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Top down view of a bowl of beef stew, with a spoon and bread on the side.

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, European
Keyword Beef Stew, Instant Pot Beef Stew
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 544kcal
Author Victor


  • 2 lbs beef chuck fat and sinew trimmed off, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour increase to 1/3 cup for a thicker consistency


  • 3 small onions or shallots, quartered
  • 2 red potatoes large, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 carrots medium, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 ribs celery cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic thinly sliced

Liquid ingredients

  • 2 cups beef broth or two cups of water and one beef bouillon cube
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce


  • 1/4 tsp thyme dried, ground; or 1 tsp minced fresh thyme
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg freshly grated; if using pre-ground (very fine), add just a pinch (1/8 tsp)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard optional, add if you like it; you may also use Creole mustard, spicy brown mustard or yellow mustard


  • 1/4 bunch fresh parsley minced


  • Set Instant Pot to sauté, add one tablespoon of butter and two tablespoons of olive oil, and wait until the butter begins to foam.
  • Add half the beef and let sear, undisturbed, until browned, about 2 minutes. Stir and flip the pieces, and sear for another 2 minutes. Remove the first batch from the pot and repeat with the other half of the beef. Set the seared beef aside.
  • Add the remaining butter and olive oil, and all of the vegetables (except the potatoes) to the Instant Pot. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, constantly stirring, until the vegetables soften up.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and saute, constantly stirring, for about 1 minute, until the flour browns a little and acquires a nutty flavor.
  • Add the broth and the Worcestershire sauce and stir really well. Scrape the brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add the seasonings and stir well. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust if needed. Bring the mixture to a boil and keep stirring until the mixture thickens a little, about a minute.
  • Return the beef back to the pot, add the potatoes and give the contents a good stir.
  • Cover the pressure cooker and make sure the pressure valve is sealed. Set for MANUAL, HIGH pressure for 25 minutes cook time.
  • When the pressure cook time is up, let the pressure cooker naturally release for 10-12 minutes. After 10-12 minutes, open the valve completely to quickly release all the remaining pressure.
  • Serve the beef stew right away, garnished with chopped parsley.


Calories: 544kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 730mg | Potassium: 1247mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 5492IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 5mg