Instant Pot Lazy Day Beef Stew (Fresh or Frozen Beef)

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recipe by Ruth McCusker

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based on 7 ratings

I am now officially a convert. I had never cooked stew with frozen beef... In. My. Life. But a while ago, I had the flu for three days. Then I got hungry but had no energy. I decided to take a chance and make a “dump” stew using a solid block of frozen stew beef and go back to bed. The result was unbelievable. Tender, brown beef and great flavour. I still do it the old-fashioned way as I describe in my real Beef Stew recipe, but this is a quick and very good alternative for sick days, or just “those days”.

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recipe updated Jun 4, 2020


  • Onion icon
    1 (about 140 g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    3 (about 18 g)
  • Red potato icon
    Red potato
    4 (about 200 g)
  • Carrot icon
    3 (about 150 g)
  • Fresh parsley icon
    Fresh parsley
    2 tbsp (about 7.8 g)
  • Chicken broth icon
    Chicken broth
    1 ½ cups (about 373.5 g)
  • Soy sauce icon
    Soy sauce
    2 tbsp (about 36 g)
  • Brown sugar icon
    Brown sugar
    1 tbsp (about 12.15 g)
  • White vinegar icon
    White vinegar
    1 tbsp (about 15 g)
  • Salt icon
    1 tsp (about 6 g)
  • Black pepper icon
    Black pepper
    ½ tsp (about 1.07 g)
  • Stew beef icon
    Stew beef
    681 g (about 2 ¾ cups)
  • Cornstarch icon
    2 tbsp (about 16.2 g)
  • Water icon
    3 tbsp (about 45 g)
  • Frozen peas icon
    Frozen peas
    1 cup (about 122.4 g)


  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Inner pot

Step preview

  1. Add onion, garlic clove, chicken broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, white vinegar, salt, black pepper and stew beef to the inner pot
  2. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  3. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 25 min
  4. Add cornstarch and water to a clean small bowl
  5. Mix with tablespoon until well combined
  6. Natural release - 10 min
  7. Release pressure -
  8. Add red potato and carrot to the inner pot
  9. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  10. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 4 min
  11. Release pressure -
  12. Heat - Sauté, Normal
  13. Transfer slurry to inner pot
  14. Stir until thickened
  15. Stir frozen peas into the inner pot
  16. Garnish with fresh parsley
  17. Serve
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