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The Best Pressure Cooker

October 02, 2017

Pressure cookers have long been staples in South and East Asian kitchens- by cooking at a higher pressure you can reduce cooking time on recipes that normally take a long time— beans and tough meats are both great candidates for pressure cooking.

I’ve used both electric versions and stovetop versions and they’re both great. I ultimately recommend the Instant Pot, which is good for both Slow Cooker and Pressure Cooker recipes, because it is a great space saver.

In my opinion, having used both this and a stovetop pressure cooker, an electric option like this is the best option because it provides multiple other useful function and is generally much easier to bring up to pressure and depressurize quickly.


Recipes that require a Pressure Cooker:

Pasta with Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

March 12, 2019

This is a recipe adapted from Eugenia Bone’s Pasta with Chicken Confit and Brussels Sprouts. Unlike her recipe which calls for preparing…

Oeufs en Cocotte (Coddled Eggs)

March 02, 2019

I’ve always been a fan of the delicate texture of Oeufs en Cocotte (Eggs gently cooked in a ramekin) but I’ve always struggled to get the…

Creamy Tortellini Chicken Soup

February 28, 2019

This is a nearly infamous soup on the slowcooking subreddit, originally attributed to a blog called 365 days of slow cooking- it’s a simple…

Chicken Stock

February 10, 2019

Making chicken stock in the pressure cooker is a great way to minimize food waste. You can save leftover bones from your chicken dinners in…

Short Rib Rendang

February 01, 2019

Savory Egg Custard

December 10, 2018

This is a savory, comforting, creamy egg custard with cheese and garlic. I like to use some of the techniques from Japanese Chawan Mushi to…

Beer-braised Instant Pot Ribs

December 05, 2018

Beer braised ribs are made super quick with the use of a pressure cooker. After just 20 minutes of pressure cooking, the meat should be…

Farikal

September 30, 2018

Fårikål is the national dish of Norway, and is a very simple braised lamb dish served over cabbage. The seasoning is mostly from the whole…

Instant Pot Molten Chocolate Cake

September 23, 2018

Molten chocolate cake was made famous at french restaurants like Jean Georges- they are characterized by a firm exterior with a gooey…

How to cook Brown Rice in an Instant Pot

September 22, 2018

Even though the Instant Pot has a “Rice” function, it is not suitable for brown rice as it cooks at a lower temperature setting. I use these…

Char Siu (Chinese Barbecue Pork)

July 17, 2018

Char Siu barbecued pork is a staple of chinese cooking. You can eat it as an appetizer or as a component in a noodle or fried rice dish.

Instant Pot Meatball Congee

May 29, 2018

I like to make this meatball congee for a homestyle, easy to make meal that is great when it’s cold out or when you’re feeling under the…

Barley Soup

February 11, 2018

When I have leftover chicken or turkey bones, either after Thanksgiving, or after ordering rotisserie chicken, I love to make this hearty…

Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Stew

January 22, 2018

This is a quick meal that doesn’t require a lot of prep and can be easily prepared and cooked in about an hour, so it’s a great option for a…

White Chicken Chili

December 28, 2017

I love this recipe because it is simple, comforting, and builds a really rich, complex flavor with a small set of ingredients and a very…

Instant Pot Lamb Stew with Root Vegetables

December 01, 2017

This is a rustic french lamb stew that I like to make with large chunks of root vegetables. It’s hearty enough that it can be served as a…

Dan Bauk Chicken and Rice

November 29, 2017

The Burmese dish Dan Bauk is very similar to the Indian Biriyani. While the chicken curry and rice are normally prepared separately and…

Instant Pot Beef Stew

May 07, 2017

This is a hearty beef stew that doesn’t require a lot of prep work. Using a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot cuts the cooking time in…


Will Chiong

Written by Will Chiong who lives and works in New York building useful things.

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