by Olena

Instant Pot Beef Stew

by Olena

4.9 from 126 reviews

Instant Pot Beef Stew is a one pot dinner with fall apart beef and lots of vegetables cooked in delicious gravy sauce. Like my Ukrainian grandma used to make.

Her 2 secret ingredients at the end make this stew the best! 🙂

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

This Instant Pot beef stew will blow your mind with its easy instructions and simple ingredients.

Nothing is sautéed, no fancy ingredients, no “burn” message. The best pressure cooker stew recipe on the net. I mean it.

Go Google yourself and I will see you back in 5…Welcome back!

Instant Pot Beef Stew served in a bowl

This beef stew recipe convinced my husband, Alex, that Instant Pot is the thing. It was his turn to cook. He pulled out a huge chunk of frozen deer meat, cut it up and it was enough for 4 stews.

Since then we have perfected this recipe over 20 times. Stew comes out neither thick nor soupy, packs a lot of flavour and even if you hate cooking, you will want to make it. Hearty, comforting and healthy. 🙂

onion, carrots, celery, potatoes, peas, stew meat, tomato paste and dill ingredients for instant pot stew

Ingredients for Instant Pot Beef Stew

No paprika, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, red wine etc. Save your money and time, seriously.

  • Beef stew meat: Affordable roast like chuck, rump or any other cheap roast turns into tender beef in Instant Pot. Just cut it into 1 inch pieces and you are good to go.instant pot beef stew frozen meat in a package
  • Potatoes: Yellow or red potatoes or baby potatoes will keep their shape better. Russet potatoes are good if you like fall apart potatoes in a stew.
  • Other veggies: Onion, celery, carrot and frozen peas at the end.
  • Tomato paste and stock: I used both low sodium. If yours are not, add less salt.
  • Spices: Oregano, thyme, bay leaves, peppercorns, salt and pepper
  • Fresh dill and garlic (do not skip!): These are 2 secret ingredients. You can use less dill but try.

instant pot beef stew ingredients like peas, dill, garlic on top of stew

How to Make Instant Pot Beef Stew

Theres is detailed recipe card below.

  • Add ingredients in this order: Vegetables, meat, tomato paste, spices and broth. This particular order prevents the dreaded Burn.
  • Do not stir. No need to stir before cooking most Instant Pot recipes. Again, to avoid dreaded “burn” message.
  • Cook for 30-35 minutes on high pressure. Those 5 minutes do not make or break the deal. But the longer any stew cooks/sits, more flavourful it becomes.
  • Release pressure with natural or quick release. Doesn’t matter much as stew just gets better with time. I use quick release and vent outside. how to make Beef Stew in instant pot step by step
  • Add frozen peas: They will help cool stew nicely.
  • Add 2 secret flavour boosters: Fresh garlic and dill. It is one thing to cook garlic. And it is completely different experience to eat a dish with freshly grated garlic. And fresh dill. Try and you will be blown away, pinky promise!
  • To thicken the stew (optional): Switch electric pressure cooker to Saute. In a small bowl, whisk 1/4 cup cold (!) water with 4 tbsp cornstarch, add to the pot, stir  and cook for a few minutes until thickened.

frozen peas, dill and garlic added to pressure cooker beef stew

Recipe FAQs and Tips

  • Do I have to brown the meat? No because food cooked under pressure comes out more flavourful than using a stovetop method. The whole point of using Instant Pot is to save time and not hover over the stove.
  • Can I use frozen cubed meat? Yes. Just make sure not more than 2-3 pieces are together. As for cooking time, I show you in the video how I added some frozen meat along with fresh and it cooked perfectly all at same time. Thaw frozen meat a bit in water or on a counter (if have time) and separate.
  • What size Instant Pot can I use? In recipe card below, you will find instructions for most popular 6 quart and 8 quart. If you have 3 quart, cut 6 quart ingredients in half but use same cooking time.
  • Dried dill weed: I don’t recommend to use dried dill. If you are not a fan of dill or don’t have any on hand, add fresh parsley or skip.
  • Game meat. I have used cubed venison and moose many times. Delish!
  • Venting outside: I vent outside to avoid cleaning countertops and house smelling like stew for days.
  • More Instant Pot help: If you are new to pressure cooking, check out my Instant Pot guide. It explains what happens, why and how to avoid failures. If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet but are thinking about buying one, I explain which Instant Pot to buy in my humble opinion.

