Osso Bucco, Pressure Cooker Recipe

Posted: April 29, 2013 in Italian, Recipes
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osso bucco

I’ve never had osso bucco before. So, with a shiny new pressure cooker, I decided to give it a whirl and I was amazed at the results.

Now… I’m in love with my pressure cooker and with this recipe! Just perfect for the colder months.

The result is fork tender melt in your mouth meat served with a beautifully rich and flavoursome sauce.The best bit is all in that marrow – sucking out that rich gooey goodness. Delish.

If that’s too sickly for you, each mouthful will still bring warmth and comfort in every bite. This meal will not disappoint, I guarantee it. osso bucco collage - fpn





  • olive oil
  • 1 kilo thick veal slices of osso bucco (1 1/2 to 2 inches thick)
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 2 carrot, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes


Season the veal shanks, heat oil in a pan and sear the veal until brown. Avoid crowding the pan and sear the veal in batches if necessary. When the veal is finished browning, set aside and rest on a plate.

Whilst the veal is browning, saute all the vegetables and tomato paste in the pressure cooker and season.  When the vegetables have softened, add chicken stock and wine. Give it a good stir, scrapping the bottom for any bits and bring to a high heat. Once this is heated through, add the veal shanks to the pot and ensure they are tucked into the mixture as much as possible.

Add the rosemary, bay leaves and top with the canned tomatoes. Ensure that you do not stir this through to avoid the diced tomatoes catching at the bottom. Lock the lid on the pressure cooker and cook at high pressure for 30 min. After 30 min let the pressure come down naturally for 10-15 min. When the time is up, release any pressure left in the pot and voila!

Serve with a side of mashed potatoes/polenta, tuck in and enjoy!


  • If you don’t have a pressure cooker. Add an extra cup of chicken stock to a heavy based pot with a lid. Bring the ingredients to the boil and cover the lid. Place the pot into the oven at 180 degrees for 2 hours.  
  • You can substitute the veal w beef shanks, chuck steak, lamb or chicken. It will still taste great!
  1. Tina @ bitemeshowme says:

    Oh man there’s just something about osso bucco that is so comoforting on a cold winter’s night. I’ll need to try this with my pressure cooker also. It’s about the only thing I’m looking forward to this winter….

  2. Eha says:

    Osso bucco has been one of my favourite ‘company dishes’ for many decades. One of the ones I am known for 😉 ! I slowcook it, but pressure cooking may give the same consistency. Unfortunately you have not given the most important part of the recipe here: that of the vital gremolata without which the dish is but a stew! Also I DO wish where to find proper veal shanks pieces in Sydney or environs as most sold is beef or yearling which simply will not do 🙂 !

    • It gives the same consistency, you just need less liquid because the liquid doesn’t evaporate.
      I didn’t try the gremolata so I didn’t feel appropriate including it. But I’m hearing more and more feedback that it is an absolute must. I think you have convinced me to try it.

      Try Hudson Meats for Veal Shanks, they have a paddock to plate philosophy. All meat is locally sourced from local farmers and all animals have lived a happy life. You can really taste the difference. It’s not cheap but it is well worth supporting humane farming!

  3. peachcordial says:

    Oooh looks good. After having osso bucco at Cafe Sopra I’ve been so tempted to cook it myself. I’ve never cooked with a pressure cooker before though. Must try it out!

  4. lol i still get nervous using my pressure cooker but will have to break it out more often this winter for sure!

  5. The veal looks so soft! The wonders of the pressure cooker 😀

  6. Priscilla…I dreamt about your osso bucco last night after reading your recipe. I need to try this so badly!

  7. this osso bucco looks amazing! my mum makes soup with it, but your pressure cooker recipe looks amazing!

  8. Lee says:

    How many people does this recipe serve?

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