34 Super Fast Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes
I’m a big fan of using pressure cookers to make keto meals.
You can really speed up the cooking time of so many recipes – which is great for those days when you don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen. And you only have one pot to clean, so there’s less to wash up too.
Plus they’re really simple to use, you just close the lid and push a few buttons!
Keto Pressure Cooking FAQs
There were 4 main questions I had before I started pressure cooking:
- Is it healthy?
- Is it safe?
- Which one to buy?
- How do I get started?
So before I share our recipes, I’m going to quickly run through those – in case you’re wondering the same things.
Is Pressure Cooking Healthy?
I know some folks out there are concerned about this – but using a pressure cooker can actually make your meals healthier.
Pressure cooking is better at preserving nutrients in food
A study investigated this by looking at the vitamin content of broccoli and found that it keeps 90% of its vitamin C after pressure cooking compared to 78% after steaming and 66% after boiling.
Pressure cooking uses far less water than other methods and water usually drains the water-soluble nutrients from your food (they end up in the liquid).
Are Pressure Cookers Safe To Use?
This was a big concern of mine, and I even put off getting a pressure cooker because I was so worried about it exploding!
But, here’s what you should know:
- Electric countertop pressure cookers have built in safety controls.
- Always follow your pressure cooker’s instructions on releasing pressure safely.
- If you’re concerned, take some time to read through the operating manual so you know exactly how to use your pressure cooker.
- And if so many food bloggers, moms and folks who struggle with kitchen appliances can do it without any problems, then you can too!
How To Choose The Best Pressure Cooker?
With so much choice out there, how do you choose between all the pressure cookers?
Here are a few tips along with the brand I went with:
- Go for a pressure cooker with a capacity of at least 6 to 8 liters as you’ll struggle with anything smaller.
- Try finding a model with a built-in timer so you don’t have keep checking the kitchen clock (a couple of minutes can make a huge difference in how your food turns out).
I ended up choosing the Instant Pot. This is because it has so many functionalities beyond just being a pressure cooker – it also works as a slow cooker, a yogurt maker (click here for our Keto Instant Pot coconut yogurt recipe), and a bone broth maker. And there are buttons you can press for making stew or soup so that you don’t have to look up cooking times.
Tips On Using Your Pressure Cooker
Especially if you’re a beginner when it comes to pressure cookers, these tips will come in handy:
- Only fill your pressure cooker to 2/3 of its capacity or your food will be too crowded to cook properly.
- Stick to the cooking times, ingredient order and chopping sizes laid out in the recipes; these all affect how long food takes to cook and the right combination means none of your ingredients end up over-cooked or remain too raw.
- If you’re adding fresh herbs, wait until your food has finished cooking and then add them just before serving – otherwise the heat will make them wilt and lose their flavor.
Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes
We’ve put together a list of tasty ketogenic pressure cooker recipes below, from simple onion soup to spicy Mexican beef stew, so you’ll always have a quick and easy option for days when you’re in a hurry. Have a read through them here or click the green button if you’d prefer to download your recipes.
- Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes – Soups
- Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes – Chicken
- Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes – Beef
- Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes – Pork
- Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes – Other Meats and Fish
- Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes – Vegetable and Egg
Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes – Soups
Chicken soup has been used as a nourishing meal for people who are unwell for hundreds of years, but even if you are well you can still enjoy its warming and flavorful benefits. This is a great ketogenic dish to make when the weather is colder, and this recipe can be so versatile, letting you use up any vegetables you have left over. It is a good idea to cook an entire chicken, then you can use the bones to make more broth for next time.
– That Paleo Couple
Ingredients: asparagus, ghee, garlic, white onion, ham bone, chicken broth, dried thyme, salt, pepper.
Asparagus gives this soup a wonderful earthiness, making it a filling and satisfying plateful. If you have never tried using ham bones in soup then you are in for a treat with this recipe. The bone gives a rich, meaty flavor and can fill your room with amazing aromas as it cooks. Fresh thyme can also be used here, but you may need a little more than the measurement for dried thyme.
This is such a quick and easy Keto recipe to follow that it would be a great go-to for a tasty mid-week dinner. By blending the onions you get a plate of smooth and deliciously warming soup which will satisfy after a busy day. The balsamic vinegar gives a depth to the flavor and the whole dish can also benefit if you put a ham bone in as well, although the pork stock makes an excellent base.
