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Instant Pot Pot Roast Recipe (Chuck Roast)

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We love a good flavorful pot roast recipe at my home. Last year I decided to cook an Instant Pot Pot Roast for my husband’s birthday and he loved it! This fantastic pressure cooker beef roast dish creates a tender, delicious roast that I guarantee the whole family will love. You can cook pot roast with ease with this simple and easy recipe. It’s perfect for Sunday dinner.


Why You’ll Love This Instant Pot Chuck Roast

This is one succulent and gorgeous Instant Pot Beef Roast that all the family can enjoy. Together with a selection of veggies, this is one meal you can recreate over and over again.

Pressure cooker Chuck Roast is a sure way of having your whole meal ready at the same time. You don’t have to wait on other parts of your meal to be cooked in separate pans. That’s the beautiful part of having an Instant Pot.


Ingredients for Instant Pot Chuck Roast

Here are the ingredients needed for your Instant Pot pressure cooker pot roast recipe:

  • Boneless Beef Chuck Roast: Provides a tender and flavorful cut of meat that becomes melt-in-your-mouth delicious when cooked in the Instant Pot, making it the star of this hearty recipe.
  • Olive Oil: Serves as the base for browning the roast, adding a rich and savory flavor to the meat while helping to seal in its natural juices.
  • Salt and Pepper, to Taste: Enhances the overall flavor profile of the pot roast, bringing out the natural taste of the meat and other ingredients.
  • Onion Soup Mix: Adds a savory and aromatic blend of flavors to the pot roast, creating a rich and comforting broth.
  • Red Wine Vinegar: Adds a tangy and slightly acidic element to balance the richness of the meat, enhancing the overall depth of flavors.
  • Water or Beef Broth: Provides the liquid base for cooking the pot roast, infusing it with moisture and creating a delicious and flavorful sauce.
  • Baby Potatoes, Scrubbed: Cook alongside the roast, absorbing the savory flavors of the meat and broth, resulting in tender and flavorful potatoes.
  • Medium Carrots, Peeled and Cut into Large Pieces: Adds natural sweetness and vibrant color to the dish, complementing the richness of the pot roast.
  • Onion, Peeled and Cut into Wedges: Enhances the savory taste of the dish, contributing a distinct flavor and texture that melds beautifully with the other ingredients.

Notes: If gravy is desired, add ¼ cup water and 2 tablespoons cornstarch to the ingredients list.

Instant Pot Chuck Roast

How to Cook Chuck Roast in Instant Pot?

The cooking times for Instant Pot roast beef depends on the thickness of your meat, however, the usual pressure cooking time for a Pot Roast is between 50 to 70 minutes on High Pressure.

Once the cooking process has completed, you need to let the Instant Pot (NPR) Natural Pressure Release for 10 minutes, so the meat does not go hard. Then (QR) Quick Release the remaining pressure for a tender pot roast dinner.

Instant Pot Pot Roast Instructions

Here are the step-by-step instructions for pressure cooker pot roast:

Step One: Season Roast Beef

Generously season all sides of the roast with salt and pepper.

Step Two: Sauté and Sear

Set the pressure cooker to “sauté.” When hot, add oil. Place the roast in the oil and sear each side of the roast for 3-6 minutes.

Step Three: Deglaze Instant Pot

Pour water or low-sodium beef broth into an Instant Pot and scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to remove the stuck-on pieces.


Step Four: Add Remaining Ingredients to Pot Roast

Place all other ingredients in an electric pressure cooker around the roast.

Step Five: Pressure Cook Instant Pot Pot Roast

Cover with the Instant Pot lid and set the valve to sealing. Cook on “pressure cook” or “manual” for 50 to 75 minutes (using the maximum time for a larger roast if you want it to fall apart and less time if you want it to remain intact when cut.)

Step Six: Release Steam From Instant Pot

Pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before a quick release.


Step Seven: Serve Instant Pot Pot Roast

Remove the tender roast, potatoes and carrots and serve.


What to Serve With Pot Roast Besides Potatoes

Pressure cooker roast is a delicious and comforting meal that pairs well with mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, or a salad. However, if you’re not a fan of potatoes you could also serve your pot roast over noodles or rice for a complete hearty dinner.

What Vegetables To Serve With Roast Beef

I love to eat my Instant Pot pot roast with mashed potatoes and carrots along with broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus.

My favourite types of carrots are baby carrots, however, I find they are more expensive than regular carrots so we don’t always buy baby carrots for our roast.

Side veggies make the classic pot roast delicious and don’t forget the gravy and Yorkshire Puddings. We have an Easy Yorkshire Pudding recipe here.


Storing Leftovers

You can store leftover pot roast in the fridge for up to 3 days. It is best to store the pot roast with some of the leftover cooking liquid in an airtight container in the fridge.

Can I Freeze Pot Roast?

Yes, you can freeze plastic-wrapped pot roast for up to 6 months in the freezer. Make sure to remove as much air as possible and wrap tightly before freezing. Thaw the frozen Pot Roast in the refrigerator or microwave before reheating.

Enjoy your Instant Pot Chuck Roast! It’s a delicious and easy way to enjoy a hearty family meal without all the fuss. No matter if you’re looking for a weeknight dinner or something special for the holidays, Instant Pot Chuck Roast is sure to please. Bon Appetit!

