Instant Pot Steak Recipe with Pan Sauce (Fall-Apart Tender!)

The best Instant Pot Steak recipes make succulent, fall-apart-tender steak. This one is SO good. Quick and easy with the tastiest pan sauce.

Instant pot steak on a plate with mashed potatoes.

Great Instant Pot steak recipes are created to turn tougher cuts of beef into tender deliciousness.

I’m actually quite skeptical of any instant pot steak recipes aiming to cook steak to specific levels of doneness. Why? Because it’s almost impossible to achieve perfect rare or medium-rare without being able to check internal temperature during the cooking process.

When considering recipes to cook steak in the Instant Pot, it’s better to focus on fall-apart tender, flavorful results.

This rich Instant Pot Steak recipe uses pressure cooking to turn less expensive cuts of steak into that tender, juiciness that equals total comfort.

It’s complete with an easy homemade gravy (made right in the Instant Pot insert, from the cooking liquid).

So tasty. You’re going to love it!

Here’s What You Need for Instant Pot Steak Recipes

Here’s the lowdown on what you’ll need to get cooking.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Steak.

Pressure Cooker Steak Recipe Ingredients

Let’s break down what each ingredient does:

  • Beef Steak: I use sirloin steak. It’s all about turning this into tender deliciousness.
  • Salt and Black Pepper: These are your flavor enhancers. They’re simple but mighty.
  • Olive Oil: Helps in searing the steak and adds its own subtle taste.
  • Onion: Brings a nice, mellow sweetness to the mix.
  • Garlic: Packs a punch with flavor. It’s a game-changer.
  • Beef Broth: The foundation of your sauce, adding depth and beefy goodness.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: For that hit of tang and depth. It’s like a secret weapon.
  • Dried Thyme: Just a bit for an herby touch.
  • Butter: Makes your sauce rich and glossy.
  • Cornstarch and Water: These team up to make a slurry that thickens your sauce to perfection.

Using cornstarch instead of flour makes this recipe naturally gluten free.

Adding salt on steak

Variations and Substitutions

Here are other options for steaks that you can consider for this recipe:

  1. Round Steak: Similar to chuck, round steak is a leaner cut and can benefit from the moist cooking environment of the Instant Pot to become tender.
  2. Flank Steak: While best for quick, high-heat cooking, flank steak can also be cooked in an Instant Pot if it’s sliced thin and not overcooked.
  3. Chuck Steak: Tougher cuts like chuck steak are perfect for this recipe. Increase the cooking time to 35 minutes to ensure you soften all of the tough connective tissue.
  4. Blade Steak: Cut from the shoulder, like chuck steak, it benefits from an instant pot cooking method.

It is very difficult to get perfect rare or medium rare steak while it’s trapped inside a pressure cooker and you can’t check it.

For this reason, save your most expensive and tender steak cuts (like ribeyes, tenderloin, and t-bone) for pan-searing or grilling to desired doneness.

searing the steak

Grab these Tools

Here’s what you’ll need to make this dish come to life:

  • Instant Pot: The main guy for both searing and cooking.
  • Measuring Gear: Spoons and cups to get your amounts right.
  • Wooden Spoon: For mixing and scraping in the pot.
  • Cutting Board and Knife: For prepping steak and veggies.
  • Good Attitude: Okay, not a tool, but always helps in the kitchen!

With these tools, ingredients, and a bit of creativity with variations, you’re all set to whip up this steak dish. Let’s get cooking!

Raw steak with salt and pepper.

How to Cook Steak in the Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker): An Easy Guide

Ready to transform a simple beef steak into something incredible in your Instant Pot? Follow this straightforward guide to create a dish that’s both delicious and easy to prepare.

Preparing Your Ingredients

Before you start cooking, get everything ready:

  • Season the Steak: Generously season your beef steak with salt and pepper.
  • Chop Veggies: Slice your onion and mince the garlic cloves.
  • Mix the Sauce: Combine beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and dried thyme in a bowl.
Searing steak in instant pot.

Searing the Steak

Get that perfect sear:

  • Heat the Oil: Turn on the Instant Pot’s sauté setting and heat the olive oil.
  • Sear the Steak: Place the steak in the pot. Sear for 2-3 minutes on each side. Then, take it out and set it aside.
adding onion to pot

Cooking with Aromatics

Adding depth to the flavor:

  • Sauté Onions and Garlic: In the same pot, use the saute function to cook onions and garlic until they’re soft.
  • Deglaze the Pot: Use a splash of beef broth to deglaze, scraping up the tasty browned bits on the bottom of the pot.
adding sauce in pot

Pressure Cooking Steak

Where the magic happens:

  • Cook the Steak: Return the steak to the pot. Pour in the sauce mixture. Seal the lid and set the Instant Pot to pressure cook mode with high pressure. Cook for 25 minutes. Then, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.
taking out steak from instant pot

Making the Pan Sauce

The final touch:

  • Prepare the Slurry: Mix cornstarch with water to create a slurry.
  • Thicken the Sauce: Remove the steak and set the pot to sauté. Add butter and the cornstarch slurry. Stir constantly until the sauce thickens.
Adding butter to sauce

How to Serve This Tender Instant Pot Sirloin Steak

Serving this delicious steak is all about complementing its rich flavors and tender texture. Here are some ideas for side dishes:

  • On a Bed of Egg Noodles: Cut the steak in strips and serve it over cooked egg noodles for a stroganoff vibe.
  • rice, quinoa, or even mashed potatoes. They soak up the sauce beautifully.
  • Mashed Potatoes: The delicious sauce is perfect over a mound of mashed potatoes (with a puddle of garlic butter if you know how to live!).
  • With Vegetables: Pair it with candied brussels sprouts, steamed broccoli, green beans, or a fresh garden salad. They add freshness and balance to the meal.
  • Bread on the Side: Have some crusty bread ready to mop up that amazing sauce.
  • Garnish: Sprinkle some fresh herbs like parsley or thyme for a pop of color and freshness.

