It’s here! My second book, The Instant Pot No-Pressure Cookbook, has arrived! It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine cookbooks are sold. Get yourself a copy and tell your friends!
A little about the book: No-Pressure is for Instant Pot enthusiasts who are looking for new and creative recipes. Drawing inspiration from around the world, No-Pressure treats the Instant Pot as a functional part of your kitchen, and uses it to make fun and flavorful dishes.
I’ve been busy getting ready for the release of my new book No Pressure (out on Tuesday!), but I’m still writing here and there! Catch out my latest stuff below.
Black rice (also known as forbidden rice) has come into vogue lately, and for good reason. It has a nice nutty flavor, a toothsome but tender texture, and it’s packed with nutrients. It also looks very, very cool.
Luckily, it’s also very easy to make in a pressure cooker (such as an Instant Pot). I have a recipe for Forbidden Rice With Grapefruit and Jalapeno in my new book (out May 1), but until then, here’s the basics of how to cook black rice:
Pressure Cooker Black (Forbidden) Rice
makes about 3 cups
1 cup black rice, rinsed and drained
1 1/4 cup water or broth
1 teaspoon oil
1 pinch salt
For electric pressure cookers: Cook at high pressure for 23 minutes. Use a 10-minute natural release followed by a quick release.
For stovetop pressure cookers: Cook at high pressure for 20 minutes. Use a 10-minute natural release followed by a quick release.
Lots going on in the Instant Pot universe! I received a copy of the German edition of my first book (above), which is totally surreal. My next book comes out in a little over a month, and I’m working on a couple of videos (stay tuned)! Meanwhile, my book randomly made an appearance in a Bill Maher rant. Wowee.
Below are some recent Instant Pot-related links I’ve enjoyed lately. I hope you enjoy them too!
If you already own my Instant Pot cookbook (THANKS!) and are looking for more recipes, I have a few favorite cookbooks to recommend for further reading:
Dinner in an Instant by Melissa Clark
Clark is the cooking guru at the New York Times, and her recipes are always reliable and delicious. She’s become an Instant Pot fan and has solid pressure cooking recipes.
Hip Pressure Cooking by Laura D. A. Pazzaglia
Pazzaglia is a dominant force in modern electric pressure cooking, and her cook times chart is something to behold. Her recipes are reliable and well researched.
Indian Instant Pot Cookbook by Urvashi Pitre
Pitre is well known by the Instant Pot web community for her butter chicken recipe, and for good reason. The Instant Pot is great for cooking Indian food, and this cookbook can be your guide!
The Instant Pot No-Pressure Cookbook by ME
Had to include my new book. 😉 It comes out on May 1st and you can pre-order it now!
The new book is coming along nicely, and will arrive in spring of next year. In the meantime, we have a cover! I’ll post updates as I have them. Exciting stuff!
Now that Thanksgiving is upon us, I thought I’d share a recipe from my last book for brown sugar sweet potatoes. I’m often struggling to figure out how to squeeze everything in the oven on the big day, so moving one dish to the cooker is a big help. The potatoes steam in the cooker before being sliced in two. Each half is topped with a brown sugar topping and quickly broiled right before serving. Lightly sweet with a little crunch on top, these sweet potatoes are a top-notch Thanksgiving side.
Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar Topping
from The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook
Serves 6 to 8
1 cup water
6 medium sweet potatoes, pricked a few times with a fork
4 tablespoons butter, cubed
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch salt
- Add water to the pot and place a steamer basket or trivet on top. Arrange the sweet potatoes on the basket or trivet. Secure the lid.
- Cook at high pressure for 12 to 18 minutes (12 for small potatoes, 15 for medium, 18 for large).
- In a small bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. Use your fingers to press the mixture together until a crumbly topping is formed.
- Once the cooking is complete, use a natural release for 10 minutes followed by a quick release.
- Preheat the oven to broil.
- Carefully transfer the potatoes to a large baking sheet. Slice each in half lengthwise and lay cut-side up. Sprinkle each half with 1 heaping tablespoon of topping and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until lightly crispy.