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Pressure Cooker Beer Braised Steak with Onions

Pressure Cooker Steak can be made from frozen, and they’re super simple. Thanks to their delectable braise with beer and onions, the gravy that accompanies them is to die for.

Pressure Cooker Beer Braised Steak and Onions

Pressure Cooker Beer Braised Steak with Onions

Do you ever get so bad at meal planning, that suddenly it is 5pm and you haven’t even begun to consider what you’ll feed yourself, and all the people around you expected to feed them?

I do, pretty regularly.

That’s when I pull out my Instant Pot and start digging around to see what I can whip up.

Today, it was this awesome Beer Braised Steak with onions, gravy, and it started from a frozen block of steaks in a baggie. No defrosting necessary, and no “cream of” soups either.

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You can throw this over rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes and have an amazing dinner that’s done with only about 10 minutes of active prep or hands-on cooking.

That’s my kind of meal.

Pressure Cooker Beer Braised Steak with Onions

This is a great option for us when I’m looking to avoid the take out, pizza delivery, or other unhealthy options that are available. I often fall back on this, my instant pot shredded chicken tacos, or this sarma {cabbage roll} soup.

The kids totally love this too. Plus, the leftovers can be turned into really awesome soup! It could be vegetable beef soup, or beef stroganoff soup pretty easily. Both of those are great next-day options.

Beer Braised Steak and Onions

This meal also reheats very well, so is a perfect option if you are bringing meals to a new mom or member of your community that’s in need.

Pressure Cooker Beer Braised Steak with Onions

Yield: 8 people

Pressure Cooker Beer Braised Steak with Onions

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This quick and easy dinner is made from frozen using steaks, a delicious cooking sauce, and lots of onions. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2-3 pounds steak, frozen
  • 2 cups amber beer
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  1. Place steak, beer, broth, thyme, salt, and onion in your Instant Pot. Close and seal the lid, and place on manual mode for 60 minutes. It'll take a while to come up to pressure since the meat is frozen. 
  2. When the timer is complete, allow a natural pressure release for 15-20 minutes, and then vent any remaining pressure allowing the pin to drop before removing the lid. 
  3. Remove the meat from the liquid, and change the pot into saute mode. Allow the liquid to come to a simmer in the pot. 
  4. Mix together the flour and cold water, and whisk into the simmering liquid. Allow to thicken, stirring constantly. 
  5. Turn the pot off and pour the gravy over the meat and serve over rice, potatoes, or buttered pasta. 


Cooking time is from frozen. If you are using fresh meat, reduce cooking time to 30 minutes. 

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270Saturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 430mgCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 24g

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

I need to tweak this. Needs more flavor. Meat turns out very tender, however.

Rhonda Gabovitch

Saturday 6th of January 2018

Curious about the calorie count on the port tenderloin. It seems extremely high.

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 7th of January 2018

Calorie counts are informational guesses based on a program I use that calculates these automatically. Often times though it doesn't take into account that marinades aren't entirely consumed with the dish, which can throw off numbers. Sometimes I've underestimated the number of servings as well, which can make counts a bit higher.

I'd not "count" on them being super accurate, but as better information becomes available I'll do my best to provide it. ;)

Gloria Aaron

Wednesday 16th of August 2017

Can this be made in a electric Pressure Cooker with this recipe.

John Penn

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

@Nicole Johnson, My pressure cooker mix is 500g sliced steak, 3 large onions sliced, 3 oxocubes crumbled . 45mins in electric P.Cooker . eat or freeze in 4 portions to microwave for a quick 7mins meal

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 17th of August 2017

Yup! That's how I made it, in my Instant pot!

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