It’s time for a new Instant Pot recipe and one of the most requested and most popular recipe is Instant Pot Roast Beef and Vegetables.
One of the main reasons that I purchased my Instant Pot was to make roast beef in a fraction of time that it took to make in my slow cooker.
I wanted it to have fall apart tenderness without losing the savory flavor of it being cooked all day long.
So when I read stories upon stories of other people making Instant Pot Roast Beef and it coming out dry and tough I was worried.
I was determined to recreate the moist and juicy, fall apart tender roast beef that I was familiar with.
This was difficult to do because I wasn’t willing to waste cuts of beef in the process. My only option was to spend several weeks researching recipes and reading reviews on those recipes that others had trialed.
It was amazing what variations that you can find on the internet! The cook times ranged from 15 minutes to 90 minutes!
No wonder why everyone was confused!
There were some recipes that seared the meat prior to cooking and some that stated they would NEVER throw in vegetables at the same time as the beef.
I don’t think that I found two recipes that were the exact same.
And after reading all of the reviews I think I was even more confused. The recipe was tough and chewy for one person, and the very next review the reader stated that the outcome was perfect!
I absorbed all the information, and went back to the basics of what I knew and found true in my own kitchen.
Tips for the perfect Instant Pot Roast Beef and Vegetables
First of all the thickness of the meat should be your first factor in determining cook time. The thicker the meat, the longer it will need to cook, regardless of how many pounds it is.
For instance, a roast that is one inch thick will require less cook time than a 2 inch cut of meat. I have found that for every increase in an inch of thickness, you need to increase your cook time by 10 minutes.
1 inch thick roast beef = 35 minutes cook time
2 inches thick roast beef = 45 minutes cook time
3 inches thick roast beef = 55 minutes cook time
As for the vegetables, there are a few guidelines that you will want to follow to make sure that your veggies don’t turn to mush during the cooking process.
Use large ‘baby’ potatoes for this recipe. If you use standard russet potatoes cut in quarters, they will fall apart.
Keep the baby potatoes whole with the skins on. You will end up with nice, tender potatoes that hold together during the cooking process.
If you are wanting to add carrots, it is best to use standard garden carrots. You know the ones that are large and long with the greens on top.
First of all the flavor of garden carrots far outweigh those baby carrots that you buy in a bag. In addition, if you cut them in half, they can withstand being pressured cooked.
However, if you like your carrots super crunchy, then cook them after you remove the meat to allow it to rest. You can also add fresh green beans at this time.
Pressure cook them in the liquid from the Instant Pot Roast Beef for 1 minute on high pressure. Quick release the pressure and there you have it! Crunchy carrots and green beans cooked to perfection!
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