Have you seen the blog’s new look? Well, you are looking at it but have you noticed that it’s different? I’ve spent the last couple of weeks moving it to a different platform. The first recipe I published on it was the Instant Pot Chicken Stew with Dumplings and today it’s this Instant Pot Chorizo Frittata.…
How this recipe came about (thank you
A little while ago I asked the lovely Kate to measure her suet-free dumpling mix so that I could try dumplings in a pressure cooked stew. Anyone who knows
Do you hate peeling Butternut Squash? I do! I used to have to prepare myself for it. Clear the area. Breathe deeply. Hope for the best (like no trip to the hospital for stitches….). Then this Instant Pot Whole Butternut Squash is perfect for you (and me!).
What if I told you that pressure cooking whole in your Instant Pot softens it making it super easy to peel?
This Instant Pot Leek, Potato and Paprika Soup was an improvisation for a quick Saturday lunch. I’ve been in a paprika sort of mood lately.
It turned out really well! So I am sharing the recipe so that you can try it too.
Ready for the recipe?…
This Instant Pot Prawn, Trout and Pea Risotto is such a delicious dish. I found the Trout fillets in the reduced aisle at Tesco and just had to make something special with them.
I usually make a Prawn and Pea Risotto but the trout was a wonderful addition. You don’t need to add it as it is a bit of a treat and adds to the cost of the dish but it works great!…
New to Instant Pot®? Not sure where to start? As part of the work I do with Instant Pot UK, I’ve put together a Beginner’s Guide for new users like you.
The Instant Pot UK Beginners’ Guide is all written, compiled and designed by me so you know it’s a no-nonsense kind of guide.
This Instant Pot UK Beginners’ Guide is the best source to learn to use and make the most of your Instant Pot®…
I had never cooked giant cous cous until a few weeks ago when I saw it in Aldi. I tried a quick lunch experiment and it turned out well so last week I decided to recreate it with a few added touches. It turned out amazing and it’s so quick and easy….
This Instant Pot Squid Stew is so tasty and it’s amazing how tender the squid goes! I’m posting it quickly for Dejanka to have and will make it prettier later on. Serve it on its own, with plain rice, with pasta or with quinoa like Alli did below. If you want a quick method to cook quinoa in your Instant Pot (the best quinoa), just ask.
LittleT loved it!!
Let me know if you enjoy it….
I have the huge luck of having a child who eats well and, despite asking for pasta all the time, is open to trying new things and this Instant Pot Thai Pork Larb Recipe (Thai Minced Pork) is one of her favourites….
You may have gathered by now that I am a huge fan of soy sauce and fish sauce. Yes, I love umami and I love Nasi Goreng, which means “fried rice” in Indonesian and Malay. I don’t eat carbs all that often nowadays since I’ve been on a low carb diet for the past year so, when I do eat them, I want them to be really tasty.
I have tried to simplify this dish as much as I can to make it a really easy midweek meal or even a lovely weekend side dish when you’re cooking a variety of dishes for one special meal….
I’ve been hankering for pulled pork for weeks, today I managed to finally satisfy that craving! This Instant Pot Pulled Pork with Creamy Paprika Sauce was so tender. After removing the pork to shred, I blended some of the juices left in the pot with cashews and more paprika (thank you Quirky Cooking for the inspiration!) and I ended with the creamiest sauce to go (rather well) with my pulled pork. I am typing this today as I had a few requests in my Pressure Cooking UK with Feisty Tapas Facebook group but also because, if my hands are not busy, I’ll end up eating all the pulled pork myself.
Make it without the sauce for a great LOW CARB dish or, of course, only have a tiny bit of the sauce which is quite filling.
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You may have already gathered from my last two recipes that I am a big fan of soup. Yes, I admit it, I love soup. When you can pressure cook your own Chicken broth or stock at home in no time and without filling the house with its smell, it becomes a weekly staple and, once you have that stock or broth (whatever you prefer to call it) in the fridge, it’s so versatile!…
This is one of the myriad of recipes you can cook after pressure cooking a whole chicken in the Instant Pot. Find the method for pressure cooking whole chicken first here.
