How To Cook Beef Roast In Instant Pot

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What Are The Best Cuts Of Meat To Use


The best cuts of beef for pot roast are tougher cuts of meat like chuck, brisket, and round. Traditionally, the beef cooks at a low temperature for a long time. Its because of this that tougher cuts of beef work so well. When I say tougher cuts of meat, Im talking about the leaner cuts with lots of connective tissue.

How To Make Gravy From Roast Drippings

If you want a dynamite gravy that takes a little extra effort, use this gravy recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. ;If you want a super easy one that is still wonderfully flavorful, use the one I wrote below. ;My opinion is that afat separator is a must to get rid of excess fat in the broth. ;I really hate greasy gravy, but I’ll leave that decision up to you! It’s definitely not a deal breaker.

Brown Beef Roast In Instant Pot

Press Saute button to Sauté More function to heat up Instant Pot. It will switch to ON on the screen.

Wait until it says HOTon the screen .

*Pro Tip: Make sure Instant Pot is as hot as it can be in order to induce a Maillard reaction.

Add 1 tbsp olive oil in the Instant Pots inner pot. Ensure the whole bottom is coated with olive oil.

*Note: In total, there are 6 sides to a beef roast. We are browning 4 sides of the beef roast excluding both ends .

Pat dry the beef roast with paper towel. Generously season one side of the beef roast with kosher salt and black pepper.

Place the beef roast in Instant Pot .

Brown the first side for 4 minutes. Generously season the other side with salt and black pepper.

Brown that side for 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

Finally, brown the other 2 sides for 2 minutes and 30 seconds per side .

Set aside the browned beef roast.

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  • A pressure cooker we are using an Instant Pot, but this method will work for other brands.
  • A metal trivet or metal steamer our Instant Pot came with one that fits at the bottom of the cooker.
  • 1 cup of water
  • Eggs you can use as many as will fit, in one layer, in the bottom of your pressure cooker.
  • A bowl filled with ice and cold water to stop the eggs from overcooking.
  • A slotted spoon or tongs for transferring the cooked eggs to the ice bath.

How To Serve Roast Beef

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This Instant Pot roast beef recipe has multiple purposes.

Its great served as a roast with red potatoes, but its also perfect for sandwich meat.

Serve the roast beef alongside Instant Pot cilantro lime rice or jasmine rice and a vegetable side dish for a perfectly balanced dinner.

If you want more vegetables in the side dish, try the Instant Pot Rice Pilaf.

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Instant Pot Roast Beef And Vegetables A Classic Recipe

Its time for a new Instant Pot recipe and one of the most requested and most popular recipe is Instant Pot Roast Beef and Vegetables.

One of the main reasons that I purchased my Instant Pot was to make roast beef in a fraction of time that it took to make in my slow cooker.

Instant Pot Roast Beef and Vegetables Tender, juicy and cooked all at the same time!

I wanted it to have fall apart tenderness without losing the savory flavor of it being cooked all day long.

So when I read stories upon stories of other people making Instant Pot Roast Beef and it coming out dry and tough I was worried.

I was determined to recreate the moist and juicy, fall apart tender roast beef that I was familiar with.

This was difficult to do because I wasnt willing to waste cuts of beef in the process. My only option was to spend several weeks researching recipes and reading reviews on those recipes that others had trialed.

It was amazing what variations that you can find on the internet! The cook times ranged from 15 minutes to 90 minutes!

No wonder why everyone was confused!

There were some recipes that seared the meat prior to cooking and some that stated they would NEVER throw in vegetables at the same time as the beef.

The thickness of your roast will determine the amount of cook time.

I dont think that I found two recipes that were the exact same.

I absorbed all the information, and went back to the basics of what I knew and found true in my own kitchen.

Instant Pot Bottom Round Roast

One of the things I love about this instant pot bottom round roast recipe is that there is hardly any work involved. Thanks to your pressure cooker, the meat turns out moist, the gravy is tasty and the vegetables cook directly with the meat, which gives them great flavor.

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Best Meat For An Instant Pot Beef Roast:

My mom always bought marbled beef chuck roasts. Ive seen them labeled for crockpot at the store now, because apparently thats all most people use them for is slow cooking! If youre up for it, I think a chuck roast is a great cut to grind to make burger patties or for chili! Speaking of, have you seen my small batch chili;or my blue cheese burgers?

