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Instant Pot Rib Roast. Let me introduce you to rib roast in the instant pot. The best cut of beef is pressure cooked to perfection, is juicy, is tender, is flavoursome and best of all is easy prep.

Also known as instant pot prime rib this recipe will impress your dinner guests and produce the best leftovers that you have ever eaten.

This instant pot rib roast recipe is an updated post. We originally shared with you how to cook a rib of beef in instant pot back in 2017.

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Instant Pot Prime Rib Roast

I just have to type the words “instant pot prime rib roast” and I am licking my lips at the thought of tucking into the best cut of meat in the instant pot.

But I am also well aware that prime rib is one of the most expensive cuts of meat and is certainly not economical like an instant pot chuck roast.

But its also the most flavoursome and tender meat (well apart from fillet steak) that I can cook at home using my kitchen gadgets.

After buying a beautiful organic 4 rib of beef from my local butchers for just short of £130.00, I wanted it to go beyond one roast beef dinner and for me to feel like I have got value for money.

That is why I decided to do prime here on Recipe This for this week. I am sure I am not the only one that loves prime rib but hates the price for one meal only and wants to make several meals out of one 4 rib of beef.

We will be halving it for two main roast rib joints, making soup with the rib bones and best of all, yummy leftover meals.

Today is day 1 of our delicious week dedicated to prime rib with instant pot prime rib and we will be back tomorrow with more prime rib favourites.

Plus, as well as our free newsletter, we also have a free instant pot mini course. It is ideal for instant pot beginners or those that want to get more confident with their instant pot. The free course runs for 5 days with a new lesson delivered each day to your inbox.

Can You Cook A Rib Roast In An Instant Pot?

Yes, you sure can. The instant pot pressure cooker and any other electric pressure cooker, does an impressive job of cooking any roast beef.

This of course includes a rib roast.

Though we do recommend that you cook a boneless rib roast rather than bone in and then reserve the rib bones for a yummy instant pot beef soup.

What Do You Call Instant Pot Beef Roast?

I originally published this recipe way back in 2017 and titled it an instant pot beef roast. I have now edited it today and renamed it an instant pot prime rib roast, as I feel like beef roast is too broad a term.

Beef roast could be a chuck roast, topside of beef, silverside, brisket and so many other cuts.

But during the process of renaming and some research among family and friends I realised that prime rib was not its only name.

This amazing meat might be referred to as:

  • Instant Pot rib roast
  • Instant Pot rib of beef
  • Instant Pot ribeye roast
  • Instant Pot cross rib roast
  • Instant Pot standing rib roast

Dominic said that during his years as a chef specialising in roasts, it would always be referred to as a 4 rib roast.

And our butchers (who we purchased it through) named it a rib of beef and I would think of it as a rib roast.

Do comment below with what it is called where you live as I find it so interesting how many different names it has.

Preparing Your Instant Rib Roast

The first step is to prepare your rib roast for the instant pot is deciding how you wish to cut it and if you are eating it bone in or boneless. And if any leftover meals are going to be planned, or if its just a one off roast beef for a Sunday dinner or a special occasion.

What we did in preparing our rib roast was to separate it into two.

Our rib roast was a 4 rib roast and weighed more than 5 kilos which is 11 pounds. Even if we had wanted to cook it all, there is no way that it would have fitted in our instant pot pressure cooker.

Therefore, Dominic was kind enough to slice down the middle and create two ribs of beef.

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Of course, these would fit in the kitchen gadgets easily.

BUT we find that rib of beef in the instant pot is much better, if you go with a boneless version.

Plus, if we do a boneless version, we can cut out the ribs and then use the rib bones for an amazing soup.

Of course, you might not need to consider this, as you might have a ribeye roast that has been rolled and is already prepared for you.

Beef Rib Roast Instant Pot Seasoning

Some cuts of beef are so amazing, that they only need a light seasoning because you want to taste the flavours of the meat.

Beef rib roast is one of them, which is wonderful for you, because it means there is not much effort on your part.

What I recommend is that you season your rib roast with salt, pepper, and some garlic powder.

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Then leave it in the fridge overnight.

The next day your prime rib roast is ready for cooking in the instant pot.

Rib Roast Instant Pot Recipe Ingredients

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Roast – Whether its instant pot prime rib or instant pot rib roast, you will want a good one, for cooking in the instant pot. Opt for boneless or cut out the bones yourself. Also note, that you want one that will fit in your instant pot. We used a 2.5kg 2 rib roast which is 5.3lbs.

