Stew is the ultimate comfort food and a classic one pot meal. Making stew in the Instant Pot is a perfect way to reduce the cooking time without sacrificing any flavor. As the days get cooler choose some of these tasty stews to warm you up and fill you up.
Whether you are making beef stew, chicken stew, pork stew, vegan stew or something else completely different. Instant Pot Stew is a quick and easy way to make a rich and warm bowl full of deliciousness.
An Instant Pot can have a tasty stew ready to eat in as little as 30-45 minutes, much quicker than simmering it all day in a slow cooker or on the stove top.
A pressure cooker excels at making even thick cuts of meat tender and delicious.
Being able to saute and pressure cook all in one appliance means there is only one pot to wash.
If you are looking for the perfect recipe for a busy weeknight or a Sunday dinner check out my list of 37+ of the best Instant Pot stews below. The list is all stews and only stews. There are no soups or chilis or chowders!
And there are recipes from all over the world! Morocco, Brazil, Greece and Sweden are just some of the countries represented in this list of the best Instant Pot stew recipes. So jump down to the list or keep reading below for the answers to your most asked questions about making stew in a pressure cooker!
What is the difference between soup and stew?
The main difference is the amount of liquid that is used in each. Stews are thicker, with just enough liquid to almost cover the ingredients. Soups have lots more broth.
Because stews are thicker and have less broth they seem more substantial and filling. In my house stews have always been a hearty dinner, while soups are more for lunch or when you are sick!
How do you thicken Instant Pot Stew?
Use tomato paste – If a soup has a tomato based broth adding tomato paste is an easy way to thicken the broth.
Puree a vegetable – You can also use one of the vegetables in the stew to thicken the broth. Cauliflower or squash works very well for this because they puree easily. Just mash them after cooking to use as a thickening agent.
Add cornstarch or flour – These traditional thickening agents work best when they are added after pressure cooking the meat and vegetables. Mix either with cold water and stir it into the stew. Then use the saute function of Instant Pot to cook for a few minutes until it thickens.
What is the stew setting on an Instant Pot?
Some models of the Instant Pot have a specific setting for stew. This is a preprogramed button that automatically sets it on High pressure for 30 minutes. You can use this setting or just use the manual mode and set it on high pressure directly.
Why are my stew veggies mushy?
Some stew recipes call for adding the meat and most veggies all at once and then pressure cooking. This makes for quick and easy dump and go recipes.
However if the veggies cook too long this can result in vegetables that are soft and mushy. One easy way to help with this is to cut the vegetables into bigger pieces if they are being added with the meat.
Other stew recipes call for pressure cooking the meat and broth, releasing the pressure, adding the vegetables and pressure cooking again. This results in vegetables which are firmer, since they don’t cook under pressure for as long.
But this is a little more involved and doesn’t allow as much of hands off cooking time. So which type of stew you decide to make depends on how much time you have and how picky your are about the texture of stew vegetables.
Instant Pot Stews
Instant Pot Beef Stews
When it’s cold outside, nothing beats a hearty beef stew. These recipes will have you sitting down at the table with a steaming bowl full of tender beef in your hands.
Fall flavors abound in this beef stew made with apple cider. The cider adds a fun twist to traditional homemade beef stew.Tender chunks of beef and lots of vegetables make this a classic stew not to be missed.
Southwestern flavor abounds in this easy low carb stew. It includes cauliflower rice along with tomatoes, olives and chiles for a thick and comforting meal. The flavoring includes just a bit of spiciness making it kid friendly.
This keto beef stew is the ultimate cold-weather comfort food. It’s hearty, cozy, perfect for a family weeknight winter dinner. The beef is meltingly tender simmered in a delicious broth with celery, turnips, green beans, and onion.
Using the Instant Pot means this jalapeno spiced beef stew is ready in no time at all. Asian flavors like ginger root, soy sauce and sesame oil create a satisfying harmony that will leave you coming back for more.
This classic French Beef Bourguignon is full of tender chunks of beef, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, fresh herbs in a wine based rich broth. You can create all the flavor of fancy French restaurant in the comfort of your own home.
Greek Stifado is an easy comfort dinner with a hint of cinnamon for the cold days of winter. It is mix of beef, potatoes, carrots and onions in a hearty tomato-based broth that’s both healthy and delicious.
Three different types of mushrooms combine with beef in this easy stew. White button, shiitake and cremini mushrooms add flavor to the tender beef, perfect when you want a beef stew but are tired of carrots and potatoes.
Instant Pot Chicken Stew
Chicken stew is a perennial favorite because it is delicious, healthy and budget friendly.
This easy Mexican inspired stew consists of pork cooked with tomatillos and chiles. This delicious stew brings all the flavors of smoky roasted peppers and citrusy sweet tomatillos together in one hearty stew.
Feijoda is a Brazilian black bean stew with pork served with white rice, farofa (toasted cassava flour), couve a mineira (pan-fried collard greens), and orange slices. It is the national dish of Brazil and it is earthy and savory, with a thick bean broth and chunky meats.
Vegan Instant Pot Stews
Stew doesn't have to include meat! Check out these plant and grain based stews or creative meal ideas.
This aromatic vegetable stew has just enough heat to give the dish a nice kick without overpowering the sweet spices. Veggies, apricots, and chickpeas are flavored with cardamom, coriander, cloves and harissa in this simple stew.