Best Ever Instant Pot Pot Roast [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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4.97 from 26 reviews

Best Instant Pot Pot Roast that is so tender it melts in your mouth, with perfect veggies that are not mushy at all. Served with thick and flavorful gravy.

Instant Pot recipes are such a time saver, you can save so much time, making your favorite recipes in just a fraction of the time. We love hearty dinners, like this Mississippi Pot Roast, and now we are finally sharing with you our go-to Instant Pot Pot Roast recipe with perfectly cooked veggies.

If you don’t have a Pressure Cooker, this Slow Cooker Yankee Pot Roast, and this delicious Slow Cooker Red Wine Pot Roast. Both are great choices and you will love them.

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Easy Instant Pot Pot Roast

I am very excited to share with you my recipe for the most amazing Instant Pot Pot Roast you will ever have. While I am a huge fan of pot roast, I am NOT a fan of mushy veggies. If you have tried a few recipes in your pressure cooker, you know that it cooks everything in a fraction of the time. If you add the veggies with the beef, as most recipes ask you to, you will end up with very mushy veggies.

With my recipe, you first cook the beef to tender perfection, after which you cook the veggies for a few minutes. After the veggies are cooked, you quickly thicken the gravy and you are done. This dish is absolutely amazing and it’s great as a hearty family meal or served for a special holiday dinner. The flavors are out of this world, the beef is tender, the gravy is so good, and the veggies are just perfect. You will be lucky if you have any leftovers.

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RECIPE TIPS:

  • Use quality meat, preferably use organic beef, as the meat tends to be extra tender, which is perfect for this recipe.
  • Also, look for fresh meat that has a bright color, and lots of marbling. The marbling is essential to get great flavor and tenderness.
  • Cut the chunk into two pieces if needed, to fit your pressure cooker, and also to be able to brown it. If needed, brown it in batches.
  • Browning the beef is essential as it will lock the flavor and the beef juices.
  • In addition, use fresh garlic, it will give a better flavor compared to canned garlic.
  • Use low sodium beef broth, you don’t want to end up with a salty roast.
  • Cooking the veggies separately is essential to get perfect veggies that are not mushy.
  • Using cornstarch to thicken the gravy is another important step and it’s easier than using flour.
  • Replace the wine with beef broth, if you prefer to not use alcohol.
  • Instant Pot – I have the 6 quarts one. It makes weeknight meals so much easier.

CAN YOU COOK A ROAST IN A PRESSURE COOKER?

Absolutely! This is probably one of the best ways to cook it, as you will end up with a juicy and tender roast. Also, it is convenient and super easy to prepare. Just season the meat, cover with beef broth and set your pressure cooker. When it’s done, you will end up with the most flavorful and easy to shred meat. It is guaranteed to be the BEST roast.

WHY BROWNING THE BEEF IS IMPORTANT?

Browning will lock in all the fantastic flavors and will give the beef that delicious, caramelized top on the outside, which reveals a juicy and tender inside. Also, I highly recommend that you cut the chuck roast in half, so it fits in the pressure cooker, and make sure you brown it well for a few minutes on each side without moving the beef.

While you can dump and cook all the ingredients, taking the extra few minutes to brown the beef, will make a huge difference in taste and texture.

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HOW LONG DO YOU COOK A ROAST IN AN INSTANT POT?

  • The cooking time will vary based on meat size, and whether it is thawed or frozen.
  • For fresh or thawed 4-5 pound roast, the cooking time will be about 75-85 minutes on HIGH. For the same sized frozen roast, you’ll have to add about 20-30 minutes to the cooking time.

CAN I MAKE THIS POT ROAST IN THE SLOW COOKER?

Yes, you can. First, brown the beef and add it to the slow cooker. Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker. Then, cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for about 5 hours.

Check on the beef roast to be tender. Cook for additional time if needed. You can find my other popular slow cooker beef roast here: Slow Cooker Pot Roast and also this incredibly delicious Slow Cooker Yankee Pot Roast.

WHAT ARE GOOD INSTANT POT SIDE DISHES?

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HOW TO REFRIGERATE THE INSTANT POT POT ROAST

First, make sure the dish is completely cooled. Then, store the shredded roast in a large airtight container in the fridge. Make sure that the gravy liquid covers at least partially the shredded beef, so it won’t dry out. Store for up to 3-4 days.

WHAT IS A 15 MINUTES NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, click on Keep Warm, and wait 10 minutes. After which you open the valve, and let any leftover pressure to release. Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker and wait 15 minutes.

After that, open the valve and release the remaining pressure. A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta or steel cut oats. This method prevents any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve.

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How to avoid mushy veggies in Pressure Cooker Pot Roast?

As much as I love a good pot roast, make on the stove, slow cooker or instant pot, I can’t stand the mushy veggies.

I feel like in the slow cooker if you add all the ingredients at the same time, you still have more control over the texture of the veggies that you add.

However, when you pressure cooker the meat, it’s harder. If you add all the veggies at the same time, it is almost guaranteed that they will end up very mushy. It only takes minutes to cook them in the Instant Pot, while for the meat you need a much longer period of time, especially for a tender pot roast.

