Kelly's Pressure Cooker Beef Stew


My mother used to make beef stew in a pressure cooker at least once a week. I crave it all the time and have doctored up the flavor so it's no longer just 'meat and potatoes' tasting.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¼ pounds beef stew meat, cubed

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 cubes beef bouillon

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 2 cups peeled baby carrots


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place flour in a resealable bag; drop in half the beef cubes and shake to coat. Shake off excess flour and add meat to pan. Repeat with remaining beef. Season meat with salt and pepper to taste.

  2. Stir onion into beef and cook, stirring often, until the meat is browned on all sides and onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in sugar.

  3. Combine water, beef bouillon, garlic, bay leaf, parsley, and basil in a pressure cooker over medium-high heat. When bouillon cubes are dissolved, fit the pressure cooker's rack in the cooker (if it has one). Layer potatoes, carrots, and meat mixture in the pressure cooker, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Seal the lid and bring the cooker up to full pressure.

  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, maintaining full pressure, and cook for 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Let the pressure drop naturally, about 15 minutes before releasing lid. Transfer the meat and vegetables to a serving bowl and pour pan juices over meat and vegetables.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

535 Calories
16g Fat
65g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 535
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 557mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 47mg 236%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 6mg 36%
Potassium 1474mg 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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