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instant pot beef stew in a bowl garnished with thyme

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
time to build pressure: 20 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Krissy Allori
This Instant Pot Beef Stew is a super quick recipe with tender beef and perfectly cooked vegetables!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 pound yukon gold potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 pound carrots peeled and sliced into 1 inch thick pieces
  • 1 ½ cups peas
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Set the Instant Pot to Saute mode then add the oil.
  • When the oil is hot, add half the meat in a single layer and allow it to brown, turning only once, for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and brown remaining stew meat. Transfer to the same bowl.
  • Add the onions and allow to brown on Saute mode for about 5 minutes, stirring only occasionally. Add minced garlic and tomato paste, stir, and allow to cook for an additional minute. 
  • Add browned meat and any juices from bowl along with Worcestershire sauce, salt, thyme and beef broth. Cover and lock lid. Set to high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Quick release pressure, then add the potatoes, carrots and peas. Lock lid, and cook on high pressure for another 10 minutes.
  • When the stew is done, quick release the pressure.
  • Add a couple of tablespoons of hot broth to a cup and mix with corn starch to make a slurry. Once all the corn starch has dissolved, stir the slurry into the stew. The broth should thicken a bit. For extra thick stew, use a potato masher to mash up some of the vegetables.
  • Add additional salt and some pepper, to taste. Serve with a nice green salad and some hot crusty bread.


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 1443mg | Potassium: 868mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 9750IU | Vitamin C: 24.4mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 5.7mg