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Pressure Cooker Ribs & 6 Easy Sides

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Pressure cooking is a popular method of cooking, because of its ability to cook any food in bulk and most recipes only require throwing your ingredients in, pressing a button and done! For those of you who are new to pressure cooking or want a refresher, a pressure cooker is a sealed pot with a valve that controls the steam pressure inside. While the pot heats up, the liquid forms steam, which builds up pressure inside.

 

It was first invented around the 1600's by a French physicist by the name of Denis Papin. He designed a pot that was mechanically sealed with weights and named it “Steam Digester”. Over the years, pressure cookers have evolved in the forms of a mechanically sealed pot with weights to a cooking pot with a special lid to today’s electric pressure cookers. The new electric pressure cookers today are designed with multiple safety features that make pressure cooking safe when used properly.

 

These kitchen gadgets are handy, because you can make any dish for any meal in these! And with the different presets they offer, it takes away the hassle from trying to figure out the exact time and temperature you need if you are new to pressure cooking. Our presets include Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Meat/Stew, Poultry, Seafood, Veggies, Bean/Chili, Canning, Yogurt, Egg Maker and Steam. Other features are Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Sauté, Manual Pressure, Delay Timer and an Adjust Pressure function.

 

Beyond the presets, prepare delicious meals, like Ramekin Eggs, Yellow Cake with Raspberry Butter Cream, Moroccan Meatballs, Zucchini Basil Soup and more! And to learn even more about pressure cooking, make sure to check out one of our previous blog posts, About Pressure Cookers.  

 

One of our favorite things about pressure cooking, however, is that you can easily cook delicious, tender meats with ease, and in a fraction of the time it would normally take to achieve a similar result with something like a slow cooker. This week, we wanted to share some delicious Pressure Cooker ribs recipes with you so you can see what we mean. The rib meat literally falls off the bone when you pressure cook it – and most of these recipes only require cooking it for 30-40 minutes! No need to stand by and watch it cook. Add your ingredients, press a button, and carry on. If you like a little crispiness, pop them in the oven for a few minutes or in your GoWISE Air Fryer when they’re done.

Of course, the perfect ribs may also require some yummy sides. Mix and match some of our favorite pressure cooker sides recipes below.

 

 

 

 

Entrees

 

 

Barbecue Coco Cola Ribs

 

 

Pork ribs are a good source of iron and zinc. We opted to use both a rub and barbecue sauce to give it extra flavor! We wanted some sweetness, so we added brown sugar to the mix. Using coke as a meat tenderizer is ideal because its high acidity and caramel flavor makes it acidic enough to break down some proteins in the meat without dissolving it.  Instead of separating the ribs, you could always place them in a ring inside of your pressure cooker pot. We utilized liquid smoke as a flavor additive and to give it that smoky flavor.

 

 

Ingredients:

half a rack of ribs

can of coke, 12 oz.

½ tsp liquid smoke

1 cup barbecue sauce

4 tbsp salt

4 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp pepper

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp chili powder

2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

 

 

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the salt, brown sugar, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and red pepper flakes. Set aside.

Separate the ribs from each other using a kitchen knife. Then, fully coat all the ribs in the rub mixture. Pour the coke and liquid smoke into the Pressure Cooker pot. Place the ribs in there and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.

Once they are done cooking, take them out of the Pressure Cooker and brush barbecue sauce on top and serve!

 

 

 

Honey & Sesame Oil Glazed Ribs

 

 

This delicious recipe utilizes both the Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer, but if you don’t have an Air Fryer then broil the ribs in the oven for 5-10 minutes. Don’t hesitate to use your stove top oven for this or take advantage of the Pressure Cooker for less of a cleanup. If you are cooking for a big party, then feel free to double the recipe to make more! We wanted this dish to have a spicier taste to it, but if you aren’t fond of that, then you can omit the red pepper powder or cayenne powder. When pressure cooking your ribs, you can either spiral them in the pot in a ring shape or stand them around the inner pot. Be sure to use oven mitts when pouring the glaze over the ribs to ensure you do not burn yourself. Using a basting brush ensures you put just the right amount of sauce needed for your recipe and then you can save the rest for later or other parts of your meal.

 

 

Ingredients:

 ½ cup of soy sauce

2 tbsp rice vinegar

2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp red pepper powder or cayenne pepper

8 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp grated ginger

1 cup green onions, chopped

3 lbs. baby back ribs

¼ cup honey

sesame seeds for garnish

chopped scallions for garnish

 

 

Directions:

Cut the baby back ribs in half or thirds.

In a mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, red pepper powder, minced garlic, grated ginger and green onions to make the marinade. Pour the marinade over the ribs and let them marinate for four hours.

After marinating, place the ribs in the cooking pot. Add a little bit of the marinade into the pot and 1 cup of water. Keep the leftover marinade.

Set the cooking time for 35 minutes. Once the ribs are cooked, take them out and set them on a baking dish.

Then, use the Pressure Cooker to make the glaze using the Sauté feature. Be sure to empty the cooking pot of liquids first.

