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    The 35 BEST Pressure Cooker Recipes

    Are you looking for quick, easy and flavorful meals? Look no further! These Pressure Cooker Recipes are your answer to delicious homemade dinners in record time.

    Whether your family’s favorite dish is chili, pulled pork or a hearty stew, making it in a pressure cooker, can cut cooking times by up to 75%, without sacrificing flavor. These modern electric pressure cookers make these recipes really simple. So, anyone can make awesome dishes easily, whether you’re a cooking expert or just starting out in the kitchen.

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    How do Pressure Cookers Work?

    Pressure cookers work by trapping steam inside the pot and increasing the pressure inside, which raises the boiling point of water. This allows for faster cooking times as well as preserving moisture in foods, resulting in tender and flavorful dishes.

    Pressure cookers use a sealed lid to trap steam and increase pressure, they also feature a valve that releases excess steam when necessary. The cooker uses this trapped steam to cook food faster than other methods.

    Pressure cooking can save up to 75% of the energy and time compared to traditional cooking methods, while still preserving the flavor, texture, and nutrients of ingredients.

    Pressure Cooker Recipes:

    1. Pressure Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

    A tasty way to start off this list, here is one of our own GypsyPlate recipes! This is a great chicken recipe that will have your mouth watering as soon as the aromas hit the air!

    This is a Hawaiian inspired pineapple chicken recipe, and it is a great option if you want a super easy and delicious dinner!

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    2. Dal Tadka

    Here is one I grew up on, Dal Tadka!

    Dal, or curried yellow lentils, is a staple in every Indian household. There are countless varieties. This is one of the most popular, it is always found in any Indian restaurant.

    Serve it with rice or naan bread for a hearty meatless dinner.

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    3. Pressure Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

    Who doesn’t love a comforting bowl of chicken noodle soup? This pressure cooker version makes this classic comfort food come together in no time!

    It’ll be one of your favorite pressure cooker recipes!

    Get the Recipe @ thekitchn

    4. Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

    Need a hearty Beef Stew but don’t have much time? Let your pressure cooker do the work!

    This recipe is ready in under an hour and tastes just as delicious as traditional methods. Get a flavorful meal in no time!

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    5. Pressure Cooker Spaghetti

    Indulge in the delightful classic dish of spaghetti, effortlessly prepared in the convenience of your pressure cooker!

    With this method, the pasta cooks perfectly within the cooker itself, eliminating the need for additional dishes. Enjoy the simplicity and deliciousness, all in one pot!

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    6. Pressure Cooker Pot Roast

    Pot Roast, the classic one pot meal with meat, veggies and potatoes all braising together for a satisfying feast.

    This great recipe shows you how to use your pressure cooker to slash the time!

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    7. Pressure Cooker Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta

    This hearty and delicious Tuscan Chicken Pasta will become a family favorite in no time!

    The chicken and pasta are coated in an amazing creamy sauce enhanced with spinach and sundried tomatoes.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    8. Pressure Cooker General Tso’s Chicken

    General Tso’s Chicken is a beloved dish commonly found in Chinese restaurants.

    This delightful recipe is here to make your life a breeze, allowing you to enjoy a homemade version that not only satisfies your cravings but also saves you time.

    It’s one of our favorite pressure cooker recipes!

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    9. Pressure Cooker Chili

    Hearty, delicious chili cooked in under an hour. Yes… it’s possible, thanks to your pressure cooker. This recipe is loaded full of flavor and takes a third of the time as stovetop.

    You’ll never go back to stove top again!

    Get the Recipe @ ohsweetbasil

    10. Pressure Cooker Beef Bourguignon

    Beef Bourguignon is a savory French classic. Tender chunks of beef, veggies and potatoes braised in a wine infused broth. So good.

    This recipe comes together in about an hour thanks to your pressure cooker.

    Get the Recipe @ lecremedelacrumb

    11. Pressure Cooker Chicken & Dumplings

    Nothing says “comfort food” like a hearty bowl of chicken and dumplings!

    This Southern classic features tender chicken, peas, carrots and fluffy dumplings in a wonderfully tasty gravy. YUMMM.

    Get the Recipe @ kristineskitchenblog

    12. Pressure Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

    Super tender and juicy chicken thighs in a delicious teriyaki sauce. The whole family will love these Asian flavors.

    And this one comes together so fast you won’t even remember cooking it!