I want you to seek out the smallest chuck roast you can find. A 2-pounder is a perfect one, and I routinely find them this small. This recipe uses just 1 pound of chuck roast, but were going to cut the 2-pound piece of meat in half and store the rest in the freezer for another instant pot beef roast someday.

When youre cutting a chuck roast in half, cut it down the middle and try to preserve equal amounts of fat on each piece. For example, dont cut down one of the layers of fat and leave one lean piece and one fattier piece. The fat in a chuck roast melts into the meat and keeps it moist while cooking. If you dont want to eat the fat, refrigerate the meat before serving, and scrape the white fat off the cooking liquid before re-warming.;

The Best Cut Of Beef For Instant Pot Pot Roast:

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Chuck roast is the most commonly used cut of beef used in pot roast recipes.;Chuck is from the front part of the animal and different cuts will be labeled as blade, boneless cross rib, top blade, bottom blade, and shoulder. There are even different names for the same cut and it can differ from store to store I know so confusing!

While you might instantly think of the rectangular, highly marbled chuck roast widely available at most grocery stores, some of the other cuts are also a great choice for pot roast.

The popular rectangular cut of chuck will have a large amount of fat both around the edges of the cut and running through it. I have used this cut with great success in this recipe and nothing rivals it in terms of a tender result but it takes a bit more prep to make it work well . Since a big part of my end goal in this recipe is to create a luscious, fuss-free gravy, I went with a boneless chuck cross rib roast, aka, shoulder roast , this time around. It is a leaner cut of chuck which means less trimming of fat before the cooking process and cleaner drippings that will result in an effortlessly perfect gravy.

Rump roast, which is obviously not from the front portion of the animal, is another cut that will work here. This was my moms cut of choice for her roast and a much leaner cut than chuck. This recipe has not been tested with a rump roast and its possible it could need a longer cook time.

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How To Prepare A Roast For The Pressure Cooker

Cooking a roast in an Instant Pot is quite easy and should take you little more than 10 minutes of prep time.

  • First off, we advise defrosting the meat.
  • Youll need to season your roast generously on all sides with your chosen seasoning. Simple salt and pepper are good on any meat but you can be more adventurous if you like. There are many recipes for different rubs and seasonings so we encourage you to explore those.
  • Add a couple of tablespoons of oil to the Instant Pot and set it to Sauté. Sear the meat quickly on all sides to get it nicely caramelized. This will help to seal the juices in and will also give it a lovely umami flavor.
  • Set the pot to high heat.
  • Pour in some broth, stock, wine, or the liquid suggested by your recipe. Some people use cola while others swear by ginger ale. The choice is yours. Meat done in the pressure cooker can be a little bland so be sure to use a well-flavored liquid. About a cupful is usually enough.
  • Add a sliced onion and a carrot for flavor too.
  • Cover and allow to cook for the correct time. Let it do a natural release for 10-15 more minutes and youre all set.
  • Remove the roast from the pot, check for doneness, cover, and allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving.
  • Remember to use the liquid in the pot to make a tasty gravy to serve with your roast. This can be done while the roast is resting.
  • We hope youre excited to get going with cooking your family a perfect roast and that youre feeling more confident now. Until next time!

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  • Add water to the bottom of the pot, add a metal trivet, and then place eggs on top.
  • Seal the lid and cook on High Pressure for 3 to 7 minutes .
  • Manually release the pressure and transfer the eggs to a bowl with ice water. After a few minutes in the ice bath, you can peel the eggs.
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    How To Cook A Roast In The Instant Pot Tips & Tricks

    • You really do need to cook a blade or chuck roast for 120 minutes. Blade and chuck roasts are very tough and have fibers that absolutely need to be broken down by cooking, and cooking for a long time. Theses roasts take 8-10 hours in the crockpot, so 2 hours in the Instant Pot is definitely the way to go!
    • You need liquid and not just liquid you need DELICIOUS liquid. Food can be a bit bland when pressure cooking so you need to spice up!
    • If you have a roast that is from a quality butcher, you can try cooking it at 90 minutes. Grocery store roasts are generally lower quality. Play it by ear based on the meat quality of the roast you are cooking.
    • Thick roasts may need to be cooked a little longer as its thickness that determines how those fibers are going to break down inside.

