Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon
You know how people buy treadmills and then joke that they are only there as decoration or as something to hold clothes on in your room? I am kind of starting to hear something similar about Instant Pots, which I cant even believe. My Instant Pot is one of my favorite kitchen appliances and I almost cant wait to try a new recipe in it. Even if it sits for more than a week, I start to look at it longingly and think up new recipes for the lonely little guy.
It might not sound very romantic but thats how I came upon this recipe for Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon. Even though you might take one glance at the ingredients and the time but its well worth all of it. Plus, a typical bourguignon recipe takes at four hours from start to finish. There just arent many more shortcuts you can take or ingredients you can eliminate and still get this classic beef dish. Trust me, Ive tried them all.
The other reason for this dish is that, while my whole family loves chicken, sometimes we just crave a nice cut of beef. I wanted something with a hearty depth of flavor, a really meaty, filling, comforting dish. I have made this in the past the classic way and it just takes too much time. So, here we are! Im not sure what Julia Child would say about this recipe, but I feel as though shed applaud its ability to be quick and just as delicious as the original.
Instant Pot Beef Roast Recipes
I imagine other cuts would work well too but chuck is known to pull apart well.
Why I add onions to just about every pressure cooker recipe I make, because theyre cheap and add lots of flavor. They provide a bit of texture too which is great when the rest of your ingredients are rather soft.
Yes you can make this in a Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi machine too. They all work pretty much the same.
- This recipe is somewhat similar to our Instant Pot pulled pork recipe but I used a larger cut of meat for that. Either way there is nothing this multi cooker cant make so tender it melts in your mouth.
Why This Method Works
- Never comes out dry! It cooks with lots of moisture in the Instant Pot so it doesn’t come out dry.
- Cooks in less time! Typically a large cut of beef takes hours and hours to roast in the oven but in the Instant Pot it cooks up almost completely hands-free in only a couple of hours.
- Cooks perfectly! Comes out with all the juicy fall-apart tenderness you expect!
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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.
Ingredients For Instant Pot Roast
- Chuck or rump roast: I used a 3 lb roast. You can use a size that fits into your pot but may need to adjust the cooking time.
- Onions and mushrooms: Yellow or white onions. Brown or portobello mushrooms yield more flavor than white mushrooms. You can use red onion as well if thats all you have.
- Red wine: Any medium-priced red wine like Pinot Noir. Do not use the cheapest one though, the flavour wont be as robust.
Red wine tips: More often than not, if you have red wine on hand, it will work! If not, check out a Pinot Noir, a Cabernet Sauvignon, or a Merlot. Dont spend too much money, but the flavour of cheap wine is noticeable.
My final tip would be to enjoy a glass while you cook
Please note: Cooking the vegetables at the same time as the meat only works in an 8 or 10 quart Instant Pot. So, if youve got a 6 quart Instant Pot, cooking them at the same time as the meat is no longer an option.
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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 a pressure cooker. In this recipe, we are using a pressure cooker to make the pot roast. A pressure cooker takes the cooking time down dramatically.
How To Cook A Roast In A Pressure Cooker
The method for electric pressure cooker pot roast comes together in 3 folds.
First, preheat the pressure cooker by selecting Saute on HIGH and add the vegetable oil. While the oil is heating, season the beef chuck roast with salt and pepper. Add to the Instant Pot and brown the meat for 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer the meat to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
PRO TIP: If your meat is large and/or uneven in size make sure to follow the directions I used in Inas Pot Roast recipe and tie the beef chuck roast before seasoning and placing it in your Instant Pot. This will prevent it from spreading too much and losing those valuable juices.
If you watch the how-to video in the recipe card below you will see that I failed to do that. The end product was still good, but it would have been easier to manage in the end if I had tied it at the beginning. Here is a helpful video to show you how to tie beef.
Second, add the onion, garlic, broth, and thyme, and give it a stir making sure to scrape the brown bits at the bottom. Put the meat back into the pot and secure the lid. Select Manual, making sure the steam release handle is set to Sealing position, and cook at HIGH pressure for 60 minutes.
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Instant Pot Rare Roast Beef
My family loves roast beef, and we have a preference for rare to medium-rare. But in hot weather, who wants to run the oven? Heres an Instant Pot rare roast beef recipe that Ive found to be reliable. After some initial preparation, its a fairly hands-off process. I love easy cooking.
Once in a while, I get a complete surprise in the kitchen. As Ive accumulated experience, this happens less often, but it does happen, and so it was this week. Against all my expectations, I learned how to produce rare roast beef from the Instant Pot!
Ive made pot roast in that Pot very nice pot roast it is, too. The Instant Pot is a fantastic device for braising meats and tenderizing tough cuts. I was sure that was pretty much the limit for cooking meat and I was dead wrong.
For me, it began with a chance encounter on the Internet. I read a post by Jill Selkowitz on her blog thisoldgal.com that stopped me cold. Her post on Foolproof Pressure Cooker Roast Beef caught my attention. When I found a nice sale on rolled sirloin tip roast at my grocery store, I bought a small one and experimented. The results amazed me: yes, you CAN make rare roast beef from the Instant Pot!
There are other versions of this roast on the Internet . Bloggers use varying liquids in their recipes, sometimes different timings but all the versions have some common features:
Preparing Your Instant Rib Roast
The first step is to prepare your rib roast for the instant pot is deciding how you wish to cut it and if you are eating it bone in or boneless. And if any leftover meals are going to be planned, or if its just a one off roast beef for a Sunday dinner or a special occasion.
