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How to cook a Frozen Roast in the Instant Pot

Now for the confusing part: how long should you cook a roast in an Instant Pot?

Instant Pots have become a bit of a craze and theres a lot of different information online. No wonder some people are confused. Different blogs will give you different times.

Were here to clear up the confusion and give you a couple of very simple principles to work with.

Cooking time depends on 3 things

The time youll need to cook a roast in your Instant Pot depends on 3 things:

  • the size of your piece of meat,
  • what type of meat it is ,
  • and whether it is frozen or thawed.

We recommend never cooking meat from frozenthaw it first for tenderest and juiciest results. It can be done, however, and weve provided times for that method too.

Dont overdo it

Remember, once you have overcooked a piece of meat, you cannot undo it. If overcooked, it will be dry, grainy, and sometimes inedible. You can always cook an undercooked piece a few minutes longer though.

So, principle number one is this: no matter how ridiculously short the cooking time in the instructions sounds, try it. You can always add a little more time after checking.

If youre unsure, use a meat thermometer to check. The internal temperature of the meat should be 145F/63C when done.

Lets look at size first

Now lets look at types of meat

If youre roasting a chicken, you will need just 6 min per pound. So, for a 34-pound chicken, you should cook it for 18-25 minutes. If frozen, add another 3 min for each pound.

Easy Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

Frozen pork tenderloin in the Instant Potis what we usually cook when we have limited time. It is convenient, easy, and in many ways a healthier alternative to pan-frying the meat. Simply take the frozen tenderloin, put it in the pressure cooker with some chicken broth and seasoning, and you have the best and quickest dinner at your disposal.

How many times did it happen to you to plan a delicious dinner, and only to realize that you forgot to thaw the meat?! This is the scenario that usually leads to either eating cereal after work or ordering delivery. However, with the help of Instant Pot, you wont have this problem again. In this post, I will share with you how to cook frozen pork tenderloin in the pressure cooker with delicious Honey Garlic sauce.

Secret Weapon #: The No

We all know slow cookers save a ton of hands-on time, but they often require a lot of planning: remembering to thaw meat + shopping for ingredients + getting up early enough to chop/dice/sear/etc.

High five if you are always that organized, but Im not! Thats why this roast is different it can be thrown together in a matter of minutes without planning ahead. If youve wondered how to cook a frozen roast without thawing, this recipe is for you.

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Can I Cook More Than One Pork Tenderloin In The Instant Pot

You can absolutely cook more than one tenderloin in your pressure cooker. Just make sure you stack them up in the pressure cooker. The cooking time should not be any longer unless they are frozen right together.

Also, try to stagger or crisscross them so they do not overlap completely. Select the time based on how many pounds of meat you are cooking.

What Is The Difference Between Pork Loin And Pork Tenderloin

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They might sound similar, but there are a few main differences to them. Firstly, they are not cut from the same part of the animal, and they also look quite different. Pork tenderloin is thinner and smaller, while the loin is quite big and wide and steak-like.

Also, the loin can be sold bone-in or boneless, where the tenderloin is a very lean piece of meat and is always boneless.

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Do You Quick Release Beef Roast

No! I have seen this the other day where someone took all the time to cook their roast and quick released and it was so dry and tough I am sure they tossed it out.

A good rule of thumb is to never quick release meat in the Instant Pot. You want the meat to naturally release so it helps to tenderize and lock in juices. Shredded beef is no exception.

Instant Pot Mississippi Roast

This delicious pot roast is a definite crowd pleaser!

Provided by C.R.C.

1 can beef broth
3 ½ pounds beef chuck roast, cut into 3 or 4 chunks
1 stick butter
½ jar pepperoncini peppers and juice
1 package ranch dressing mix
1 package dry onion soup mix


  • Pour broth into a multi-functional pressure cooker . Place beef in the pot and sprinkle with ranch dressing mix and onion soup mix. Place butter on top. Add pepperoncinis and juice.
  • Close and lock the pressure cooker lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer’s instructions set timer for 110 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
  • Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer’s instructions, 10 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 342.8 calories, Carbohydrate 3.9 g, Cholesterol 96.6 mg, Fat 27.3 g, Fiber 0.4 g, Protein 19.4 g, SaturatedFat 13 g, Sodium 1155.2 mg, Sugar 0.1 g

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Instant Pot Will Take Longer To Reach Pressure

Because you are cooking frozen meat you have to remember it will take longer to reach pressure. It is like you placed a huge ice cube into your pressure cooker so it will take longer for the liquid to heat up.