Oil – This may sound like an odd ingredient to add to this instant pot rib roast recipe, but it creates a glue for your seasoning to stick to. It also stops your rib roast from going dry during the pressure cooking process.

Seasoning – Keep the seasoning basic because the flavour is in this amazing cut of meat, not in heavy seasoning. I recommend salt, pepper, and garlic powder. You can include something simple like sweet paprika or some onion powder too.

Stock. Your beef will be so much better if you use beef stock rather than water in the instant pot. We make our own frozen beef stock cubes and then load them into the instant pot with the beef.

Onion. I also add an onion and deglaze it first in the instant pot with some extra virgin olive oil. The Instant Pot can then be deglazed with some red wine.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this easy instant pot beef roast recipe, it has just been our instant pot pressure cooker. We have this one and it is amazing for many cuts of beef.

How To Cook Rib Roast In An Instant Pot?

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  • Prepare. If you have a large prime rib, or one that will not fit in the instant pot, cut it to size for the instant pot and remove any bones.
  • Season. Add a light seasoning of salt, pepper, and garlic powder to your prime rib. Then load it into the fridge and leave it overnight for the flavour to marinate the meat.
  • Sauté. I recommend that you sauté an onion with extra virgin olive oil and deglaze with red wine. This creates a fantastic base for a beef stock and of course you can use the juices from this and the beef rib that have dripped down to make a gravy.
  • Dump. Add in the trivet and dump your rib of beef over the trivet.
  • Cook. Set the valve to sealing and pressure cook for 10 minutes, followed by a 30 minute natural pressure release.
  • Sit. Removing the lid allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and enjoying.

How Long To Cook Rib Roast In Instant Pot?

The instant pot rib roast cooking time is JUST 10 minutes, but also note that we are doing a 30 minute natural pressure release.

This produces a medium rib roast via the instant pot and is the best cook time to do.

You see, the 30 minute natural pressure release, cooks the meat slow. You still have the heat from pressure cooking, but it’s a lower temperature, similar to how you cook meat slower in a slow cooker.

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Instant Pot Rib Roast

Instant Pot Rib Roast. Let me introduce you to rib roast in the instant pot. The best cut of beef is pressure cooked to perfection, is juicy, is tender, is flavoursome and best of all is easy prep.

Prep Time5 minutes mins

Cook Time10 minutes mins

Total Time15 minutes mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Instant Pot

Servings: 8

Calories: 955kcal

Author: RecipeThis.com

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Instructions

  • Start by slicing your rib of beef into a max of 2 ribs so that it will fit in the instant pot and remove the bones. The bones can then be put to one side for beef soup, beef stew, or beef stock.

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  • Spray the rib roast with extra virgin olive oil (approximately 2tsp). Season the rib roast with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place in the fridge overnight to marinate.

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  • The next day peel and dice your onion and sauté with the rest of the olive oil. When the onions start to change colour, turn off sauté and deglaze with red wine. Add in beef stock if using thawed.

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  • Add the trivet to the instant pot and place the prime rib onto the trivet. If using frozen beef stock, find a suitable gap for it now.

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  • Place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and cook for 10 minutes on pressure cook.

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  • Don’t release pressure and allow to sit for 30 minutes before turning the valve from sealing to venting.

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  • Remove the beef rib roast from the instant pot and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Slice your roast beef and serve.

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Notes

Freezing. If you would like to freeze your leftover prime rib, load into a zip loc bag once cool and then place into the freezer.

Quantity. This 5lb rib roast will easily feed eight people. We make it for the four of us and then enjoy delicious leftovers.

Ease. Remember you can use the side handles of the trivet to easily remove the rib of beef from the instant pot, without it burning your hands.

Thanks for reading our instant pot rib roast recipe on Recipe This. We have many more instant pot recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to some mashed potatoes to go with your rib of beef, then I recommend our Ninja Foodi mashed potatoes.

Nutrition

Calories: 955kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 83g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 37g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 781mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

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FAQs

Why is my pot roast still tough in the instant pot? ›

If you find that it's still tough after cooking, you'll need to cook it for another 10 to 20 minutes at high pressure – it just needs a bit longer to continue to brine and break down the connective tissue.

