Pressure Cooker Tip: Cook Time – Electric vs. Stove Top

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steam release from a standard pressure cooker on the stove

I’ve had several questions from readers lately regarding pressure cooker cook time. Since many of you may have the same questions, today I’m sharing the answers :

Pressure Cooker Tip: Cook Time – Electric vs. Stove Top

Q: I recently found your website and subscribed to emails. Can I use my old fashioned pressure cooker for your recipes?  

Yes, you can use your old fashioned (stove top) pressure cooker for my recipes. Your cook time may be slightly shorter for quick cooking items such as veggies with a stove top pressure cooker.

I love the tip that Mike, Dad Cooks Dinner, recently gave in a post about using the instruction manuals as a guide. When I’m converting recipes for my pressure cooker, I use my Cuisinart Recipe Booklet as a guide all the time. Mike gave links to other pressure cooker recipe booklets that are online and will help you determine the proper cooking time for your stove top pressure cooker. Laura, Hip Pressure Cooking, also has a great list of pressure cooker manuals.

Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker

Q: Is the time the same for cooking in both electric and stove top pressure cookers? Have you used both and what do you think about each of them.

What I love about my electric pressure cooker is that it is completely automated. I don’t have to worry about figuring out what temperature to put my stove at, the pressure cooker sets the temperature. I don’t have to babysit it. If I have to run to the store in the middle of pressure cooking, the pressure cooker automatically switches to keep warm, so I feel comfortable leaving it unattended.

If you have limited space and do a lot of quick cooking items, like veggies, a stove top may be a better choice, but for tenderizing meats, soups and stews, I think most will like an electric pressure cooker.

I don’t have a stove top pressure cooker and have not used one (although I have fond memories of meals my mom made in her stove top pressure cooker). My understanding is many electric pressure cookers don’t reach as high a psi, so the cook time may be slightly longer in an electric pressure cooker. Laura, Hip Pressure Cooking, did a side by side comparison on her site .

No matter which pressure cooker you have, I hope I can inspire you to pull it out of the cupboard and start using it! You’ll be glad you did. You can find more frequently asked questions in my FAQ section.

First photo provided by Hip Pressure Cooking and used with permission.

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originally published October 14, 2012 — last updated June 28, 2018
Categories: Tips