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I bet that many of you have an new Instant Pot and want to learn how to cook a roast in your Instant Pot! My favourite thing to cook in my Instant Pot is an excellent roast so read on to learn how and see some recipes! 

How to Cook a Roast in your Instant Pot and have it come out perfect every time!

This is the BEST Way to Cook a Roast in your Instant Pot!

Raise your hand if a good blade or chuck roast is your favourite roast beef to make.

Me, me and me again.


There is nothing like a long, slow cooked chuck roast where the fat melts away and leaves you with tender, juicy bits of delicious beef. It also is fantastic that you can cook it for a good 9-10 hours in a crockpot.

Who bought themselves an Instant Pot this past year?

While they have been around for a while, I think that NOW they are really becoming mainstream, as in not only food bloggers have Instant Pots, that type of mainstream.  I bought mine last summer when they were on for an incredibly cheap price on Prime Day and I swear that it hasn’t left my counter for more than three days since then.

The very first thing that you need to learn is how to make a blade/chuck roast in your Instant Pot. Seriously. You will thank me for this later.

how to cook blade roasts in the instant pot

If you use a slow cooker/crockpot, you need to own one of these. I kid you not, I can’t remember the last time I was so happy with an appliance. The ability to cook a blade/chuck roast in your instant pot in 120 minutes thanks to the high pressure option is incredible. I was running late that day and had these two roasts that I had picked up to make for supper. I put them on at 4 pm and we were eating by 6.


Sorry for the Yoda talk there briefly.

However, cooking those two blade / chuck roasts in the Instant Pot at the end of a very busy day was a lifesaver. I popped them in, threw some ingredients on top ( in the recipe below) and we were eating the best blade roast ever.

What usually takes a day in the slow cooker was achieved by the high pressure setting on my Instant Pot in two hours.

how to cook a roast in your instant pot, shredded beef

I usually make two roasts so that I have leftovers to eat all week, because there is nothing like leftover blade roast with eggs on top for a massive protein hit in the morning for breakfast.

Leftover blade roast is amazing on salads, in sandwiches and just by itself. I always make sure to make extra!
instant pot beef roast with eggs on top

It looks like there are some great deals on the Instant Pot right now!

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How to Cook a Blade / Chuck Roast in Your Instant Pot and have it come out perfect every single time! No more tough roasts!

I honestly don’t know how used to live without my Instant Pot. I use it for slow cooking, I use it for soup at least once a week ( the high pressure cooks soups in a SNAP! Love it!) and now this whole Best Blade Roast Ever in the Instant Pot? Ugh. In love.

I’ve been trying to convince my mom and sister that they need an Instant Pot and I think after my mom saw how quickly it cooks a roast, she’s on board.

How to Cook a Blade / Chuck Roast in Your Instant Pot and have it come out perfect every single time! No more tough roasts!

How to Cook a Roast in the Instant Pot Tips & Tricks

  • You really do need to cook a blade or chuck roast for 120 minutes. Blade and chuck roasts are very tough and have fibers that absolutely need to be broken down by cooking, and cooking for a long time. Theses roasts take 8-10 hours in the crockpot, so 2 hours in the Instant Pot is definitely the way to go!
  • You need liquid and not just liquid you need DELICIOUS liquid. Food can be a bit bland when pressure cooking so you need to spice up!
  • If you have a roast that is from a quality butcher, you can try cooking it at 90 minutes. Grocery store roasts are generally lower quality. Play it by ear based on the meat quality of the roast you are cooking.
  • Thick roasts may need to be cooked a little longer as it’s thickness that determines how those fibers are going to break down inside.

Just writing this post up makes me want to make this roast again. It’s similar to that Mississippi roast in the fact that I use a package of dry Ranch dressing in it, but there’s no peppers. Trust me, the dry Ranch dressing makes this delicious!

Happy cooking everyone!



How to Cook a Blade / Chuck Roast in Your Instant Pot and have it come out perfect every single time! No more tough roasts!

