Easy 4th of July Menu and Recipes

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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!

a photo collage featuring a large vertical photo of a plate filled with grilled BBQ baby back ribs, corn on the cob, potato salad, and broccocli, on the right top there is a top-down shot of a white cheesecake topped witha red and blue fruit compote, on the bottom center is a white bowl with watermelon chunks. On the bottom right is a small white plate filled with caramelitas

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!

make-ahead BBQ Baby Back Ribs

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.

Easy Pressure Cooker Corn on the Cob, plated with an Instant Pot in the background

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.

Picture of Instant Pot pasta salad with rotini, sliced cherry tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, parmesan, and fresh parsley, in a large wooden serving bowl.

Easy Italian Pasta Salad

You’ll love this Italian Pasta Salad recipe because it’s the easiest way to make this classic summer side dish. You can cook the pasta and veggies and dress the salad in the same pot. (It’s even easy to transport and finish in the cooking pot!)

Plus, we use our favorite Italian dressing to keep it quick and easy. 

a collage showing different ways to cut and slice watermelon

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.

A closeup of fourth of July cheesecake made in an Instant Pot, and placed on a white cake stand.

Different Desserts

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!


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