Why I Love Using The Instant Pot
If you havent jumped on the Instant Pot train yet YOU NEED TO! It is one of the most convenient kitchen appliances I have ever owned. This Instant Pot pot roast recipe is just one of the MANY Instant Pot recipes that I have incorporated into my regular meal rotations. Here are our top three reasons why we love our Instant Pots:
Instant Pot Pot Roast Experiment
In our Instant Pot Pot Roast experiment, we pressure cooked 3 nearly identical chuck roast steak at High Pressure for 20 mins, 45 mins, and 75 mins with an Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.
Out of the 3 results, we enjoyed the 45-Minutes Instant Pot Pot Roast the most.
It was overall the most well-balanced in terms of Meat Texture, Meat Juice, Meat Flavors, and Sauce. It was definitely the most delicious one!
So, we developed this easy pot roast instant pot recipe based on this cooking time.
You can read more about the pot roast experiment here:The Best Pot Roast Cooking Time Experiment.
Cook The Roast And Vegetables
- Use the sauté function on your Instant Pot to sear the seasoned beef chunks in a little olive oil in batches. Set the seared beef aside and sauté the diced onion and garlic. Add the tomato paste, a little red wine, beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce. Flavor baby! Return the seared chunks of beef to the pot and tuck them down into the cooking liquid.
- Next, layer the carrots and potatoes on top of the meat so that they are not completely immersed in liquid. Secure the lid and cook on high pressure for 35 minutes. When the time is up, allow the Instant Pot to do a natural release of pressure for 10 minutes and then press the steam release handle to release any remaining pressure.
Because the beef has been cut down and will cook much faster, you can add the carrots and potatoes at the beginning of the cooking process. This means the pot only needs to come to pressure and release pressure once and saves you about 15 to 20 minutes.
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How To Make Pot Roast In Pressure Cooker
- Turn your pressure cooker to the Saute function and pour in 1 tablespoon oil.
- While the pressure cooker is heating, liberally season the chuck roast on both sides with salt and pepper.
- Place the seasoned roast into the heated inner pot, and sear the roast for 3-4 minutes per side or until browned.
- Turn the instant pot OFF from the saute function and remove the pot roast from the inner pot and place on a platter.
- Pour in about ½ cup of the beef broth and use a spatula or wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the inner pot, so that pressure can build appropriately and you wont get a burn notice.
- Add seared roast back to the inner pot. Pour in the rest of the beef broth and then sprinkle the with additional salt, pepper, and onion powder. Top the roast with minced garlic and horseradish.
- Cook for 20 minutes per pound on high pressure. This would be 60 minutes for a 3 pound roast.
- Once the cook time has elapsed, let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes. This will keep the pot roast super tender.
- Remove the pot roast from liquid and place onto a platter or cutting board. It is okay if it falls apart as you are removing the roast–it should be fall-apart tender.
- Tent the meat with foil and let rest for 5-10 minute befores shredding or slicing and serving with the cooking juices.
Instant Pot Beef Roast & Gravy Overview
This brown gravy pot roast beef is a warm and hearty dinner recipe, perfect with a side of mashed potatoes and vegetables.
Slow cooking or using an oven to make tender beef roast can take hours but its much quicker with the Instant Pot and requires minimum effort.
Beef chuck or topside cut is seared using the Saute function. The pot is deglazed with red wine with all those beef juices incorporated into a rich gravy broth. The meat is then pressure cooked half-submerged in the gravy so its well infused with flavor and tender enough for shredding, although you can also slice it.
The cooking gravy is reduced and thickened ever so slightly. Its rich and robust with savory, umami flavors, simply irresistible poured all over the roast beef. When it comes to beef roast Instant Pot recipes, this one is a must-try!
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Best Mississippi Roast Recipe
If there is one meal my family loves more than any other, it’s a good pot roast recipe. My Slow Cooker Mississippi Pot Roast is always such a hit, I knew I had to find a way to make it in the Instant Pot – and this recipe was a huge success!
If you don’t have the time to cook a roast traditionally or in the slow cooker, or just want it to be done more quickly, the Instant Pot is a total lifesaver. It takes just an hour to cook Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast, and then under 30 minutes to release the pressure and serve.
The best part is, you don’t lose out on any tenderness or flavor, either. This is the best Instant Pot Mississippi Roast – it’s so juicy, tender, and amazingly flavorful, in so little time! I know you’ll love it as much as my family and I do.
Tips For The Perfect Dish
- It may seem counterintuitive to stop the cooking process towards the end to add the vegetables, but trust me, its worth the extra effort. The carrots and potatoes only take about 10 minutes to cook, so if you leave them in the pot for the time it takes for the roast to get tender, theyll be overly soft.
- This dish will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, and can be frozen for 2 months.
- I typically use red or yellow baby potatoes, but you can also use larger potatoes cut into quarters.
- If you dont want to use wine in your dish, simply add a little more beef broth instead.
