A pressure cooker is a perfect tool for cooking game meat, and squirrel is no exception. Pressure cooker squirrel is simple to make at home, in an old-school stovetop pressure cooker or in a countertop electric pressure cooker (instant pot).
They say you can cook anything in an instant pot, beans, and meat, to popcorn and cheesecakes. What about pressure cooker squirrel?
Squirrel meat used to be popular in American cooking, and it’s still quite common in rural areas where small game hunting traditions are still alive. It takes ingenuity to hunt squirrel, along with impeccable aim. Once you have a squirrel in hand, they’re easy to clean and there’s a remarkable amount of flavorful meat on them. A single grey squirrel has enough meat to feed a family as a squirrel stew. That same animal can easily feed two adults as a main course.
The trick to cooking a squirrel is making sure the flavorful meat stays moist. Since a pressure cooker is a completely sealed environment, it helps keep the meat from drying out. Add in the pressure in cooking, and you’ve got a recipe for a tender pressure cooker squirrel.
Once a squirrel has been cooked in a pressure cooker, the meat is ready for use in most squirrel recipes that start with a braised squirrel. Try using it in a squirrel pot pie or squirrel ragu.
A pressure cooker is a perfect tool for cooking flavorful squirrel meat.
- 1-4 squirrel
- 1 cup stock
- Spices of your choice
- Clean and gut the squirrel.
- Place the squirrel into the pressure cooker whole, or cut into manageable pieces.
- Add one cup of stock and seal the pressure cooker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Allow the pressure cooker to come up to 10 pounds pressure (high pressure in an instant pot) and cook for 10 minutes.
- Once the cooking time has elapsed, allow the pressure cooker to depressurize naturally.
- When the pot is completely depressurized, release the vent and open the pressure cooker.
- Remove the meat from the bones and use the pressure cooked squirrel meat as you would any braised squirrel meat, adding it to soups, stews or pot pie.
More Wild Game Recipes
Looking for more recipes to cook up the catch? I’ve got you covered…
- Buttermilk Fried Squirrel
- How to Render Squirrel Fat (and squirrel fat cookies…)
- Making Fatwax (Animal Fat Salve with Squirrel Fat)
- How to Cook a Deer Heart
- Pemmican Lollipops for Your Bushcraft Sweetheart