One thing that I love about my Instant Pot is how it can speed up the cooking process. Even if I don’t exactly plan dinner ahead of time I can still throw something into the Instant Pot and get it on the table within a short amount of time. Today I’m going to be sharing with you 2 minute recipes (recipes that take 2 minutes of pressure cooking time or less in the Instant Pot).
“2 Minute” Recipes
First off I want to clarify what 2 minutes of pressure cooking time actually means. When a recipe says to set the pressure cook button to 2 minutes that doesn’t actually mean it will be done in two minutes. Sad but true. The pot will take time to build the pressure. Building the pressure can take a long time if the pot is full of a cold liquid. I’ve had recipes take 20 minutes or maybe even more time to build pressure.
If the pot just has a small amount of food and liquid in it, it will generally build pressure faster. If the liquid you add is warmed up that will cut down on pressure building time. I like to turn my Instant Pot to the saute setting while I add in the liquid so it can sort of “preheat” in a way. I’ve had the pot build pressure in as little time as 5 minutes. Generally the Instant Pot takes about 10 minutes to build pressure.
Once the pot has reached pressure the Instant Pot will start counting down the time that you have set. This will be the time that the food is cooked under pressure. Once the pot beeps indicating that the time is up you have one more step. You must release the pressure before removing the lid. In fact, you physically won’t be able to remove the lid while there is still pressure in the Instant Pot. This is one of their many safety features.
You can move the valve to venting immediately and perform a quick release. Steam will escape from the pot and it will take a couple of minutes to release it all. Then you’ll be able to remove the lid. Or you can use a natural release which is just letting the pot sit there for several minutes until all the pressure has naturally dissipated and then remove the lid. Or you can do a combination of the quick release and natural release. This is what I use most often. This means you’ll let the pot sit for 5 or 10 minutes and then move the valve to venting to release any pressure that is left.
So when I say 2 minute recipes it’s going to be more like 5-10 minutes of pressure building time + 2 minutes pressure cooking time + pressure releasing time (5 minutes-10 minutes). However, this is ALL time that you don’t have to do a thing. You can clean up your dishes. You can set the table and fill up your water glasses. You can prepare a salad. You can throw a batch of laundry in. The Instant Pot saves you time period. Whether that’s the cooking time or the time that you can get other things done instead of babysitting the cooking food.
So without further ado here are 5 Instant Pot recipes with 2 minute (or less) pressure cooking times:
This one pot meal can be made in minutes. The pork chops and green beans are full of rich buttery herb flavors. Serve as is for a low-carb meal or serve with your favorite starch (potatoes, rice or noodles).
A meatless pasta and vegetable dish. Rigatoni pasta is cooked quickly in your pressure cooker along with tomatoes, fresh green beans, carrots, mushrooms, garlic and zucchini. The whole dish is tossed with grated parmesan cheese.
My husband said “this is maybe the best soup I’ve ever had!” It’s slightly creamy (but doesn’t go overboard with dairy) and has amazing flavor thanks to the chicken sausage. It also has a nice pop of color from the chopped spinach. This soup can be made in minutes with your electric pressure cooker.
Ravioli is cooked in a marinara sauce with Italian sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and spinach for a super fast and easy one pot meal.
Reminiscent of Panera Bread’s broccoli cheddar soup this pressure cooker version has chopped broccoli, shredded carrots and celery simmered in a velvety smooth cheese sauce. I believe this version is just as good or better than you could order at any restaurant! Try it for dinner this week.
If you liked this check out my ZERO minute pressure cooking times article.
What Pressure Cooker Do You Use?
I use a 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.
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