instant pot Beef Stew recipe

How to Store and Reheat Beef Stew

Fridge: Refrigerate stew leftovers for up to 5 days in an airtight container. Or in inner Instant Pot pot with a fitting glass or silicone lid. We absolutely love the second storage method because it makes stew easy to reheat on the stove right in the same pot.

Do not freeze: I am not a fan of freezing beef stew because it contains potatoes. Freezing puts a lot of strain on low in fiber potatoes when water expands and forms ice crystals. If this recipe is too much, cut ingredients in half and keep same cooking time.

Reheat: Reheat in Instant Pot’s inner pot right on the stove or in pressure cooker on Saute mode, stirring a few times. Also can do the same in a small pot on the stove by simmering on low. Always reheat only what you are going to eat to make stew stay fresh.

More Instant Pot Stew Recipes

Did you know we have entire Youtube channel dedicated to Instant Pot recipes and tips? My goal is to help you become confident with your Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Beef Stew in a bowl with spoon and fork


Instant Pot Beef Stew {2 Secret Ingredients}

4.9 from 126 reviews

Instant Pot Beef Stew is a one pot dinner with fall apart beef and lots of vegetables cooked in delicious gravy sauce. Like my Ukrainian grandma used to make. Her 2 secret ingredients at the end make this stew the best!

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 7 (6 Qt.), 11 (8 Qt.) servings 1x
  • Category: Soup and Stew
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian


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 chuck or any cheap roast beef, cubed into 1” pieces
  • 6 oz can tomato paste, low sodium
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp thyme, dried
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/23/4 cup fresh 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 chuck or any cheap roast beef, cubed into 1” pieces
  • 6 oz can tomato paste, low sodium
  • 2 bouillon cubes
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 1/2 tsp thyme, dried
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 7 peppercorns
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup fresh dill, finely chopped


  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder


  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. No need to stir, just flatten tomato paste with a spoon.
  2. Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cook on High 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 to avoid countertop mess and house smelling like stew for days.
  4. Open the lid, add peas, remaining 2 cloves of garlic and dill. Stir.
  5. To thicken beef stew: Switch electric pressure cooker to Saute. In a small bowl, whisk cold water with cornstarch, add to the pot and stir gently. Cook for a few minutes until thickened.
  6. Serve hot.

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

Freeze: I have not tried to freeze the stew as there are never leftovers and I question how well potatoes would thaw.


  • You can use frozen cubed meat. Thaw it a bit in water or on a counter (if have time) and separate into blobs of 2-3 pieces. Add 10 minutes to cooking time.
  • Replace bouillon cubes + water with any stock. I just like to keep dry cubes instead of open carton going bad in the fridge.
  • If you made a slurry beforehand, make sure to stir it right before adding to the pot. Cornstarch settles fast.
  • I don’t recommend to use dried dill. If you are not a fan of dill or don’t have any on hand, add fresh parsley.

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

olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Tried this recipe a few weeks ago and it tasted amazing. Now about to make it again. Saved it for sure so I would be able to find it.

  2. Guys, when she says best stew recipe on the internet – She’s not kidding!!! It’s quick and delicious and you know the ingredients! Also, definitely do not skip the fresh garlic and dill at the end. This recipe will have you hooked!

  3. We made this today, a rainy and cold day even for Vermont. Only additions are 1/4 cup brown sugar and about the same dried parsley.

