Pressure Cooker Recipe Websites: Summary

So far, I have covered seven web sites of pressure cooker recipes. Each post was fairly long, as I was using the posts to study my topic: pressure cooking in an electric pressure cooker. I have learned a lot, and I have a good list of recipes to try. As I stretch out to more sites on the internet, I’m finding a lot of repetition in the recipes. But often, in each collection, there are a few gems. As to learning pressure cooking techniques? Time to “take it to the kitchen” and practice, practice, practice.

This current post will now be the only bookmark I need to access all of the web sites I like for pressure cooker recipes. The content of this current post will change as I find and add in more sites.

These are the sites I have covered so far:

  1. Serious Eats and my blog post on Serious Eats
  2. and my blog post on
  3. Pressure Cooking Today and my blog post on Pressure Cooking Today
  4. The Kitchn and my blog post on The Kitchn
  5. Instant Pot® and my blog post on Instant Pot®
  6. Peggy Under Pressure and my blog post on Peggy Under Pressure
  7. Genius Kitchen and my blog post on Genius Kitchen

More sites, as I find them:

Skinny Taste

The author of the site, Gina Homolka, is the author of several Skinny Taste cook books. I like her cooking philosophy: “eat seasonal, clean, whole foods and maintain good portion control” and her life philosophy: “exercise + a well balanced diet + good sleep = a happy life”. I also like the organization of the web site because each recipe has an associated diet-type icon, for instance, low-carb, keto, kid friendly, whole 30, freezer friendly, etc. And the dishes are interesting, like Morrocan meatballs and shredded harissa chicken. Often a recipe has both slow cooker and pressure cooker directions.

Amy plus Jacky

This is a growing collection of recipes for the Instant Pot. The recipe section that first caught my eye is “Instant Pot Chinese Takeout Recipes”. Oh wow! Shumai! These are little dumplings that I have been making for years, although I spell it “Shui-Mai”. They only take 3 minutes in the pressure cooker. Hopefully my bamboo steaming racks will fit in my cooker (they do!). General Tso’s chicken wrap has great flavorings and could adapt easily to a low-carb meal. And for pot roasts, a question I’ve had to consider: “It’s so confusing! How long should we cook pot roast in the pressure cooker? 20 minutes, 45 minutes, 75 minutes, 90 minutes, or ??? Let’s discover the BEST Pot Roast cooking time through this pressure cooker experiment!”. Definitely a site to keep an eye on.

Brit + Co pressure cooker recipes

Brit + Co is a media company that “inspires, educates and entertains real women with a creative spirit”. Most of the site is about everything but food. However, the section on pressure cooker recipes, inspired by the current “rage” in popularity of instant pots, has some good recipe ideas. For instance, I like the recipe for steal cut oats with carrots and spices. I’ll explore the page on how to cook artichokes. The recipes are not located on-site, instead they are links to on other sites, some of which I have already reviewed. So, the link above is not only a source of ideas, but a source of other sites that have pressure cooker recipes.

Taste of Home

Taste of Home is a commercial and a community site. They publish a magazine and books, but also accept user-contributed recipes. It takes a long time for the main page to load in (even with a fast connection!), and the “about us” is at the very bottom of that page. So here is a convenient link to what Taste of Home is all about. The section on pressure cookers touts 100 recipes. Some of the recipes strike me as “why cook that in a pressure cooker?” Especially breakfast french toast or waffle bake and dessert cakes or anything that takes less than 30 minutes on the stove top. It’s like these recipes are written for a young adult living in a kitchen that does not have a stove and they have to use an instant pot to cook everything. (I have had this same thought at several other sites.) The recipes interesting to me are Sweet and Sour Pork (boneless pork loin, 10 minutes quick release), Nutty Apple Butter (a good use for apples on the wane, peanut butter, 8 minutes in the pressure cooker vs my recipe that takes10 hours in a slow cooker), Apple Cranberry Grains (wheat berries and quinoa), and Pork Pozole (boneless pork ribs, canned hominy added after 20 minutes for another 5 minutes).

Real House Moms

Real House Moms is a site written by people like you and me, with a professional interface, a newsletter, lots of recipes, ideas for do-it-yourself, parenting issue discussions, and more. Aubrey is the main author, with a host of contributors: “Real Housemoms started as a way to share recipes with friends, now I just have a lot more friends!” Bloggers and others can apply to be a member of the RH team of contributors. The pressure cooker section has 25 recipes. I might try the French dip sandwiches, Korean beef, chicken and rice, and chicken faux pho (a paleo Vietnamese chicken dish).

Hip Cooking Pressure Cooking

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Pressure Cooker recipes: Genius Kitchen

My bookmark for Genius Kitchen has in the url “” as the domain name. Now it redirects to “”. Hey, what happened! I find out on the site:

You’ve probably noticed that looks a little different. The site officially transitioned into our new Genius Kitchen experience in 2017, but don’t worry, everything you love about is still available on Genius Kitchen, including your favorite recipes.”

