by Olena

Instant Pot Frozen Ground Beef or Turkey

by Olena

5 from 1 reviews

Instant Pot Frozen Ground Beef or turkey thawed in your electric pressure cooker in minutes. Then use in any recipes with ground beef or ground turkey.

No more “forgot to thaw meat” at 4 PM!

Instant Pot Frozen Ground Beef

How to Cook Frozen Ground Beef in Instant Pot

I can’t tell you how many times Instant Pot frozen ground beef or turkey has saved the dinner! I don’t have enough fingers to tell you how many times at 4PM my brilliant healthy dinner idea was ruined by “Crap, forgot to thaw the meat”.

Sounds familiar? Aha.

Cooking frozen ground beef in Instant Pot in 20 minutes is one of my favorite Instant Pot recipes or even hacks to be correct. We do not own a microwave by choice. Thawing frozen meat in hot water or boiling it takes forever and overcooks the outside. That’s why I love my Instant Pot so-so-so much!

Are you still on a fence about the whole Instant Pot movement? I was too. Huge mistake. Now, if you are thinking of getting one see which one is for you – there are many.  frozen ground beef in Instant Pot on a trivet

Can I Use Ground Turkey or Chicken?

Yes, you can cook any frozen ground meat like turkey, chicken, pork, venison, lamb etc.

To cook any ground meat from frozen in your pressure cooker, you only need 2 ingredients:

  • Frozen meat and
  • Water.

And use different cooking times:

  • Red meat – 15 minutes for thawed and 25 minutes for fully cooked.
  • Poultry – 7 minutes for thawed and 15 minutes for fully cooked.

pack of frozen ground turkey and cooked and crumbled ground turkey on a plate

How Long to Cook for Thawed Ground Beef?

If you are new to whole pressure cooking thing, I highly recommend you check out my Instant Pot guide. Great for beginners.

There are 2 types of frozen ground beef in Instant Pot you can make:

  1. Thawed
  2. Fully cooked

For thawed ground beef, cook frozen meat for 15 minutes and do Quick Release. When you open the pot, meat will look cooked and brown outside. But once you remove it into the bowl and start breaking with a fork or meat claws, you will see that it is red/pink inside.

15 minutes is great if you just need to thaw the meat and proceed with any other recipe like ground chicken tacos or lazy enchiladas, for example.

Instant Pot Frozen Ground Beef

How Long to Cook for Fully Cooked Ground Beef?

For fully cooked ground beef, cook frozen meat for 25 minutes and do Quick Release. Then remove onto a plate, break into pieces and season with any combination of spices like salt, pepper, taco seasoning, chili powder, garlic powder etc.

And use in tacos, taco salad, lasagna and casseroles. So convenient!

crumbled cooked ground turkey on a plate

What Amount Can I Cook at Once?

I tested a pack of organic 85% ground beef and conventional extra lean ground turkey. Both from Costco. And both weighing 1.3 lbs.

You can cook up to 2.5 lbs at a time. So 2 Costco size packs.

What Does It Taste Like?

Is it rubbery? Is it dry? I will be completely honest.

Meat doesn’t come out dry because of the whole pressure cooking process where steam doesn’t escape the pot. If meat is a bit dry, add a few tablespoons of liquid from the bottom of the pot.

Cooked from frozen meat in one hunk is a bit hard to separate into crumbles. It feels rubbery. That’s my only complain but I can get over it.

It doesn’t taste that rubbery or dry though. Especially once you incorporate it into next recipe – you won’t notice the difference.

Instant Pot Frozen Ground turkey crumbled

Can I Cook Without the Trivet?

Unfortunately not. You have to use the trivet for cooking frozen ground meat. It usually comes with your Instant Pot. With handles or not, depends on a model.

This trivet with handles is my favorite and it came with my Instant Pot Duo-80.

3 reasons I don’t recommend to cook ground meat without a trivet:

  1. Meat will not cook uniform
  2. It will be soaked in liquid
  3. It might also cause “Burn”.

What Do I Do with a Liquid at the Bottom?

If you are cooking frozen ground beef, a lot of fat drains into the water. I discard it for health reasons.

When cooking lean poultry, cooking water stays quite bland because meat is sitting on the trivet. I discard it as well.

Can I Brown Frozen Ground Beef?

Unfortunately not. Meat will stay frozen inside and become overcooked outside. It is a big “no-no”.

peeling paper from cooked ground turkey

How to Peel Off the Pad from Frozen Meat?

When you buy fresh ground meat in a tray, it is usually lined with plastic or paper pad.

To remove plastic pad, run frozen meat where pad is attached under warm water for a few seconds until you can peel it off easily. With paper one, I just cook meat with it and then it peels so easy from cooked meat.

Recipes for Thawed Ground Beef or Turkey

OK, I thawed ground beef this particular time for the Korean ground beef rice bowls recipe that is coming next.

I also thaw ground beef or turkey to use in another Instant Pot recipe. It is not super fast but completely hands off cooking that makes healthy dinner easy.

Try these:

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Instant Pot Frozen Ground Beef

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Instant Pot Frozen Ground Beef or Turkey

5 from 1 reviews

Instant Pot Frozen Ground Beef or turkey thawed in your electric pressure cooker in minutes. Then use in any recipe calling for ground meat. No more “forgot to thaw meat” at 4 PM.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 16 minutes
  • Yield: 1.3 lbs 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: North American
Scale

Ingredients

  • 12.5 lbs ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken, lamb, venison)*
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. In Instant Pot, add water and place trivet inside.
  2. Place frozen ground beef on top. If your frozen meat has plastic pad attached, run it where pad is under warm water for a few seconds until you can peel it off easily. With paper one, I just cook meat with it and then it peels so easy from cooked meat.
  3. Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 15 minutes for thawed ground beef or 25 minutes for fully cooked ground beef. Please see notes for other meats.*
  4. Display will say ON, Instant Pot will take about 5 minutes to come to pressure, you will see a bit of steam coming out from a valve, then float valve will rise and countdown will begin.
  5. After 15 or 25 minutes your meat is ready. Instant Pot will beep and display will say OFF.
  6. Do Quick Release by turning sealing valve to Venting position.
  7. Open the lid and remove trivet with meat into a bowl. Using forks, meat claws or flat spatula, separate into crumbles.
  8. Proceed using thawed ground meat in any recipe or use cooked crumbled meat in tacos, taco salad, lasagna and casseroles.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days and then use when ready.

Notes

*You can cook any frozen ground meat like turkey, chicken, pork, venison, lamb etc. There are 2 types of frozen ground beef in Instant Pot you can make:

  1. Thawed
  2. Fully cooked

Cooking times vary on type of meat and desired doneness:

  • Red meat – 15 minutes for thawed and 25 minutes for fully cooked.
  • Poultry – 7 minutes for thawed and 15 minutes for fully cooked.

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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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