Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

15 mins prep to make this homey pressure cooker beef stew. Juicy tender brisket with rich tomato sauce. So deliciously satisfying & easy to eat!

Make this Comforting Pressure Cooker Beef Stew in Instant Pot. Spoonful of juicy tender beef brisket paired with rich thick tomato sauce. This hearty comforting dish is so satisfying and easy to eat. Deliciously perfect over pasta, rice, or just eat it as is!

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Beef stews are common in many cultures since the ancient times.

Regardless if it’s being cooked in wine, curry, peanut sauce, or even beer (yes, beer!), the dish often includes veggies like carrots, potatoes, onions, and a tough cut of beef that’s suitable for slow-cooking.

We love beef stews because the depth of flavors in that rich thick sauce is just incredible!

Oh, and the tender and juicy cubes of beef. Sooo delicious. Such a homey and comforting dish to eat, especially on a cold day.

Comforting Pressure Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

If you don’t have the time to cook a hearty pot of beef stew on the stove. Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker come to rescue!

No more simmering for hours and hours on the stove or 10+ hours in the slow cooker!

With just 15 mins prep, you can enjoy this rich and tender pressure cooker beef stew in 1.5 hours. YES!! 😀

Oh, look at that beef brisket! Soaked with juicy goodness, it’s remarkably fork-tender without the need to braise in the oven or chill overnight in the fridge.

This hearty pressure cooker stewed beef is very easy to eat.

Melt in your mouth Beef Brisket

Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

Make this comforting Pressure Cooker Beef Stew in Instant Pot with juicy tender beef brisket. This ultimate comfort food is so satisfying and easy to eat. Deliciously perfect over pasta, rice, or enjoy it as is.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 409kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky


  • pound (680g) whole beef brisket
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil , divided
  • 2 small onions , finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves , crushed and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks , chopped
  • 2 carrots , chopped
  • A dash sherry wine
  • 1 tablespoon (8g) flour
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A few pinches dried thyme
  • 3 russet potatoes or Yukon gold potatoes , cubed

Chicken Stock Mixture


  • Prepare the Pressure Cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click the adjust button to go to Sauté More function) over medium-high heat. Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until the indicator says HOT).
  • Brown Beef Brisket: Trim off excess fat on the beef brisket. Then, generously season the beef brisket with kosher salt and pepper. Add 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil in the pot. Ensure to coat the oil over the whole bottom of the pot. Sear both sides of brisket for roughly 5 minutes per side without constantly flipping. Then, remove beef brisket and set aside on a chopping board.
  • Make Chicken Stock Mixture: While the brisket is browning in the pressure cooker, combine unsalted chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, regular soy sauce, fish sauce, and tomato paste in a medium bowl.
  • Saute Vegetables: Add 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil to the pot, then add onion and season with kosher salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are tender and brown, then add garlic and stir until fragrant. Add chopped celery, carrot, and a pinch of kosher salt and pepper, then cook for 2 minutes.
  • Deglaze: Add a dash of sherry wine and completely deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Then, allow the wine to reduce. Add the Chicken Stock Mixture to the pot.
  • Cut Beef Brisket: Cut the beef brisket into 1 – 1.5 inches cube chunks, then toss with flour.
  • Pressure Cook Beef Stew: Add the beef briskets chunks and make sure the briskets are spread out, so each piece can soak the stock mixture. Don’t stir the beef briskets as you don’t want too much flour to get into the stock mixture. Then, add bay leaves and rub dried thymes against your fingers and sprinkle them in the pot. Add the potatoes on top. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for
    -Electric Pressure Cooker: 70 minutes, then Natural Release
    -Stovetop Pressure Cooker: 55 minutes, then Natural Release
  • Serve Pressure Cooker Beef Stew: Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with pasta, rice, or just eat it as is.
  • Optional step: For more texture, add additional parboiled potatoes, chopped carrots, and chopped celery to the stew. Cook until the vegetables are tender.
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Recipe Notes:

