Stovetop to Electric Pressure Cooker Recipe Translator

Pressure Cooker Recipe Translator: Stovetop to Electric

It’s a myth that certain recipes can be made only on a stovetop or electric pressure cooker – they are all pressure cookers and they all pressure cook (although some more easily than others).

If you’re looking to “translate” a conventional or slow cooker recipe to the pressure cooker, please visit the pressure cooker recipe converter. If you’d like to know the difference between electric and stove top pressure cookers, please see our comparison between the two.

Most stovetop pressure cooker recipes can be easily converted, or translated, to electric pressure cookers, here’s how!

Stovetop recipe says… Do this in with your Electric Pressure cooker
  • add 1 cup of liquid
  • add your pressure cooker’s minimum liquid
Electric pressure cookers require more liquid to operate that most stovetop pressure cookers.  It is important to become familiar with the minimum amount of liquid your particular cooker will need to reach pressure. It’s usually 1 1/2 to 2 cups of liquid – but check your manual to make sure.

Recipes on this website and hip cookbook are written for both types of pressure cookers may call for less liquid, and that’s OK because we calculate the liquid given off by the vegetables (75-95% water) as part of the liquid in the recipe. 

  • in the pre-heated pressure cooker
  • saute’
  • reduce
  • bring to a boil
Most electric pressure cookers have a “saute” or “brown” button that can be pushed to pre-heat, saute or boil liquids in the cooker.

For electrics that don’t have a specific button, check the manual. You may be able to start any pressure cooking program without the lid – thereby heating the base (don’t worry, the cooker can’t reach pressure without the lid).

For electric pressure cookers with just a dial setting, just turn the dial to the maximum minutes when sauteing or reducing.
  • close and lock the lid
Most electric pressure cookers automatically lock their lid shut – unless your manual says otherwise, just twist the lid on. This is a good time to check that the valve on the lid of the electric pressure cooker is set to the position for pressure cooking.  Some of these lids have a setting called “seal” or “pressure.”
  • bring the cooker to pressure on high heat
  • when the cooker has reached pressure, turn down the heat
You can safely ignore these instructions – they are for bringing a stovetop pressure cooker to pressure by using different heat levels.Your electric pressure cooker already does this automatically after you punch-in the cooking time.
  • pressure cook for XYZ minutes
Most stovetop pressure cooker recipes are written for pressure cookers that reach 13-15psi, and most electric pressure cookers cook at 9-12psi.  This means that less heat is being applied to the food so it will take more time to get the same results – the recipes on this website already include the cooking time in a range (with the higher cooking time for electrics) but when translating a recipe from another website, or book, look-up the cooking time for the main ingredient in your cooker’s instruction manual or our  pressure cooking time chart. See Also: PSI FAQ: the questions you didn’t think to ask about pressure
  • pressure cook for X number of whistles
This is a special way most in the East Indies keep pressure cooking time with their venting pressure cookers.  Your electric pressure cooker will not whistle, read our article about converting whistles to pressure cooking time.
  • release pressure
 Turn the valve on the top of the lid to “release” or “open.” For specific guidance on all opening methods, read our article on pressure cooker opening methods.
  • pour water on the lid
  • immerse the base in water
 Don’t do this. : )


If you have any more questions, please post them in the comments section, below.  And, don’t worry, the recipes on this website, and in the hip pressure cooking cookbook are already written for both stove top and electric pressure cookers!