Pressure Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

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Pressure Cooker Guinness Beef Stew! All the flavor of a slow-cooked stew, done in a fraction of the time. Made with beef stew meat, onion, celery, carrots, parsnips, and of course, Guinness. So good on a cold winter day.

Photography Credit: Coco Morante

You guys, I get so much joy out of converting slow cooker recipes into brand spanking new versions for the electric pressure cooker.

There are so many advantages to doing this! Everything cooks much faster, so there’s no need to plan ahead—yet you can also leave the food on the “Keep Warm” setting if you don’t get to it right away. Total flexibility.

Pressure Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

This beef stew can even be left on the warm setting all day long, so you can start it in the morning, then come home to a hot dinner.

This stew is an adaptation of one of Elise’s tried-and-true recipes from the Simply Recipes archives. Instead of four to eight hours, the recipe only takes about an hour and a half to make in the pressure cooker (I use an Instant Pot!).

Since less liquid is required with pressure cooking, you only need a cup of Guinness (or another stout beer) for the whole pot.

Pressure Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

That means I get to enjoy the leftover beer on the couch while the stew is bubbling away. Not only does the stew get a deep flavor, the cook gets a treat, too.

This makes a tender, deeply flavored beef stew, packed with carrots, parsnips, and root vegetables. Pressure cooker for the win!

Pressure Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

Pressure Cooker Guinness Beef Stew Recipe

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  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings

If using a stovetop pressure cooker:

  • Do steps 1 to 3 on the stovetop.
  • Secure the lid on the pressure cooker, bring up to high pressure, then turn down the heat and let the stew cook for 25 minutes at high pressure. Let the pressure release naturally completely, or allow the pressure to release naturally for at least 10 minutes before performing a quick pressure release.
  • Add the root vegetables, then cook the stew under pressure for two more minutes.
  • Perform a quick pressure release and open the pot. Stir in the cornstarch slurry right away while stew is still bubbling. Serve.

Looking for a slow cooker version? Here you go!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter or neutral flavored oil
  • 1 large (8 ounce) onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup Guinness extra stout, or other stout
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 to 4 parsnips (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 pound potatoes, rutabaga, or celery root, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Special equipment:

Method

1 Sear the meat: Pat the pieces of beef dry with a paper towel, then season them on all sides with the salt and pepper.

Select the high “Sauté” setting on the electric pressure cooker and heat the butter or oil. Brown the beef in the butter in two batches, searing the pieces for 4 minutes per batch and flipping them halfway through cooking.

Don’t worry about trying to sear every side of the beef—you’re just trying to get some browning on the beef and some flavor developing in the pot. Use a pair of tongs to transfer the meat to a dish.

Pressure Cooker Guinness Beef Stew Pressure Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

2 Cook the onions and celery: Add the onions and celery to the now-empty pressure cooker. Cook until the onions begin to soften and turn translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for another minute.

Pressure Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

3 Add the liquids to the pot: Pour in the Guinness. Use a stiff spatula to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Let it simmer for five minutes to reduce the beer a bit, then stir in the reserved beef, beef broth, and thyme.

Pressure Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

4 Pressure cook the meat: Secure the lid on the pressure cooker and make sure it’s set to its “sealing” position. Cancel the cooking program, then select the Meat/Stew,” “Pressure Cook,” or “Manual” setting, and set the cooking time to 30 minutes at high pressure. (The pot will take about 10 minutes to come up to pressure before the actual cooking time begins.)

When the cooking program finishes, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure by moving the pressure vent to its “venting” position.

At this point, you may also leave the stew on the “Keep Warm” setting for up to 10 hours, before continuing with the rest of the recipe. The beef will become more tender the longer it sits.

Pressure Cooker Guinness Beef Stew Pressure Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

5 Add the root vegetables and pressure cook: When the pressure has released, open the pot. (Optional: for a leaner stew, you can use a ladle or spoon to skim off some of the fat.) Stir in the carrots, parsnips, and root vegetables.

Put the lid back on the pressure cooker and make sure it’s set to its “sealing” position. Cancel the cooking program, then select the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” setting and set the cooking time to 3 minutes at high pressure.  (The pot will take about 10 minutes to come up to pressure before the actual cooking time begins.)

Pressure Cooker Guinness Beef Stew

6 While the stew is finishing, mix the cornstarch and water together in a small bowl to make a slurry.

7 Finish the stew: When the cooking program ends, perform a quick pressure release by moving the pressure vent to its “venting” position. (It's also ok if you need to leave the stew on the "Warm" setting for a little while before venting the pressure and serving, though the vegetables will eventually start to get mushy if left too long.)

Stir in the cornstarch slurry right away while stew is still bubbling. The residual heat will thicken the stew within a couple minutes.

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8 Serve: Ladle the stew into bowls and serve it hot, with fresh parsley sprinkled on top.

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Coco Morante

Author of The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook. A self-taught cook and classically-trained soprano, Coco Morante writes and sings in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with her husband and their beagle. For more recipes, visit her blog, Lefty Spoon.

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7 Comments

  1. Linda

    I just made this in under an hour, used Porter Beer because that’s all we had, followed exact instructions…. FANTASTIC! Such an excellent dish. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  2. Cecilia Muller

    Can I use this recipe in my crockpot and adjust the time accordingly?

  3. Serena Milan

    I got a stove top pressure cooker last year for Christmas (that I didn’t really want) but I am really coming to love it when I want to make a meal in a hurry and I still use your recipes for the InstantPot only in my stovetop cooker.

  4. Bob Latshaw Jr

    can this recipe be done with a regular stove top pressure cooker? If so, how long should you let if cook?

  5. Twinkle

    Thank you so much for converting this recipe! I look forward to more pressure cooker conversions of past SR favorites.

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