Then, after making Chicken Stock as per that delicious recipe. You can keep the stock and some of the meat (or just the stock and none of the meat) to make this Instant Pot Soup with Greens, Beans, Potatoes and Chorizo.
If you fancy the idea of this recipe but are not a meat eater and wish it didn’t have the chorizo or the chicken stock, how about making it vegetarian or vegan by preparing my Vegetable Stock Paste and cooking this soup with 1 litre of water, 3 tablespoons of my vegetable stock paste, 1 tsp of paprika and omitting the chorizo, keep the potatoes, the greens and the beans….
I love meat loaf and it turns out that so does the little Tapita! It’s delicious hot or cold so really convenient. Perfect for picnics for that imminent spring weather that is round the corner. This Instant Pot Meat Loaf is delicious!…
“Chicken stock with a whole chicken, shock horror!”, I can hear the purists scream from here! Well, yes. When you’re a working parent trying to keep your head above water you do not mind this type of thing that much and the stock is super tasty so, if I’m going to keep my head above water, it might as well be delicious chicken stock (or broth as some like to call it), in my Instant Pot of course!…
When I scribbled notes for this recipe, I entitled it Tasty Mince with a Feisty Kick. As you may know by now, there are days when I am all about flavours. I like to look at what’s in the fridge and in the cupboard and improvise. This happened during one of those day, also known as the day after I received two pudding basins to play with my Instant Pot so, clearly, something had to happen pot in pot. Right?
So, what is Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking? I have a whole post about it right here. It really is not very difficult and, once you have the hang of it, you’ll love it and will be thinking ahead to decide what else you can cook in your Instant Pot at the same time as your normal meals.
I used this Arga Pudding Mould (perfect for Crème Caramel too) but to be honest it is quite flimsy for the price. Although at the same time fantastic for Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking. You could use any bowl that fits in your Instant Pot, always bearing in mind the requirements. And a taller trivet is handy to have. Find all details of the dimensions you need in my What is Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking post.
You can totally cook this Lemony Mince in Oyster Sauce without the PIP rice of course! The mince is totally worth it as it’s so full of flavour. Or you could replace the rice with quartered potatoes in the pot-in-pot bowl and almost cover them with water then proceed as below (pretend they are the rice). In fact this is great for those of you wanting to make cottage pie. Can I feel a new recipe coming soon?
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Instant Pot Lemony Mince in Oyster Sauce with Pot-in-Pot (PIP) Rice
What is Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking?
Pot-in-pot (PIP) cooking basically means cooking something inside a pot (or bowl) that is then placed inside your Instant Pot’s inner pot. Pot in pot. In this case “a pot inside the inner pot”.
The bowl is placed on a trivet, with water underneath to generate the necessary steam. It can also be used for layered cooking: imagine your cottage pie mix cooking in the inner pot underneath the trivet and the potatoes for the mash cooking at the same time in a bowl placed on the trivet.
This method maximises the space in your Instant Pot and your energy use! When you’re ready to try it, make sure you give my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Lemony Mince in Oyster Sauce with Pot-in-Pot (PIP) Rice.
Ox cheeks are a cut best braised (first fried and then slow cooked for hours) or fantastic pressure cooked, so easy in the Instant Pot. The meat becomes melt-in-the-mouth tender.
You will find ox cheeks in your local good butcher, Waitrose also has them.
This was my first try with ox cheeks and I have to say: do not try to slice or dice them (it’s mission impossible). Leave them whole. They are very sinewy raw but that all disintegrates when pressure cooking, leaving you with fork-tender meat.
A tip: porcini and, in general, dried mushrooms can be quite expensive. I got mine from Grape Tree in town. I think a 40 g bag was £1. If you have one nearby it’s worth going in for the raw cashews and the big buckets of herbs and spices, which tend to be 3 for 2.
Don’t forget you can find all my Instant Pot recipes here.
Cooking gammon in the Instant Pot is easy, painless and, above all, tasty. Instant Pot ham though is not great for my waist line as I seem to snack on it all day (particularly good dipped in Quirky Cooking’s BBQ Sauce if you haven’t glazed it!). In my defence, it’s really, really nice and well, it’s there in the fridge, all I have to do is pinch a bit.
There are two ways of cooking Instant Pot ham, all details here….