Recipe: Instant Pot® Pot Roast with Potatoes

Pot roast is a great meal for a Sunday dinner with family. You could have it with mashed potatoes or even with sauteed vegetables. Cooking 2 pounds of Pot Roast in an Instant Pot takes about 45-50 minutes when you prepare it in high pressure. For every additional pound that you add, add another 8-10 minutes to it.

Pot Roast with Potatoes

Preparing pot roast with potatoes in an Instant pot is quite a seamless cooking experience because of three main reasons:

1. Easy cooking: With an Instant Pot, you can not just sear the post but also saute the onions and then cook it all in the same pot. You do not have to dirty a lot of pans which means there will not be too much cleaning either. So the experience of cooking it becomes easy for you!

2. Fast cooking: If you were cooking it on the stove, it would ideally take you 2 hours from the beginning to end. But with Instant Pot, the cooking time can be cut down to about a quarter of the time it takes.

3. Delicious result: The pot roast prepared on an Instant Pot is equally scrumptious as cooked on a stove. It is rich in flavour and tender and you can easily shred it.

Pot roast with potatoes is a lip-smacking combination – they are juicy and delicious and make for a perfect family dinner meal.

Ingredients Required To Cook Pot Roast With Potatoes In An Instant Pot

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 3-5 pound beef chuck roast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika optional
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Cooking Pot Roast With Potatoes In An Instant Pot

Start by seasoning the meat generously on all sides. Hoping you’ve already done this, now go ahead.

Step 1: Add the basics to the pot

Switch on the instant pot and set it to “sauté”. Stir salt, garlic powder, pepper, onion powder and smoked paprika in a small bowl and rub the mixture over the roast to ensure all sides are coated.

Step 2: Brown the roast

Add oil to the pot and wait for approximately 30 seconds. Use tongs to put the roast into the pot. Before moving it, wait for 3-4 minutes until it’s well browned and seared. Turn the roast onto a different side for 3-4 minutes. Repeat this until all sides are browned.

Step 3: Add beef broth and adjust seal the pot

Adjust the instant pot to “pressure cook” and set to 60-80 minutes. Add onions and potatoes to the pot and just arrange them all over the roast. Add beef broth over everything. Cover the pot with its lid and lock it. Ensure the vent is adjusted to the sealed position.

Step 4: Naturally release the pressure

After the cooking time is over, do a natural release for 10 minutes. After this, adjust vent to the venting release option and give it some time for the steam to vent and the float valve to lower before removing the lid.

Step 5: Adjust the pot to the soup setting

Transfer the potatoes, roast, and onions to a platter and cut the roast with 2 forks into chunks. Use a strainer to get bits from the broth into the pot. Adjust the pot into ‘soup’ setting. Wick together the cornstarch and water. Once the broth is boiling, stir it in cornstarch mixture to make it gravy thick. Put pepper, salt and garlic powder to taste.

Step 6: Garnish

Serve it with gravy powder over roast and garnish with fresh parsley if desired. This one pot dinner will trill even the picky eaters.

What Is The Total Time Required To Cook Pot Roast With Potatoes In An Instant Pot?

The total time required to prepare and cook Pot Roast With Potatoes in an Instant Pot depends on the quantity of roast and potatoes that you plan to cook. If you are cooking 3-5 pounds of pot roast with potatoes, it would ideally take an hour mostly. If the items were frozen, add another 20-30 minutes to it.

Note : This recipe is for thawed pot roast and potatoes. For frozen roast, add 20-30 minutes to your cooking time.


See, the fact is that there are other varied means to prepare this delicacy. However, as you’ll notice, pot roast and potatoes in instant pot comes second to none. First, it’s easy since one can sear the roast and sauté onions and cook it in one pot. Did I mention the easy cleanup process? Yes, it is. Secondly, it’s fast and ultimately, the outcome is overly delicious, I have tried it and must say it’s absolutely tender and easy to shred. Enjoy your pot roast and potatoes and thank me later.

AuthorSasha Jamison

A wonderful shower-singing sensation who's known to stumble into the kitchen, looking for inspiration to feed her hungry stomach and whoever else will sit at her table. She'll most happily bake you something than cook. And then she'll wish some pixies did the dishes for her while she watches Glee.

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