Easy Pressure Cooker Recipes for Beginners

Jan 17, 2024


Here at CHEF iQ, we make cooking as straightforward and enjoyable as possible. The CHEF iQ Smart Cooker, Smart Thermometer, and App each play a role in simplifying home cooking. These tools work harmoniously to streamline the cooking process, making it accessible even for beginners. While pressure cooking might initially seem daunting, we assure you it's more straightforward than it appears.

Beginner-Friendly Recipes with the CHEF iQ App

The CHEF iQ App is a treasure trove of recipes perfect for those just starting with their Smart Cooker and Smart Thermometer. These beginner-friendly recipes are easy to follow and familiar, often staples you might already make on the stovetop or in a slow cooker. The Smart Cooker transforms these long-simmering dishes into quick, effortless meals.


Beef Stew

A timeless classic for cold nights, our Beef Stew recipe is ideal for beginners. The Smart Cooker tenderizes the chuck roast beautifully, while the blend of carrots, potatoes, and peas with tomato paste and beef broth creates a richly flavored stew. Ingredients include olive oil, chuck roast, carrots, russet potato, onion, garlic, tomato paste, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, bay leaf, peas, and fresh parsley. A cornstarch slurry added at the end does the trick for thickening the stew.


Chicken Piccata

This Italian favorite, balancing the zest of lemon with the tang of capers, is a simple yet elegant dish. Perfect for those new to pressure cooking, it's delicious served with bread, rice, or pasta. For a gluten-free variant, substitute the all-purpose flour with almond flour. Ingredients: Boneless skinless chicken breasts, flour, Parmesan, salt, black pepper, olive oil, butter, chicken broth, white wine, heavy cream, lemon juice, capers, extra butter, and parsley.


Pot Roast

A pressure cooker classic, the Pot Roast is a must-try for beginners. Featuring tender beef with potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms in a savory gravy, it epitomizes comfort food. For a gluten-free version, thicken the gravy with cornstarch instead of flour. Ingredients: Beef chuck roast, salt, black pepper, canola oil, onion, garlic, tomato paste, beef broth, baby potatoes, baby carrots, mushrooms, rosemary, thyme, cornstarch, water.


Beef and Broccoli

Our Beef and Broccoli recipe is easy and satisfying, a staple in Chinese American cuisine. The dish features tender beef and perfectly cooked broccoli in a savory sauce. For a vegetarian alternative, substitute beef with tofu or tempeh. Ingredients: Garlic, ginger, soy sauce, water, rice vinegar, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, cornstarch, skirt steak, broccoli, sesame seeds, cooked rice.


Spaghetti Carbonara

This creamy, luxurious dish is a delight for pasta lovers and is surprisingly easy to make in a pressure cooker. Our recipe uses bacon for a smoky flavor, complemented with a green salad. For a healthier twist, try whole-wheat spaghetti. Ingredients: Bacon, egg yolks, half and half, pecorino romano cheese, black pepper, onion, garlic, spaghetti, water, parsley, salt.



For a taste of New Orleans, our Jambalaya recipe is ideal. If andouille sausage isn't available, kielbasa or another smoky sausage works well. Serve with hot sauce for an extra kick. Ingredients: Olive oil, red bell pepper, celery, onion, jalapeño, garlic, Cajun seasoning, thyme, chicken thighs, sausage, crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, white rice, shrimp, and scallions. This dish celebrates flavors and is perfect for those who enjoy a bit of spice.


Chicken Alfredo

While it may not be the lightest option, Chicken Alfredo is a dish worth indulging in occasionally. Combining succulent chicken thighs with a rich, creamy Alfredo sauce, this recipe is a delight for those new to pressure cooking. To make it a bit healthier, consider using whole wheat fettuccine. Ingredients include boneless skinless chicken thighs, salt, black pepper, olive oil, onion, garlic, fettuccine, chicken broth, heavy cream, Parmesan, and cream cheese.


Whole Chicken with Gravy

Cooking a whole chicken in a pressure cooker results in juicy, tender meat that's hard to achieve with other cooking methods. This recipe is fantastic for beginners and leaves you with leftovers perfect for chicken salad or other meals. Ingredients: 4 lb whole chicken, salt, black pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, white wine, rosemary, cornstarch, and water.

Tips for Beginners

For those just starting with the CHEF iQ Smart Cooker, remember that pressure cooking is about precision and efficiency. Here are a few tips:


  • Start with simple recipes to familiarize yourself with the cooker's functions.
  • Use the CHEF iQ App for guided cooking, which can be especially helpful for beginners.
  • Don't be afraid to experiment with ingredient substitutions to cater to your dietary preferences or budget constraints.
  • Remember the importance of natural release vs. quick release of pressure, especially for recipes like the Pot Roast, to ensure the perfect texture.


The CHEF iQ Smart Cooker and its intuitive app open up a world of culinary possibilities, even for those new to cooking. These beginner-friendly recipes are just the start of what you can achieve with this innovative cooking tool. As you grow more comfortable with the cooker, it can simplify and enhance your cooking experience, making even complex dishes more accessible. So, embark on your pressure cooking journey with these easy recipes and discover the joy of creating delicious meals in no time.

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