Like many, I had my reservations about the Instant Pot. Is it as fast as they say? Is it really “instant”? Will it make everything mushy? All those buttons, is it difficult to figure out?
I’ve had it for 1 week now and I’ve made baby back ribs and beef stew. Both turned out just fine. As for being “instant,” well the beef stew took over an hour from start to finish and the baby back ribs still required an oven to caramelize the barbecue sauce. So while it’s not that instant, it definitely cooked meat faster than it would take another kitchen apparatus like a stove, oven or crock pot.
Tonight, I decided to make a tried-and-true Filipino dish of mine but “instapot” it for quickness. My meat was pretty frozen too, so this sped things up.
- 6-10 chicken drumsticks (I did 6 drumsticks and 6 chicken wings because that’s all I had)
- 8 ounces of tomato sauce
- 1 cup of chicken broth or stock
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2-1 yellow onion, diced
- 6 crushed garlic cloves
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 cup baby carrots
- 1-2 potatoes, largely diced
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- Salt and pepper
Step 1: Turn the Instant Pot on sauté. When warmed up, sauté garlic and onions.
Step 2: add chicken to brown (2-3 minutes). Then, add soy sauce.
Step 3: Add tomato sauce and chicken stock. Don’t forget the bay leaf! Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook as “Meat/Stew” on high for 15 minutes.
Step 4: Vent, open, then add salt, pepper and sugar. Mix gently.
Step 5: Turn Instant Pot on sauté setting and add veggies. Let simmer for 15 minutes to thicken sauce slightly and soften veggies.
Serve with jasmine rice.
Success! My chicken afritada has never tasted better.
I’m still learning all of the ways of the Instant Pot, but I’ve been pretty happy with the three meals I’ve made thus far. It’s perfect if you’re anything like me and you always forget to defrost your meat. It’s also ideal if you’re one to love meat falling off bones. It worked like a charm for beef, pork and chicken. I’ll try fish soon and will report back!