How to use steamer basket in pressure cooker

A pressure cooker is a kitchen essential for those who love to cook. It cooks food quickly, typically in less than an hour, and saves time by doing the job of several pots or pans at once. However, how to use a steamer basket in a pressure cooker? Many people don’t know how to use their pressure cooker properly or get the most from it. In this blog post, we’ll cover how a steamer basket works with a pressure cooker so you can start cooking like a pro.

What is a steamer basket, you might ask? A steamer basket is an essential kitchen tool for anyone who likes to cook. This handy cooking accessory has many uses and can be used to significant effect in your pressure cooker!

Do you own a pressure cooker, or thinking of purchasing one? If the answer is yes, then this article is for you. You can use a steamer basket in your pressure cooker to steam vegetables or other foods. The steamer will also take up less space than if it were placed on the stovetop and allows you to cook more at once.

What Is A Pressure Cooker Steamer Basket?

A pressure cooker steamer basket is a metal, silicone, or bamboo cooking accessory used to steam vegetables and other foods in your pressure cooker.

The main advantage of using the steamer basket in a pressure cooker is that it takes up less space in your kitchen than if placed on top of an open pot with water boiling below because it frees up your stovetop.

How Does A Steamer Basket Work?

A steamer basket works by allowing you to place food such as vegetables inside the basket, allowing them to steam.

Typically, the basket is placed inside your pressure cooker and then filled with vegetables or other foods that need cooking, such as potatoes (or any vegetable), broccoli/carrots, etc., dumplings – oysters- fish or chicken.

Types Of Steamer Baskets

Different types of steamer baskets

Steamers comes in a variety of materials such as:

  1. Metal wire mesh – allows water vapor through but not food particles; this type will often have a handle for easy lifting out when full.
  2. Silicone – these are becoming more popular. Silicone steamers can be purchased from most kitchenware stores and come in various shapes such as circular – square- rectangular, etc. With the majority having handles to make them easy enough to lift out when full.
  3. Bamboo – the most common type of steamer (not the most popular to use with a pressure cooker) is made from bamboo. These are usually round and have a handle. You can buy bamboo steamers in most Asian grocery stores or online at sites such as Amazon and eBay and are generally stackable, which allows you to cook several things simultaneously. These are not suitable for use inside a pressure cooker as they will split and crack when subjected to high pressure, but if your pressure cooker lid is removable, you can place the steamer on top and choose Saute mode (if you select steam, you will have to close the pressure cooker’s lid).

How Do I Use A Steamer Basket In My Pressure Cooker?

So, how to use steamer basket in pressure cooker? The concept is relatively simple – the steamer basket goes directly into the Pressure Cooker’s inner pot. First, fill the inner pot with water up to just below where you want your steamer basket to sit. Then, place the food you wish to steam in the basket and steam away!

The only thing you need to be aware of is that the steamer basket’s food should not touch the water. If it does, the steam will not circulate properly, and your food may end up soggy.

What Can I Use Instead Of A Steamer Basket?

I wouldn’t recommend using anything else in place of a steamer basket. A steamer basket works well in a pressure cooker as it keeps the food up off the water and allows the steam to circulate throughout the pot so that all food cooks evenly. If you use something other than a steamer basket, you run the risk of the food touching the water and becoming soggy or not being appropriately steamed.

Do Pressure Cookers Come With Steamer Baskets?

The accessories that come with a pressure cooker differ from model to model. It is not typical for a steamer basket to be included with a pressure cooker, but it is included in some packages.

If you are looking for an accessory to use with your pressure cooker, I recommend checking out what is available on the manufacturer’s website before purchasing one separately. There may be one particular sized steamer basket that is perfect for that model.

If you already have a pressure cooker and are looking for a steamer basket to go with your model, then I would also recommend checking out the selection at Amazon. Just make sure you purchase the correct size for the model you have, as they are not all the same size.


To conclude, I find that steamer baskets are a great addition to any electric pressure cooker and are relatively inexpensive. They make cooking vegetables, fish, or anything that needs a little space to steam super easy by just dropping them in the basket without worrying about if they will fall apart around your other ingredients while it cooks.

It is relatively quick and easy to steam using your pressure cooker and is just one of the many valuable features that electric pressure cookers offer. As mentioned, not all pressure cookers come with a steamer basket, so be sure to do your research before purchasing if this is something you want.

If the model you want to buy does not include a steamer basket, you can purchase one directly from the manufacturer, if they have such an accessory, or from places like Amazon or eBay. Just be sure to check that the steamer basket you buy is suitable for the pressure cooker model you have.

Frequently Asked Questions

It takes 5-10 minutes to steam vegetables in a pressure cooker. Add vegetables to the pot, place the lid on the pressure cooker, and make sure the valve is pointing to seal. Press the pressure cook button, then select the high setting for 0 minutes (zero). The pressure cooker will take about five-ten minutes to reach the desired pressure, and the vegetables will be cooked. Your appliance should then let you know that your food has finished cooking.

While both techniques cook by steaming, the main difference is how long the process takes. Pressure cooking is faster than steaming, but the food will not be as soft.

Yes, it is. It can remove fat from meats and retain nutrients that would otherwise be dissolved in water under high heat levels.

It's better to steam vegetables because it helps retain cancer-fighting compounds called glucosinolates destroyed when overcooking or boiling your veggies. Steaming also helps with retaining your food fiber, which is crucial because we need fiber to maintain a healthy gut. Read this article 7 Practical Reasons to Buy A Pressure Cooker for more information.

The disadvantage of steaming food is that it can sometimes be easy to misjudge how cooked the food is, especially if using a sealed pressure cooker to steam. My favorite steaming method is using a bamboo steamer and not using my pressure cooker. I love my pressure cooker, but using my bamboo steamer over a pot of boiling water is much easier to get the food cooked more evenly.

Yes, it is possible to use a bamboo steamer with a pressure cooker, but they must not be placed inside a pressure cooker as the internal pressure will damage the wood. Bamboo steamers tend to be circular so that they can sit on top of your pressure cooker. You may need to remove the pressure cooker's lid first, or else it may not be possible to place the steamer on top.

If you place a non-bamboo steamer basket inside the pressure cooker and close the lid, you can use the steam function, but as the cover will be open with a bamboo steamer, I would advise using the Sauté mode.

Just add an inch or so of water at the bottom of the pressure cooker inner pot and set it to Sauté.

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