastes SO much better than when it’s boiled on the stove.
Fresh Summertime Fruit
We do tons of fresh fruit, including watermelon, pineapple, cherries, and whatever else smells in season at the farmer’s market. (Our local farmer’s market sells yellow and orange watermelons, which are always a hit with the kids!)
Not sure how to cut a watermelon or how to cut a pineapple? Check out my easy, step-by-step tutorials over at Barbara Bakes.
We often have a variety of desserts, and this year we’re definitely including our Red White and Blue Berry Cheesecake. It’s a creamy, silky smooth cheesecake topped with juicy, sweet fresh strawberries and blueberries.
We’ll also have some cookies for the grandkids (and adults) to snack on between sparklers, pop-its, and fireworks. This year we’re planning Caramelitas, Lemon Bar Cookie Cups, and the kids will help decorate our Fourth of July Cranberry Shortbread Cookies.
Plus 20 More 4th of July Recipes Your Family Will Love
Craving something else for your 4th of July? These recipes will have a little something for everyone!
20+ Recipe Ideas for the 4th of July
Whether you’re grilling and need some sides or you want to make everything in your Instant Pot to keep your house cool, we have you covered with these 20+ amazing Fourth of July recipes! Happy Independence Day!
Instant Pot Pulled Pork
This one is great to feed a crowd and doesn't call for many ingredients! It cooks up fall-apart tender and is served on a bun with a smoky-sweet barbecue sauce.
Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches
If you love things a little sweeter, this Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwich recipe makes a big batch of tender pulled pork in a sweet root beer–barbecue sauce.
Instant Pot Beef and Cheddar
No need to grill! These homemade Sliced Beef and Cheddar Sandwiches are the upgraded version of your favorite Arby’s classic, with melty cheese sauce, thin-sliced beef, and onion rolls.
Instant Pot Onion Burgers
If your grill is busy or you want a small batch, these easy Instant Pot Hamburgers are made with a filling of smoked paprika, diced sweet onion, and garlic.
Old-Fashioned Pressure Cooker Pot Roast
If you want to serve a fancy, sit-down dinner, this pot roast recipe still cooks up quicker than an oven version!
Instant Pot BBQ Shredded Chicken
I’ve adapted one of my 30-minute meals, the Shredded Barbecue Chicken recipe from my cookbook, The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook. I often use this chicken for both sandwiches and salads—it’s one I often keep on hand.
Pressure Cooker Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Potatoes
Teriyaki Chicken Wings
These tender Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken Wings pressure cook in a delicious, homemade teriyaki sauce, then get browned sticky and sweet in your oven with your air fryer lid.
Instant Pot Chili Dog Sauce
Make saucy and thick chili dog sauce with pinto beans and ground beef in an Instant Pot to top hot dogs or burgers.
Instant Pot Ground Beef Chili Recipe
This thick and hearty Instant Pot Ground Beef Chili is medium heat and packed with flavor from dried spices, tomatoes, tender beef, and tortilla chips.
Instant Pot Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Instant Pot Chicken Salad Sandwiches with grapes, pecans and a tangy sour cream-mayonnaise dressing are a classic lunch or dinner any time of year.
Instant Pot Egg Salad (with an Egg Loaf)
Creamy, traditional Egg Salad Sandwiches—made in an egg loaf in the Instant Pot—make a crunchy, tangy, and satisfying lunch with mayonnaise, sour cream, and fresh chives.
Instant Pot Quick Potato Salad
This Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe is so easy, you’ll want to make it all the time! Cook hard-boiled eggs and potatoes together in the pressure cooker for quick, perfectly cooked eggs and potatoes every time. This is the best Instant Pot potato salad recipe!
Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
Crisp on the outside and creamy and fluffy on the inside, Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Baked Potatoes are one of the best side dish recipes.
Instant Pot Ranch Twice Baked Potatoes
Instant Pot Twice Baked Ranch Potatoes are a crowd-pleasing side dish with soft and fluffy baked potatoes topped with cheesy ranch flavor and scallions.
Instant Pot Amish Macaroni Salad
Instant Pot Amish Macaroni Salad is a creamy pasta side dish recipe with crunchy veggies and a vinegar and mayo dressing.
Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes
Cook these red potatoes quick in the electric pressure cooker, then coat in melted butter, garlic and herbs, and Parmesan cheese, and crisp them to perfection in your oven.
Instant Pot Baked Beans
For your next outdoor barbecue, use dried navy beans to make this easy Instant Pot Baked Beans recipe, featuring a classic sticky sauce of molasses, ketchup, and seasonings.
Instant Pot Cauliflower Mash
This is the best and creamiest Instant Pot Cauliflower Mash made in one pot with just four ingredients!
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole in the Instant Pot
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole in the Instant Pot is quick, easy and topped with a crunchy topping of crushed potato chips and panko bread crumbs.
Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese
Creamy, fast, and easy, this Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Mac and Cheese is one of the best Instant Pot weeknight dinners, and it’s 100% kid and grown-up approved!
Instant Pot Berry Compote
Combine this easy, make-ahead Berry Compote with some fresh-cut strawberries and a white dessert like angel food cake or vanilla ice cream for a PERFECT Independence Day dessert.
Red Velvet Cheesecake
This Red Velvet Cheesecake is an easy Instant Pot recipe made with a stunning red and white swirl on top and a subtle chocolate flavor.
Instant Pot Cheesecake Pops
Instant Pot Cheesecake Bites are the perfect make-ahead holiday treat! Smooth, creamy cheesecake balls dipped into rich milk chocolate and decorated with your favorite toppings.
Instant Pot Tropical Mini Cheesecakes
These cute Instant Pot Mini Cheesecakes are a fun tropical dessert made with coconut cookies, a fluffy coconut–cream cheese filling, and a sweet pineapple topping.
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So many tasty options! And thanks for the shout-out for my Instant Pot Loaded Cauliflower Mash!
Boy there are so many great ideas on this post-makes me wish we were having a party so I could make a bunch of them.
Your potato salad recipe is THE BEST EVER. I made 6 batches of it for my grandson Stephen’s Eagle Scout project lunch yesterday-everybody LOVED it. Robin kept the leftovers but said for sure this is the recipe she’ll make when she wants a “potato salad fix.” You sure can’t go wrong with pressure cooker cheesecakes either-they’re the best. I’m looking forward to trying corn on the cob when we can get some good fresh corn. Happy 4th of July to you and your family!