22 Easy Instant Pot Beef Recipes
Beef and the Instant Pot—it’s an amazing match. The popular multi-cooker is the perfect device for cooking all of your favorite cuts of beef. The following Instant Pot beef recipes illustrate some of the tastiest ways to enjoy a satisfyingly meaty meal with minimal hassle.
Easy Osso Buco
Video: Instant Pot Pho
Pho is one of those breakfasts that leaves you feeling cozy and full for hours following your meal. Annoyingly, it’s also one of those dishes that requires simmering stock for hours at a time to make it really good. You could make that stock all afternoon on a Sunday, sure, or you could make your pho in the Instant Pot (you know we love the Instant Pot).
Boil beef bones and chuck roast with shallots, ginger, and fish sauce, then give the stock a boost of flavor with coriander, black peppercorns, star anise, cloves, and a cinnamon stick. Pressure cook the stock for just half an hour, then ladle the hot liquid over rice noodles and sirloin steak. Garnish the bowl with bean sprouts, scallions and fresh herbs.
Instant Pot Pho
Yield: 6 servings Active Prep Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 ounces shallots, peeled and halved (about 1 cup)
1 (2-inch) piece ginger, peeled and halved lengthwise
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
3 whole star anise
3 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 1/2 pound beef bones
1 pound boneless chuck roast
8 cups beef broth
1/2 pound sirloin steak
1 (8-ounce) package rice noodles, cooked according to package directions
1 1/2 cup mint leaves
1 1/2 cup basil leaves
1 1/2 cup chopped scallions
1 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
3 cups fresh bean sprouts
Thinly sliced Thai (bird’s eye) chile, Sriracha, and hoisin sauce, for serving
1. Turn an Instant Pot onto the sauté setting. Add oil, shallots, and ginger, and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly charred, 1 to 2 minutes. Add coriander seeds, peppercorns, star anise, cloves, and cinnamon; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in brown sugar, and cook, stirring often, until dissolved, about 1 minute. Stir in fish sauce.
2. Add beef bones, chuck roast, and broth; close and lock lid of cooker; turn valve to sealing position. Turn Instant Pot to HIGH PRESSURE, and cook 30 minutes.
3. Release steam and remaining pressure, and carefully remove lid. Strain broth through a fine wire-mesh strainer fitted with cheese cloth in a large bowl. Return broth to Instant Pot, and place valve on KEEP WARM. Skim fat, as needed. Slice chuck roast thinly against the grain; set aside. Discard beef bones.
4. Meanwhile, freeze sirloin steak for 10 minutes. Remove from freezer, and very thinly slice steak against the grain. Set aside.
5. Divide noodles and chuck roast between 6 bowls, and place steak on top of noodles. Ladle 1 1/3 cup hot broth over steak slices; top with mint, basil, scallions, cilantro, and bean sprouts. Garnish with chiles, Sriracha, and hoisin. Serve immediately.
Instant Pot Beef Stew
This recipe was adapted from Cooking Light's wildly popular Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew to create a simple, speedy version of a comfort food favorite. As the original recipe notes, a nutty dark beer adds richness and depth to the stew, but be careful not to choose a beer that's super-hoppy; it will taste too bitter.
Instant Pot Oxtails
Oxtails might be considered a “tough” cut of beef, but when they're stewed at a gentle simmer for hours, the meat melts right off of the bones. In other words, braised oxtails are a perfect hearty comfort food to warm you during the cooler months. And thanks to the Instant Pot, you can pressure cook and enjoy this meaty, succulent dish within an hour (as opposed to the 2-3 hours typically required). The touch of molasses serves to deepen the color of the gravy and balance the earthiness of the spices and herbs. The tomato, tomato paste, and starchy cannellini beans combine to help to create a thick, rich gravy that’s best served over rice (in our opinion). With the speedy power of the Instant Pot, oxtails can now be an approachable everyday dinner.
Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage
Enjoy all of the rich, warm flavors of traditional corned beef and cabbage in a fraction of the time—not to mention, with a fraction of the clean-up—with this flavor-packed recipe developed specifically for the Instant Pot. Our easy Instant Pot corned beef recipe is sure to be a fast family favorite. Serve this hearty dish with plenty of crusty bread for sopping up the rich juices. Any leftover meat makes for amazing next-day corned beef sandwiches.
