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Instant Pot Beef Shank Recipe: Tender & Flavorful Instant Pot Beef Shank Recipe: Tender & Flavorful


Instant Pot Beef Shank Recipe: Tender & Flavorful

Written by: Emily Smith

This beef shank recipe is my go-to comfort food. Tender, flavorful meat, seasoned perfectly and cooked in the Instant Pot until it's melt-in-your-mouth delicious. It's a hearty meal that never disappoints.

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Ever tried beef shank in an instant pot? Trust me, once you do, there's simply no going back. It's flavor-packed, tender, and the best part? Almost effortless! With a handful of ingredients, I turn a chunk of shank into a meal that leaves my family scraping their plates for more. Keep reading, give this recipe a shot, and brace yourself for one unforgettable dinner.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Beef Shank

  • Beef shank: Tender cut with rich flavor, perfect for slow cooking in the instant pot for a hearty and satisfying dish.
  • Onion: Adds depth and sweetness to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the beef shank recipe.
  • Garlic: Infuses a robust and aromatic flavor into the dish, complementing the beef shank and creating a savory taste.
  • Beef broth: Provides a rich and savory base for the dish, adding depth of flavor and enhancing the overall taste.
  • Paprika: Adds a subtle smokiness and mild heat to the dish, enhancing the flavor profile of the beef shank recipe.
  • Dried thyme: Imparts a warm and earthy flavor to the dish, complementing the beef shank and adding a savory note.
  • Olive oil: Used for searing the beef shank, adding richness and depth of flavor to the dish.

Essential Tools for Making This Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the beef shank to tender perfection.
  • Knife: Needed for chopping the onion and mincing the garlic for flavoring the dish.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 2 lbs beef shank
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Season beef shank with salt, pepper, paprika, and thyme.
  2. Turn on the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat olive oil.
  3. Sear the beef shank on all sides until browned.
  4. Add onions and garlic, sauté for 2 minutes.
  5. Pour in beef broth and deglaze the pot.
  6. Close the lid, set to high pressure for 1 hour.
  7. Once done, allow natural pressure release for 15 minutes.
  8. Serve beef shank with the cooking liquid as gravy.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 450 kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 35g | Total Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 800mg | Dietary Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 50mg | Potassium: 600mg | Iron: 4mg | Vitamin A: 100µg | Vitamin C: 5mg

Preparing and Storing Beef Shank Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the beef shank according to the recipe.
  • Let it cool to room temperature.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the beef shank as directed.
  • Allow it to cool completely.
  • Place in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Label with the date and freeze for up to 3 months.

Beef shank is a tough cut of meat that benefits from long, slow cooking to break down the collagen and become tender.

Common Questions About Cooking Beef Shank in the Instant Pot

Can I use a different cut of beef for this recipe?
Yes, you can use other cuts like chuck roast or brisket, but adjust the cooking time accordingly.
How can I make the gravy thicker?
To thicken the gravy, you can mix cornstarch with water and stir it into the cooking liquid on sauté mode.
Can I add vegetables to this dish?
Absolutely! Carrots, potatoes, and celery would be great additions. Just ensure they are cut into large chunks.
Is it necessary to sear the beef before cooking?
Searing the beef adds flavor, but if you're short on time, you can skip this step.
Can I use a slow cooker instead of an instant pot?
Yes, you can cook this recipe in a slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

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