Easy Beef Stew How-To

This is an easy meal to make in a pressure cooker or InstaPot. For tips on this recipe, including how to duplicate this thick, beefy stew in a big pan on the stove, click here!


2 tsp Olive Oil ( try Rosemary, Garlic, or Tuscan Herb)
1-1/2 to 2 lbs of stew meat
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 medium carrots peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
2 stalks celery cleaned and chopped
3 – 4 medium yellow or red potatoes, cut into about 2″ chunks (or just quartered)
2 Tbsp Prime Rib Rub
2 tsp Bouquet Garni
2 tsp Worcestershire Powder
2 Tbsp Tomato Powder
1 Cup beef broth
2 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder
1/2 Cup water or broth


Select the sauté setting on your pressure cooker and let heat up for a couple of minutes before adding the oil, beef and onions. Brown the beef a little bit, but do not cook it fully, cook only until there is no pink in the meat, and the onions appear slightly softened.

Next, add the spices, and toss the beef and onions to coat with the seasonings. The spices will also absorb any additional liquid from the beef and onion mixture, and get kind of thick, and turn slightly brown on the bottom of the pain.

Add the beef broth and deglaze (scrape) the bottom of the pot, stirring any browned bits that may have formed on the bottom of your pot. Hit the “cancel” button on the cooker to stop the sauté process, and then add the carrots, celery, and potatoes, coating the pieces with the sauce.

With the pressure release valve in the closed position, select the pressure cook button. Set the time for 10 minutes and then walk away — the pressure cooker will do its magic. Once the InstaPot is finished and has beeped at you, allow the stew pot to rest, undisturbed, for 10 more minutes to naturally release pressure from the cooker. Release any remaining pressure by carefully turning the pressure release valve on the cooker. Push the cancel button, and safely open the pressure cooker. Give the beef stew a stir and adjust seasonings to taste before serving.

Note: For a thicker, heartier stew, mix the Arrowroot Powder and water or broth together. Select the sauté button on the pressure cooker, and when the liquid comes to a simmer, add the thickening mixture to the stew. Stir the arrowroot mixture into the stew, and it will thicken the dish as it cooks. Cook in the pressure cooker on the sauté setting for an additional 3 minutes or so, and then hit the cancel button again. Now the stew thickened and hot, is ready to serve!