Pressure cookers have long been a favorite in American kitchens, and sales are on the upswing again, as evidenced by a surge during Amazon's recent Prime Day sales event. Pressure cookers cut cooking time exponentially, making dishes that would normally take hours of cooking on the stove top in mere minutes. Like slow cookers, pressure cookers have the added benefit of reducing cleanup time, with just one pot to wash. Pressure cookers' ability to infuse flavors and break down tough meats and veggies allows cooks to select inexpensive cuts of meat to make delicious and tender meals, leading to extra savings. Save time and money with these 13 pressure cooker recipes.
13 Delicious Pressure Cooker Recipes That Save Money and Time
Risotto is typically made by laboring over a stove, slowly adding ladlefuls of hot stock to a pot of rice that must be stirred continuously. But with the help of a pressure cooker, risotto becomes a convenience food -- simply add the ingredients to the container and lock the lid. The Kitchn features a risotto recipe that's ready in less than 20 minutes, and offers some useful tips on how to ensure the right consistency.
A simple homemade veggie broth can be made with saved scraps that would otherwise be thrown out, such as onion heads, extra garlic cloves, and ends of celery and carrots. But steer clear of cruciferous vegetables with high sulfur content, such as kale and cauliflower, which will produce a stinky soup. Scraps saved in a freezer bag for a week or two should be plenty to make a nice broth (of course, whole vegetables work too). Add the veggies to the pressure cooker, cover with water, and cook for 12 minutes. Increase cooking time for broths made from animal bones to allow the flavor and collagen to seep out of the bones.
Curried goat is a tasty Caribbean staple that traditionally takes long hours of cooking to break down the tough fibers of the rich but gamey meat. A recipe from CaribbeanPot.com cuts cooking time by three-fourths with the help of a pressure cooker, which also helps to infuse flavors. This method is especially good for traditional recipes that use bone-in goat, since cooking under pressure draws out flavor locked deep inside the bones.
The main goal of beef stew is to end up with chunks of tender beef. When using cheap cuts of meat, hours of slow cooking over low heat is typically required to make the meat juicy and tender. But Pressure Cook Recipes offers a quick and easy version that requires just 15 minutes of active cooking time and is ready to enjoy in less than two hours.
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A tasty and tangy potato salad recipe by The Veggie Queen is packed with healthy vegetables and lots of garlic. Ready in just minutes, this dish is tasty served warm right out of the pressure cooker, at room temperature, or chilled. It also takes the guesswork out of how long to cook potatoes and beans, which would likely require more than one pot and could result in a mushy mess.
Baking a cake in a pressure cooker might sound like an advanced technique, but it's actually easy once you try it out. A step-by-step guide from the recipe site Edible Garden is a helpful place to start, offering a simple recipe and tips that help ensure the right texture and cooking time, including preheating the pot and removing the rubber gasket.
A delightful vegan recipe from The Veggie Queen is a new twist on a classic beet salad. Rather than cook and peel the beets ahead of time, toss them skin-on, along with the other ingredients, into a pressure cooker. This method of cooking beets eliminates the need to peel them, and the vitamin-rich skin adds nutrition to the meal. Still, it's best to opt for young beets with thinner skins.
A Thai-inspired green curry from Serious Eats focuses on spices, including ginger, garlic, chilies, coriander, cumin, and green curry paste, most of which can be found at average supermarkets. Sweet kabocha squash and eggplant add texture as the ingredients break down into the sauce. Eliminating the chicken would result in a still-tasty dish suitable for vegetarians.
Applesauce isn't difficult to prepare, but making it in a pressure cooker simplifies the process even more. A no-fuss recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe is an ideal place to start when getting a feel for pressure cooking or breaking in a new model. Simply core and peel the apples and add them to the pot with some water, lemon juice, and sweetener.
The way the pressure cookers make beans creamy without long hours of cooking makes a soup that is even better than a typical stove-top recipe or one that uses canned beans. A versatile and easily adaptable recipe from Outpost Natural Foods, a Wisconsin co-op, provides the base and suggested aromatics such as bacon and cumin. Using dried beans rather than canned beans also reduces the price of the final dish, adding up to extra savings on an already inexpensive ingredient.
A traditional chile con carne recipe from the blog This Old Gal makes good use of the pressure cooker to reduce the bulk of the cooking time to 20 minutes, rather than hours. The natural release method used in the recipe allows the contents to continue cooking even after the unit is turned off.
Making homemade condiments is a breeze with a pressure cooker. Try an easy berry jam from Australia's Pressure Cooker Centre, which is similar to stove-top jam recipes but with the benefit of considerably reduced cooking time. What's more, chefs can focus their attention on other menu items while the jam cooks.
A spicy combination of vegetables, sausage, and rice, this one-pot meal produces perfectly cooked rice granules in a saucy blend of spices. The chicken livers in a recipe from Hip Pressure Cooking give the dish a distinct, authentic flavor, although they can be omitted. To ensure proper cooking time, be sure to use long-grain rice, which holds up better than short-grain varieties.