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Instant Pot Osso Buco Recipe: Simple & Savory

Written by: Emily Smith

This Instant Pot Osso Buco is my go-to comfort meal. Tender veal shanks, aromatic veggies, and a rich broth, all cooked up in a jiffy. It's a hearty dish that never disappoints!

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Gather round, food lovers! I've got something special for you - my take on the classic osso buco, cooked in an instant pot. It's hearty, it's rich, and yet, it's surprisingly easy to put together. Imagine tender veal shanks, braised in a divine mix of vegetables, herbs, and wine, cooked to perfection right in your kitchen. Sounds tempting? Well, roll up your sleeves and let's dive into the delicious world of home cooking!

Ingredients for Delicious Osso Buco

  • Veal shanks: Tender meat with rich flavor, perfect for slow cooking to achieve a melt-in-your-mouth texture in this dish.
  • All-purpose flour: Coats the veal shanks for browning, helping to create a flavorful crust and thicken the sauce.
  • Olive oil: Adds richness and depth to the dish, used for browning the veal shanks and sautéing the vegetables.
  • Onion: Provides a savory base flavor, adding sweetness and depth to the sauce of the osso buco.
  • Carrots: Adds natural sweetness and color to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the osso buco.
  • Celery: Brings a subtle earthy flavor and adds texture to the dish, complementing the other vegetables and meat.
  • Garlic: Infuses the dish with aromatic flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the osso buco.
  • Beef broth: Provides a rich and savory base for the sauce, adding depth of flavor to the osso buco.
  • Diced tomatoes: Adds a touch of acidity and sweetness to the dish, balancing the richness of the veal shanks.
  • Dry white wine: Enhances the flavor profile of the osso buco with a touch of acidity and complexity.
  • Fresh rosemary: Infuses the dish with a fragrant, piney aroma, adding a fresh and herbaceous note to the osso buco.
  • Fresh thyme: Adds a subtle earthy and floral flavor, complementing the other herbs and enhancing the overall taste.
  • Bay leaf: Imparts a subtle, aromatic flavor to the dish, adding depth and complexity to the sauce of the osso buco.
  • Gremolata: Brightens the dish with a fresh and zesty flavor, adding a pop of color and freshness as a garnish.

Essential Tools for Making This Dish

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the veal shanks to tender perfection in a fraction of the time.
  • Tongs: Needed for flipping and removing the veal shanks without damaging the meat or losing juices.

Instant Pot Osso Buco Recipe: Simple & Savory

This Instant Pot Osso Buco is a simple and savory dish, perfect for a hearty and flavorful meal. The veal shanks are cooked to perfection with a blend of vegetables, herbs, and wine, making it a delightful dish for any occasion.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 520 kcal


  • Instant Pot


Main Ingredients

  • 4 pieces veal shanks about 2 inches thick
  • to taste Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14 oz)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Gremolata for garnish (optional)


  • Season the veal shanks with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour, shaking off any excess.
  • Select the "Saute" function on the Instant Pot and heat the olive oil. Brown the veal shanks on all sides, working in batches if needed. Remove and set aside.
  • Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic to the pot. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the beef broth, diced tomatoes, and white wine. Stir to combine.
  • Return the veal shanks to the pot. Add the rosemary, thyme, and bay leaf.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and set the valve to "Sealing." Cook on high pressure for 45 minutes.
  • Once done, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before manually releasing any remaining pressure.
  • Discard the herb sprigs and bay leaf. Serve the osso buco hot, garnished with gremolata if desired.


This dish pairs well with risotto or mashed potatoes.


Calories: 520kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 45gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 820mgPotassium: 980mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 250IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 120mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Instant Pot, Osso Buco, Veal
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Prep Now, Enjoy Later: Make-Ahead Tips

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the osso buco as directed, up to the point before pressure cooking.
  • Once the veal shanks are browned and the vegetables are sautéed, let the mixture cool completely.
  • Transfer the cooled osso buco to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days before pressure cooking.

Freezing Instructions

  • After cooking the osso buco, let it cool to room temperature.
  • Place the veal shanks and sauce in a freezer-safe container or bag, removing as much air as possible.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm gently on the stove or in the instant pot.

Osso buco is traditionally made with veal shanks, but you can also use beef shanks or pork shanks for a different flavor profile.

Common Questions About Cooking Osso Buco in an Instant Pot

Can I use a different type of meat for this instant pot osso buco recipe?
Traditionally, osso buco is made with veal shanks, but you can also use beef shanks or pork shanks as alternatives.
How can I make this recipe gluten-free?
To make this recipe gluten-free, simply substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend or cornstarch for dredging the veal shanks.
Can I make this recipe without wine?
If you prefer not to use wine, you can substitute with additional beef broth or even a combination of broth and a splash of vinegar for acidity.
Is there a way to make this recipe vegetarian?
For a vegetarian version, you can substitute the veal shanks with thick slices of eggplant or portobello mushrooms and adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Can I freeze the leftovers of this dish?
Yes, you can freeze the leftovers of this instant pot osso buco. Store them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months.

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