Beef steak is not always the easiest dish, but if you use an Instant Pot things get a lot easier. The pressure cooker is specially designed to speed up the process and deliver a nicely cooked and juicy steak recipe that will make everyone think a well-known chef prepared it!
With this Instant Pot beef steak recipe, the steak is rich in flavor and the texture is so soft that it almost melts in your mouth. Today I’ll tell you my secret in selecting just the right piece of meat for whenever I cook steak and share a few tips that may prove helpful along the way.
First tip: For an optimum result, forget about your diet and be generous with the butter. Trust me, it’s worth it!
How Long Does It Take To Cook Steak In An Instant Pot?
The answer to this question depends on a series of variable factors.
First, we have the shape of the steak. Are you cooking an entire piece or will you cube/shred the meat?
If you’re cooking an entire piece (like for this beef steak with gravy), you should also decide on the result you’re aiming for (rare, medium, or well-done). Still, regardless of the case, you shouldn’t use thick pieces (about 1 to 2 inches is enough) – the heat must be able to penetrate the meat from top to bottom.
For a rare steak, you only need to use the saute function. For medium and well-done (like in this beef steak recipe) you will need to top the sauteing with some pressure cooking.
I like my steak well-done so I usually leave it in the Instant Pot for about 15 minutes, but you should also adjust the time and temperature according to the size of the steak.
How to Choose the Steak
The success of this recipe starts with the meat you choose for your steak. As you can see from the list of ingredients, I like to use meat from the top side of the sirloin, but this is not mandatory. Since the meat will be cubed, sauteed, and then pressure cooked, you can choose a piece of meat that’s less tender.
Still, it’s best to select a piece with fine grain and as little connective tissue as possible. The connective tissue is the part of the meat that makes it chewy, which can ruin the experience, especially if you’re cooking for fussy children.
As a side note, a piece of meat with connective tissue is not bad, but it works best with recipes where you use slow cooking (like London broil) because then the tissue will melt and turn into delicious gelatine.
A good way to select meat for steaks is to ask your butcher for a cut that’s from a single muscle (no connective tissue) and medium to little fat marbling.
Now, some people prefer a piece of steak with a lot of fat marbling on the account that the fat provides more flavor. While this is true, I would rather choose a piece of meat with a medium amount of fat marbling since this recipe incorporates butter.
- Add the garlic a little after the butter, to avoid burning it. If the garlic turns brown during the saute step, it will make the sauce bitter;
- Add the salt and pepper on the cubed steak, before you place it in the Instant Pot. This way, you can make sure every bit is evenly seasoned;
- When deglazing the pot, use a wooden spoon or spatula to avoid scratching the inner pot;
- Sauteing is very important because it caramelizes the outside and retains the flavorful juices on the inside. But, to make sure the steak sears, you should remove moisture off the surface of the steak bits before you place them in the hot butter. For this, place the cubed meat on paper towels and turn them on all sides to make sure the paper absorbs any last bit of moisture.
- When you deglaze the pot, don’t remove the browned bits from the saute step. These are delicious and add texture and taste to the dish.
The Instant Pot steak can be served as is or with a side dish. As a side dish, you can add french fries (they are delicious when cooked in the Instant Pot!), steamed vegetables, quinoa, or Instant Pot jasmine rice. All these side dishes are really easy to prepare in the IP and add color and taste to the recipe.
Last quick tip: Pour some of the beef sauce on the side dish as well. You’ll get a wonderful taste!
How to make Instant Pot Beef Steak
Gather your ingredients:
Season steak with spices.
Stear steak on Saute in Instant Pot.
Add beef broth and isn’t trivet. Place the steak on top of the trivet. Lock lid into place and cook the steak on High pressure for 20 minutes.
Perform a quick pressure release. Remove the steak. Combine cornstarch with water.
Add slurry into the beef stock to make the gravy.
Combine butter and garlic.
Serve steak topped with butter and gravy.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 pound beef steak
- 1/2 cup beef stock
- 2 cloves garlic finely minced
- 1 tsp dried basil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp water
- Season steak with spices.
- Press "saute" and add the butter. When it melts, add steak and sear on all sides.
- Remove the steak from the Instant pot.
- Add beef stock and stir a bit to clean the bottom.
- Insert the trivet into the Instant pot or place aluminum foil balls. Place the steak on top of the trivet.
- Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 15-20 minutes (depending on it's size).
- Once the cooking time ends, do a quick pressure release.
- Open the lid and remove the steak from the Instant pot.
- Add the starch to the Instant Pot and whisk with the beef stock. Cook until thickened. This is your tasty gravy.
- Combine remaining butter with garlic in a small bowl.
- Serve steak topped with garlic butter and the gravy.