Tender shredded roast beef in brown gravy, served over mashed potatoes…you are going to fall in love with this Instant Pot Roast Beef Gravy. Whether it’s for Sunday dinner or a weeknight, this simple dinner will be a hit with the whole family.
My sister’s family introduced us to a fun meal that is served at the Iowa State Fair. They call it Hot Beef Sundaes – mashed potatoes on the bottom, Roast Beef Gravy, a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of shredded cheese, and a cherry tomato on top.
Hot Beef Sundaes or just a comforting dinner of mashed potatoes and gravy, you’ll be glad you have this fun and delicious dinner in your back pocket!
This Roast Beef Gravy can also easily be made in the oven or a slow cooker. See the frequently asked questions section below for those instructions.
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Step by step pictures for how to make Instant Pot Roast Beef Gravy
Frequently asked questions for making Instant Pot Roast Beef Gravy
Can this Roast beef Gravy be made in the slow cooker?
Yes. To do it this way, you will need to stir the gravy packets and 2 tsp of cornstarch into three cups of cold water. Pour that mixture into the slow cooker, and then add your 3-4 pound beef roast. Add the salt and pepper. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-5 until the meat shreds easily. If needed, you can adjust the consistency of the gravy when the meat is done cooking. You may need to add a little water if it is too thick or you may need to make a cornstarch rue to thicken it a little more.
Can this Roast Beef Gravy be made in the oven?
Yes. To do it this way, you will want to follow the same directions as above for the slow cooker, except cover it tightly and bake it at 250 degrees for 6-10 hours, or until the meat shreds easily. Cooking time will depend on how big of a roast you are using or if your meat is frozen or thawed.
Do you have to use gravy packets or can you make homemade gravy?
No, you do not need to use gravy packets. You could add an onion soup packet to the roast while you cook it, and then make a simple gravy with the drippings. You may need to add a little more beef broth and season it to taste. The simplest way to make the drippings into gravy would be by thickening it with a cornstarch water mixture.
How long does a frozen beef roast need to cook in the Instant Pot?
A frozen beef roast needs to cook for 90 minutes in the Instant Pot to become shreddable.
How long does a thawed beef roast need to cook in the instant pot?
A thawed beef roast needs to cook for 45 minutes in the Instant Pot to become shreddable.
What is the best way to store Leftover instant pot roast beef Gravy?
The best way to store leftover Instant Pot Roast Beef Gravy is to keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can use the leftover gravy to make a simple pot pie if you desire.
- 3-4 lb beef chuck roast or your favorite cut
- 2 packets of brown gravy mix
- 3 cups cold water, divided
- 2 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 2-3 tsp cornstarch and 3 tbsp water (for thickening gravy if you would like it thicker)
- Place the beef roast, 2 cups of water, salt, and pepper in your Instant Pot. Secure the lid and set for 45 minutes if you are using a thawed beef roast and 90 minutes if you are using a frozen beef roast.
- When pressure cooking is over, you can either do a quick release or let it naturally release. If you do a quick release, put a hand towel over the release valve to catch the steam.
- Remove the pot roast and shred the meat, being careful to remove any excess fat. If the meat isn't shredding well, you can return it to the pressure cooker for an additional 15 minutes, or you can just cut it into small pieces instead of shredding it. Either way, it will taste great in the gravy.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the last cup of cold water and the two packets of beef gravy. Before returning the shredded meat to the Instant Pot with the remaining liquid (should be about 2 cups), turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting and whisk in the water/gravy mixture.
- Add the meat back in, stir well, and let the mixture come to a boil to see how thick it will become. If it is not as thick as you would like, whisk together the cornstarch and 3 tbsp of water and stir it into the gravy. Let it come to a simmer.
- Serve gravy over mashed potatoes or rice.