Instant Pot® Spicy Macaroni Salad


  • ½ (8 ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup diced red bell pepper
  • ⅓ cup cubed pepper Jack cheese
  • ¼ cup diced jalapeno pepper, or to taste
  • ¼ cup sliced celery
  • 2 tablespoons diced onion
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chile-garlic sauce (such as Sriracha®)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Place macaroni into the bottom of a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and pour in water. Add a trivet on top of that, so that it sits above the the water, and place the egg on it. Close and lock the lid; turn the valve to Sealing. Select high pressure according to manufacturer’s instructions; set timer for 5 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.


  • Step 2

    Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer’s instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Remove the egg and place into a bowl of ice water for 5 minutes; remove the trivet.

  • Step 3

    Leave the macaroni in the liner, but remove it from the Instant Pot® to avoid additional residual cooking. Add several ice cubes and cold water to the liner, stirring macaroni, which will stop the cooking process.

  • Step 4

    Pour macaroni into a colander; drain very well to avoid a watery macaroni salad. Dry out the inside of the liner and return the macaroni to the liner.

  • Step 5

    Peel the egg and dice. Add egg, red bell pepper, pepper Jack cheese, jalapeno, celery, and onion to the pot and stir.

  • Step 6

    Whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, Sriracha, salt, garlic powder, cayenne, and black pepper together in a small bowl. Add dressing to the macaroni mixture, stir until well incorporated. Transfer the salad to a bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, allowing time for the flavors to meld.

  • Cook's Note:

    If your preference is salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip(R)) rather than mayonnaise, please feel free to sub it.

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