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How to Cook Beef with a Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot


The Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot is a portable appliance that allows you to cook food in multiple ways. Use it as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan and more. This versatile cooker comes with preset programs designed to prepare a variety of foods to perfection: from beef to soup, and desserts to side dishes.

The Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot is a quicker way to prepare your favorite beef dishes. You can sear, braise, stew, roast or heat your favorite beef cuts in a much shorter amount of time than would be possible on the stove or in the oven.

Popular Cuts to Use with the Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot
Any cuts good for braising, stewing or sautéing are ideal for the Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot. Think pot roasts, stew meat, or even slices typically used in one-pot meals. Cook time is significantly less in a multi-cooker. We recommend cuts from the chuck or round, or any that you would first brown or sauté before combining with other ingredients.


Beef cooked with a Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot, ready to serve

Cooking Beef in a Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot

The Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot uses a pressure-cooking technique, which breaks down tougher cuts of beef more quickly than traditional braising. It is self-contained, so you can sear and cook the beef in the same vessel. The Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot also gives you the option to cook food or keep it warm (similar to a slow cooker). This feature allows you to tend to other tasks while the appliance does the work.


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