What we did in preparing our rib roast was to separate it into two.
Our rib roast was a 4 rib roast and weighed more than 5 kilos which is 11 pounds. Even if we had wanted to cook it all, there is no way that it would have fitted in our instant pot pressure cooker.
Therefore, Dominic was kind enough to slice down the middle and create two ribs of beef.
Of course, these would fit in the kitchen gadgets easily.
BUT we find that rib of beef in the instant pot is much better, if you go with a boneless version.
Plus, if we do a boneless version, we can cut out the ribs and then use the rib bones for an amazing soup.
Of course, you might not need to consider this, as you might have a ribeye roast that has been rolled and is already prepared for you.
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Beef Rib Roast Instant Pot Seasoning
Some cuts of beef are so amazing, that they only need a light seasoning because you want to taste the flavours of the meat.
Beef rib roast is one of them, which is wonderful for you, because it means there is not much effort on your part.
What I recommend is that you season your rib roast with salt, pepper, and some garlic powder.
Then leave it in the fridge overnight.
The next day your prime rib roast is ready for cooking in the instant pot.
Instant Pot Pot Roast Recipe
Make Instant Pot Pot Roast recipe with chuck or rump roast in as little as 1.5 hours! You can also add baby carrots and potatoes to make it a one pot, comfort meal complete with tender vegetables, fall apart beef, and delicious gravy!
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How To Thaw Instant Pot Pot Roast
Take the soup out of the freezer the night before it is required, and place it in the refrigerator to thaw out. You can get a quicker thaw by placing the bagged soup in a microwave and defrosting it by the directions provided by the microwave. Reheat the thawed soup by placing it in a dish and heating it in the microwave. Alternately, place the defrosted soup in a pot and reheat it at a heat setting between low and medium.
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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Perfect Cut Of Roast Beef
Choose a cut of beef with plenty of marbling and fat for a pot roast recipe like this one. Here are three of my favorite options:
- Chuck roast is the most common cut of beef used for pot roast. It becomes so tender after low and slow cooking . It has plenty of marbling, which makes it juicy after cooking and adds flavor to the drippings. Cooked just right, a chuck roast is melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
- A bottom or top round cut of beef is what is used when making roast beef. This cut comes from the rear of the cow, which means it’s leaner than both brisket and chuck roast. I like to add a little more fat to the Instant Pot when I use this cut to keep it moist .
- Brisket is a little pricier than chuck roast, but it has a lot of connective tissue that makes it tender after a long day of being cooked slowly . It’s also perfect for cooking in the Instant Pot.
- Check out my perfect cuts of beef guide.
Easy Instant Pot Beef Pot Roast
This Easy Instant Pot Beef Pot Poast recipe is a classic go-to recipe for those lazy weekends where you want to eat well but not spend your whole weekend in the kitchen.
After you read how to make this beginner Instant Pot recipe, you will probably find it on your menu week after week.
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How Long Do You Cook A Pot Roast In The Instant Pot
The length of time that a roast must be cooked under pressure is mostly determined by the size of either the roast itself or the pieces that are cut from it. My preference is to chop roasts into pieces that are around one pound in weight .
However, the amount of time needed to cook the pieces is also determined by the thickness of the pieces, so there has to be some leeway. If you want to err on the side of caution, you may always allow for a little more time while pressure cooking the meat. I prefer to cook smaller pieces of meat for around one hour under high pressure.
If your roast has been frozen, or if it is one enormous piece, you will need to add a substantial amount of additional time to the cooking process to guarantee that the flesh is soft enough to come apart.
How To Make Instant Pot Pot Roast:
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What Is The Best Cut Of Meat For Pot Pot Roast
To create a pot roast, you dont need to spend a lot of money on a high-quality cut of meat because the Instant Pot can tenderize even a less costly roast in under an hour. This is one occasion in which you may save costs without sacrificing the quality of the dish in any way.
In light of the aforementioned, the most popular option for pot roast is chuck roast, which is what it will be known in the United States, and blade roast, which is what it will be called in Canada. It is a very inexpensive cut, but it has a high marbling content, which makes the flesh exceptionally soft. You are free to use any variety you choose, but if you are shopping in Canada, look for a roast that is branded pot roast.
Instant Pot Beef Back Ribs
Instant Pot Beef Back Ribs are tender and delicious, with a flavorful ribs spice rub and barbecue sauce. Instant Pot rib recipes are a great way to cook these tough cuts of meat. These are not short ribs, but are beef back ribs made in the Instant Pot. If you have wanted to enjoy beef ribs in the pressure cooker, try this tasty Instant Pot Ribs recipe.
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Picking The Herbs & Veggies
Learning how to make Instant Pot beef roast means learning the basics. The basics of roast include seasoning, searing, veggies, and cooking. There are some staples that you can rely on to make cooking easier. However, the flavor preference is totally up to you.
Have you ever had taco seasoned roast beef? Why not give it a shot? You can season it with Italian seasoning for an Italian flavor or just stick with the basics. You really just need to make sure that salt and pepper are on the meat before you sear it.
But then you need to add the veggies to the Instant Pot. The veggies will add more flavor and give you a built-in side dish. Potatoes are very common, as well as onions and carrots. This is all you will need to make a familiar pot roast in the Instant Pot.