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

How to Make a Roast in an Instant Pot

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!

Cooking The Pork Roast

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.

How To Make Pot Roast In The Instant Pot

This recipe is prepared in three stages:

  • First, youll sear and pressure cook the meat. Once that cooking program begins, you can walk away from the pot if you like itll default to the Keep Warm setting and stay hot and ready to carve for up to 10 hours.
  • Second, youll transfer the cooked pot roast to a carving board, strain the fat off of the cooking liquid, then add the potatoes and carrots to the pot with the liquid and cook them under pressure on their own.
  • Finally, when the cooking program ends, youll do a quick pressure release on the pot, carve the roast, spoon the vegetables out of the pot, and pour some of the cooking liquid over everything to serve.

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Saute Onion And Garlic

*Note: Your Instant Pots inner pot should look quite brown. Dont worry! Your pot didnt burn, those caramelized brown bits add yummy flavors to your roast beef.

Add in one more tbsp olive oil. Add in sliced onions, then saute for 3 minutes.

Add in 2 bay leaves, ¼ tsp dried rosemary, and minced garlic in Instant Pot. Saute for another 30 seconds until fragrant.

Best Cuts Of Meat For Pot Roast


To me, this is the most confusing part. I am certainly not a beef expert and will admit, I get cuts of meat mixed up all the time. Sometimes the same cuts of meat will even have different names depending on where you shop. Like I said, confusing! Ive listed a few below for this easy Instant Pot chuck roast with the help of this post from TheKitchn.

Feel free to refer to the image below for a visual to help you guide through the best cuts to use to make this instant pot roast recipe.

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The Best Cut Of Beef For Instant Pot Pot Roast:

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.

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!


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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!

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    • Cut Slits in top of roast and stuff with garlic cloves
    • Season both sides with salt and pepper
    • Heat up Instant Pot on saute mode with half a stick of butter. Saute on both front back and sides until lightly brown. Next, Place Roast on Trivet Rack
    • Mix Seasoning packet and pour over roast or make your own beefy onion sauce, or you can use the onion lipton packet mixed with water.
    • Add sliced Onion on Top
    • Add 1 Cup Water to Pot
    • Set Pot To Manual High Pressure for 35 Minutes with a natural release. This is for medium with a slight pink inside. If you want more pink, you may reduce the time 5 minutes or so.

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    Great Idea For Using Up Leftovers

    If youre lucky enough to have leftovers, my favorite thing to do with them is to make a breakfast hashdice up the carrots, potatoes, and pot roast and brown them in a skillet with a little oil, adding extra diced onions and/or bell peppers if you like.

    Crack some eggs on top of the hash, cover it with a lid for a few minutes, and youll have a seriously hearty breakfast!

    Perfect Instant Pot Pot Roast Recipe + Video

    This Instant Pot Pot Roast recipe is an easy, comforting dinner that comes together so quickly in the pressure cooker! With tender veggies , a fall apart tender roast and seasoned gravy. With step by step VIDEO

    If you look around my site for about 5 seconds, you know that healthier comfort food is my jam. Sure, theres the occasional over the top dessert , but you wont see a lot of green salads or smoothie bowls.

    Its not because theres anything wrong with those things, I just really believe in nourishing our bodies with real food, full flavors, and enjoying every bite.

    Not that smoothie bowls arent delicious or nourishing they are! Green salads on the other hand.

    I havent always been sold on the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker , but at the beginning of the year I set out to really give it a chance and see what all the hype was about.

    I discovered that I actually liked it for certain things, but that it wasnt going to replace my slow cooker, stove top or oven.

    My favorite things to cook in the Instant Pot? The recipes that also usually do well in the crock pot, but in the Instant Pot they take just a fraction of the time. Large, tough cuts of meat, roasts, soups with lots of veggies , and macaroni when you need it to cook in two minutes.

