Instant Pot Pot Roast – A Comforting Classic

Preparation Time: 5 minutesCooking Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

No slaving over a hot stove with this pot roast. Simply put all the ingredients together in the Instant Pot/pressure cooker and then in about an hour you have a home-cooked, tender, juicy, pot roast with potatoes and carrots.

Instant Pot Pot Roast

Instant Pot Pot Roast

The pot roast is an American classic meal – am I right? However, if you’re like me, it’s SO easy to screw up a good pot roast. And then walked in my Instant Pot. Now, I refuse to cook a roast in the oven. 

Instant Pot pot roast (or pressure cooker pot roast) is so easy that it’s almost impossible to screw up. 

Much like the pot roast grandma used to make, this Instant Pot pot roast comes out so tender and easy to shred. Except with this recipe, you don’t need to spend all day slaving away with the hot oven. 

What Kind of Pressure Cooker Should I Use?

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I get this question all the time. You can really use any kind of electric pressure cooker with this recipe, and I promise you will have one tender and juicy roast beef. 

My go-to is my Instant Pot Duo, but you can check out my pressure cooker reviews and guides if you want to do more research. 

How to Make Instant Pot Pot Roast

It’s very important that you season your meat generously before throwing it into the Instant Pot or pressure cooker. In fact, get every nook and cranny. 

Before we let the pressure cooker do its magic, you want to add oil to your pot and sear your meat by using the sauté setting on your Instant Pot.

When your roast is browned, transfer it to a plate. Now, sauté your onions. Then stir in your tomato paste and garlic and give it a stir. Add in the red wine to deglaze your pot. 

Give your pot a good scrape to get the brown bits from the bottom. Next, add in your potatoes, and carrots. Cover your ingredients with beef broth beef stock, Worcestershire, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves.

Now, add in the beef and cover your pot with the lid, set to sealing position. Put your pressure on high and set the timer for 45 minutes. Do a full natural release of 15 minutes and release your pressure.

Add carrots in and select the pressure to high, and set the time for 10 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure.

Then, it’s time to open your lid and remove your meat, potatoes,  rosemary, rosemary, thyme, and bay leaves. 

Mix your cornstarch slurry in a separate small bowl. 

With your liquid in the Instant Pot, hit the sauté setting again, let it come to a boil, and stir in your cornstarch slurry. Once the sauce has thickened, you will have gravy to serve over your meal. 

If you prefer to shred your pot roast, then shred away. 

Serve your pot roast with the potatoes and carrots and your gravy on or on the side. Don’t forget your glass of cab as well! Enjoy!

How Long Should I Cook A Roast in the Instant Pot?

Time to cook your pot roast in the Instant Pot or other brand of a pressure cooker will depend on a couple of variants. If your meat is thawed, you will need to cook your meat the 45 minutes plus 15 minutes natural release on the instructions. 

However, a frozen pot roast then would be difficult to brown first, so you might not be able to season it the same way. If you must cook your pot roast from frozen (which I don’t recommend), then add about 20-30 minutes to your cooking time.

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