Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe


There’s nothing better than a big hearty bowl of beef stew on a cold winter’s day. Something about the comfort of fork-tender beef and root-vegetables simmering – filling your home full of deliciousness.

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For years, I’ve made my beef stew either on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. It wasn’t until I received an Instant Pot that I decided to try and adapt my tried-and-true recipe to the Instant Pot.

I’m happy to report that on my first attempt, it was a huge success. Yielding the most developed flavors and fork tender beef I’ve ever had.

When you use the Instant Pot to cook your beef stew you’ll never know that you bought an inexpensive cut of beef. That’s the beauty of the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Beef Stew Picture

It gives you that fork tender fall off the bone results in a short amount of time. If you own an Instant Pot, I hope that you will get out of my recipe for Instant Pot beef stew a try.

If I had to rank difficulty level for making Instant Pot Beef Stew—I would say it’s on the easier side.

First you will season your beef for stew, then toss in a light coat of all-purpose flour. Then preheat the Instant Pot to the “sauté” Mode.

Place a little bit of grapeseed oil in the Instant Pot. Once the Instant Pot screen reads “hot “, place the beef in the pot.

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See year on all sides for a few minutes then remove from the Instant Pot. You might have to do this in several batches depending on how large your Instant Pot is and how much beef you have.

I tend to stretch my beef very far, so I only have to do two batches of searing. But if you like a very hearty beef presents in your stew than double up the amount called for in this recipe.

While the beef sears, this is when I like to chop all the vegetables. Once the beef is done searing and removed from the Instant Pot it’s time to add the carrots, celery, and onions and a bit of beef stock to deglaze the pot.

Instant Pot Beef Stew Pic

After a quick sauté you will place the beef as well as the other vegetables into the Instant Pot. Give one big stir and set the Instant Pot on the stew setting to cook.

Once the stew is done cooking and has sat for a few minutes for a “Natural Pressure Release” I release pressure on the Instant Pot.

That’s when I mix the green peas into my stew and place the lid back onto the Instant Pot. The green peas will cook on their own without any need of turning on the heat.

File 1 - Instant Pot Beef Stew

I get this question all the time from friends. What vegetables work well for beef stew?

I love the versatility of beef stew. I pretty much throw any and all vegetables that I have in my crisper into the beef stew. Here is a list of vegetables that I feel work best with beef stew.

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Potatoes
  • Parsnips
  • Mushrooms
  • Green peas
  • Tomatoes 

I tend to stay away from most green vegetables for beef stew. Not because I don’t like them, but because they break down and tend to disintegrate into the stew.

The extent of green vegetables I use is green peas. I also don’t place those in until the very last few minutes of cooking.

File 2 - Instant Pot Beef Stew

Here are a few other recipes you can pair with my Instant Pot Beef Stew:

If you’re looking to make the most fork-tender beef stew recipe around. Plug in that Instant Pot of yours and make my no-fail recipe for Instant Pot Beef Stew!

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Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe

Katie Jasiewicz
Instant Pot Beef Stew makes dinner an easy proposition. Plus the leftovers are simply magnificent.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 512.38 kcal


  • 2 Beef Stew Meat
  • 0.25 All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning (McCormick)
  • 1 Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 Minced Dehydrated Garlic
  • 0.25 Tomato Paste
  • 6 Carrot sliced 1-inch thick
  • 4 Parsnip sliced 1-inch thick
  • 5 Celery chopped 1-inch thick
  • 1 Diced Tomatoes
  • 8 Small White Potato quartered
  • 1 Frozen Pearl Onions
  • 1 Chopped White Mushrooms
  • 0.5 Water
  • 1 Frozen Green Peas thawed
  • 1 Corn thawed
  • 0.25 Fresh Parsley minced


  • Heat the Instant Pot to “sauté” mode.
  • Place beef stew in a large gallon bag sprinkle the cornstarch and Montreal steak seasoning. Toss until coated.
  • Pour the grape seed oil in the Instant Pot then pour in the beef. Let brown for 2-3 minutes.
  • While beef is browning begin peeling and chopping vegetables.
  • Turn beef then mix in the dehydrated garlic and tomato paste. Remove the beef from the Instant Pot.
  • Then add in 1/2 cup of water and deglaze the pot–scraping the brown bits off the bottom. Then add in the carrots, celery, onion, and parsnips.
  • Sauté for 5 minutes. Add in the tomatoes, potatoes, pearl onions, and mushrooms. Mix well then place the lid on top of the Instant Pot.
  • Set the Instant Pot to “manual” for 35 minutes on manual mode.
  • Once the Instant Pot is done cooking, let it naturally release pressure for 10-15 minutes. Carefully, force the remaining pressure out of the IP then remove the lid. Mix well, and mix in the green peas, corn, and fresh parsley.
  • Place lid on top and let sit for 5 minutes. Divide evenly among bowls and enjoy.


Calories: 512.38kcalCarbohydrates: 61.97gProtein: 21.13gFat: 13.94gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 617.41mgFiber: 7.88gSugar: 10.59g
Keyword Beef, Carrots, Easy Dinners, Instant Pot, One Pot Meals, Peas, Potatoes, Pressure Cooker, Pressure Cooking, Stews
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