Instant Pot Beef Stew

Hearty and robust Beef Stew in an instant pot! This is a stick to your ribs kind of deliciousness.

There is nothing more satisfying then putting a yummy home-cooked meal on the table in minutes, that tastes like it took hours. Quick and easy for your busy weeknights. For other tasty and easy meals check out Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff, Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore, and Instant Pot Spaghetti.

Instant pot stew

Stew in the Instant Pot – So Easy!

I love a good soup or stew, but they usually take all day. What if you could get the rich flavor of simmering all day, but in minutes! Insert instant pot wonder. 

The Instant Pot has easily become a staple, nay necessary tool in our kitchen. We use it for everything from side dishes, to main entrees to desserts and everything in between. It’s a miracle worker that can bring this flavorful stew to your table in half the time.

We love a good stew in any season, but especially when the mornings and nights are still crisp. This tasty bowl-full will quickly become a family favorite!

Beef stew veggies on cutting board

Prepping

Best beef for stew? You should get a piece of boneless beef chuck or boneless chuck roast and trim it and cut it how you would prefer, because using pre-cut pieces of meat can give you odd textures. Basically pick a tougher cut of meat because after cooking, the meat will be so soft that it will fall apart.

What kind of potatoes? Basically what ever you have on hand: Yukon gold potatoes, large Russet potatoes, or Dutch yellow potatoes are all good choices

Best veggies for stew? You definitely need to use potatoes and carrots to get the real stew taste. You can also use celery or frozen peas if you want.

  • How to cute vegetables:
    • Definitely use larger cuts of carrots so that they don’t turn to mush. You can use larger baby carrots, or take a normal carrot and cut them into large chunks. 
    • A good tip is to cut the vegetables to the same size as the meat chunks.

Beef chunks cut up

How to Make Beef Stew in Instant Pot

Follow these easy steps to make stew in the pressure cooker

  1. Select SAUTE mode on the Instant Pot.
  2. Add oil. Once hot, add beef (you may need to do two batches) and let it brown on all sides. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Saute onion and garlic in the pot for 1 minute.
  4. Add carrots, potatoes, tomato paste, and herbs. Stir and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Pour in broth, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce. Scrape the bottom loosen any browned bits that formed while cooking the beef.
  6. Close lid and lock. Makes sure the valve is switched to sealing.
  7. Select MANUAL mode (high pressure) for 28 minutes.
  8. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then switch the valve to venting. Once the pressure valve has dropped, carefully open the lid.
  9. Select SAUTE mode. Add peas.
  10. Whisk together cornstarch and cold water in small bowl or cup
  11. Once the mixture in the Instant Pot is simmering, add slurry
  12. Stir and allow the mixture to thicken, about 2 minutes.
  13. Turn Instant Pot off. Season to taste.

It’s that easy!! Serve with freshly chopped parsley, if desired.

Recipe FAQ

Do you need cornstarch?  Cornstarch would be used to create a slurry to thicken the broth to turn it into gravy. Sometimes the leftover broth can be thickened with a combination of cornstarch and water. Don’t add cornstarch straight to the stew because it won’t thicken correctly. It will clump up and not be correctly thickened.

How do you tenderize stew meat in instant pot? You don’t need to tenderize the stew meat because the process of cooking softens the beef.

Slow Cooker Directions: You can cook on low for 7-8 or on high for 3-4 hours after browning the beef.

Beef stew in instant pot

Storing + Side Ideas

You can STORE this in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container and reheat it in the microwave.

You can FREEZE beef stew in either plastic bags or in a tupperware sort of container. Just make sure to allow about a ½ inch of space for expansion in the freezing process. You can keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To REHEAT frozen stew I would suggest letting it thaw in the fridge overnight and then warming it in a pot on the stove. 

What should I serve with beef stew? 

Instant pot beef stew recipe

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Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe

5 from 11 votes
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Author: Natalie
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. vegetable or avocado oil
  • 2-3 lbs. beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes, generously seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. Herbes de Provence
  • 1 c. beef broth
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. cold water
  • 1/2 c. frozen peas, thawed while stew cooks

Instructions

  • Select SAUTE mode on the Instant Pot. Add the oil. Once hot, add the beef (you may need to do two batches) and let it brown on all sides. Transfer to a plate.
  • Add the onion and garlic and saute in the pot for 1 minute. Add carrots, potatoes, tomato paste, and herbs. Stir and cook for 30 seconds. Pour in broth, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce. Scrape the bottom loosen any browned bits that formed while cooking the beef.
  • Close lid and lock. Makes sure the valve is switched to sealing.
  • Select MANUAL mode (high pressure) for 28 minutes. Once the time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then switch the valve to venting. Once the pressure valve has dropped, carefully open the lid.
  • Select SAUTE mode. Add the peas. Whisk together cornstarch and cold water, once the mixture in the Instant Pot is simmering, add the slurry. Stir and allow the mixture to thicken, about 2 minutes.
  • Turn Instant Pot off. Season to taste. Serve with freshly chopped parsley, if desired.

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Wife, mother, baker and photographer. Recipe developer & author of Life Made Simple. A self-professed peanut butter lover and fond of anything that involves pumpkin, cookie dough, or sprinkles

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  1. 5 stars
    The beef is so tender and the flavor of this is absolutely magical. This is the kind of stew that makes you want to lick your bowl clean:) I can’t wait to make this again!

  2. 5 stars
    I love a hearty beef stew but I don’t always give myself enough time to make it in a crockpot. That’s why I love the instant pot. It cooks it up quick and seals in all the great flavors. So good!

  3. I’m brand new at this. Even cooking. And I wondered when you put the beef back in the pot in your beef stew recipe? I put it back in before the 28 minutes cook time. If it tastes as good as it smells I’m in “tall cotton”. Did I do right?

  4. 5 stars
    I am always interested in trying a new Instant Pot recipe. This Beef Stew did not disappoint! The flavors were amazing and it was so hearty that it even filled up my teenagers. Adding this recipe into our favorite Instant Pot Recipe Book!

  5. 5 stars
    Oh, my..my mouth is watering! This is one of the most comforting stews ever! The meat & veggies are so tender & full of flavor!

  6. Recipe doesn’t say when to add beef back in, i assumed it was before manual pressure, panicked for a moment, hope it’s good!

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe had excellent flavor. I can’t figure what I did wrong because I didn’t have much juice in my stew. Other than that it was delicious. My husband said it would not make it to the freezer, he was going to eat it and there would not be any left to freeze. 

    1. Hmmm..that’s a good question?! You should have had plenty of liquid in there. You added the cup of broth & didn’t miss any other ingredient?

  8. 5 stars
    This instant pot beef stew is a blast! Thank you so much! I’m so glad and satisfy about this recipe! love it!

  9. 5 stars
    My favorite stew!! Why have I not tried it in the instant pot before?! It comes together in a fraction of the time!