Homemade French Dip Sandwiches are great when you need to feed everyone quickly! Made in the Instant Pot, this recipe boasts tender thin slices of beef layered on a long french roll with melted provolone cheese and is dipped in a savory au jus sauce.
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What Is French Dip?
The French dip sandwich, also known as a dipped beef sandwich, is a hot sandwich traditionally made with thinly sliced roast beef (or sometimes other meats) and melted Swiss cheese on a roll that is dipped into au jus. It is typically served with horseradish or mustard.
Why We Love French Dip Sandwiches
Do you love quick, easy and delicious dinner ideas? I do, too and that’s one of the reasons we love these tender, juicy french dip sandwiches. Here’s why we love these sandwiches so much:
- Tender and juicy meat: Beef sirloin is pressure cooked to perfection resulting in tender, juicy, mouth watering slices of meat that melt in your mouth with every bite.
- Minimal prep work: It only takes about 15-minutes to get everything going and then the Instant Pot does the rest of the work!
- Quick and easy: This meal is perfect for days where you just need a quick and easy dinner idea. Just throw it in the IP, melt the cheese and serve it with your favorite side.
French Dip Sandwich Ingredients
This recipe is made with simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store. Here’s what you need:
- Beef sirloin: Make sure to grab thin-sliced beef sirloin. If you don’t see it in the meat section, ask the butcher.
- Onion: I slice a yellow onion really thin for this recipe.
- Minced garlic: You can mince fresh garlic cloves or you can find already minced garlic in the spice aisle.
- Worcestershire sauce: This helps to tenderize your meat. It also adds a caramelized flavor.
- French onion soup: Although there are french onion soup packets, you are looking for a can of soup found with the canned goods.
- Beef broth: You will need 1 can of beef broth. If you don’t have any, you can easily make it with water and bullion cubes.
- Olive oil: You can use butter, vegetable oil, or canola oil if you prefer to sear your beef.
- Cheese: I use provolone cheese. Mozzarella, cheddar, or pepper jack are fine substitutes.
- French bread: I just use split top rolls, but you can use french bread as well.
- Seasonings: You will also need salt and pepper for seasonings.
How to Make Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches
These Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches are the perfect weekday meal! They are super easy to make and absolutely delicious!
Step 1: Sauté the beef
First, hit the sauté or sear button on your Instant Pot. Then, add the oil, beef, sliced onion, and minced garlic. Sauté the beef until it’s fully cooked.
Step 2: Add Everything to the Instant Pot
Once the meat is done, hit cancel to turn the sauté off. Then, add your broth, Worcestershire sauce, french onion soup, salt and pepper to the instant pot.
Step 3: Pressure Cook
Next, close the lid, put the pressure valve into the sealing position, and hit the manual or pressure cook button. Set the time for 3-minutes.
Step 4: Manually release
Turn your pressure valve to the venting position to manually release the pressure. Then, strain the juice into a bowl.
Step 5: Assemble the Sandwich
Place equal amounts of meat and onion on each split roll. Then, top each sandwich with a half slice of provolone cheese (or more if you want it cheesy).
Step 6: Melt the Cheese
Finally, place your sandwiches on a cookie sheet under the broiler for 2-minutes to melt the cheese and crisp the bread.
Serve your sandwiches with the drained broth as a dipping sauce. Enjoy!
What is Au Jus Sauce?
Au jus sauce is a French term that literally means “with juice.” It is referring to the broth or gravy that was made from the fluids secreted by the mat as it was cooked. In this recipe, your au jus sauce is what you drained off the meat and put in a bowl.
How to Store Leftovers
If you won’t be eating all 8 of the sandwiches, only assemble the sandwiches you will be eating. Then, store the leftover meat and onions with the au jus sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Leftovers will be good in the fridge for up to 5 days.
What to Serve with French Dip Sandwiches
These sandwiches can go with a variety of different sides including chips, fries, and tater tots. Here are a few of my favorite sides:
- Instant Pot Potato Salad
- Garlic and Herb Glazed Carrots
- Weight Watcher’s Macaroni Salad
- Instant Pot Beef Tips
- Tasty Broccoli Salad
- Instant Pot Huli Huli Chicken
- The Best Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 lb. of sliced sirloin beef
- 1/2 onion sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 10oz can of French onion soup
- 1 14oz can of beef broth
- 1 teaspoon of pepper
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 4 slices of provolone
- 8 split top rolls
- Set the instant pot to sauté and add the oil, beef, sliced onion and garlic. Sauté until beef is fully cooked.
- Add broth, Worcestershire, soup, salt and pepper and pressure cook on high for 3 minutes.
- Manually release pressure and strain the juice into a bowl.
- Once meat and onion are strained, place in a roll, top with a half slice of provolone and set sandwiches under a broiler for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Serve sandwiches with drained broth as a dipping sauce.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 854mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 24g
Other Beef Recipes to Try
Looking for more? Try some of our other deliciously beefy recipes, below!
- Tender Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs Recipe With Potatoes
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About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!