Cooking Time: be mindful that we used beef brisket in this recipe, which is why we needed a longer cooking time. If you're substituting with stew meat, High Pressure for 10 - 15 minutes is sufficient.
Storage duration: you may store the stew in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
Activate Herbs: Tightly pinch the dried herbs and rub them against your fingers as you sprinkled them on the food. This will help “activate” the flavors of the herb.
Searing Whole Beef Brisket: Searing the beef as a whole helps the beef retain more moisture than searing them as cubes.
Potatoes: The potatoes act as a natural thickener. Make sure you’re adding them above everything else, so your pressure cooker can get to pressure.
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Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 950mg | Potassium: 1079mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5370IU | Vitamin C: 10.4mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 4.5mg
Course: Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main, Stew
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef brisket, beef stew, instant pot beef, instant pot stew, pressure cooker beef, pressure cooker beef stew, pressure cooker recipes
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Comforting Pressure Cooker Beef Stew Recipe Ingredients

Pressure Cooker Beef Stew Recipe Tips

1. Pressure Cooking Beef Brisket

Beef brisket is a tough cut of meat full of beefy flavors, great for BBQ, braise, roast, or simmer. It has all the gelatinous connective tissues that give a moist and juicy stew.

Though it’s not hard to extract flavors from this cut of meat, it’s quite tricky to be able to retain the meat’s moisture and tenderize the meat. You must cook it correctly, or else the brisket will become tough and dry, which is super chewy and hard to eat.

Here comes the beauty of pressure cooking. Pressure cooking forces the moisture into the meat and is able to break down the tissues nicely, resulting in fork-tender juicy meat.

*Beef Brisket Cooking Time:

Be mindful that we used beef brisket in this recipe. Since, beef brisket is a very flavorful, yet tough cut, that’s why we needed a longer cooking time – High Pressure for 70 minutes.

If you’re substituting the recipe with stew meat, you can cook at High Pressure for 10 – 15 minutes.

2. Can I Use Beef Chuck Roast Instead?

If you’re using beef chuck roast, use this recipe: Instant Pot Beef Stew.

3. Searing Whole Beef Brisket

Searing the beef as a whole helps the beef retain more moisture than searing them as cubes. This will caramelize the meat and add depth to the stew.

4. Adding Potatoes on Top

The potatoes in the recipe act as a natural thickener. Make sure you’re adding them above everything else, so your pressure cooker can get to pressure.

15 mins prep to make this homey pressure cooker beef stew. Juicy tender brisket with rich tomato sauce. So deliciously satisfying & easy to eat!

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Susan Chong Wong

Followed every detailed step and was rewarded with a terrific stew. You can tell that Amy and Jacky have tested these recipes to perfection! Thank you!! Used a stovetop Fagor pressure cooker but also use Instant Pot.5 stars

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This stew was the best stew I’ve ever made!!!!5 stars

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Instant Pot DUO 60

I made the beef stew and it was amazing! I used chuck and cooked it for 35 minutes. I had left over sauce from your short rib recipe and added that to the stew when it was done. Everyone loved it! Your recipes are the best and the ones I turn to every time I use my instant pot! Thank you!5 stars

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Instant Pot DUO 60

I keep getting a burn warning with this recipe. Is there something that I am doing wrong. It looks amazing but the carrots and potatoes can’t cook because I keep getting this warning.

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This was great, despite some substitutions:
I had a cut of sirloin tip roast, so I used that instead. Used passata instead of tomato paste because that’s the only tomato product I have in my pantry.
This tasted like a major brand canned beef soup, but much less sodium. Will make again!5 stars

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Instant Pot DUO 60

Hi Amy & Jacky,

Its my first time making beef stew and its way easier and delicious than I thought!!!

I used beef finger meat for the first time and cubed beef stew meat for the second time, both turnd out juicy and tender. (Definitely need at least 30 mins for cubed beef stew meat though)

Thank you so much for the recipe, this is definitely a keeper ❤️5 stars

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Andrea Daigle

A & J,
If I were to use stew meat, would it still be 1 1/2 pounds? Thank you!

Twila Becker

This stew was delicious. It was super easy to prepare and had easy cleanup. I really enjoyed it. I will make this again. Thank you so much for all the great recipes. Your instructions are sooo easy to follow.5 stars



Is it really 70 minutes of cooking time in electric pressure cooker (instant pot)? Wouldn’t this make the vegetables too mushy and overcooked? If so, do you know of an alternative way to keep the texture of the vegetables intact? Thank you!


Hi! I am new to IP and was really hoping to try some of your delicious recipes! I have the Duo Mini, and noticed you recommend using the Duo Plus 60 for this recipe. Would this change the amount of ingredients/cooking time if I were to use the Duo Mini instead of the Duo Plus 60? Thank you for your time! Cheers!

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