This instant pot steak is so flavorful and so easy. It cooks in the pressure cooker in under 20 minutes, and is perfect for a quick weeknight recipe. A delicious gravy can be made right in the instant pot with the juices to serve over the steak or with mashed potatoes, and everything is gluten free, Whole30, low carb so everyone can enjoy this healthy dinner.
Why You’ll Love Instant Pot Steak Recipe
- Making instant pot steaks is so easy! It takes less than 20 minutes, and uses very minimal ingredients that creates the perfect steak every time.
- It goes really well with any type of side dish, vegetable, or salad – making throwing dinner together a breeze!
- Steak is high in protein, and this recipe is Whole30, paleo, keto / low carb, and overall fits into any number of dietary guidelines.
- The seasoning for the pressure cooker steak is flexible, so you can use your own steak seasoning if you have a go-to or preference!
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Instant Pot Steak Ingredients
For this pressure cooker steak recipe, the ingredient list is super short. You will need 2 steaks, I recommend using sirloin, ribeye, or strip steaks. For the steaks, you will want to make sure you’re using ones that are at least 1-inch thick.
You will also need butter, or ghee if you’re wanting it to be Whole30 or paleo, and a bit of beef broth or chicken broth. The seasoning is a simple mixture of salt, pepper, parsley, oregano, garlic and paprika. You can use your favorite store bought steak seasoning in it’s place, or opt for one I recommend listed in the substitutions section of this post.
There’s an optional step at the end to make a gravy from the juices, and for that, all you will need is a thickener such as flour or cornstarch. If you’re wanting this steak gravy to be Whole30, simply use arrowroot starch instead.
What type of steak is best to use in the Instant Pot?
There are a quite a few different cuts of beef that work for pressure cooker steak. The main thing you want when making steaks in the instant pot is to make sure they are at least 1-inch thick. Steaks that are too thin will overcook.
Types of steak that can be used in the instant pot include ribeye steak, which can be bone-in or boneless and come from the ribs. Sirloin steaks are often more affordable and are a great option for this recipe. Strip steaks are also ones I recommend using for instant pot steaks because they are typically easy to find and turn out great. They’re cut from the short loin and are a common steak most are familiar with.
Flank steaks, T-bone steaks, flat iron steaks and tenderloins can all be used for pressure cooker steak in the Instant Pot as well.
Recommended Steak Seasonings to Substitute:
- Traeger Saskatchewan Rub
- Primal Palate Steak Seasoning
- Minnesota Steak Seasoning from Lunds and Byerlys
- Montreal Steak Seasoning
Cooking Steps to Make Instant Pot Steak
The first step to cooking steak in the instant pot is to let the steaks come to room temperature on the counter first. When you cook cold steaks, the meat seizes up when it hits the heat and it will make the steak less tender. While it’s coming to room temp, combine the spices in a small bowl and pat the steaks dry. You’ll then rub the seasoning mixture into both sides of the steaks really well.
Begin the instant pot cooking process by turning the instant pot onto sauté mode, and add your butter or ghee into the bottom of the pot. Once it has melted, you’ll place the steaks into the butter to sear them for about 1 to 2 minutes per side.
Once the steaks are seared, remove them from the pressure cooker and add in your broth. You’ll want to use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape up any of the browned bits on the bottom to prevent the burn notice and also to give more flavor to the meat and gravy.
Add the trivet into the pot, and place the steaks on top of it. Place your lid on, set the valve to sealing and then cook on manual high pressure for 5 minutes for a medium done steak. Once the cook time is over, do a quick release of the pressure and transfer your steaks to a cutting board or a plate.
You’ll want to allow it to sit for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. This allows the steak to remain juicy. While it’s resting, you can opt to make a gravy from the juices left in your instant pot. To do this, set it back onto sauté mode. Mix a tablespoon of flour, or cornstarch, with a tablespoon of water in a small dish to make a slurry.
Add that into the liquid in the instant pot and stir it in. The gravy will begin to thicken, and at that point you can press “cancel” and then remove the insert from the instant pot to remove it from the heat. You can set it on a pot holder, or onto your stove being the insert will be hot. Then you can serve the gravy over your steaks or mashed potatoes!
Temperature of Steak & Level of Doneness
This recipe, when using 1 inch steaks, cooks them to medium. You can use a meat thermometer to measure the temp and use that to gauge what level of doneness the steak in the instant pot is.
Rare steak will have an internal temperature of 130 to 135 degrees F. Medium rare steak will have an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.
Medium steak will have an internal temperature of 155 to 160 degrees F, and well done steak will have an internal temperature of 165 to 170 degrees F.
How to Serve:
These steaks are great with roasted broccoli, green beans, baked or mashed potatoes, or sautéed and caramelized onions and mushrooms. Really they go well with almost any side or salad!
Sides and salads to serve with your Instant Pot steak:
- Caprese Pasta Salad
- Air Fryer Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
- Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
- Cherry Tomato and Feta Couscous Salad
- Buffalo Ranch Potato Salad
Does pressure cooking steak make it tender?
Yes, pressure cooker steak is very tender.
Can you put raw steak in the Instant Pot?
Sure! I like to sear both sides of the steak to add some texture and color, but raw steak is fine in the Instant Pot.
Can you use frozen beef?
Yes. It will take longer to cook, but pressure cookers are great with frozen meat.
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- Let steaks come to room temperature on the counter first. Cooking cold steak causes the meat to seize up when it hits heat which will make your steak less tender
- Combine the seasonings in a small bowl and pat the steaks dry. Rub the seasonings onto both sides of the steaks
- Turn your instant pot onto sauté mode and add the butter into the pot. Once the butter has melted and is hot, add the steaks into the instant pot. Sear them for 1 to 2 minutes without moving them, flip, and then sear for another 1 to 2 minutes on the other side
- Remove the steaks from the instant pot, cancel sauté mode, and add in the broth. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the instant pot. Then, place the trivet into the bottom of the pot
- Set the seared steaks on top of the trivet, place the lid on the instant pot and set the valve to “sealing”. Cook on manual high pressure for 5 minutes for medium done
- Once the cooking time is up, do a quick release and transfer the steaks to a plate or cutting board to rest for 5 minutes before you cut into them
- Slice the steak, or serve. This steak is great with vegetable sides such as roasted broccoli, baked or mashed potatoes, green beans and mushrooms, with or without the optional gravy
- Optional: You can make a gravy out of the juices and butter in the bottom of the instant pot by setting the instant pot back onto sauté mode once you remove the steak and let it rest. Mix 1 tablespoon flour, arrowroot or cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water until dissolved, and then pour it into the instant pot. Stir it into the liquid while the gravy thickens, and then remove the instant pot insert from the base (setting it on the stove or on a pot holder because the insert will be hot) to remove it from the heat. Serve the gravy over the steak, or mashed potatoes
- You can use steak seasoning in place of the spices outlined in the recipe. See post for steak seasoning recommendations
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