Amazing Pressure Cooker Recipes
If time’s tight, but you still want a tasty supper, then you need to turn up the pressure. No, we don’t mean your stress levels, but dusting off your pressure cooker and seeing just what it can do.
Unlike some of the cooking timebombs of yesteryear, today’s pressure cookers are a cool way to speed cook – making you nutritious and hearty meals in a fraction of the time. Versatile and healthy, the single pressure pot approach to cooking also means you make less mess, giving you more time to sit down and savor your latest pressure cooker creation.
We give the lowdown on 10 amazing tasting pressure cooker recipes to whet your one-pot appetite.
1. Pot Roast
A complete roast dinner in just over an hour? With a pressure cooker pot roast, you will be serving up the family favorite with minutes to spare! Put your pot on a high sauté setting then season your meat – beef or chicken are superb in a pot roast – before browning in a little oil then set aside. Fry a chopped onion, and some garlic and a little tomato paste for a minute or two, before pouring in a generous glug of red wine.
Stir in your beef or chicken stock, then add in your chopped potatoes and carrots and some fresh herbs. Give one last deep stir to mix it all up, sit your meat back on top then pop on that pre lid, adjust the pressure to high and leave for 60 minutes for the magic to work. For a thicker gravy, stir in some corn starch to the pot juice. Then serve the meat, vegetables and the gravy together in a deep bowl – chunks of warm bread optional.
2. Mac And Cheese
The ultimate comfort food in next to no time (around 12 minutes in fact), what’s not to love about pressure cooker Mac and Cheese. Batch cook and you’ll get a few extra suppers for another night, saving you even more time!
You’ll need elbow macaroni, chicken stock, heavy cream, salt, pepper, butter and lots and lots of cheddar and mozzarella cheese, then cooking it couldn’t be simpler. Put the macaroni, stock, cream, salt and pepper in the pot and cook on high for seven minutes (a little less if you like your pasta al dente). Once the time is up, let out the steam then stir in the butter, cheese and half a cup of milk until the cheese melts and you have the most delicious, creamy and gooey Mac and Cheese.
3. Pulled Pork
Sticky, sweet pulled pork gets the taste-buds going every time, and with a pressure cooker, you can knock down that long oven bake to less than an hour and a half. Simply take your pork – ideally a shoulder joint cut into quarters – and fry on a medium heat in the pressure pot with a little oil until brown, then set aside. Pot fry a sliced red onion in the remaining juice, then stir in your barbecue sauce – either shop bought or make your own. Add a little water and seasoning and stir well, before adding the pork back into the pot. Lid on, heat up to high pressure then leave for 1-1 ¼ hours.
When done, open the pot and test the meat with a fork, it should fall apart easily into shredded deliciousness. Now stir into the pork and sauce two ounces of soft brown sugar, season to taste. Serve on brioche buns with homemade coleslaw – now that’s the way to roll!
4. Red Beans And Rice
Make the most of any leftover rice by topping it with pressure cooked red beans, simple but oh-so delicious. Combine kidney beans, a green pepper, chopped onion, two sticks of celery, sliced chicken or turkey sausage and cubed cooked ham in the pot. Now add a dash of hot pepper sauce, two garlic cloves, salt/pepper and just enough water to cover. Pop on that pressure cooker lid and bring to high then cook for 30 minutes. Serve with rice, pitta bread and a dollop of sour cream. The perfect mid-week supper to liven up your taste-buds!
5. Easy Pot Chili
Turn up the heat with a pressure pot chili that’ll get your friends coming back for more. Brown beef mince over a medium heat before draining and removing. Add chopped onions, green and jalapeno peppers and cook a few minutes before stirring in garlic. Now return the mince, along with kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, some brown sugar, a little cocoa powder, chili flakes, cumin, salt and a splash of water. Lock down the pressure cooker lid, bring up to pressure and cook for 8-10 minutes. Finally, remove the cooker from the heat and allow the pressure to reduce for another five or so minutes before serving with rice, tortillas, sour cream, guacamole and grated cheese.
Yup, you can even make meatloaf in your awesome pressure cooker! Just combine your meatloaf ingredients (we use beef, bread crumbs, onion, apple, garlic powder, salt, and pepper) in a large bowl then shape into the loaf shape.
Pop onto a piece of double-folded aluminum foil to make a loaf tin. Pour ½ a cup of water into your pressure cooker pot (make sure you model is multi-functional and has a steam rack option) then place the loaf tin on top, close the lid, pressure up and cook for around 25 minutes. Once steamed, you will need to broil the loaf in the oven for a further 5-10 minutes until browned. Serve with vegetables, sauces and sides of your choice.
7. Teriyaki Chicken
For a light supper with a Japanese twist, pressure cooker Teriyaki chicken will become a firm favorite. First up, make your sauce (brown sugar, soy, cider vinegar, garlic, ginger, chicken stock and fresh pineapple works well, or you could just go store-bought). Now take your chicken thighs and pop them in the pot, before pouring over your teriyaki to cover the chicken thoroughly. Bring the pot up to high pressure, then reduce the heat to low, without losing the pressure and cook for 20 minutes. Remove the chicken pieces and use a little corn starch to thicken the sauce in the pot, before serving with rice or stir-fried vegetable.
8. Corn Chowder
Pressure cookers are awesome for quick and tasty soups and corn chowder comes out top. Using the pot’s sauté mode, cook chopped bacon until crispy, then remove. Add garlic, onion and your corn kernels and sauté some more. Now in goes potatoes, water, stock and half of your cooked bacon bits. Pressure cook for 10 minutes, then let the pot pressure release for another five. Make a water/corn starch mix and when the pot is ready, whisk into the chowder and let to sit and simmer. Serve the thickened corn chowder with the rest of the bacon and a little chopped parsley.
9. Mushroom Risotto
Risotto on the hob may be a tad tricky, but in a pressure cooker, it’s a total breeze. For a pressure pot mushroom risotto, select the sauté function, then melt butter and olive oil for a few minutes. Add in plenty of diced mushrooms and cook for a little longer, before stirring in chopped onion and a sprig of rosemary.
Now pour in your risotto rice and coat in the butter mixture and a dash of white wine and simmer, before adding your chicken stock, give it a good old stir and then close and lock the lid. Set the timer for six minutes and high pressure for 10 – 15 minutes, using the venting knob a couple of times. Let the pressure release then stir the risotto until super creamy, season and stir in plenty of parmesan – BuonAppetito!
10. Baked Apples
To finish on a pudding (yes, your pressure cooker can do those too) we’ve selected a family favorite – baked apples. Deliciously flavored with cinnamon butter and brown sugar, they only take 15 or so minutes to make. You’ll need 1 ½ cups of water in the bottom of the pressure cooker and your apples need to be cored. Now scoop a mixture of butter, vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar and pecans into the apple holes until nice and full.
Place the apples on to a plan and place on the pressure cooker rack and seal the lid. Cook for up to 14 minutes (the longer the cooking, the softer the apple flesh). Once the timer is up, let the apples sit in the pot for about five minutes, then manually release the steam pressure. Remove the apples and serve with cream or vanilla ice cream for the ultimate pressure cooker dessert.
- 10 Delicious Pressure Cooker Recipes (+ the benefits of pressure cooking) – Thank You Body
- Pressure Cooker Recipes – The Food Network