  4. This tastes JUST like my Baba use to make! The dill definitely makes the dish. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. This recipe is delicious!!! We are farmers and produce grass fed naturally produced beef using regenerative agricultural practices. It’s so nice to use our quality beef in a wonderful, nutritious and delicious recipe like this.

  6. I am a bit of a seat of the pants senior male cooker, but used your recipe as a basis for my own. I used fresh rosemary to start, with turnips, carrots, potatoes, beans, celery, and cut up beef from a cheap roast. Tomato paste was missing from my cupboard, so dumped in some hot salsa and some ketchup instead. After cooking in the IP for 30 minutes, I added frozen corn, frozen peas, chopped up garlic, salt and pepper, and a slurry of corn starch and stirred for 3-4 minutes. Served in a bowl with cauliflower and a beet on the side. Absolutely delicious! Thank you!

  7. Brilliant as usual, and really easy to put together. I could find fresh or any kind of dill locally, so I had to replace it with fresh parsley. My local store only had two 1lb packs of stewing beef available both with a 40% discount, so it made a very cheap dish. I made the 8 quart version and all the ingredients only cost EUR 12.41 (CAD$ 19.50)

  8. Very good! Awesome flavors! I love the thyme forgot to add the peas and I use parsley because I didn’t have Dill. excellent

    1. Fed a working crew of 5 men, doing a renovation at our home. The recipe was easy, straightforward and delicious! When I need a foolproof recipe that I haven’t tried before, this is my go-to site. ALWAYS a success! Thanks Olena, you’re a magician!

  9. This was delicious! I made it just like the recipe, and my husband was concerned that it was “fattening.” (He has trimmed down about 20 pounds lately and is trying to lose more.) He asked if I was sure it was healthy. I assured him it was. I told him I had hand picked it from your collection, and it was very healthy without a lot of added junk and that just because it tasted decadent didn’t mean it was bad for him. This dish is so full of flavor. I will definitely make this again. Thank you!

  10. I love this recipe! What’s best about it is that you don’t have to precook the beef. You can just throw everything in the pot and it turns out great!! Thank you!!

  11. Delicious recipe! Made just 2 changes: Added much less dill (2 Tbsp) and thickened with just 2 Tbsp of cornstarch (instead of 4). Everyone loved it! Thank you for this excellent recipe.

  12. Wonderful! Hearty and delicious. I added a bit more water to make it more liquidy, as per preference. Make it and enjoy it!

  13. My husband had a hankering for beef stew when I defrosted some beef that had been in the freezer for 3 months and had to be used up. I was excited to find a healthy beef stew recipe and to try iFoodreal for the first time. I am on WW and stumbled across your website from another skinny food website I was on. This was fantastic! One of those recipes that you never are aware that it is low fat. Easy to put in my WW recipe calculator finding it was low in pts for a dinner. Once the veggies are chopped, it’s just a dump recipe! So thrilled I didn’t have to saute’ each component of the recipe. Can’t wait to try more recipes from this site.

    1. So great to hear that the beef stew worked with your WW and your husband’s hankering for beef stew Rochelle!

  14. Hello! Quick question…
    Would love to try your recipe, looks awesome! However, tomatoes don’t sit well with my stomach. Can I just leave it out or would you recommend something to replace it with? I hope I can still make it! Thank you much!!!

  15. Yes, yes, yes to adding peas after cooking! I have done that for many years, and the flavor is incredible, not starchy, and they retain that gorgeous color! I put them in salads that way, never cooked, also! And chicken pot pie!

  16. Great, I had to substitute a couple of ingredients (no peas, and Yukon gold spuds). Family impressed!

  17. BEST and easiest stew ever, meat comes out tender and veggies are cooked just right.
    I have made this stew several times for our family, my granddaughter says every time “this is the best stew I ever ate”.
    Thank you!

  18. This is now my go-to stew recipe. Most robust flavor of any stew recipe I’ve ever made, and I’ve made many. Delicious! And, importantly, for a lazy cook like me, easy! The Instant Pot does the work.