    Get the Recipe @ rasamalaysia

    13. Pressure Cooker Brisket

    Rendition of an Instant Pot brisket: tender, flavorful, and bursting with deliciousness.

    This recipe calls for a dry rub and a generous drizzle of BBQ sauce, delivering a barbecue night experience with no fuss.

    Perfect for those times when you crave the taste of barbecue without the hassle.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    14. Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

    Make your St Patrick’s day quick and easy with this pressure cooker version of Corned Beef and Cabbage. The meat turns out super tender.

    You better buy a big piece of beef, this one will go fast!

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    15. Pressure Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast

    This delicious Mississippi Pot Roast is so good!

    Tender beef braised in a tasty gravy enhanced buy ranch seasoning and tangy pepperoncini peppers. The flavors go together beautifully.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    16. Pressure Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

    Simplify your barbecue night with this amazingly tender and flavorful pulled pork.

    It pairs perfectly with sliders or can be enjoyed on its own, along with corn and coleslaw as delicious sides.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    17. Pressure Cooker BBQ Ribs

    If you’re like me, you like your ribs fall off the bone tender. Like, you could drink them with a straw tender.

    This easy pressure cooker recipe does the trick perfectly!

    Get the Recipe @ veronikaskitchen

    18. Pressure Cooker Meatloaf

    Meatloaf, another classic comfort food. This pressure cooker version is moist and flavorful.

    The potatoes cook right in the pressure cooker with the meatloaf for a one pot meal.

    Get the Recipe @ spendwithpennies

    19. Pressure Cooker Salisbury Steak Meatballs with Mushroom Gravy

    The easy pressure cooker Salisbury Steak Meatballs are cooked in a delightful mushroom gravy and come together in no time.

    The whole family will love these alongside some mashed potatoes or noodles.

    Get the Recipe @ instantpoteats

    20. Pressure Cooker Garlic Pork Tenderloin

    This Garlic Pork Tenderloin is so good! Rosemary, garlic, maple syrup and soy sauce add mouthwatering flavors to the tender pork.

    Fancy enough for guests but easy enough for busy weeknights!

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    21. Pressure Cooker Beef Barbacoa

    When your taste buds yearn for Mexican cuisine, nothing beats this magnificent Barbacoa Beef!

    This tender and savory meat is absolutely perfect for filling up your tacos, burritos, bowl meals, or even wrapping in crisp lettuce leaves.

    Get the Recipe @ thechunkychef

    22. Pressure Cooker Beef Stroganoff

    This easy pressure cooker Beef Stroganoff recipe makes that family favorite comfort food so easy!

    The noodles cook right in the pressure cooker for another one pot meal.

    Get the Recipe @ platingsandpairings

    23. Pressure Cooker Shrimp Boil

    If you want your favorite shrimp boil in no time, I have good news… Your instant pot can have it on the table in 15 minutes, start to finish!

    Shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn make for a complete delicious meal.

    Get the Recipe @ temeculablogs

    24. Pressure Cooker Cabbage Roll Soup

    This easy and low carb Cabbage Roll Soup combines cabbage, ground beef, carrots and onions, all cooked in a savory tomato broth.

    It’s a hearty and satisfying bowl everyone will love.

    Get the Recipe @ homemadeinterest

    25. Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

    Chicken Cacciatore is a rustic Italian favorite loaded with chicken, tomatoes, bell peppers, kale, carrots and mushrooms.

    It comes together in no time in your instant pot. All you’ll need is some nice crusty bread!

    Get the Recipe @ lifemadesweeter

    26. Pressure Cooker Chicken Tinga

    Chicken Tinga is a delightfully flavorful Mexican dish that adds excitement to taco nights!

    The meat is irresistibly tender, juicy, and bursting with exquisite flavors that will leave your taste buds craving for more.

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    27. Pressure Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

    Want rotisserie chicken better in a flash? Your pressure cooker will cook it in 28 minutes. Yes, really!

    Enhanced with flavorful herbs and spices, everyone will want to dig in.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    28. Pressure Cooker Pork Chops

    These Instant Pot pork chops are perfectly seared, tender and slathered with a delicious mushroom gravy.

    It’s a super easy weeknight dinner option everyone will love!

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    29. Pressure Cooker Mongolian Beef

    Mongolian Beef – Melt in your mouth tender strips of beef in a silky, velvety sauce!

