I’m a big fan of using pressure cookers to make keto meals.
You can really speed up the cooking time of so many recipes – which is great for those days when you don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen. And you only have one pot to clean, so there’s less to wash up too.
Plus they’re really simple to use, you just close the lid and push a few buttons!
There were three main questions I had before I started pressure cooking:
- Is it healthy?
- Is it safe?
- Which one to buy?
- How do I get started?
So before I share our recipes, I’m going to quickly run through those – in case you’re wondering the same things.
Is Pressure Cooking Healthy?
I know some folks out there are concerned about this – but using a pressure cooker can actually make your meals healthier.
Pressure cooking is better at preserving nutrients in food
A study investigated this by looking at the vitamin content of broccoli and found that it keeps 90% of its vitamin C after pressure cooking compared to 78% after steaming and 66% after boiling.
Pressure cooking uses far less water than other methods and water usually drains the water-soluble nutrients from your food (they end up in the liquid).
Are pressure cookers safe to use?
This was a big concern of mine, and I even put off getting a pressure cooker because I was so worried about it exploding!
But, here’s what you should know:
- Electric countertop pressure cookers have built in safety controls.
- Always follow your pressure cooker’s instructions on releasing pressure safely.
- If you’re concerned, take some time to read through the operating manual so you know exactly how to use your pressure cooker.
- And if so many food bloggers, moms and folks who struggle with kitchen appliances can do it without any problems, then you can too!
How To Choose a Pressure Cooker
With so much choice out there, how do you choose between all the pressure cookers?
Here are a few tips along with the brand I went with:
- Go for a pressure cooker with a capacity of at least 6 to 8 liters as you’ll struggle with anything smaller.
- Try finding a model with a built-in timer so you don’t have keep checking the kitchen clock (a couple of minutes can make a huge difference in how your food turns out).
I ended up choosing the Instant Pot. This is because it has so many functionalities beyond just being a pressure cooker – it also works as a slow cooker, a yogurt maker, a rice maker. And there are buttons you can press for making stew or soup so that you don’t have to look up cooking times.
Tips On Using Your Pressure Cooker
Especially if you’re a beginner when it comes to pressure cookers, these tips will come in handy:
- Only fill your pressure cooker to 2/3 of its capacity or your food will be too crowded to cook properly.
- Stick to the cooking times, ingredient order and chopping sizes laid out in the recipes; these all affect how long food takes to cook and the right combination means none of your ingredients end up over-cooked or remain too raw.
- If you’re adding fresh herbs, wait until your food has finished cooking and then add them just before serving – otherwise the heat will make them wilt and lose their flavor.
Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes
We’ve put together a list of tasty ketogenic pressure cooker recipes below, from simple onion soup to spicy Mexican beef stew, so you’ll always have a quick and easy option for days when you’re in a hurry. Have a read through them here or click the green button if you’d prefer to download your recipes.
Table Of Contents – Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes