8 Amazing Ways to Use a Pressure Cooker.

Please tell me you saw this post and immediately went out and bought a pressure cooker. If you did, kudos. Prepare to have your life changed. Seriously, I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve saved cooking since we got our electric pressure cooker last year. It is a bit of an investment, but after you realize you can cook a whole chicken in less than 30 minutes or make amazing flavor infused curries, or make chili in less than 20 minutes, you’ll wonder how you survived this long without owning one of these wonders!!

There’s no need to be scared of cooking with it and there are so many great resources for recipes and cooking times that you won’t have to try to figure anything out on your own. Hip Pressure Cooking and Fast Cooking are two of my favorites!

Ok, now to my favorite ways to use a pressure cooker.

#1. Soups

You can throw everything in one pot, close the lid, set it for 20-30 minutes, and voila! Soup is ready and tastes like it’s been simmering away for hours!

Pressure Cooker Buffalo Soup

Health Starts in the Kitchen Low-Carb {Pressure Cooker} Buffalo Chicken Soup

#2. Brown Rice (or any other grain for that matter)

I have no time or energy for trying to make rice on the stove. It boils over, it’s always over or under done, and it takes 27 hours. Who needs that!! With the pressure cooker, it’s an exact science and turns out perfect every stinkin’ time. And it takes a quarter of the time.


 Steamy Kitchen Pressure Cooker Chinese Sausage with Brown Rice

#3. Hard Boiled Eggs

7 minutes in the pressure cooker and then the shells fall with the first crack. It’s pure magic.


Rooted Blessings Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

#4. Curries

I’ve always made my curries in the slow cooker in the past but have never been happy with the tenderness of the meat. In my experience, the meat has felt too dry and overcooked, while the vegetables are still softening and flavors are still being melded with each other. Curries only take 5-10 minutes in the pressure cooker and come out melt in your mouth tender.


Pressure Cooking Today Pressure Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

#5. Veggies

It’s thanksgiving. You have a turkey in the oven surrounded by rolls that are warming and a dessert. Your stovetop is covered with mashed potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce. There’s no more room for the sweet potato casserole. That’s a crime!! No worries, pressure cooker to the rescue. The majority of vegetables will go from crunchy to cooked in 5 minutes or less, leaving room on your stovetop for other things!


Kitschen Cat 5 Ingredient Spaghetti Squash with Pan Roasted Tomatoes

#6. Dessert

This is little more off the beaten path than a lot of pressure cooker owners go, but it’s definitely doable and definitely rewarding! Cakes especially come out extra moist and tender and if you’re in the midst of a hot summer day, you can bake a cake without warming up the whole house.


Kitschen Cat Pressure Cooker Mini Zucchini Cakes

#7. Breakfast Oatmeal

I discovered Steel Cut Oats just last year and absolutely love them. It’s such a healthy and filling breakfast, and with the pressure cooker only takes 20 minutes to have a piping hot bowl of oatmeal in the morning!


Barbara Bakes Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats

#8. Chicken or Vegetable Stock

I love having fresh stock on hand to use in recipes and the pressure cooker is a great way to make a big vat of extra flavorful broth!


The Kitchn Pressure Cooker Chicken Stock

I’m telling you, the pressure cooker life is the one for me. And for you. Maybe you just don’t know it yet, but it’ll hit ya someday.

This guy right here is my baby. It’s very safe, has a number of different controls from browning to simmering to pressure cooking, and reduces cooking time by 70 percent! Yep, pretty much amazing.

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Cuisinart 6 Quart 1000 Watt Electric Pressure Cooker

Can’t wait to hear about your pressure cooking adventures!!

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2 thoughts on “8 Amazing Ways To Use A Pressure Cooker

  1. Hi Jessie, very good stuff here. Some of your recipes got my stomach growling, lol. This pressure cooker cooking gets me kind of confused, though. Is it possible to deep fry with a pressure cooker? I remember watching an old video on Youtube, of Colonel Sanders (Kentucky Fried Chicken), doing his rounds and checking up on his restaurants, and seeing many pressure cookers on top of the large stoves. Apparently, that’s how they cook KFC. Having said that, i never hear about anyone else using them in this way, lol. Any thoughts?

    Bye for now,


    1. Thanks Tony! Everything I’ve ever read says to never use your pressure cooker as a deep fryer. If you’re wanting to do fried chicken, I’ve seen recipes where you cook the chicken in the PC ahead of time and then basically you just need to batter and crisp up the coating in a deep fryer.

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