Frequently Asked Question

What Is Chuck Roast?

Chuck Roast is a flavorful cut of beef taken from the shoulder area and made up predominantly of lean muscle meat with some marbling of fat throughout. The fat content in this cut ensures that it cooks slowly and tenderizes as pressure is applied during cooking. This makes Chuck Roast an ideal choice for making in your Instant Pot.

Can You Cook A Roast In A Pressure Cooker?

Yes, you can cook a roast in a pressure cooker. It is possible to cook a succulent and soft roast in a pressure cooker, making it simple and quick. Season the meat with salt and pepper, then place it in a pressure cooker covered with beef stock and wait!

Is Chuck Roast Tender?

Yes! Chuck Roast is a very flavorful cut of beef but it can be quite tough if not cooked correctly. Cooking it in your Instant Pot will ensure that you get a tender and juicy roast every time.
The combination of pressure cooking and slow-release steam creates the perfect environment for cooking this type of meat to perfection.

Is Pot Roast Healthy?

Yes, pot roast can be healthy! Pot roasts are usually made with lean cuts of beef like chuck roast. When paired with a variety of vegetables, you can create a delicious and wholesome meal that is packed with nutrition.
So, if you’re looking for an easy and nutritious meal to feed the family, Instant Pot Pot Roast is a great option.

Can You Cook Frozen Roast in an Instant Pot?

Yes, you can use frozen roast beef for this recipe. Just make sure to increase the cooking time in the pressure cooker by at least 15 minutes. You don’t have to wait for your frozen chuck roast to defrost for this roast Instant Pot recipe.
Enjoy your delicious Instant Pot Pot Roast! The combination of flavor, tenderness, and speed is what makes this a great dish to prepare for any occasion.

How Long to Cook 2 LB Pot Roast

A 2lb pot roast will cook quicker than a 3-5lb roast. The rule of thumb is 20 minutes for every lb so a 2lb pot roast should take around 40 minutes.

How Long to Cook 3 LB Pot Roast

A 3lb pot roast will take 60 minutes to cook in the pressure cooker.

How Long To Cook 5 LB Pot Roast

A 5lb pot roast will take at least 1 hour and 15 minutes to cook in the pressure cooker.

How Do You Add Flavors to a Pot Roast?

I love to use a selection of yellow onion, fresh thyme and additional vegetables to help add flavour to the pot roast.
You can also try things like kosher salt, Worcestershire sauce and garlic cloves to add your favorite extra flavor. If you don’t have garlic cloves minced garlic will work too!

How to Season Pot Roast

The best way to season pot roast is to use a combination of spices, herbs, and sauces. Salt and pepper are always a good start for seasoning the meat before cooking.
Other seasonings you can add include garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, Italian seasoning or your favorite dry rub blend. For a bit more flavor, try adding some Worcestershire sauce and red wine vinegar to your pot roast. Making pot roast has never been easier.

Can I Slow Cook Pot Roast Instead?

Yes, you can slow-cook pot roast in your Instant Pot using the slow cooker setting by using an actual slow cooker or crockpot. For the best results, cook your chuck roast 5-6 hours in a crockpot.
No matter how you choose to cook your pot roast, make sure that it is cooked until it is fork-tender before serving. Enjoy!

Why Is My Chuck Roast Not Tender in the Instant Pot?

The most common reason why your chuck roast may not be as tender as you’d like is that it wasn’t cooked long enough. To ensure you get a tender, juicy pot roast, make sure to cook it for the correct amount of time and also use low-sodium beef broth or water to help keep the meat moist. Also, be sure to follow the natural release instructions of ten minutes natural release followed by a quick release.

How to Make Gravy for Pot Roast

If you want to serve gravy with this easy pot roast recipe, you can add a cornstarch mixture (¼ cup water mixed with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch) to the cooking liquid which contains meat juices, cooking on sauté and stirring occasionally until thickened.
This will make a luscious gravy. I like to add a teaspoon of onion powder to my gravy when having Instant Pot Pot Roast.


Instant Pot Pot Roast Recipe

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes 50 seconds
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes 50 seconds

This Instant Pot Recipe will be your whole family's favorite due to it's delicious and tasty savor.


  • 3 to 5-pound beef chuck roast
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 packet onion soup mix
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 ½ pound bag baby potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 pound bag carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into wedges


  1. Generously season all sides of roast with salt and pepper.
  2. Set pressure cooker to “saute.” When hot, add oil. Place the roast in the oil and sear each side of the roast for 3 minutes.
  3. Pour water into an Instant pot and scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon to remove the stuck-on pieces.
  4. Place all other ingredients in an electric pressure cooker around the roast.
  5. Cover with the lid and set the valve to sealing. Cook on “pressure cook” or “manual” for 50 to 75 minutes (using the maximum time for a larger roast if you want it to fall apart and less time if you want it to remain intact when cut.) Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before a quick release.
  6. Remove roast and vegetables. If gravy is desired, you can add a slurry (¼ cup water mixed with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch) to the au jus, cooking on saute and stirring occasionally until thickened.


If gravy is desired, add ¼ cup water and 2 tablespoons cornstarch to the ingredients list.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1481Total Fat: 97gSaturated Fat: 37gTrans Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 53gCholesterol: 471mgSodium: 1300mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 141g

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