Clean Eating Pot Roast in the Instant Pot

Updated on February 22, 2019
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, blogger at Healthy at Home, and educator. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

I'm sure that if you do any cooking at all, or have seen others cook, it's been using the stove, the microwave, and the oven. Other than the Crock-Pot, which is a fairly new invention, these have been the only way to cook. Something like a pot roast may have been initially browned on the stove in a pan, but was then transferred to a large casserole dish, traditionally with veggies, and was cooked in the oven for a long while using high heat.

With the invention of the Crock-Pot, it was easier to simply drop your roast and veggies in and cook low and slow all day long. Most of us simply don't have that kind of time—or the necessary forethought first thing in the morning—and the oven uses a great deal of electricity and heats up the whole house.

Since I was gifted my Instant Pot, every meal is becoming a whole lot easier. It isn't any more difficult than using a Crock-Pot, but there isn't the cleanup a Crock-Pot typically takes, and I don't have to monitor it during the cooking process. It's literally a dump-in-and-walk-away kind of machine that you can start at the last second and still have a meal fit for a king.

That's my kind of meal! I've really been enjoying my Instant Pot for a couple years now, though I've been getting into it more over this last year, and I decided to jazz up all of my old recipes by figuring out how to make them in the Instant Pot. So here you go!

I don't know if anyone has tried to make a pot roast in the Instant Pot, but I thought it might be interesting. Since we are trying to clean out our freezer for our big move to Kentucky coming up, I've been using my Crock-Pot to cook up all of the chicken and hamburger we had frozen out in the garage to start using it in our meals every night.

We had a great roast outside that was begging to be made, and I didn't have access to the Crock-Pot, so it seemed like just the right time for this meal. Let me show you how I did it. And it was amazing! I may never go back to cooking this is the Crock-Pot again.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: 8-10 adult servings of pot roast

Ingredients

  • 4-5 pound chuck roast
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 cups beef broth, homemade preferred
  • 1 teaspoon each thyme, rosemary, oregano, and paprika
  • 8 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup organic soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour

Instructions

  1. Start by setting your Instant Pot to the Saute setting and melt your coconut oil in the bottom of the pot.
  2. Once melted, set your thawed pot roast into the bottom to brown. Flip after 5 or so minutes, when the side facing down has completely seared (see pictures).
  3. Sear the other side for an additional 5 minutes or so.
  4. Pour half of your beef broth into the pot and (with two hands) lift the pot roast and scrape the pot out underneath the roast.
  5. Add each of your seasonings to the top of your pot roast, and your minced garlic around the bottom of the pot.
  6. Chop your onion into large pieces and slide it into the pot on either side of your roast.
  7. Pour the rest of your beef broth into the pot, and then add in your Worcestershire and organic soy sauce.
  8. Finally, top the whole thing with your pat of butter. No need to melt it first.
  9. Close and lock the lid of your Instant Pot and set it for 75 minutes to 100 minutes, depending on the thickness of your pot roast. I set mine for 75 minutes for my 2-inch roast. However, if your roast is 4 inches or thicker, I would set the time for 100 minutes.
  10. Keep in mind, you have 20 minutes for your Instant Pot to pressurize before cooking, and 10 minutes to depressurize after cooking. So make sure to count that in your cook time so that dinner can be ready on time.
  11. When the Instant Pot has depressurized, remove the pot roast and shred it off to the side.
  12. In the meantime, add your flour to the pot and whisk to incorporate. It will thicken as you are shredding your roast.
  13. Add the roast back in to soak up all of those yummy juices and serve. We served ours with green beans and a yummy spinach salad.
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Start by melting your coconut oil in your Instant Pot on the Saute function.Then add in your pot roast to brown it on both sides. You'll want a thawed roast, rather than frozen.Flip after 5 minutes or so, and one side is browned. Then add in half of your beef broth and scrape the bottom of the pot with a plastic spatula.Add your various spices right over the top.Add in your garlic, spreading it evenly throughout the pot.Chop and add your onion in huge pieces on either side of the roast.Then, add in the rest of your broth.Top with your Worcestershire and organic soy sauce.Finally, add in your butter. There's no need to melt it first.Cook for about 75 minutes. Next time, I might bump this up to 80. If you have a really thick roast (4 inches or more), I would cook it for closer to 100 minutes.When finished, pull your roast out and shred it.Mix up a tablespoon of flour into a bit of water and pour it into your juice straight into the pot. Stir and let thicken as you shred your meat.Then add the meat back into the sauce and stir around.Yum! You could easily serve this with some steamed veggies, but we chose to serve ours with green beans and a spinach salad tonight.
Start by melting your coconut oil in your Instant Pot on the Saute function.
Start by melting your coconut oil in your Instant Pot on the Saute function.
Then add in your pot roast to brown it on both sides. You'll want a thawed roast, rather than frozen.
Then add in your pot roast to brown it on both sides. You'll want a thawed roast, rather than frozen.
Flip after 5 minutes or so, and one side is browned. Then add in half of your beef broth and scrape the bottom of the pot with a plastic spatula.
Flip after 5 minutes or so, and one side is browned. Then add in half of your beef broth and scrape the bottom of the pot with a plastic spatula.
Add your various spices right over the top.
Add your various spices right over the top.
Add in your garlic, spreading it evenly throughout the pot.
Add in your garlic, spreading it evenly throughout the pot.
Chop and add your onion in huge pieces on either side of the roast.
Chop and add your onion in huge pieces on either side of the roast.
Then, add in the rest of your broth.
Then, add in the rest of your broth.
Top with your Worcestershire and organic soy sauce.
Top with your Worcestershire and organic soy sauce.
Finally, add in your butter. There's no need to melt it first.
Finally, add in your butter. There's no need to melt it first.
Cook for about 75 minutes. Next time, I might bump this up to 80. If you have a really thick roast (4 inches or more), I would cook it for closer to 100 minutes.
Cook for about 75 minutes. Next time, I might bump this up to 80. If you have a really thick roast (4 inches or more), I would cook it for closer to 100 minutes.
When finished, pull your roast out and shred it.
When finished, pull your roast out and shred it.
Mix up a tablespoon of flour into a bit of water and pour it into your juice straight into the pot. Stir and let thicken as you shred your meat.
Mix up a tablespoon of flour into a bit of water and pour it into your juice straight into the pot. Stir and let thicken as you shred your meat.
Then add the meat back into the sauce and stir around.
Then add the meat back into the sauce and stir around.
Yum! You could easily serve this with some steamed veggies, but we chose to serve ours with green beans and a spinach salad tonight.
Yum! You could easily serve this with some steamed veggies, but we chose to serve ours with green beans and a spinach salad tonight.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 314
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 17 g6%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 43 g86%
Cholesterol 80 mg27%
Sodium 21 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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Obviously you could have served it with the traditional potatoes and carrots if you wished. Those could be steamed on the stove, baked in the oven, or when you pulled your pot roast out to shred it, you could simply drop your chopped veggies into the sauce, close up the Instant Pot again, and cook them for another 4 minutes on Manual followed by a Quick release.

We had potatoes two nights in a row before this meal, so instead, we opted for some of my canned green beans and some delicious spinach salad. My husband has always said he loved my salads. I enjoy finding all sorts of great toppings for them, like cranberries, nuts, and pumpkin seeds. Dinner was amazing, and we've had it two more times since then. This recipe makes plenty of leftovers, especially when you pair it with amazing sides.

If you haven't gotten yourself an Instant Pot yet, I highly suggest getting one of these for yourself. You won't regret it. If this is your first time using it, or even if you've been using it for a while, I've got some great recipes you should try. Check out my Instant Pot Creamy Italian Chicken and Hamburger Chili for starters, and be on the lookout for many more of my great recipes for your Instant Pot!

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