by Olena

Instant Pot Beef Stew

by Olena

The easiest and most flavourful Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe you will find on the web. No Burn message too and super simple ingredients. Pinky promise, you will be blown away.

Instant Pot beef stew recipe was the recipe that won over my husband, Alex. It was his turn to cook and he pulled out a huge chunk of frozen deer meat, cut it up and it was enough for 4 stews. So, when I say this recipe is tested, it’s tested. In fact, 3 times.

Beef stew recipe with minimum ingredients and maximum flavour, the way I remember my grandma cooked in Ukraine 30 years ago. I met you, my American and Canadian friends, in the middle and added your stew’s staple, peas, at the end. But other than that, it’s my Ukrainian heritage recipe that is neither thick nor soupy, and packs so much flavour, even if you hate cooking, you will want to cook this stew. I still have a few tricks under my belt.

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The easiest and most flavourful Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe you will find on the web. No Burn message too and super simple ingredients. Pinky promise, you will be blown away.

Instant Pot Beef Stew Meat

  1. No sauteing – Food cooked under pressure is more flavourful than using a stovetop method. Plus you thicken the beef stew in Instant Pot after it’s cooked. I have to say “throw and walk away” is THE BEST feature of Instant Pot. You know I was so against it but it is slowly growing on me.
  2. Frozen meat – You can use frozen cubed meat. Just add 10 minutes to cooking time.

How to Avoid “Burn” with Instant Pot Beef Stew

First of all, my beef stew will never give you “burn” message. Pinky promise. Secondly, “burn” means not enough liquid, meat or tomato sauce burning at the bottom of the pot. Again, not with my beef stew. Enjoy!

What Size of Instant Pot Do You Recommend

  • 8 Quart for a family of 4 that likes leftovers or soups.
  • Otherwise 6 Quart Instant Pot will do. Too small for us.
  • And check out slightly cheaper Cosori that works just as good, 6 Quart or 8 Quart (I have one).

How to Make Instant Pot Beef Stew

Recipes are included for 2 sizes: 6 quart Instant Pot (the most popular) and 8 quart.

  1. In Instant Pot, add onion, carrot, celery and half of garlic.The easiest and most flavourful Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe you will find on the web. No Burn message too and super simple ingredients. Pinky promise, you will be blown away.
  2. Then add potatoes. The easiest and most flavourful Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe you will find on the web. No Burn message too and super simple ingredients. Pinky promise, you will be blown away.
  3. Then place meat on top. The easiest and most flavourful Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe you will find on the web. No Burn message too and super simple ingredients. Pinky promise, you will be blown away.
  4. Then add flavours: tomato paste, veggie stock (organic bouillon cubes + water), thyme, oregano, bay leaves, salt and pepper. That’s it! No paprika, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar etc. Save your money and time, seriously. Keep reading – my 2 final flavour boosters are simple and fresh. I can guarantee you will make this Instant Pot beef stew recipe again and again!The easiest and most flavourful Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe you will find on the web. No Burn message too and super simple ingredients. Pinky promise, you will be blown away.
  5. Update: You actually don’t have to stir but you can.The easiest and most flavourful Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe you will find on the web. No Burn message too and super simple ingredients. Pinky promise, you will be blown away.
  6. Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Stew for 35 minutes. The easiest and most flavourful Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe you will find on the web. No Burn message too and super simple ingredients. Pinky promise, you will be blown away.
  7. When display says OFF, the stew is ready. Now your Instant Pot needs to bring pressure down before you can open it, which will be indicated by a dropped down float valve. You can let it do it on its own which will take about 15-30 minutes – Natural Release. OR you can do Quick Release by turning pressure valve to Venting position, which takes 2-4 minutes. I recommend doing so outside. Trust me, it’s a messy process and I usually do not have time to wait.The easiest and most flavourful Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe you will find on the web. No Burn message too and super simple ingredients. Pinky promise, you will be blown away.
  8. Open the lid – oh, yeah, baby!The easiest and most flavourful Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe you will find on the web. No Burn message too and super simple ingredients. Pinky promise, you will be blown away.
  9. Add peas, frozen, from Costco. Now onto my 2 secret weapons – fresh garlic and dill. What did you think it was? Butterfly flower blue powder?! No, good old fresh garlic because it’s one thing to cook it, and it’s completely different experience to eat a dish with freshly grated garlic. The easiest and most flavourful Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe you will find on the web. No Burn message too and super simple ingredients. Pinky promise, you will be blown away.
  10. And dill. You have never tried dill in a stew? Try and you will be blown away, pinky promise! Stir and serve hot.The easiest and most flavourful Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe you will find on the web. No Burn message too and super simple ingredients. Pinky promise, you will be blown away.

Now, did I make you open that box finally?! Good! Go try my other Instant Pot recipes and keep being blown away how easy it is to cook healthy and delicious meals: Instant Pot chicken noodle soup, Instant Pot chili, Instant Pot steel cut oats, Instant Pot lentil soup.

Until next Instant Pot recipe because it’s monthly series, remember?!
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Instant Pot Beef Stew

4.8 from 9 reviews

The easiest and most flavourful Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe you will find on the web. No Burn message too and super simple ingredients. Pinky promise, you will be blown away.

