What To Serve With It
Since this is already a one pot dinner recipe, you can keep the sides simple A Wedge Salad is always our go to but if you want something fresh, crisp and green, these easy Green Beans are always a hit, too.
If you want to skip the potatoes cooked with the Pot Roast recipe, this is also fabulous over a pile of homemade mashed potatoes.
Can I Use Frozen Beef For This Recipe
You wouldnt think that youd be able to go from freezer to Instant Pot in this recipe, but, just like using frozen chicken breasts, you can also use frozen beef for this recipe. Because the meat cooks with steam and pressure, it will thaw and then cook all at the same time.
The only difference is in the cooking time. Add about 20-30 minutes to your pressure cooking time if going with a frozen roast. No need to sear it either, just rub the spices on the roast and then put the frozen roast in the pot and go to the pressure cooking step.
Tips For Best Instant Pot Roast Recipe Results
- Twine: Make sure to remove the twine, if any. It might be preventing meat to become more tender.
- Large roast: If you have a larger 5 lb roast, I would recommend cutting it in half and cooking it for the amount of time you would a 3 lb roast. It will come out more flavourful this way.
- Set Sauté to High: For the best chance at a good sear, make sure Sauté is set to hottest. Adjust to select between Less, Normal, and More. For the hottest setting, we want More.
- To prevent veggies from becoming mushy: Wrap them in parchment paper instead of throwing them into the pot. I am not a fan of cooking in aluminum foil for health reasons but you can.
- How to cook veggies separately from roast: You can pressure cook potatoes and carrots after in the sauce for 10 minutes on High and Quick Release. Or just roast them in the oven at 425 degrees F and pour the gravy on top after.
- Slice meat against the grain: I know some people like to shred the pot roast but we like to slice it. We find it juicier and meatier, almost like steak.
- Small pressure cooker: You could probably fit about a 3 lb roast into a 3 quart Instant Pot.
- Frozen roast: Technically, you can cook a frozen roast but it doesnt mean you should. You will not be able to sear it which is a major part of this recipe. If you were going to cook from frozen, I recommend using the same amount of time BUT using a Natural Release completely.
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Instant Pot Beef Roast Tips
- It’s important to let the pressure release naturally. Leave it for another 20 minutes after cooking to allow it to release.
- After 20 minutes, feel free to release the vent to release any extra steam and allow you to open the lid.
- Don’t skip searing the beef – this helps lock in the flavor!
- Halving the roast helps cut down on the cooking time and allows you to distribute the seasoning more evenly. This will give you a more flavorful dish.
- Try using my roast beef seasoning.
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 favorite 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!
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My 5 Simple Tips To Make The Perfect Instant Pot Beef Pot Roast
- Brown the beef: Browning = flavor, definitely worth the extra 10 minutes! You want all those browned bits, known as fond stuck at the bottom of the pot, thats the good stuff.
- Saute the aromatics: Continue building up that flavor by sauteing the onions and garlic. You can also choose to add celery and mushroom along with the onions and garlic.
- Deglaze the pot with red wine or broth: Deglazing removes the caramelized bits that are stuck at the bottom of the pot and thereby imparts that deep, complex flavor to the pot roast. It will also prevent any potential BURN error.
- Natural pressure release for at least 10 minutes: Do not do a quick release when it comes to meat. Quick-release is known to make the meat tough. Allow for a natural pressure release for a minimum of 10 minutes before doing a quick release.
- Meat still tough after the specified time? If you find that beef is still tough, it may just need more cooking time. Put the lid back on and pressure cook on high for an additional 15-20 minutes with a natural pressure release.
Ideas To Use Up Leftover Pot Roast
I love having leftovers to pull a quick and easy meal. More often than now, I use it to make sandwiches. When I want to switch things up a little, I make
- Pot roast pasta
- Stews or soups like this Instant Pot beef and barley soup. You can find instructions for the same in the link.
