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A couple weeks ago I felt intimidated by this kitchen gadget called the Instant Pot. I was putting off cooking in it since it seemed overwhelming at the time – like in my post Getting the Instant Pot. Wish I was kidding, but nope I was making it out to be way more complicated then it is! Fast forward a couple weeks and I have made several recipes in it and actually started to make my own already too. And here is where my easy instant pot beef stew was born!
Quick and Easy Beef Stew
This is so much quicker then making it on the stove, cooking it for hours. It is a lot quicker then a crockpot that takes about 10 hours for the meat to be tender. I love my crockpot, not picking on it but this is much faster on a busy night.
The way I made it, it took a little over an hour including cutting the vegetables. The pressure took about 20 minutes to build up and I cooked it for 30 minutes. I also did a natural release for about 10 minutes before manually releasing it for the rest.
Once all the ingredients were added, it is nice to walk away. When cooking it on the stove you have to keep an eye on it. Not in the Instant Pot!
Making the Instant Pot Beef Stew
First I chop my veggies starting with the potatoes. Chop potatoes into large bite size chunks so they cook nicely. I soak the potato chunks in some cold water until adding them to the stew. I find it easier to have the vegetables all cut and ready before starting, but some people like to chop while cooking meat.
In a large plastic bag (or you could use a bowl if preferred) combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add the beef to the bag/bowl and toss to fully coat the meat.
Using the saute feature, add the oil to the Instant Pot and then sear the beef. I had to do this in 2 rounds to not over crowd the beef, but I think if it was all done in one round it would be ok. Just be sure to try to brown all sides of the beef. This should only take a couple minutes, you don’t want to fully cook the beef, just sear the sides. Hit cancel on your Instant Pot.
Next you add everything together. I added the vegetables first followed by the broth and then the spices. Stir it all together and as you see, the liquid doesn’t have to perfectly cover everything in order for it to cook.
Close the lid and seal the vent. Hit the Pressure Cook button (or manual on some models) and set it to 30. You can walk away for now. That was real easy, right? Once it is done, let it do a natural release for at least 10 minutes before doing it manually. Voila, dinner is served!
This time we didn’t, but often we serve ours over egg noodles. We also had dinner rolls which I bought (I know I cheated this time shhh.)
As a Note
Instant Pot beef stew calls for stew meat but sometimes a roast is cheaper on sale. You can buy a roast and cut it into cubes. I have also made beef stew with steak that I cut into cubes (tho a roast has better texture.)
Also if it isn’t thick enough for you, add some cornstarch to cold water and stir well. I would use equal amounts of cornstarch and water. Add a little at a time to your stew while stirring it in. This will thicken it up nicely. You could also use flour mixed with water to thicken.
Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew
- 2.5 lbs beef stew meat or roast cubed into stew meat
- 4 cups beef broth low sodium
- 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 2 lbs potatoes in large bite size chunks
- 3 carrots peeled and sliced
- 3 stalks celery sliced
- 1 yellow onion
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 bay leaf remove before serving
- 1/2 tsp thyme dried
- 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper ground
- 1/2 tsp rosemary dried
- Chop and slice all the vegetables and the garlic. The potatoes should be in large bite size chunks. Keep the cut potatoes in cold water until adding to stew.
- In a large plastic storage bag (or a bowl) mix together flour, salt and pepper. Add the beef and toss to fully coat. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
- Select Saute on your Instant Pot and once warmed up, add the olive oil. Sear the meat browning it on all sides. I did 2 rounds to cook easier. It only takes about a minute on each side. Once beef is seared (only browned on outside not cooked through), hit cancel on the Instant Pot.
- Add your cut vegetables, garlic and broth. Then add your thyme, rosemary and Italian seasoning. Stir well. Add bay leaf on top.
- Close the lid and seal the vent. Select Pressure Cook (manual on some models) and set the time to 30. It took ours about 20 minutes to build up pressure – we have the 6 quart. When it is finished, allow it to naturally release for at least 10 minutes before doing a quick release. Enjoy 🙂
I hope you enjoy your easy Instant Pot beef stew! It is my first creation in this amazing kitchen gadget.