What's the difference between a rib roast and a prime rib? ›

Commonly found at steakhouses, rib roasts and prime rib are two of the most luxurious and expensive cuts of beef. Both rib roast and prime rib come from the ribs of the cow, but one difference is that the whole rack of ribs makes up a standing rib roast, while only the ribs near the loin are cut and sold as prime rib.

Does roast have to be covered with liquid in instant pot? ›

Don't Skip the Extra Liquid.

Typically you need at least 1 cup of liquid in the Instant Pot; the remaining 1/2 cup comes from the juices released by the chuck roast and the tomato sauce.

Can you overcook roast in Instant Pot? ›

In a few words, yes! You can also undercook it, too. Overcooking the meat would result in a very dry tasting pot roast.

What happens if you overcook a roast in an Instant Pot? ›

Unfortunately, once you overcook a piece of meat in the pressure cooker, there's no going back. You'll be left with a pile of dry, crunchy, tasteless fibers and no amount of additional pressure cooking is going to put that moisture back into the meat.

How long does it take to cook a rib roast? ›

Cook until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the prime rib registers 130 degrees F for medium rare, 35 to 45 minutes of cooking time per pound. An 8-pound roast will take about 5 1/2 to 6 hours.

Is rib roast a good cut of meat? ›

Prime Rib Roast is rich, juicy and tender – a spectacular centerpiece for the holidays, especially when it's served with Horseradish Sauce and Mashed Potatoes. Prime rib is considered the king of all beef cuts.

Why is rib roast cheaper than ribeye? ›

First, we have to take into account size, because prime rib roasts are sold whole, they're a much larger cut than an individual steak and are priced accordingly.

How much liquid to add to Instant Pot for roast? ›

The Instant Pot won't come to pressure without a bit of liquid. We found 1 cup was just enough to avoid stewing the beef. Don't throw out the sauce at the end. It's amped up with flavor from cooking with the beef and is absolutely decadent spooned over medium-rare slices.

How long does it take to cook 2 pounds of beef in the Instant Pot? ›

Place the frozen beef roast, salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder inside the pressure cooker. Pour in beef stock around the roast, then top the roast with horseradish. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes per pound.

Should you use a trivet for Instant Pot roast? ›

The trivet can also be used as a rack, if you're cooking a large piece of meat, such as a roast. However, I don't recommend that. You'll get better flavor if you brown the meat in the cooker with a little oil or butter, and the lid off.

Why is my Instant Pot roast not tender? ›

To prevent a chewy beef steak, you need to avoid using too much high-pressure heat. Of course, start with pressure cooking your roast (that's why you're using the Instant Pot anyway), but keep that high-pressured phase to a few minutes only.

What is the difference between a pressure cooker and Instant Pot? ›

Some people use the terms “pressure cooker” and “instant pot” interchangeably, but there is a key difference: An instant pot has a programmable timer and multiple functions, such as slow cooking and sauteing. A pressure cooker doesn't have those features.

What tastes better slow cooker or pressure cooker? ›

There is no difference in taste, provided the food is seasoned equally. The issue here is texture, and the time it takes to cook. A pressure cooker will cook very quickly, and depending on the cut of meat can take up to 1/2 the time or less. The food will come out very tender, also.

Will pot roast get more tender the longer it cooks? ›

Yes, pot roast absolutely becomes more tender the longer it cooks. Roasts are generally made from tougher cuts of meat, such as chuck or brisket, which contain a lot of collagen, connective tissue, and fat. These tougher tissues require a long cooking time to break down and for the collagen to converts into gelatin.

Why is my pot roast not getting tender? ›

There are several reasons why this could have happened even after so much cooking. First, your choice of a rump roast could be a factor since cuts from the hind quarter are very muscular and, since muscles are the most resistant to breaking, this cut is quite stubborn when it comes to becoming tender.

Why is meat not tender in Instant Pot? ›

The moist heat in a pressure cooker tends to turn connective tissue into gelatin. You need to let the meat cool down for a few minutes after cooking, to give time for moisture to be reabsorbed, before releasing the pressure. Otherwise, the meat will likely be tough.

How do you fix a tough pot roast? ›

Thick-slice the roast (1/4 in thick or so), then cut the slices into bite-sized cubes. Put these in a deep pan and add a can of beef broth (about a cup), a cup of water, and a half-cup of red wine. Heat this to a simmer over low heat and cover the pan, stirring occasionally.

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