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How Long To Cook Roast In Instant Pot
Using this recipe, it takes 60 minutes at high pressure to cook a 3-pound pot roast in an Instant Pot. Add to that the time that the pot takes to come to pressure and the time needed to release the pressure, and you’ll need approximately 90 minutes to make a roast in the instant pot.
In the oven, a pot roast cooked low and slow takes from 3-4 hours, and a slow cooker pot roast takes at least 5 hours. Using the Instant Pot to make pot roast is so much quicker!
If your roast is larger than 3 pounds, you should cook it at high pressure for 20 minutes per pound.
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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Instant Pot Pot Roast Faqs
What is the best cut of meat for pot roast?
How long do you cook a pot roast in the Instant Pot?
The short answer? About 1 hour.The long answer:How long a roast will need to be pressure cooked depends mostly on how large the roast or the pieces are that you cut it into. I prefer to cut my roasts into chunks that are approximately 1 lb in size . However, the cook time also depends on the thickness of the pieces, so there has to be some wiggle room. To be on the safe side, you can always allow for a little extra time pressure cooking the meat I opt for about 1 hour pressure cooking on high for smaller pieces. If your roast is frozen, or it is in one large piece, you will want to add a significant amount of time to ensure that your meat is fall apart tender.
Can I cook a frozen roast in the Instant Pot?Why is my pot roast tough?Do I have to trim my roast?
About The Vegetables In An Instant Pot Beef Roast
One of the big challenges of making a pot roast in the Instant Pot is avoiding mushy vegetables. Many recipes put them in with the roast, which leads to disintegrated onions, mushy carrots, and mashed potatoes. Other recipes wrap the veggies in foil to protect them a bit, but those too get reports of mushy veggies. Plus, I like to have my carrots and potatoes soak up the wonderful flavor of the beef broth and onions. They wont get that wrapped in foil. I also am not the biggest fan of pressure cooking foil with my food, although I do occasionally do so.
My solution is to pressure cook the beef roast first, remove it to a plate and tent it with foil, add the vegetables to the broth, and pressure cook for 5 minutes. Use 2-3 minutes for firmer vegetables and 8-10 for softer. It doesnt hurt the meat to rest a bit like that anyway. I do cook initially with onions as well, but I add more at the end to have some firmer onions in the mix.
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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.
Instructions For Making The Best Instant Pot Pot Roast
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How To Make Instant Pot Pot Roast
So, here is my basic Instant Pot pot roast recipe . This is an adaptation of my long time favorite low and slow traditional method roast. Its secret ingredients are Montreal Steak Seasoning and a packet of onion soup mix. They give awesome flavor to to the roast!
Coat the beef roast with olive oil and rub a generous amount of Montreal Steak Seasoning on all sides of the roast. Then sear the beef in the pot using the saute function. After searing, remove the beef and add a chopped onion with a small splash of beef broth to deglaze the pot. Once deglazed, pour in the remaining broth and add a trivet.
Place the beef roast on the trivet and pour a package of onion soup mix over it. Set two or three bay leaves on top.
Pressure cook on high pressure at 25 minutes per pound, followed by natural release. Then remove the roast from the pot.
Add vegetables to the pot and pressure cook for 5 minutes. I add baby potatoes, carrots, celery, and onion to mine.
To serve, cut the roast against the grain or cut into chunks and serve with the vegetables and a ladle of the broth. You can also make a gravy by removing the vegetables, then making a cornstarch slurry and adding it to the pot to thicken the broth. But I prefer to serve my roast without gravy, and I include a savory bread, such as my Savory Jalapeno Irish Soda Bread, or a good grainy wheat bread, to use to soak up the broth.
The roast is tender and juicy with lots of flavor.
Here is the Recipe card:
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.
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What Does It Mean To Naturally Release The Instant Pot
After pressure cooking in an Instant Pot, the pressure has to be released from the machine before you can safely open the lid. Some recipes call for “quick release” which means that you manually open the valve and let all the pressure out at once. Here we’ll let the roast manually release, which means that we just let it sit, undisturbed for 10 minutes.
Natural release lets the pressure slowly dissipate from the Instant Pot.
Tips From The Betty Crocker Kitchens
- tip 1 If desired, cut the beef into bite-size pieces, discarding fat and cartilage if necessary. Return beef to the mixture in the insert and serve.
- tip 2 Leftover beef from this Instant Pot® roast recipe makes a great sandwich, especially with a creamy horseradish spread.
- tip 3 Be sure to stir in the cornstarch mixture gently since the vegetables will be very tender.
- tip 4 Wondering what to do with your pressure cooker roast leftovers? Try our recipe for Roast Beef Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions, It’s the perfect lunch follow-up.
- tip 5 You can also enjoy any leftovers from this Instant Pot® beef roast recipe as a delicious Pot Roast Casserole with a clever shortcut using Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatoes.
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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.
How To Make Instant Pot Pot Roast:
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