Instant Pot Beef Stew – Hearty beef stew made in a fraction of the time of the stove-top method.
So, it’s weird to post a recipe for beef stew in mid May isn’t it?
It’s been unseasonably cold and rainy here in MA this spring. It’s like, we get one good day and then 5 bad days. It’s certainly not going to help my garden, that’s for sure. Sigh.
Anyway, with all this chilly weather, I’ve been craving soup. I was shopping at Target for some puppy supplies (yes, we got a puppy) and I wandered over to the fresh meat section to find something for dinner. The only thing that really looked good to me was the stew meat. Perfect. Stew is soup. Perfect to take the chill out of my bones.
Oh, hey, take a sec to check out my new pup. Introducing Stella! I’ve never had a dog before so please leave me any tips or info you can give me in the comments.
Okay, enough of the cuteness, back to the food.
I hadn’t yet tried out beef stew in the Instant Pot so I was excited to get going. Just look how easy it is. This is seriously the easiest and quickest stew I’ve made to date!
Beef stew ready in half the time by preparing in the Instant Pot.
- 2 T butter , divided
- 1 lb stew meat , cubed
- 2 T flour , all purpose
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 C diced onions (sweet onions)
- 2 cloves garlic , chopped
- 1/2 C red wine
- 1 T Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp dry thyme
- 1 C chopped carrot
- 1 stalk celery , chopped
- 3 C diced/cubed potatoes
- 32 oz beef broth
- 14 oz can corn, drained OPTIONAL
In a bowl, stir together the flour, salt & pepper. Place cubed beef in container and toss to coat.
Set Instant Pot to Saute. Place 1 T butter in pot and when melted and foamy add half of the beef cubes. Allow beef to brown, then turn over and brown other side. This should take just a few minutes on each side. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, remove beef cubes and set aside in a bowl/on a plate. Melt remaining butter in Instant Pot and repeat process with the remainder of the beef. Again, remove the browned beef and set aside.
Add onions to Instant Pot and stir. Cook just 2-3 minutes and then add garlic. Stir. Cook 30 seconds. Deglaze the pot with wine (if not using wine, use broth), being sure to scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pot. Stir in worcestershire sauce, thyme, carrot, celery and potatoes. Add the beef on top. Pour in the broth.
Cover the Instant Pot and set vent to "sealing". Use the "stew/meat" function, with the timer set to 35 minutes.
When the timer goes off at 35 minutes, allow Instant Pot to naturally release the pressure.
Once pressure is released, carefully remove the cover and stir. If desired, stir in corn.
If a thicker stew is desired, combine 2 T cornstarch with just enough cold water to make it smooth. Pour it into the stew and set back to saute. Continue to cook and stir occasionally until stew has thickened.
Instant Pot Beef Stew Variations:
- Stir in 2 T tomato paste with the red wine
- For a finishing touch, stir in 1 T butter to stew just before serving
- Serve with crusty bread for dipping
- Omit the potatoes and serve over prepared mashed potatoes
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