Pressure cooker recipes – So what can you cook?

Pressure cooker recipes – So what can you cook?

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Easily one of the most versatile and convenient pieces of kitchen technology on the planet, it’s almost inconceivable that there aren’t more people cooking with pressure cookers on a regular basis than there already are.

In fact, you’d probably be lucky to find even just a handful of people in your social circle (including your friends, family members, and coworkers) that have a couple of favorite pressure cooker recipes that they turn to a handful of times a week.

That’s all starting to change.

More and more people are waking up to the realization that they aren’t eating as many home-cooked healthy meals as they probably should be, while at the same time looking for ways to save money on their food budget – all without having to spend hours and hours in the kitchen each week. Pressure cookers make all of that a reality.

What exactly is a pressure cooker?

Pressure cooker technology is as simple and as straightforward as it gets – rather than cooking your food at regular atmospheric pressure, it instead introduces extra pressure levels to the food which dramatically cuts down on the amount of time you have to spend preparing and cooking food.

We’re talking about an up to 70% reduction in cooking time here. Like being able to make beef stew in 60 minutes rather than six hours.

Pressure cookers are kind of a big deal.

On top of that though, they also are one of the most flexible cooking technologies out with pressure cooking recipes covering pretty much anything you everything you could imagine from main courses to soups and stews all the way down to desserts!

The odds are pretty good that there are at least a handful of pressure cooker recipes for your favorite foods, and a whole world of pressure cooker recipes that you’re going to absolutely love trying out.

There are a couple of different things that you’re going to want to know about cooking with your pressure cooker ahead of time, though.

First of all, make sure that you prep your food before it gets introduced into the cooker – especially if you want your meat to be browned or your vegetables to be sautéed. Because of the way the pressure cooker works and because of the rapid cooking that takes place, you won’t have the chance to brown or sauté your food in the cooker.

Secondly, make sure that you don’t go overboard with the liquid.

When you’re cooking under pressure, there’s going to be next to no evaporation whatsoever, and if you fill your pressure cooker with more than the safe amount you could be dealing with a ticking time bomb on your hands.

Always read the manual.

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Finally, it’s a good idea to invest in the best quality pressure cooker money can buy rather than purchase some bargain priced products that may not work as well as it probably should or may not have the durability that a more expensive option does.

This is one kitchen gizmo or gadgets that you’re going to want to “buy for life”, just because of the extreme discrepancy between high quality and low quality items.

But enough about the basics – let’s dive right into some great pressure cooker recipes!

Here are a couple of pressure cooker recipes to jumpstart your pressure cooking!

As mentioned above, there are all kinds of meals that you’re going to be able to prepare in a pressure cooker, taking a fraction of the time they would have conventionally taken – saving you a world of headache and hassle in the process.

With so many different pressure cooker recipes out there, you’re going to have absolutely no trouble whatsoever feeling like you’ve got your money’s worth out of this purchase just a handful of times after using it.

Let’s check out some great pressure cooker recipes.

Pressure Cooker Recipes – Meat


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“Almost too easy pressure cooker pot roast”

One of my favorite pressure cooker recipes because its simple and its an excellent wholesome meal to warm you up on a cold day. Being packed with healthy vitamins is just another reason to make this dish.

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 3lb boneless beef chuck roast (fat trimmed off)
  • 1 14.5 ounce can of beef stock
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 full-size carrots, roughly chopped
  • 4 large potatoes, roughly chopped
  • 4 celery sticks, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Just a splash or two of Worcestershire sauce

Your first step in making this almost too easy pressure cooker pot roast is to brown the beef in a cast iron skillet or directly inside of the pressure cooker with a bit of heated oil.

Once that’s taken care of, it’s time to pour the beef broth and the Worcestershire sauce (if you’re using it) on top of the beef with the onion, closing the lid of the cooker and bringing it up to full pressure for about 30 minutes.

After that, you’ll want to quick release the pressure to its lowest setting, pop the lid, and add the rest of the ingredients, cooking for about 15 minutes or so until everything is ready to roll.

It really doesn’t get any easier than that!

Pressure Cooker Recipes – Fish


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“Picture-perfect steamed Mediterranean fish”

If your list of pressure cooker recipes doesn’t include many fish recipes then i recommend you add this one, its perfect even for those members of the family who are not keen on fish, personally i’m not a huge fan but this dish is fresh and light and really isn’t very fishy in terms of smell.

  • 4 white fish fillets (any white fish you like, cod is great)
  • 1 pound of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup of black olives (Kalamata are fantastic)
  • 2 tablespoons of pickled capers
  • 1 bundle of fresh thyme
  • 1 full close of garlic, minced or pressed
  • Just a bit of olive oil (extra-virgin or virgin, depending upon your tastes)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Fish is one of the more delicate ingredients out there, and as such can be a little bit difficult to prepare properly. Cook it too fast and too hot and it’s going to scorch, and cooking it too low and too slow and adjust is going to taste that good.

Thankfully, with a pressure cooker recipe specifically designed for fish like this one, you won’t have to worry about the headache and hassle of picture-perfect steamed fish anymore.

First of all, you’ll want to add all of your cherry tomatoes, you are fresh thyme, and just a bit of salt-and-pepper with the oil and garlic into a mixing bowl that can be inserted into your pressure cooker. Simply place the fish gently on top of this mixture, making sure that they’re mostly out of any liquid that may have built up.

Then you’ll want to set the pressure settings to its lowest possible level, turning up the heat to high and cook for about seven minutes or so before you release your pressure.

All you have to do from there is serve and enjoy!

