11 super easy Asian pressure cooker recipes

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A newbie to pressure cooking? Not to worry, we've got you covered.

The deliciousness of a dish is traditionally correlated with the amount of time and effort spent to prepare it. The longer and arduous you cooked, the better it tastes. It is the reason why Granny staunchly used the old earthenware and ancient ways of preparing your family’s favourite food. But what if we used technology to our advantage just like trying easy Asian pressure cooker recipes?

We do not have a problem with Granny being a stalwart to traditional cooking, but using new kitchen equipment like the pressure cooker can make cooking easier, faster, and even more fun.

11 Easy Asian Pressure Cooker Recipes

1. Chicken Congee

Feed your soul and warm up your tummy with one of the easy Asian Pressure cooker recipes! All you need is to rinse rice, add water and ginger. Pressure cook and then add chicken cuts. Pressure cook it again and add salt, pepper, and green onion. Happiness in a bowl has never been this easy. Enjoy!

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2. Pressure Cooker Broccoli

Get your vegetable side dish ready in a few minutes! Broccoli is rich in protein, vitamin E, K, folate and many other nutrients that I can’t even pronounce. So yes, it is a great veggie to include on your plate.

All you need to do is to pressure cook your broccoli florets in less than a minute then quickly place into an ice bath. Remove the hot water from the pressure cooker and add oil, minced garlic, broccoli and salt to taste. Stir for 30 seconds and serve. 

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3. Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu)

Cook tasty pork BBQ cuts at home with this recipe! Marinate a pound of pork butt meat in red bean curd, chu hou paste, Chinese BBQ sauce, sesame oil, Shaoxing wine, garlic powder, light soy sauce and slip them all together in an air-tight magical resealable zipper bag within 30 minutes or longer. Don’t forget to poke holes all over the pork.

Pressure cook the pork and season with salt. Add sweetness by generously brushing honey on the slab of meat. Put in the oven at 450°F for 5 to 6 minutes and serve. You will never have to order pork BBQ ever again once you try this!

Note: Pork butt meat is actually a cut of meat from a pig’s shoulder. No worries, it’s not from Porky’s behind.

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4. Chicken Tikka Masala

Have a warm, saucy, flavorful Indian fix in less than an hour! 

How can you make this dish? You can marinate chicken in yogurt, pepper, ginger, lemons, and garam masala and saute it in your pressure cooker or set it on high mode and let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Tikka Masala is a great partner of hot freshly cooked rice or naan bread. For a keto version, you can eat it with riced cauliflower instead. 

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5. Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Are you looking for an easy, yummy, kid-friendly late night dinner agenda? Try cooking Honey Garlic Chicken Wings now! It can be served at parties, picnics or family gatherings. 

This dish owes its flavour to the soy sauce and Shaoxing wine marinade as well as other aromatic ingredients and spices, like garlic, star anise, honey, ginger, etc.

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6. Cola Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings

Cola is not just a refreshing beverage. It can also serve as a delicious marinade for this beloved comfort food. This recipe requires chicken wings, cola, ginger, soy sauce, Chinese rice wine, and scallions.

Start by sauteeing and stir frying the chicken wings with garlic and onions. Pour the marinade into your pressure cooker and let it cook for about five to ten minutes. Enjoy!

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7. Pressure cooker Pork Bone Soup

Nothing is more comforting than a hearty bowl of soup cooked by our moms. With the help of your pressure cooker, you can quickly enjoy your delightful bowl of soup, minus the long hours of getting the flavour out of your ingredients, like pork bones, ginger, mandarin peel, carrots, and corn!

Just let ingredients sit in the pressure cooker with water and let the broth cook for about half an hour or so. 

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8. Pressure Cooker Beef Rendang

Using this pressure cooker recipe, you won’t need to travel across the world to recreate a taste of Indonesia in your kitchen.The spicy dish is unmistakably Asian and packs a powerful punch in flavour. It’s also got this awesome spicy depth that just makes it a memory to savour.

Tamarind gives the dish some sourness, with coconut milk to help mellow the strong flavours. Lime leaves and lemongrass give Beef Rendang its distinctive Asian flavours loved all around the world. And putting all the ingredients in the pressure cooker means you’re ready to eat in 25 minutes. Simple!

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9. Pressure Cooker Sticky Rice 

Mostly popular in Laos and Thailand, authentic Asian Sticky Rice is a simple but effective dish! Also known as Sweet Rice or Glutinous Rice, it’s a sticky non-translucent, long-grained rice.

Normally, you would have to soak the rice overnight and steam it in a special rice steamer, which you then knead using a wooden paddle.

With a pressure cooker, you can have this delicacy ready in minutes! The most important thing to remember is the water-to-rice ratio – too much or too little either way ruins it! Pour 250ml in your pressure cooker, and place a trivet at the bottom. In your stainless steel bowl, submerge 200g of glutinous rice in 167ml of water and then cook at high pressure for 12 minutes!

After that, you’re set!

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10. Chickpea Curry

Go on an easy vegan dish with this recipe! It requires minimal effort yet yields maximum output.

All this pressure cooker recipe requires are  dollops of chickpeas, tomatoes, coconut milk, onion carrots, spices and cilantro.

Serve on top of piping hot rice!

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11. Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

How about a bowl of noodles that you would make a great meal at any time of day?

This dish is highly nutritious and oozing with Asian flavours. As a die-hard fan of lemongrass, this dish is personally approved and highly recommended! 

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Technology and cooking can surely go hand in hand with these easy Asian pressure cooker recipes. Less work, less time, but the outcomes are just as sumptuous. 

Which one of these Asian pressure cooker recipes is your favourite?

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