Brown Butter Beef Tips

Brown Butter ( Buerre Noisette) is a classic French staple in the kitchen.  Brown Butter is melted butter with accelerated flavor, can be made in less than 10 minutes, and has a nutty and bold flavor.  These Instant Pot Brown Butter Beef Tips make a mouthwatering meal in just minutes.  Although you will take a few extra steps to brown the butter at the beginning of the cooking process, this easy weeknight meal calls for only a few ingredients and will wow your family!

This meal is rich and decadent.  I happen to have no problem feeding my family meals with honest-to-god whole rich ingredients.  We also have our nights of eating lean chicken and broccoli, and we have nights where we feast on Brown Butter Beef Tips.   Just like the French eats, this dish is rich, and a little goes a long way.  Don’t think about volume eating when you make this, and savor every bite.

What is the Brown Specs in Brown Butter?

The brown specs in brown butter are toasted milk solids.  They’re actually where most of the flavor in brown butter comes from, so make sure you scrape them out of the pan!

Tips for Browning Butter in your Instant Pot

  1. You will use the saute function on your Instant Pot to brown the butter.  The Instant Pot will get hotter than a saucepan would on the stove, so browning the butter will be time-sensitive.  Hit the saute button and cook the butter for 4 minutes. Then press the cancel button,  and continue stirring the butter while the pan starts to cool down.
  2. Cut butter into pieces evenly so that the butter will cook evenly
  3. Don’t stop stirring
  4. Brown butter is melted butter with an accelerated flavor.  Melt butter until the butter sizzles and foams.  It will turn into the most incredible flavored ingredient.

This dinner is super easy.  The steak, potatoes, and carrots cook together in the Instant Pot with brown butter, herbs, and water to make a quick meal that is nourishing, rich, and delicious.

This meal only calls for a few ingredients.

1 pound of beef tips, steak, or stew meat

6 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 pound of baby potatoes, washed

Brown butter


Your favorite herb to pair with beef.  I used thyme.

Sea Salt

Remember to let the meat rest after the cooking has been completed.

Regardless of the but meat, you use for this meal, and if you want the meat to taste tender and perfect, I cannot stress enough how important it is to let your meat rest! Letting your meat rest makes a huge difference in the tenderness of the finished product! I recommend letting the meat rest for at least 10 minutes before eating!

I recommend serving this dish with a salad to round out the meal.

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  • 1/2 cup butter cut into even slices
  • 1-2 pounds beef tips or stew meat
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1.5 pound baby potatoes


  1. Cut the butter into even slices.

  2. Make your brown butter. Set your Instant Pot to the saute setting and add the butter.

  3. Constantly stir the butter for 4 minutes. Hit the cancel button. Continue to stir the brown butter for 3-4 minutes as the Instant pot is cooling down.

  4. Add beef, salt, and thyme. Mix everything together.

  5. Add 1 cup of water.

  6. Add the trivet or a vegetable steamer into the inner pot of your Instant Pot.

  7. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Quick Release Pressure.

  8. Let the beef rest for 10 minutes before eating

  9. Arrange the food on a plate. drizzle everything with brown butter sauce before serving.


Did you try this dish?  Let me know how it turned out for you!  Tag me at @Kristen_makethebest on Instagram or comment below!




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