Then, pour the leftover marinade into the cooking pot and add in ¼ cup of honey and bring to a boil. You can either pour the glaze over the ribs or use a basting brush to coat the ribs with the glaze. 

Then, add a rack of ribs that have been glazed into the air fryer basket lined with perforated parchment paper (optional). Air fry at 400°F for 5-7 minutes. Repeat steps for the remaining ribs.

Once the rack of ribs is done in the air fryer, sprinkle some chopped scallions and sesame seeds for garnish.

Serve and enjoy!

 

 

 

Sides

 

 

Mac and Cheese

 

 

This delicious four-cheese mac and cheese recipe is the perfect dish to make in bulk by utilizing your Pressure Cooker. We utilized four different kinds of cheeses to make it extra cheesy but go ahead and just use one type of cheese or more than four if you wish! Havarti cheese isn’t one you see often, but we loved it because it’s one of the easier ones that can be sliced, grilled or melted. We went for a spicier mac and cheese by adding in hot sauce, but feel free to omit that if you aren’t fond of spicy! You can use either milk or chicken broth as a substitute. We opted for both, because since we were using many cheeses, we didn’t want the consistency to be too thick. This is filling enough to enjoy as a full meal or perfect as a tasty side, as well. And it’s easy and quick enough, that you just throw all your ingredients in and you’ll be able to enjoy it within 5 minutes.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

 1 lb. elbow macaroni

2 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp hot sauce

1 tsp garlic powder

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

½ cup shredded parmesan cheese

½ cup Havarti

½ - 1 cup milk

 

 

 

Directions:

Add the macaroni, water, chicken broth, butter, hot sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper to your Pressure Cooker.

Set your Pressure Cooker to high pressure for 5 minutes and use the Quick Release before opening. Fold in the cheeses and milk and mix to combine.

Stir and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Potato

 

 

Sweet potatoes are the perfect side dish to any meal. They are a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. They also help produce healthy vision and gut health. They are a universal food that can be made into other sides, such as chips, french fries, toast, mashed potatoes and more! Because of their sweet flavoring, they compliment barbecue ribs perfectly! To make them even sweeter, we utilized brown sugar, butter and cinnamon as toppings. Feel free to use other toppings, such as maple syrup, butter, toasted pecans or sour cream, chives, salt and pepper. They are also perfect to make in the Pressure Cooker, because we were able to fit multiple in there, ideal for the whole family.

 

 

Ingredients:

6 sweet potatoes

2 ½ cups water

 

Toppings: 

brown sugar

butter

cinnamon

 

 

 

Directions:

Rinse the potatoes well and poke holes into each potato using a fork.

Add a rack into the Pressure Cooker pot and place the sweet potatoes on top. 

Then, add 2 ½ cups of water to the Pressure Cooker. Select Manual and cook on high pressure for 16 minutes. When they are done cooking, use the Quick Release to release the pressure.

Prepare your favorite toppings and add them to your sweet potatoes and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asian Dumplings

 

 

We went for a healthier dumpling option and steamed them, but feel free to pan fry or deep fry them, as well. Dumplings are fairly healthy depending on the way you cook them. Make this a fuller meal by adding some delicious sides, such as a side salad, steamed broccoli, white rice or a bowl of Asian soup! Dip your dumplings with satisfying sauces, such as soy sauce, vinegar, chili oil or teriyaki sauce. Folding them can be tricky, but prepare some extra dumplings, so you can practice until they’re perfect. Make sure you apply water to the edges to ensure they stick together. You can also utilize egg mixture for the same effect. Use any fixings you want in this dish, such as vegetables, pork and scallions, shrimp, pork and cabbage and more!

 

 

Ingredients:

½ lb. ground pork

1 lb. Chinese chives

½ lb. shrimp without shells

4 eggs

1 tbsp fresh ginger

1 ½ tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp white pepper

1 tbsp salt

½ tbsp cornstarch

50-60 dumpling wrappers

½ cup water

 

 

Directions:

Add a pinch of salt and cornstarch to the uncooked shrimp. Mix together until cornstarch coats the shrimp and set aside.

Peel and mince the ginger and set aside. Chop up the chives and set aside.

Add a pinch of salt to 3 whole eggs and whip with a fork. In a well-oiled pan, scramble the eggs - do not overcook. Break-up the scrambled eggs into very small pieces and set aside.

Chop up the marinated shrimp into small pieces and set aside.

Combine the pork, shrimp, scrambled eggs, and chives into a large mixing bowl. Add in the minced ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, white pepper, and one whole egg and mix well.

Add about a tablespoon of the mixture to a dumpling wrapper. Using your finger, apply water to the edges of the wrapper. Begin by folding the wrapper and pinching the middle lightly and applying water again to the edges. Using your thumb and index finger, take the edge of one side and fold toward the center and pinch lightly. Repeat this process twice for each side.

Using the steamer basket, lined with parchment paper, arrange the dumplings careful they do not touch each other.

Place the bottom rack into the pot along with 1 cup of water. Add the steamer baskets in and seal the lid.

