Electric pressure cookers can save you time in the kitchen, but just how much time depends on the type of food and amount of water you use. Pampered Chef takes the guesswork out of dinner plans with the Quick Cooker in this guide to pressure cooking beans, grains, rice, vegetables, meats, and poultry.



Quick Cooker Cook Times



How to Pressure Cook Beans & Legumes

When you need a pot of beans for dinner but don’t want to bother with soaking them, turn to your electric pressure cooker. Your pressure cooker will let you cook beans, lentils, and legumes in record time. For the best results, use fresh beans—if they’ve been sitting in your pantry for more than a year, it’s time to toss them.

To cook your beans, rise and sort your preferred bean in cool water and drain. Add the beans and water with 1 tbsp of oil to the inner pot of the Quick Cooker. Then Lock the lid and choose the BEANS setting, set the time based on the chart below and press START. Use the chart below for the ratio of beans to water, cooking time, and how to release the steam from your pressure cooker.



Type of Bean Water Time How to Release Steam
Black beans
1 cup (250 mL)
3 cups (750 mL) 25 minutes Manual
Black eyed peas
1 cup (250 mL)
3 cups (750 mL) 15 minutes Manual
Chickpeas
1 cup (250 mL)
3 cups (750 mL) 40 minutes Manual
Great Northern beans
1 cup (250 mL)
3 cups (750 mL) 28 minutes Manual
Green or yellow split peas
1 cup (250 mL)
3 cups (750 mL) 10 minutes Manual
Kidney beans, red
1 cup (250 mL)
3 cups (750 mL) 28 minutes Manual
Lentils, green
1 cup (250 mL)
3 cups (750 mL) 5 minutes Manual
Navy beans
1 cup (250 mL)
3 cups (750 mL) 25 minutes Manual
Pinto beans
1 cup (250 mL)
3 cups (750 mL) 25 minutes Manual


How to Pressure Cook Grains

Your pressure cooker can be your secret weapon for quick whole grains. Whole grains can take a long time to cook on the stovetop, which means you need to keep a close eye on them. Your pressure cooker lets you make the same meals in a fraction of the time, without standing over the stove.

To pressure cook your grains, them in cool water and drain. See the chart below for the type of grain, water amount, cooking time, and how to release the steam from your pressure cooker. Lock the lid and choose the WHOLE GRAINS and adjust the time. Press START. When the timer is up, release the steam using the chart shown below.



Grains Water Time How to Release Steam
Barley, pearl 2¼ cups (550 mL) 25 minutes Natural, 10 minutes
Couscous, quick cook 1½ cups (375 mL) 1 minutes Manual
Couscous, pearl 1¼ cups (300 mL) 2 minutes Natural, 10 minutes
Farro 1½ cups (375 mL) 12 minutes Natural, 10 minutes
Millet 2 cups (500 mL) 8 minutes Natural, 10 minutes
Steel-cut oats 3¼ cups (800 mL) 10 minutes Natural, 10 minutes
Quinoa 1½ cups (375 mL) 3 minutes Manual


How to Pressure Cook Rice

Pressure cookers are a fast way to make rice, and unlike rice cookers, they’re great for more than just one food. When you cook rice in a pressure cooker, you’ll get fluffy, fragrant rice with the perfect texture every time.

To get started, rinse your rice of choice in cool water and drain it. Add the rice, water and 1 tbsp (15 mL) of oil to the inner pot of the Quick Cooker. Then lock the lid and choose the BROWN RICE or WHITE RICE setting, adjust the time according to the chart below, and press START. Use the chart below for the ratio of rice to water, cooking time, and how to release the steam from your pressure cooker.



Type of Rice Setting Time How to Release Steam
White, long-grain
1 cup (250 mL)
White Rice 4 minutes Manual
White, basmati
1 cup (250 mL)
White Rice 4 minutes Manual
White, jasmine
1 cup (250 mL)
White Rice 4 minutes Manual
Brown, long-grain
1 cup (250 mL)
Brown Rice 15 minutes Manual
Brown, basmati
1 cup (250 mL)
Brown Rice 15 minutes Manual
Brown, jasmine
1 cup (250 mL)
Brown Rice 15 minutes Manual


How to Pressure Cook Vegetables

The Quick Cooker can steam fresh vegetables in a fraction of the time you’d spend using other methods, and it preserves more nutrients, too. Because it’s so effective, we don’t recommend cooking tender vegetables like peas, asparagus, or summer squash.

Prepare your veggies according to the chart below. If the vegetable requires the steam rack, add it to the bottom of the inner pot. Lock the lid and select the CUSTOM setting. Adjust the time according to the chart and press START. Use the chart below for the ratio of vegetables to water, cooking time, and how to release the steam from your pressure cooker.



Vegetable Quantity Prep Steam Rack (Yes/No) Time
Acorn squash
1½ lbs. (700 g) Cut into quarters (with skin on) Yes 10 minutes
Artichokes
3 large Trim stems and remove the tops of the leaves Yes 25 minutes
Beets
1 lb. (450 g), or 1 large Peel and cut into 1" (2.5-cm) pieces No 10 minutes
Broccoli
1 bunch, approximately 1½ lbs. (700 g) Cut into 2" (5-cm) pieces No 1 minute
Brussels sprouts
1 lb. (450 g) Trim No 4 minutes
Cabbage
1 head, approximately 2½ lbs. (1.1 kg) Cut into 8 wedges, keeping the core intact No 3 minutes
Carrot
1 lb. (450 g) Peel and cut into 2" (5-cm) pieces No 4 minutes
Cauliflower
1 head, approximately 2 lbs. (1 kg) Cut into 2" (5-cm) pieces No 1 minute
Potatoes (russet, red, or golden)
2 lbs. (1 kg) Peel (optional) and cut into 1" (2.5-cm) pieces No 5 minutes
Spaghetti squash
1 lb. (450 g) Cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds Yes 12 minutes
Sweet potatoes
2 lbs. (1 kg) Peel (optional) and cut into 1" (2.5-cm) pieces No 4 minute


How to Pressure Cook Beef

One the best features of a pressure cooker that frozen meat can go right into the Quick Cooker. To make weeknight meal prep easier and let you cook more efficiently in the Quick Cooker, remove frozen meat from the original packaging and freeze it in a resealable plastic bag in a single layer. It will be easier to remove meat from the packaging before pressure cooking and can save some space in your freezer, too.

