How long to stand after pressure cook?

The recipe states, "Cover and cook on high pressure for 55 minutes. Let stand for natural release of the pressure." In my experience pressure cooker recipes use the stand time as part of the cooking process and so they specify a time period, like "pressure cook for 5 minutes and let stand for nature release for 15 minutes." Or some such. So this no-time specified direction for nature release in this recipe confuses me. How long should the ribs be left to stand in the pot after pressure cooking for nearly 1 hour?

  • Posted by: dcarlson
  • November 29, 2021
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AntoniaJames November 29, 2021
That's a great question! That one hour of pressure cooking followed by however long it takes to release naturally (in my experience, that could be 20 or more minutes) seems like too much. I've found that it's fairly easy to overcook beef in an electric pressure cooker. Once you do that, there's no going back.

I just looked at a Mark Bittman recipe in The New York Times for short ribs. He cooks at high pressure for 30 minutes and then waits 15 minutes for it to release naturally before manually releasing. That's what I'd do in this case. If the ribs seemed like they needed more time at that point, I'd put that back in for another 15 minutes, and release naturally immediately. ;o)
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