Instant Pot American Beef Stew

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This American Beef Stew is about tender beef and root vegetables in the tastiest thick beefy broth cooked under an hour in an Instant Pot.

When you are craving a healthy and hearty dinner, this All-American beef stew is the perfect meal to make. You can make this meaty, hearty stew in less than an hour using an instant pot. 


cubed root vegetables on a plate


By adding healthy ingredients like carrots, onions, garlic, rutabaga, potatoes and peas, this meaty dish becomes extra delicious!

more flavour,

I added thyme, bay leaves, rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, gluten-free ketchup or tomato paste, and mustard for extra flavour. And naturally, all the ingredients are gluten-free!

Over the years, I have learned that you all love stew. Our number one stew on google is the African Beef Stew. This African dish is the best stew on our website to date.

Today I would like to introduce you to our All-American stew. Traditional stew is made in the slow cooker and takes hours to perfect. However, we don’t always have the time to prepare a delicious beef stew with our busy lives. This is where instant pot comes in.

The secret to the best beef stew!

There are many ways of making stew. 


cubed raw stewing beef on a plate


A great beef stew is all about the sauce. It should be rich and beefy. To do this, the beef has to be seared. The flavour intensifies by searing the meat first. Unfortunately, the instant pot is too small to get that caramelized sear off the meat, and you can’t control the heat. This is where the oven comes in handy.

How to sear meat in the oven for beef stew?

I want to share my secret to add a rich beefy flavour to this American beef stew without searing it in an instant pot. Yes, this is the easiest way to sear beef to perfection in minutes.

the recipe details,

Start with preheating the oven to 425 F. Next, mix the meat with a splash of olive oil, a sprinkle of rice flour, brown sugar, salt and pepper. The brown sugar adds a tasty caramel flavour and helps with browning.


seared cubed meat on a baking sheet


Heat a large rimmed baking sheet in the oven. Then, scatter the seasoned stew beef on the rimmed baking sheet and place it in the oven. The meat starts to sear on the baking sheet because it is super hot.

Next, turn on the broiler and allow the beef to brown. This should take between 8 – 12 minutes. But keep an eye on the meat as not to burn it.

The next step is easy!

Transfer the beef with the juices to the instant pot with remaining ingredients, except for the peas and the tapioca water mixture—Cook under high pressure for 35 minutes.


raw root veggies and cubed beef in an instant pot


Then finish off the stew with the peas and the tapioca mixture, about two more minutes of cooking time. Done!

Best beef for stew recipes!

My favourite choice of meat for a beef stew is the chuck or shoulder cuts. My other favourites are bone-in short rib, fatty brisket, cross-cut shanks or oxtail. Cheaper cuts of beef are acceptable in the stew because the cooking process tenderizes the meat to perfection.

What to serve with beef stew?


beef stew in a bowl with a spoon


Adding a side of sliced bread or rolls is probably the best way to serve the beef stew. Some of our favourite sides are the Gluten-Free Italian Bread, Gluten-Free Artisan Bread, or the Gluten-Free Butter Rolls. And, don’t forget a sprinkle of fresh parsley!

Next time you are in a time crunch but need a hearty, meaty dinner, try this Instant Pot American Beef Stew Recipe.


  • 2 1/2 lb. beef stew meat (chuck roast cubed is excellent)
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Rice flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Brown sugar
  • 1 large yellow onion, cubed
  • 1 lb. low starch potatoes such as Yukon gold, peeled and cubed
  • 12 oz. package of rainbow baby carrots or 2 large carrots cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium rutabaga, peeled and cubed
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup GF ketchup or 3 Tbsp. Tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. GF Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 GF bay leaves
  • 2 tsp. GF dijon mustard or yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. GF dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. GF dried rosemary
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 3 Tbsp. Tapioca starch mixed with 1/2 cup water
  • Sea salt and GF ground black pepper to taste
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  • Preheat oven to 425 F 
  • Heat a large rimmed baking sheet on the top rack of your oven
  • In a large bowl, combine beef with olive oil, rice flour, brown sugar and season with salt and pepper. Use your hands to massage everything together so that the meat is evenly coated
  • Once the rimmed baking sheet is hot, scatter the beef on the sheet in an even layer. Turn on the broiler and cook until the meat is browned. This should take about 8 - 12 minutes
  • Transfer the beef and all the juices into an instant pot. Add the remaining ingredients except for the tapioca and peas. Season with salt and mix to combine
  • Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes, then allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before doing a quick release 
  • Add the peas and tapioca mixture and stir it into the stew. Cook on manual without closing the lid for 2 minutes, or until the stew starts to thicken. Enjoy
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