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5 Days of Pressure Cooking: Pressure Cooker Recipe Roundup (Day 5)

Since I started this series, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.  Readers have written to me to tell me that they just received a pressure cooker for the holidays.  Some remember using pressure cookers with their mothers or grandmothers. For those of you who don’t, if you haven’t decided to get a pressure cooker yet, I hope you’ll consider it in the future.  The speed and efficiency can’t be beaten.

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Pressure Cooker

  1. 9-minute chicken legs, need I say more?  Seriously, the speed of the pressure cooker is mindboggling.
  2. Close to no evaporation.  No evaporation = fewer lost nutrients.(updated 3/8/17 as a result of better research)
  3. No-soak beans are super easy in the pressure cooker.
  4. Super tender braises, stews, and soups in a fraction of the time of other methods.
  5. Pressure cooker cheesecake.  I know I mentioned it before and I haven’t made it yet, but I’ve had others make it for me.

To wrap up the series, I’m going to share a roundup of all of our pressure cooker recipes to date.  Hopefully, you find something new to try!


Almost Kosher’s Pressure Cooker Recipe Roundup


#1: Chava’s favorite: Pressure Cooker Pho Ga

This one is seriously foolproof and absolutely delicious.  Get your pho fix in a fraction of the time.

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Pressure Cooker Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Rice Noodle Soup)
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Rating: 5
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Accompaniments for Table
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Accompaniments for Table
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Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add halved onions and ginger, cut side down. Allow the onion and ginger to char without moving them. Add star anise to roast a bit.
  2. Add cilantro, cloves, coriander, and chicken to the pot, then cover with 2 quarts of water, fish sauce, and the sugar. Seal the pressure cooker and bring it to high pressure over high heat. Cook for 20 minutes, then shock pot under cold running water in the sink to rapidly release the pressure.
  3. Open pressure cooker. Transfer chicken to a plate and remove flesh from bones. Pour broth through a fine mesh strainer into a clean pot and discard solids. Skim any scum off the surface of the broth, leaving any small bubbles of fat intact. Season broth with more fish sauce and sugar, as needed and to suit your individual taste.
  4. To serve, place cooked pho noodles into bowls. Top with chicken meat, sliced onions, and cilantro. Pour hot broth over chicken and noodles. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Serious Eat's 30-Minute Pressure Cooker Pho Ga

#2: Husband’s favorite: Pressure Cooker Brisket

This brisket is amazingly tender and not at all dry.  The smoky flavoring tastes like a slow smoked brisket, but without all the waiting.

My stomach is growling reflecting on the deliciousness of this pressure cooker brisket

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Pressure Cooker Brisket for Rosh Hashanah
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Rating: 5
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Shabbat, Weeknight
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Shabbat, Weeknight
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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Rating: 5
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  1. Combine meat tenderizer, celery salt, seasoned salt, garlic powder, liquid smoke and Worcester sauce in a small container with a lid. Add the brisket and coat with mixture. Seal container and put in the refrigerator to marinate overnight.
  2. Combine water and BBQ sauce in the pressure cooker. Add brisket and seasonings from the container. Seal pressure cooker and allow to get up to pressure.
  3. Once the pot gets up to pressure, set a timer for one hour. After the hour is complete, remove the pot from the heat and allow the pot depressurize naturally, about 15 minutes.
  4. Unseal the pot and remove the brisket. Bring the remaining sauce in the pot to a boil and slice the brisket against the grain or shred. After the sauce comes to a boil, simmer until slightly thickened.
  5. Serve in rolls with a drizzle of the sauce and any other desired toppings.

#3: Best Valentine’s Meal: Pressure Cooker Boeuf Bourguignon

Okay, this was our last recipe, so you’ve probably already read it.  Maybe you’ve tried it already?  This usually complex French stew is made easy, but not dumbed down, thanks to the pressure cooker.

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Pressure Cooker Boeuf Bourguignon
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Rating: 4
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Cuisine French
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Braised Onion and Mushroom Mixture
Course Main Dish
Cuisine French
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Braised Onion and Mushroom Mixture
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Rating: 4
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Pressure Cooker - Stew
  1. Add oil to the pot and brown your beef over medium-high. If using the Instant Pot, this can be done using the "saute" function. Add the liquid smoke.
  2. Stir the beef and smoke together. Remove and set aside. Add carrot and onion and saute until softened.
  3. Add beef back and toss with salt and pepper. Sprinkle in the flour.
  4. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes. Give it a stir and then add in the wine, chicken stock, tomato paste, garlic cloves, and herbs.
  5. Seal your pressure cooker and allow it to come to high pressure. Set timer for 20 minutes after pressure reached.
Slow Cooker - Stew
  1. Add oil to a pot and brown your beef over medium-high. Once browned, remove the beef and add to slow cooker insert with the liquid smoke.
  2. In the browning pot, add carrot and onion and saute until softened. Add to slow cooker insert.
  3. Add salt and pepper to the slow cooker insert, stir, then add the flour.
  4. Throw the rest of the stew ingredients into the slow cooker insert. Cook on LOW for 9 hours.
Braised Onion and Mushroom Mixture
  1. In a saute pan, add water and margarine/butter. Once the margarine/butter have melted, add the onion.
  2. Allow the onion to saute for about 10 minutes or until the onion is perfectly tender.
  3. Add mushrooms and herbs. Continue cooking until mushroom is softened.
Final Touches!
  1. Add the onion and mushroom mixture to the finished stew, stir well, and serve over rice, egg noodles, or mashed potato.
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#4: Best Party Food: Pressure Cooker Chicken Carnitas

Set up a toppings bar and your guests can customize the best taco/burrito of their life.  They’ll never know how little time you actually spent cooking.

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Carnitas
Votes: 2
Rating: 5
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  1. Add oil to the pot and brown your chicken. If using the Instant Pot, this can be done using the "saute" function.
  2. Briefly remove chicken, add onion and saute for about 30 seconds.
  3. add citrus juices, spices, and jalapeno. Return chicken to the pot. Seal your pressure cooker and allow it to come to high pressure. Set timer for 9 minutes after pressure reached
  4. Once 9 minutes pass, remove pressure cooker from heat and release using natural release.
  5. Remove chicken again. Shred and add to a foil lined baking sheet. Broil on high until crispy.
  6. Serve with tortillas and any desired toppings.
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#5: Best Weeknight Meal: Pressure Cooker Chicken Adobo

With very few ingredients, this quick but delicious meal will come together in just minutes.  After you try it, you’ll find yourself addicted.

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Adobo
Votes: 4
Rating: 2.75
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  1. Add oil to the pot and brown your chicken. If using the Instant Pot, this can be done using the "saute" function.
  2. Briefly remove chicken and add shallot and garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add cayenne pepper and black pepper for about 20 seconds. Return chicken to the pot.
  4. Add all other ingredients to the pot. Seal your pressure cooker and allow it to come to high pressure. Set timer for 9 minutes after pressure reached.
  5. Once 9 minutes pass, remove pressure cooker from heat and release using natural release.
  6. Serve with rice.
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#6: Best Take-Out Classic: Pressure Cooker Mongolian Beef

Your family will give you sideways glances and want proof that you didn’t get take-out from P.F. Changs, but it’s all worth it for this lean and delicious meal.

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Pressure Cooker Mongolian Beef
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Rating: 2.67
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  1. Season beef with salt and pepper. Heat oil in pressure cooker, brown beef, and remove beef from the pressure cooker.
  2. Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds. Add soy sauce, water, sugar, and ginger.
  3. Return the beef to the pressure cooker. Seal, bring to pressure, and cook for 12 minutes.
  4. Once the time is up, remove from heat, and release pressure via the rapid/quick pressure release.
  5. Meanwhile, mix cornstarch and water.
  6. Once the pressure has been fully released, return pot to heat and bring to a boil.
  7. Stir cornstarch mixture into the sauce slowly. Allow the sauce to boil until just thickened.
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Do you remember how I said I didn’t think we’d buy an Instant Pot?

I’m eating my words now!  Having done all the research for this series, I’m sold.  I just bought my Instant Pot today via Amazon Prime.  The model I bought is the IP-DUO60 7-in-1 with a yogurt making mode.  I can’t wait to make homemade greek yogurt, cheesecakes, and more!

The model we bought today.  I’ll write a product review after I get to play with it.

Hopefully, this was an enjoyable series to read.  It certainly was fun to eat and write about!  Stay tuned, our next post is a Valentine’s Day recipe round-up where we feature recipes from other bloggers!

*”Pressure cooking can reduce heat-sensitive nutrients (e.g., vitamin C, folate) and bioactive phytonutrients, such as betacarotene, glucosinolates (helpful compounds found in cruciferous vegetables) and omega-3 fatty acids, that are beneficial for human health. But so do other cooking methods—and generally to more or less the same extent.” – EatingWell