What are some of your favorite ways to use up leftovers? Id love to know!
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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.
Why Use An Instant Pot
Have you joined the instant pot craze??
I put it off, like I usually do with new kitchen gadgets, because I was afraid it was a funky trend that would fizzle out but after friends raving non stop about theirs, I broke down and got myself one.
Im obsessed! Where has this thing been all of my life?
And just to clear things up, I say Instant Pot because thats the brand that I own and is most familiar with everyone, but these recipes are not sponsored by the brand in any way and any pressure cooker will do just fine! I dont care what brand it is, just get your hands on one pronto. Its seriously takes one pot cooking to a whole new level of awesome.
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Firm Carrots Yes Please
To make sure the carrots stay whole, cut them up in really big chunks . For firmer carrots, dont add them in with the meat. Instead, cook the meat until done, remove from the pressure cooker and then pressure cook the carrots in the remaining sauce for 5 minutes on high.
You can start with large carrots which you cut down into chunks, or you can make your life even easier by starting with baby carrots. P.S. ==> the same goes for potatoes.
Best Instant Pot Roast Beef
Is there anything more comforting than pot roast? Not only is it the ultimate trip down memory lane, but nothing else is as cozy and warm as a beautiful, shred-with-a-fork roast. My Instant Pot recipe uses simple, budget-friendly ingredients. It’s perfect for serving your family or entertaining guests!
This easy pot roast recipe saves time and keeps you from having your oven on for half the day. Instead, you only need just over an hourto complete the dish, and I guarantee your meat will come out as juicy and tender as if it were in the oven all day!
If you’re worried your pot roast will lose flavor in a pressure cooker, trust me, it won’t! The pressure from the Instant Pot intensifies the flavors and blends them together wonderfully. My other favorite roast beef recipe is my Mississippi Pot Roast. It is so hard for my family to choose between these two recipes.
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Pressure Cooker Pot Roast Cooking Juices Are Gold
Spoon some of the delicious leftover cooking juices on the cooked beef after you place it in a serving dish. This keeps the beef moist and also adds flavor. In addition, you can serve the remaining juices in a gravy boat. My kiddos and husband like to pour the juice over the top of their mashed potatoes, veggies, etc. â whatever else Iâm serving with the beef. Trust me, itâs drool-worthy!
Why We Love This Pressure Cooker Pot Roast
This Instant Pot Roast is so tender it falls apart when you try to take it out. It has such great flavor, that you can even skip the searing if you want .
One thing it is missing? Mushy vegetables.
Vegetables in the Instant Pot cook very quickly, often just a few minutes or less, so its better to leave them out while the roast cooks, and add them later at the end.
I know that this is an extra step and you might be wondering if its worth it.
Trust me on this one.
This way, you will have a perfectly juicy and tender pot roast, and perfectly cooked but still totally appetizing veggies.
You know Im not into any extra unnecessary steps , but the potatoes and carrots will cook in just a few minutes and if you buy small, pre-washed potatoes, you dont even need to chop them.
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How Long To Cook A Chuck Roast In An Instant Pot
Ive used both chuck and round roasts in the Instant Pot, with chuck being my personal favorite. The cooking time for tiny portions of beef roast is 15-20 minutes for 450 grams or 1 pound, and for large chunks of beef roast is 20-25 minutes per 450 grams or 1 pound, according to the Instant Pot website.
What Is An Instant Pot
The Instant Pot is a programmable pressure cooker with a slow cooker option that has recently seen quite a bit of popularity. Weve had some time to play with it and have fallen for it. They are sold just about everywhere, but if you dont have one, this recipe can be adapted to be used by any pressure cooker.
Before we get to the recipe, lets briefly address one of the biggest misconceptions with pressure cookers. One of the coolest things about a pressure cooker is that you can cook food quickly. An example being that you can cook chicken breasts in under 8 minutes. Most people assume that when we program the cooker to cook for 8 minutes, the 8 minute countdown starts right away. Thats not exactly true.
