Instant Pot Herbed Pot Roast

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An electric pressure cooker makes this family favorite comfort food meal possible in a fraction of the time!

I told my husband that I reeeeeeeally wanted an Instant Pot for my birthday this year. I had been talking it up for months since our rice cooker has been on its way out for quite a while now.

I have a separate slow cooker, stove top pressure cooker and rice cooker, but this thing can do all of those and more? And with such a small amount of storage space in my tiny kitchen, having something that can take the place of several appliances more open space that I’ll be tempted to fill with other gadgets, linens, dishes, etc.

Ah, zen.

Instant Pot Herbed Pot Roast: An electric pressure cooker makes this family favorite comfort food meal possible in a fraction of the time!

Anyhow, one of my faaaaavorite comfort food meals is my Mom’s Pot Roast. The torturous thing about it is that it takes all day to cook, and it makes the house smell good all day, but you can’t eat it for houuuuuuurs.

So, I figured this would be the perfect inaugural meal for my Instant Pot, which I have dubbed “Tina”.

Come on… by now you know I have to name all of my new family members appliances.

Instant Pot Herbed Pot Roast: An electric pressure cooker makes this family favorite comfort food meal possible in a fraction of the time!

One of the major selling points for the Instant Pot is that you can sear right in it. So I heated some oil right in it while I coated my roast with seasoned flour.

Once I seared it on both sides, I poured in a little water, some fresh herbs from my garden, and a few cloves of smashed garlic and set it to pressure cook.

I like my pot roast shred-able, so I hit the “Meat/Stew” button and added some time so it would cook for 45 minutes once it reached pressure. This normally takes 3 hours in the oven!

Instant Pot Herbed Pot Roast: An electric pressure cooker makes this family favorite comfort food meal possible in a fraction of the time!

After the meat cooked, I added the veggies on top and pressure cooked it all for another 10 minutes.

Everything was cooked beautifully! The potatoes were nice and tender, and the meat was perfectly tender.

Instant Pot Herbed Pot Roast: An electric pressure cooker makes this family favorite comfort food meal possible in a fraction of the time!

I then took all of the meat and veggies out and arranged them on a few platters. I used the drippings that were left in the pot to make gravy, which I usually have to dirty another pan for. But not anymore!

I sprinkled some flour, salt and pepper right into the pot to thicken up (using the “Sauté” function again). Note that you could also place the flour in a small bowl and whisk in a few tablespoons of the hot liquid to make a slurry before pouring that all back into the Instant Pot to thicken. This would help prevent lumps in the gravy – but it dirties an extra dish, so it’s up to you! I was going for minimal dishes that night.

Instant Pot Herbed Pot Roast: An electric pressure cooker makes this family favorite comfort food meal possible in a fraction of the time!

This meal turned out so well. It’s perfect comfort food in a fraction of the time. I served this with some homemade Cracked Pepper, Parmesan + Scallion Biscuits that I milled fresh flour to make (recipe coming soon).

Which reminds me – there are only a few more days to order a Mockmill stand mixer attachment with an $80 discount if you’re interested in home milling. Details & discount code at the bottom of this post.

Instant Pot Herbed Pot Roast: An electric pressure cooker makes this family favorite comfort food meal possible in a fraction of the time!

This meal totally hit the spot, and I can see it being on regular rotation in my house, especially with the cooler weather coming up soon (I hope!).

I’ve been absolutely loving my Instant Pot. I have so many more fun recipes to share in the coming weeks. Thanks again to my hubby for the awesome birthday gift (that I picked out). I’m pretty sure he’s happy that I have it, too. Ha!

Instant Pot Herbed Pot Roast: An electric pressure cooker makes this family favorite comfort food meal possible in a fraction of the time!

Instant Pot Herbed Pot Roast

Makes 4-6 Servings

Instant Pot Herbed Pot Roast

An electric pressure cooker makes this family favorite comfort food meal possible in a fraction of the time!

Ingredients

2 tablespoons peanut oil
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
2-3 lb. chuck roast
1 cup water
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 cloves garlic, smashed
2 vidalia onions, cut into wedges
1 (16-ounce) bag baby carrots
1 (24-ounce) bag baby potatoes, halved or quartered

For Gravy:
2-3 tablespoons all purpose flour
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place oil in the Instant Pot insert and set to "Sauté" and "Normal".
  2. On a large plate, mix together flour, salt and pepper. Pat the roast dry with paper towels, then press it into the flour mixture to coat all sides, tapping off any excess flour.
  3. When the screen on the Instant Pot says "Hot", add meat and sear on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side, turning carefully with tongs (I needed to use 2 pairs of tongs to turn mine easily in the pot).
  4. Once meat is seared, add water, thyme, rosemary and garlic. Close the lid and press "Meat/Stew", and set it to high pressure for 45 minutes. Once finished, manually release the pressure by carefully pushing the steam valve to "Venting".
  5. Once the pressure is released, open the lid, add the onions, carrots and potatoes. Close the lid and return the steam valve to "Sealing". Hit "Manual" and set it to high pressure for 10 minutes. Once the timer goes off, you can again manually release the pressure, or allow it to naturally release.
  6. When you're ready to make the gravy, remove the vegetables and meat to a large platter. The meat should shred easily with a fork or tongs, or you can slice it. If it hasn't gotten tender enough, leave it in the Instant Pot and cook it on high pressure for another 10 minutes.
  7. Once all of the solids are removed from the Instant Pot, set it to "Sauté again" to make the gravy. Once the drippings start to bubble, sprinkle flour on top and whisk to combine. Continue to simmer, whisking occasionally, until it thickens to your desired consistency. Season well with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

Original Recipe by Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

https://bigflavorstinykitchen.com/instant-pot-herbed-pot-roast/

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Instant Pot Herbed Pot Roast: An electric pressure cooker makes this family favorite comfort food meal possible in a fraction of the time!
  • Lori H

    That sure is a lot quicker than the traditional method, and it looks delicious! You always make me hungry when you post pot roast. =)

    • Well I have YOU to thank for the inspiration with this one. I’ll have to make this version for you the next time you visit!

  • Michaela Kenkel

    Wow!! No wait time whatsoever!

  • I got an instant pot, but I’ve been afraid to use it. (How crazy is that?) Now, I just might have to take it out of the box – you’ve made it seem so easy and such a wonderful gadget.

    • It’s a little intimidating at first – I feel like the directions can be overwhelming. But I guarantee you’ll love it once you start using it!

  • Manila Spoon

    Wow! I don’t think I have seen an instant pot! Now I am on the lookout! The roast looks so goooood!!!

  • That is fast! Considering that I have many days that I fail to plan ahead, I’m thinking I need an Instant Pot! This looks delicious!

    • Thanks, Michelle. I have been LOVING mine. And I haven’t even played with all of the functions yet!

  • I have a friend who recently got an Instant Pot and she raves about it. What a great meal in so little time!