I prefer to take the extra step, and first cook the beef, after which I remove it to a plate, sieve the gravy and only after that add the veggies and cook them for just a few minutes. While this step will take you 20-30 minutes, for the IP to come to pressure, cook and Natural Pressure Release, it is definitely worth it.

Using this method, your beef and veggies will be cooked to perfection with a delicious gravy as well.

 

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4.97 from 26 reviews
Homemade Instant Pot Pot Roast
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 people
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 2 hours Total time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Ingredients

For the Beef:

For the Veggies:

Cornstarch Slurry:

Instructions

Brown the Beef:

Cooking the Pot Roast:

Veggies:

Make Gravy:

Serve:

Calories: 425 Carbohydrates: 17 Protein: 43 Fat: 32 Saturated Fat: 17 Cholesterol: 126 Sodium: 640 Potassium: 1140 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 3 Vitamin A: 4255 Vitamin C: 8.2 Calcium: 76 Iron: 6.1
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Tomi C

You had me at NO MUSHY VEGGIES. I always end up with mushy veggies when I cook a roast. I'll have to try this recipe as I love cooking in my Instant Pot

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Yes, I dislike those too! You will love the recipe!

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Tamara

A roast is my favorite thing to make in the IP. It's just so easy!! Your gravy looks so good.

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The gravy was perfect!

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Candy

I was just given one of these things. Haven’t used it yet. Might give your pot roast a go 

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OMG start using it, you will love it!

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Melissa Chapman

That meat looked so moist and tender and the instant pot is a great way to cook it. I will keep this recipe for all the meat lovers in my family.

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The meat is amazing!

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GiGi Eats

I have never tried an INSTA-POT. I just have 4 air fryers LOL! So I really have no space for one! LOL! BUT THIS LOOK BOMB!

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wow I need to get an air fryer too!

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Amber Myers

Yum, I just love pot roast. I've never made it in the Instant Pot before. I should! Normally I just use the crock pot.

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The Instant Pot cooks it so much quicker!

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Tasheena

This recipe looks like the prefect comfort food for the cold weather we're having. Looking forward to making this recipe for my family. 

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Its a family favorite around here!

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Kathy

Wow, that looks amazing! I'm saving this recipe for later. I love pot roast, but I've never had it in the instant pot before. I can't wait to try it out.

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Pam

This looks so good. I have been craving a good pot roast lately.

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Heather

This is very similar to my Nana's pot roast. The only difference is, she takes the juice and some of the carrots and blends them to make a gravy.

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Heather

That dish looks so hearty and delicious! I've just realized I hate pork roasts. It's too gamy and chewy and dry for me. But a nice beef pot roast is delicious and the meat just falls apart. This looks devine!

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Destany

I don't have an IP, but I have friends who love theirs! I will definitely have to share this with them - I bet they will love it!

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Denay DeGuzman

Wow! What a delicious-looking pot roast. Just looking at your gorgeous images I can almost smell the tasty goodness. This recipe deserves five stars!

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Ricci

Is it bad that I have an Instant Pot but have never used it?? I need to try this roast recipe ASAP!!

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Gervin Khan

Wow and another wow for this recipe. It looks so delicious and I can honestly tell you that upon seeing this it makes me feel so hungry! I wanna try this!

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Louisa

Oh yum! This pot roast recipe makes my mouth water. I'm looking forward to finally getting an instant pot this year. Can't wait!

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Terri Steffes

I have been wanting a good pot roast in forever. What a great way to put the instapot to work this fall!

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Swathi

This pot roast looks not only delicious but also juicy . I like instant pot help to make delicious dishes without my efforts.

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Cherri Megasko

Oh my gosh! I have been toying with the idea of getting an InstaPot for a long time now, but that picture of your pot roast just pushed me off the fence. This looks fantastic!

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Ashley_n

Instant pot newbie here! ? I just wanted to let you know that this recipe was the one we chose for our instant pot maiden voyage, and we were not disappointed! It was absolutely delicious! Fall apart meat and tender vegetables! This is definitely going to be a staple at our house ?? Thanks for sharing! 

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V

I can make a roast in the oven in less time. I am new to the insta pot, so wondering the advantage on this? I thought it was to make things faster..?

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How do you make it so tender in less time in the oven, I am truly intrigued?

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Katie

If I am using a smaller chuck roast for only two people... like 2-2.5lbs could I just half the recipe? Would I need to make any alterations to the cooking time for the roast? It looks so delicious!

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I would do 60 minutes, once done check if its tender and if needed cook more.

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Steven Schwartz

For cooking a roast in the instant pot will a meat thermometer survive the pressure cooking cycle. Thanks !!

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oh I would NOT do that!!!!

