This London Broil is one of the most popular beef recipes on Corrie cooks!
Have guests for dinner? Make this Instant Pot London broil and enjoy the compliments :]
For this recipe, we are using the Instant Pot instead of the broiler. But don’t worry, the taste is the same and even better.
Once properly seared, the meat will capture all the juiciness inside and you will get a really nice and tasty piece.
What is London Broil anyway?
I’m glad you asked! The London broil is not a beef cut or a type of meat, but a preparation method. The term London broil refers to the meat that is marinated, seared and then broiled.
In some parts of the world, you can find a meat cut called London broil but that is just a fancy name for the top round.
What beef-cut should I use?
For this pressure cooker recipe I would go with the top round for this recipe. Feel free to buy skirt meat or chuck roast.
If you want to use round of eye or rump roast, you’d better go for the Instant Pot Roast Beef.
For how long should I marinate in the fridge?
I would do it for at least 2 hours. Overnight is better of course.
How should I cut the beef?
Once you have prepared your beef, the ideal way to cut is along the grain. This is not mandatory but gives better results.
Why don’t you use a beer for the marinade?
There are many recipes for Instant Pot London broil. Some suggest you should use quality stout beer and some say you should cook the meat in chicken stock. So there are many options and many opinions out there.
Personally, after a few times I made this recipe, I find that marinating the beef in vinegar & tomato paste gives the best results. I made it once using beer and it was fine, but this version is much better in my opinion.
If you really like, you can add 1 cup of beer in the 6th step.
Why do you use vinegar? Will it affect the taste?
Don’t worry. The vinegar will not have a huge impact on the flavor of the recipe.
Using the vinegar improves the meat texture and makes it softer and tender, just like in your favorite restaurant.
You have that beer you didn’t use for the marinade… Feel free to drink it :]
How To Make London Broil
Gather your ingredients:
In a large bowl, combine water, vinegar, tomato paste, thyme, and 1 teaspoon of garlic salt.
Add the meat and cover. Marinate for 3 hours in a fridge or overnight. Once done, remove afterward and pat dry.
Heat oil in Instant Pot on Saute and sear beef on all sides.
Once seared pour in the marinade and add that extra cup of liquid, water, stock, or even beer.
Lock the lid into place, select Manual. Set to High pressure and 20 minutes cooking cycle. Once done release pressure naturally.
Slice and serve.
- 1 tbsp olive or canola oil
- 2 lb London broil or top round
- 1/2 cup water or beef stock for the sauce
- 1 cup water or beef stock for the Instant Pot
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup of water or beef stock, vinegar, tomato paste, and spices.
- Put the London broil inside and cover. Marinate for 3 hours or overnight in the fridge.
- Remove the beef from the marinade and pat dry.
- On the Instant Pot, press "saute" and add oil.
- Add the beef and sear on all sides until brown.
- Pour in marinade and that one extra cup of water or stock.
- Lock the lid and cook at high pressure for 20 minutes.
- Once done, wait for a natural pressure release. When the valve drops (means all the pressure has been released), open the lid and take out the beef.
- Season with salt and pepper and serve.