  19. Truely delicious and very quick. Tastes like it’s been simmering all day. One of family’s favorites! Love the dill in it! Thanks Olena💕

  20. Turned out great! I did brown the meat after dredging it in seasoned flour. The cook time was perfect (35 mins).
    It was easily the best stew I ever made or eaten!

  21. Wonderful, wonderful stew!! I’m not a meat eater, but other than substituting my “fake beef strips” I followed every other instruction. I have a 3 quart pot, halved the 6 quart recipe and it was perfect. I hesitated for a minute about adding dill (pickle-flavor stew???) but am so glad I did it. It’s different in a really GOOD way. An easy recipe, a simple salad and some Italian bread, best meal of the month!

  22. I just cannot believe the flavour in this stew, and in less than an hour, start to finish! Before instantpot, I had to plan a day ahead to thaw, prepare, and slow cook this!
    Amazing!!!,! Easy and delicious! Even without the fresh dill( I couldn’t find any)

  23. The recipe is very easy to follow and the meat turned out very tender. I have a question though – it did not turn out as flavorful as I wanted it to be. I used 2.5lb beef and a full bunch of celery but I did up the portion on the marination accordingly.

    1. I am not sure if I have any suggestions for you. Maybe not a whole bunch of celery – seems a lot. And not sure what you mean about upping marination. We find this stew very good as per recipe.

  24. Love this recipe Olena. It has lots of flavor. The instructions are simple. My husband liked it so much he had 2 bowl fulls. Will be making it again.

  25. Hi Olena I love your recipes and your energy!
    I am new to this world. Unfortunately I have other brand and I can’t change it so I am trying to adjust your recipes to my pot.
    So far I did the meat stew and it was really good. I didn’t have tomate paste and use sauce. Probably because of that it was more watery, and definitely needed to thicken. Is there specific reason to use paste instead of sauce?
    Keep posting amazing recipes and videos please!!! You are great!! Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Susana. Thank you so much for your kind words! It doesn’t matter what brand of electric pressure cooker you have. As long as it cooks on high pressure you can follow my Instant Pot recipes closely.
      About tomato paste, it is more concentrated than sauce and adds more flavor. Tomato sauce consists of a lot of water. Hope this helps.

  26. I was looking for a quick recipe using frozen stew meat. This recipe was a great choice. This was a family favorite. Great recipe!

  27. Amazing. So delicious. I didn’t have tomato paste on hand so I used approximately 1 cup of marinara. I used 2 lbs stew meat. I used 16oz (2 cups) chicken broth (didn’t have bouillon cubes). It was so delicious – tender beef, great flavor. Thank you, Olena.

  28. I am very excited to try this recipe tonight, however I had a question. I need to replace 2 bouillon cubes with 2 cups of stock correct?

  29. Excellent beef stew recipe!!! The best advise was the fresh chopped garlic at the end prior to serving. The sauce was thick enough for my taste so I did not use the cornstarch. I didn’t have fresh dill on hand but used parsley. I served with with organic brown rice and an avocado and tomato salad. I wasn’t a fan of beef stew until this recipe!

  30. I made this recipe before for my husband and I on a rainy day and it’s delicious! Thanks for your fun videos! 😀 I will see more of your videos to see what other yummy things you make. Thanks for your time.

  31. This recipe turned out great!! I made mashed potatoes separately. The rest done in the IP. Excellent!!!

  32. Best stew I’ve found made just like my mom use to brought back great flavorful memories

    Thank you

  33. Your recipe sounds absolutely wonderful, but due to severe allergies–and I mean extremely bad reactions–I will have to leave out both onions and garlic. Other than that, I intend to make the stew in its entirety, and I look forward to it being a wonderful meal.

  34. OMG!! Thank you for sharing this great recipe!! SO EASY AND DELICIOUS!! (emphasis intended). Made it with my boys tonight in Canada. Easy, flavourful and the beef is so tender. Hope everyone is well and healthy. Stay well!!

