I am a comfort food addict. If I see a recipe that looks comforting, and has savory ingredients, I want to make it as quickly as possible. One of my most favorite comforting foods has always been beef stroganoff. When I was younger my family would make that box stroganoff meal where all you needed to do was add a few fresh ingredients and you have yourself a full-on meal. I loved that stuff. It wasn’t until I was in college when I realized that beef stroganoff not only tastes better when it is homemade, it is more rustic and comforting. That special time in college is what drove me to create this Easy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff.
A special Stroganoff memory
Back in college, my friends and I would go over to our assistant pastor’s house for Monday night bible study. It was my favorite night of the week. I was surrounded by good friends, solid biblical teachings, and of course delicious food made by the pastor’s wife. What a blessing those nights were! One special night his wife made beef stroganoff, and oh man was it yummy! I was sad my friends were there because it meant that I could not eat all her stroganoff! Still, I knew at that moment that I wanted to make stroganoff myself and create my own recipe.
Instant Pot for the Win!
Years later I have created a delicious and easy instant pot beef stroganoff. I finally bought an Instant Pot in January, and I have not been disappointed. Now I have a deliciously creamy and rustic stroganoff recipe to make in the Instant Pot for years to come. Yummy!
How to make my Easy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff
Put time into preparing the beef. Tender beef is what makes this Easy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff
First, I season my sirloin with salt and pepper. How much you season the beef at this point is up to you. Personally, I like to use a bit more salt and pepper here. Once I season the beef, I pat it dry with a paper towel.
Next, I cut the beef into strips. I usually will make my strips about 1 ½ inch-2 inches long by ¼ wide. The way you cut your beef in this stage matters. When you cut the length of the strips (1 ½ – 2 inches) cut WITH the grain. When you make the ¼ inch cuts, be sure to cut WITH the grain. This will give you a more tender bite of beef. Especially when cooked in a pressure cooker.
Lastly, add some salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder to the flour. This will add extra flavor to the beef as you coat it with flour.
Instant Pot Saute’
Select the sauté function on the Instant Pot. This setting only lets the bottom of the pot get hot, so you can easily sauté your ingredients before you pressure cook them.
Once the pot is hot add some olive oil, about one tablespoon, and let that heat up for a few seconds. Then brown the flower coated beef and set aside.
Once you are done sautéing the beef, add the onions and sauté them until they are fragrant and soft.
Add the garlic and stir with the onions for about 30 seconds, or less if the garlic begins to brown.
Put the beef back into the pot and add liquid and dry ingredients. Do NOT add the egg noodles or sour cream. If you add the egg noodles at this stage, they will become soggy and over cooked. Adding dairy during the pressure cook phase can cause it to curdle, and that is the last thing you want here.
Instant Pot Pressure Cook
Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high for 15 minutes then use the quick vapor release. Please remember that the steam from this release is HOT and comes out very quickly. Never look over the vapor release. Carefully unlock and remote the lid.
Add the egg noodles, replace and lock the lid, and pressure cook on high for five minutes. If for some reason there is no more liquid in the Instant Pot after the first pressure cook, add more liquid. How much you add depends on how much liquid you have remaining. Add more liquid as needed.
Use the natural release according to the manufacturer directions, and carefully remove the lid.
Add the sour cream, stir, and enjoy!Print
This easy Instant Pot beef stroganoff is super delicious and easy to make. This comforting stroganoff is a creamy and flavorful weeknight meal that is full of tender melt in your mouth beef strips.
- olive oil
- ~ 1 ½ lb. top sirloin steak
- 1 ½ tsp salt, plus additional for seasoning beef
- ½ tsp pepper, plus additional for seasoning beef
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ cup flour
- 1 sm onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- ½ tsp ground mustard
- ½ tsp thyme
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- ¾ cup red wine **(optional, but recommended)
- 2 cups beef broth (2 ¾ cup if not using red wine)
- 1 bag egg noodles
- ½ cup sour cream
- Cut beef into thin strips
- Mix ¼ tsp pepper, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp paprika, ½ tsp garlic powder into flour
- Lightly coat beef strips with flour
- Put Instant Pot© on sauté and wait for it to heat up
- Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to pot, then brown the beef strips
- Remove beef strips and set aside
- Add onions to pot and sauté until fragrant and soft
- Add garlic and sauté with onions for 30 seconds, or until they begin to brown
- Add the beef strips back into pot
- Turn off the sauté on the Instant Pot
- Add the liquid and dry ingredients into the instant pot. Stir. Do NOT add the noodles or sour cream
- Lock the lid onto the instant pot, and pressure cook on high for 15 minutes
- Use the quick release after the 15 minutes is up
- Safely and carefully remove lid from the Instant Pot
- Add the egg noodles to the pot and stir
- Replace the lid on the Instant Pot and pressure cook on high for five minutes. When it is done use the natural release method outlined in the manufacturer’s manual
- Add the sour cream, stir, and enjoy!
**I love using wine in my sauces, I think it gives the dish amazing flavor. However, if you don’t like the idea of using traditional wine in your cooking, you can always use a non-alcoholic wine. I have found that this gives similar flavors to foods.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: Russian