Instant Pot Beef Stew

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Learn how to make the Best Instant Pot Beef Stew. Tender & juicy beef in a rich, thick, & full-bodied gravy bursting with umami flavors. You’ll love this hearty Easy Instant Pot Stew that’s deliciously comforting, healthy, and soul-satisfying!

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This easy instant pot beef stew is made with healthy pantry ingredients yet it’s pack with tasty big flavors!

How to Cook Instant Pot Beef Stew:

  1. Brown the chuck roast steak
  2. Saute mushrooms, onion, herbs
  3. Pressure cook beef stew in Instant Pot
  4. Thicken, season, & serve beef stew

What’s awesome about cooking this beef stew recipe in the Instant Pot is you can cut short half the cooking time compared to cooking it on the stovetop!

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Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Beef Stew

1. Can I use other cuts of beef for this beef stew recipe?

Chuck roast is one of the most suitable cuts for the pressure cooker. For best results, use a well-marbled chuck roast! Beef Brisket is also a good choice, but it’ll take a longer cooking time (~70 minutes).

2. Why brown the chuck steak as a whole before cutting it up?

  • Retain More Moisture: Browning the whole chuck steak retains more moisture because there’s less surface area.
  • Brown Faster & Better: Since the maillard reaction excels in a dry and high heat environment, the chuck steak will brown faster and better compared to cubed stew.
  • Richer & Flavorful: The caramelized flavors from browning are one of the secrets to a rich & flavorful beef stew!

3. Can I skip all the sauté steps and dump everything in the Instant Pot?

Yes, you can dump everything in the Instant Pot and pressure cook the beef stew at High Pressure for 32 minutes. But if you want to up your beef stew game, give it some time and love. 🙂

4. In Step 5, why remove half of the carrots, celery, potatoes from the Instant Pot?

This is an optional step that will give your beef stew an edge. We first perfectly cook all the vegetables, then separate them into 2 batches.

One batch of vegetables will stay in the Instant Pot to enhance flavor and act as a natural thickener for the beef stew.

The other batch of vegetables will be set aside & added back into the beef stew after the pressure cooking is done. These vegetables will add texture & mouthfeel to the beef stew.

Let’s cook Beef Stew in Instant Pot!


Step-by-Step Guide: Instant Pot Beef Stew

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Here are the ingredients for cooking Beef Stew in Instant Pot.

instant pot beef stew ingredients

Tools for Cooking Beef Stew in Instant Pot

Step 1

Brown Chuck Roast Steak


First, heat up Instant Pot by using the “Sauté More” function. Wait until the Instant Pot says HOT.

*Pro Tip: Make sure the Instant Pot is as hot as it can be to induce Maillard reaction.

how to use instant pot - saute more function

Pat dry the chuck roast, then season one side of the beef with salt and black pepper.

Now, drizzle Instant Pot’s inner pot with 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil. Ensure to coat the oil over the whole bottom of the pot.

Carefully place the seasoned side of chuck steaks in Instant Pot. Then, season the other side of beef with salt and black pepper.

brown beef in Instant Pot

Now, brown one side of the beef for 7 minutes before flipping over, then brown the other side for another 7 minutes.

Finally, remove the beautifully browned chuck steaks, then set them aside in a large container.

Step 2

Optional: Saute Mushrooms


*Note: This is an optional flavor-enhancing step. The Instant Pot stew will still taste very good without this step. If you’re skipping this step, add the sliced mushrooms in Step 5 with the other vegetables. 

Add sliced mushrooms in Instant Pot, then sauté until all moisture from the mushrooms has evaporated and the edges are slightly crisped & browned.

*Note: This step takes roughly 6 minutes.

saute mushrooms

Taste and season the sauteed mushrooms with salt and ground black pepper if necessary.

Remove the sauteed mushrooms, then them set aside.

sauteed mushrooms

Step 3

Saute Onion and Herbs


First, add sliced onions in Instant Pot, then saute for 3 minutes.

saute onions

Add in minced garlic, 2 bay leaves, ¼ tsp (0.35g) dried thyme, then saute for another minute. 

*Pro Tip: You can release the dried thyme’s flavor by scrubbing them against your fingers while you add them to the beef stew.

Step 4

Deglaze Instant Pot


Now, pour ¼ cup (63ml) sherry wine in Instant Pot, then completely deglaze the bottom of the pot by scrubbing the flavorful brown bits with a wooden spoon.

Reduce the sherry wine to let some of the alcohol evaporate.

Step 5

Pressure Cook Beef Stew


Turn off the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker by pressing the “Cancel” button.

Cut the browned chuck roast into 1.5 – 2 inches thick cubes.

cut beef in cubes

Add 1½ cup (375ml) unsalted chicken stock, 1 tbsp (15ml) Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) regular soy sauce, and 1 tbsp (15ml) fish sauce in the Instant Pot. Give it a quick mix.

*Optional Pro Tip: If you prefer some bites to your vegetables, you can pressure cook the vegetables at this point at High Pressure for 4 minutes + Quick Release. Then set aside half of the vegetables, and add them back in with the frozen peas in Step 6.

Add the cubed beef into the cooking liquid.

*Note: Make sure the cubed beef are partially soaked in the liquid. And don’t forget to add in the meat juice!

Now, add the quartered potatoes, carrot chunks, and celery in Instant Pot. 

Finally, layer 3 tbsp (50g) tomato paste on the very top.

beef stew in Instant Pot

Close lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing position.

Instant Pot High Pressure for 32 minutes

  • Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 32 minutes, then Natural Release for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning the Venting Knob to Venting position.