Set the Pressure Cooker to high pressure for 3 minutes and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Spinach Artichoke Dip

 

 

Eat this delicious dip with a variety of things, such as pita chips, tortilla chips, flatbread, crackers or whatever else you desire. Using 2 types of cheese and the combination of sour cream and mayonnaise gives it the perfect amount of cheesy goodness, but feel free to use a different type of cheese if you wish. Make this a gluten and dairy free option by substituting those with dairy free cheese, sour cream and mayo! Add more protein to this dish by using alternatives, such as yogurt, cream cheese, hummus or skim milk! Preparing this in the Pressure Cooker is perfect if you are cooking for a lot of people, because there will be enough for everyone and will be ready in minutes!

 

 

Ingredients:

10 oz. frozen chopped spinach

14 oz. can of artichoke hearts

½ cup sour cream

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup shredded parmesan

1 cup shredded mozzarella

¼ tsp garlic salt

¼ tsp black pepper

 

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients into a baking pan and cover with foil.

Add 2 cups of water to the bottom of the Pressure Cooker and insert a rack. Place baking pan on rack. Lock the lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.

Release pressure with quick release and enjoy with tortilla chips.

 

 

 

 

Rice Pudding

 

 

This a healthier dessert option to enjoy instead of other creamy desserts like ice cream or cake with frosting. It is perfect as an evening dessert or a breakfast option, because it can be served cold, heated or at room temperature. Alter the taste of rice pudding by using coconut milk, cinnamon, raisins and other ingredients you desire! Plump this dish up by adding cinnamon, cranberries, raisins or apples. You could also thicken it up by letting it cool, adding an egg, folding in whip cream or turning it into a souffle!

 

 

Ingredients:

2 cups whole milk

¼ cup evaporated milk

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ cup sugar

1 egg

1 cup uncooked rice

1 ½ tbsp butter

1 cup water

 

 

Directions:

Set Pressure Cooker to Sauté and add in butter and stir until melted. Then, add the rice and stir until all coated.

Add milk, water, sugar, and vanilla extract and stir to combine.

Set to manual on high pressure for 14 minutes. Once it is done, use the Quick Release to release the pressure.

Whisk the egg into evaporated milk. Then, add a spoon of rice pudding into the egg mixture and stir. Add egg mixture to the pot and stir until it has thickened.

Add cinnamon on top and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banana Nut Bread

 

 

Serve this delectable bread with yogurt, fresh fruit, whipped cream, ice cream and more! This a healthy snack because of the use of grains and bananas. Some benefits to eating banana bread is it boosts your energy, is a great source of magnesium and fiber and promotes eye and heart health. We opted to use walnuts to give the bread that crunchy effect but go ahead and omit that ingredient if you are looking for a softer bread. We selected walnuts specifically, because they are more bitter and complimented the rich, sweet taste from the banana bread. Utilize other types of nuts, like almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts or pecans. Make this a healthier dessert by substituting gluten-free flour, an egg substitute, dairy-free yogurt or cocoa butter!

 

 

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups water
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
½ cup butter (room temperature)
3 bananas
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp baking soda
2 eggs (room temperature)
1 cup walnuts

 

 

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, eggs and sugar. Blend until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, peel and mash 3 bananas.

After the bananas are sufficiently mashed, add them to the egg, sugar and butter mixture.

Add flour, baking soda and salt to same bowl and blend until combined. Then, add walnuts and fold into batter.

Butter an 8 in. pan and add the mixture into the pan. Create handles for your trivet by folding pieces of tin foil. Then, attach the foil slips to handles and place the pan on the trivet.

Pour water into the Pressure Cooker. Then, lower the pan and trivet into the Pressure Cooker. Turn to close and lock the lid into place. Cook at high pressure for 1 hour and use the Quick Release to release the pressure.

Once the pressure is released, use the tin foil handles to remove the pan. Slice yourself a piece and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all, Pressure Cooking has always been popular because of the endless possibilities you can make in this appliance and the quantities you can cook up in minutes. It is perfect for making food in bulk for any event or party, meal prepping for those that are on the go and anyone else who wants to throw everything in and come home to a warm, tasty meal. So, make sure you use a Pressure Cooker the next time you are cooking anything, so you are able to have a yummy entree, side and dessert ready for the whole family!

 

 If you need more recipe ideas, enjoy our included recipe book with easy to follow steps and check out a Pressure Cooker dessert staple of ours, Berry Cobbler. It’s a sweet and delectable dessert for the whole family to enjoy!

 

 

 

 

If you still feel unsure, there are so many outlets out there to help you with tips, tricks and recipes! We also have a YouTube channel and other helpful blog posts to help you get more familiar with your GoWISE USA product and find useful tips and recipes.

 

We appreciate every one of our customers and hope you found this post helpful with getting more familiar with your GoWISE USA Pressure Cooker. And don’t forget to share your experiences and creations with our products using the #GoWISEUSA on all of our social channels or join our GoWISE Creations community on Facebook. 

 

 

A big thank you to the authors of the recipes we tested out. Check out the links below to take a look at the original recipes and tips on pressure cooking.

 

https://www.brit.co/beginner-pressure-cooker-recipes/

https://www.thekitchn.com/a-primer-on-pressure-cooking-193715

 


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