Pressure Cooker Pot Roast with Balsamic and Rosemary

Stovetop Pressure Cooker Instructions:

Follow the recipe as written, but lower the cooking time for the pot roast to 50 minutes at high pressure. Lower the cooking time for the potatoes and carrots to 4 minutes at high pressure.

Stovetop/Oven Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Season the roast with the salt and pepper, then sear in a Dutch oven on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Remove it to a dish, then sauté the onions, garlic, and rosemary, then add the broth and vinegar as in the recipe below.

Add the pot roast back to the Dutch oven, then add enough water to come about a third of the way up the roast. Cover the Dutch oven with its lid and place in the oven.

Roast the pot roast for 3 hours, or until it is tender, adding the carrots and potatoes during the last 1 1/2 hours of cooking. Check the pot roast every 45 minutes or so—if too much liquid has evaporated, add an extra splash of water.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings


  • One (2 1/2 to 3-pound) boneless beef chuck pot roast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 jumbo (12-ounce) onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 (4-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 cup beef broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 pounds new potatoes (halved if over 1 1/2 inches in diameter, quartered if even larger)
  • 1 pound baby carrots (or regular carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch rounds)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for serving (optional)

Special equipment:


1 Dry and season the roast: Place the roast on a dish and pat it dry with a paper towel. Season it all over with the 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and pepper.

Chuck Roast Instant Pot dry and season the roast

2 Sear the pot roast on the top and bottom: Select the Sauté setting on your electric pressure cooker and heat the oil for 3 minutes, until the oil is shimmering. Using a pair of tongs, lower the pot roast into the pot and sear it for 4 minutes on top and bottom (8 minutes total), until browned. Transfer the pot roast back to the dish.

Beef Roast Instant Pot sear the roast on all sides Instant Pot Roast flip the roast and sear it

3 Cook the onions and seasonings: Add onions and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to pot and sauté them for about 3 minutes, until they are a bit softened. Add the garlic and rosemary and sauté 1 minute more, until the garlic is no longer raw. Add the beef broth and balsamic vinegar, then use a wooden spoon to nudge any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.

Pot Roast in the Pressure Cooker add the rosemary Chuck Roast Pressure Cooker add the balsamic vinegar Chuck Roast Pressure Cooker cook the veggies

4 Pressure cook the roast: Use the tongs to lower the pot roast back into the pot, and spoon some of the cooking liquid over the top of the roast.

Secure the lid on your pressure cooker in its Sealing position. Cancel the Sauté program, then select the Manual or Pressure Cook program for 55 minutes at high pressure. (It will take about 5 minutes for the pot to come up to pressure before the cooking program begins.)

Beef Roast Pressure Cooker put the roast into the pot Beef Roast Pressure Cooker set the pressure cooker

5 Release the pressure: When the cooking program ends, let the pressure release naturally for at least 15 minutes, then move the pressure release valve from to Venting to release any remaining steam. 

You can also leave the pot roast on the Keep Warm setting for up to 10 hours. You do not need to vent the steam.

Instant Pot Pot Roast release the pressure

6 Rest the pot roast: Open the pot and use the tongs to transfer the roast to a cutting board. Cover the roast with aluminum foil to keep it warm.

Beef Roast Instant Pot rest the roast

7 Strain the cooking liquid: Set a strainer over a fat separator in the sink. Wearing heat-resistant mitts, lift the inner pot out of the pressure cooker housing and pour the cooking liquid through the strainer and into the fat separator. (If you don't have a fat separator, you can pour the liquid into a ziplock bag, tilt it, let the fat rise to the top. Then, cut a hole in the bottom corner of the bag to let the liquid strain out, stopping before you get to the fat.)

Discard the rosemary stems, then add the strained onions, garlic, and rosemary leaves back to pot. Pour the liquid from fat separator back into the pot as well. Discard the fat.

Instant Pot Roast strain the liquid Pot Roast in the Instant Pot add the liquid back into the pot

8 Pressure cook the vegetables: Add the potatoes and carrots to the pot and place it back in its housing. Secure the lid in its Sealing position.

Cancel the cooking program, then select the Manual or Pressure Cook program for 5 minutes at high pressure. (It will take about 15 minutes for the pot to come up to pressure before the cooking program begins.)

Pot Roast in the Pressure Cooker pressure cook the veggies

9 Release the pressure: When the cooking program ends, perform a quick pressure release by moving the pressure release valve to Venting to release the steam.

10 Serve: Open the pot, then use a slotted spoon to transfer vegetables to serving dish. Taste the cooking liquid for seasoning, adding salt and/or pepper if needed.

Remove any string from the pot roast, then carve it into 1/2-inch thick slices. Arrange the pot roast on the serving plate with the vegetables. Ladle some of the cooking liquid over the meat and vegetables, garnish with parsley (if using), and serve.

Chuck Roast Pressure Cooker slice the pot roast

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  • John B

    Hi Coco! I have an 8qt PC. Would it be alright to just double the ingredients? Thanks so much!


    • Coco Morante

      Hi John!

      In an 8-quart Instant Pot, my rule of thumb is to cook a maximum of 6 pounds of meat. You can theoretically cook a roast of that size (or two 3-pound pot roasts, which you’d be more likely to find at the grocery store), but I haven’t done it myself!

      The cooking time for the vegetables would remain the same, but you may want to follow Instant Pot’s cooking time recommendation for the beef, which is 20 minutes per pound.

      Oh, and for the liquid in the recipe, you don’t have to double it completely — I’d just increase the broth to 1 1/4 cups.

      Hope that helps!

  • Ellen

    It was delicious! I prepared mashed potatoes and green beans to serve with the meat not in the instant pot but the traditional stove top way. I also thickened the sauce with a bit of Wondra flour to make a light gravy. I used a chuck roast and next time I will reduce cooking time to 45 minutes and see where we are. I thought the meat was just a bit over cooked. It did not need to be that much falling apart to be tender. But still declious! I knew as soon as I saw this recipe that it would be something that my family would love. Thanks!


  • Ron

    Was absolutely delicious. Used a chuck roast. Was so tender that it almost fell apart while slicing. Will be doing this again, but will try a bottom round roast.