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Tender French Dip Instant Pot Recipe

Best French dip Instant Pot recipe with tender roast beef on a bun that’s out of this world. Use your pressure cooker or Ninja Foodi to try this for dinner.

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This French dip Instant Pot recipe is beyond amazing. Tender roast beef sandwiches with au jus for dipping for lunch or dinner. Just one of our easy Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom blog. (originally published 7/20, affiliate links present)

Instant Pot French Dip

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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What is French dip made of?

It’s made of sliced roast beef (pork, ham, turkey, or lamb are sometimes used) served on rolls or slices of French Bread. Dipped and eaten with warm au jus broth/sauce.

What is French dip sauce made of?

It’s jus a light gravy made from the fluids (beef broth) secreted by the meat as it is cooked. Thickened with a bit of roux like flour sometimes, it is often just served straight out of the pot and strained.

You can buy a packet of spices to add to the broth to add flavor too.

What can I use instead of au jus mix?

4 tablespoons beef stock powder + 4 teaspoons onion powder + 2 teaspoons dried parsley + 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 4 tablespoons cornstarch will do the trick. Mix with stock or broth.

What goes with French dip?

We usually serve it as is but a side salad is always a good and easy side dish. Some like it with a bowl of tomato soup too.

To make it easier on myself I typically just strain the drippings in my pressure cooker and serve alongside. You could whisk in some cornstarch to thicken a bit but that isn’t really necessary in my opinion.

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Instant Pot French dip sandwiches

  • Beef brisket
    • a chuck roast could be used if that is what you have on hand
  • Olive oil, melted butter or vegetable oil
  • Onion soup mix
  • Worcestershire sauce
    • or soy sauce could be used as an alternative
  • Beef broth
    • could use half broth and half red wine if desired
  • Bay leaves
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • Provolone cheese
  • Hoagie rolls or slices of French bread

The first thing you usually want to do when cooking a large hunk of meat like this one is to sear the roast. This can be done on the saute function for less than 15 minutes, just to get some browning on the outside.

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When pressure cooking a thick piece of meat you need to remember that once the cooking time is complete it’s important to allow the steam to naturally release. Quick release will suck some of the moisture out, no good.

French dip sandwiches recipe

It is important to use enough liquid where the protein is fairly submerged. This will create very tender roast beef that will be fork tender when done. That is what you want for sure!!

Here we go, just follow along with our step by step directions so you can make the best pressure cooker roast beef too.

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Ninja Foodi French Dip

Keep in mind that with time to pressurize, pressure cook and naturally release the steam you’ll need about 100 minutes for the process to complete. Quick compared to other methods of cooking but still takes time.

Time needed: 1 hour and 10 minutes.

French dip in Instant Pot

  1. Saute

    Set pot to saute and add olive oil. Rub salt and pepper all over your piece of beef and brown on all sides. Then turn your pot off. Be sure to deglaze Instant Pot after you remove your meat.

  2. Add ingredients

    Add meat back into your pot. Whisk together onion soup mix with beef broth and pour that in. Then add Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves.

  3. Cook

    Seal your lid and move valve to sealed. Cook for 50 minutes on high pressure. Do NOT quick release when done. Allow pot to naturally release pressure for 20 minutes – 25, this will make meat tender.

  4. Shred

    Shred beef in pot or on cutting board. It should be fall apart tender so you can do this with forks. If you used a much larger piece of protein you may need longer than 50 min. to get to this point.

  5. Serve

    Put meat on hoagie rolls with a slice of cheese. Serve some of the broth in your pot in a small cup on the side so you can dip sandwiches in before each bite.

Shredding should be very easy. If it is hard to pull apart then it hasn’t cooked long enough. For a 2 lb. beef brisket this timing should be perfect.

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What do you serve with French dip?

  • Cheese
  • Sliced smoked chiles
  • Thin slices of dill pickles
  • Mayonnaise or butter spread on the roll
  • Yellow or spicy mustard is sometimes a favorite

It is totally up to you what you like included with your meat. Use your imagination. Many times it is served “plain” with just meat and cheese with consommé on the side.

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Instant Pot meat recipes

Here are a few other meats you will love, cooked in your favorite 7 in 1 kitchen appliance! The first one that comes to mind is our Instant Pot Hawaiian pork recipe.

  1. Steak in the Instant pot with potatoes all in the same pot is a great duo.
  2. Instant Pot bbq beef uses only a few ingredients and is great for sliders.
  3. With the other meat you can make tender Instant Pot lemon garlic chicken.

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French Dip Instant Pot

Best French dip Instant Pot recipe with tender roast beef on a bun that's out of this world. Use your pressure cooker or Ninja Foodi to try this for dinner.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, French
Keyword beef, brisket, french dip, instant pot, pressure cooker, sandwiches
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 515kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Remove excess fat from meat. Rub with salt and black pepper on all sides to season.
  • Set pressure cooker to saute. Heat the oil and put the brisket inside. brown on all sides so it is no longer pink on the outside.
  • Turn pot off. In a small bowl mix together onion soup mix with 1 cup of beef broth, pour this over the meat.
  • Then add remaining 2 c of beef broth on top followed by Worch. sauce and the bay leaves. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt and pepper again now.
  • Spoon some of the broth over the meat and put your lid on. Seal and close steam valve too. Set to pressure high for 50 minutes.
  • Allow pot to naturally release steam for 25 minutes when time is up. Take meat out and shred gently with a fork. Put meat on buns with cheese and serve with juice from pot on the side for dipping.


Nutrition Facts
French Dip Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 515 Calories from Fat 864
% Daily Value*
Fat 96g148%
Saturated Fat 47g294%
Cholesterol 562mg187%
Sodium 3642mg158%
Potassium 3519mg101%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 196g392%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 20mg111%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Saturday 21st of November 2020

Delish! Thx.

The Typical Mom

Saturday 21st of November 2020

Glad it was a hit

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