  35. This is my first recipe I used in my instant pot!! Bravo! It was great!! Wonderful for blw as well. Your instructions ate so easy to follow. I will definitely be making this again and checking out more of your recipes! Thanks!

  36. I have made this stew quite a few times in my 8 qt. instant pot and it is by far my favourite….no need to look any further. Your instructions are always easy to follow, also your cabbage roll soup is another hit in our household.

    Thanks for all your great recipes.

  37. This is the best beef stew recipe ever. I usually up the beef content by using a full pack of Costco stewing beef in my 8qt Instant Pot. Delicious every time. And don’t leave out the peas: they make a difference. I also add a few hot chilli flakes too, just a very tiny amount. Made this one many times and it is always superb. And simple.

  38. Oh me! Was this good! I cut everything very small and could probably have cut the cook time down a few minutes but it was so yummy! I actually had the celery and carrots already chopped in the freezer so that made it super easy. I got a few spoonfuls of leftover today because my husband ate it all before I could get to it. I think it was even better heated up. It is now in the regular rotation.

    1. Thank you for sharing this positive feedback Ann! Next time you will have to make a double batch for leftovers;)

  39. Fantastic! I had no peas but other than that, I followed the recipe exactly, including fresh dill. Excellent! Even hubby said it was outstanding! Definitely a keeper! ??

  40. First of all… You are such a sweetheart! I love your accent… Probably because I am Hungarian/Dutch…I have been so scared to use my instant pot For fear of it exploding under pressure …and then watched your video to make stew last night because that’s what I wanted to do and you took away all my fear of trying it and guess what I am doing now… Cooking stew! I’m just wondering why you set it for 30 minutes and didn’t use the stew button on the top left?
    I Will be continuing to follow you for all your incredible recipes…
    Thanks for creating your wonderful website!!?

    1. Awe, thanks, Carol. So happy to hear I helped you “break into” your IP. 🙂 So all those fancy buttons have pre-set timers and that’s all. I don’t use any because usually their time is not correct cook time for food in real life. Actually no one uses those presets. I’m not sure where their times came from but they are so different from real life tests I did. Hope you like the stew!

  41. I made this tonight and it was delicious. I didn’t have fresh dill and I added button mushrooms which were amazing in it!

  42. Finally someone who makes sense. Thank you for going to the trouble of putting your recipes on the internet. I made the beef stew and it was delicious. Next time I will try it with the fresh dill; I didn’t have any on hand. We used stewing beef – chuck and it came out very tender. We didn’t feel the need to thicken it as it seemed just right. I did as you said and chopped up the vegetables first and put them into the pot as I went, which saved on clean up time.

  43. Thank you for this recipe. I tried a stew one other time in the instant pot and it didn’t work out. I was skeptical about trying a stew again, but so glad I did. This is honestly the best stew I have ever had, very flavorful, the meat was melt in your mouth and the veggies weren’t mushy.

    I am printing this recipe, and adding it to my book of favourites.

    Thank you again!

  44. Hello Olena,
    I made this stew for dinner tonight and we loved it. It is amazing, my husband kept saying this is really good! The meat was so tender – and done in 30 min. Will be making many more of your recipes.
    Thank you so much.

  45. Thank you thank you for another delicious and healthy recipe everybody loved it and asked for more thank you again x

    1. Hi Maxine! Thank you for the positive feedback. So happy that you found the recipe to be delicious, easy and most of all kid approved!

  46. Had never thought to add fresh dill to beef stew before. You’re right – it is a major flavour enhancer! Loved this dish!

  47. Absolutely delicious! I left out the celery and peas and added onions. Very much like the beef stew I grew up on. I never got the recipe from my parents before they passed, so I thank you very much for sharing your recipe.

  48. This recipe is one of my regular dinners now. I have a question about “Delayed Start” on IP. What recipes can be set up for the delayed start? Will there be problems with keep raw meat in the pot for couple hours before the cooking process starts? Can the pasta recipes be delayed? Thank you!

