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Spring Electric Pressure Cooker Recipe Contest

We noticed that nearly 1/3 of our readers use iPad or Android tablets to browse our website. So we set off to redesign our site with easier access for mobile devices. This caused a bit delay in announcing the recipe contest winners. As an apology to our contest participants, we’ll going to award 4 winners instead of the planned 3.

Here are the winners of our Winter Recipe contest.

  • Kay A. for a broad range of contributions of 11 recipes. Kay has broken the record to be our most prodigious contributor.
  • Julie S. for detailing a fail-proof technique to make soft-boil eggs.
  • Wendy P. for her simple and easy Miracle Soup, named by her 8 year old.
  • Angela W. for two recipes with easy to follow instructions.

Congratulations to the winners! We’ll contact you via email. We’d also like to thank all the participants for sharing their recipes. Please keep your recipe coming and you’ll win in a future round.

Instant Pot accessoriesMeanwhile, here’s the start of our Spring Recipe contest. Please share your home cooking creativity and spread the word about our contest!

The rules of the contest remain unchanged.

  1. The recipes must be for electric pressure cooker, published on publicly accessible websites. If you don’t have a blog or a place to publish, we can put them on InstantPot.com recipe section.
  2. Three prizes of complete sets of Instant Pot accessories (a stainless steel cooking pot, a tempered glass lid and a spare sealing ring) will be awarded. Free shipping to continental US (excluding Hawaii & Alaska) and Canada.
  3. The participant needs to give the right to publish one of their recipes on InstantPot.com.
  4. The contest closes on July 30th, 2013, The winners will be chosen by Instant Pot staff in early August 2013.
  5. Entries are accepted as comment to this post or submission to http://instantpot.com/recipes/share-your-recipe/
  6. The winning entries must be original and will be judged by
  • the details of description, a picture helps tremendously.
  • the practicality, and
  • the creativity

Winter Electric Pressure Cooking Recipe Contest

By , January 23, 2013

Xmas and the New Year are busy time to families as well as businesses.  We’ve been bogged down by orders and shipping, causing the delay of announcing the winners of our 2012 Autumn recipe contest.  Without further ado, the winners are:

Congratulations to the winners!  Meanwhile, we’d also like to thank all the participants for sharing their recipes.

Instant Pot accessoriesMeanwhile, let’s start the Winter recipe contest.  In the words of the British poet Edith Sitwell,

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”

Please share your home cooking creativity and spread the word about our contest!

The rules of the contest remain unchanged.

  1.  The recipes must be for electric pressure cooker, published on publicly accessible websites.  If you don’t have a blog or a place to publish, we can put them on InstantPot.com recipe section.
  2. Three prizes of complete sets of Instant Pot accessories (a stainless steel cooking pot, a tempered glass lid and a spare sealing ring) will be awarded.  Free shipping to continental US (excluding Hawaii & Alaska) and Canada.
  3. The participant needs to give the right to publish one of their recipes on InstantPot.com.
  4. The winners will be chosen by Instant Pot staff in early Apr. 2013.
  5. Entries are accepted as comment to this post or submission to http://instantpot.com/recipes/share-your-recipe/
  6. The winning entries must be original and will be judged by
  • the details of description, a picture helps tremendously.
  • the practicality, and
  • the creativity

 

Autumn Electric Pressure Cooking Recipe Contest.

By , October 9, 2012

Instant Pot accessoriesAgain, we start by announcing the winners of our Summer Electric Pressure Cooking Recipe Contest.

Congratulations to the winners!  Meanwhile, we’d also like to thank all the participants for sharing their recipes.

To quote Albert Camus,

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

Autumn is also the seaon of harvest. Abundance of produce and ingredients call for new and creative recipes.  Let’s start the Autumn electric pressure cooking recipe contest. Our objectives are to encourage recipe sharing and make it fun and practical to cook with electric pressure cookers. Please spread the word!

The rules of the contest.

  1.  The recipes must be for electric pressure cooker, published on publicly accessible websites.  If you don’t have a blog or a place to publish, we can put them on InstantPot.com recipe section.
  2. Three prizes of complete sets of Instant Pot accessories (a stainless steel cooking pot, a tempered glass lid and a spare sealing ring) will be awarded.  Free shipping to continental US (excluding Hawaii & Alaska) and Canada.
  3. The participant needs to give the right to publish one of their recipes on InstantPot.com.
  4. The winners will be chosen by Instant Pot staff in early Jan. 2013.
  5. Entries are accepted as comment to this post or submission to http://instantpot.com/recipes/share-your-recipe/
  6. The winning entries must be original and will be judged by
  • the details of description, a picture helps tremendously.
  • the practicality, and
  • the creativity

 

Spicy Roast Beef

By , September 11, 2012

Submitted by Ezzie B.

This is one of our favorites and so easy in the Instant Pot on the slow cook setting!

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs roast (I use London Broil)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cracked black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp minced dehydrated garlic or two cloves fresh garlic
  • 3 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard *

Instructions:

  •  Slow cook setting  4 hours
  • Make several slits in the roast.  I like to smother the roast in the mustard then place the roast in the cooking pot. If using fresh garlic you can stuff pieces of garlic in the slits.
  • Mix all the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Pour the mixture over the roast in the pot.
  • Put lid on securely and set slow cook on the Instant Pot to 4 to 5 hours.  I’ve found 4 hours works just fine.

 

* I use my own homemade mustard that can be found here: http://brewmaven.blogspot.com/2009/11/nut-brown-mustard.html

 

The Sautéing/Browning Function of IP-LUX60

By , February 25, 2012

Sautéing is a method of cooking food with a small amount of oil or fat at relatively high heat. Food that is sautéed is browned while preserving its texture, moisture and flavor.  A typical use of sautéing is to brown the meat before pressure cooking.

