Can I Brown Meat in an Electric Pressure Cooker?

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Q: Can I brown meat in an electric pressure cooker, or will I have to use another pan and do it on the stovetop?

Sent by Patricia

Editor: You can brown meat in the electric pressure cooker if the model you have supports that function. I’m the happy owner of an Instant Pot, and among the reasons why it’s my preferred brand is its sauté function and stainless steel insert. I often brown meat using this function and never have to worry about the whole two-pan scenario. If you have an electric pressure cooker with a nonstick insert, you can still get some color on your meat as long as the sauté function is an option. You have to be able to cook the meat with the lid off, so be sure your pressure cooker allows for this.