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Instant Pot Stew Meat Recipe with Potatoes

Easy Instant Pot stew meat recipe with potatoes you’ll love. Full of tender meat, potatoes, carrots and thick gravy it’s a low fat one pot tasty meal. Forgot to defrost your beef? No problem, we have frozen stew meat in Instant Pot instructions for you too.

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Cooking tender beef stew meat in Instant Pot has never been easier. NO more tending to the stove or waiting all day for it to be perfect, this is an easy Instant Pot recipe for dinner. (affiliate links present, originally published 11/20)

Instant Pot Stew Meat Recipe

You can find this bite size cut at any local grocery store. It may not be seen as the most desirable, but cooked right it can be fork tender and delicious. We have a lot of it in our freezer since we buy bulk meat online, and from local farmers every year.

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My mom used to buy this and make stew with it on an almost weekly basis. Back in the day that is really all you used it for but not now!! Using this handy high pressure machine you can make lots of other creations like our Instant Pot beef stew casserole with rice and frozen veggies.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Instant Pot Beef Stew

You really can make a batch of pressure cooker stew with any type of protein. The best method is to use fresh or defrosted meat. If you have a forgetful moment though you can still make it using frozen stew meat. I have a link to those directions at the top of this post for you.

Really when it comes to cooking meat in broth or a sauce it is very forgiving in regards to whether you add fresh, defrosted or still hard pieces. Biggest difference is to break the pieces apart and cook time remains about the same. With this idea I mean, you can even make Instant Pot chicken stew with it.

Or use that pork loin you found on sale in a new way and make this pork stew Instant Pot recipe too.

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Instant Pot Stew Meat Recipe with Potatoes

Since we are focusing on cheap recipes lately, we will use beef stew meat as our focus today. Here are a few questions you might have before you get going any further:

How do you make Instant Pot into beef stew?

It’s quite easy really. The best method in my opinion is to pressure cook the meat until it’s reached perfection, then add the vegetables. Add a few more minutes so they get tender but not mushy.

How long is meat stew setting on Instant Pot?

This will automatically set to the normal setting for 35 minutes. I rarely ever use this button. Instead I’d rather gage the cook time myself using high pressure with a natural release.

Do I need to brown the stew meat before cooking it in the Instant Pot?

You do not need to brown the stew meat before cooking it in a pressure cooker. However, browning the meat before cooking adds flavor and locks in moisture too.

How long do I cook stew meat in the instant pot?

You can cook stew meat in the Instant Pot for 18-25 minutes. Timing depending on how large your bite size beef pieces are and how tender you like your meat.

Instant Pot Stew

Sauteeing the meat and onions with a bit of olive oil at first is a good step, but not a must. If you take the extra few minutes to do this though it will trap the juices a bit better inside and add some outer texture as well. I add onions to just about everything, but they could be omitted.

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Instant Pot Beef Stew

Let’s talk potatoes shall we? Since we live in the “potato state” russets are super cheap and I always have some in my pantry. I do like red as well. They maintain their texture better for a longer period of cook time.

Depending on the recipe and what I have on hand I swap between the two. For dishes such as our Instant Pot potato corn chowder I use red for added texture.

The larger the pieces are the firmer they will be when done, but will still be soft. I don’t like mine to fall apart so this is how big I usually slice mine.

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Stew Meat in Instant Pot

There is a wide variety of stews out there and by golly, use what you wish to get the best results for your tastebuds. This is what was used for this batch of stew in the Instant Pot.

  1. Cubed meat
    1. stew meat or cut chuck roast works great
  2. Carrots and potatoes
  3. Worcestershire sauce
  4. Beef broth
  5. Olive oil
  6. Onion soup mix packet
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. Thyme and oregano
  9. Bay leaf could be an optional add in

If you’d like to add 1/2 broth and 1/2 red wine for your total 32 ounces of needed liquid you could do that too. In the case that you don’t have either I would keep bullion cubs in the pantry to add into some water to give the cooking liquid a lot more flavor than just plain.

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Instant Pot Frozen Stew Meat

Here’s a quick step by step but there’s also a printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. Set pot to saute and add oil. Rub salt and pepper on your meat pieces and add into the pot. (you could add 1 c. sliced onions too)

  1. Brown the meat so pieces are no longer pink.
  2. Turn off pot and turn it to cancel. Scrape brown bits stuck on bottom off to deglaze.
  3. Pour 32 oz. beef broth + plus all other ingredients EXCEPT potatoes and carrots into pot. Stir. Turn steam valve and lid to closed positions.
  4. Set to high pressure for 18 minutes. Allow pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes. Add potatoes and carrots, stir to combine.
  5. Cover and seal vent again, set to high pressure for 4 minutes.
  6. Do a quick release.
  7. If you want to thicken broth you can set pot to saute again. In small bowl add 2 tbsp cornstarch with some of your hot liquid. Whisk together and pour into pot.
  8. Stir, allow it to bubble and thicken broth. Will continue to thicken as it sits. Serve.

You will now have tender beef and vegetables in a thick broth to enjoy! Then try our slow cooker stew too and see which you prefer. Depending on how much time I have to prep things in the morning is how I decide which way I will cook this.

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Instant Pot Stew Meat Recipes

But that isn’t all. I mean I have mentioned other ways you can tweak this using other proteins of course but if you find a great sale and want to load up on this one in particular we have used this same cut for other dishes as well that have been a huge hit. Several other meals beyond just this beef stew recipe you can use this protein for would be;

Just remember that if you want to use it outside of the box for something else that it does need some time to get tender. Using a Dutch Oven on the stovetop or oven is great. With a cast iron thick pot and lid the steam stays in well and in a few hours breaks down to fork tender.

If you do buy this in bulk it freezes well. I would recommend that you separate it into freezer bags with the amount you would eat at one time. 1 pound is about right for the 4 of us because we add vegetables and usually a thick sauce into the mix so it stretches further. Mark the date you packaged it on the outside and use within 6 months.

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Instant Pot Stew Meat

Easy Instant Pot stew meat recipe you'll love. Full of tender meat, potatoes, carrots and thick gravy it's a low fat one pot tasty meal.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot, pressure cooker, stew meat
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 29 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 111kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set pot to saute and add olive oil. Rub salt and pepper on your meat pieces and add into the pot. (you could add 1 c. sliced onions too)
  • Brown outsides of meat so they're no longer pink. Then turn pot to off. Pour in a bit of your broth and scrape the bottom to remove stuck on meat bits.
  • Pour remaining beef broth into pot + all other ingredients EXCEPT potatoes and carrots. Stir together. Close lid and seal vent.
  • Set to high pressure for 18 minutes.
  • Allow pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes.
  • Release rest of pressure, add potatoes and carrots, stir to combine.
  • Cover and seal vent again, set to high pressure for 4 minutes.
  • Do a quick release.
  • If you want to thicken broth you can set pot to saute again. In small bowl add 2 tbsp cornstarch with some of your hot liquid. Whisk together and pour into pot. Stir, allow it to bubble and thicken broth.
  • Taste, adjust salt and pepper. Will continue to thicken as it sits. Serve.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Stew Meat
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 111 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2099mg91%
Potassium 348mg10%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 7676IU154%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bobbie

Friday 16th of July 2021

I am making this today. Just a quick question. How much Worcestershire sauce do you add? It was mentioned above, but not in the ingredient amounts. I’ll rate your recipe after I try it, but it sure sounds great so far.

Nicole Stiffler

Friday 8th of January 2021

YUM

The Typical Mom

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Glad you enjoyed it

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