Pressure Cooking Charts

The time saved by using a pressure cooker is obviously a huge benefit, but that is secondary to how your foods taste out of the pressure cooker.

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Poultry

  Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Liquid Needed Release Method   Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Liquid Needed Release Method
Chicken Bones for Stock 40 6 cups NATURAL Chicken Thigh (boneless) 4 1 cup QUICK
Chicken Breast (bone in) 6 1 cup QUICK Chicken, Whole 20 1½ cups NATURAL
Chicken Breast (boneless) 4 1 cup QUICK Chicken Game Hen (1 – 1½ lbs) 8 1 cup NATURAL
Chicken Thigh (bone in) 7 1 cup QUICK Turkey Breast (boneless, 2 – 3 lbs) 20 – 25 1½ cups NATURAL

Beef

  Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Liquid Needed Release Method   Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Liquid Needed Release Method
Beef Bones for stock 40 6 cups NATURAL Meatloaf 35 1 1/2 cups NATURAL
Brisket (3 1/2 to 4 lbs) 55 to 60 1 1/2 cups NATURAL Pot Roast (3 1/2 to 4 lbs) 55 to 65 2 cups NATURAL
Corned Beef Brisket 55 covered NATURAL Short Ribs 55 1 1/2 cups NATURAL
Flanked Steak (1 lb) 25 1 cup NATURAL Stew Meat (1-inch cubes) 15 to 20 1 cup NATURAL
Ground Beef 5 1 cup QUICK Veal Shanks 20 to 25 1 1/2 cups NATURAL
Meatballs 5 1 cup NATURAL Veal Stew Meat (1-inch cubes) 10 1 cup NATURAL

 

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Pork

  Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Liquid Needed Release Method   Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Liquid Needed Release Method
Baby Back Ribs 30 1 cup NATURAL Pork Chops (boneless, 1-inch) 4 to 5 1 1/2 cups NATURAL
Country Style Ribs 20 to 25 1 1/2 cups NATURAL Pork Loin (2 to 2 1/2 lbs) 25 1 1/2 cups NATURAL
Ground Pork 5 1 cup QUICK Pork Shoulder (2 lbs) 55 1 1/2 cups NATURAL
Ham (bone-in, 5 lbs, precooked) 25 to 30 1 1/2 cups NATURAL Sausages 10 to 15 1 1/2 cups QUICK
Meatballs 5 1 cup NATURAL Spare Ribs 45 1 cup NATURAL
Pork Chops (bone-in, 1-inch) 6 1 1/2 cups NATURAL Stew Meat (1-inch cubes) 15 to 20 1 cup NATURAL

 

Lamb

  Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Liquid Needed Release Method   Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Liquid Needed Release Method
Ground Lamb 5 1 cup QUICK Leg of Lamb (boneless, 3 1/2 to 4 lbs) 35 to 45 1 1/2 cups NATURAL
Lamb Shanks 30 1 1/2 cups NATURAL Stew Meat (1-inch cubes) 15 to 20 1 cups NATURAL
Meatballs 5 1 cup NATURAL        
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Fish & Seafood

  Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Liquid Needed Release Method   Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Liquid Needed Release Method
Calamari 20 5 cups QUICK Mussels 4 2 cups QUICK
Clams 4 1 cup QUICK Salmon 5 4 cups QUICK
Crab Legs 4 1 cup QUICK Shrimp 2 3 cups QUICK
Fish Fillet (1-inch thick) 5 6 cups QUICK        

Grains (1 cup of each grain)

  Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Liquid Needed Release Method   Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Liquid Needed Release Method
Barley (pearled) 20 – 15 3 cups QUICK Polenta (fine, not instant) 5 2 cups QUICK
Brown Rice 20 2 cups NATURAL Quinoa 5 1½ cups QUICK
Bulgar 6 2 cups QUICK Steel Cut Oats 5 2 cups NATURAL
Farro (pearled) 8 2 cups QUICK White Rice, long-grain 4 – 6 1½ cups QUICK
Farro (whole grain) 18 3 cups QUICK White Rice, short-grain 7 2 2/3 cups QUICK
Polenta (coarse, not instant) 8 – 10 4 cups QUICK Wild Rice 22 3 – 4 cups QUICK

 

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Vegetables

  Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Liquid Needed Release Method   Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Liquid Needed Release Method
Acorn Squash (halved) 8 1 cup QUICK Eggplant 3 – 4 1 cup QUICK
Artichokes (medium, whole) 12 1 cup QUICK Fennel (wedges) 4 1 cup QUICK
Asparagus 2 1 cup QUICK Green Beans 3 – 4 1 cup QUICK
Beets (medium, whole) 15 1 cup QUICK Kale 1 cup QUICK
Broccoli 3 1 cup QUICK Leeks (1-inch pieces) 4 1 cup QUICK
Broccoli Rabe 3 1 cup QUICK Parsnips (1-inch chunks) 4 – 5 1 cup QUICK
Brussels Sprouts 4 – 6 1 cup QUICK Potatoes (1-inch chunks or small whole) 6- 8 1 cup QUICK
Butternut Squash (1-inch cubes) 5 1 cup QUICK Rutabaga (1-inch chunks) 4 1 cup QUICK
Cabbage (quartered) 4 – 6 1 cup QUICK Spaghetti Squash (1-inch chunks) 12 – 15 1 cup QUICK
Cauliflower (whole) 12 – 15 1 cup QUICK Sweet Potatoes (1-inch chunks) 4 – 5 1 cup QUICK
Collard Greens 5 – 10 1 cup QUICK Swiss Chard 2 1 cup QUICK
Corn on the Cob 2 – 3 1 cup QUICK Turnips (1-inch chunks0 3 – 4 1 cup QUICK

 

Beans and Legumes

  Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes)  Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Release Method   Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Cooking Time HIGH Pressure (minutes) Release Method
  Un-soaked Soaked or Quick-Soaked     Un-soaked Soaked or Quick-Soaked

 

Black Beans 25 7 NATURAL Lentils 7 – 8 unnecessary QUICK
Black-Eyed Peas  8 6 NATURAL Navy Beans 20 8 – 10 NATURAL
Cannellini Beans 25 7 NATURAL Pinto Beans 25 8 –  10 NATURAL
Chickpeas 35 – 40 15 NATURAL Split Peas 8 – 10 unnecessary NATURAL
Great Northern Beans 25 8 – 10 NATURAL White Beans 20 8 – 10 NATURAL
Kidney Beans 25 8  – 10 NATURAL        

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  1. I just purchased a Cook’s Essentials 2 quart pressure cooker. I am looking for one of your cookbooks that tell how much or how little will go into it and the cooking times. Thank You.

    1. It really depends on what brand of cooker you are using. For Cook’s Essentials pressure cookers, the slow cooker setting is low.

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