These serving suggestions will turn your Tender Instant Pot Steak into a complete, satisfying meal.

Mashed potatoes in a bowl with butter.

Instant Pot Steak Make Ahead and Storage

Getting your Tender Instant Pot Steak with Rich Sauce ready ahead of time and storing it properly is easy. Here’s how:

  • Make Ahead: You can prepare the steak a day in advance. Just follow the cooking instructions and let it cool before refrigerating.
  • Refrigerating the Dish: Store in an airtight container. It’ll stay good for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: This dish freezes well. Put it in a freezer-safe container and it’ll last for about 3 months.
  • Reheating: Warm it up in the microwave or on the stove. If it’s frozen, let it thaw in the fridge first.
  • Sauce Storage: Keep the sauce in a separate container if possible. It makes reheating more manageable.

These simple steps ensure your steak is just as tasty when you’re ready to enjoy it.

adding corn starch

Tips and Notes for Perfect Instant Pot Steak

  • To achieve fall-apart tender beef steak in a pressure cooker, the cooking time varies depending on the cut of the meat. For cuts like sirloin or tenderloin, a high-pressure cook time of around 20-25 minutes is typically enough.
  • Before pressure cooking, it’s a good practice to brown the beef to enhance its flavor and texture.
  • The key to tender beef in a pressure cooker is not just the cooking time but also the natural release of pressure instead of quick release. This allows the meat fibers to relax and retain moisture, making them tender and juicy.
  • Save your more expensive tenderloin and ribeye steak for a quick-cooking method.
Garnishing Instant Pot Steak with Sauce

FAQs About Making Steak in the Instant Pot

Just skimming through? Here are some quick answers to the commonly-asked questions about how to pressure cook steak.

How Long Should I Cook Meat in an Instant Pot?
Cooking time for meat in an Instant Pot varies by cut and thickness. For tougher cuts like chuck steak, 25 minutes on high pressure is typical, followed by a natural release of pressure.

Can You Cook Frozen Steak in Instant Pot?
Yes, you can cook frozen steak in an Instant Pot, but it will be less flavorful because you won’t be able to get a good sear. Add 10 minutes to the cooking time in this recipe.

How Long Is the Meat Setting on Instant Pot?
The “Meat/Stew” setting on an Instant Pot typically runs for around 35 minutes. However, you should adjust the time based on the specific type and cut of meat.

Can You Cook Meat Too Long in Instant Pot?
Yes, you can overcook meat in an Instant Pot. Overcooking can make the meat tough and dry, especially for tender cuts.

Does Instant Pot Make Tough Meat Tender?
An Instant Pot is excellent for making tough meat tender. The pressure cooking process breaks down the meat’s connective tissues, resulting in tender meat.

Does Beef Get More Tender the Longer You Cook It in Instant Pot?
Beef, particularly tougher cuts, becomes more tender the longer you cook it in an Instant Pot due to the breakdown of connective tissues.

What Happens if You Pressure Cook Longer?
Pressure cooking for too long can overcook the meat, making it tough and dry. It’s important to follow recommended cooking times.

Other Popular Instant Pot Recipes

Pouring gravy onto instant pot steak.

Instant Pot Steak Recipe with Easy Pan Sauce (Fall-Apart Tender!)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Keyword Instant Pot Steak, Instant Pot Steak Recipes, Steak in Instant Pot


  • 2 lbs sirloin steak for tougher cuts like chuck steak, see notes
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water


  • Season steak with salt and pepper. In the Instant Pot on sauté setting, heat olive oil and sear steaks for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove and set aside. In the same pot, sauté onions and garlic until soft. Add beef broth to deglaze the pot, scraping up browned bits.
  • Return steaks to the pot and add Worcestershire sauce, and thyme. Seal the lid, cook on high pressure for 20 minutes, then allow 10 minutes natural pressure release.
  • Remove steaks. Set Instant Pot to sauté.
  • Melt butter in the liquid, then add cornstarch slurry (mix cornstarch with water) to thicken the sauce, stirring constantly until it reaches desired consistency. Adjust seasoning if needed.



  • To cook a tougher steak like chuck steak, increase the cooking time to 35 minutes.
  • For a thicker sauce, adjust the amount of cornstarch slurry.
  • Let the steak rest for a few minutes before serving for optimum tenderness.
  • Serve with sides like mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables for a complete meal.


Calories: 458kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 51gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 458mgPotassium: 904mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 231IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Instant Pot Steak, Instant Pot Steak Recipes, Steak in Instant Pot

Last Updated on February 5, 2024 by Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

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