    Your instant pot can have this Asian favorite on the table in 30 minutes.

    Get the Recipe @ spicysouthernkitchen

    30. Pressure Cooker Chicken Pho

    Pho is a popular Vietnamese noodle soup that is gaining a big following in the States.

    This easy homemade Instant Pot Chicken Pho features a delicately flavored broth tender rice noodles and shredded dark meat chicken. So good!

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    31. Pressure Cooker Moroccan Chicken

    Bring some exotic flavors to your table with this pressure cooker Moroccan Chicken Stew. It’s beautifully spiced with hints of sweetness and citrus.

    It goes great with couscous, rice or crusty bread.

    Get the Recipe @ instantpoteats

    32. Pressure Cooker Creole Shrimp and Sausage

    This Creole Shrimp and Sausage is a super easy and super tasty stew that tastes like it simmered for hours.

    Bring the great tastes of New Orleans to you kitchen!

    Get the Recipe @ thebetteredblondie

    33. Pressure Cooker Swedish Meatballs

    These Swedish meatballs are the ultimate comfort food. Tender, perfectly cooked meat spheres smothered in the most delectable sauce.

    You’ll keep coming back for more!

    Get the Recipe @ shugarysweets

    34. Pressure Cooker Sticky Chicken Thighs

    This easy Sticky Chicken Thighs recipe features tender, juicy fall-off-the-bone chicken thighs smothered in a sweet and savory sticky sauce.

    These delicious Asian flavors come together in no time in your pressure cooker!

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    35. Pressure Cooker Butter Chicken

    Now how can I not have some Indian curry in this list? This restaurant favorite features tender, yogurt-marinated chicken thighs cooked in an amazingly flavorful and creamy sauce.

    This one is a breeze in the pressure cooker! 

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    So there you go, thirty five quick and easy pressure cooker recipes. Which one will you try first?

    Pin or bookmark this collection of great recipes so you always know where to find it. And be sure to subscribe to GypsyPlate, we’re always cooking up new easy recipes for you!

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    35 BEST Pressure Cooker Recipes

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 45 minutes
    Total Time: 50 minutes

    This collection of quick and easy Pressure Cooker Recipes will slash your cooking time, without compromising on flavor!


    • 1.5 cups toor dal
    • 4-5 cups of water
    • 1 medium sized onion
    • 3 medium size tomatoes
    • 1 green chili or jalapenõ
    • 3 Tbsp ginger garlic paste (equal parts ginger and garlic)
    • 1 tsp mustard seed, divided
    • 1 tsp cumin seeds, divided
    • 12-14 curry leaves
    • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
    • 1 tsp red chili powder
    • 3 tsp coriander powder
    • 2-3 whole dried red chilis
    • 6 Tbsp ghee (divided)
    • 1 tsp salt (plus to taste)
    • Big handful of cilantro


    1. Wash your toor dal a few times, replacing the water until it is clear.
    2. Place dal in pressure cooker with 4-5 cups of water, 1 tsp salt and a pinch of turmeric. Seal lid. Cook over medium high heat for 6 whistles of the pressure cooker. Remove from heat *but do not remove lid!*. There is still a great deal of pressure built up which must dissipate, set aside 10 minutes.
    3. Chop onion and tomatoes small dice sized. Chop green chili. Make a rough paste of ginger and garlic together.
    4. In a heavy bottomed pan over medium high heat, heat ghee or oil and once hot add half each of mustard seeds and cumin seeds until they start to pop. Add curry leaves and sauté 10 seconds. Be cautious, this step can cause splattering oil.
    5. Add in chopped onions and cook for 3-4 minutes, until they are soft and start changing color. Add ginger garlic paste, chopped green chili and sauté for a minute. Now add in chopped tomatoes along with your spice powders. Mix well and cook for 10-15 minutes, until tomatoes are soft and cooked.
    6. Add the cooked dal. Mix in additional water, according to the consistency you like. Some prefer a little thicker dal and some soupy. And let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add in chopped cilantro.
    7. For the final tempering, in a small pan (such as a tadka pot), heat 4 Tbsp ghee. Repeat the tempering process in step 4, but this time add dried red chilis along with the curry leaves. At the very end, add a pinch of red chili powder, then pour this tadka mixture over the dal.
    8. Mix well and serve with basmati rice. Garnish with extra cilantro.

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