Best Instant Pot tri tip recipe with a dry rub and killer gravy using the drippings. Full of flavor cooked in your pressure cooker and quick.
Have you tried Instant Pot tri tip yet?? You might want to try something new and this is the best way to make it quickly in your pressure cooker. Just one of over 100 easy Instant Pot recipes we have here on The Typical Mom. (affiliate links present)
Ninja Foodi Tri Tip
We use our VERY popular tri tip dry rub to make this. If you need to make this as a Ninja Foodi recipe you can use that pot too. Any brand works y’all. 😉 Yes I do create a rich thick gravy at the end too but really with the bold flavors on the outside as is you really don’t need it. I’m all about both because why not right. 😉
This is a bit of a pricier cut so you want to make sure it turns out perfectly right? Best way to ensure it does is to buy it fresh or thawed but you can cook a frozen roast in Instant Pot too if you have a forgetful moments so don’t fret.
Let’s start with a few basic tips:
- Make sure to Bookmark our InstaPot recipes page. We add new ones each week!
- Then PRINT this —–> Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet that will help you understand how long meat, vegetables and beans take to cook in your pressure cooker.
- This is a great InstaPot cookbook and set of wooden utensils are great to grab too.
- I HIGHLY recommend you buy this non stick pot.
- You should still deglaze pressure cooker after sautéing but it won’t have as many issues with this better liner.
For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.
Instant Pot Tri Tip from Frozen
Believe it or not the cook time with defrosted or rock hard meat isn’t much different at all, many times it is the same. The biggest difference in why it would vary is how well done you want it to be when done. Ours is medium rare because with this cut that is ideal for sure. Same goes with our dutch oven tri tip, the moistest.
Pressure Cooker Tri Tip
Is tri tip a tough cut of meat?
It is more similar to the texture of a brisket than shredded beef for sure. With grains going two different directions it does have fibers that don’t break down as easily as other cuts. Slicing against the grain is key and cooking it in a way that keeps it moist is a must.
Should you tenderize tri tip?
Since it has very low fat content you won’t have that for added flavor but the meat itself has a lot! You wouldn’t want to tenderize it like cubed steak but if you wanted to use a marinade for a few hours you could. We used a dry rub instead for added flavor.
I choose to trim the fat layer before coating and cooking, but that part is totally up to you. Some would never do such a thing. Either way I d
Tri Tip in Instant Pot
With large cuts of meat cooked this way you typically want to sear the outsides first. I do this using the saute function with just a bit of olive oil at the bottom of the pot.
I mean, no sense in getting a pan on the stovetop dirty, one pot meals are the best I tell you! Once you have the rub patted down on both sides allow the excess to fall off so it isn’t caked on.
As soon as your pot is hot set it inside and brown on both sides. About 2 minutes is usually enough to get it nice and seared, but not too brown. This step will keep the juices in and give the outside a bit more texture.
Insta Pot Tri Tip
All brands and models have the saute function. On the Crockpot Express it is called brown, it is the same thing. I use a pair of small tongs to grab it and flip it over on to the other side. Just a bit of rub will come off, that is okay.
If you’re new to using any sort of electric pressure cooker, you need to know how to deglaze Instant Pot. What does that even mean and why do you need to do it?? Glad you asked…..
After you saute chicken, pork or beef you will need to remove it. Use a bit of broth or water and scrape the bits of stuck on meat off the bottom with a wooden spatula. Why?? Because if not you might get that dreaded burn message on the screen.
Ninja Foodi Tri Tip Recipe
Why does that matter? Well it will be irritating for one thing, and you might freak out if you’re new to cooking this way. It is just your machine thinking that something is burning. It may not be but it will turn itself off and you’ll have to scrape, add everything back in, and recalculate your cook time.
Just save yourself from all of those issues and follow my suggestions to begin with.
Then you’ll set it on a trivet, I like one with handles. It makes it a lot easier to lift in and out. Don’t throw the liquid at the bottom out though because it makes amazing Instant Pot gravy!
I just use the drippings in the pot with the broth used to “steam” it. A little cornstarch slurry thickens it up in literally like 1 minute, so easy. Believe it or not this is one of my kids favorite recipes. Served with white rice and vegetables on the side it’s killer.
How do you cook Costco tri tip?
