Steaming Vegetables in the Pressure Cooker – a Simple Why and How


It’s fun hearing about other overlanders who are just as enthusiastic about their pressure cooker as we are, and we hear from quite a few who bought one after having talked to us. I hope the pressure cooker brings you just as much joy as it does us. There’s nothing better than an easy yet delicious meal.

Here’s something very simple but something we’d like to recommend: steaming your vegetables in the pressure cooker.

Read More: Pressure Cooker 101

Why Steaming Vegetables?

  • You’ll find that vegetables, including potatoes (especially potatoes, I should say), have much richer taste than you thought they had.
  • Steaming vegetables in a pressure cooker takes minimal time and minimal water. Both are perfect when traveling.
  • On the discussion boiled vs. steamed, see e.g. this article.

Note that steaming times may vary per pressure cooker, but in our Futura Hawkins Pressure Cooker we use about ½ cup of water and put in the grid that comes with the pan. We fill the cooker with vegetables, steam them and have a splendid meal within minutes.

Read More: Why Bring a Pressure Cooker on Your Overland Trip

Our Favorite Steamed Vegetables

Give these a try:

  • Green beans cut in halves/thirds – steam about 2 minutes
  • Potatoes cut into very small chunks – steam about 2 minutes. In the Andean countries, they have dozens of different types of potatoes, giving plenty of opportunities to experiment and try typical local foods.
  • Carrots cut in big chunks – steam about 2 minutes
  • Beets cut in small chunks – steam about 2 minutes
  • Beets whole (makes peeling easier afterward) – depending on size 9 to 12 minutes
  • Broccoli florets cut in pieces – steam  about 1 minute
  • Cauliflower florets cut in pieces – steam about 1 minute

I keep the stem and leaves of broccoli and cauliflower separate to make soup. More about that in a future post.

By e.g. cutting potatoes in very small chunks and the carrots in big chunks, I can put them in the pressure cooker together, steam them for 2 minutes and both are exactly right.

What do we Eat With This?

Sometimes a salad, e.g. tuna salad, sometimes humus or other legumes such as lentils.

Read More: Cooking Chestnuts in the Pressure Cooker

Enjoy your meal!

The Cooking Equipment Used:

Thanks and enjoy the ride!

Any suggestions or would you like to share your experiences with the pressure cooker? Let us know in the comment section below!

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