Pot Roast - Pressure Cooker

"I was looking for a Pot Roast recipe for my pressure cooker. I found a number of them, but the one that came in my instruction manual looked the best! Some recipes I read called for bottom or rump roast, but a number of other recipes stated that these cuts were too dry or tough. A cut from the chuck (or a cross rib roast) a thought to be more tender. I made this with a 4 pound roast and cooked right at 1 hour. I put in red potatoes for the last 20 minutes and carrots for the last 5. I think I would do 1 hour for a 3 lb roast and 1 hour and 15 for a 4 lb roast next time."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Rub the meat well with the crushed garlic, using one clove for each side.
  • In a 5 quart or larger pressure cooker, brown roast well on all sides over medium-high heat. If it begins to smoke, reduce heat to prevent burning. Remove roast and set aside.
  • Add oil and onion and cook until softened.
  • Add beef broth, tomato paste, water, brown sugar, dry mustard, paprika, lemon juice, cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Scrape bottom of cooker to remove any remaining bits of meat left over from browning. Stir well until all ingredients have dissolved and contents are boiling.
  • Return roast to pressure cooker and turn to coat with sauce.
  • Close lid and bring pressure cooker to high pressure over medium-high heat. Once full pressure is reached, reduce heat enough to maintain pressure.
  • Cook for 1 hour.
  • Remove from heat and use the Natural Release Method, leaving pot off of heat until pressure is subsided.
  • Remove meat from pot and slice the meat and arrange on a serving platter, spooning some of the sauce over and sprinkling with parsley.

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  1. Number Six
    I had no tomato paste, so in went a can of stewed tomatoes and I bumped the sugar a wee bit. Totally forgot about the garlic(!) and lemon juice. No water, just a full can of beef soup stock. Doubled the paprika as I think mine is a wee bit old and skipped the parsley (didn't have any). Added in three carrots (about 2.5' worth) along with the spices and meat before sealing it all in. Cooked the three pounds of chuck steaks (two in all) in my 5qt Futura for an hour. HEAVENLY! I made (lumpy) gravy with the juices in the pan. And served it with baked potatoes. My fussy eaters gobbled it up.
  2. SueVM
    Mrs. G thank you for such a wonderful pot roast dinner. I had a 3lb roast and cooked it as instructed for the 1 hour. It turned out moist and tender, falling off the bone and flavorful my DH went back for seconds...Only change I made was to add 1 tblsp of brown sugar. I also added carrots and red potatoes to the last 20mins of cooking time. UPNOTE: To the poster SCORPIO.....Not every recipe posted on Zaar works for everyone so just state that in your reviews instead of being mean and nasty.
  3. Hazel H.
    I wish I'd read all the reviews before making this. It came out way to acidic. It was tasty but I can't eat it., too much vinegar and lemon juice.
  4. McNealman345
    This was my first attempt at pressure cooking. This was an excellent recipe; thank you! I did use all beef broth (no water), cut the sugar & tomato paste in half (diabetic) and bumped up the vinegar just a little bit. I also added potato, carrot and celery. I thought they might be hammer from the cooking process, but they turned out just fine. Thanks again!
  5. Frank98
    I also added carrots and potatoes during the last 20 minutes. Also added water and broth before sealing pressure cooker. Thanks for taking your time to post recipe. Family loved it. Scorpio post is out of line. This is obviously not a traditional roast recipe. It is however, very tasty.


  1. wingerone
    I wish I could have given this recipe a better rating but the lemon juice and cider vinegar took away from it. Instead, just add more broth and water. I also use A1 steak sauce instead of worcestershire and add a little ketchup too. Then it tasted much like what my Mom used to make but a little better than hers(*****). Mom didn't use too much in the way of various seaonsings, sorry Mom. I'm about to make it again now and will try adding some fresh sage I need to use up and see how that works.



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