I personally don’t think it matters where you buy it, use your favorite method when it comes to cooking it. Many prefer the good ol’ oven, where as we use our Instant pot and have made air fryer tri tip too.
Next up will be smoked tri tip.
Cooked properly and for the right length of time (don’t overcook this baby, you want a bit of red in the center) it’s a great cut. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think!
No matter what pot you have, follow these directions. There is a printable recipe card with ingredients needed at the bottom as well. Trim the fat off your tip roast if you like, we do. Then pat dry with a paper towel and lay on a cutting board. Mix together ingredients for dry rub and pour half on top. Rub with hands, allow excess to fall off when you flip meat over. Pour remaining on bottom and rub.
- Set pressure cooker to saute. Pour olive oil inside your pot when hot. Place meat inside and brown for about 2 minutes on each side.
- Remove the roast and put on a plate.
- Turn pot off and pour broth inside. Deglaze pot now with beef broth.
- Place a trivet inside and put your meat on top. Close lid and steam valve. Set to high heat (pressure) for 25 minutes followed by a quick release if you like medium rare. Remove the lid.
- If you want it more medium allow for a 5 minute natural release, then quickly release the pressure and remaining steam.
- Set on cutting board and allow to rest for 10 – 15 minutes before slicing.
- While you’re waiting make gravy in pot. First, take out trivet and set pot to saute again.
- In a small bowl ladle out some of your hot liquid. Whisk in 2 tbsp cornstarch until mixture is smooth. Pour into pot that is bubbling.
- Use wood spatula to consistently stir so lumps do not form. Saute for about 1-2 minutes and then turn off. Pour delicious gravy into a bowl. Slice and serve.
This is the best way to cook tri tip in your 7 in 1 machine for sure! Want to cook other cuts of beef in it too?
We also love these other Instant Pot beef roast recipes for dinner with brussel sprouts. For a load of others, take a peek at our Instant Pot beef recipes like pressure cooker brisket and more look here too.
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Instant Pot Tri Tip
- 3 lb tri tip
- dry rub
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1/2 tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 c beef broth
- 2 tbsp cornstarch to thicken gravy
- Trim the fat off your meat. Pat dry with paper towels and lay on a cutting board.
- Mix together ingredients for dry rub and pour half on top. Rub down with hands. Allow excess to fall off when you flip meat over.
- Pour remaining rub on bottom and rub down.
- Set pressure cooker to saute function. Pour olive oil inside pot. Place meat inside and brown for about 2 minutes on each side. Then remove and put on a plate.
- Turn pot off and pour broth inside. Use a wooden spatula to deglaze pot (scrape off stuck on bits off bottom of pot).
- Place a trivet inside your pot. Put your meat on top.
- Close lid and steam valve. Set to high pressure for 25 minutes followed by a quick release if you like middle pink. If you want it more medium allow for a 5 minute natural release, then quick release remaining steam.
- Set on cutting board and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
- While you're waiting on meat to rest, make gravy in pot.
- Take out trivet and set pot to saute.
- In a small bowl ladle out some of your hot liquid. Whisk in 2 tbsp cornstarch until mixture is very smooth. Pour into pot that is bubbling. Use wood spatula to consistently stir so lumps do not form. Saute for about 1-2 minutes and then turn off. Pour gravy into a bowl. Slice and serve.
Saturday 31st of December 2022
This recipe is hard to follow unless you have exactly a 3 lb tri-tip. It would be nice to know exactly how much time is needed in the instant pot per pound of meat. I don't want to cook my 1 and 1/2 lb tip for just my husband and myself for the full-time stated yet when the kids are here I don't want to cook our 6 lb roast with the time stated either. I would really love to try this recipe.
Monday 22nd of August 2022
If you have a smaller tri-tip like 2 lb. do you adjust down the cooking time?
Tuesday 14th of March 2023
@Rainy, When you go to print the recipe you can adjust serving size. This adjusts the tri-tip # size. Serving for 5 changed the tri-tip weigh to 2#
Saturday 31st of December 2022
@Rainy, That's what I was wondering myself. I just went through the recipe twice and can't see anything about cooking a smaller tri-tip
Monday 1st of August 2022
This will be the second time I've made this recipe. Tender, tasty tri tip!! Mmmm. Steamed veggies full the plate!! Thank you for this instant pot winner!!
The Typical Mom
Tuesday 2nd of August 2022