3.92 from 24 votes
How to Cook a Roast in Your Instant Pot
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs

How to Cook a Blade / Chuck Roast in Your Instant Pot and have it come out perfect every single time! No more tough roasts! 

Servings: 6
Calories: 4088 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 5 lbs blade or chuck roast - boneless
  • 1 pack gravy mix
  • 1 pack Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 pack onion soup mix
  • 1 cup water
  1. Place the water in the bottom of the Instant Pot, the place the roast on top.
  2. Sprinkle the rest of the packages on top of the roast.
  3. Close the Instant Pot and seal it.
  4. Press the meat/stew button and set for a 120 minute cook time. Let it decompress. Remove and serve!
Recipe Notes

Read my tips and tricks notes in the post above to learn more about beef quality and cooking times.

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook a Roast in Your Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 4088 Calories from Fat 2340
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 260g 400%
Saturated Fat 114g 570%
Cholesterol 1564mg 521%
Sodium 2009mg 84%
Potassium 7529mg 215%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 435g 870%
Vitamin A 5.9%
Calcium 38.6%
Iron 262.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Barbara voss Reply

    Could you use onion soup mix and cream of mushroom soup instead of water to cook a roast.

  2. Excellent. I did add some sliced onion and mushroom. I was ok with the onion disappearing into the meat, adding more flavor. Served this with some parsley buttered new potatoes.

  3. peggy courtney Reply

    couldnt you use beef broth instead of water? i havent made this yet, the reason for 1 star.

  4. I made this using a 3 lb. chuck roast so I cut the time to 90 minuted. I did brown on the sauté setting first but followed the remaining directions exactly, including allowing it to release naturally for about 15 minutes. I wanted it falling apart as it will be used for sandwiches and it was perfect!

  5. Sharon Streicher Reply

    May I ask why you don’t brown the roast first? You’re missing out on some serious flavor. I think I’m going to place my roast in a steamer basket above the water (also going to use beef broth in place of the water) Hoping it works

  6. Leora Rowley Bradford Reply

    I really enjoyed the information and learning about the pressure pot cooking. Thank you.

  7. I cooked a blade roast for 40 minutes and it was super tough and didn’t shred….do you think cooking it longer would help?

  8. What if you have a smaller roast – how long is the cooking time per pound? This looks delicious but 5 lbs is way too much for a family of 3.

    • It is about the thickness of the roast, the pressure has to get the heat to the inside. So if you have a thick smaller roast it will still take a long time! Usually the larger roasts are simply longer, so they all would take relatively the same amount of time. If it’s thinner, try 90 minutes.

      • mike Tinklin Reply

        i have seen a number of recipes on line that have potatoes and veggies like carrots cooking in the pot with the roast. why do you say you cant do that?

        • For example, mashed potatoes take 10 !! minutes only in an Instant Pot. Those recipes are wrong. I can’t imagine cooking vegetables for 120 minutes. Mush. Absolute mush. Those recipes must have you release pressure and add the vegetables on top in a steamer at the very end which is a waste of time since you have to wait to bring it to pressure again.

  9. Hi – I’m confused! On your buckets of gravy roast in the instant pot, it calls for a 3-4 lb roast and you say that it MUST be pressure cooked for 2 hours, with an additional 20 min (at least) for each additional lb. How can it be then that for this basic roast preparation recipe, which also calls for a blade or chuck roast, you say to cook a 5 lb roast for ONLY 90 min???
    If your info about the need to cook for at least 2 hours for a 3-4 lb roast on your other buckets of gravy recipe is correct, then shouldn’t your pressure cook time for this recipe’s 5 lb roast be 2 1/3 hours (2 hours plus 20 min – 140 minutes)?

    • Marcela Castillo Reply

      I’m curious in the reply. I’m a newbie and haven’t made more than a handful of meals always looking for more recipes

  10. Do you quick release or natura release for a certain amount of time? I threw potatoes in with it and hoping they all turn out!!!

  11. Nicole Jubleew Reply

    What kind/brand of gravy and ranch dressing mix do you use?

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