I see a lot where people think they did something wrong since it is taking a lot longer. Just have patience and trust. Depending on the size of meat it could take twice as long to reach pressure.

Make Ahead And Storage

Instant Pot Chuck Roast from Frozen

How to make this recipe ahead of time:

I think for this recipe, fresh is especially best. However, you can make it a couple days ahead of time.

  • Follow the recipe like normal, with the exception of putting the sauce on top of the meat. Dont do this last step if you are not eating the dish immediately.
  • Let meat and sauce cool completely. Then transfer sauce and meat into separate air-tight containers and put them in the refrigerator.
  • When ready to eat, heat meat in a microwave safe dish, starting with a few minutes and then checking meat with every additional minute. Once almost heated through, add sauce and finish heating.

If you want to make it ahead, go for it. Just know the meat is not going to be as good of quality once reheated.

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Can You Pressure Cook Frozen Meat

It is possible to pressure cook smaller cuts of frozen meat and frozen poultry. You can also easily pressure cook frozen vegetables. To pressure cook thick pieces of frozen meat like beef or pork roasts, it will take up to one -third more than the normal cooking time, and the results will not taste very good.

How To Make Pressure Cooker Gravy

  • After the roast has completed cooking set it aside. Remove onions and other solids from broth. Using saute setting on your pressure cooker, bring liquid to boil.
  • In a sperate bowl mix flour and cold water together and slowly whisk it into the boiling broth until it reaches desired consistency. Taste, and add salt and black pepper to your liking. This pressure cooker gravy is so tasty and delicious!
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    Tips For Making The Best Pressure Cooker Chuck Roast Recipe:

    • Want to ensure this quick chuck roast recipe is cooked evenly? Allow the meat to rest on the kitchen counter for 30 minutes before cooking. This helps take the chill off.
    • For the best sear, pat the beef chuck roast dry with paper towels prior to seasoning. The dry surface and hot oil give you that extra crispy brown crust, which packs in so much flavor.
    • Looking for pot roast with potatoes and carrots? Simply omit the parsnips and replace them with an equal amount of carrots.
    • Beef Broth vs. Chicken Broth: As youll see in the recipe below, I used chicken broth as the liquid in the recipe. I personally find that my homemade chicken stock produces a lighter pot roast recipe. However, if you prefer beef broth feel free to swap an equal amount of it in place of chicken broth.

    Cooking The Pork Roast

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    There will be some browned bits on the bottom of the pot from searing the pork. You need to get that up by adding liquid to the pot. Dont do this while saute mode is still on. Its very hot and the liquid will steam up immediately. It can be dangerous to stand over the IP when its that hot.

    Add the broth and use a whisk to scrape the bits up. This adds great flavor to the broth, which will be used later to make the gravy.

    Then put the trivet in the pot. Place the roast on top of the trivet. This is to keep the roast whole and to steam it rather than boil it. If you want, you can leave out the trivet. I just think the roast looks nicer when cooked on the trivet.

    Close the Instant Pot and set it to pressure cook . The length of time you need to cook the pork for will vary depending on the size of your roast.

    It is recommended that you cook a boneless pork roast for 15 minutes per pound in the Instant Pot. For a 3 lb roast, that would be 45 minutes. Cooking it this long will lead to a sliceable roast, not a fork tender roast.


    If you want to slice the roast, dont cook for longer than 45 minutes or it can become dry. If youd rather have a fork tender roast that falls apart like shredded pork, you need to cook it for much longer, like 60 to 70 minutes. If shredded pork is what youre after, Id also recommend placing the roast directly into the pot, not on top of the trivet.

    If its under, you can turn it back on for 5 or 10 minutes.

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    Cooking Time For An Instant Pot Roast

    A basic rule for cooking pot roast in an Instant Pot is to allow 20 minutes per pound. You also need to let the Instant Pot release the pressure naturally, so you need to add a full natural release of about 25 minutes . Doing so helps lock in the juices and keep the meat moist.

