6 Delicious, Vegan Meals You Can Make in Your Pressure Cooker

Pressure cooker meals are convenient, but let’s be honest: not all meals you can make in your pressure cooker are delicious. Sub-par pressure cooker recipes can be bland or mushy. Armed with the right recipes, though, your pressure cooker can be your best friend on busy nights when you just need to get supper on the table.

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Choosing a Pressure Cooker

The recipes below will work in a stovetop or electric pressure cooker. There are a lot of options out there, and trying to decide what’s best for your kitchen can make your head spin. A lot of folks ask me what kind of pressure cooker to get, and I really recommend a multi-function pressure cooker, if you have the budget. Instead of just pressure cooking, a multi-function pressure cooker also slow cooks, sautes and makes yogurt. If kitchen space is at a premium for you, a multipot is a real space-saver.

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My husband got me an Instant Pot Duo—a multi-function pressure cooker—for Christmas last year, and it has changed my life. Like any pressure cooker, it makes perfect grains and cooks beans in a fraction of the time it would take on the stove. And because it slow cooks and cooks grains so well, we were able to get rid of our slow cooker and rice cooker. That was a nice bonus, since our kitchen doesn’t have a ton of storage.

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Instant Pot is just one brand that makes multi-function pressure cookers. Do a quick search on Google or Amazon to see what your options are. My only experience is with an Instant Pot, so I can’t recommend other brands from personal experience, but it might be worth looking. Maybe you can find a deal on one!

There are so many delicious, healthy meals you can make in your pressure cooker!

Meals You Can Make in Your Pressure Cooker

Curried Vegetable Potato Chaat from Healthy Slow Cooking

1. Curried Spring Vegetable Potato Chaat – Baked potatoes stuffed with vegetable curry that you make in the pressure cooker. Supper is served!

Vegan Umami Anasazi Beans from JL Goes Vegan

photo by Kate Lewis

2. Umami Anasazi Beans –  These beans are bursting with umami flavor. Serve with toasted, crusty bread, like in the photo above. JL Fields is the author of the cookbook Vegan Pressure Cooking, and her recipes are all amazing. This is one of the recipes in her cookbook.

Pressure Cooker Lentil Soup from Eat Within Your Means

3. Lentil Soup – A hearty soup is a meal in a bowl, and Beth’s pressure cooker lentil soup is a great cold-weather crowd-pleaser.

Cranberry Pecan Wild Rice Salad from Veggie Inspired Journey

4. Cranberry Pecan Wild Rice Salad – This hearty grain salad is filling enough to be a meal on its own. Jenn gives pressure cooker instructions in the Notes section of the recipe.

Pressure Cooker Black Beans and Rice from My Plant Based Family

5. Black Beans and Rice – Beans and rice is such a bowlful of comfort food, and making this simple dish is quick and easy in the Instant Pot, even if you start with dried beans!

Quinoa Buddha Bowl from Glue and Glitter

6. Quinoa Buddha Bowl – Quinoa and parsnips cook up quickly in the pressure cooker, and you can whip up the kale and dice the avocado while you wait.

Image Credits: All images via recipe authors, used with permission.


John J
John J3 months ago

thanks for sharing

John J
John J3 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Sonia M1 years ago

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Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Tania N.
Tania N2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Rob Chloe Sam N2 years ago

I've got a pressure cooker but never used it, Maybe i will have to try some of these recipes, Thank you for sharing.