I am one of the many cooks who accessed, starting in about 1999. Sometimes because I knew the site had many recipes, sometimes because I was searching for how to cook something and that site popped up in the search results. “Genius Kitchen” is a better name, it has more character! I learn on Wikipedia that it is now part of the Discovery Inc. portfolio. Discovery Inc. operates “factual television” networks, including the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Food Network, and the Travel Channel.

Genius Kitchen joins home and professional cooks into a cooking community. There are tons of recipes – and over half a million are user generated! It has videos of food preparation, and delightful “shows” like Carnivorous with Courtney Rada. Genius Kitchen features a “community-inspired activity feed that allows users to add reviews, tweaks, questions and photos, breaking food news”. With apps and social media support, you can access the recipes you have saved from wherever you are.

The site has ads. Oh well.

I truly appreciate the site map for navigation, which makes it simple to find specific topics.

Genius Kitchen Pressure Cooker Recipes

When you do a search using “pressure cooker”, you get a whole page of recipes with a photo and title and link; you can narrow search for “pressure cooker chicken” and come up with a handle-able number of recipes that are, indeed, only for pressure cooker chicken (on one site I use, “pressure cooker chicken” will pull up some recipes that are chicken cooked conventionally). At the time I accessed this page, there were143 results.

The recipes below are ones I’d like to try, or simply examples of the type of recipe one can find on the site. There is a print function for each recipe that I can use to save it as a pdf.

Frozen-To-Fabulous 30 Minute Pressure Cooker Chicken and Mushrooms This is the recipe that I saved as my original bookmark for the site. It calls for frozen chicken thighs and a 20 minute, quick release cooking method. It calls for two cans of mushroom soup! I usually just keep one such can in my pantry. (The Kitchn has a recipe for 30-Minute Pressure-Cooker Cacciatore Chicken that calls for frozen chicken drumsticks.)

Pressure Cooker Chicago Steak Roll Ups These use round steak, a cut that is often cheap and often livery tasty. They might do well in the pressure cooker, though. I would probably stuff them with something other than the suggested butternut squash.

Chicken and Dumplings I love chicken and dumplings, and have several recipes for this treat – but not a pressure cooker one.This recipe calls for bone-in, skinless chicken breasts.

Pressure Cooker Hungarian Chicken I like the seasonings in this dish, but the pressure cooking is a bit unusual. First, you cook on high pressure for 5 minutes, then on low pressure for 7 minutes. (Recall: most recipes on this site are user-contributed, so there is less consistency in recipe instructions.)

Lamb Shanks With Garlic and Port Wine The title says it all! Lamb, garlic, and wine go well together.

Giant Instant-Pot Pancakes Why would anyone do this? Pancakes are so simple on the stove. And this giant pancake looks more like a cake – and takes 40 minutes to prepare! Oh well, someone would probably like it.

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Pressure Cooker recipes: Peggy Under Pressure

I bookmarked this site, but forget which recipe led me there. This site is a blog by a woman who got excited about electric pressure cookers in 2009. It doesn’t look like she is updating the site very often (or at all) here in 2018, still, there are a few recipes that I’d like to try. (There are a few sponsored links but no irritating ads.)

I got a kick out of reading her “About Peggy and Me” page. It begins: “I brought home a digital electric pressure cooker sometime in 2009. And I’ve been obsessed with it since. Come on, I even gave it a name! I named her Peggy!!! Yes, it’s a she!!!”

The author goes on to say how she used to be afraid of pressure cookers. And how much she hated that constant rattling of the valve on older pressure cookers. Electric pressure cookers are quiet – except “the part where I turn the valve to exhaust the hot pressure, that’s my favorite part! Choo-choo!!!”. I agree with her on all points.

She writes a good blog – it is worth a visit. The recipes I’d like to try are below.

Peggy Under Pressure

Italian Sausage Three Bean Chili. She made this chili to go with a grilled cheese sandwich.The chili recipe calls for dry, non-pre-soaked pinto, kidney, and black beans, with a cooking time of 75 minutes, quick release (sounds too long to me). She added a comment that you can use canned beans and only cook the chili 15-20 minutes. I’d like to try this because of the rest of the ingredients: Italian sausage, onions, celery, corn, serrano chilies, garlic, basil, oregano, can of beer, chicken stock, tomatoes, and tomato sauce. I’d probably pre-soak the beans and cook for maybe 20-30 minutes, slow-release.