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Katie Fay

I made this recipe tonight for dinner and it came out FANTASTIC! I couldn't believe that after all of these years slow cooking for 8 hours I could Instant Pot cook Pot Roast to have it ready in an hour and a half! I did everything that this recipe called for, but decided to throw all of my veggies (carrots, whole red + yellow baby potatoes, and onions) in together. They came out perfect - probably because I threw them on top and around the roast! I did also put a cup of red wine in as well which helped enhance the flavor. All in all - AMAZING recipe!! I will definitely be doing this again and may say goodbye to my slow cooker for an easier and quicker delicious roast recipe! Thank you!

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Gretchen Fiocca

I'm an InstantPot newbie, going to make this tomorrow night. Should I use the rack?

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you don't need the rack :)

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Gretchen Fiocca

Thank you!

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Andrina Hlavsa

Awesome Recipe Thank you Turned out Devine!! TWICE!! ?

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Instamom80

I used my instant pot today for the first time and made you roast. It is so yummy and juicy! I think that will become a family favorite. Love it!

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Hi and thank you visiting! Yes, this is one delicious dish, and making it in the pressure cooker is surely amazing! Glad you have enjoyed it. We have plenty more IP recipes if you want to take a look and give them a try.

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Theresa B

Made to take to my father-in-law. He LOVED it!! The meat was tender, the veggies were delicious, and even though I was hesitant to use mushrooms, they added a wonderful flavor. This recipe is a keeper!

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Kelly

Family loved this recipe.

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Cameron

I just made this ,it was great. In sautéing the meat, the oil was splattering all over the place, was I doing something wrong or is there some kind of splattering lid I can put over the top to prevent oil spatter but still be able to vent?

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Jenna Martinez

What if I have a 2 lb roast, how long should I cook it for? I am notorious for overcooking meat and really want this to turn out well!

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35-40 minutes should be enough time.

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Shannon Owen

I just made this recipe! It was delicious! The gravy was really good. I agree about mushy veggies! I cooked the veggies for 15 minutes and even that was too long. I would salt and pepper the meat before searing. Thank you for a "keeper"!

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Jill

Hands down the BEST pot roast I've EVER made. This will be a regular recipe for us!

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Cindi

Made this for dinner and it was a hit!! Great directions. Thank you!!

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Glad you loved it Cindi. Thanks for your feedback!

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El taylor

I made this last night and it turned out really well! The only changes I made or would suggest are: A) don’t use a roast that has a lot of fat. I did this by accident (the fat was on the inside - yuck), and it made everything greasier than I wanted. B) I cut the potatoes and celery and carrots into 1 1/2” pieces and 4 minutes cooking with quick release made them mush! Next time if the pot and liquid is hot I will only cook for 2 minutes with quick release.

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Ann

Thank you! Made this for our Christmas Eve dinner. Turned out AMAZING! The extra step of cooking the potatoes and carrots separately is worth it and really is not a big deal as far as time goes, but it is a big deal in terms of taste and non mushy veggies!! Yay! So glad I found this recipe. Thank you for sharing!!! Anxious to try more of your recipes.

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Thank you Ann for your review. Happy you love it. Please try our other recipes. Also, we have a ton of pressure cooker recipes you can pick from. Thanks!

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Andy

How much cook time for a 3.5 pound roast?

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For about 70 minutes.

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Bradley Niblett

Beef was super tender however was a little dry as it was 4” thick, so I put it on for 100 mins which was too long and dried out the meat a little. Gravy made up for it. I think starting on 75 mins would have been perfect. Best beef roast I’ve done so far just those minor tweaks.

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Jeannie hellinger

Best roast I have ever made love this recipe my go to from now on thanks

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Glad you loved it Jeannie!

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AnnMarie Norton

I NEVER leave reviews for recipes, but for this one, I had to. It is the absolute best Instant Pot pot roast recipe I have found. The flavor is incredible, the cook time is perfect (no mushy veggies guaranteed), and don't even get me started on the gravy! This will forever be my go-to roast recipe!

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Thank you! Appreciate your review, and happy you loved this recipe!

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Nancy Vang

Delish! Was so suprised at how it turned out. The gravy made the beef a star!

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Mandy Warrender

I have made this several times and it always turns out perfect! I keep buying bigger and bigger roasts in hopes of having left overs to use in a beef pot pie but we NEVER have any. My family begs me to make this often

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Hi Mandy! That is funny) Happy you love this recipe!

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Laurie Norris

This is a DELICIOUS recipe! Definitely worth the trouble/time to sear the meat 5 minutes on EACH side. I’ve made it twice and the first time I didn’t follow that very diligently. The second time. Oh my gosh; SO tender, moist & delicious! Thanks for the post!

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Glad you loved it Laurie! Thanks for the review!

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Barbara

Thank you for such a well write and very tasty recipe. We shall eat well tonight. I agree with others that cooking the veggies separately from the roast is the way to go.

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Jenna

I’ve made this twice. Perfect both times. Thank you.

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I am so happy! Thank you for the feedback!

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Sophia

I would like to substitute the potatoes with sweet potatoes, would the time be the same?

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hi, yes, the same time.

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Vanessa

Made this tonight in my 8 qt Instant Pot. Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out fantastic! My 1st Pot Roast in the IP. Will not make a pot roast any other way!

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