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    39 Instant Pot And Crock Pot Recipes That Taste Even Better In Summer

    Think beyond the usual soups and stews.

    You probably used your Instant Pot and/or slow cooker all winter long for hearty meats, soups, and stews. But don't forget that these two magical appliances come in just as handy during the warmer seasons. Here's how to use your Instant Pot and slow cooker throughout spring and summer.

    1. Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas

    Slow cooker steak fajita in a tortilla with cheese and cilantro.
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    Make a big batch of these steak fajitas and then serve them DIY style with tortillas and all your favorite toppings from grilled peppers and onions to avocado.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas

    2. Slow-Cooker BBQ Ribs with Hoisin Glaze

    Asian-style BBQ ribs.
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    Shake up your basic ribs with this Chinese-inspired version, which calls for a sticky-sweet marinade made of ginger, garlic, and hoisin sauce.

    Recipe: Slow-Cooker BBQ Ribs with Hoisin Glaze

    3. Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

    A bowl of creamed corn.
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    Just a few simple ingredients like canned corn, cream cheese, butter, and milk go a long way to create this comforting spring and summer side dish.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

    4. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Sriracha Wings

    A slow cooker full of honey Sriracha garlic chicken wings.
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    If you're a sucker for sweet-meets-spicy flavors, these fall-off-the-bone chicken wings will be right up your alley.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Sriracha Wings

    5. Instant Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork

    An Instant pot root beer pulled pork slider.
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    Cooked in root beer, barbecue sauce, and lots of spices, this pulled pork is next-level delicious in sliders, on top of rice, or even on salad.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Root Beer Pulled Pork

    6. Instant Pot Caprese Chicken Thighs

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    I'm voting mozzarella and tomato the unofficial flavor combination of summer. Add chicken thighs to the mix, and you've got a main dish worthy of your next dinner party.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Caprese Chicken Thighs

    7. Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans

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    Let's make a deal and forget about the canned baked beans for good. This homemade recipe couldn't be easier. Just dump your ingredients into the slow cooker and wait for the best barbecue beans of your life to appear.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans

    8. Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken

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    Serve this 30-minute meal warm from the Instant Pot or let it chill and enjoy it pasta salad-style.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken

    9. Instant Pot Mexican Street Corn

    A wooden spoon taking a scoop of Mexican street corn
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    This decadent side dish starts with a bag of frozen corn. Just add butter, cream cheese, lime juice, and some seasonings.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Mexican Street Corn

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    Once you make this pasta alla vodka in the Instant Pot, you'll never go back to the stovetop version. It takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta with Vodka Sauce

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    Start with short grain brown rice to make this simplified take on risotto. The rice sops up the fragrant mixture of chicken broth, garlic, shallots, white wine, and olive oil. Spruce it up with whatever fresh veggies you have on hand.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Shrimp Risotto With Lemon and Parmesan

    12. Slow Cooker Mac 'n' Cheese

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    Mac 'n' cheese truly knows no season. Let it comfort you throughout the cold days of winter and continue serving it at cookouts all summer long.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Mac 'n' Cheese

    13. Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken

    A bowl of adobo chicken with veggies and avocado.
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    This shredded chicken is all about the spicy adobo-based sauce, which is made with tomato sauce, chipotle peppers in adobo, apple cider vinegar, sugar, and spices.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken

    14. Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

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    Everyone needs a great BBQ ribs recipe to fall back on. This slow cooker version does most of the work for you.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

    15. Instant Pot Summer Corn and Bacon Soup

    A bowl of soup filled with corn, bacon, chives, and potato.
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    Just because winter is over doesn't mean soup season must end. This creamy combination of fresh yellow corn, potatoes, bacon, and chives is perfectly appropriate for summer.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Summer Corn and Bacon Soup

    16. Instant Pot Pasta Primavera

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    Take whatever produce is in your fridge and toss it all in the Instant Pot to create a veggie-packed pasta dish the whole family will love.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Pasta Primavera

    17. Instant Pot Chicken Pad Thai

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    Take-out? Who needs it when you can whip up creamy, savory, and zesty pad Thai recipe in no time. If you want to cut back on even more work, opt for a bottled Thai simmer sauce.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Pad Thai

    18. Instant Pot Teriyaki Salmon

    Instant Pot teriyaki salmon
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    If you're intimidated by the idea of cooking fish, fret no more. This Instant Pot salmon is pretty much impossible to mess up. Top it with spicy mayo, sesame seeds, and scallions if you're feeling fancy.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Teriyaki Salmon