Mexican Pork Posole. This recipe calls for hominy (canned), poblanos, fresh hot green peppers, onions, Mexican oregano, enchilada sauce, and pork (or chicken breast). It cooks a whole hour, I think canned hominy would stand up to this long cooking time. (I once tried to cook dry hominy, pre-soaked, but it takes forever to cook, so I assume the author used canned hominy.) The pork is “rump meat”, but my handy inexpensive pork loin would probably work. (I consulted a couple of my references, and an hour seems too long to pressure cook pork in 1 1/2 inch cubes.)

Chicken Parmigiana Italia. This looks like a great recipe for boneless chicken breasts! I make a similar stove-top dish, but the chicken is sometimes dry. Her words: “It makes chicken breasts unbelievable soft, juicy and tender without running the risk of it becoming dry and flavorless”. We have discovered the same thing – that the pressure cooker makes chicken moist and tender, and never dry. For Chicken Parmigiana Italia, the chicken breasts are coated with a flour mixture and browned in a pan, then pressure-cooked in marinara sauce (and cheese) for 8-10 minutes, slow release.

Coconut Rice Pudding. I know I’d love this, but it makes a ton and I doubt my dining partner would like it. Plus it has tons of calories. I can save this as a “dream” recipe. Here are the ingredients: arborio rice, coconut milk, almond milk, cinnamon sticks, cloves, a vanilla bean, orange zest strips, and sweetened condensed milk. Just 15 minutes under pressure and you have dessert!

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Pressure Cooker recipes: Instant Pot®

Note the “®” in the link above: this site is written by the makers of the Instant Pot® – this is a commercial web site. What is nice about this fact is that there are no little annoying video ads from other businesses. The site has good information on how to use a pressure cooker and lots of recipes.

I like the “about Instant Brands, Inc.” section of this web site – it is friendly and casual. Instant Brands Inc. was founded in 2009 by a team of Canadian technology veterans. Now they have added more appliances to their line: an immersion circulator sous vide, blenders, and multicookers without pressure. Sous vide interests me as a scientific experiment. It reminds me of the constant temperature water baths I used in a lab. Just think, I could put a steak in a plastic bag in one of those laboratory water baths set at 49˚ C for a day or two and see what happens. Hey, the Instant Pot Sous Vide circulator is less than a hundred dollars! Guess I could try one someday.

An instant pot is a multi-cooker: a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, warmer, and sometimes more, such as canning/sterilization and yogurt. The control panel for an instant pot contains all of those functions, plus settings for each. One version of Instant Pot has blue tooth capabilities. I do not have an instant pot, I have an electric pressure cooker. It has only six functions: low pressure, high pressure, brown,  saute, simmer, and warm. Still, I can do about everything in my electric pressure cooker that I could do in an Instant Pot, except for canning/sterilizing and making yogurt.

Instant Pot® is a brand name, but several other manufacturers make appliances that have similar multi-functions. Often, these multi-functioned appliances are also referred to as “instant pots”. I advise anyone interested in purchasing a multicooker to read online reviews. I haven’t used an Instant Pot®, so I can’t contrast/compare them with my electric pressure cooker. I have set up multicookers at our Lyons Gardening Club Chile Cook-off, and the control panels can be confusing to a non-owner.

I am not likely to purchase an instant pot. I already have a rice cooker as a stand alone appliance. If I want to cook rice and a stew or beans at the same time, I am glad I have both appliances. Instant pots also function as a slow cooker, again, I already own a slow cooker.

I clicked on the Instant Pot® “resources” section. I find a good description on how to get started with an electric pressure cooker. The “initial test run, water test” caught my eye. To familiarize a novice with an electric pressure cooker, they suggest making a trial run with just water: put 3 cups of water in your pressure cooker and run for 2 minutes, then use quick or natural release. This test allows the new user to figure out exactly how to use the device, what to expect, and make sure they have it set up correctly.

The site has other useful sections, such as terminology, how a pressure cooker works, glossary of terms, and downloadable recipe booklets, and downloadable cooking time tables.

All in all, Instant Pot® is an informative site that is easy to navigate.

Instant Pot®

The link above takes you to the recipe section of the site. It has a convenient search function on the very first page. You have the option to enter up to 4 search fields at one time: meal (breakfast, lunch, etc.), cuisine, diet, and recipe (any term you want). Be aware that this will pull up recipes for devices other than a pressure cooker, for instance, a blender. Besides the search option, there are photos of dishes that you can browse through and click to find the recipe. There are 24 recipe photos per page and 28 pages, so that’s 672 recipes! The recipes are largely modern American in style, and often call for convenience or branded products, such as Progresso™ beef broth, Frank’s RedHot® Cayenne Pepper Sauce, Old El Paso™ chicken taco seasoning mix, frozen hash browns, etc.

Chicken and Dumplings drew my attention, until I read all of the ingredients – I don’t like refrigerator biscuits. The recipe pressure cooks the chicken, vegetable and broth mixture a mere 2 minutes (quick release). Then, the biscuits are added. If I made this dish, I would make my own biscuits.

