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Easy Instant Pot Roast Beef Recipe

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Instead of messing with a complicated recipe for dinner, try this Instant Pot Roast Beef instead! Full of hearty potatoes and carrots, this dish will leave the family satisfied and happy. A quick toss and go recipe that’s a perfect weeknight dinner idea

There’s nothing better than an easy and comforting dinner recipe. Especially one that involves only a couple minutes of prep time - just chop, toss, and go.

Recipes like this Instant Pot Pot Roast take a ton of the anxiety out of fitting dinner in and making it a success.

It definitely has made my list of dinners I make on a consistent basis, along with this Instant Pot Butter Chicken Recipe.

I can’t forget a classic like this Instant Pot Baked Ziti Recipe either.

Really, I could sit here and name off recipes until the list was a mile long, and they all reduce dinner stress. When it comes down to it, a pressure cooker or Instant Pot makes life so much nicer when you’re cooking.

In other words, invest in one and you’ll fall in love with cooking all over again. Plus, you’ll get to dive into amazing recipes like this one!

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How to Make Instant Pot Roast Beef

Prep - Salt the roast beef and seer it for 3 minutes on each side. Slice the carrots and potatoes into large chunks. This can be done in a pan, or using the Instant Pot sauté mode.

If you seer the meat in your Instant Pot, make sure you remove the roast after steering and then add a small amount of liquid to the pan. Scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze it before pressure cooking.

instant pot roast beef

Cook - Toss all the ingredients in the instant pot and cook on manual/high pressure for 45 minutes. Do a 10-minute natural release before releasing the rest of the pressure manually. 

instant pot roast beef

Garnish and serve - Cut the roast into equal portions. Garnish with some dried chives or other herbs, serve, and enjoy!

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Tips and Variations

  • Storage - Store this instant pot roast beef recipe in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to a week and in the freezer for up to 2 months. Do not leave out overnight. 
  • Reheating - To reheat from the fridge, place in the microwave, covered, and heat until warmed through. To warm out of the freezer, let the roast beef thaw before following the previous heating directions. 
  • Is this a gluten-free instant pot roast beef recipe? - Yes! There’s nothing in this recipe that isn’t naturally gluten-free. It’s also dairy-free and nut-free as long as the ingredients you use weren’t made in a factory that processes nuts.
  • What to serve with roast beef? - Since veggies come along with the roast recipe, it comes with its own sides! However, if you want to add in even more sides, some great additions would be dinner rolls, mashed potatoes, a light salad, stuffing, etc.
  • Make it spicy - Add in some crushed red peppers to the mix before cooking and you’ll have an added kick to your beef roast recipe. 
  • Garnish ideas - I like to chop some fresh herbs and add them to the top or use some dried herbs I have on hand. You can also use butter, roasted mushrooms, etc. Totally up to you and your taste preferences! 
  • Add onion - If you want even more flavor and veggies added to your meal, slice an onion and toss it in with the rest of the veggies. 

Common Questions About Instant Pot Roast Beef

Does Meat Get More Tender the Longer You Pressure Cook it?

Although meat will come out extremely tender and “fall off the bone” amazing when pressure cooked properly, it can also dry out. If cooked for too long, it will dry up just like any other method of cooking.

Therefore, it’s important to cook the meat at the time suggested in the recipe to ensure you get the perfect outcome. For this instant pot beef roast recipe, as long as you follow the exact cooking time, you’ll be raving about the outcome of the meat.

Why is My Pot Roast Tough?

instant pot roast beef

If you cooked it in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot and it came out tough, you may have overcooked it. You possibly should have used more water as well.

Always make sure you add at least a cup of water per 2.5 pounds of roast. This can differ depending on each brand of pressure cooker and instant pot, but it’s a good place to start. You’ll also want to reduce the time a bit when you cook it the next time around.

If you have any questions about this Instant Pot Roast Beef dish or you simply loved it, let me know in the comments below! 

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Recipe

Yield: 4

Instant Pot Roast Beef

Instant Pot Roast Beef

Instead of messing with a complicated recipe for dinner, try this Instant Pot Roast Beef instead! Full of hearty potatoes and carrots, this one's a well rounded Instant Pot dinner recipe.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 2.5-pound chuck roast
  • 3 large Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 pound whole carrots
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 lespoon olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Instructions

Liberally salt both sides of the chuck roast. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and sear the chuck roast over high heat, 3 minutes each side.

Slice the potatoes and carrots into large chunks, there’s no specific way you need to cut these. Just however you feel inclined. 

Place the chuck roast in the bottom of the instant pot and coat it in more salt and pepper, along with the minced garlic.

Toss the veggies on top and add more salt and pepper to those. 

Pour in the water and set the Instant Pot to manual and cook for 45 minutes. 

Do a 10-minute natural release, then carefully release the rest of the pressure on your own. Enjoy!

Notes

If desired, you can cook the vegetables just at the end of the 45 minute cooking time. Release the pressure, add the vegetables to the top of the roast. Then turn the valve to sealed and add a manual cooking time of 10 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 814Total Fat 43gSaturated Fat 17gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 220mgSodium 311mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 6gSugar 4gProtein 70g

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