Tender Pressure Cooker Pot Roast Recipe | Instant Pot

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Making Pressure Cooker Pot Roast

I fell in love with my Instant Pot because it made making pot roast so quick and easy. Slow cooker roast is great if you have the time.  But if you forget dinner (like busy people sometimes do), if you have Instant Pot, you can easily make a pressure cooker pot roast in an hour and have dinner on the table from one pot.

With a few ingredients on hand, you can flavor your chuck roast into a delicious meal. We’ve shared below the typical (and easy) way we’ve made an instant pot roast for dinner.

Make sure your roast is thawed in order to have a fork tender roast. If it is not thawed, your cooking time will need to be increased, or you will have to cook the pot roast twice.

If you don’t have an instant pot, you can make this same recipe in the slow cooker, cooking on low 6-8 hours.

What Cut of Meat Makes a Roast?

We use beef chuck roast and round roasts when making pot roast for Sunday dinner.  If you use a brisket, you may need to add additional time to cook it.  Brisket would be good if you cut it into small cubes and make stew meat if it’s tough.

Make sure to cut the meat in half and season so that it will cook quicker in the pressure cooker.

use thawed beef roast not frozen roast

Do You Need To Sear The Meat?

Searing the meat gives the roast flavor and also can improve the meats texture.

for the best pot roast, sear roast with olive oil on medium heat

What Kind of Vegetables Go With a Pot Roast?

Typically we use quartered peeled potatoes and carrots.  You could use turnips, brussels sprouts.  Whatever your family likes to serve as a vegetable with your pot roast.

If you have baby carrots, use baby carrots. If you have whole carrots, peel them (or just wash) and cut into 1-2 inch chunks.

Use your favorite potatoes peeled and quartered.

add potatoes and carrots to make a full meal

How Do You Season the Roast?

We use a Tablespoon of dried minced onions and beef broth or beef stock.  You could also substitute a packet of onion soup mix and use onion powder. Add some canned tomatoes to add another level for flavors.

chopped vegetables with minced onions

How Long Do You Cook Your Pot Roast in Instant Pot?

We cooked our 3 pound roast for 45 minutes on high pressure and used quick release.  The roast was thawed. If you have frozen meat, you need to allow it to thaw completely to avoid having to cook the roast again.

In addition, we cut the roast in half and seared on both sides.  This allows the roast to cook quickly.  If you don’t cut it in half, you may find your roast to be tough and need to process it again.

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Pressure Cooked Pot Roast | Instant Pot

Speed up making Sunday dinner. Make the best pressure cooker pot roast. Perfect for those days you want dinner, but not all day in the kitchen.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Regina Sober


  • 1 2-3 pound roast, thawed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onions/packet onion soup
  • 4-5 peeled potatoes, cubed
  • 6-8 peels carrots, chopped
  • 1 can beef broth
  • ground pepper to cover both sides of the roast


  • Turn your Instant Pot on Sauté and add olive oil.
  • Cut the roast in half and place into hot Instant Pot.
  • Add black pepper onto the top of the meat as it sears.
  • Cut and peel your potatoes and carrots.
  • Turn over your pot roast and add pepper to the other side.
  • Add the vegetables into the pot.
  • Pour a can of beef stock into the pot.
  • Add minced onions on top and close the Instant Pot.
  • Set the Instant Pot to cook on high for 45 minutes.
  • Once finished cooking, do a quick release on the Instant Pot.
  • Remove the vegetables and meat and serve.


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Pot Roast Tips:
  • You can use fresh or dried onions (use 1/2 cup of onions if fresh)
  • Instead of onions, you could use an onion soup packet
  • Add 2 bay leaves for additional flavor
  • If your roast is more than 1 1/2 pounds, cut it in half so that it cooks until its tender.  If you don’t, you will have a tough roast.
Speed up making dinner. Make a pressure cooker pot roast. Perfect for those days you want dinner, but not all day in the kitchen.

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