You can make a delicious Valentine’s Day meal from home for a fraction of the cost of going out. Use your pressure cooker to whip up one of these AMAZING Valentine’s Day pressure cooker menus — make something amazing in less time than it’d take you to get a table at your favorite restaurant.
Since I’m in the kitchen all the time, I love to go out to a favorite local restaurant to celebrate Valentine’s Day. However, my husband hates the crowds and loves my cooking—all he ever wants is a cozy dinner at home. (Awww!)
Four Amazing Valentine’s Day Pressure Cooker Menus
Sometimes the hardest part of meal planning is figuring what flavors go well together and when to start everything. In these meal plans, I’ve done the work for you. Each of these plans accommodates a different approach to Valentine’s Day—choose what works for you!
Make-Ahead Fancy Night In
This menu is fancy but still fits well with busy schedules—most of the main prep work is done a night or two before and then heated up on the big night.
My Bone-In Beef Short Ribs feature a red wine sauce and are perfect for a fancy Valentine’s dinner. Drizzle extra sauce over the top of mashed potatoes, with a side of almond-dressed beans. Finish the night with mini cheesecakes made in their own little pans and topped with a decadent berry topping.
Planning: The night before, I’d make the cheesecakes (30 minute prep/cook time), rinse the cooking pot, then start the short ribs (90 minutes prep/cook time). While the ribs are cooking, prepare the fruit topping for the cheesecake. Once the ribs are finished cooking, place them in a separate bowl to cool to room temperature and refrigerate overnight. On Valentine’s Day, prepare the mashed potatoes (10 minutes prep/cook time), then transfer to a slow cooker on low. (Check them occasionally and add milk as needed.) Skim the fat off of the refrigerated short ribs and reheat on the stove or in your pressure cooker, whatever works best for you. Prepare the green beans (10 minutes prep/cook time) about 15 minutes before you think the short ribs will be warmed through.
Real life doesn’t stop—not even for Valentine’s Day! This menu will have you covered when traffic has you running late or the kids are sick or you just want to focus on having fun together instead of slaving in the kitchen.
This is a creamy, full-flavor Italian meal that comes together really quickly since it starts with chicken tenders. It pairs well with simple vegetables, pasta, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, and the creamy, old fashioned rice pudding is the perfect sweet finish. In about 30 minutes, you’ll have a meal to sweep your sweetheart off their feet!
Planning: The chicken lazone cooks so quickly (15 minute prep/cook time), you’ll want to start your pasta water boiling before you start cooking. While the chicken is coming to pressure, chop the broccoli and get it ready to steam. (If you want, you can steam your broccoli in your Instant Pot—pour in 1 cup water, place the chopped broccoli on a steamer basket, set the cook time for 0 minutes, then use a quick pressure release.) After dinner, start the rice pudding about 30 minutes before you want to eat dessert. (Or, for further time-savings, you can prep the rice pudding the night before. Since the rice pudding thickens when chilled, check the texture just prior to serving and add a little more liquid if needed.)
Family Valentine’s Celebration
When finding a sitter costs as much as a nice night out, sometimes you share your Valentine’s meal with the kids. This menu has something to keep everyone happy!
The brisket and macaroni and cheese are the perfect pair of comfort foods. And kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy these fun cheesecake pops! The brisket has a long cook time, which is perfect for a family chocolate-dipping activity while you wait.
Planning: The day before, cook the cheesecake and chill at least 4 hours or overnight. The night before, don’t forget to get the brisket marinating! On Valentine’s Day, start the brisket well before you want to eat (90+ minute prep/cook time). While the brisket cooks, melt the chocolate, grab the sprinkles, and decorate your cheesecake pops. Return to the fridge until ready to serve. Once the brisket is cooked, remove to a platter and cover with foil and a little of the cooking liquid. Clean the cooking pot, then start the mac and cheese (10 minutes prep/cook time).
Galentine’s Day Party
It’s only the best day of the year! Grab some friends, turn up the tunes, and enjoy a night of chatting and cooking together.
This is the perfect meal to share with friends. Finish the night with a dessert that’s fancy, sweet, and perfect all on its own. (Unless you’re a Galentine’s Day traditionalist, you beautiful tropical fish, in which case I’d recommend my Cinnamon Roll Liege Waffles.)
Planning: You can make most of these items ahead of time, which gives you more time to enjoy your guests! The day before, prepare the Crème Brûlée (20 minutes prep/cook time), cool and chill. (Save the sugar torching for Galentine’s Day.) Then prepare the butter chicken (not only makes your life easier, but I think it tastes better the next day). On Galentine’s Day, about two hours before the party, chop the fruit and bake the cinnamon-sugar cups (this can also be done the night before). If you’re making homemade naan, start the dough about an hour before you want to start baking—including heating up your oven with pizza stone. Once the party starts, fill the cinnamon-sugar cups with the fruit and your appetizer will be ready to go. Start the brown rice (45 minute prep/cook time), and heat the butter chicken on the stove. When you’re ready for dessert, sprinkle sugar on the Crème Brûlée and have some fun with the torch.
More Ideas for your Amazing Valentine’s Day Pressure Cooker Menus
Want to swap out one of the recipes above? Some of my favorite fancy Valentine’s Day recipes are included in my cookbook, The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook.
- Creamy Swiss Onion Soup (page 95)
- Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo (page 195)
- Beef Bourguignon (page 214)
- Fork-Tender Pork Chops in Mushroom Gravy (page 226)
- Coq au Vin (page 232)
- Three-Cheese Lasagna (page 240)
- Mini Creamy Lemon Pies (page 282)
- Fudgy Brownies (page 293)
If you are looking for a gift or need to “suggest” a gift to your sweetheart, you can always check out my Amazon shop for pressure cookers, accessories, and cookbooks.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope it’s filled with love and good food, whether with your sweetheart, your family, or some good friends. Leave me a comment and let me know what you’re planning for Valentine’s Day!