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Instant Pot Bottom Round Roast Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

This instant pot bottom round roast is my go-to comfort food. Tender, juicy roast with aromatic herbs, sautéed onions, and garlic, all cooked to perfection. It's a hearty meal that never disappoints!

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Ever craved a tender, flavorful roast but felt daunted by the process? I've been there. That's why I'm sharing my go-to Instant Pot bottom round roast recipe - a no-fuss, savory dish that'll leave your taste buds dancing. Imagine sinking your teeth into succulent beef, seasoned perfectly and cooked to melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. That's exactly what you're in for. The magic of the Instant Pot does most of the work, turning a tough cut into a masterpiece. Let's dig in and cook up something amazing together!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Bottom Round Roast

  • Bottom round roast: Lean cut ideal for slow cooking, tenderizes well, rich beefy flavor, perfect for pot roasts.
  • Olive oil: Adds richness, prevents sticking, enhances browning, infuses flavor, essential for searing and sautéing in the Instant Pot.
  • Onion: Adds sweetness, depth, and aroma, complements the beef, creates a flavorful base for the roast and gravy.
  • Garlic: Infuses savory notes, enhances overall flavor profile, pairs well with beef, a staple in many savory dishes.
  • Beef broth: Provides depth and richness, enhances meaty flavor, creates a savory base for the roast, adds moisture during cooking.
  • Dried thyme: Earthy herb with floral notes, complements beef, adds depth of flavor, essential in savory dishes like pot roast.
  • Dried rosemary: Woody herb with pine-like aroma, adds robust flavor, complements beef, perfect for slow-cooked dishes like pot roast.

Essential Tools for Making This Roast Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the bottom round roast to achieve a tender and flavorful result.
  • Tongs: Needed for searing the roast and flipping it to brown all sides evenly during the cooking process.

Instant Pot Bottom Round Roast Recipe

This Instant Pot Bottom Round Roast Recipe is a quick and easy way to prepare a delicious and tender roast in just over an hour. Perfect for a family dinner!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 350 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Tongs
  • Knife
  • Cutting board


Main Ingredients

  • 3 lb bottom round roast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Season the bottom round roast with salt and pepper.
  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat the olive oil.
  • Sear the roast on all sides until browned, then remove and set aside.
  • Add the chopped onion and garlic to the Instant Pot and sauté until softened.
  • Pour in the beef broth and deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
  • Return the roast to the Instant Pot and sprinkle with thyme and rosemary.
  • Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 60 minutes.
  • Allow for a natural pressure release for 15 minutes before quick releasing any remaining pressure.
  • Remove the roast from the Instant Pot and let it rest before slicing.
  • Serve the roast with the onions and gravy from the pot.


For best results, let the roast rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing to retain its juices.


Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 45gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 400mgPotassium: 700mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Beef, Instant Pot, Roast
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Prep Ahead and Storage Tips

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the bottom round roast as per the recipe instructions.
  • Let the roast cool completely.
  • Store the roast in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the bottom round roast according to the recipe.
  • Allow the roast to cool to room temperature.
  • Place the roast in a freezer-safe container or bag, removing as much air as possible.
  • Label the container with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Bottom round roast is a lean cut of beef that benefits from slow cooking methods like pressure cooking to help tenderize the meat.

Common Questions About Cooking Bottom Round Roast in an Instant Pot

How long does it take to cook the bottom round roast in the instant pot?
The bottom round roast cooks for 60 minutes on high pressure in the instant pot.
Can I use a different type of roast for this recipe?
Yes, you can use a different type of roast like chuck roast if you prefer.
Do I need to let the pressure release naturally after cooking?
Yes, it's recommended to allow for a natural pressure release for 15 minutes before quick releasing any remaining pressure.
What can I serve with the bottom round roast?
You can serve the roast with mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a side salad.
Can I make gravy from the juices in the instant pot?
Yes, you can make a delicious gravy using the onions and juices left in the instant pot after cooking the roast.

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