Pressure Cooker Pot Roast in 1 hour! (Paleo, AIP, Whole30)


I know it’s not really pot roast season anymore, but even on an 85 degree humid Florida day, I still sometimes want to eat a comforting bowl of easily digestible food! And I’ve been wanting to make a pot roast in my Instant Pot for ages – not the kind my mom used to make (sorry, Mom) but something flavorful and tender.


I couldn’t be more obsessed with my Instant Pot! I made this Pot Roast in less than 1 hour and the meat is pull apart tender and paired with perfectly cooked root veggies!


I get most of my grass-fed beef from Butcher Box and US Wellness Meats these days. In my new neighborhood, I have to drive at least 45 minutes to get freshly butchered grass-fed meats, so ordering online is convenient and I’m guaranteed the animal was raised and fed well. Gone are the days I had 3 Whole Foods within a 15-minute drive. I’m still mourning that loss.


This Pot Rot roast recipe really cuts down on the time and ingredients in a traditional roast which often contains red wine, butter and fresh herbs. I like the simplicity of dry herbs here so your chopping is limited to the vegetables and apple. I added apple, which you don’t typically find in a pot roast, for sweetness to balance out the meat and onion.


Another way I cut down the time is by pressure cooking the roast for just 50 minutes and then cutting it into large chunks which then go back in to pressure for 10 minutes with the veggies. This creates more surface area for the meat to absorb all that delicious beefy-onion liquid!


Whoo! I’m recovering from last night’s Flaming Lips show. They put on such a performance every single time, and the older they get, the more wild it gets. There was confetti, there was an LED light explosion, there was a grown man riding a unicorn wearing inflatable wings, and there was so some spectacular people watching. If you have the opportunity to see them live, even if you don’t know their music, go! Especially if you’re a fan of Pink Floyd and more experimental music. We didn’t get to see my favorite song since we had to get home to Grace by 11pm though. We played the live version this morning during breakfast for her though! The only other show we’ve seen since she was born was Austin City Limits last September! It’s still hard to leave her at night because I like to be there for bedtime.


I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here but I’m going to be leaving her for the first time for 4 DAYS (gahhh!) for Meg & Shawn’s Soul Sista Getaway in Boulder! My husband and I love Boulder and have visited several times, so he’s going to come with and just go do his own thing while I participate in all the fun events they have planned like eating and yoga and eating.


You can reserve your spot for the Soul Sista Getaway here from June 23-25th, 2017!


This Beef Pot Roast is tender, flavorful & on the table in an hour!


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Instant Pot Beef Pot Roast

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:60 Serves 4


  • 2 pounds beef loin roast
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herb seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon each garlic and onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup broth
  • 2 medium rutabagas, peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks
  • 6 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 Pink Lady apple, chopped into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos


  1. Place beef loin roast in Instant Pot insert with fat cap side down. Rub the dried herbs, garlic and onion, and sea salt on the meaty side of the roast. Brush balsamic on top of the meat and layer with onion slices. Pour broth around the roast.
  2. Seal the lid and set to cook on "Manual" for 50 minutes. When timer elapses, vent the lid and transfer the roast to a cutting board. Slice against the grain into 1-inch chunks.
  3. Return meat to the insert along with the vegetables and apple. Seal the lid and set to cook on "Manual" for another 10 minutes. When timer elapses, vent the lid, stir in the coconut aminos to slightly break up the onions and rutabaga to help thicken the liquid. Serve warm sprinkled with parsley.

Recipe Notes

You may also use other large cuts of beef like chuck roast.

22 comments on “Pressure Cooker Pot Roast in 1 hour! (Paleo, AIP, Whole30)

  • Made this yesterday. It was so easy and the apple lent the slightest sweetness to the meal. Didn’t have a rutabaga but had parsnips and it was great that way too. Great easy, quick meal!!! Thanks!!

      • Sarah Calfee says:

        I just made this and used parsnips instead of rutabagas too. I didn’t have any apples though. I found it plenty sweet (not too sweet) without it and LOVED it! Thank you for the recipe!

  • My husband and I LOVED this! Simple and delicious flavors! I used pork loin roast instead of beef and it worked fine. I also doubled the recipe and just increased the cooking time slightly (75 min for the meat, then 15 min with the veggies). Turned out beautifully! Your recipes continue to be my go-to staples on the AIP diet! Thanks for all your work! 🙂

    • Alaena Haber says:

      I’m happy you both enjoyed! That’s nice to know about the pork loin roast – I bet pork shoulder would also be tasty!

    • Alaena Haber says:

      I’ve never used anything besides an Instant Pot but I imagine it’s the same cooking time if you’re using a high setting.

      • I thought so too, thank you, will let you know how it turns out :0 might be next week instead of this 🙂 have a great day

  • True confession: I really dislike roast, and even steak for that matter. Hunks of beef aren’t my thing, which is funny because I grew up in Iowa and ate a lot of it. Which may be why I dislike it. That said, this recipe has me rethinking my stance on roast. I left out the apple and threw in some celery root, but otherwise followed exactly as written. AMAZING! My husband may have waxed poetic. Thank you for this simple, easy, but oh-so-flavorful recipe!

  • This is our new go to recipe. So flavorful and good, hubby loves the leftovers. I make just as printed but add 8 oz of sliced mushrooms if I have them on hand. Really yummy!

  • Can you explain what cut is a “beef loin roast”? I usually buy chuck roasts, so I just don’t want to buy the wrong cut. Thank you 🙂 —Not a beef expert 🙂

  • First time using my instant pot…I’m SO excited! Wanted to make a roast and found your recipe. Will potatoes cook in the same time as rutabagas?

  • If I already bought the meat cut up for the beef stew, how long should I cook it in the instant pot? I was thinking maybe 30-35 minutes instead of the 50. Not entirely sure


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