50+ AMAZING Instant Pot Memorial Day Recipes
These are the best Instant Pot Memorial Day recipes to fill your holiday menu fast, easy, and patriotic entrees, sides, and desserts.
This Memorial Day, use your Instant Pot to make a meal everyone will love.
Summer is the perfect time to use your pressure cooker. You can keep your house cool by not turning on the oven, and it’s easier to cook ahead before the get-together. Plus, the recipes are faster and just as flavorful, so you can spend more time outside enjoying the beautiful weather.
These are 50 of the BEST Instant Pot Memorial Day recipes for sides, entrees, and desserts.
I’m also sharing some great non-pressure cooker recipes at the end from my other blog, Barbara Bakes, because what BBQ is complete without grilling?
Recipe Ideas for Memorial Day 2023
These are the best recipes for Memorial Day to make in an Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or other brand of pressure cooker. Your Instant Pot can make the whole meal, including mains, sides, and desserts, or you can load up the grill and make quick-and-easy sides in your pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Main Dishes for Memorial Day
Instant Pot BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Pressure cooking before grilling is the secret to these great-tasting, make-ahead barbecued ribs. The ribs will be tender, and you'll have the sticky, caramelized BBQ flavor you love.
Rich & Tender Beef Brisket
The secret to this tender Instant Pot Beef Brisket recipe is the overnight marinade. You'll get long-smoked flavor in a fraction of the time!
Hawaiian Sweet and Sour Ribs | Instant Pot Recipe
These Boneless Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs are a great dish to share with friends and family, made with pineapple juice for a tangy Hawiiaan-inspired flavor.
Memphis Style Ribs | Instant Pot recipe
This recipe for Memphis Style Ribs skips the long time in the smoker. By making them in the Instant Pot, you get a homemade savory barbecue sauce packed with mustard, smoked paprika and brown sugar.
Homemade Sloppy Joes
This Homemade Sloppy Joes recipe is full of flavor from dried seasonings, tomato paste, and brown sugar. The extra time softening before pressure cooking helps the beef cook up extra tender.
Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches
This Instant Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches recipe makes a big batch of tender pulled pork in a sweet root beer–barbecue sauce.
Country-Style Barbecue Pork Ribs
Saucy, tender Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs are a great make-ahead dish for Memorial Day
Pulled BBQ Chicken
This Instant Pot Pulled BBQ Chicken recipe is SO convenient. Plus, you can serve it as both sandwiches and salads, so it's great to accommodate different tastes at your get-together.
Old-Fashioned Chili Dog Sauce
Bring back that good old fashioned flavor of a tasty chili dog with this simple yet delicious recipe. Double or triple the batch for a great, ready to use freezer keeper!
Beef and Bean Instant Pot Chili
This thick, hearty Beef & Bean Chili is filled with bite-size pieces of beef, red beans, and green chilies. If you're a chili fan, this is a must-try recipe!
Instant Pot Beef and Cheddar
Homemade Instant Pot 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 Chili Mac
Instant Pot Chili Pasta is a fast and savory one-pot dinner with ground sausage, tomato sauce and Tex Mex flavors.
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.
Chicken Bacon Penne in a Garlic Cream Sauce
This Pressure Cooker Chicken Bacon Penne Pasta is a quick, easy, one-pot meal that's rich, creamy, and delicious! It's pure comfort food that's ready in about 30 minutes.
Chicken Walking Tacos
These crunchy and slightly spicy Instant Pot Walking Tacos are fun to take on the go and eat right out of the bag of chips!
Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Kalua Pork
Smokey tender, juicy shredded pork served over rice is a Hawaiian favorite. I've transformed a popular slow cooker recipe with a 16-hour cooking time into a Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Kalua Pork recipe that is on the table in less than 2 hours.
Instant Pot Chipotle Peach Ribs
From Marci at Tidbits, these ribs feature an amazing Chipotle Spice Rub and have a side of chipotle peach sauce. They're an amazing spin on traditional ribs, and cook up quick in the pressure cooker. (Marci prefers to coil her ribs in the pressure cooker—check out how she does it!)
More Favorites from The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook:
- Buffalo Chicken Tender Sandwiches with Blue Cheese Sauce (page 60)
- Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches (page 64)
- Short-Order Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip (page 136)
Side Dish Recipes for Memorial Day
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!
No-Mayo Potato Salad with Herbs
This ligther version of potato salad is dressed without mayo and features tons of herbs.
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 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 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.
BLT Potato Salad
Turn your favorite summertime sandwhich into a bacon-stuffed potato salad.
Deviled Eggs with Bacon & BBQ Sauce
Try these smoky devilled eggs as an easy two-bite Mermorial Day appetizer.
Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin
Instant Pot Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin are thinly sliced scalloped potatoes, coated in a rich, creamy, cheese sauce, and crowned with a crispy panko breadcrumb topping. The perfect side dish for a holiday dinner—or to make any weeknight meal special!
Instant Pot Mexican Street Corn Salad with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce
This fresh and crunchy street corn salad has sweet and spicy Mexican flavors.
Instant Pot Arkansas Pig Sooie
From 365 Days of Slow Cooking and Pressure Cooking, this creamy, cheesy dip is a classic to serve at Memorial Day or any summer gathering.
