I have started to love cooking with stew meat in my Instant Pot! I love how you can pressure-cook inexpensive cuts of beef and make them mouthwatering tender! There are so many recipes you can create using stew meat that isn’t stew! I love how stew meat can cook in your Instant pot in a matter of minutes, while when you cook an entire roast, it takes much longer. You can use stew meat for any beef recipe that calls for chopping up beef and browning. I have readers ask questions all the time about what to make with stew meat that isn’t stew. I have compiled a list of crowd-pleasing 30-minute dinners that will taste amazing!
What cut of meat is Stew Meat?
Stew meat is beef made from inexpensive cuts of meat that have tough connective tissue, namely chuck or round. When you pressure cook stew meat in your Instant Pot, the connective tissue breaks down and becomes melt in your mouth tender.
What can I make using Stew Meat Besides Stew?
You can use stew meat for any recipe that calls for chopping up beef. When stew meat is cooked in your Instant Pot, it turns out tender enough to be applied to recipes that would call for shredded beef or ground beef.
What are some tips for cooking Stew Meat in your Instant Pot?
- When you buy stew meat at the store, it can come in pretty large chunks. I like to cut those chunks into smaller pieces before cooking them in my Instant Pot, especially if I mimic a “shredded beef” recipe with stew meat.
- I like to use the saute function on my Instant Pot to brown the beef slightly before I pressure cook it. Don’t cook the meat all the way through before pressure cooking it, but browning it enhances the flavor.
How long do you cook stew meat in your Instant Pot?
The cooking time can vary when cooking stew meat in your Instant Pot. If you are cooking stew meat only, I like to cook it for 15 minutes and let the pressure naturally release if I want it to be melt in your mouth tender, but if you are pressed for time, you can use a lower cooking time- 8-10 minutes and use a quick release.