If you haven’t tried avocado oil, it’s definitely time to do so. According to Dr. Steven Gundry, M.D., “Avocado oil isn’t quite as popular as extra virgin olive oil just yet, but it should be. It has just as many wonderful benefits because it’s packed with antioxidants and healthy fats.”
Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes – Chicken
Simply serve this with a vegetable side of your choice, or you could serve it as a filling for lettuce wraps for a summer picnic lunch.
The chicken in this Ketogenic recipe has a slight spicy kick, thanks to the spices. But if you’re into spicy food, then you can just adjust the amount of chili powder. You can also add different colored peppers to enhance the look of the dish. Shredded chicken is perfect to serve with salads or as a filling for wraps and the pressure cooker cuts your cooking time right down. You can fill it and forget it till the timer is done!
This is a basic low carb recipe which gives you delicious shredded chicken which you can freeze in individual portions for using later in salads and stir-fries, and is a great protein to have in the freezer if a friend pops in unexpectedly. Once you have divided the chicken, add a little broth to the container and that will make sure it doesn’t dry out.
– Paleo Gone Sassy
Ingredients: whole chicken, seasonings of choice, water, coconut oil.
Using a pressure cooker or Instant Pot can allow you to cook a whole small chicken in under 30 minutes, so no need to panic over dinner timings! You can season the chicken however you like, either with fresh or dried herbs, crushed peppercorns, or try putting a whole lemon inside the bird for a tangy citrus flavor.
– Pure and Simple Nourishment
Ingredients: coconut milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, curry spice, turmeric, sea salt, chicken breasts or thighs.
This curry would be the perfect meal to come home to after a busy day at work. Just let the slow cooker do all the work while you are out! You don’t even have to cut up the chicken breasts as they will be so tender once they are cooked that you can simply pull them apart. This chicken would also taste amazing served cold with salad.
– My Heart Beets
Ingredients: skinless chicken thighs, ghee or grass-fed butter or fat of choice, onion, garlic cloves, ginger, garam masala, paprika, coriander powder, turmeric, salt, cayenne, cumin, black pepper, green bell pepper, tomato sauce.
Photo Credit: Ashley from My Heart Beets
Butter chicken is one of the world’s most popular Indian dishes and can give you a warming and satisfying meal at any time. It has all the health benefits of ingredients such as turmeric and ginger and tastes so good served with cauliflower rice. You can also just enjoy it on its own. Don’t worry if you can’t get fenugreek as this curry tastes great without them, but they do add authenticity to the dish.
– Healing Gourmet
Ingredients: chicken, virgin coconut oil, paprika, bone broth, dried thyme, ground black pepper, lemon juice, sea salt, and garlic.
There can be very few things as satisfying as a tender and juicy piece of chicken that is just inviting you to eat it! This method cooks a chicken large enough to feed the family in half an hour. That’s why it’s a great keto pressure cooker recipe to have handy. Remember to save the carcass once you’ve finished as you can make bone broth from it ready for another meal.
Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes – Beef
The spices in this keto recipe give a fairly mild curry, but if you prefer it to be hotter you can substitute a stronger curry powder. Overall you will end up with a satisfying and warming dish that you can enjoy any time. The vegetables can be swapped for your favorites if you like, but broccoli goes really well in this dish. Cooking beef in a pressure cooker does not guarantee tender results, so try to use the best cut of beef you can afford.
Ingredients: boneless beef short ribs or bone-in beef short ribs, onion, curry powder (optional), star anise (optional), Szechuan peppercorns (optional), water, tamari sauce, vodka or white wine, salt.
This easy keto beef recipe can be customized to your tastes. Change up the spices and even change up the type of beef you use. You’ll end up with super tender beef short ribs that can be enjoyed for dinner with a side salad or a simple veggie saute.
– Nom Nom Paleo
Ingredients: boneless beef short ribs or beef brisket or beef chuck roast, chili powder, kosher salt, ghee or fat of choice, onion, tomato paste, garlic cloves, roasted tomato salsa, bone broth, Red Boat Fish Sauce, ground black pepper, cilantro (optional), radishes.
You might think it strange adding fish sauce to a beef recipe, but it simply makes the flavors richer. Your pressure cooker will tenderize the beef so you can use a cheaper cut if you need to. Like most spiced dishes, curries etc., the flavors get even better and are more intense if you leave the dish till the next day.
