Instant Pot Pulled Flank Steak

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recipe by From Freezer to Instant Pot Cookbook

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    Total Time
    2hrs 10mins
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based on 1 ratings

Here’s our recipe for pulled beef. While the Instant Pot makes excellent pulled beef brisket and other cuts (see our recipes in The Instant Pot Bible), they don’t fare as well from their frozen state. They take so long to thaw and cook that they become unduly soft, even squishy. But we found that flank steak has just the right amount of fat within its fibers that run in one direction, all the better for pulling. A flank steak is usually sold folded up, even if it’s frozen— and only a steak folded in this way will fit in the pot. If you buy a fresh flank steak and freeze it to make this dish later on, remove the meat from its packaging and fold it in half or thirds before freezing it in a sealed plastic bag. • For an 8-quart Instant Pot, you must add 1/2 cup beef broth or red wine with the tomatoes. • Serve the pulled beef with or without buns or tortillas but certainly garnished with sour cream, avocado slices, grated cheese, and/or pickled jalapeño rings. • The pulled beef isn’t spicy at all. Either pass a hot sauce at the table or add up to 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes with the other spices in step 1. • Use the pulled beef as a filling for enchiladas: Wrap it in corn tortillas, lay these seam-side down in a baking dish, and top with enchilada sauce or salsa, all covered with shredded cheese. Bake covered in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes, then uncovered until bubbling and gooey.

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recipe updated May 6, 2020


  • Canned whole tomatoes icon
    Canned whole tomatoes
    3 ½ cups (about 806.4 g)
  • Dark brown sugar icon
    Dark brown sugar
    2 tbsp (about 24.3 g)
  • Apple cider vinegar icon
    Apple cider vinegar
    2 tbsp (about 30 g)
  • Smoked paprika icon
    Smoked paprika
    2 tbsp (about 12.9 g)
  • Dijon mustard icon
    Dijon mustard
    1 tbsp (about 15 g)
  • Worcestershire sauce icon
    Worcestershire sauce
    1 tbsp (about 17.4 g)
  • Ground coriander icon
    Ground coriander
    1 tsp (about 1.7 g)
  • Ground cloves icon
    Ground cloves
    ½ tsp (about 1.12 g)
  • Frozen beef flank steak icon
    Frozen beef flank steak
    908 g (about 3 ¾ cups)


  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Inner pot

Step preview

  1. Pour canned whole tomatoes into the inner pot
  2. Crush the whole tomatoes to bits in the pot
  3. Stir dark brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, ground coriander and ground cloves into the inner pot
  4. Add frozen beef flank steak to the inner pot
  5. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  6. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 1 hr 20 min
  7. Natural release
  8. Remove lid
  9. Cool - 2 min
  10. Shred the meat with two forks
  11. Stir the shreds into the sauce in the pot
  12. Set aside - 5 min
  13. Serve
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