The Benefits of Pressure Cooking and Favorite Summer Side Dishes

The Benefits of Pressure Cooking

My friend and fellow pressure cooking blogger, Laura from Hip Pressure Cooking, asked her Facebook followers to share her newest electric pressure cooker benefits infographic.

I know some of my readers haven’t made the plunge yet to buy a pressure cooker, and some of my readers just need a little nudge to pull out their pressure cooker and start using it more, so I wanted to share Laura’s infographic to give us all a reminder why pressure cooking’s so great.

Summer is a great time to use your pressure cooker. Not only do you get all the benefits Laura describes in her infographic, you also don’t have to heat up the house by turning on the oven.

Quick Potato Salad - a classic potato salad cooks in only 4 minutes in the pressure cooker

We love to grill in the summer, and I use my pressure cooker all summer long to make wonderful side dishes to accompany whatever I’m cooking on the grill.

My Quick Potato Salad recipe is a classic potato salad recipe that only takes 4 minutes to cook in the pressure cooker. If you love potato salad, you’ll love this recipe.

BLT Potato Salad with bacon, sun-dried tomatoes and parsley

Or change it up and make a fun BLT Potato Salad with bacon, sun-dried tomatoes and parsley.

Easy to make Rice Pilaf with Carrots, Peas and Parsley

Easy to make Rice Pilaf with Carrots, Peas and Parsley is a colorful addition to any meal.

Pressure Cooker Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice

Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice is a perfect side dish if you’re grilling fajitas or carne asada for tacos.

Lemon Rice Recipe from Pressure Cooking Today

I serve Lemon Rice whenever I’m grilling Greek Souvlaki. For my daughter, Souvlaki just isn’t complete without Lemon Rice.

Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf

Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf is rice pilaf dressed up with sliced almonds and a pinch of saffron. It’s a beautiful color, and great contrasting textures. It’s perfect with a grilled pork chop or steak. This makes a weekly appearance at our house in the summer.

Those are my family’s favorite pressure cooker side dishes. What’s your favorite summer side dish?

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  1. Kate says

    I am a newbie to the pressure cooker wonders. I have many failed attempts so far. To the point I want to just use it for canning. I have a Pressure Cooker XL and it is nice and new with buttons :) Should be easy but for some reason, my meat has been dry. The only thing I’ve done well is rice. I am glad to have found your recipes and am looking forward to using them.
    P.S. May want to spell check your top box, just one word I saw, but I found you on Pinterest. :)

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Kate – if your meat is dry, then you’ve cooked it too long. Try using cuts of meat that aren’t as lean, which are more forgiving with longer cook times. Pork shoulder (pork butt or picnic) is fantastic in the pressure cooker. Chicken breasts and lean pork chops can be more tricky. But don’t give up, but for you know it, you’ll have the hang of it.

      What word is misspelled?

  2. Sandra says

    Love both of your blogs! I love my electric pressure cooker and use it a lot but I didn’t realize until recently how much I loved it until we gutted our kitchen for a remodel. During the remodeling process I had a makeshift kitchen down in my finished basement and the most versatile item I had to cook with was my pressure cooker. I made scrambled eggs in it,homemade rice a roni,used it for browning sausages,cooked oatmeal in it and also made chicken wings in it,etc,etc.. If I had my choice of only one appliance for cooking in less desirable circumstances,my electric pressure cooker would win hands down!

  3. jasmin says

    What a godsend our pressure cooker is! We bought an 8-quart stainless steel Presto pc in April, and I am an eager, avid convert! I can’t believe how lamb shanks, lamb stew, the toughest, gnarliest chuck roast can all come out so fork-tender! Vegetables are a snap in the pc. GAH! I just want to shout out to the world that pc’s are nothing to be afraid of. The benefits you and Laura extoll, my family and I have seen and tasted for ourselves!

    To second Carol, our apt. gets extremely hot in the summer with the oven in full use. Do you know what cooking appliance will be the workhorse? Yes, our pc! I’m converting all my oven-based recipes to our pc. (As for pernil, I know I’ll use the pc for it, but maybe we’ll have to get a blowtorch to get the crispy effect.)

  4. Carol says

    I for one am going to be using my electric pressure cooker a lot this summer. Thank you both for sharing all this great information and the wonderful recipes. We have no AC in the house, so anything I can do to keep the heat from building up in here is A-OK with me! :)