Rich & Hearty Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

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Looking for a beef stew that is hearty as well as delicious? This is The Best Pressure Cooker Beef Stew Recipe I have ever tried. It takes a little work to get the ingredients ready but it is well worth the preparation. For more winter soup recipes see my Soups page.

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Have you tried using an Instant Pot for cooking yet? We bought a Pressure Cooker last year and it now has a permanent space on the counter. You can make so many dishes in minutes. I will say there is a learning curve when it comes to using one of these gadgets and my husband has mastered many a dish with ours.

Our Pressure Cooker Spicey Beer Chili Recipe is a great one to try next.

Best Pressure Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

He found this Pressure Cooker Beef Stew Recipe on the Serious Eats website, you can their full recommendations there. When my husband Chris made this the first time, I swooned at how the flavors were so hearty and rich. There are a ton of ingredients and a lot of prep but I promise you will not be disappointed.

We did some tweaking to simplify this complicated recipe so it would be easier to replicate. We managed to get the potato, carrot, and beef chunk consistency just to our liking. This beef stew recipe has become a family favorite comfort food dish. Here’s what we did!

MAKE AHEAD: Place single servings in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. 
FREEZER: Place in an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in a microwave or in the refrigerator overnight. Bake on 350 for 25 minutes or microwave for 5 minutes on high until done.

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Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

Rich and hearty beef stew made in about an hour and a half in an InstaPot. 
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 734 kcal


  • 3 lb beef chuck stew meat buy already cut in chunks or a beef chuck roast, cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 10 oz portobello mushrooms sliced
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken stock we use Better Than Bullion and make our own
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce we use low sodium
  • 1 tbsp Asian fish sauce
  • 6 oz frozen peas thawed
  • 1 ½ – 2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 6 medium size carrots 2 whole and 4 cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 oz frozen pearl onions thawed
  • 1 large size sweet onion peeled, sliced in half
  • 2 small sized celery ribs with leaves
  • 4 packets unflavored gelatin 1 oz
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tbls flour
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Combine chicken stock, gelatin, tomato paste, soy sauce, fish sauce, and Worcestershire sauce in a blender. Blend on high speed until combined. Set aside. 
  • In the pressure cooker, heat oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Season beef chunks with salt and pepper and add to pressure cooker. Cook, turning occasionally until beef is well browned on 2 sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer beef to a large plate and set aside.
  • Add mushrooms to pressure cooker and cook, stirring, until liquid is released and mushrooms begin to brown, about 6 minutes. Lower heat as necessary to prevent scorching. Add chopped carrots and pearl onions and cook, stirring, until well browned on all sides. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • Add halved yellow onion to pressure cooker, cut side down. Add 2 whole carrots, celery ribs, and garlic. Cook, turning carrots, celery, and garlic occasionally until all vegetables are well browned, about 4 minutes.
  • Add wine, scrape up browned bits with a spoon, and cook until reduced by three-quarters, about 3 minutes. Add reserved stock mixture from step one.
  • Toss cut seared steaks with flour. Add bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Stir to combine, seal pressure cooker, and bring to high pressure. Cook for 30 minutes, then rapidly release pressure and open cooker.
  • Remove whole carrots, celery, thyme, bay leaves, and onion. Add potatoes and reserved sautéed mushrooms, pearl onions, and carrots to stew, reseal cooker, bring to high pressure, and cook 15 minutes longer. Rapidly release pressure.
  • Stir in peas. Season to taste with salt and pepper if necessary. Serve with cornbread muffins.


Recipe adapted from the Serious Eats Website. 


Serving: 1cupCalories: 734kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 64gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 749mgPotassium: 2761mgSugar: 14gCalcium: 150mgIron: 9mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by a nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. Values may vary depending on the brand of foods used.

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