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Best Pressure Cooker Recipes

Updated on February 6, 2014

Best Pressure Cooker Recipes

Are you looking for the best pressure cooker recipes to put together a quick and easy dinner? Pressure cookers are great for many foods that are braised or simmered for long periods of time. They cook faster than other methods and provide the same flavorful result.

One of my favorite pressure cooker recipes is a simple pressure cooker pot roast. While I regularly make pot roast in the slow cooker, the pressure cooker is great for when I don't have all day to let the food braise! Keep reading for an easy pressure cooker pot roast recipe and links to some of the best pressure cooker recipes from around the internet!

Featured Image: Kuhn Rikon 7.4-Quart Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker

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Top of the Line Pressure Cookers

If you don't have a pressure cooker yet, what are you waiting for? By building up pressure inside a sealed lid, a pressure cooker can actually cook food faster than a traditional pot. With the best, top-of-the-line pressure cooker, you can make the best recipes.

Over the years, safety features have steadily gotten better. This isn't the same pressure cooker that your grandmother had (which was probably a little bit dangerous!) Modern pressure cookers are designed with plenty of safety features to ensure that cooking dinner is easy and safe. No need to be afriad!

Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Stainless-Steel Saucepan Pressure Cooker - 5.3-Qt
Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Stainless-Steel Saucepan Pressure Cooker - 5.3-Qt

The Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker is top of the line. It is a little over five quarts and features a saucepan-style design. If you are into canning, this pressure cooker holds up to eight 1/2-pint or four 1-pint jars for pressure canning.


Pot roast is one of the simplest things to make in the pressure cooker, so I often recommend it as a first recipe. There are infinite additions and substitutions that you can make to find a flavor that you find perfect. Start with this super-simple recipe and add any vegetables or herbs you have on hand! Carrots, potatoes, celery, parsnips, and other hearty vegetables are great with pot roast.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 6


  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 to 4 pound chuck or round roast
  • 1 24 -oz jar of your favorite tomato sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic - peeled and minced
  • 1/2 sweet white onion - roughly chopped
  • Salt and cracked black pepper


  1. 1) Heat the oil in a 5-quart or larger pressure cooker over medium-high heat.
  2. 2) Season the roast generously with salt and black pepper.
  3. 3) Brown the roast for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until a dark brown crust has formed.
  4. 4) Remove the roast and set aside. Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions to the pot.
  5. 5) Stir until the onions have softened.
  6. 6) Add the garlic, tomato sauce, and roast to the pot.
  7. 7) Close the lid and bring to pressure according to the directions for your cooker.
  8. 8) Continue cooking for approximately 45 minutes at 15 pounds of pressure (high).
  9. 9) Remove from heat and allow the cooker to begin to cool before releasing pressure according to your cooker's specifications.
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Cookbooks Featuring Pressure Cooker Recipes

Still looking for more ideas of dishes to make in your pressure cooker? There are tons of cookbooks that specialize in pressure cooker recipes. Take a look at this selection for inspiration!

Pressure Cooker Recipes from the Food Network

The Food Network chefs are a great source of specialty recipes. This collection of five great pressure cooker recipes is diverse - from chili to risotto to curried goat! Alton Brown is my all-time favorite Food Network Chef, and this list features his pressure cooker chili. However, many of the other chefs have created recipes here as well!

Videos on How to Use a Pressure Cooker

Are you intimidated by pressure cooker recipes because you've never used one before? Don't be! Each pressure cooker comes with detailed instructions, plus there are plenty of videos available online to help you visualize how to use one.

Pressure Cooker Recipes from Around the Internet

Still haven't quite found the perfect recipe for dinner? Why not try one of these pressure cooker ideas!

Budget Pressure Cookers

One of the great things about most kitchen tools is that there are good choices available in nearly every price range. If you can't afford the Kuhn Rikon cooker (or don't want to shell out that much money before you are sure you will use it), try this Presto Pressure Cooker. The smaller 4-quart size makes it a great introductory pressure cooker.

What's your favorite pressure cooker recipe? Do you use it often or does it sit in the cabinet? Share your thoughts here!

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    • Heidi Vincent profile image

      Heidi Vincent 

      6 years ago from GRENADA

      It's a life saver! I use it nearly always, especially when I have to cook some type of peas. My favourite pressure cooker recipe is rice and pigeon peas

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      6 years ago

      We have a pressure cooker, but we don't use it that often. Maybe we don't have enough recipe. Great share!

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      6 years ago

      We used to cook meat on pressure cooker..

    • Blackspaniel1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      6 years ago

      I've always been interested in trying a pressure cooker... but I'm afraid of explosion. You've given me the confidence to try one. Thanks!


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