Beef Stroganoff doesn’t get much easier than when you make it in your pressure cooker.
Succulent, tender pieces of beef smothered in a flavorful mushroom sour cream sauce and served over noodles will satisfy anyone’s cravings! This classic beef stroganoff recipe is quick and easy when made in the Instant Pot!
PRESSURE COOKER BEEF STROGANOFF
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Beef Stroganoff is a favorite dinner in our house. Before I got my instant pot, I used to make beef stroganoff with ground beef. That recipe is still a keeper. But the genius of using a pressure cooker is that you can use inexpensive cuts of meat that have to be braised. The result is the most tender bites of meat that absorb all of the flavors.
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Where did beef stroganoff originate?
Did you know that beef stroganoff is a Russian dish? Traditionally, it is a meal that consists of sauteed pieces of beef served with a sour cream sauce. It’s origins are traced back to the mid-19th century but has become wildly popular around the world.
The name came from Alexander Stroganov who was a Russian diplomat and minister of the interior.
The original recipe had no onions and no mushrooms. In other words, no flavor. Over the years people’s taste buds must have evolved because most people know that any beef stroganoff recipe has both onions and mushrooms.
How to make beef stroganoff in the Instant Pot:
Whether you choose to make beef stroganoff in the pressure cooker, on the stove, or in a slow cooker, one of the most important steps is to lightly flour and brown the meat in oil. Barbara mentions the importance of this step in her recipe.
It is important to sear the meat first because it adds an incredible depth of flavor, not to mention added texture. This is called a Maillard reaction. The flavor is not only infused into the meat, but all of those tasty bits get stuck to the bottom of your pan (or Instant Pot surface) and then into your sauce.
The next step is to saute the mushrooms. I deviate slightly from Barbara’s recipe where she recommends cooking them in a separate pan. I went ahead and cooked them up in the Instant Pot where I browned the meat. If I can avoid washing a pan, I will. You then set those mushrooms aside because they don’t need to be pressure cooked.
Next you’ll brown up some onions in the Instant pot. Then, the magic happens. You toss your browned meat back in the pressure cooker along with any juices that may have pooled on the plate. Add your beef broth along with a few other ingredients and you transform those tough cuts of meat into fork tender morsels.
The final step is to thicken the broth into a gravy and then stir in the sour cream and mushrooms. Mercy.
What is the best cut of meat for beef stroganoff?
Barbara recommends using beef round steak. This is the cut I recommend for your easy beef stroganoff when using either your Instant Pot or crock-pot.
I buy my cow from a local grass fed and finished farmer so I looked through my freezer to see what I had. I ended up using both Top Round London Broil and Eye of Round cuts of meat.
Round steak is from the “round”, or rear leg, of the cow. You can find all sorts of round cuts including eye round, bottom round, and top round. These cuts may or may not come with a bone.
Round steak is very lean. Cuts of meat like these must be braised, otherwise they will be incredibly dry and chewy. You know why a rib eye steak is so delicious? It’s because it’s marbled with fat. That’s why you can pan sear it or cook it up on the grill. Lean cuts of meat must be cooked low and slow in liquid in the oven, or quick and easy in liquid in the Instant Pot.
If you wanted to cook your beef stroganoff on the stove top, I recommend using ground beef.
What to serve with beef stroganoff:
Before considering what to serve with your beef stroganoff, you must consider what you want to smother with your beef stroganoff.
I highly recommend egg noodles. I suppose you could serve it over mashed potatoes, but for whatever reason this instant pot beef stroganoff recipe tastes best over al dente egg noodles, in my opinion.
Although this recipe uses onions and mushrooms, I always love to serve a green vegetable at dinner. Some of my favorite choices to serve with classic beef stroganoff are wilted garlic spinach, sauteed garlic asparagus, or roasted broccolini.
Can beef stroganoff be frozen and reheated?
Absolutely. This is a great recipe to make in bulk, especially if you have multiple pressure cookers on hand like I do.
You can make this recipe start to finish and then store the beef stroganoff in an air tight container (I recommend reusable quart sized cylinders). To reheat, be sure to thaw completely in the refrigerator (this may take several days) first. You can also run hot water on the outside of the container to loosen the frozen block.
To reheat, just simmer on low in a covered pot. You want to keep it covered so that you don’t loose any of your moisture.
Don’t freeze this with the pasta. This recipe will taste best over freshly made pasta.
- 2 pounds beef round steak, cut into 1-inch pieces (I used Top Round London Broil and Eye of Round)
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, for seasoning
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used avocado oil), divided, plus more as needed
- 1 medium sized onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cups beef broth
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 12 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons cold water
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- cooked egg noodles, for serving
Season the beef generously with salt and pepper. Select Browning/Saute to preheat the pressure cooking pot. When hot, add 1 tablespoon oil. Brown the meat in batches, about 3 minutes per batch, until all of the meat is browned. Add more oil as needed. Do not crowd the pot. Transfer the browned meat to a plate.
Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and butter to the cooking pot. When the butter melts, add the mushrooms. Cook for about 5 minutes until golden, stirring only to prevent burning and thus allowing the most browning. Transfer to a separate bowl and set aside.
Add the onion to the cooking pot. Saute for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until soft and beginning to brown. Add the garlic and tomato paste. Saute for 1 minute. Stir in the beef broth to deglaze the pot, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom. Add the browned beef and accumulated juices. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 18 minutes cook time.
When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and finish with a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Add the slurry to the pot. Select Simmer/Saute and bring the gravy to a boil, stirring constantly until it thickens. Add the sour cream and the cooked mushrooms to the cooking pot and stir until blended. Serve over egg noodles.
Much of the flavor in this dish comes from the browning stage - don't skip it! While it does take time to brown the beef, it adds a rich, caramelized flavor to the gravy that you just can't get any other way.
Recipe from The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook