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

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recipe by Ruth McCusker

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based on 4 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 (140g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
  • Red potato icon
    Red potato
    4 (200g)
  • Carrot icon
    3 (150g)
  • Fresh parsley icon
    Fresh parsley
    2 tbsp (8g)
  • Chicken broth icon
    Chicken broth
    1.5 cups (374g)
  • Soy sauce icon
    Soy sauce
    2 tbsp (30ml)
  • Brown sugar icon
    Brown sugar
    1 tbsp (12g)
  • White vinegar icon
    White vinegar
    1 tbsp (15ml)
  • Salt icon
    1 tsp (6g)
  • Black pepper icon
    Black pepper
    about ½ tsp (1g)
  • Stew beef icon
    Stew beef
    2¾ cups
  • Cornstarch icon
    2 tbsp (16g)
  • Water icon
    3 tbsp (44ml)
  • Frozen peas icon
    Frozen peas
    1 cup (122g)


  • 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. Cancel - Keep warm
  5. Add cornstarch and water to a clean small bowl
  6. Mix with tablespoon until well combined
  7. Natural release - 10 min
  8. Quick release
  9. Add red potato and carrot to the inner pot
  10. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  11. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 4 min
  12. Quick release
  13. Cancel - Keep warm
  14. Heat - Sauté, Normal
  15. Transfer slurry to inner pot
  16. Stir until thickened
  17. Cancel - Sauté
  18. Then stir frozen peas into the inner pot
  19. Garnish with fresh parsley
  20. Serve
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