Remove the lid carefully.

Step 6

Thicken Beef Stew and Add Vegetables


Now, you can bring the yummy beef stew gravy to a simmer with the “Saute More” function.

Breakdown the mushy potatoes and carrots with a wooden spoon, then stir to thicken the beef stew. 

thicken beef stew

*Pro Tip: The beef stew should be thick enough at this point. If necessary, you can thicken the gravy with flour or cornstarch + water mixture.

Add frozen peas, sautéed mushrooms, and the previously set-aside carrots, celery, and potatoes in the Instant Pot.

add mushrooms and peas

Finally, taste and season with salt and ground black pepper if necessary (we added 2 pinches of salt).

Step 7

Serve Instant Pot Beef Stew


instant pot beef stew recipe

Serve the delicious beef stew with mashed potatoes, pasta, or your favorite side dishes.

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Instant Pot Beef Stew

Make the Best Instant Pot Beef Stew. Tender & juicy beef in a rich, thick, & flavorful gravy. You'll love this hearty Easy Instant Pot Stew that's deliciously comforting, healthy, and soul-satisfying to eat!
Servings 4 - 6
Total Time 2 hrs
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (1001g) chuck steak or blade steak , 1.5 inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • 12 (150g) white mushrooms , thinly sliced
  • 2 (214g) small onions , thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves (15g) garlic , crushed and minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.35g) dried thyme
  • ¼ cup (63ml) sherry wine
  • 3 - 4 (365g) small Yukon gold potatoes , quartered
  • 2 (200g) medium carrots , cut in 1 ½ inch (4cm) chunks
  • 2 stalks (150g) celery , cut in 1 ½ inch (4cm) chunks
  • 3 tablespoons (50g) tomato paste
  • ½ cup (65g) frozen peas
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Chicken Stock Mixture

Instructions 

  • Brown Chuck Roast Steak: Heat up Instant Pot by using the "Sauté More" function. Wait until the Instant Pot says HOT. Pat dry the chuck roast, then season one side of the beef with salt and black pepper.
    Drizzle 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in inner pot. Ensure to coat oil over the whole bottom of the pot.
    Carefully place the seasoned side of chuck steaks in Instant Pot. Season the other side of beef with salt and black pepper. Brown one side for 7 minutes before flipping over, then brown the other side for another 7 minutes. Remove and set aside in a large container.
    brown beef in Instant Pot
  • Optional - Saute Mushrooms: Add sliced mushrooms in Instant Pot, then sauté until all moisture from the mushrooms has evaporated and the edges are slightly crisped & browned (~6 minutes). Taste and season with salt and ground black pepper if necessary. Remove and set aside.
    saute mushrooms
  • Saute Onion and Herbs: Add in sliced onions, then saute for 3 minutes. Add in minced garlic, 2 bay leaves, ¼ tsp (0.35g) dried thyme, then saute for another minute.
    saute onions
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour in ¼ cup (63ml) sherry wine, then completely deglaze the bottom of the pot by scrubbing the flavorful brown bits with a wooden spoon. Reduce the sherry wine to let some of the alcohol evaporate.
  • Pressure Cook Beef Stew: Turn off the Instant Pot. Cut the browned chuck steak into 1.5 - 2 inches thick cubes.
    Add 1½ cup (375ml) unsalted chicken stock, 1 tbsp (15ml) Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) regular soy sauce, and 1 tbsp (15ml) fish sauce in Instant Pot. Give it a quick mix.
    *Optional Pro Tip: If you prefer some bites to your vegetables, pressure cook the vegetables at this point at High Pressure for 4 minutes + Quick Release. Then set aside half of the vegetables, and add them back in later with the frozen peas in Step 6.
    Add the cubed beef into the cooking liquid (ensure they are partially submerged in the liquid). Don't forget to add in the meat juice!
    Add in quartered potatoes, carrot chunks, and celery. Layer 3 tbsp (50g) tomato paste on the very top.
    Close lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 32 minutes, then Natural Release for 10 minutes. Remove the lid carefully.
    cut beef in cubes
  • Thicken Beef Stew and Add Vegetables: Bring the yummy gravy to a simmer with the "Saute More" function. Breakdown the mushy potatoes and carrots with a wooden spoon, then stir to thicken the beef stew. 
    *Pro Tip: The beef stew should be thick enough at this point. If necessary, you can thicken the gravy with flour or cornstarch + water mixture.
    Add in frozen peas, sautéed mushrooms, and the previously set-aside carrots, celery, and potatoes. Taste and season with salt and ground black pepper if necessary (we added 2 pinches of salt).
    how to use instant pot - saute more function
  • Serve: Serve this delicious & hearty beef stew with mashed potatoes, pasta, or your favorite side dishes. Enjoy~
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Notes

See above Cooking Tips Section
*Chuck Steak: For best result, always remember to use a well-marbled chuck steak! 
*Food Safety: Be sure to place the cooked vegetables and mushrooms in the fridge if you intend to leave them out for more than 2 hours.
*Optional Saute Mushrooms Step: This is an optional flavor-enhancing step. The beef stew will still taste very good without this step. If you're skipping this step, add the sliced mushrooms in Step 5 with the other vegetables. 
*Rate Recipe: If you've tried the recipe, don't forget to Rate the Recipe in the Comments Section. Thank you!
Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 475kcal
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef stew in instant pot, beef stew instant pot, easy instant pot beef stew, instant pot beef stew, instant pot beef stew recipe, instant pot stew

Nutrition

Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 666mg | Potassium: 1293mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5918IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 5mg

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