Instant Pot Roast Beef Dinner with brown gravy is made all in your instant pot in about 90 minutes. This family favorite traditional recipe is perfect for flavorizing and tenderizing cheap tough cuts of beef. Braise the beef, throw all the ingredients into your instant pot and let it do it’s magic with almost no fuss for the cook. Make a delicious brown gravy from the broth in just a few minutes right in the instant pot. Your easy yummy one pot dinner is ready to serve!
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This instant pot Roast Beef dinner with Brown Gravy recipe is a perfect example of why the instant pot is so popular in modern kitchens everywhere.
I never really got the hang of oven roasting beef. It did not turn out like Grandma’s. I don’t like being married to my oven, (dinking around with the foil, burned fingers, slippery greasy meat basters) and drizzling juices over the meat. Lazy me. I like the set and forget it ease of my instant pot. And the results are terrific!
This recipe is so easy you have plenty of time to make some homemade dinner rolls or even start a bit earlier and make a loaf of Homemade french bread to sop up all that delicious gravy. Promise they are worth the work and you can freeze the extra (if you have any) for later.
What are the best cuts of beef to cook under pressure in your Instant Pot?
The instant pot is THE BEST way to tenderize tough cheap meats. Cooking them under pressure with a natural release works WELL to tenderize, moisturize and flavorize these inexpensive beef cuts. Your more expensive tender cuts are probably best for other methods of cooking.
Any of these cheap cuts will work fine in this recipe. The Instant pot SHINES as a tenderizer for cheap tough meats. Look for leaner meats to reduce the fat in your recipe. The instant pot is a good tenderizer for them too.
- Chuck: Chuck roast, shoulder steak, boneless chuck roast, chuck shoulder pot roast, chuck seven-bone pot roast, or beef chuck arm.
- Brisket: The flat cut is leaner, and the point cut is fatter. Brisket is best sliced against the grain of the meat for maximum tenderness.
- Round: Look for rump roast or bottom round.
Instant Pot Roast Beef Dinner with Brown Gravy Recipe Notes, Tips and Helps.
- If the meat is too big for your instant pot it’s ok to cut it to fit into your pot. I cut my roast to make two dinners for Dave and I. Then I changed my mind and defrosted both hunks so I could make Grilled Roast Beef Sandwiches too. Excellent way to make a quick meal from leftovers BTW.
- You may have to adjust the cooking time for really thick cuts of roast. My roast was about 2.5 lbs and several inches thick.
- The instant pot cooking time is all about how THICK your meat is rather than how HEAVY. So keep that in mind when thinking this recipe through. Any size hunk of beef will work but if it’s REALLY thick give it more time under pressure. A thinner piece not so much.
- The instant pot holds in the moisture. There is little to NO evaporation of juices in this recipe. So don’t overdo the liquids. 2 cups is plenty! I tell you this because I STILL add too many liquids to my instant pot. Which is why this recipe has a lovely gravy. I refused to waste all that deliciousness left in the bottom of the pot!
Here’s All the steps of this Instant Pot Roast Beef dinner:
- Braise the beef in oil
- deglaze the pot with broth
- add in the prepped veggies
- cook it all under pressure.
- finally plate the beef and veggies while making a brown gravy from the delicious flavorful broth left in the pot. Serve and enjoy.
I was really surprised the roast also held up well to slicing! I made Leftover Grilled Roast Beef sandwiches later with those slices. And I love Love LOVE the carrots and potatoes. they were so good!
All these steps happen right in the instant pot. EASY and just one dirty pot that cleans like a dream 🙂
But that’s not all. The dinner itself is so good! Instant pots improve the flavor of the foods I have cooked in them. My theory is cooking under pressure helps seal the flavor right into the food because…yeah. No steam happens outside the pot. So all those yummy flavors get driven right into the food. Love that!
The results are a fork tender roast beef with cooked veggies and a flavorful brown gravy. This roast is so tender I did literally cut it easily with my fork.
