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Best Instant Pot Butter Beef

Instant Pot butter beef is keto friendly with all the favorite Indian flavors you love. If you love butter chicken this will be your new favorite dinner. 

butter and beef

This Instant Pot butter beef must be on your list for this week. Packed with flavor and served on top a bed of rice, it’s one of our favorite Indian recipes. Find this and over 100 more Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom blog. (originally published 10/19, affiliate links present)

Have you tried butter and beef together??

How about with some curry powder?

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

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

star wars instant pot
  • Maybe you’ve tried Instant Pot butter chicken and love it. Well, we did so then we tried making butter beef. It was just as delicious!

If you’re ready for tender thin cuts of beef tonight I’d give this a try.

Use any type of steak you wish and grab these other items from the store.

butter beef recipe

You will need the following items for this quick and easy meal:

  1. Electric pressure cooker using high pressure
    1. If you have an Instant Pot I HIGHLY suggest getting this non stick pot
  2. Beef cut into thin strips
    1. could use sirloin steak, chuck roast (not my favorite), stew meat, beef tips
  3. Butter of course

Onions go in everything around here. Sliced is great, diced will kinda’ dissolve but will lend flavor you’ll want.

sliced onions
  1. Tomato sauce
  2. Vegetable or beef broth
    1. 1 cup of water can be used but won’t be as flavorful
  3. Heavy cream
  4. 1/2 cup fresh cilantro to garnish is great

Seasonings

What is the beef and butter challenge?

The Beef and Butter Fast challenge was designed to help you break a weight loss stall on the Ketogenic Diet.

It’s really hard to overeat when you stick to this plan. The fat intake you consume will make you feel really full!

butter beef

What is the butter and beef fast?

  • This has been known to be done when people are following the keto diet. It’s been done by some because it is very high fat, moderate protein, and extremely low in carbs. For 4 days they consume nothing but ground beef, butter and butter coffee.
  • I am personally not a fan of extreme dieting methods of any kind and wouldn’t recommend this. It is “a thing” though if you’re curious about the concept.

The cook time is very short for this Instant Pot beef recipe. As with most Instant Pot steak recipes you don’t want to cook it too long or the meat will not be as tender as you’d like.

Can you overcook meat in a pressure cooker?

Unfortunately once you overcook a piece of meat in the pressure cooker there’s no going back.

The same piece of beef can have different pressure cooking times based on how it is sliced.

Instant Pot Butter Beef

instant pot butter beef

Do you cover meat with liquid in a pressure cooker?

Yes and no. When you use a pressure cooker you need to have enough liquid in the pot for it to reach pressure. If not the food won’t cook properly.

The rule of liquids in pressure cooking is to always add at least 1 cup unless the recipe states otherwise. The liquid will help create enough steam to cook the meal, it doesn’t have to be completely covered though.

  • Another trick to getting tender beef in an Instant Pot is to allow the pressure to naturally release for a bit, then let it out.

A different method than if you made this in a Crock pot cooking all day, this machine needs time to gradually decompress if you will.

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Can you cook ground beef in butter?

  • I suppose you could. For this Instant Pot butter beef recipe it would definitely taste different, with a different texture entirely.

In general, if you’re looking to get a nice brown color on a steak, butter in the pan will help.

  • If the ground beef is very lean, adding a small amount of butter or cooking oil to the pan is necessary.
    • If not, really lean ground beef will burn and stick before the center of your beef is even done.

Our steak in the Instant Pot is a quick and easy meal, you can make this in your Ninja Foodi too.

steak in instant pot

Is it better to cook steak in butter or oil?

Depends on your preference really, but butter is always best in my opinion. Add 1 tbsp. salted butter and 2 tbsp olive oil into your pot and watch for the butter starting to brown.

Place the steak in and cook for 4-6 minutes flipping halfway.

  • This is if you just want to make Instant Pot steak by itself, or if you want a sear on the outside before adding other ingredients.
  • This step is optional for butter beef.

Typically you want really tender pieces that fall apart in your mouth so putting it on saute to do this step will create a crustier outside. Most prefer not to do this.

Instant Pot Cube Steak 3

How do you make steak tender?

Cutting it into thin strips as directed will do this well. Here are a few other methods:

  1. Physically tenderize the meat using a meat mallet 
    1. Pound out before slicing steak for really really tender beef
  2. Use a marinade
  3. Let meat come up to room temperature before cooking
  4. Cook it in a pressure cooker with a natural release
  5. Do not overcook it
  6. Allow your meat to rest
  7. Slice against the grain once you’re ready to eat

If you want to make another Indian recipe that’s similar to this, try our slow cooker butter chicken. We have Instant Pot beef roast recipes here too.

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What should you serve with this butter beef recipe?

white rice

Time needed: 15 minutes.

Instant Pot Butter Beef

  1. Add ingredients

    Put all ingredients EXCEPT your heavy cream and cilantro into your pot, stir together.

  2. Cook

    Set to high pressure for 5 minutes, then naturally release steam for 10 minutes.

  3. Thicken

    Release rest of steam, open lid and pour in heavy cream. Stir so it warms with other ingredients. Serve on top of rice garnished with chopped cilantro.

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Instant Pot Butter Beef

Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese, Indian, Japanese
Keyword butter beef, instant pot, keto, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 545.75kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put all ingredients EXCEPT your heavy cream and cilantro into your pot, stir together.
  • Set to high pressure for 5 minutes, then naturally release steam for 10 minutes.
  • Release rest of steam, open lid and pour in heavy cream. Stir so it warms with other ingredients.
  • Serve on top of rice garnished with chopped cilantro.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Butter Beef
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 545.75 Calories from Fat 441
% Daily Value*
Fat 49g75%
Saturated Fat 25.08g157%
Cholesterol 164.96mg55%
Sodium 956mg42%
Potassium 517.57mg15%
Carbohydrates 5.65g2%
Fiber 1.29g5%
Sugar 2.66g3%
Protein 21.29g43%
Vitamin A 1866.66IU37%
Vitamin C 3.77mg5%
Calcium 59.64mg6%
Iron 2.92mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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