This Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast with crispy Dale’s potatoes is proof that a savory, succulent, fork-tender pot roast CAN be made in a pressure cooker (by following a few secret tricks).
Y’all, this Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast with crispy Dale’s potatoes is one of our new favorite meals. I’ve been making pot roast for decades and never thought I’d make it in a pressure cooker.
I like my roast succulent, flavorful, and fork-tender…..which typically is achieved only by long, low and slow cooking. But the Instant Pot can do exactly the same thing in 1/4 the time; I promise! #trustme #iampickyaboutmyroast #thistasteslikegrandmamadeit:-)
What I love about this recipe is that it is easy to make the roast in less than 2 hours, stick it in the fridge (shredded and in au jus), and then reheat in the slow cooker the next day (along with carrots). Potatoes can be made just before serving. I make this on Saturday to serve for Sunday lunch. My family loves pot roast on Sunday after church; this technique makes it easy.
I’ll go ahead and answer questions some of you might have about this technique. Feel free to message me with any other questions you might have.
What Instant Pot can be used for this recipe? An 8-qt. is what you’ll want to use for a pot roast. I just gave my old IP to my college girls and bought this 8-qt. Instant Pot Duo Plus.
What cut of beef is best for pot roast in the Instant Pot?
Tough cuts are best for pot roast, according to this wonderful post from The Kitchn. Chuck roasts are always good (but some chuck roasts are too fatty for me). I love shoulder roast and also London Broil.
Is it necessary to sauté/sear/brown the roast before cooking?
Yes. Yes. YES!!! I know it takes a bit more time, but this is THE most crucial step in the whole process. I never make a pot roast without searing. Here’s why. The texture, color and flavor of a roast are improved with searing in hot oil. And any brown bits left in the pan? Those are #puregold in the flavor department. Rich. Deep. Savory. Flavorful.
Step 1: Sear the Roast on Sauté Function
- Don’t be in a rush. A good searing will take at least 10 minutes.
- Rub 1 TB each of au jus and ranch seasoning on roast before searing.
- Set the IP to SAUTE. The high setting is fastest and the one I use.
- Sear every surface of the roast~front, back, and all around the sides.
- Spray Instant Pot insert before adding roast (to prevent sticking) and use at least 2 TB of oil ( I use avocado or EVOO)
- Use a large meat fork or tongs to turn the roast.
- Wear an apron; there will be grease splatters aplenty:-)
Step 2: Pressure Cook the Roast
- Sprinkle au jus & ranch mix over roast. Cut butter pieces and peppers on top. Add liquid (pepper juice and water) to pot.
- Pressure cook on HIGH per size of roast~60 minutes (3 lbs), 70 minutes (4 lbs,) or 90 minutes (5-6 lbs).
- Allow roast to naturally release for 10-20 minutes after pressure cooking. (i.e. just let it sit in the pot and release on its own).
- After natural release, turn the vent knob to “venting” and allow the float valve to drop on its own so that lid can be removed.
- Transfer the roast (and all liquid) to a serving platter or air tight container (if refrigerating for the next day).
Make Ahead: If you want to serve the meat the next day, simply pull apart and cover with all liquid (this keeps it moist). Cover, refrigerate, and reheat the next day in a slow cooker.
Step 3: Make the Crispy Dale’s potatoes.
- Follow this recipe for Instant Pot Crispy Roasted Potatoes; omit rosemary and add 1 TB Dale’s seasoning to butter.
- The potatoes will “crisp” during saute but soften during pressure cooking. If you want them crisp for eating with the roast, you’ll want to stick them under a broiler. We just eat them soft; they still have the “crust” from the sauté.
- Serve these alongside the roast or arrange in the roast on a large platter.
Step 4: Make the carrots (optional).
- Place 1 bag of baby carrots in a Ziploc Steamer Bag; microwave for 6 minutes; allow to sit (unopened) for 5 minutes.
- Add to slow cooker when reheating roast (make sure carrots are covered in juice to absorb the flavor).
- If serving roast same day, simmer carrots in roast liquid for 20 minutes for flavor.
Serving this is so easy! I put the roast and carrots together on one large serving platter. In the photo below, I show this meal with another favorite side dish we love~Gourmet Cauliflower Cheese Grits. These are SO yummy, SO easy, and they are low/no carb!
If you make this roast and these sides, please leave comments and let me know what you think! Also feel free to ask questions if you run into any problems. I do my best to reply quickly to all comments and FB/Instagram messages.
As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!