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 7 (6 Qt.), 11 (8 Qt.) servings

Ingredients

6 Quart Instant Pot

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 small celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, grated & divided
  • 2 lbs potatoes, cubed
  • 1.5 lbs beef, cubed*
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 bouillon cube**
  • 2 cups water**
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup dill, finely chopped

8 Quart Instant Pot

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 4 small celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, grated & divided
  • 3 lbs potatoes, cubed
  • 2 lbs beef, cubed*
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 bouillon cubes**
  • 3 cups water**
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 7 peppercorns
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup dill, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In Instant Pot, add onion, carrot, celery, 2 garlic cloves, potatoes and beef as you are cutting them. Then add tomato paste, bouillon + water or stock, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper, bay leaves and peppercorns. Stir.
  2. Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Stew for 30 minutes. Display will say ON, Instant Pot will take about 20 minutes to come to pressure, you will see a bit of steam coming out from a valve, then float valve will rise and countdown from 30 minutes will begin.
  3. When display says OFF, stew is ready. Now your Instant Pot needs to bring pressure down before you can open it, which will be indicated by a dropped down float valve. You can let it do it on its own which will take about 15-20 minutes – Natural Release. OR you can do Quick Release by turning pressure valve to Venting position, which takes 2-3 minutes. I recommend doing so outside. Trust me, it’s a messy process and I usually do not have time to wait.
  4. Open the lid, add peas, remaining 2 cloves of garlic and dill. Stir and serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container or inner Instant Pot pot with a fitting glass lid for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low.

Notes

*You can use frozen cubed meat. Just add 10 minutes to cooking time.

**Replace with any stock.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. Hi, I have an 8 qt instant pot but there are only two of us. Can I make the 6 qt recipe or will I get the burn notice? Thanks!

    1. Hi Amanda. Yes, for sure. Use 6 quart recipe in your 8 quart IP. It just makes less. You won’t get a burn notice.:) The problem is when you overstuff 6 quart with 8 quart amount of ingredients – IP won’t come to pressure – too full.

  2. Dill is an interesting addition. I only had dried on hand and used a little too much for my liking this time but will try again only next time, a little less!

    1. Yes! Dried dill is completely different “animal” compared to fresh. You have to use very little and it has very different flavor from fresh. I personally do not like dried dill. I would rather use nothing.

  3. First time using my InstantPot and I made this beef stew. Did not have frozen peas or dill, but hands down, this was delicious!! I have some picky teenagers in my house including one that will not eat a vegetable even if I paid her; she cleaned the bowl and LOVED it. Thanks for making the recipe easy to follow (including settings for the IP as it was the first time I made anything in it) and including step-by-step pics. Did not tenderize the meat ahead of time, or even mix the ingredients…still amazing and can’t wait to have as left overs!

    1. That is so awesome! I’m a true believer you can convert picky eaters with good recipes. Just saying.:) Yes, you don’t stir anything in IP barely ever FYI. It causes burning sometimes, especially of tomato and meat products.

  4. Although the flavors were there I personally like to brown and caramelize my meat and vegetables. It adds another depth of flavor which was missing here. It’s all about layering. I used real broth instead of bullion. I like the use of dill and adding the garlic last. I also added fresh parsley as well.

  5. I didn’t have the green peas or the fresh dill but the recipe was still fantastic. I layered everything in the pot, including the raw meat and put it on stew for 30 min. I didn’t even brown the meat. I left to pick up my wife from work and when we got home it had been kept warm for 18 minutes. It tasted great and the meat was as tender as you could ask for. I’ll be trying more of your instant pot recipes in the future.

  6. Just acquired an instant pot. This is the second recipe that I have tried. Outstanding!
    Browned the meat and then veg on saute setting. Cooked for 35 minutes. Super tender and yummy!

    Only 35 minutes…

    Looking forward to trying more recipes.

  7. So, so good! And so easy! This was the first recipe I made with my Instant Pot, (ha ha, Olena, how did you know I still had it in the box???) I am a convert, thanks for this great recipe 🙂

  8. The cooking times are listed both as 30 mins and 35 mins and I’d like clarification. In your very well done steps with pictures, no. 6 states: Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Stew for 35 minutes. The picture of the Instant Pot also shows 00:35 and that is the default time for Meat/Stew. You don’t indicate to reduce the time to 30 minutes.
    But in the printable recipe the Cook Time is 30 minutes. And in the instructions (no. 2) you indicate 30 minutes twice.
    If you could advise and correct the website that would be great. Then I’ll try the recipe….looks delicious.
    Thank you.

    1. This recipe has been tested so many times that’s why different times. Honestly it doesn’t matter. 30-35 mins. If you like more thick consistency and fall apart potatoes do 35 mins. Either way it will be ready. Don’t worry. .:)

      1. Thank you for the quick response. I didn’t see your reply right away and went ahead with 30 mins. which I found to be perfect to my liking. I look forward to trying more of your recipes. Keep up the good work!

  9. I can’t tell if this is using frozen meat or not. That’s what I searched for and what brought me here, but I’m thinking this is using thawed meat.

    It sounds delish, so please confirm!

  10. When I was a kid my mom used to make beef stew so regularly that I ended up growing up to hate it. I haven’t had it in probably over 10 years because of it. But after seeing these pictures of this beef stew, you’re really making me reconsider. You’re also making me wonder if maybe my mom’s beef stew was just bad and that’s why I ended up hating it, lol.