Instant Pot Pot Roast Recipe (pressure cooker pot roast) + VIDEO


This Instant Pot Pot Roast recipe is an easy, comforting dinner that comes together so quickly in the pressure cooker! With tender veggies (not mushy!), a fall apart tender roast and seasoned gravy. With step by step VIDEO

instant pot pot roast in pressure cooker

September is one of the best months of the year, and not just because it’s my birthday month. It means that things like this Instant Pot Pot Roast are back on the table.

If you look around my site for about 5 seconds, you know that healthier comfort food is my jam. Sure, there’s the occasional over the top dessert (it’s all about balance, right??), but you won’t see a lot of green salads or smoothie bowls.

It’s not because there’s anything wrong with those things, I just really believe in nourishing our bodies with real food, full flavors, and enjoying every bite.

Not that smoothie bowls aren’t delicious or nourishing — they are! Green salads on the other hand…. 😉

I haven’t always been sold on the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker (I use the Instant Pot brand, but other brands of pressure cookers will work just as well), but at the beginning of the year I set out to really give it a chance and see what all the hype was about.

I discovered that I actually liked it (surprise!) for certain things, but that it wasn’t going to replace my slow cooker, stove top or oven.

My favorite things to cook in the Instant Pot? The recipes that also usually do well in the crock pot, but in the Instant Pot they take just a fraction of the time. Large, tough cuts of meat, roasts, soups with lots of veggies (like this Chicken Noodle Soup!), and macaroni when you need it to cook in two minutes.

instant pot pot roast overhead

It is also great for those days when you forget to take the meat out of the freezer to thaw and you need a dinner option in record time (I’ve got you covered with tutorials for cooking frozen chicken breasts, frozen pork tenderloin, frozen chicken thighs, a frozen whole chicken in the Instant Pot, so you know I’ve been there before!)

This Instant Pot Pot Roast is so tender it falls apart when you try to take it out. It has such great flavor, that you can even skip the searing if you want (I’ll be honest, I am often to lazy to sear my meat first!).

One thing it is missing? Mushy vegetables.

Vegetables in the Instant Pot cook very quickly, often just a few minutes or less. I wanted to really show off the smooth, creaminess of these Little Potatoes and how quickly they can cook in the pressure cooker.

instant pot pot roast on white platter

For this reason, I opted to add my vegetables near the end of the cook time. I know that this is an extra step and you might be wondering if it’s worth it.

Trust me.

If you know me, you know I’m not into any extra unnecessary steps (or dishes, or ingredients!). But Little Potatoes cook under pressure in just a few minutes, and you really don’t want them under high pressure for 60 minutes. You can throw them in whole with no washing or peeling (see! We’re saving steps 😉 ), so it’s not going to inconvenience you too much to add them part way through.

Tips for making this Instant Pot Pot Roast:

  • You don’t have to spend big money on a great cut of meat to make a pot roast — the Instant Pot tenderizes an inexpensive roast in an hour or less! This is one time where you can save a little and still have an amazing meal.
  • Like I mentioned before, please do not add the veggies for the first cook time. You do not want your veggies cooking an extra 50 minutes under high pressure! 3 minutes and they are perfectly tender and fluffy.
  • You can skip searing the meat if you need to cut out some prep time, but it does add significant flavor to the dish overall. If you don’t sear, you’ll find that your juices (and therefore gravy if you thicken it) will be more “beefy” and you will taste less of the other flavors.
  • If you need to save some time, cut the roast into 2-3″ chunks and pressure cook for 40 minutes, or save even more time by using pre-cut stewing beef.

*This post is generously sponsored by The Little Potato Company and I was compensated for my time in creating it — all opinions are, as always, my own.

instant pot pot roast in pressure cooker

Instant Pot Pot Roast

This Instant Pot Pot Roast recipe is an easy, comforting dinner that comes together so quickly in the pressure cooker! With tender veggies (not mushy!), a fall apart tender roast and seasoned gravy. With step by step VIDEO 

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Ingredients

  • 2
    teaspoons
    seasoning salt
    (I use Lawry’s)
  • 1
    teaspoon
    garlic powder
  • 1
    teaspoon
    dried parsley
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    onion powder
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    black pepper
  • 3
    lb
    beef roast
    any cut, cut in half
  • 1
    tablespoon
    canola oil
  • 1
    cup
    low sodium beef broth
  • 1
    tablespoon
    tomato paste
  • 2
    tablespoons
    balsamic vinegar
  • 1
    tablespoon
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 1.5
    lb
    Little Potatoes
  • 3
    large carrots
    peeled and cut into thick slices
  • OPTIONAL: corn starch to thicken juices

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine seasoning salt, garlic, parsley, onion powder and pepper. Sprinkle over roast to season.

  2. Turn Instant Pot to saute. When it reads “hot”, add the oil and sear roast on all sides. To do this, place the roast in the pot and do not move for 2-3 minutes. When you flip it, it should release from the pan easily.

  3. To the Instant Pot add broth, tomato paste, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine. 

  4. Put the lid on and turn the valve to sealing. Select Manual or Pressure Cook and set the cook time for 55 minutes. 

  5. When the cook time is over, turn the Instant Pot off and let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before turning the valve to venting and opening the lid.

  6. Add the Little Potatoes and carrots, put the lid back on, turn the valve to sealing and select Manual or Pressure Cook for 3 minutes.

  7. When the cook time is over, let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before moving the valve to venting, releasing remaining pressure and opening the lid. 

  8. Remove beef from the Instant Pot and slice or pull as desired. Serve with potatoes and carrots.

  9. OPTIONAL: If desired, combine equal parts corn starch and water, stir into the remaining juices and turn the Instant Pot to saute. Whisk continuously until juices are thickened and serve with pot roast.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*Please note that while the cook time is only 58 minutes, the total time including the time it takes to build pressure and natural pressure release is roughly 1 hour 40 minutes. 

Nutrition Facts

Instant Pot Pot Roast

Amount Per Serving

Calories 407
Calories from Fat 189

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 21g
32%

Saturated Fat 8g
40%

Cholesterol 117mg
39%

Sodium 832mg
35%

Potassium 1102mg
31%

Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%

Dietary Fiber 2g
8%

Sugars 2g

Protein 35g
70%

Vitamin A
77.5%

Vitamin C
22.8%

Calcium
4.9%

Iron
24.8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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