Instant Pot Beef Stew

May 14, 2017 by

Instant Pot Beef Stew – Hearty beef stew made in a fraction of the time of the stove-top method.


Instant Pot Beef Stew



If you are looking for a traditional method type beef stew because you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, try out one of these recipes: Beef & Barley Stew , Classic Beef Stew, Slow Cooker Beef Stew.


So, it’s weird to post a recipe for beef stew in mid May isn’t it?

I know.

It’s been unseasonably cold and rainy here in MA this spring.  It’s like, we get one good day and then 5 bad days.  It’s certainly not going to help my garden, that’s for sure.  Sigh.

Anyway, with all this chilly weather, I’ve been craving soup.  I was shopping at Target for some puppy supplies (yes, we got a puppy) and I wandered over to the fresh meat section to find something for dinner.  The only thing that really looked good to me was the stew meat.  Perfect.  Stew is soup.  Perfect to take the chill out of my bones.


Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew


 Oh, hey, take a sec to check out my new pup.  Introducing Stella!  I’ve never had a dog before so please leave me any tips or info you can give me in the comments.

Stella My New Puppy


Okay, enough of the cuteness, back to the food.

I hadn’t yet tried out beef stew in the Instant Pot so I was excited to get going.  Just look how easy it is.  This is seriously the easiest and quickest stew I’ve made to date!






5 from 2 votes
Instant Pot Beef Stew
Instant Pot Beef Stew

Beef stew ready in half the time by preparing in the Instant Pot.

  • 2 T butter , divided
  • 1 lb stew meat , cubed
  • 2 T flour , all purpose
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 C diced onions (sweet onions)
  • 2 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 1/2 C red wine
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 C chopped carrot
  • 1 stalk celery , chopped
  • 3 C diced/cubed potatoes
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 14 oz can corn, drained OPTIONAL
  1. In a bowl, stir together the flour, salt & pepper. Place cubed beef in container and toss to coat.
  2. Set Instant Pot to Saute. Place 1 T butter in pot and when melted and foamy add half of the beef cubes. Allow beef to brown, then turn over and brown other side. This should take just a few minutes on each side. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, remove beef cubes and set aside in a bowl/on a plate. Melt remaining butter in Instant Pot and repeat process with the remainder of the beef. Again, remove the browned beef and set aside.
  3. Add onions to Instant Pot and stir. Cook just 2-3 minutes and then add garlic. Stir. Cook 30 seconds. Deglaze the pot with wine (if not using wine, use broth), being sure to scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pot. Stir in worcestershire sauce, thyme, carrot, celery and potatoes. Add the beef on top. Pour in the broth.
  4. Cover the Instant Pot and set vent to "sealing". Use the "stew/meat" function, with the timer set to 35 minutes.
  5. When the timer goes off at 35 minutes, allow Instant Pot to naturally release the pressure.
  6. Once pressure is released, carefully remove the cover and stir.  If desired, stir in corn.
  7. If a thicker stew is desired, combine 2 T cornstarch with just enough cold water to make it smooth. Pour it into the stew and set back to saute. Continue to cook and stir occasionally until stew has thickened.


Instant Pot Beef Stew Variations:

  • Stir in 2 T tomato paste with the red wine
  • For a finishing touch, stir in 1 T butter to stew just before serving
  • Serve with crusty bread for dipping
  • Omit the potatoes and serve over prepared mashed potatoes


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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe looks great thank you! I saw your puppy from last year. I’m a trainer and nutritionist for dogs. Balanced training. Come is the #1 to train. Also resting comfortably in a kennel or on a place command for when answering a door or having to travel. And please research a home-cooked or raw diet. is a great source. We have a private Facebook group too. Best of luck!

  2. Michelle

    5 stars
    This is the first recipe I ever made in my Instant Pot. I love Beef Stew and wanted to give your recipe a shot. I have an 8 quart IP, and went and added a container of sliced mushrooms, an extra carrot and I included 2 lbs of beef. I added a bit more broth, in order to compensate for all of the additional vegetables. This stew tastes amazing. It is rich, flavorful and will satisfy my late autumn cravings.

    Thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely try your other recipes.

    • Welcome to the world of instant pot cooking! So glad you shared your experience w/ my recipe and your adjustments! If you see the side bar cloud of tags, you can click on “instant pot” and it should bring up all my IP recipes. If you like taco flavors, I would recommend the taco pasta, it’s my most popular recipe! Please let me know your review of others if you try 🙂

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