    1. Hi Zarina. SO happy to hear you love this beef stew so much! Patsa can be delayed, just add cold water. Meat is a bit more tricky because of food safety. I personally would do 2 or so hours but up to you.

  49. So, I made this beef stew tonight for dinner. It was delicious! I followed your directions exactly and actually added an extra cup of water to the pot bc it did not seem like enough water. I say this because after all that, I did get that dreaded “BURN” message, just at the beginning of the cook time. I had to stop the cycle, dump out the food to save it, clean out the burnt bottom of the pot, and then restart. This time, the ingredients were obviously all mixed up. But it worked like a charm the second time around.
    I’m questioning a few things- 1) the amount of water/broth added, 2) possibly adding some liquid to the bottom of the pot prior to putting in all the ingredients or mixing in half the liquid before adding the potatoes/beef.
    Just thoughts in my head, but I do want you to know it was absolutely delicious!

    1. I wonder if you have a newer model of Instant Pot that is more sensitive to Burn. Known fact. This stew doesn’t need more liquid as we already thicken it at the end. When you add water it goes down to the bottom no matter what. What was on the bottom? Meat? What burned? Never heard of Burn with this stew to be honest. There is nothing to burn and all ingredients are so watery and juicy. Hmm… Maybe if you stir next time that is the answer to this sensitive Instant Pot. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the flavours!

  50. The flavor combination is wonderful. Adding the dill and minced garlic takes this stew up a level. Delicious!

  51. So easy to put together. Flavors are excellent. We ate the stew for two nights and then with the rest, I made a one-crust beef pie.

  52. This is a fabulous beef stew recipe! Absolutely delectable and it’s definitely something that would please everyone. How can one not want to make something this wonderful, especially in winter? This beef stew warms you up, gives you nothing but health-boosting nutrients and it looks amazing. Just imagine how happy and healthy you will feel after you’ve had a bowl of this scrumptious beef stew.

  53. Hi Olena, this was my first use of my 8 qt Instant Pot. I followed your recipe exacting and the stew turned out perfect. I made the 8 qt recipe even though I am single because I wanted leftovers for the next 5 days. At first, I was intimidated by the “pot”, but you made it effortless. I am looking forward to all your other delicious recipes. Thanks

  54. I really enjoyed this easy to make recipe. Today was a great day to use it since it is -33 C outside here in Edmonton.

  55. As a single guy I can’t thank you enough! I made this in the 3qt instant pot mini. I halved the ingredients and kept the cooking time the same and it turned out great! I am making this for the second time tonight! I could eat this all week. Left it on keep warm for awhile after since I didn’t have corn starch or flour and it was great! Always thickens up if there are leftovers as well! THANKS!

    1. I also have a question about the peppercorns. I bought full peppercorns, am I supposed to smash them up or put them in the stew whole?

      1. Just put in whole. My grandma always added them for flavor and then if you found it in your bowl you remove it. Or “fish out” from the pot so you don’t bite on them. However, I find Canadian peppercorns not nearly as hot as Ukrainian. So even my kids have them in their bowls and I’m not sure what happens but they don’t complain lol. I think they learnt to take them out.

  56. I made this and it came out GREAT! The kids all agreed, this meal was a winner to be repeated <3

    *Note: I didn't have fresh dill (but plan to buy some for my next round) or peas on hand. I also added a bit more stock as my kids love their stew gravy.

  57. Perfect recipe. Thank you for all your healthy, clean Instant Pot recipes, I’m so happy I found you on youtube.

  58. Loved this recipe. I used sheep instead of beef and seasoned it with some of the ingredients in this recipe as well as some liquid aminos, lea and perring sauce, salt and black pepper, bandania. I seat the goat first. Additional ingredients I added were cabbage, tomato. I used tomato sauce instead of tomato paste. Came out really delicious. Had three bowl fulls. I love your recipes.