    19. Slow Cooker Pineapple BBQ Pulled Pork

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    Serve this slightly sweet but supremely savory pulled pork in tacos, over a bed of rice, in sliders, or straight by the spoonful.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Pineapple BBQ Pulled Pork

    20. Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil

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    Tired of serving the same old hamburgers and hot dogs at your summer barbecues? Switch things up with this low country-inspired shrimp boil. It's perfect for feeding a crowd.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil

    21. Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken

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    The key to the most flavorful pulled chicken is the spice rub. This recipe calls for a mixture of chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, and Italian seasoning.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken

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    Transport yourself to New Orleans by way of your dinner table with this Cajun-inspired jambalaya made with veggies, sausage, and chicken simmered in a savory tomato rice.

    Recipe: Chicken and Sausage Slow Cooker Jambalaya

    23. Slow Cooker Clam Chowder

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    Is there a summer soup as quintessential as good old New England-style clam chowder? I think not.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Clam Chowder

    24. Five-Ingredient Instant Pot Egg Bake

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    The best thing about eggs is there's no wrong time to eat them. Have 'em for breakfast, lunch, or dessert. The choice is yours, and no one can judge you for it.

    Recipe: Five-Ingredient Instant Pot Egg Bake

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    A true drop-and-go meal, your slow cooker does virtually all the work for you. Place whole chicken breasts, olive oil, honey, lime juice, and all the spices in the basket of your Crock Pot, then set it and forget it.

    Recipe: Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken Tacos

    26. Slow Cooker Shrimp Crab Bisque

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    You should be eating as much seafood as humanly possible in every form this summer, beginning with this creamy soup recipe made with tender shrimp and lump crab meat. Just don't forget the bread for dunking.

    Recipe:Slow Cooker Shrimp Crab Bisque

    27. Instant Pot Shawarma

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    Served in pita bread, over rice, or on top of a salad, there's no bad way to enjoy this Middle Eastern-inspired spiced chicken.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Shawarma

    28. Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi

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    Would you believe me if I told you this restaurant-quality shrimp scampi over angel hair pasta comes together in about 20 minutes? Well, you'll just have to see for yourself.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi

    29. Instant Pot Caesar Chicken Sandwiches

    Chicken caesar sliders.
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    Salads are boring, but Caesar pulled chicken sandwiches? Now that's something to get excited about. Throw some romaine and grated Parmesan on there for good measure.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Caesar Chicken Sandwiches

    30. Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas

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    You can make these carnitas entirely in the Instant Pot, but if you like your meat a bit crispy, try throwing it onto a baking sheet and broiling for about 10 minutes before serving.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas

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    This foolproof salmon is flaky and tender, and best of all, it won't stink up your kitchen.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Salmon with Lemon-Dill Sauce

    33. Slow Cooker Eggplant Lasagna

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    Imagine eggplant Parmesan and airy, ricotta-stuffed lasagna came together to form one outrageously good dish. Trust me, it's just as good as it sounds.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Eggplant Lasagna

    34. Instant Pot Cod with Tomatoes, Olives, and Capers

    Cod with tomatoes, olives, and capers in an olive oil sauce
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    Fish in the Instant Pot? You better believe it. You can start with any flaky white fish like cod, haddock, hake, or flounder to make this Italian-inspired seafood dinner.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Cod with Tomatoes, Olives, and Capers

    35. Instant Pot Strawberry Jam

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    There's no more luxurious breakfast than one that includes homemade strawberry jam, made with the season's ripest produce.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Strawberry Jam

    36. Instant Pot Summer Berry Bread Pudding

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    Grab some frozen berries, sliced brioche bread, eggs, butter, and milk, and you're three quarters of the way to this doughy yet light and airy bread pudding.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Summer Berry Bread Pudding

    37. Slow Cooker Peach Crisp

    A slow cooker full of peach crisp.
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    It's time to stop associating your slow cooker with savory foods. Use it to make low-effort desserts like this peach crumble — sweet and tender peach filling beneath a buttery, rolled oat topping.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Peach Crisp

    38. Instant Pot Angel Food Cake

    An angel food cake with fresh strawberry topping.
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    Why yes, you *can* make cake in your Instant Pot, and this underrated baking tactic might just change your life.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Angel Food Cake

    39. Slow Cooker Mixed Berry Cobbler

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    Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, oh my! This sweet and tart cobbler calls for all of summer's freshest fruit.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Mixed Berry Cobbler