Posts tagged: Cooking

Which Electric Pressure Cooker Operates at 15psi?

By , May 29, 2013

InstantPot steam release 2 267x300 Which Electric Pressure Cooker Operates at 15psi?Because most pressure cooker recipes are designed for 15psi pressure cookers. Many users are looking for 15psi electric pressure cooker.  We are asked whether Instant Pot operates at 15psi.

To answer this question, we need to clarify a concept here.  The max working pressure of a pressure cooker is the pressure which pushes up the safety device (i.e. steam release, pressure valve or by some other names) and the cooker starts letting out steams to reduce pressure. The max working pressure of stove-top pressure cookers ranges from 12psi to 21.7psi. For the high-end stove-top models, it is typically in the 16~21.7psi range. This is specified in product document and also commonly marked at the bottom of the steam release.

Instant Pot has a max working pressure of 15.23psi (105kpa). This is marked on the steam release handle, see the image on the top.  One of the design objectives of Instant Pot is not to let out steam and make noise during its operation.  So normal working pressure has to be below 15.23psi.  Instant Pot’s working pressure is in the range of 10.15~11.6 psi. If you have small amount of food/liquid in the cooker, Instant Pot may touch 15.23psi momentarily due to the heat conduction delay.

When a stove-top pressure cooker reaches its max working pressure  and starts whistling out steams, you’d turn down the heating to stop the whistling.  In such a condition, your stove-top pressure cooker may be operating at a pressure level similar to Instant Pot. You only cook the food at the max working pressure when it’s whistling continuously.


  • Does Instant Pot have the same 15 psi max working pressure as common stove-top pressure cookers? Yes! It’s 15.23psi.
  • Does Instant Pot cook your food constantly at 15psi? No, it’s in the range of 10.15~11.6 psi.
15psi1 150x150 Which Electric Pressure Cooker Operates at 15psi?

Illustration of Instant Pot working pressure curve

You can see the working pressure chart on the right. Most electric pressure cookers available on the market work like this, but may not have the same max and working pressure range.

If your recipe specifies cooking at 15psi, you can adapted to Instant Pot by increasing the cooking time by 7~15%.

Note: the max working pressure is not an indicator of the max safety pressure that the cooker can withstand. If a cooker is certified with UL or equivalent, it should withstand 5 times the working pressure without leaking.

Many electric pressure cooker has a max working pressure of 13.05psi (90kpa).  You can find this out by looking at the bottom of its steam release.  A properly certified and manufactured cooker always has such rating on the parts.


Multi-Grain or Brown Fried Rice

By , March 26, 2013

Multigrain Fried Rice 300x199 Multi Grain or Brown Fried RiceSubmitted by Robin R.


  • 3 cups TOTAL of the following types of rice:
  • Brown rice OR multi-grain rice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of diced ham, chicken, or pork
  • 1/4 cup of sliced scallions
  • 1 cup grated or matchstick carrots
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive oil or butter
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce


  1. Add all ingredients to Instant Pot
  2. Set pot to Multi-Grain setting
  3. When cooking cycle is complete, fluff rice and serve

Options: You may also add 1 cup of frozen peas and/or mushrooms at the end of the cooking cycle–if you add them at the beginning they will turn out mushy

NOTE: This rice is going to be a much drier/less sticky rice than most of the recipes that are posted on the website or the ones in the recipe book. It is more like what we are used to here, in our Chinese restaurants.

Cabernet Short Ribs on Rosemary Fettucine Alfredo

By , March 28, 2012

Submitted by: Jamie B.-M.


  • 8 beef short ribs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ bulb fennel, sliced
  • 1 cup cabernet sauvignon
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 bunches watercress, trimmed
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups asiago cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 package fettucine


Sprinkle beef short ribs with salt and pepper. Heat canola oil to medium-high heat in a large skillet and add beef short ribs. Sear for 2-3 minutes on each side. Place beef short ribs in the Instant Pot IP-LUX60 Pressure Cooker and add the fennel, cabernet sauvignon and beef broth. Lock lid in place, choose the beef setting and cook for 35 minutes.

While the beef cooks: Whisk together the mustard, garlic, red wine vinegar and olive oil in a medium bowl. Toss with the watercress and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on low-medium heat. Whisk in the heavy whipping cream. Add the asiago cheese a little at a time and melt completely. Add the nutmeg and rosemary, stirring to blend. Keep this sauce on low heat until ready to use.

When beef short ribs have 15 minutes until they are done cooking, boil a large pot of salted water. Add fettucine and cook according to package directions. Strain and add to the saucepan with the sauce and stir to combine. Divide onto four dinner plates and top with equal amounts of the dressed watercress. Remove the ribs from the pressure cooker and place two ribs onto the watercress on each plate. Serve.
Serves four.

BBQ Ribs with Programmable Pressure Cooker

By , October 29, 2009

BBQ RibsThis finger licking food is everybody favor but it takes time to cook. It usually takes hours in the oven to have nice soft and juice ribs. With Instant Pot Programmable Pressure cooker, it is matter of minutes.

Prepare Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: Around 35 minutes with Instant Pot Programmable Pressure cooker

Ingredients: 4 servings

  • 2 racks of pork ribs
  • 2 cup of your favor BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 red onions peeled and cut in half
  • 4 carrots peeled and cut in desired size

Cooking:  There are two parts – Pre-Meal and Ready for Meal.

  • Pre-Meal

Cut ribs into half and place them into Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker. If frozen, no need to defrost. Add a cup of BBQ sauce and a cup of water in the cook pot. Close the lid. Then press  Meat button and set  +  to Longer.  Let it cook. Once it is done and cool down. Open the lid and ensure the ribs are soaked in the sauce. Close the lid and let it sit for a few hours.

  • Ready for Meal

Take the ribs out and place onions and carrots in the Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker with existing sauce. Close the lid and Press Manual button and set to 2 minutes. Then BBQ the ribs with BBQ sauce.

Salt baked Chicken (No water added)

By , June 14, 2009

chicken picture 299x263 Salt baked Chicken (No water added)

Salt baked Chicken (No water added) cooked in the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker is perfect for parties. This fragrant and tasty dish will make a remarkable party or memorable family time. What you need to do is to prepare ingredients, put them into Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker then press the “Poultry” button to cook in fully automated cooking process.


Ingredients: 8 servings

  • 1 medium size chicken
  • 1 green onion minced
  • 1 small piece of ginger minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine or 2 tablespoons wine


  • Mix the 2 teaspoon salt,  2 tablespoons sugar and seasoned the outside/inside chicken with them evenly
  • Cover the bottom of inner pot with one teaspoon salt
  • Put seasoned chicken, soy sauce, wine into Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
  • Press the “Poultry” button and wait till it is done
  • Turn the chicken over then press the “Poultry” button again

Then the delicious chicken, retaining flavor and nutrition, is ready to be served.


  • Cut the chicken into pieces
  • mix ginger and green onion with chicken oil to make a dipping sauce

NOTE: This recipe is specifically for chicken, which typically contains sufficient moisture to create pressure, hence no need to add additional water.