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How to Use a Pressure Cooker on Electric Burners

Electric burners are notoriously slow to respond to temperature control changes, so we have a few tips for making the cooking process smoother. Both of these methods work on ceramic & electric cook tops equally well.

When the pressure cooker has reached the desired pressure, remove it from the heat and let the burner cool down for a few minutes. Unless the pot is removed from the heat it will continue to insulate the burner & inhibit its ability to cool on its own. The pot should have no problem maintaining pressure even while off the heat. When the heat has come down, place the cooker back on the low heat to complete the cooking process.

If you have two burners available, turn the second burner on low at the time you begin cooking. Simply move the cooker over onto the second burner once desired pressure has been reached to complete the cooking process.

Also try a device called a flame tamer, or heat diffuser to help control the temperatures of electric heat elements. These can be found a stores that sell barbeque equipment, camping supplies and specialty cooking/kitchen stores. Shop for flame tamers, or heat diffusers at Amazon.

Most stainless steel and aluminum pressure cookers will work on gas, electric coil, and ceramic glass (smooth-top) ranges. However, because pressure cookers are typically not magnetic, most will not work on induction type ranges. Check your manufacturer’s instruction manual. Each time you clean or use your pressure cooker, check to be sure the bottom has not been damaged. Nicks and scratches may leave sharp edges that can damage ceramic stovetops or other smooth surfaces. Always lift your pressure cooker to remove it from the burner. Sliding any type of cookware can leave scratches on stovetops.


Glass top stoves - These stovetops cycle on and off repeatedly -- even as frequently as every few seconds -- this is normal. Most manufactures do not officially recommend aluminum in case it melts and leaves a residue on the cook top. Use a stainless steel pressure cooker with a 3-ply base if you own one of these stoves.

If you are having problems with food burning on your glass top stove, despite your best efforts to lower or adjust the heat, then call for service and have the heat calibrated and adjusted if possible. Click here to read about the differences between aluminum and stainless steel pressure cookers. See my recommendation about buying new cookers here.