There are many lengthy and intricate techniques used for cooking meat that result in great tasting dishes. Pressure cooking, however, is a technique that eliminates the length of time spent cooking meat while maintaining the flavour and reward.
The most popular pressure cooking tool is arguably the instant pot. The way it works is that the pot seals food and liquid in with its airtight seal. This ensures that no steam is let out of the cooker until it reaches its designated pressure.
The pressure brings the liquid inside the pot to a boil to cook its contents. According to Instant Pot, the tool boils the liquid inside at a temperature higher than 100°C / 212°F. This explains why the instant pot works so fast!
We know how daunting cooking meat in your instant pot can be considering that there are so many instant pot recipes on the internet — so we did the digging for you.
If you are not sure which are the best recipes to start with, here are some of the internet’s best meat-based instant pot recipes from stews to pulled meats, compiled from some of our favourite food bloggers:
1. Instant Pot Pot Roast (Damn Delicious)
Sometimes you end up buying an entire roast at the grocery store or from your favourite meat delivery service and end up not knowing what to do with it. The thing is, so many people buy a huge piece of meat, don’t know what to do with it, and then stick it in the freezer for it to be forgotten and freezer burned.
We love this pot roast recipe because of how easy it is, and how it eliminates the procrastination that sometimes happens when you buy a large piece of meat.
When you throw a roast into the instant pot, you can set it and forget it (just don’t actually forget it). It’s done in no time and is a feast for the entire family — and with leftovers for lunch the following day!
Read the full recipe on Damn Delicious here.
2. Instant Pot Pulled Pork (Instant Pot Eats)
Pulled pork is great on its own, in sandwiches, in tacos and even on Mexican-inspired salads! There’s so much you can do with great pulled pork, and this Instant Pot recipe makes making pulled pork that much easier (and cleaner).
Read the full recipe on Instant Pot Eats here.
3. Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew (BunsenBurnerBaby)
Everyone needs a good hearty stew recipe to get them through the colder months, and this is that recipe. Stews were basically meant for the Instant Pot; all you have to do is chop up your veggies, add your meat and liquid, and let the pot do its thing.
Okay, there’s a little bit more to it, but the instant pot makes stews easier to make than ever before.
You can read the full recipe on BunsenBurnerBaby here.
4. Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken Rotisserie Style (Lemon Blossoms)
Yes, you can cook an entire chicken in your instant pot — and it’s really easy. What we love most about this recipe is how it saves you time cooking at home and eliminates a lot of the guesswork and labour that typically goes into cooking an entire chicken.
This is a dish that can last for days and can be repurposed in different interesting ways, whether you pull the chicken apart for a salad, slice it for a sandwich or eat it on its own with veggies. This is the ultimate meal prep recipe that saves time and tastes great!
Read the full recipe on Lemon Blossoms here.