The new Instant Pot IP-LUX60 is equipped with an advanced sautéing/browning function key.  3 levels of temperature can be chosen with the “Adjust” key for best results.

  • “Normal”: ~160°C (320°F) for regular browning,
  • “More”: ~170°C (338°F) for darker browning,  and
  • “Less”: ~105°C (221°F) for light browning.

The “Sauté” function can also be used to thicken the sauce after pressure cooking, by adding starch or simply evaporating liquid. In fact, it can be used for anything related with a sauce pan, e.g warming a canned soup, reheating porridge, etc.

During sautéing, the lid needs to be opened at all time to avoid pressure building up.  If the lid is closed, the display will show a flashing “Lid”.

The procedure of using “Sauté”.

  • Press the “Sauté” function key.
  • Select a temperature with the “Adjust” key for “Normal”, “More” or “Less”.
  • Sauté Temperature ReachedWhen Instant Pot reaches the given working temperature, it displays “Hot” and you can start sautéing/browning meat.
  • One full “Sauté” session will run for 30 minutes. You can cancel it at any time by pressing the “Cancel/Keep Warm” key and continue with a pressure cooking function.

A brief video demo of Instant Pot IP-LUX60 for browning (sautéing) in action.

Pressure Steamed Eddoes

By , January 16, 2011

eddoes steamed under pressure 300x234 Pressure Steamed EddoesEddoe is a small tropical root vegetable, a variety of Taro family originated from China and Japan.  They offer an intensely flavorful alternative to potatoes and yams. It’s commonly known that eddoes contain carbohydrate and fiber which are excellent for people with digestive problems. Eddoe flour is used in infant formula and canned baby foods. Other benefits of eddoes may include lowering cholesterol levels, slowing absorption of glucose, reducing insulin requirements and reducing the likelihood of colorectal cancer.

To add eddoes to your daily diet, the following is probably the simplest desert recipe.  Cooking eddoes with Instant Pot is easy and fast.

Prepare Time: 2 minutes

Cooking Time: Around 8 minutes with Instant Pot Programmable Pressure cooker

Ingredients: 6 servings

  • 2 pounds of eddoes
  • White sugar, brown sugar or maple syrup

Cooking:

  • Wash the eddoes clean.  Don’t need to peel them.
  • Add 2 cups of water in the Instant Pot inner pot. Put in the steaming rack that came with Instant Pot.
  • Put the eddoes in a ceramic/metal serving bowl. Place the bowl on top of the steaming rack.
  • Press the “Steam” key and select 8 minutes.
  • The semi-hard shell of eddoes will be very easy to peel off.  Cut the peeled eddoes into bite-size and roll them in the sugar of your choice (white sugar, brown sugar or maple syrup

Rack of Lamb Casserole

By , October 6, 2010

Rack of Lamb Casserole Rack of Lamb Casserole
For 6-8 Servings:

1 pound rack of lamb
1 pound of baby potatoes
2 carrots
1 large onion
2 stalks of celery
2 medium size tomatoes
2 cups of chicken stock
3-4 large cloves of garlic
1-2 teaspoons of salt depending on the salt content of the chicken stock
2 teaspoon of cumin powder
2 teaspoon of Paprika
A pinch of dried rosemary
A pinch of dried oregano leaves
2 table spoons of ketchup
3 table spoons of sherry or red wine
A splash of beer if you have one in hand

Wash all vegetables, and cut potatoes and carrots into 1 inch cubes. Dice the tomatoes, onion and garlic. Cut the rack of lamb to two halves. Put everything, I mean everything, in the cooking pot and mix well. Put the cooking pot in the Instant Pot base. Close the lid to Close position as you see flashes of “- – -“ on the LED display panel. Press the Stew/Meat button, and 35 (minutes cooking time) is shown on the LED. After about 10 seconds, you hear a beep and the LED display shows the running circle indicating the cooking process has started.

All you need to do from this point is to have a drink of your beer, sit back and relax, until you hear 3 beeps indicating the food is cooked. Wait for a few minutes until the Instant Pot cools down and you can safely or comfortably release the remaining pressure by turning the pressure release handle to the “Vent” position. Need to wait for a little longer if there is still jets of steam coming out when you try to turn the pressure release to the “Vent” position. You may open the lid once there is no pressure inside. Serve over rice or multigrain rice.

Red Bean Soup

By , September 15, 2010

red bean soup dessert 300x237 Red Bean Soup Red bean (also known as Azuki bean) soup has been loved by many Japanese, Korean and Chinese for centuries. It is also one of the most common after-diner dessert in Chinese restaurants. If you inquire about how the red bean soup is made, the waitress would give you a list of ingredients, and tell you to soak the beans overnight and boil it for hours and hours.  Not anymore with Instant Pot! You could enjoy the mouth-watering red bean soup within an hour, including preparation.

Prepare Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: Around 55 minutes with Instant Pot Programmable Pressure cooker

Ingredients: 6 servings

  • 2 cups of red beans
  • 1/2 cup of dry lotus seeds, with the sprouts removed
  • (Optional) 1/2 cup of dry chestnuts
  • (Optional) 2 small pieces of dried mandarin or lemon peel, broken into tiny pieces
  • 4 table spoon of sugar (change this amount depending how many sweet teeth you have)
  • 8~12 cups of water, depending on whether you prefer thick or thinner soup

Cooking:

  • Put all ingredients in the cooking pot
  • Press “Bean/Chilli” function key, and press “Adjust” once to extend the cooking time
  • When the cooking is done, stir well before serving