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Tender Pressure Cooker Roast Beef

Pressure cooker roast beef is tender and full of flavor without ever having to turn on your oven! Sliced or shredded beef Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi style. 

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Do you love roast beef but wish you could make it quicker?? Now you can with this pressure cooker roast beef recipe using your Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi machines. Now added to our list of 101+ Instant Pot recipes for you to try. A great recipe for the holidays or dinner year round. I’m telling you, this turns out great. (affiliate links present, originally published 4/19)

Instant Pot Roast Beef

You can make this as a Ninja Foodi recipe if that is the brand you have. A great meal that is packed with protein and pretty quick compared to baking it in the oven. You don’t have to heat up your house either to get that melt in your mouth tenderness this way.

We’ve also made an air fryer roast beef so it gets crispy on the outside. If you like a bit of a crust on the outside with your dry rub you could try that one as well and see which you like best, both are delicious. Let us know what you think.

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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  • Do you use your pressure cooker on a daily basis like I do?? I literally don’t even remember the last time I used my oven to make dinner.
  • Making French dip Instant Pot recipe is just such a game changer now.

How to cook beef chuck roast

There’s nothing like pressure cooking beef. This melt in the mouth roast beef comes out fall apart tender where you don’t need a knife to even cut it on your plate. The side of your fork will work just fine. Of course there will be a variation depending on how well done you want it to be.

  • Here are the first steps……and they’re pretty darn easy I tell you.
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How Long to Cook 3 lb. Roast in Pressure Cooker

The timing below will vary a bit depending on how pink you want it to remain inside. Most of the time you want to keep some and not leave it until it is well done, typically. We are adding vegetables at the end too so others may say 1 hour but we do 10 minutes less to account for that extra time for the veggies.

  • Once you have your piece of roast beef you’re going to brown both sides using the saute function with a bit of olive oil in your pot.
  • Then you’ll add your spices and wine…yes you heard me right….red wine!
  • Close your lid and steam valve and let it cook all by itself….go find something fun to do for 50 minutes. 😉
    • if not adding veggies later set to 60 min.
  • You’ll allow it to naturally release steam for 25 after that
  • Add your potatoes and carrots (or other veggies) after that
  • Let them soften for a little while
  • Take everything out and enjoy!

You can make some pressure cooker gravy in about 15 minutes using the juices left in your pot if you want too. That is super easy to do and a great add.

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Roast beef in a pressure cooker

Now why would we bother to use this pot instead of just popping it into the oven or grill? There are many reasons to choose from but here are just a few.

  • It cooks way faster…..that’s the point right?
  • Roast beef in an electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi comes out extremely tender
  • You’re able to cook everything all in the same pot which cuts down on dishes (yeah) and the vegetables/potatoes get to soak up all that goodness while they’re cooking.
  • You can just throw it all in and walk away instead of tending to it in the oven making sure it’s basted etc…along the way.
  • Because I’m just obsessed with my pretty Instant Pot and new Ninja Foodi pressure cooker and air fryer machines.

All large cuts of meat should be cooked under high pressure I say. It is the best way to get them all fork tender in about an hour. This and our Instant Pot rump roast are high on the list of favorites.

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Instant Pot roast beef

You might have a few questions in mind before you dive right into this one, here are a few we have been asked. Now we have answered them for you ahead of time.

What is roast beef?

Roast beef is a piece of beef which is usually roasted in an oven BUT can now be made in a pressure cooker. Usually prepared as a main meal, roast beef leftovers are often used in sandwiches.

Is roast beef healthy?

Although it is high in fat, roast beef is very high in protein as well.
Roast beef is quite high in potassium. There are 0 carbs and 0 grams of sugar in roast beef itself.

What cut of meat is roast beef?

Roast beef is made out of beef chuck roast. If you want to make this but don’t see it in the meat section of your grocery store, ask the butcher. It might be labeled a bit differently or they may have some behind the meat counter itself.

We added some vegetables at the very end with our pressure cooker pot roast. This requires a bit more time but that part is totally up to you. You could stop with just the meat itself. If you choose to just make the protein then add 10 more minutes on to the initial time.

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Pressure cooker roast beef recipe

  1. Beef chuck roast piece – 3 lbs is what was used here
  2. Beef broth
  3. Onion
  4. Carrots
  5. Potatoes
  6. Mushrooms
  7. Red wine – could use another liquid if you’d prefer
  8. Worcestershire sauce
  9. Spices
  10. Rolls if you want to make roast beef sliders at the end

Other ways of how to cook beef chuck roast into a few other pot roast recipes are;

Directions for Ninja Foodi Follow this Ninja Foodi roast beef post here for that pot. The directions for Crockpot Express and Instant Pot roast beef are below

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Pressure Cooker Roast Beef

Pressure cooker roast beef is tender and full of flavor without ever having to turn on your oven! Sliced or shredded beef Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi style. 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot express, instant pot, ninja foodi, pressure cooker, roast beef
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 437kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Turn pressure cooker to saute mode and add olive oil. Add roast when hot.
  • Brown each side, turn pot OFF, remove meat from pot and deglaze the pot (add 1/2 c. of your beef broth and scrape the bottom well to remove all stuck on meat).
  • Return meat to pot, add onions, seasonings, wine and rest of broth.
  • Close lid and steam valve. Set to high pressure for 50 minutes. (timing is average but varies slightly depending on size and thickness of meat piece you have) * if not adding veggies later set to 60 min.
  • Do a natural release for 25 minutes, then let out rest of steam.
  • Add potatoes, carrots and mushrooms. Put lid back on and close steam valve.
  • Set to high pressure for 6 minutes, quick release when done.
  • Remove vegetables and meat. If you want to make gravy leave liquid in pot, set to saute and whisk together in a small bowl 2 tbsp. cornstarch with 3 tbsp cold water until smooth and add in. (or a gravy packet works) Stir until it thickens, turn pot off.


Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Roast Beef
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 117mg39%
Sodium 295mg13%
Potassium 1060mg30%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 3845IU77%
Vitamin C 11.8mg14%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 6.7mg37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Monday 3rd of June 2024

Hi! What non-alcoholic alternative could I use instead of the red wine and would the amount be same? 🙂 Thank you!


Sunday 19th of February 2023

When does the wine go in?

The Typical Mom

Sunday 19th of February 2023

with the broth


Thursday 2nd of February 2023

What if I have a tiny roast, 1.5 pounds or so?


Monday 27th of January 2020

You list red wine and ONE cup of beef broth but instructions only say "Add 1/2 cup of your beef broth" and nowhere says when or if to add the wine or rest of the broth


Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Is literally mentioned in the next step (3). It says to add the rest of the broth


Monday 27th of April 2020

maybe the wine is for drinking?

Rachel Z

Saturday 4th of January 2020

In the one picture it looks like there is garlic on the roast. There is no garlic mentioned in the recipe. Is there supposed to be garlic?

The Typical Mom

Sunday 5th of January 2020

Sometimes I add garlic, other times I don't

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