Instant Pot Beef Stew with Frozen Meat


Did you plan 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 recipe using frozen meat.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins


  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil

  • 1 large onion, finely diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup dry red wine

  • 2 cups beef broth

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 2 (1 pound) packages cubed beef stew meat, frozen

  • 6 medium carrots, sliced

  • 5 large potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes

  • 3 stalks celery, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Pour in oil. Cook onions and garlic in the hot oil until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in wine and continue sauteing until wine has reduced by half, 4 to 5 minutes.

  2. Add beef broth, thyme, parsley, oregano, bay leaf, salt, and pepper; stir to combine. Mix in tomato paste. Place frozen meat into the pot and add carrots, potatoes, and celery. Close and lock the lid. Select Meat/Stew function and set timer for 45 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 10 minutes. Carefully move the vent to release the remainder of the pressure, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  4. Mix water and cornstarch together in a small bowl and pour slowly into the pot. Press the Saute button and cook stew until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

586 Calories
26g Fat
49g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 586
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 635mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 51mg 256%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 1621mg 34%

* 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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