14 Perfect Pressure Cooker Recipes
Put your Instant Pot to work with these easy pressure cooker recipes.
Slow cookers have been a household favorite for decades, but in recent years the slow cooker has had some tough competition from a new appliance on the block: the Instant Pot. Though stovetop pressure cookers have been around for years, electric pressure cookers have made cooking with pressure significantly safer, and they've also made it easier than ever to get dinner (or dessert!) on the table.
We've collected some of our favorite pressure cooker recipes here to help you get more use out of your Instant Pot or multi-cooker. From chicken to pasta to dessert, you're sure to find a reason to break out your pressure cooker.
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Pressure Cooker Dinner Recipes
- Salmon Tikka Masala
Enjoy a twist on traditional tikka masala with this Instant Pot Salmon Tikka Masala. Make this Indian classic in the Instant Pot helps make the preparation much simpler and pressure cooking also helps intensify the various flavors.
- Pad Thai Stir-Fry
You can make a version the Thailand classic in only about half an hour with the help of your pressure cooker. The best part is that you likely have most of the ingredients for this Pad Thai Stir-Fry on hand.
- Sindhi Biryani
Perfectly cooked rice is combined with tender lamb, dates, and almonds in this recipe for Sindhi Biryani. This dish is rich and full of flavor; it’s really nice for a special-occasion dinner.
- Speedy Sweet Potato Curry
This easy curry recipe is perfect for weeknights when you don't have any fresh or defrosted meat on hand. Plus, all the vegetarians in your house will love it! This Speedy Sweet Potato Curry comes together in less than 30 minutes.
- Pasta with Meat Sauce
Make a one-pot dinner recipe that's full of rich, deep flavors with this recipe for Pasta with Meat Sauce. This recipe requires a little more effort than boiling water and opening a jar of sauce, but the results are definitely worth it.
- American All-Beef Meat Loaf
Meatloaf is everyone's favorite comfort food, and this recipe for American All-Beef Meat Loaf helps cut the cooking time in half by utilizing the pressure cooker.
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Pressure Cooker Chicken Recipes
- Chicken Biryani
Chicken Biryani brings the sights and smells of India into your kitchen. If you like sweeter dishes you may consider blending a large tablespoon of sweet mango chutney in one cup of plain yogurt. There's something for everyone with this easy pressure cooker recipe!
- Chicken Cacciatore
Tender chicken combines with bell peppers and mushrooms in this rich, savory dish. For an even heartier meal, you can add pasta to the pressure cooker during the cooking process.
- Spanish Rice with Chicken and Sausage
Chicken and rice is about as simple a dinner as it gets, but this recipe for Spanish Rice with Chicken and Sausage pumps up the flavor with Spanish chorizo, spices, and roasted red peppers.
- Quick Chicken with Garlic, Tarragon, and Red Wine
This recipe for Quick Chicken, aka "Desperate Chicken", is the perfect recipe to make when you need to get dinner on the table for your family fast. Best of all, you really only need 4 ingredients to make it!
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Pressure Cooker Desserts
- Orange Cardamom Cheesecake
If you thought your Instant Pot was only useful for making savory dishes, think again! According to cookbook author Chandra Ram, "Cheesecake happens to be one of the best things you can make in an Instant Pot, since the best cheesecakes are cooked in a water bath anyway."
- Fig and Walnut Halwa
Walnuts, figs, and pistachios combine in this pressure cooker dessert recipe. Serve this Fig and Walnut Halwa with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an after dinner treat.
- Three Ingredient Honey Flans
Honey, milk, and eggs are the only ingredients required to make homemade flan in your pressure cooker. You can also replace the honey with maple syrup for a fun variation on this 3-ingredient dessert recipe.
- Arborio Rice Pudding with Rhubarb Strawberry Compote
Rice pudding is a vintage dessert that gets an upgrade with this pressure cooker dessert that uses Arborio rice. The result is a super creamy rice pudding that goes perfectly with homemade fruit compote.
Do you own an Instant Pot? Tell us your favorite thing to make in the comments below!