The Modern Guide to Pressure Cooker Recipes

Pressure cooking has evolved from a simple stovetop vessel to high-tech, multi-function appliances like the Instant Pot. This cooking method reduces cooking times dramatically while retaining the flavors and nutrients in food. Dive into this modern guide and explore delicious recipes tailor-made for today’s pressure cookers.

Benefits of Pressure Cooking

  • Speed: Cook meals in a fraction of the time compared to traditional methods.
  • Nutrient Retention: Preserve more vitamins and minerals due to reduced cooking time.
  • Energy Efficiency: Use less energy compared to ovens and stovetops.
  • Versatility: From stews to yogurt, modern pressure cookers can handle a variety of dishes.

Getting Started: Basics Before Cooking

  • Water is Key: Pressure cookers need liquid to produce steam. Always add the required amount.
  • Don’t Overfill: For safety and even cooking, never fill the pot more than two-thirds full.
  • Natural vs. Quick Release: Understand when to let the cooker depressurize naturally or when to release steam manually.

1. Classic Beef Stew


  • 1 lb beef chunks
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 potatoes, diced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Salt, pepper, and herbs to taste


  1. Sauté beef chunks in the pressure cooker until browned.
  2. Add vegetables, broth, and seasonings.
  3. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes, then allow natural release.

2. Creamy Risotto


  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 2.5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Sauté onion in the cooker until translucent.
  2. Add rice, stirring until lightly toasted.
  3. Pour in wine, then broth, and season.
  4. Cook on high for 7 minutes and quick release.
  5. Stir in Parmesan cheese before serving.

3. Vegan Lentil Soup

Brown Ceramic Bowl With Brown Soup


  • 1 cup lentils
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Seasoning as desired


  1. Combine all ingredients in the cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 15 minutes and allow natural release.

4. Pressure Cooker Yogurt


  • 4 cups milk (whole or 2%)
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt (with live cultures)


  1. Heat milk in the cooker without the lid until it reaches about 180°F.
  2. Allow the milk to cool to about 110°F.
  3. Whisk in the yogurt starter.
  4. Use the ‘Yogurt’ setting on your pressure cooker (or equivalent) and ferment for 8 hours.

Final Remarks

Pressure cooking offers modern chefs a tool to craft delicious, nutritious, and quick meals. The versatility of modern pressure cookers means that with a single appliance, you can create an array of dishes, from savory mains to delightful desserts. Dive in and experiment!