Cooking wont begin until there is enough steam pressure built up inside the pot. This takes a few minutes so dont worry if it doesnt seem like anything is happening at first.
The second caveat to pressure cookers is that when the cook time is done, the pressure inside the pot needs to release before you open the lid. You have two options for that: allow the cooker to naturally release the steam or you can press the quick release. We usually do a combination of both let the cooker naturally release some of the steam for 5 minutes or so then press the quick release for the rest. We do this most of the time unless we are cooking something with a high liquid content . If theres lots of liquid in the pot, we go with the natural release.
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Make It In Your Crock Pot
Yeap, you can make this a slow cooker beef pot roast instead because sometimes nothing but your slow cooking will do.
Cook The Pork On Low And Cook It Slow
After seasoning the meat, we put together a mixture of cooked onions, garlic, tomato paste, and spices. Thats poured over the pork, and were ready to cook.
When I said the slow cooker shines in this recipe, I meant it. Its pretty tricky to overcook pork shoulder. Its because of this that we happily cook the pork on low for many hours.
In our recipe below we call for at least 8, but you really can go beyond that. The pork should be so tender that a spoon can cut through it. Doing all of this in a slow cooker makes it easy. Do it overnight or while you are away from the house.
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Cooking A Roast From Frozen In An Instant Pot
I recommend thawing your chuck roast if possible, since you wont be able to brown a frozen roast and will miss out on the flavor that searing adds to the pot roast. If you dont have time to thaw, you can cook a frozen roast in your pressure cooker. You will just have to increase the pressure cooking time and skip the step of browning the meat.
Pressure cook a frozen 3 pound beef chuck roast for 90 minutes, followed by a 10 minute natural pressure release. Then add your potatoes and carrots and pressure cook for 5 minutes more. If your roast is larger than 3 pounds, add 10 minutes per pound to the pressure cooking time.
Cook Times For Chuck Roast In Instant Pot
It is recommended that you cook your fresh chuck roast for 20 minutes per pound in the Instant Pot. Most chuck roasts weight between 3-5 lbs..
Chuck Roast in Instant Pot
Time to set your Instant Pot to cook your Instant Pot Beef Pot Roast, all of these times will be followed by a 10 minute natural release, then a quick release.
2.5 lbs. = 50 mins.
3.5 lbs. = 70 mins.
4 lbs. = 80 mins.
No matter what size your chuck roast is you will want to do a 10 minute natural release at the end of the cook time. This is a resting period for the meat before you do a quick release.
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Sear The Chuck Roast Until Well Browned
Once its displays, HOT, add 1 tablespoon of oil and place the roast seasoned side down in the pot, brown on one side for 4-5 minutes. Do not try to move the beef, let it sear undisturbed. Season the other side with 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.
Flip and brown the other side for another 4-5 minutes.
Set the roast aside on a plate.
Why Make Roast In The Instant Pot
- A one pot meal: A complete meal in one pot is super convenient.
- Budget friendly: Save your money and your time and enjoy a fancy dinner on a budget.
- Serves a crowd: This is a great meal for any type of gathering and makes great leftovers!
- Loads of flavour: Thanks to the pressure cooker, all of the flavors permeate and penetrate each other.
- Texture: A foolproof method of getting fall apart meat that melts in your mouth.
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How Long Does It Take To Cook Pot Roast In A Pressure Cooker
The time it takes to cook pot roast in an Instant Pot will vary depending on how large your piece of meat is.
As a general rule, when cooking beef roasts in a pressure cooker, assume 20 minutes of cook time for every pound of meat.
You must understand that the time shown above is the actual cooking time, not the total time the recipe will take. For the total time needed, consider the time recommended to bring the beef to room temperature , searing time, and the times required to release pressure built up inside the pressure cooker.
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 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.