Beef Stew in Instant Pot

By March 3, 2015

Submitted by busyzgirl

Recipe is include in the more information bar beneath the video. First, I want to say next time I am going to use the Instant Pot preset button for Beef Stew — this time I wanted to see “how” it would turn out using this method which was great. The meat was VERY tender always the goal for me when I cook beef stew.


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 2 packets McCormick Stew Seasoning (or stew seasoning of your choice for 2 pounds meat)
  • 4 cups water

Vegetables of your choice – I chose:

  • 5 scrubbed medium-sized potatoes chopped (my family loves potatoes)
  • 1 cup carrots chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 cup raw green beans


  1. Add first three ingredients to Instant Pot, secure lid and put valve into pressure (secure) setting.
  2. Select Manual – high pressure and adjust time for 45-minutes (wanted the meat to be really tender, next time going to test at 35-minutes to see if results are the same).
  3. After the cycle is complete allow to rest for 10-minutes before releasing pressure manually with valve (I got busy doing something else – beauty of the Instant Pot is it will continue to keep the food warm).
  4. Remove lid and stir. Add vegetables of your choice ensuring you stay below the maximum fill line, put lid back on and secure the valve to pressure.
  5. Select manual again, and set time between 5 and 15 minutes, I selected 15-minutes because my family likes really tender vegetables in their stew, adjust to accommodate for you and your family.
  6. Allow to sit after cycle is complete for 10-minutes and release pressure. Serve and enjoy.
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18 Responses to “Beef Stew in Instant Pot”

  1. Mark Novak says:

    A little too much water in this recipe. After it was cooked, some dried shiitake was added to soak up liquid. Very flavorful. This recipe technique probably requires fairly large cubes of beef.


  2. Missy says:

    Why not use the meat/stew setting?? Every single recipe I’ve seen so far for the Instant Pot uses the Manual setting…


  3. Marissa H says:

    Great recipe! Only thing I did differently was used only 1 package of McCormick beef stew seasoning for 2lbs of beef and I went ahead and added all the veggies at the same time and cooked all of it 45 minutes. Turned out great and everything was very tender!


  4. Jeremy N. says:

    I just got my Instant Pot yesterday and have have been so excited to use it! I made the Beef Stew and it turned out great in the end, but I hit one snag… after I cooked the meat and then added the vegetables to cook, when I put the pot in manual mode (after ensuring the valve was closed), the food cooked for 10 mins, but when I went to quick release the pressure, there was no steam released. I checked and the carrots were definitely not cooked yet.
    After two attempts at this, the veggies did eventually cook, but I wonder if there’s something I missed… or if there’s a potential problem with my pressure cooker. Has anybody else had this problem? Also, has anybody else just tried putting everything in the pot and cooking it on [Beef/Stew] setting for 20 mins and calling it a day? The veggies may fall apart a bit more, but I bet it’s still delicious. :)


  5. Rick47 says:

    Watched busyzgirl beef stew recipe and wonder how replacing the water with beef broth might work?


  6. Robin says:

    To Ms. Taylor of Grand Rapids regarding rice:

    Yes, I think I can help you.
    The Instant-pot is much like a rice cooker.


    We like multi-grain rice.
    I experimented with several different water-rice ratios and came up with a 1:1 ratio of rice to water.

    For every cup of multi-grain rice, I place the same amount of water into the pot. I usually make 10 cups of rice at a time. That would be 10 cups of raw rice to which I add 10 cups of water. Then I just hit the ‘MULTI-GRAIN’ rice button.

    These instructions would also be used for brown rice; a 1:1 ratio. However, you would still use the ‘MULTI-GRAIN’ button; because brown rice takes longer to cook than white rice.

    For white rice you would also use a 1:1 ratio, one cup of rice (using the cup that came with your cooker), then adding one cup of water. Then you would simply push the ‘RICE’ button, because white rice does not take as long to cook.

    Hope this helps


    Andrew Reply:

    Use a 1:1 ratio, doesn’t matter what ‘cup’ you use.


    Robin Reply:



  7. Pogonip says:

    Just got my pot today, and am making beef stew in it at the moment. I browned the meat, added a cup of water, then cut up potatoes, carrots, celery and onion and it is now pressure cooking (on low) using the meat/stew button. When it finishes, I will add some sliced mushrooms and bell pepper, and make some gravy. So far, so good, and I’m hoping for the best.


    Mary Walker Reply:

    I have my first beef stew in the IP right now. I didn’t have the McCormick stew seasoning so I used Lipton Onion Soup mix. Wondering how I’m going to thicken the gravy. I can smell it because I sauteed the beef and onions prior to pressure cooking. Anxious to see how it will turn out.


    Janet Reply:

    Mary, looks like we’ll have the same thing for dinner tonight! I’m going to start mine a little closer to our EST dinner time though. I think I’ll add a little flour at the end (in a roue) to thicken the gravy.


  8. Helen says:

    With rice it is the ratio of water to rice that matters not the cup size. Generally 2-1.

    I think you can safely assume that any recipe stating cup means one standard measuring cup and that if you are using the same measuring system for all or even most ingredients whether British or American or Asian it will all work out fine.


  9. Mike says:

    Looks delicious! Have to ask ’cause I just got my instapot and don’t know much about it… Can I add flour or corn starch to thicken the gravy? I like a thick gravy


    Instant Pot Staff Reply:

    Yes, of course you can.


    Andrew Reply:

    I would disagree. Leave adding any flours or other thickeners until finished. You can’t stir the cooking ingredients and flours etc. will tend to settle on the botton and burn, possibly even causing the device to stop with an overheat warning.

    Let things cook in own juices and liquids until done, then add at the end using the low saute or slow cook to keep the heat whilst you stir and thicken.


  10. Debbie L says:

    the 6 oz cup is for measuring raw rice for cooking. It is the standard Asian size rice measure.


    DB Reply:

    Thanks for that – being a Brit using cup measures is a little confusing and having a different size cup to the standard size even more so – now it all makes sense and I will use the little cup for rice.


    Andrew Reply:

    …or use any measure you want, just match with the same volume of water.


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