Pressure Cooker Recipes – Stews/soups


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“60 Minute beef stew”

For most people, beef stew is an all-day kind of meal, the kind of meal that requires a lot of attention in the preparation phase, not so much attention throughout the cooking phase, and a lot of patients throughout.

But wouldn’t it be nice to have the ability to cook absolutely mouthwatering beef stew in less than an hour, from start to finish?

With this pressure cooker recipe, that’s exactly what you’re going to be able to pull off!

  • 3 pounds of pre-chopped stew beef
  • 4 medium-sized onions, roughly chopped
  • 4 full-size carrots, roughly chopped
  • 4 full-size celery sticks, roughly chopped
  • 4 white potatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2 or 3 quarts of beef stock
  • A couple of splashes of red wine
  • Any spices you feel like adding to the mixture
  • Salt and pepper to taste

The only thing that is a little bit different about this particular recipe from most of the other pressure cooker recipes out there is that you’re going to want to cook this meal in stages.

First, you’re going to want to brown all of your beef directly in the pressure cooker or on the stove with a cast iron skillet. This is absolutely mission critical to getting the taste just right.

Once you’ve taken care of that, you’re going to want to add the meat to the pressure cooker with all liquids, and bring everything up to a boil for about 15 minutes or so.

After that’s taken care of, you’ll want to add your hearty vegetables (your carrots and your potatoes) to your pressure cooker, blasting them at high pressure and high heat for about eight minutes more, before you add your softer vegetables (your onions and your celery) to be finished off for another one or two minutes.

All told, from preparation to sitting down and eating this meal, it’s probably going to take you about an hour to pull off.

Pressure Cooker Recipes – Pasta


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“Super simple ziti with sausage and peppers”

This is one of those pressure cooker recipes that is really simple to make, but one that is packed with flavor. This is one of my favorite ‘comfort foods’

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (extra-virgin)
  • 1 pound of hot or sweet Italian sausage, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium-size onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped and deseeded
  • 1 25 ounce jar of tomato sauce
  • 3 ½ cups of water
  • 1 pound of boxed ziti
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Regular pasta isn’t exactly the most difficult thing to cook, and it really doesn’t take all that long on its own.

However, if you want a true “one pot” kind of experience with more than just straight up pasta and sauce, you’re going to want to turn to pressure cooker recipes like this one.

The first step is to get all of your “backbone” ingredients to release as much flavor as possible inside of the pressure cooker. This involves heating up your extra-virgin olive oil until it starts to shine, stirring in all of the sausage, the onion, the pepper, and a bit of salt and pepper for about five minutes or so.

After that’s taken care of, you’re going to want to add the tomato sauce, the water, and the ziti itself. Lock the lid, crank the pressure to high, and bring it up to medium/high heat for about five minutes or so.

When you hit pressure you’re going to want to drop things down to medium/low heat and cook for about five minutes more, and then you’re ready to enjoy!

Pressure Cooker Recipes – Sauces


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“30 Minute marinara sauce”

  • 1 28 ounce can of crushed plum tomatoes (the best you can buy)
  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil (that hasn’t passed)
  • 4 full garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium sized carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 small shallot/onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil (or 3 teaspoons of fresh basil)
  • ½ teaspoon oregano, dried
  • ½ teaspoon thyme, dried
  • Sprinkle of red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

One of the most impressive things about pressure cooker recipes is that they stretch the full gamut of cooking, not limiting you to just a handful of dishes or meals.

This sauce recipe is a prime example, allowing you to create a wonderful marinara that can be used in a variety of different applications – especially if you make a big batch and freeze some for later use!

Start your pressure cooker off at medium heat before adding the olive oil, waiting until it begins to shimmer before adding the onion and the garlic. Cook for about a minute (and no more – just enough to sweat your ingredients) before you add the rest of your spices, reserving the salt for right now.

Next, you’re going to want to pitch your carrots into the pressure cooker and allow them to sweat for about a minute or two, before you add your tomatoes and maybe a quarter of a can of water.

Once that’s taken care of, it’s time to pop the lid on your pressure cooker, snap it into place, crank the pressure to low, and cook for about a half an hour or so.

Release your pressure, poor your sauce mixture out through a strainer or run it through a processor to blend smooth, and you’re all set with this mouthwatering sauce!

Pressure Cooker Recipes – Desserts


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“Pears with a red wine sauce”

This is one of those pressure cooker recipes that is sure to be a hit with the family, all that’s need once served is a couple big spoons of your favorite ice-cream.

  • 6 medium-size green pears, peeled
  • 1 vanilla pod (or 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract)
  • 1 clove
  • 1 glass of your favorite red wine
  • 200 grams of sugar
  • Just a pinch of cinnamon

A super simple but still really decadent dessert, it really doesn’t get any easier than this

Simply mix your red wine, sugar, vanilla, and clove together under medium heat until all of the sugar has dissolved. Next, place your pears (sitting upright in the sauce) inside the pressure cooker and then bring the unit up to full pressure on low heat for seven minutes or so.

Release the pressure, pop the top, and serve your pears with the sauce poured over them – and be ready to whip up another batch as people demand seconds!

Closing thoughts

At the end of the day, you’d honestly have to be at least a little bit crazy not to want to get your hands on a quality pressure cooker after checking out all of the pressure cooker recipes we included above.

Remember though, these pressure cooker recipes have barely begun to scratch the surface of all the recipes out there, and you’re going to find that this kitchen gizmo opens up a brand-new world of cooking – and convenience – that you wouldn’t have enjoyed otherwise.

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1 Comment
  1. Reply Betty July 1, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Some great ides, thanks for your efforts

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