Instant Pot Barbacoa
The Instant Pot has taken over taco Tuesdays with its easy edition of beef barbacoa. This adaptation of the traditional Mexican-style dish features an array of warm spices, chipotle chiles, and fresh lime juice—all used to impart deep flavor into a beef chuck roast. If you tend to enjoy things on the spicier side, chop up 2-3 more chipotle chiles to achieve that fiery, but tolerable, kick. Between the adobo sauce and the ancho chili powder, the meat has a nice smoky flavor profile, that is deliciously backed by the rich, savoriness of the beef. The roast is braised and pressure cooked for 40 minutes to reveal totally tender and succulent beef that pulls apart effortlessly. When you are ready to build your taco, serve the shredded beef on a warm corn tortilla with sliced radishes, queso fresco, and a fresh squeeze of lime juice.
Cabernet-Braised Beef Short Ribs
Cooking short ribs in red wine delivers an unbelievably rich sauce perfect for spooning over noodles. Serve with a chunk of bakery bread so that you don't miss a drop of the delicious sauce.
Vegetable Beef Soup
Instant Pot Beef and Bean Chili
Using the flavor concentrating magic of the Instant Pot, we reach next-day level of delicious chili deliciousness in under an hour with this bold and meaty Beef and Bean Chili. Although optional, simmering beef bones in the chili makes it extra rich and we’d highly recommend trying it. If you ask your butcher for some spare beef bones when you go to pick up stew meat, they will likely be more than happy to help you out. We like to serve such a robustly savory chili with bright toppers like sour cream, fresh cilantro, fresh jalapeño, and a sprinkle of sharp cheddar, but feel free to dress your bowl up however you like. Finely chopped onion and some avocado wedges would also be welcome here.
Tangy Italian Beef Sandwiches
Spaghetti and Meatballs with Red Wine
Kalamata and Sun-Dried Tomato Brisket
Instant Pot Creamy Baked Ziti
All the heartiness of baked ziti just got easier, thanks to the Instant Pot. Despite coming together in half an hour, this dish is creamy, meaty, and, most importantly, tastes like it’s been simmering all day long. Do not stir—keep the tomatoes and pasta as far from touching the bottom of the Instant Pot as possible.
Instant Pot Korean BBQ
The trusty Instant Pot shines yet again in this easy Korean BBQ recipe. Savory, meaty, and fall-off-the-bone tender, these incredible marinated short ribs are here to please. Serve your Instant Pot Korean BBQ short ribs with a side of rice to soak up all of the extra juices.
Instant Pot Beef and Barley Soup
This Instant Pot soup comes together in 60 mins and is full of flavor. No Instant Pot? No problem! Prepare the recipe as directed in Steps 1 and 2, substituting a Dutch oven (perfect for making comforting soups and stews), over medium-high for an Instant Pot. Omit Step 3. Bring mixture in Dutch oven to a boil over high. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, until beef is fork-tender, about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Proceed with recipe as directed in Steps 4 and 6, omitting step 5.
Instant Pot Lazy Lasagna Soup
Instant Pot Eye of Round Roast Beef
Despite its tempting price tag, you’ve probably walked right on by that eye of round roast in the supermarket meat case more times than you can count… but no more; now, you know exactly what to do with it. This easy Instant Pot recipe transforms what’s typically considered a less-desirable cut of meat into succulent, perfectly rare roast beef with a richly savory jus. You can serve it simply over a bed or fluffy rice, or layer the tender beef onto warm rolls and serve with the luscious jus for dipping. Salting the beef and allowing it to sit, uncovered, in the refrigerator (for at least one hour, but longer if you can) is key to achieving supreme flavor. This step allows the meat to to release surface-level moisture, which makes for optimal exterior browning, and gives the salt time to really make its way into the meat. Additionally, allowing your cooked roast to rest thoroughly is essential to ensuring peak tenderness. That being the case, this is a great make-ahead recipe, especially for easy—and inexpensive—entertaining. Prep you Instant Pot eye of round the day before, refrigerate overnight (this will help lock in those savory juices and make thinly slicing so much easier), slice it up, and then put it out with your warmed jus and all your favorite fixings for a build-your-own roast beef sandwich bar.
Instant Pot Two-Minute Taco Soup
Dinner doesn’t get any easier than this tasty taco soup that the whole family will love.
Instant Pot Lasagna
Weeknight dinner doesn't get easier than this—we're talking cheesy, gooey, and ready in a flash. The next time the craving for hearty, comfort food strikes, just remember, Instant Pot Lasagna has your back.
Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs
When you’re going for a mouthwatering BBQ experience done indoors, these Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs are the way to go. Using the Instant Pot creates incredibly succulent ribs with virtually no fuss; you even make your sauce right in the pot. Finishing these honey-soy ribs under the broiler creates a nice, crispy exterior crust, but you can bypass this step if you want to avoid heating the oven at all. And if you’re short on time and looking to make this recipe an even speedier dinner solution, you can skip the dry rub; however, the flavor enhancement this mixture of dry spices and aromatics provides is well worth the extra effort when possible.