  59. This was an easy to follow and delicious beef stew! I have a 3 quart mini since it is just my husband and me. I halved the ingredients for the 6 quart and it fit perfectly!! Thanks for such comfort food ideas during the Holidays. I’ll be checking your postings often!

  60. I made this tonight and really enjoyed it. I made the 6 qt. measurement in my 8 qt. instant pot and had no burn issues. A definite make again!

    1. Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed the recipe, Geralyn. Yes, you can make smaller quantity in larger IP. The problem is with larger quantity in smaller pot. 🙂

  61. This turned out delicious! Followed the recipe exactly. I decided to add the cornstarch but it would have still been good without.

  62. Looks delicious!
    Is it possible to make the day before the dinner party and reheat the day of?
    If so, how to reheat?

    1. Yes. You can either prep all ingredients and refrigerate them separately. Or even add everything to IP and refrigerate the inner pot with a lid if you have room in the fridge. And then just cook next day. Or reheat next day on Saute stirring occasionally unti lwarm. Easy-peasy.

  63. This beef stew recipe is the first thing I made in my new Instant Pot. So easy and so delicious! I didn’t have any dill so I made it without. Found some fresh dill today and put it in stew I reheated for lunch. Delicious with the dill! Love it! Never would have thought to add the dill.

      1. This turned out delicious! Followed the recipe exactly. I decided to add the cornstarch but it would have still been good without.

  64. I made this beef stew recipe this morning and it came out great.I had some stew meat in the freezer and thawed it before using the instant pot but I followed your recipe to a tee including the dill at the end. It tastes great I will watch for more of your recipes

  65. Made this beef stew as first dish for my new 6 qt. Instant Pot. Only changes were I used two cups of beef stock and no bouillon, fresh parsley instead of dill and the meat/stew setting. It was delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

  66. This is a delicious stew with a unique taste with the tomato paste, garlic and dill. It’s different than a beefy stew taste, but tasty. I substituted rutabaga for the potatoes and added mushrooms. I’ll definitely be making this again.

  67. Very tasty dish! Thank you. I loved everything but the carrots…which turned out mushy. The taters were perfect and the chuck roast was melt in your mouth. I’m new to the Instant Pot and I am still learning. I’ll steam some carrots and asparagus and add them to the stew for the next few meals.

    1. Awesome!!! Happy to hear, Alan. With Instant Pot something has to give up perfection expectations of 100%.:) And it’s all about personal taste. I do not expect firm carrots from a stew even on a stovetop to be honest. But your plan sounds like a plan. Go for it!:)

  68. I love stew, and I love that its a simple recipe, with simple ingredients, quick to make, yet so tasty, and hearty! I also enjoyed the video, it gave me a size idea for how big my meat and veggies should be. Thank you!

  69. This was amazing all around!! Easy, tasty and the meat was so tender. I put off stew for years because the beef was always tougher than I wanted. Not any more! Thank you for sharing! ❤

  70. Easy, hearty, flavorful! I do not use the slurry, I do not find it necessary. So delicious and all whole food ingredients.

  71. Totally delicious! I have always cook beef stew with red wine and have not used dill.

  72. Delicious! and so easy to do with the video and instruction! Like that you can print-out recipe too! Thank you ifoodreal!

  73. Very good! Flavour was excellent and went together very fast. I’m loving my instant pot! I enjoyed the dill at the end as well. I added a bit of vinegar and franks at the end because I like the tang it adds. Thank you for the recipe. Oh and maybe one more cup of peas.

  74. This Instapot Beef Stew was awesome! Fast and easy to prepare. One of the best flavored stews I’ve ever had! Thank you.

  75. Hello Olena,
    I’m of Russian decent.
    Great grandparents and grandparents were from Tbilisi, near the Black Sea
    But my mom and dad were born in Canada, so was I and
    My sister.
    Trying your beef Instant pot recipe first time , today
    I love garlic and dill?

