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Easy pressure cooker recipes are shared here. Simple family friendly and inexpensive breakfast dinner and desserts made quickly.

Everything from pressure cooker chicken recipes to beef recipes and everything in between.

  • We have them to share with you plus instructional food videos to help you learn how to cook in your new multi function electric pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Recipes

You can use your Instant Pot recipes, Crockpot Express recipes or Ninja Foodi recipes to make all of these. Recipes are interchangeable so that’s helpful.

Since I provide step by step directions for each, you can be successful as a beginner or expert. From fresh to rock solid like making Instant Pot frozen roast it works great.

What is a Pressure Cooker

A pressure cooker is a kitchen appliance used for cooking food quickly by utilizing high pressure and steam. It consists of a sealed pot with a locking lid and a valve that controls the release of steam and pressure.

They work by trapping steam inside the pot, which raises the internal pressure, allowing food to cook faster and more efficiently. Electric versions no longer need a flame and are plugged in to work.

How a pressure cooker works

  1. The pot has a tight-fitting lid that forms a secure seal when locked in place. This seal prevents steam from escaping during cooking.
  2. When heat is applied to the pot, the liquid inside (usually water or broth) begins to boil and produce steam. As the steam builds up, it raises the pressure inside the pot.
  3. The increase in pressure also causes the temperature inside the pot to rise above the normal boiling point of water, typically reaching temperatures of around 250-260°F (121-127°C). This elevated temperature helps cook food faster.
  4. The high-pressure, high-temperature environment inside the cooker cooks food rapidly. This is particularly useful for dishes that typically require long cooking times, such as tough cuts of meat, legumes, and stews.
  5. Pressure Release – Once cooking is complete, valve can be depressurized in one of two ways:
    • Natural Release – When pressure is allowed to decrease naturally as the pot cools down. This method is often used for delicate foods or recipes that benefit from additional cooking time.
    • Quick Release – The valve on the lid is carefully opened to release steam rapidly. This is typically done when you want to stop the cooking process immediately or when cooking more time-sensitive ingredients.

These are available in various sizes and designs, including stovetop and electric models. Electric models, often referred to as “multi-cookers” or “instant pots,” have become increasingly popular for their convenience and versatility. They offer a range of cooking functions beyond this such as slow cooking, sautéing, and even rice cooking.

Benefits of using a pressure cooker

  • Faster cooking times, which can save both time and energy.
  • Improved flavor and tenderness of meats and other ingredients.
  • Retention of more nutrients in food due to shorter cooking durations.
  • Enhanced convenience for busy cooks.

These are excellent tools for preparing a wide variety of dishes, from hearty stews and soups to risotto, beans, and even desserts. However, they require proper usage and safety precautions.

As the high pressure and temperature can be potentially hazardous if not handled correctly. It’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines when using one.

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Stovetop or Instant Pot Meatball Stroganoff

Creamy meatball casserole in Instant Pot is the best family friendly dinner. Use frozen meatballs or homemade, can be made on the stove too. Grab a bag of egg noodles and make our sauce, toss together and serve as a one pot meal tonight. This is an easy way to make meatball stroganoff without cream …

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Easy Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Casserole

This easy Instant Pot chicken parmesan casserole is my kids all time favorite dinner! The classic dish you love made with pasta and cooked in just 10 minutes. I got the idea for this after making my Instant Pot spaghetti with jar sauce over and over again. Use your pressure cooker, Ninja Foodi or Crockpot …

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