    It is also great for those days when you forget to take the meat out of the freezer to thaw and you need a dinner option in record time

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    Substitutions For This Instant Pot Chuck Roast Recipe

    • Chuck roast- You might be able to use a beef brisket or a round bottom roast, but I havenât personally tried them in this recipe. If you try either, instead of a chuck roast, you may need to add a few more minutes of cooking to achieve the same tenderness.
    • Water- Many readers asked if they can use beef broth as a substitute for the water. You absolutely can, you just might need to pull back on the salt used, depending on how salty your broth is.;
    • Red wine If you abstain from alcohol, you can most definitely use a non-alcoholic red wine, or substitute with beef broth.
    • Fresh herbs Iâve been enjoying all the fresh herbs this summer, and how easily accessible they are. However, come the harsh winter in Alaska, fresh rosemary and thyme will become harder to find. You can definitely substitute with dried herbs .
    • Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce Worcestershire sauce imparts a deep-bodied umami flavor in this gluten-free pot roast recipe. There really are no substitutes; however, if I had to recommend one, Iâd probably pick beef broth.

    Brown Meat In The Instant Pot

    Easy Instant Pot Pot Roast (Tender and Juicy)

    I’m in the club of, I know browning adds flavor, but I’m willing to sacrifice some flavor so I don’t smell like meat. ;In this recipe however, I finally gave in to the fact that the flavor was 100% better when I sealed in those spices and achieved a deep brown crust. However, I’ll admit, sometimes I sear 2-3 sides and then call it a day.

    To brown your roast in the Instant Pot, set saute to high and wait until the pot says hot.; Then add your oil and meat and DO NOT MOVE THE MEAT for at least 4 minutes.; When the meat will release easily from the pot, you know you’ve formed a good crust.; Flip it and repeat on another side.; Depending on how many pounds of meat you are cooking, you may need to do this in batches.

    If there is leftover browning at the bottom of the pot, add a splash of water or broth and use a spoon to scrape it up.; This will prevent a BURN error from occurring as the pot is building pressure.

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    What Do I Serve With Pot Roast

    Roast with potatoes and carrots are the classic combination. This recipe cooks up small potatoes along with carrots. So the beauty of this recipe is that you have everything you need to make a complete meal out of it.

    However, Ive made those steps optional so if you prefer your roasts with mashed potatoes, its easy to make the switch. When cooking mashed potatoes for roasts, I like my potatoes to take on the roast flavor. Therefore, I generally follow my mashed potatoes recipe but just cook them in a steamer basket above the juices in the cooking pot.

    Also, in my house, I cant get away with making a roast and not making Yorkshire. My family prefers the Betty Crocker version Ive been making for years; however, the next time I make roast Im planning to try this Yorkshire Pudding recipe, which is similar but less likely to deflate. We like to use our popover pans for crispy individual servings, you can just use a muffin pan.

    Easy Instant Pot Pork Roast Recipe

    The photos in this recipe have been updated.

    This Instant Pot Pork Roast Recipe is a simple way to cook a pork roast that is flavorful and tender in a fraction of the time.;

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    The Instant Pot is an incredible tool in the kitchen for making dishes that usually take a long time. In the pressure cooker, you can drastically cut down the cooking time for dishes like this tender pork roast.

    The best thing about this pork roast is that it goes with just about any side dish you want to serve, so you dont have to put a lot of thought into what to make for dinner.

    I am a huge fan of mashed potatoes, so I usually serve pork roast with mashed potatoes and gravy, but it also goes really well with roasted cauliflower, green beans, or crispy roast potatoes.

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    Make Roast Beef Gravy

    Once the roast beef has reached 120°F, remove and set aside on a chopping board.

    Loosely wrap the roast beef with aluminum foil & let it rest for 8 10 minutes before slicing .

    While the roast beef is resting, bring the beef sauce to a simmering with the Saute function.

    Taste the roast beef gravy to make sure it is not too salty before adding another tbsp of regular soy sauce.

    *Pro Tip: If the beef gravy is too salty, dont add any more soy sauce at this step.

    Mix 1.5 tbsp all purpose flour with 3 tbsp water.

    Mix flour mixture into the beef gravy in Instant Pot one third at a time until desired thickness.

    Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt and black pepper if necessary.

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

    How to make a chuck roast in your instant pot the easy way.

    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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