    1. Hello, Pauline. Yes that’s in Georgia. Hope you like it.:) Please don’t be shy to leave me a comment with a star review once you make any recipe. Have a great week!

  76. DH loved this! We live in the arctic, so could not source fresh dill (which I adore), so I subbed lots of green onion. Thank you for such a clear and easy to understand recipe for an Instant Pot neophyte, I now have a lot better idea of how to use this marvellous device. I started with frozen meat and it turned out fantastic. DH is a pepper fan so I put in a lot more peppercorns, and we were both delighted by how they became soft and delicious. This will become a go-to recipe for us, and the base for a lot of experiments.

    1. Perfect! I love pepper too. My mom always added a lot. And my husband grew up without pepper. He just got adjusted after 18 years together haha.
      Where in the arctic do you live and is it cold right now?

  77. Delicious. Easy to make just as described here.
    I had three parsnips on hand so I added them with the other veggies. They softened so much, the sauce thickened with no further additions.
    I like dill, so I’d use it again next time. It brightened the flavour.

  78. This is a five star! I have been on the fence about purchasing an Instant Pot but was so intrigued by the stew recipe where you do not brown the meat that I went out and got one. This did not disappoint! I fell short of the needed fresh dill but doubled the garlic by mistake. It is the best beef stew I have ever made or eaten. Thank you Olena.

  79. This recipe is very delicious. The whole family loved it! Very flavourful and best of all very quick and easy!! Thanks again Olena!

  80. I will never make it any other way ever again – delicious and healthy – thank you SO much! Love love love it.

  81. This recipe sounds delicious. I had one question about the peppercorns. I’ve never worked with peppercorns in a pressure cooker. Do they dissolve under the pressure or are they still hard and you have to fish them out? Thank you

    1. They stay hard and whole. They add flavor. Just don’t eat it when you find one in your bowl. They are not overly spicy after cooking in IP either.

  82. Might be a meaningless question but curious:

    You mention the 2 bouillon cubes & 3 cups water with the addendum to substitute broth, if you so choose.

    I intended to use 3 cups beef broth instead of water. Since I have no bouillon cubes, would I sub that with 2 cups broth as well? Bringing my total to 5 cups?

    1. The total of liquid should be 3 cups no matter what you choose. Otherwise will be a soup. I dilute 2 dry cubes in 2-3 cups water depending on size of instant pot I or you use. But 3 cups is total max for 8 quart. Cubes flavor water. They add no volume. Does this help?:)

  83. I have a question on Step 1 of the recipe… the last instruction is to “stir.” But from my understanding having meat or tomato at the bottom will cause the burn message. Do you stir everything to combine before cooking or just leave it layered the way you show in the pictures and then just stir at the end?

    1. Yes, it’s true tomato products cause “burn”. However, 1 small can of tomato paste with this particular recipe doesn’t do that because there are many other ingredients. You don’t have to stir but you can. Meat at the bottom is actually the best to prevent “burn”. Unless it’s ground meat but pieces should be fine.

  84. The 6 qt. recipe works for the mini instant pot as well.
    We enjoyed the stew, but found it to be very “wet” and more like a hearty soup. I would cut down on the liquid next time and would also thicken the remaining liquid a little so that the consistency was more like gravy. I found that the frozen peas cooled down the mixture, so turned on the sauté function for a few minutes to bring the temperature back up. Thank you for the recipe. It was tasty and was a good choice for a cold winter evening.

  85. This was a great stew recipe however I found the thyme very overwhelming. Next time I will cut the thyme measurement in half. I love that I didn’t have to brown the meat first. Very easy and quick to make!

  86. Great recipe! My SO said it was my best instant pot meal so far. I would leave out the dill next time, but that’s just a personal preference.

  87. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. 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.

  90. 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.

  91. 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.

  92. 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.

  93. 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 🙂

  94. 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!

  95. 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!

  96. 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.

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