Have you ever planned on making stew for dinner but forgot to take the meat out of the freezer? This happens to me all the time so I developed this beef stew recipe using frozen meat.

Bren

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 25 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Turn on a multi-cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Heat oil for 1 minute. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until onion begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Pour in red wine and continue cooking until wine has reduced by 1/2, about 3 minutes. Add beef broth, thyme, parsley, oregano, bay leaf, salt, and pepper; stir to combine. Add tomato paste and stir. Place frozen meat on top. Add potatoes, carrots, and celery.

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  • Close and lock the lid. Close the vent. Select Meat/Stew button according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 45 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 10 minutes. Carefully move the vent to release remaining pressure using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes.

  • Unlock and remove the lid. Mix water and cornstarch in a small bowl and slowly pour into the pot. Select the Saute function and cook until slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

611 calories; protein 33g; carbohydrates 65.5g; fat 23.5g; cholesterol 83.5mg; sodium 809.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2018
This is an excellent recipe thanks Bren! I too need the last minute recipes for my pressure cooker. I don't have an instant pot - anyone else using this with a standard stovetop pressure cooker should know that it will cook at 10 lbs pressure for 20 minutes and let the pressure drop naturally taking it off the burner. If you need it after 10 minutes you can release it then otherwise let it sit to no pressure. I didn't make any changes except to increase amounts proportionately. I did however use our homemade merlot wine and our homemade tomato paste along with homegrown veggies and spices - yum!!! The beef came from the store.:D Thanks for a wonderful addition to my recipe collection! Read More
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26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2018
This is an excellent recipe thanks Bren! I too need the last minute recipes for my pressure cooker. I don't have an instant pot - anyone else using this with a standard stovetop pressure cooker should know that it will cook at 10 lbs pressure for 20 minutes and let the pressure drop naturally taking it off the burner. If you need it after 10 minutes you can release it then otherwise let it sit to no pressure. I didn't make any changes except to increase amounts proportionately. I did however use our homemade merlot wine and our homemade tomato paste along with homegrown veggies and spices - yum!!! The beef came from the store.:D Thanks for a wonderful addition to my recipe collection! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2019
I made it and it came out phenomenal! I have an 8 qt. Instapot and made a bigger batch. I used 3 lbs. of meat instead of two. I just added a little more ingredients. This was my first meal in the Instapot. Other than adjustments for the portion size I followed the directions and it was perfect. I will definetly make it again. Oh one thing...the potatoes...don't cut them to small. quarter the potatoes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2019
I made this with stoup bones and at the end of the pressure release and thickening I added frozen kale. This was a good recipe to use when you have frozen stew meat or soup bones. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2019
I had to delete the garlic & onion (wife is allergic) and make my own broth (onion & garlic free) otherwise unchanged. Using Asafoetida will replace the onion like flavor but is not of the onion family so safe for allergies or other onion/garlic restrictions. This recipe is super easy quick and a life saver when you forgot to thaw the meat! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2019
I used frozen lamb stew meat and quartered unpeeled baby potatoes. Due to lacking a couple of ingredients in the house I skipped the bay leaves and celery and ended up substituting ketchup for tomato paste. It turned out wonderful! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2019
Smells so good and can't wait for it to cool down so I can have some. I did take the advise of a commenter to cook meat and broth for 35 minutes then add potatoes, carrots, and celery for another 15 minutes. Potatoes and carrots not mushy this way but done. I also added another cup of water since I had lots of carrots. Oh some fresh bread or cornbread would be good with this mmmm Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2020
I left out the tomato paste (personal preference) but did everything else as written. Excellent! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2018
Delicious! So easy to make. I'll be adding this to the family favorites! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2019
I didn't have potatoes so I added green beans at the end. Also I used a pack of Lipton onion soup mix instead of the spices. It was great! Read More
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