Posts tagged: Pressure Cooker Recipes

Free Electric Pressure Cooker Recipe Booklet

By , July 17, 2013

InstantPot electric pressure cooker recipe English 200x300 Free Electric Pressure Cooker Recipe BookletSince electric pressure cookers are a relatively recent invention, recipes for this miracle appliance can be rather scarce. Chefs and authors are just beginning to develop and publish recipes that are tailor made for the awesome advantages of cooking with an electric pressure cooker.

To help with that matter, we have invited five pioneer chefs and authors who have created a wide variety of delicious recipes in various cuisines specifically designed for your Instant Pot.

In this booklet, we will introduce you to:

  • Laura Pazzaglia is an undisputed expert on pressure cookers and pressure cooking.  You’ll enjoy her fresh perspective on European and American cuisines at
  • Maomao Mom is a scientist at National Research Council Canada and a food lover. She has turned traditional Chinese recipes into step-by-step guides that may be reproduced by everyone. You can find a huge collection of recipes on her bilingual site at
  • Jill Nussinow, known as the “Vegie Queen”, specializes in vegetarian whole food meals.  She recently published a popular book “The New Fast Food”  which can be found at
  • Barbara Schieving loves both pressure cooking and baking. Her site has recipes for every meal of the day.
  • Chef AJ, the author of a wonderful book “Unprocessed”, is a great educator of plant-based whole food. You can find more of her videos and recipes at

We hope you enjoy the recipes they have been kind enough to provide for this booklet and we encourage you to visit their websites to explore a growing number of new recipes.

Click the book icon to download your free “Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Recipes” booklet.

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If you read Chinese, we have also prepared a Chinese recipe booklet including additional contributions from  Maomao Mom. You can click the book icon below to download the Chinese recipe booklet.

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Happy Pressure 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.
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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.