– Health Starts in the Kitchen
Ingredients: beef stew, seasoned salt, chili powder, cumin, crushed red pepper, olive oil, lime, beef bone broth, tomato paste, onion.
The spices used in this dish give the beef a real taste of Mexico! You end up with a rich tomatoey plateful that will leave you wanting more! This meat can be cooked in the oven, but a pressure cooker makes it in much less time, so ideal for someone after a busy day.
– Domestic Soul
Ingredients: ground beef, frozen shiitake mushrooms, chicken broth, red onion, dried parsley, white wine vinegar, coconut oil, salt.
Stroganoff usually makes you think of a thick, cream-laden dish, but this one is totally dairy-free! It makes a lovely meal for anyone who has issues with dairy and will be enjoyed by the whole family. Don’t worry if you don’t have shiitake mushrooms, as white mushrooms taste great here instead. Because this dish is dairy-free, it also freezes well so could be batch-cooked for use in the future.
Ingredients: chuck roast, salt, ground black pepper, beef broth, balsamic vinegar, fish sauce, rosemary, thyme, parsnips, carrots, garlic, parsley and/or chives (optional).
Pot roast is a great meal for a family roast dinner, yet this method is not time-consuming, so you won’t be tied to the kitchen all day. There is no need to worry about the vegetables in this recipe being overcooked, as they are being use to make the gravy for the roast at the end of the process. But if you’re worried that the carrots and parsnips will add too many carbs into your meal, then cut down on the amount or replace with lower carbohydrate vegetables like zucchini.
– Fed and Fit
Ingredients: beef roast, sea salt, garlic powder, black pepper, ghee (avocado oil, or your favorite cooking fat).
Pot roast has been popular with families for generations since they are a delicious and tender way of cooking slightly cheaper cuts. Try serving it with roasted veggies of your choice and if you want to you could reduce the juices left in the pan to pour over the dish once it has been served.
Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes – Pork
– Cavegirl Cuisine
Ingredients: unsweetened cocoa powder, sea salt, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, white pepper, garlic powder, onion salt, ground cumin, ground coriander, pork shoulder or butt, olive oil, butter lettuce, jalapeño, radishes, avocado, Roma tomatoes, limes.
Whoever invented lettuce wraps was a genius! They can be enjoyed by even the younger members of the family, especially when you think that kids love eating with their hands! It’s also a fantastic way to get them eating healthy without them noticing. With this recipe you can serve everything in individual bowls, then everyone can build their wraps to suit their taste!
– Fed + Fit
Ingredients: pork tenderloin, chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, sea salt, ghee or coconut oil, canned diced tomatoes, calabacita (or “tatuma”) squash, cilantro, mayo, lime juice, chipotle or chili powder.
Shredded meats make a fantastic filling for vegetables. They can be made easily with a pressure cooker (and they’ll keep all their flavor). This Keto pressure cooker recipe is full of Mexican-inspired flavors from the spices, the chili and the lime. Impress your guests with this. If you can’t get calabacita squash then this dish works just as well with zucchini!
If you enjoy jerk seasoning then this is the recipe for you! Just imagine a large pork roast coated in all those lovely flavors and ready to eat in less than one hour. This is such an easy low carb recipe that I am sure it will inspire you to come up with your own twists. Once cooked, this pork can be served on its own, in a salad, a lettuce wrap or over cauliflower rice – the choice is yours! It even makes a great dish to impress if you are entertaining guests.
Pork cheeks are a wonderfully tender meat option and can usually be bought quite cheaply so this dish won’t break the bank! They also release collagen which is so good for your well-being and means that this stew is rich and thick. You get added flavor from the blended vegetable ‘sauce’ to give you a warming and very satisfying meal. Serve with a keto side dish, like cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash.
– Health Starts in the Kitchen
Ingredients: pork roast, coconut oil or ghee, onions, garlic, sea salt, ground black pepper, sauerkraut, hot dogs (optional), kielbasa (optional).
This is a traditional recipe normally served at New Year, but would make a tasty meal for any occasion. The pork roast comes out tender and delicious and it takes on the flavor of the kraut very well. You might be tempted to skip the step where you brown the roast, but trust me, it is well worth doing as it gives a richness and added depth of flavor to the meat.
Ingredients: pork chops, coconut oil, chicken broth, onion, mushrooms, salt, pepper, ghee.
