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Instant Pot Pot Roast

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Instant Pot Pot Roast: An easy dump and cook recipe in the pressure cooker, using chuck roast, arm roast, or any type of beef roast that you like!

Instant Pot Pot Roast

Instant Pot Pot Roast

For years I’ve cooked roasts in the slow cooker but knew that once I had an Instant Pot, the way that I cook a roast may change forever. And with the juiciness, quickness, and deliciousness that came out of this cooking process… I think it did just change forever.

Did you just buy an Instant Pot? See the video from when I unboxed mine and learned how to use it to get a helpful walk-through.

Today I’m sharing this crazy good pot roast recipe with you that I came up with the other day, after raiding the pantry.

Instant Pot Pot Roast Ingredients - How to Make pot roast

Pot Roast Ingredients

Every year, we are incredibly blessed to get a freezer full of farm-raised beef from my parent’s farm. So when I’m feeling a meaty and hearty dinner, I’ll tend to reach for one of the frozen roasts.

You can definitely make this recipe using a roast that isn’t frozen, and I’ve given those cooking times for it below as well.

Now, for this recipe, you can use just about any beef roast, and honestly… using this recipe for other types of meat should be pretty tasty too! Types of meat like:

  • Chicken
  • Deer
  • Pork

Other Ingredients:

In this recipe, the Italian dressing, ranch seasoning, butter, salt, and stock, create a delicious blend of juices that can be turned in to a gravy to serve on top of the roast and/or other side dishes.

Tip: To help pull the roast out of the instant pot when it’s finished cooking, you may want to use the trivet, and put that in the bottom before you add all of the ingredients. This way the roast can be pulled out much easier than trying to pull it out and having it all fall apart because it’s SOOO tender!

Pot Roast Recipe Butter, italian seasoning, ranch dressing mix, butter, broth

Roast in the Instant Pot

What I REALLY love about this recipe, (and almost all Instant Pot recipes) is that the ingredients can all be put in at once, and the Instant Pot is going to do the rest for you. No babysitting, no stirring, no nothing.

Unless you want gravy, and then there’s another little step, but with very little work.

Pot Roast

Pot Roast Cook Time

For a frozen, 3lb roast, pressure the roast and ingredients on “high” pressure for 90 minutes.

If it isn’t frozen, the roast should be fully cooked at around 45-50 minutes. (Making sure your roast reaches and the internal temperature of 145 degrees.)

Instant Pot Pot Roast Recipe

Now after you’ve grabbed a bite of that roast and have soaked in the juicy flavor, it’s time to make the gravy. But only if you want to!

Feel free to serve up this roast just as it is, or to serve with additional condiments like:

  • ketchup (a kid favorite)
  • horseradish (a mom and dad favorite)
  • A-1
  • garlic butter
  • blue cheese or ranch dressing

Pot Roast

Pot Roast Gravy

If you’re not a fan of using the juices from the cooking process, using a gravy packet or making your own homemade gravy is great too!

But if you ARE a fan of using the juices to create a gravy, you’ll need:

  • cold water
  • flour

to make a roux.

In a small bowl, mix equal amounts of cold water and flour and combine. (I used 3 tablespoons of each.)

Note: You may need more/less depending on the amount of juices you have, or how thick/thin you prefer your gravy.

Add Flour-Water Mixture to Drippings:

On the Instant Pot, turn on “saute” and once the juices are heated through, and almost to a boil. (This shouldn’t take long since the roast just finished cooking.)

Slowly add roux while stirring.

Stir until thickened to a gravy and shut off Instant Pot so the gravy does not burn/scorch.

Instant Pot Pot Roast

Salads to Serve with Pot Roast:

If you need a side dish to serve with your Instant Pot Pot Roast, here are my favorite salads to serve alongside!

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Instant Pot Pot Roast

Instant Pot Pot Roast

Jessica Burgess
Instant Pot Pot Roast: An easy dump and cook recipe in the pressure cooker, using chuck roast, arm roast, or any type of beef roast that you like!
4.37 from 71 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 32 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5 servings
Calories 903 kcal


  • 3 lb. frozen beef roast if thawed, reduce cook time
  • 1 cup broth beef, chicken, or veggie will work!
  • 1 packet ranch dressing or dips seasoning mix
  • 16 oz bottle of Italian dressing
  • 1 stick butter stick
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Optional Gravy

  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • juices from roast drippings


  • Place the trivet inside of the inner pot, and pour broth in to pressure cooker pot, add roast and top with dressing, seasonings and stick of butter.
  • Place lid on and cook on high pressure for 90 minutes. 
    Reduce the cook time if roast is thawed, for around 45-50 minutes.
  • Naturally or quick release the pressure.
  • Remove meat, and place on to platter or serving dish.