I made the brown gravy right in the IP from the juices left after plating up the meat and veggies. I added just a touch of cornstarch to thicken it.(The Cornstarch step is completely optional) Serve the juices as a sauce if you want it thin but DO use those juices!
Those juices add so much to this meal.
- If you are a wine person, replace one cup of broth with a cup of dark red wine to intensify the flavor of the juice.
- Don’t worry about too much fat either. I didn’t see much fat in my juices. If you use a leaner chuck or other tough cheap meat the juices will NOT be coated with a large fat layer.
- You COULD use a fat separator if you get too much fat in your juices and don’t want it in your gravy.
The veggies actually held their shape and absorbed wonderful flavor from the roast (except the onions. They were delicious brown mush). Both the carrots and potatoes ( I used red boilers) came out just like they should. Full of flavor, tender, but still whole. Nummy! I don’t like celery in this recipe but add it if you like it. And any other veggies you enjoy.
NOTE: If you prefer firmer veggies:
- Hold back your prepped vegetables until After the natural pressure release. Remove the meat to a platter, cover it completely with foil to keep it moist and warm.
- Add in your prepared veggies quickly and set them on Manual High pressure for 10 minutes and quick release.
- Now remove the cooked veggies and make your gravy.
- OR ROAST YOUR VEGGIES INSTEAD. This will intensify the flavor of your veggies give them a drier crustier texture and they will be wonderful with the gravy. Just follow our simple steps in this Roasted Asparagus Recipe. It will work with any vegetable. Just use a fork to determine doneness. They should be out of the oven in ten to fifteen minutes tops.
This method will cook your veggies more firmly and they will have more vegetable flavor and less beefiness. It will also increase the overall cooking time since you have to bring the pot to pressure twice!
You want to use a natural release for large cuts of meat like this roast. A slow natural release (at least 15 minutes) allows the meat relax and continues to fill the meat fibers with flavor. I actually allowed mine to release naturally (it took over 30 minutes) and the veggies were still ok!
It’s all pretty simple. I’d love to know how this recipe turns out for you. Please share this recipe with your friends, comment and rate the recipe too. We all love to know what works and sharing our experiences help others.
502 Calories / Serving
- Fat 20% 14 g
- Carbs 14% 48 g
- Protein 85% 48 g
- 2 to 3 lbs beef -chuck, round or brisket cut
- 4 large carrots cut into large chunks
- 2 medium onions cut into chunks
- 6 medium red potatoes if small keep whole. Cut large ones in half
- 3 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
- 2 cups beef broth
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil any oil that can withstand high heat will do.
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Montreal Steak Seasoning
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
Set the Instant Pot to saute-more. Pour in the oil. Lay the roast beef into the instant pot.
Brown the roast beef on all sides. Remove the beef and set aside. Press the cancel button.
Add in your prepared vegetables and the beef broth.
Lay the meat on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle the seasonings and Worcestershire sauce over all.
Close and seal the lid. Press the manual function. Toggle to HIGH pressure. Set the time to 55 minutes by using the +/-key. Walk away!
When the Pot dings that it's done let it natural release at least 15 minutes so the roast can rest and increase in flavor and tenderness.
Remove the beef to rest on a platter with the veggies.
Select Sauté and bring the cooking juices to just a boil.
Whisk together 2 Tablespoons cornstarch whisked with 1/4 cup of cold water.
whisk the roux into the cooking juices.
- Heat the gravy to a boil while whisking constantly about a minute until you get the desired thickness.
Pour the gravy into a gravy boat and serve with the dinner.
For the gravy. If you prefer to serve the gravy thin either reduce the cornstarch by half or eliminate it and serve the juices in a gravy boat.
IF YOU PREFER FIRMER VEGGIES. Reserve the veggies and After the natural pressure release add in your prepared veggies quickly and set them on Manual High pressure for 10 minutes and quick release. This should cook them but they will be firmer and have more veggies flavor and less beef. Now remove them and make your gravy.
Cook times may vary if your beef cut is very thin or thick.
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From the Kitchn