Tuscan Chicken and Rice cooks for 10 minutes, natural release for 5 minutes, then quick release. The ingredients include boneless chicken thighs, basil pesto, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and white rice. The rice is cooked with all the other ingredients under pressure.

Pepperoncini Beef Roast calls for boneless beef chuck roast, pepperoncini peppers, ranch dressing mix, and au jus gravy mix. It’s a 45 minute pressure cook, 10 minutes slow release, then quick release. This recipe illustrates the reliance of convenience foods in many of the recipes on this site. I do like the idea of pepperoncinis and beef in a stew, so if I try this recipe, I’ll modify the ranch dressing and au jus gravy mixes.

Cheesy Chicken Taco Soup is a Pillsbury recipe. The ingredients include boneless chicken breasts, black beans, corn, salsa, cheese, and cilantro.

There are also lots of recipes for desserts.

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Pressure Cooker recipes: Kitchn

Who or what is The Kitchn? “The Kitchn is a website founded in 2005 by Maxwell Ryan and Sara Kate Gillingham”. The Kitchn describes itself as “a daily food magazine on the Web celebrating life in the kitchen through home cooking and kitchen intelligence.” Currently the Kitchn is “written by a small, steady team of freelance writers”. They do not accept recipes from unsolicited freelance submissions (people like you and me). This gives a professional consistency to the site (and the recipes).

I enjoy the site. It is an excellent reference for pressure cooker recipes. (Yes, there are ads. Oh well.)

I found the Kitchn page titled “23 Cooking Lessons and Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker” a couple years ago. This list shows the breadth of coverage for pressure cooking on the site

  1. Chicken Stock
  2. Potatoes
  3. Beans
  4. Lentils
  5. Steel Cut Oatmeal
  6. Rice
  7. Chicken Tikka Masala
  8. Meatloaf
  9. Chicken Curry
  10. Potato Risotto
  11. Sweet and Spicy Braised Cabbage
  12. Ethiopian-style Spinach and Lentil Soup
  13. Beef and Porcini Mushroom Stew
  14. Rice Pudding
  15. 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking Eggs in the Pressure Cooker
  16. The Simple Trick That Makes Meat Cooked in the Pressure Cooker Even Better
  17. 5 Times the Pressure Cooker Saved Monday Morning
  18. You Made These 4 Things in Your Pressure Cooker — Now Use Them for Breakfast
  19. Electric or Stovetop Pressure Cooker: Which Is Right for Me?
  20. What’s the Difference Between Natural Release and Rapid Release for Pressure Cookers?
  21. 4 Simple Tips for Converting a Slow-Cooker Recipe to a Pressure Cooker
  22. 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Using an Electric Pressure Cooker
  23. Stainless Steel vs. Aluminum vs. Nonstick: Which Pressure Cooker Material Is Right for You?

The Kitchn pressure cooking section is a great reference. I am currently studying how to cook white beans in the pressure cooker, consulting #3 in the list above as well as other references, and will provide a link when my new post is completed.

(There are even tutorials and recipes, 50-plus, at this link.)

The Kitchn

To find all of the pressure cooker recipes on this site, go to the Kitchn and enter “pressure cooker” as the search term. Or, click on this link. At the time of writing this post, 134 pressure cooker recipes or articles showed up.

Below are some I’d like to try, or that are just interesting!

Instant Pot Weeknight Chicken and Rice Burrito Bowls This recipe calls for boneless chicken thighs, to which you add black beans, white rice, salsa, corn, onions and spices. Ten minutes quick release. Serve in bowls with cheese and cilantro. My only complaint is that I like to use brown rice – for better nutrition. Brown rice might take too long to cook in this chicken and rice dish, so the chicken and beans might get mushy.

30-Minute Pressure-Cooker Cacciatore Chicken You can start with frozen bone-in chicken drumsticks, add stock and tomatoes and spices, and have dinner ready in 30 minutes. It takes only 5 minutes less time if you use fresh chicken drumsticks. I see this as a good reason to keep frozen chicken drumsticks in the freezer! And the seasonings could be changed to adapt it to a lot of other recipes.

Vanilla Extract Never would have thought of making vanilla extract in the pressure cooker!

Chili Someday I’ll try making chili in the pressure cooker. This recipe calls for hamburger and overnight-soaked dry kidney beans. The total prep and cooking time is about an hour.

Barbacoa is a shredded beef dish made with chipotle chiles in adobe sauce. The article includes a link to a recipe for pink pickled onions.

Kacchi Lamb Dum Biryani is a dish made with lamb chunks, basmati rice, yogurt, lots of spices and garnishes. It is a hyderabadi-style dish and is often cooked during Ramadan. Hyderabadi cuisine is an amalgamation of Asian, Turkish, and Arabic cuisines.

Potato Risotto with potatoes, arborio rice, onions, and thyme.