Instant Pot Pot Roast

pan with pot roast and vegetables in it garnished with greens

If you own a pressure cooker you need to try this simple Instant Pot Pot Roast. A classic Sunday pot roast that cooks in a fraction of the time. 

roast and vegetables in a white casserole pan

This pot roast has potatoes, carrots, onion soup mix, onions and more. You can whip up this pot roast for your family or even to serve a crowd. 

Instant Pot Pot Roast

If you tend to buy roast a lot, this is a fantastic recipe. Pair with dinner rolls, salad, or even a side of broccoli or corn. 

Why Do You Cut Up Roast

For this recipe I did cut the beef roast into smaller pieces. You will find pressure cooking the roast when cut up can shave off some cooking time. 

You do not have to cut the roast but if you don’t you will need to cook longer to ensure the roast is done. 

ingredients on table for pot roast

What Does Natural Release of Instant Pot Mean

Quick release and natural release of pressure are two terms you will here often in the Instant pot world. 

Once your timer goes off on the Instant Pot it will show and L and then zeros. It then begins counting and releasing the pressure on its own. When the pin drops you know the lid can be opened. 

Quick release is when you use a wooden spoon to push valve to release all the steam built up in the instant pot. 

Most meats need a natural release to help tenderize the meat. 

What Is The Best Roast for Pot Roast

Chuck roast or shoulder roast are great for pot roast. Look for a roast that has a nice fresh layer of white marble fat throughout the meat. 

The fat will help add flavor and break down a bit as it cooks. Leaner cuts of roast can become drier at times. 

broth being poured into instant pot with pot roast and vegetables

Does This Recipe Double

Depending on how large of a roast you buy and size of potatoes and such, the answer is it might. You will find the max fill line on the side of the instant pot. 

If you do not go over the line then yes you can double the recipe. Otherwise, you don’t want to. If you go over that line, your pot might not come to pressure and cook. 

homemade roast in instant pot

Meal Prep and Storage

Pot roast stores pretty well. Just place any leftover meat and vegetables in an airtight container and store in the fridge for a few days. 

You can freeze the leftover roast if you would like. The vegetables will become very soggy if you freeze them. 

To reheat you can do the microwave or even warm up on the stovetop. This pressure cooker roast is so delicious and great leftover. 

Here are more ideas for you

Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes

Instant Pot Pot Roast

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 37 minutes

Love Pot Roast but hate how long it takes to make? Then you will LOVE this recipe!


  • 3 lb. Roast Cut into Large Pieces
  • 1 lb. Small Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • ½ lb. Small Baby Carrots
  • 1 Purple Onion Diced
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 Package of Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 - 15 oz. Can of Beef Broth


  1. Cut Roast into Smaller Pieces so they Cook Faster
  2. Place Roast in the bottom of the Instant Pot then Cover with Beef Broth
  3. Sprinkle Onion Soup Mix & Black Pepper on top of Roast
  4. Top with Onion, Baby Carrots, and Potatoes
  5. Cover Instant Pot and Seal
  6. Cook on Manual Pressure for at least 90 Minutes
  7. Use the Natural Pressure Release Method
  8. Serve hot!


NOTE: If you are using Frozen Meat or you do not want to cut the meat into smaller pieces you will need to cook longer than 90 minutes on Manual Pressure Release.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 589Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 204mgSodium: 386mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 54g
Instant Pot Pot Roast

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