Easy Instant Pot Beef Tips and Gravy

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When you want a tasty and simple meal, try this Easy Instant Pot Beef Tips and Gravy recipe. Hearty, comforting, and easy to make. This recipe transforms tender chunks of beef into a savory masterpiece. Plus, you can make it in a fraction of the time compared to traditional cooking methods.

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Start this Easy Instant Pot Beef Tips and Gravy by searing the stew meat using the sauté mode. Chefs often use searing as a technique to lock in the juice of the meat, resulting in a tender bite that’s packed with flavor. It’s produces results similar to caramelization.

Next, add in water, beef bouillon, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and some spices. The pressure cook in high for 20 minutes. Yep, that’s correct, 20 minutes. This is the perfect amount of time to pressure cook stew meat to produce tender bites.

Instant Pot Beef Tips and Gravy

Once you do that, it’s time for gravy. Combine the cornstarch with the half and half to makes a slurry. Turn the pot back on the sauté mode.

When the mixture starts boiling, mix in the slurry. Add in the other remaining gravy ingredients and stir to combine. Then cook for a few minutes until the gravy has reached the correct consistency.

I like to pour a little browning sauce into the gravy. It adds flavor and color to the gravy. However, if you don’t have it. That’s ok. It will still turn out good.

You can serve this creamy gravy and fork tender pieces of beef over rice, egg noodles, or mashed potatoes. My family loves these tender beef tips best when served over mashed potatoes!

Easy Instant Pot Beef Tips and Gravy

What type of beef should I use for beef tips and gravy in the Instant Pot?
You can use beef stew meat, sirloin tips, or chuck roast cut into bite-sized pieces. These cuts are ideal for tenderizing during pressure cooking.

Do I need to brown the beef before pressure cooking it?
Yes, browning the beef adds flavor and helps seal in the juices. It’s an important step for a richer taste.

What’s the difference between natural release and quick release?
Natural release occurs when the Instant Pot automatically releases pressure after cooking. On the other hand, quick release happens when you manually release the steam. You often use natural release for meats to avoid toughening.

What can I garnish the dish with?
Besides parsley, you can garnish with chopped chives or green onions.

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Instant Pot Beef Tips and Gravy

Instant Pot Beef Tips and Gravy

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 5 -6 servings
Calories 271 kcal


  • 1 ½ lbs beef stew meat
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp liquid smoke
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp beef Better Than Bouillon


  • ½ cup half and half
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp beef Better Than Bouillon
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • splash of browning sauce, optional (Kitchen Bouquet)


  • Turn your Instant Pot on to sauté mode. Allow it to heat up and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Add your beef and sear the meat along the tops and bottoms of each piece.
  • Turn off saute mode and add in the water and deglaze the pan, scaping off the bottom of the pan well. Then add in the Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, bullion, and spices. Stir to combine.
  • Place the lid on and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes, making sure the vent is sealed.
  • When finished cooking, allow for a natural pressure release for about 15 minutes. Then, turn the valve to vent to remove any excess pressure. While the pressure is releasing, stir together the half and half and cornstarch until smooth, then set it aside.
  • Turn the instant pot to the sauté setting. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Then add in the remaining gravy ingredients. Stir together and allow to simmer for a few minutes until the gravy thickens. Serve over cooked rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes. Serves 5-6.


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 638mg | Potassium: 566mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3mg
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This recipe is adapted from Jamie Cooks It Up.

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