Super Comforting Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew

Even if you are new to Pressure Cooking, this Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew is the best recipe to make in your Instapot. Comforting and delicious, it’s a simple weeknight meal your family will love.

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Beef Stew is one of the many reasons I LOVE my Instant Pot.

Before the Instant Pot, Beef Stew meant planning. You’d have to prep everything the night before, stick it in your refrigerator, and then have to remember to get it out and start the crockpot before you left for work the next morning.

With the Instant Pot, if you decide on a whim that you’re in the mood for comfort food and whip up a batch of this Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew.

close up of beef, carrots, and potatoes cooked in an instant pot

What You’ll Need to Make Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1  onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 carrots cut into 1-inch pieces (or two cups baby carrots)
  • 4 medium-sized potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How to Make Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew

close up of easy instant pot beef stew with a basil leaf on top

Step One – Prepping the Beef Stew

Begin by turning on the saute mode on your Instant Pot and heating one tbsp of olive oil.

When the pot is hot, add half the beef stew meat, add a dash of salt and pepper, and let it brown for a few minutes (until it releases easily from the pan).  Flip the meat and allow it to brown on the other side. 

Once all sides are browned, remove the beef to a holding bowl or plate.

Add the other tablespoon of oil and repeat the process with the second half of the beef stew meat.

Next, add the chopped onion to the Instant Pot and saute for 2-3 minutes, until it begins to soften. Next, add the minced garlic to the pot, press cancel to turn off the heat, and stir the onions and garlic together.

Step Two – Let’s Get Cooking

bowl of instant pot beef stew on a plaid table runner

Next, pour in  1 cup of beef broth,  scraping any browned bits that are stuck to the pot.  Once you’ve removed as much of the browned bits as possible, pour in the remaining 2 cups of broth.

Add the Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, and bay leaf to the Instant Pot and stir to combine.

Next, add the beef stew meat back into the Instant Pot.  Place the carrots and potatoes on top of the beef.

Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position.

Press the Manual/Pressure Cook button and set the cook time to 35 minutes. (The Instant Pot will take 10-15 minutes to reach pressure before the cook time will appear and start counting down.)

While the Beef Stew is cooking, mix together the cornstarch and water in a small mason jar.  Make sure the jar is closed tightly and give it a good shake to fully combine the cornstarch and water.  (If you do not have a small jar, you can mix them together in a bowl, but the jar method produces a much smoother mixture.)

When the Beef Stew is done cooking, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes has passed, you can carefully quick-release any of the remaining steam.

Finally, remove the bay leaf and stir in your cornstarch mixture. Turn the saute mode back on and allow the stew to simmer, carefully stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.

Serve with a side of crusty french bread and you’ve got a meal that is PERFECT for a cozy night in.

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Comforting & Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew

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If you are new to Pressure Cooking, this Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew is the best recipe to make in your Instapot. Comforting and delicious, it’s a simple weeknight meal your family will love.
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:55 mins
Total Time:1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 carrots cut into 1-inch pieces or two cups baby carrots
  • 4 medium sized potatoes cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  • Begin by turning on the saute mode on your Instant Pot and heating one tbsp of  olive oil.
  • When the pot is hot, add half the beef stew meat, add a dash of salt and pepper, and let it brown for a few minutes (until it releases easily from the pan).  Flip the meat and allow it to brown on the other side. 
  • Once all sides are browned, remove the beef to a holding bowl or plate.
  • Add the other tablespoon of oil and repeat the process with the second half of the beef stew meat.
  • Next, add the chopped onion to the Instant Pot and saute for 2-3 minutes, until it begins to soften. Next, add the minced garlic to the pot, press cancel to turn off the heat, and stir the onions and garlic together.
  • Next, pour in  1 cup of beef broth,  scraping any browned bits that are stuck to the pot.  Once you’ve removed as much of the browned bits as possible, pour in the remaining 2 cups of broth.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, and bay leaf  to the Instant Pot and stir to combine.
  • Next, add the beef stew meat back into the Instant Pot.  Place the carrots and potatoes on top of the beef.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position.
  • Press the Manual/Pressure Cook button and set the cook time to 35 minutes. (The Instant Pot will take 10-15 minutes to reach pressure before the cook time will appear and start counting down.)
  • While the Beef Stew is cooking, mix together the cornstarch and water in a small mason jar.  Make sure the jar is closed tightly and give it a good shake to fully combine the cornstarch and water.  (If you do not have a small jar, you can mix them together in a bowl, but the jar method produces a much smoother mixture.)
  • When the Beef Stew is done cooking, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes has passed, you can carefully quick release any of the remaining steam.
  • Finally, remove the bay leaf and stir in your cornstarch mixture. Turn the saute mode back on and allow the stew to simmer, carefully stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened.
Course: Beef
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Snug & Cozy Life

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