Amish Macaroni Salad
This chilled creamy macaroni salad is a great refreshing side dish for your holiday spread.
More Favorites from The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook:
- Garlic & Parsley Red Potatoes (page 251)
- Buttermilk Cornbread (page 261)
- Grown-up Mac & Cheese (page 268)
Dessert Recipes for Memorial day
Red White and Blue Cheesecake
Red White and Blue Cheesecake with a cookie crust and fresh berry compote is the perfect pressure cooker dessert for the 4th of July, or any patriotic celebration.
Berry Rhubarb Sauce
This Berry Rhubarb Sauce is made in the Instant Pot pressure cooker for a fast and easy homemade ice cream topping that you can whip up in a flash!
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.
Pressure Cooker Key Lime Pie
A tart, creamy key lime pie with a graham cracker crust "baked" in the pressure cooker, then served topped with some lightly sweetened whipped cream.
Layered Strawberry Cheesecake
Layered Instant Pot Strawberry Cheesecake is a classic dessert that's dressed up with white and pink layers and a delicious made-from-scratch strawberry topping that is SO easy to make in your pressure cooker!
Pressure Cooker Raspberry Cheesecake
A stunning, fruity dessert with deep chocoalte ganache and fresh berries on top.
Pressure Cooker Nutella Rolo Cheesecake
Go all-in with this chocolatey caramel masterpiece topped with your favorite candies.
Pressure Cooker Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake
Chocolate and peanut butter unite in this sweet, decadent and nutty cake made in the Instant Pot.
Pressure Cooker Chocolate Pots de Crème
Individual pots de creme are an easy-to-serve make-ahead dessert perfect for parties.
The BEST Instant Pot Rice Pudding
Make the best Instant Pot rice pudding with this a 100-year-old recipe I updated for the pressure cooker, and it's quick, easy-to-make comfort food at it's best.
Non-Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Recipes
I wanted to make sure you saw some of my favorite traditional baking and dinner recipes that I post at Barbara Bakes. Any of these would make an awesome addition to your celebration.
Red White and Blue Cheesecake in a Jar
These cheesecake jars are beautifully layered and full of sweet, creamy flavors and a no-bake crust.
Red White and Blue Fruit and Cheese Skewers
Mak your appetizer spread fun and festive with these patriotic fruit and cheese skewers.
Red, White & Blue Berry Puff Pastry Parfaits
Decorate each creamy layered parfait with a stunning fruity star to really put the cherry on top.
Frozen Virgin Strawberry Margarita
These frosty fruit drinks can be non-alcoholic or spiked for an adult beverage.
White Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova
Pavlova is a beautiful and dramatic dessert to make a statement, and this one has sweet white chocolate flavor and bright raspberry topping.
Ice Cream Waffle Bowl Recipe
Have a DIY ice cream sundae spread with homemade waffle bowls for a fun treat for all ages.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake Roll
Eeryone loves ice cream in the summer, and this elegant rolled cake is a fun way to serve it to a crowd.
Easy Grilled Lemon Pepper Pork Chops
Throw these zesty lemon pepper pork chops on the grill for a twist on classic burgers and hot dogs this Memorial Day.
This beautiful dessert puts seasonal produce on display in a delicious and centerpiece-worthy way.
Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe
There's nothing more classic American than soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies to end a meal.
Spicy Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Fire u the grill for these spicy and lime-marinated grilled pork tenderloin. p
Southwest Chipotle Burger Sliders
Smoky, spicy burger sliders are an easy and delicious way to upgrade your burgers this Memorial Day.
Chicken Caprese Burger
Take your burgers in a lighter direction with these refreshing Caprese Chicken Burgers.
Queso Bacon Burgers with Avocado Salsa
Creamy avocado salsa is the perfect green spread on these cheesy bacon burgers.
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We made your ribs and potato salad last week! Everyone loved them!
That’s awesome – thanks!
Do you have any good Italian meatball recipes?
Hi Don – not yet, but it’s on my list to do.
I would love a good meatball recipe for the IP!
I have several great meatball recipes on Pressure Cooking Today https://www.pressurecookingtoday.com/?s=meatball
I made the 1 minute pressure cooker Pork Chop and Applesauce last night. OMG – fantastic. The pork chops were tender and the applesauce was a perfect compliment to the pork chops and not to terribly sweet either. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
LOL I had already made your pressure cooker potato salad and ribs, for tonight’s dinner, because I love them! And, this was before I got your Memorial Day email! Great minds…Thanks!
Great minds 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend Belinda!
We won’t be having a get together over the long holiday weekend but that sure is a great collection of ideas for all summer long! I love the ribs idea-cooking them ahead to save time on the grill. I want to try that with some bone in chicken that I have a great recipe for but it always to take forever to grill and the outside gets too charred for me. We thought about pre-cooking it in the pressure cooker then grilling it with the sauce to get some nice grill marks and flavor WITHOUT burning it.
You know, I think I use my pressure cooker a lot, then I see all the recipes I haven’t tried of yours yet and I realize I’ve only scratched the surface.
Have a great weekend, Barbara! 🙂
Hi Carol – I love the idea of trying it with chicken. I’m putting that on my list to try too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!