    Just writing this post up makes me want to make this roast again. Its similar to that Mississippi roast in the fact that I use a package of dry Ranch dressing in it, but theres no peppers. Trust me, the dry Ranch dressing makes this delicious!

    Happy cooking everyone!


    Instant Pot Frozen Pot Roast

    Instant Pot Simple Pot Roast

    You can easily prepare a pot roast using a frozen chuck roast when cooking in the Instant Pot. Unlike slow cookers, the Instant Pot will get hot enough in a short amount of time to safely cook frozen meat.

    • Skip searing the meat, as you can not sear a frozen cut of meat.
    • Place the frozen beef roast, salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder inside the pressure cooker.
    • Pour in beef stock around the roast, then top the roast with horseradish.
    • Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes per pound ;For a 3 pound roast that would be 90 minutes.

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    Easy Instant Pot Pot Roast

    This is the best way to get a tender, melt in your mouth pot roast in a fraction of the time. Instant Pot Pot Roast is super easy and reliable. The ultimate comfort food this pot roast is loaded with flavor, and yields a delicious seasoned gravy to drizzle over the meat and vegetables.Or you can pair this up with myInstant Pot Mashed Potatoes!

    How To Make Instant Pot Roast


    Get your Instant pot or pressure cooker.

    Step one

    Gather the ingredients bottom round roast, onion, beef broth, red wine, salt and pepper.

    Here is the other side of the bottom round roast package.

    Step two

    Take the roast out of the packaging and sprinkle kosher salt and pepper on both sides.

    Step three

    Plug the instant pot in and press the sauté button. Once it heats up , add olive oil and once that heats up, place the roast fat-side down and sauté for three minutes, flip and sauté the other side for 3 minutes.

    Press the cancel button and remove roast from the insert.

    Step four

    Pour red wine into the insert and use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan. Place the roast back in and add the sliced onions, beef broth, dried oregano, sage leaf and rosemary sprig.

    Step five

    Seal the IP, making sure the venting knob is set to sealed and press the pressure cook button. Make sure the mode is set to normal and at high pressure. Set the timer for 60 minutes.

    Step six

    Once the IP beeps that it is done, you are going to do a natural release which will take roughly 30 minutes for the floating valve to depress.

    Step seven

    While you are waiting for the 30 minutes for the IP to release the pressure, wash the potatoes and carrots and to cut them into chunks. Slice the celery in half lengthwise and then into slices width-wise.

    Step eight

    Add the potatoes, carrots and celery.

    Step nine

    Once the timer beeps, wait 10 minutes before doing a quick release.

    Step ten

    Step eleven

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    Can You Make Mashed Potatoes And Gravy With Instant Pot Pot Roast

    Yes! If you are a mashed potato fan, youve got to try my favoriteInstant Pot Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy recipe! Its made with dry onion soup mix and youre only putting four ingredients into the Instant Pot so it is truly the easiest pot roast you will ever make and so fall-apart tender. When the roast is done, you pull out the potatoes and mash them with sour cream, salt, pepper, and garlic and top them with savory beef broth gravy right from the Instant Pot!

    How Long Does It Take To Cook Pot Roast In A Pressure Cooker

    How to Make a Roast in an Instant Pot

    The time it takes to cook pot roast in an Instant Pot will vary depending on how large your piece of meat is. For a 3-pound piece of beef, the total time required will be about 2 hours and 30 minutes. This includes the time to bring the beef to room temperature , searing time, and the cook time required inside the pressure cooker.

    I know 2 hours and 30 minutes might seem like a long time, but for ultra-tender and juicy beef, we need all of it. The great news is that a pressure cooker makes much quicker work of pot roast compared to a slow cooker, oven, or when it is cooked on the stove-top.

    Now, I mentioned there was extra time for bringing the beef to room temperature. After testing this pot roast recipe in our own kitchen, we found that if you start with beef straight out of the refrigerator, the roast doesnt become as tender as when you give the beef some time out of the fridge so that it comes up to room temperature before cooking it.

    For a three pound roast, we found that leaving it on the counter for 1 hour was perfect. This extra time has another benefit, it gives us a chance to season the meat. Right after taking the beef out of the fridge, we season it liberally with salt, which means that as the beef sits, the salt has a chance to seep into the meat, making it extra tasty when cooked.

    As a general rule, when cooking roasts in a pressure cooker, assume 20 minutes of cook time for every pound of meat.

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