    • These cooking instructions will give you a medium-done tri-tip. If you do not want any pink, cook it for an extra 10 minutes. Even if your tri-tip is well done and without a trace of pink, it will still be very tender.

    It seems that many times a tough roast was cooked for too short a time, or a natural release was omitted. A three-pound roast should take around 85 minutes. Add in the 10 minutes or so that it takes for the pot to come to pressure, and you get 95 minutes. This may sound like a long time, but keep in mind that a low and slow version takes about six hours!

    What Is Pot Roast

    Pot roast is more of a method than a specific cut of meat. To make it, sear a large cut of beef until browned on all sides, and then cook it with aromatics like herbs, onions, carrots, and broth until its melt-in-your-mouth tender.

    You can make this in a Dutch oven on the stove-top, in the oven, in a slow cooker, and in a pressure cooker. In this recipe, we are using a pressure cooker to make the pot roast. A pressure cooker takes the cook time down dramatically.

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    Be Mindful Of The Size And Shape Of Your Food When You Freeze It

    For example, cut racks of ribs into 3 piece chunks. A whole rack won’t fit in your instant pot frozen solid. Same with thinks like Pork Shoulder. I often cut them into 4 chunks to ensure even cooking. Also easier to shred this way.

    Same goes for things like chicken breasts. Don’t freeze the whole package in one big block. If you can freeze them as individual breasts, that is best.

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    I grew up in Yorkshire, England and that was nothing more British than enjoying roast beef, Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes on your Sunday dinner plate.

    Normally with some vegetables too and OMG wasnt it an effort on a Sunday to put the roast beef dinner together?

    You roasted your beef topside in the oven, then you made homemade Yorkshire puddings, then you boiled your vegetables, then you made your own gravy, you boiled potatoes and then roasted them, then someone wanted potatoes another way, so you made more.

    Then before you knew it, it had taken you three hours to cook roast beef for your family.

    That is why I am so excited to introduce you to this instant pot frozen roast beef and gravy recipe.

    You cook the roast beef in the instant pot with your carrots, the stock you use becomes your gravy and you set up your instant pot and you can then forget about it.

    Secondly you load up frozen Yorkshire puddings into the air fryer and use the air fryer to make a quick batch of air fryer roast potatoes.

    Everything is done between the instant pot and the air fryer and the time in the kitchen is minimal.

    Plus, you dont have to freak out that there is not enough room in the oven for your roast beef and your Yorkshire puddings and your roast potatoes.

    I just wish these wonderful kitchen gadgets were available to do their magic 20 years ago.

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    What Should I Serve With Pork Roast

    Instant Pot Gravy is a great idea! You use the liquid that is left in the Instant Pot after you take out the roast. And you cook the gravy using the sauté function of the Instant Pot after the roast is finished cooking. That way, you dont dirty an extra pot!

    What else to serve with the roast pork? If your oven is free, go ahead and make a batch of these amazing roasted potatoes too. Such a perfect dinner!

    • Yield:46 servings 1x
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    • 4 Tbsp prepared horseradish, not horseradish sauce
    • 2 clove
    • dehydrated onions, ground to a powder
    • 1 tsp salt, kosher variety, fine grind
    • 1 tsp
    • root veggies, potatoes, carrots, etc.
    • long-grain white rice

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    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.

    How Do You Know When The Frozen Pork Tenderloin Is Ready

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    It is best to check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. The FDA safety guidelines for pork are to be cooked to 145 degrees F. So, ideally, you are looking for around 145 degrees F before resting, depending on your tastes.

    Also, if after pressure cooking the meat the internal temperature is a little under 165 degrees F , simply tent in foil to let the pork carryover cook as it rests.

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    Can I Pressure Cook More Than One Pot Roast At A Time

    Yes! I have a 6qt machine and Ive frequently cooked two pot roasts in one go. The trick is to not lay them on the bottom like Ive done in this recipe, if you put them one on top of the other like that they may take much longer to cook. What I do is simply stand them up sideways on opposite sides of the pot, the cook time then is exactly the same as it would be for one pot roast, win win!

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