If making gravy:

  • In a small bowl, mix together cold water and flour. Stir until there are no lumps.
  • Leave juices in the pot and turn the "saute" setting on. 
  • Once meat juices are heated through and almost boiling (don't forget to stir so it doesn't burn) slowly add in and stir in the roux (flour and water mixture).
  • Stir and cook until juices thicken to a gravy. 
    If it does not thicken to a gravy after a couple of minutes, try adding more of a roux. You could have more juices than I did.


Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 


Serving: 1gCalories: 903kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 53gFat: 68gSaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 236mgSodium: 1891mgPotassium: 979mgSugar: 10gVitamin A: 735IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 6.1mg
Keyword instant pot pot roast, pot roast recipe, slow cooker
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33 thoughts on “Instant Pot Pot Roast

  1. Toni says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is so easy and delicious! Great dinner recipe any night!

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you so much Toni!

  2. Amy Locurto says:

    5 stars
    I love this! Always a winning recipe for the Instant Pot!

    1. Jessica says:

      Aw! Yes! Thank you so much Amy!

  3. Cheryl S says:

    so full of flavor this is always a hit!

  4. Aimee Shugarman says:

    5 stars
    One of my favorite pot roast recipes!

    1. Jessica says:

      Aw, thank you Aimee!!

  5. Sarah Skaggs says:

    5 stars
    This is so great! thank you!

  6. Connie says:

    Loved pot roast very favorable

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good! I’m so glad that you liked it! Thank you!

  7. Valerie says:

    4 stars
    Loved the flavor of this roast! We’ve tried the Mississippi/Italian-style beef recipes that call for the 3 packets (au jus/Italian dressing/Ranch dressing) + pepperoncinis in some cases and have yet to be impressed — we much preferred the outcome of this recipe! The only adjustment I made was to reduce the amount of Italian dressing and butter; I used 4 oz. of dressing and 4 Tbsp. of butter. Same great flavor profile with a bit less oil and fat in the gravy; purely a preference thing. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Jessica says:

      I’m SO glad that you liked it! Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Robin says:

    I bought chuncks of roast instead of 1 big one. Will this change the cooking time?

    1. Jessica says:

      I’m not sure, since I haven’t tried that… but I would think it could reduce the cook time, since it won’t have to cook through such a large piece of meat! But the way I look at it… since it’s a pressure cooker, the meat will probably get more and more tender if you do cook it at the same time. Good luck!

  9. Claudia says:

    5 stars
    This is soooo good!!! My roast was thawed out but I did add 20 mins to the cooking time because only 1 side was really tender. I can’t wait to make this again.

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!! I’m so glad that you liked it too, and that’s so good to know that adding 20 minutes worked for your roast! Thank you!

    2. Elizabeth Humble says:

      Mine was still raw and looked a little rubbery, so we added more time. Hopefully that works.

      1. Jessica says:

        Thanks for letting us know Elizabeth! I hope you loved it!

  10. Glenda says:

    5 stars
    This was delicious!!! Thank you for sharing 😊

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh Glenda, thank you so much for sharing this with us, I’m so glad that you liked it. Thank you for leaving a review as well!

  11. Bek says:

    I made this tonight and used a thawed roast. After 45 minutes on high the meat was still rare. Did I miss something? It smells great but I am crossing my fingers it actually cooks through in time tonight.

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh no! I’m not sure what could have happened. Do you know if the pressure cooker actually came to pressure?

  12. Norma says:

    Do you cook this on the rack or just setting on the bottom?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Norma! I’m so sorry I didn’t say! I’ve updated the post to say that I use the trivet (rack) for this! Thank you!

  13. DelShonia Vickers says:

    5 stars
    This was AMAZING! I was having serious buyer’s remorse about my instant pot since the only successful ‘recipes’ I’d executes were egg bites and ‘boiled’ eggs – then along came this recipe… LIFE. CHANGING. I was so skeptical it would work, I didn’t even tell my family it was being prepared – no way I was serving up another leather-esque roast! THANK YOU! From rock hard frozen to fork tender in 90 minutes! Wizardry indeed!

    1. Jessica says:

      Awww!!! You and I sound so much alike. Although I do like using the Instant Pot for making hard-boiled eggs… being able to cook a big piece of frozen meat in no time, is a game-changer! 🙂 So happy you were happy with this!

  14. Taylor Mcewen says:

    Is there anything you would Suggest to substitute the Italian dressing with?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Taylor! I’ve never tried anything but that, but if you have Italian dressing seasoning on hand instead, that would work well too I’m sure!

  15. Janeen McGuire says:

    5 stars
    Loved it! Easy and delicious

    1. Jessica says:

      I’m so glad that you loved it! Thank you so much for sharing!

  16. Kim Jones says:

    5 stars
    I made this roast and it was delicious! Best roast I have ever had. I didn’t have Italian dressing so I used balsamic and it turned out great! It was so juicy and tender.

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you SO so much!! I’m so glad that you liked this and mixed it up when you didn’t have all that you needed! Thank you for letting us know.

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