Top 3 Pressure Cooker Recipes to Try Out

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A pressure cooker makes cooking easier. It enables you to cook food faster, tender and preserves the food’s nutrients. With the best pressure cooker on the market like the instant pot, preparing a healthy hearty meal becomes natural. However to produce excellent results you have to follow through pressure cooking recipes. 

Top 3 pressure cooker recipes to Try out

Below are easy pressure cooker recipes that don’t require any special skills to prepare. Make these to your family or friends and watch how they gulp and lick food to the last remains on the dish.  

1. Simple BBQ pressure cooker ribs

You need only 40mins from preparation to the full cooking time for this recipe. Moreover, it doesn’t require many ingredients. 

Ingredients

  • 1rack of baby back ribs
  • Fine crushed Black pepper
  • ¼ cup of BBQ sauce ( use your favorite brand)
  • Salt
  • 1 cup of cold water

Step by Step Guide

Preparation and seasoning

Using a paper towel, carefully remove the thin covering from the ribs back. Next, spice the ribs using fine black pepper and salt.

Pressure cooking the baby back ribs

Add the cup of water into the pressure cooker. Position the trivet rightly and rest the ribs on top of the stand. 

Shut the lid and then position the venting knob to seal the setting. Cook for about 16 to 25 minutes at high pressure, including the duration for the natural release of build up pressure. However, you can adjust the timing depending on how tender you want the baby back rib to feel.

When you are done, open the lid with caution.

Preheat the oven

While you are waiting for the rib to tender cook in the pressure cooker, let the oven preheat to about 450 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Spread your favorite BBQ sauce all over the baby back rib, including the bones. Load the bones onto the oven tray. Put the tray into the oven for about 15 minutes. 

After the 15 minutes, remove and serve together with your food.

And that does it. Your baby back rib is ready. This yields a serving of 2 to 4. 

2. Chicken Breasts

Well if you don’t enjoy the above baby back ribs, then here is one of my best pressure cooker recipes chicken breasts. It’s so easy to prepare yet the result is mouthwatering.

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1 ½ cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon of paprika
  • ¾ Italian seasoning

Step by step guide

Empty the chicken broth into a pressure cooker then add chicken breasts. No need to use the trivet.

Mix the kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and Italian seasoning in a bowl. Then scatter the mixture over the chicken breasts on the pressure cooker.

After seasoning with the above ingredients, add the butter too. 

Replace the lid and set the valve to sealing position. Depending on the pressure cooker model you have, set the time to 8 minutes or manually time the pressure cooker for that same duration. However, note that it will require about 10 minutes to build pressure. So take your timing after the cooker has built the pressure

That may take about 15 minutes for frozen chicken otherwise fresh chicken requires only 10 minutes. After the countdown, allow the pressure to release naturally.

Open the pressure cooker lid, take out the cooked chicken and wait for 5 minutes before you begin slicing

Pro tip

If you desire the outcome to be firm and simple to dice, then cook for 10 minutes then make use of quick release to prevent the chicken from being over tender. On the other hand, if you want the tender soft chicken that you can easily shred with a fork, then cook for 15 minutes. After this, allow the natural release of pressure for five minutes. 

3. Pressure Cooker Pork Roast

When you have the best pressure cooker in the world, you can cook almost anything. For example here is the recipe on how to prepare a tender and flavorful pork roast.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of pork shoulder
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped into large chunks
  • 8 roughly chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 minced cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • 2 carrots, chunked into large pieces
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 cup of unsalted chicken stock 
  • 2 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon of cold water
  • 2 splash of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves

Step by step guide

Press the sauté button on the pressure cooker and fine-tune the button to reflect the sauté more settings. Give the pressure cooker time to preheat until it displays hot

Spice the pork shoulder by sprinkling the fine pepper and kosher salt on to it generously. Pour a tablespoon of olive oil and spread it to cover the bottom of the pot entirely.  

Load the spiced pork shoulder onto the pan. Brown the pork by letting it rest on the pan for 5 minutes then turn the other side.

When both sides are done remove and rest it on the chopping board for about 5 minutes.

Sautéing the mushroom

Pour 2 tablespoon of unsalted butter into the pressure cooker. Next, add the chopped cremini mushrooms. Spice with a pinch of salt and fine black pepper. Stir gently so as to form a coat on the mushroom. That should be about 10 minutes. 

Preparing the pork

Meanwhile, as the mushroom continues to cook in the pressure cooker, chop and slice the pork shoulder into 0.5’ thick pieces.

Sautéing garlic and carrots

Pour the minced garlic into the pressure cooker and sauté for about 20 seconds. Next, add the carrots and 2 bay leaves then continue sautéing for the next 2 minutes.

Deglazing instant pot pressure cooker

Add a splash of the balsamic vinegar and then completely deglaze with the help of a wooden spoon. Mix the cup of unsalted chicken stock and soy sauce. 

Pressure cooking the pork roast

Pick up the sliced pork shoulder together with its juices and add to the pot. Then settle a layer of potato pieces on top. 

Close the lid, and return the venting knob to a sealing location. 

Cook the food at high pressure for a period of 5 minutes. Then switch off the heat, and allow for 10 minutes natural release.

Open the lid cautiously then transfer the carrots, potatoes and pork roast slices onto a separate serving plate.

Combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of cold water to form a mixture

Add the mixture bit by bit to the gravy until you achieve the preferred thickness. 

Return the contents of the serving plate to the pressure cooker pot and gravy coat by stirring gently. Serve alongside your favorite dish or eat it as it is. 

Conclusion

How many of the above healthy pressure cooker recipes have you tried? Why not prepare one of them as a surprise gift to your family or friends in your next coming get-together? To be the best cook, you need to have the best pressure cooker on the market out there. Then you will be amazed at how each meal turns into a celebration!

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