To cook beef, add at least of water, broth, or sauce to the inner pot of the Quick Cooker. Add your meat to the inner pot, lock the lid, and choose the BEEF/PORK setting. Adjust the time according to the chart and press START. Use the chart below for the ratio of meat to liquid, cooking time, and how to release the steam from your pressure cooker.



Beef Weight Water Fresh Cook Time* Frozen Cook Time* How to Release Steam
Ground beef 1–2 lbs. (0.5–1 kg) 1 cup (250 mL) 8–10 minutes 12–14 minutes Manual
Stew meat 1–2 lbs. (0.5–1 kg) 1 cup (250 mL) 30–35 minutes 60–75 minutes Manual
Beef brisket, whole 3–4 lbs. (1.5–2 kg) 1 cup (250 mL) 50–60 minutes 80–90 minutes Manual
Beef chuck roast, whole 3–4 lbs. (1.5–2 kg) 1 cup (250 mL) 1 cup (250 mL) 85–95 minutes Manual
Beef ribs 2–3 lbs. (1–1.5 kg) 1 cup (250 mL) 35–40 minutes 60–75 minutes Manual

*The times listed are recommendations and may vary based on the amount and thickness of the meat your cooking. Cooking very thick cuts may require additional time.


How to Pressure Cook Pork

Whether you need to make a quick dinner or forgot to thaw the meat, pork is a great option for an easy weeknight meal in your pressure cooker.

For your pressure cooker pork dish, add water, broth, or sauce to the inner pot of the Quick Cooker, then add your pork. Adjust the time according to the chart below and choose the BEEF/PORK setting and press START. Use the chart below for the ratio of meat to liquid, cooking time, and how to release the steam from your pressure cooker.



Pork Weight Water Fresh Cook Time* Frozen Cook Time* How to Release Steam
Pork tenderloin, whole 2–3 lbs. (1–1.5 kg) 1 cup (250 mL) 16–18 minutes 30–35 minutes Manual
Pork shoulder 3–4 lbs. (1.5–2 kg) 1 cup (250 mL) Whole: 80–90 minutes

Cut: 35–40 minutes
Whole: 110–120 minutes

Cut: 65–75 minutes
Manual
Pork ribs 3–4 lbs. (1.5–2 kg) 1 cup (250 mL) 35–40 minutes 65–75 minutes Manual
Pork sausage links

1–2 lbs. (0.5–1 kg)

1 cup (250 mL) 4–6 minutes 6–8 minutes Manual

*The times listed are recommendations and may vary based on the amount and thickness of the meat your cooking. Cooking very thick cuts may require additional time.


How to Pressure Cook Chicken & Turkey

Chicken is a staple for affordable, healthy weeknight meals. With an electric pressure cooker, you can have 2–4 lbs. of boneless chicken breasts done in about 12 minutes.

Add water, broth, or sauce to the inner pot of the Quick Cooker with your poultry. Lock the lid and choose the CHICKEN/POULTRY setting. Adjust the time according to the chart and press START. Use the chart below for the ratio of poultry to liquid, cooking time, and how to release the steam from your pressure cooker.



Chicken Weight Water Fresh Cook Time* Frozen Cook Time* How to Release Steam
Chicken, whole 4–5 lbs. (2–2.5 kg) 1 cup (250 mL) 25–30 minutes 40–45 minutes Manual
Chicken breast, bone-in 2–4 lbs. (1–2 kg) 1 cup (250 mL) 12–15 minutes 25–30 minutes Manual
Chicken legs, bone-in

2–3 lbs. (1–1.5 kg)

1 cup (250 mL) 4–6 minutes 8–10 minutes Manual
Chicken thighs, bone-in

2–3 lbs. (1–1.5 kg)

1 cup (250 mL) 10–12 minutes 16–20 minutes Manual
Chicken breasts, boneless

2–4 lbs. (1–2 kg)

1 cup (250 mL) 6–10 minutes 6–8 minutes Manual
Chicken thighs, boneless

2–4 lbs. (1–2 kg)

1 cup (250 mL) 4–6 minutes 6–8 minutes Manual
Chicken tenderloins

2–4 lbs. (1–2 kg)

1 cup (250 mL) 4–6 minutes 6–8 minutes Manual


Turkey Weight Water Fresh Cook Time* Frozen Cook Time* How to Release Steam
Turkey, ground 1–2 lbs. (0.5–1 kg) 1 cup (250 mL) 6–8 minutes 12–14 minutes Manual
Turkey legs 2–3 lbs. (1–1.5 kg) 1 cup (250 mL) 18–20 minutes 25–30 minutes Manual
Turkey thighs, bone-in 2–3 lbs. (1–1.5 kg) 1 cup (250 mL) 30–35 minutes 50–60 minutes Manual
Turkey breast, bone-in 4–6 lbs. (2–3 kg) 1 cup (250 mL) 45–50 minutes 75–80 minutes Manual

*The times listed are recommendations and may vary based on the amount and thickness of the meat your cooking. Cooking very thick cuts may require additional time.