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Instant Pot Roast Beef Recipe (Instant Pot and Oven)

Instant Pot Roast Beef Recipe (Instant Pot and Oven)

Instant Pot Roast Beef

Succulent and juicy Instant Pot Roast Beef Recipe. Loaded with flavor, spices and garlic! Add this to your Christmas recipes list. You’ll want to serve it year after year! This roast beef recipe can also be made in the oven. Use it to make our famous Prime Rib Sandwich. The leftover would even work well in Sancocho Dominicano.

Looking for a killer instant pot roast beef recipe you can make in the Instant Pot or oven? You’ve come to the right place. Utilizing our popular How to Cook the Perfect Roast Beef in The Oven Recipe we came up with a succulent version you can make in the Instant Pot.

We have extremely high expectations when it comes to roast beef recipes. We weren’t sure if the end product would even warrant the use of the Instant Pot as most steaks, etc. are best when roasted in the oven or grilled. This Roast Beef Recipe defies what we thought possible….you can have a succulent, juicy roast beef utilizing the Instant Pot.

Roast beef recipe

Come Thanksgiving and Christmas, this is the Roast Beef recipe we’ll be using. It keeps our oven free for our favorite side dishes like these Rosemary and Garlic Dinner Rolls, Air Fryer Mushrooms or Air Fryer Baby Potatoes.

What makes this meat tender is the low and slow cooking method. This is what breaks down the collagen and makes it succulent and juicy. Sure you can increase the pressure cooking time to speed up the overall cooking time, however the end results would drastically suffer. Just say no to tough meat.

And if you’re wondering….these white CorningWare Casserole dishes work beautifully inside the Instant Pot. It’s what I used for this recipe and most others.

How To Make Roast Beef in The Instant Pot

We utilized Boneless Round Roasts for our testing, however Rump Roast should also work well.

Since this recipe uses the “warm” setting, it’s easy to pop the top off and stick a thermometer in the meat to gauge temperature (this is the one we love). Not cooked to your liking? Plug the top back on and continue to cook.  Anticipate a 2.5 hour cook time to get a 3 lb roast to rare (130 degrees) and approx. 3.5 hours for well done (160 degrees).

For the holidays, we like offering two protein options. We pair this Instant Pot Roast Beef with Smoked Ham, Instant Pot Turkey, Smoked Turkey or Smoked Turkey Wings.  

Serve them with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Sous Vide Asparagus, Sous Vide Carrots or Sous Vide Corn on the Cob.

Least we forget…..We have the PERFECT recipe for your left over roast beef: Open Faced Roast Beef Sandwiches.

Top it off with a batch of Prime Rib Gravy

Garlic Prime Rib Recipe
Sous Vide Prime Rib
Sous Vide Ribeye
Smoked Prime Rib
Individual Beef Wellington
Smoked Beef Tenderloin

Visit our Prime Rib Headquarters Page for All Things Prime Rib.

Roast beef - Sliced on wood cutting board

Roast Beef Recipe (Instant Pot and Oven)

Succulent and juicy Roast Beef Recipe made in the Instant Pot. Loaded with flavor, spices and garlic! This is one holiday recipe you want to serve this year.
3.33 from 319 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 13 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Recipes, Instant Pot Recipes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $20


  • 1 cup Beef Stock
  • 3 lb Boneless Round Roast (or Rump Roast)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2-3 Cloves garlic (Sliced)
  • 2 tsp Ground Thyme
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper


  • Add the beef stock to the bottom of the Instant Pot followed by the metal insert that comes with the Instant Pot.
  • Mix together the thyme, basil, rosemary, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Make small slits around the roast, about ½" deep. Insert a piece of sliced garlic into each slit.
  • Cover the roast with olive oil until well coasted and sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the top. Using your hands, rub the seasoning mixture in until the roast is evenly coated.
  • Place the roast beef in an Instant Pot friendly dish and set inside the Instant Pot. The roast should not be touching the beef stock mix.
  • Place the top on the Instant Pot and set it to "High Pressure" for 3 minutes.
  • After pressure cooking for 3 minutes, manually switch the setting to "warm".
  • After 2.5 hours check the temperature of the meat with a meat thermometer. Continue to cook on "warm" until your desired temperature (2.5 for rare and up to 3.5 for well done).
  • Once it's to your desired temperature, remove from the Instant Pot and transfer to a cutting board.
  • Slice against the grain and enjoy immediately.


Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 595mg | Potassium: 869mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 5mg
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Recipe Rating


Sunday 26th of June 2022

I thought the meal prep was easy but I think the thyme overpowered the beef. Not really for me.


Monday 17th of January 2022

I made this tonight for my family and it was a huge hit. I was worried about cooking the roast and having it be too tough. I added a can of Campbells french onion soup and a packet of brown gravy in the last 30 mins and kept it on warm, I added a little cornstarch slurry to thicken it up, and wow! it came out heavily! Thanks for the great instructions for the instapot, it's definitely why my roast came out perfect.(final temp 137°f, was a 3.5lb eye of the round)


Wednesday 24th of November 2021

So many rave reviews... I really wanted to love this recipe but I am a bit disappointed. Flavor of meat was good but meat came out very tough & I'm just not sure where the recipe went wrong.

Used 2.8 lb round roast, spiced as recommended except garlic which a family member is allergic to. Pressure cook x 3 min on high, natural release on warm for 2 hr 30 min.I used a ceramic dish as recommended & meat was sitting in a large amount of juice at the end of the cook time. Did this make it tough? Any other thoughts or suggestions? Thanks.

John Strickland

Friday 6th of August 2021

I Don't Have a Pressure Cooker I Have a Oven with a Good Pot and Lid So at what temperture and for how long do i set the oven for? Also how much water and can i just throw some potatoes and onions and spices in the pot and cook it all together?


Wednesday 27th of January 2021

I have a 4.5 lb roast how long do I cook in the pressure cooker and on high or medium