There is nothing worse than a tough pork chop – reminds you a bit of chewing leather! So try this method and you will end up with tender meat in a delicious sauce. The meaty texture of the mushrooms helps give this dish a satisfying and filling feel and this keto meal can be served with vegetables of your choice. One idea would be roasted cauliflower or broccoli.
Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes – Other Meats and Fish
This is another pressure cooker recipe where you can use cheaper cuts of meat yet still have a tender and delicious result. You can add in whatever vegetables you have; zucchini and cauliflower are good lower carb alternatives to acorn squash and carrots. Rosemary is the perfect partner to the lamb and the bay leaf gives a unique flavor to the dish. Just remember to take out the rosemary before serving!
– Paleo Cajun Lady
Ingredients: pork belly, riced cauliflower, bone broth, red onion, cilantro, green onions, lime juice, garlic, animal fat, turmeric, oregano, cumin, and salt.
If you are a fan of one-pot meals, and who isn’t after a busy day, then this one will be great for you! Dinner cooked and ready to serve in 30 minutes! As we all know pork belly contains a lot of fat, but the lime juice helps cut through this and also helps tenderize the meat. The cauliflower rice means the whole dish is ready to serve without any sides needed.
– Paleo Flourish
Ingredients: oxtail, chicken broth, Dijon mustard, salt.
This is such a simple recipe, but the end results are amazing! Oxtail, cooked in a crock pot or pressure cooker, ends up mouth-wateringly soft and full of flavor. And with the subtle heat from the mustard it will surely become a family favorite. As you are adding the mustard, keep tasting the gravy so you don’t make it too strong.
– Health Starts in the Kitchen
Ingredients: wild caught codor or other wild caught white fish, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, onion, red pepper, yellow pepper, garlic, organic paprika, chicken bone broth, tomatoes, sea salt, ground black pepper, canned coconut milk.
It is quite important in this keto stew recipe to use a firm white fish such as cod. It will hold its shape better when cooked and will absorb the flavors of the spices. Coley is a slightly cheaper option which would work well here. Because you are removing the seeds from the jalapeños this dish will not be too spicy, making it ideal for the whole family!
Ketogenic Pressure Cooker Recipes – Vegetable and Egg
This method guarantees hard boiled eggs in a matter of minutes and is so easy to follow. Once cooked, you will find the eggs peel easier than normal ones and cooking them in batches gives you a good source of protein for salads or just to be used as tasty snacks.
– My Heart Beets
Ingredients: spinach, mustard leaves, ghee, onions, ginger, garlic cloves, salt, coriander, cumin, garam masala, turmeric, cayenne, black pepper, kasoori methi.
Photo Credit: Ashley from My Hearts Beets
Saag has its roots in Indian cuisine and is often used as a side dish for curries. It is basically creamed spinach but without the cream! With the added spices, this dish is a great way to get more turmeric into your diet too. Remember that ginger root can be stored in the freezer then grated into whatever dish you are making, so you won’t have any waste.
– Provincial Paleo
Ingredients: bacon/lardons, onion, bone broth, Savoy cabbage, mace, coconut milk, bay leaf, sea salt, parsley flakes.
Using a pressure cooker is a great way to cook vegetables as it helps to retain all their goodness and flavor. As Savoy cabbage can have a subtle sweetness, which means it goes really well with bacon. The bay leaf just adds a certain something to the overall flavor. This recipe makes a great side for serving with roast meats.
– Nom Nom Paleo
Ingredients: spaghetti squash, water.
Spaghetti squash makes a great alternative to pasta, which means it is perfect for serving smothered in your favorite sauce to people who are wheat intolerant. It does not taste of pasta but when cooked properly it can be a healthier option, even for kids! It cooks in an Instant Pot in just a few minutes, meaning that this is another great ‘busy day’ recipe.
Artichokes are a fantastic idea for a dinner party starter as they can be served in the middle of the table. Place a choice of dips with it and the guests can all share. The petals should be gripped with the teeth and pulled, leaving you with just the delicious flesh. It might be a good idea to have finger bowls ready so guests can freshen their hands as it can be a messy meal!
You may know that tzatziki has its origins in Greek cuisine, and this is the keto version which is very close to the traditional one (albeit dairy-free). This keto and low carb dish makes a great partner for simple meat dishes such as grilled chicken, but can also be served as a dip. Thanks to the cucumber and lemon juice, this dish is so refreshing that it makes a perfect accompaniment for a summer dinner. If you can leave this in the fridge overnight, then it allows the flavors to meld together for an even better result.
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