This Instant Pot beef stew with cider is the ultimate comfort food dish when the weather turns cold. Using a multipurpose cooker to cook stew beef means you’ll get fall-off-the-fork tender meat with minimal cooking time. Make the most of inexpensive, tough cuts of meat by learning how to make stew with the Instant Pot. It’s the perfect one-pot recipe!
Salads are still my top pick for lunch, and I’ve included many ideas for lunch salads on this site. However, it is nice to mix things up with other options when there is a chill in the air. I used this Instant Pot beef stew as a healthy lunch meal prep, but it is a delicious dinner option as well.
Soups and stews with white potatoes do not generally freeze well, so keep this one in the fridge. This recipe makes four servings, so you’ll have most of your weekday meals covered.
Some folks who work outside of the home do not have access to a microwave. If this is your situation, you can heat the stew in the morning and bring it to work in a large thermos.
I own several inexpensive wide-mouth 3- and 4-cup thermoses that keep foods hot all day. Check the camping and outdoor section of your local Walmart, or explore the selection online. These products helped me to eat healthier when I was practically living in my car while completing my dietetics rotations.
I remember in elementary school (this was in the 80s), everyone had a lunchbox with a matching thermos. The thermos seems to have fallen out of favor in recent years, but it can help expand your lunch options. There are many thermoses available that are appropriate (and cartoon character-free) for adults.
Completely unrelated, here’s a side dish worth checking out
I have not written about this much here, but one of my food goals is to cook a dish from each country. This has been an ongoing project for me over the past couple of years. At the time of this writing, I only have 15 countries to go!
I’ve learned so much about different foods and international cuisines from this fun little side project. I’d like to think it helps to make me a better dietitian. I’m saving all of the recipes we’ve tried in a binder, a little keepsake of our culinary adventures.
Recently, I made a dish from the Ivory Coast called kedjenou chicken. It was suggested that I serve the entree with attieke, a side of fermented cassava that looks like wheat-based couscous.
I was able to find attieke online. It is a single-ingredient product of cassava only, with a simple preparation. Just add water, let it sit a few minutes to absorb, and heat for 2-3 minutes in the microwave.
This side dish has a wonderfully tangy flavor from the fermentation process that is unlike other foods. I think it is far more flavorful than plain rice or couscous.
Those with celiac disease may be happy to learn that attieke is gluten-free. It also grain-free but not low-carb. I recommend picking up a box if it fits your dietary restrictions, and you are looking to try something new.
Hmmm… I got a bit off track there, didn’t I? Sometimes I find something worth sharing in the world of food, and I can’t resist talking about it! But let’s get back to our regularly scheduled recipe, Instant Pot beef stew with cider, shall we?
And now for the disclaimer…
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For more information on how the three recipe levels may help with a weight management goal, refer to my overnight oats with yogurt post. Let’s get cooking!
Instant Pot Beef Stew with Cider
- 1 T avocado oil
- 1.3 lbs. lean stew beef (mine was 140 kcal/4 ounces)
- 1 medium onion, chopped into 1" pieces
- 3 medium celery stalks, sliced into 1" pieces
- 3 medium carrots, sliced into 1" coins
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 4 c Yukon gold potatoes, chopped into large pieces
- 1 T tomato paste
- 1 c apple cider
- 3 c beef bone broth
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 t dried thyme
- 1 t dried rosemary
- 1 t dried sage
- 1 c frozen peas, thawed
- ¼ c fresh parsley, finely chopped
- Set the Instant Pot to the saute setting on high. Add the avocado oil. Saute the beef in the oil for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally to brown on all sides. Remove the beef from the pot and set aside.
- Add the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic to the pot and saute for 5 minutes. Add cider to deglaze the pot and stir in the tomato paste.
- Add the beef, potatoes, bone broth, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, and sage to the pot. Stir to combine.
- Put the lid on the pot. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high for 30 minutes. Let the steam release naturally for 15-20 minutes before opening the vent (to release remaining steam) and removing the lid.
- Remove the bay leaves. Stir in the peas. Distribute the stew among the bowls or glass meal prep containers and garnish with parsley.
This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). Surprise! This delicious meat and potatoes meal is a high-volume, low-calorie dish. If you are looking to lose weight this winter, add more broth-based soups and stews to your plan. They’ll help to keep you full and warm in the chilly weather. For a thicker (and more traditional) stew, you could make a roux of flour and butter instead of using avocado oil. This will add additional calories to the dish, and I don’t tend to feel it’s worth it taste-wise. If you like a thicker stew or want a higher energy meal, this may be a good option for you. Another option is to whisk a little cool broth with cornstarch and add the mixture to the stew at the end of cooking. Let the stew simmer an additional few minutes (uncovered) to allow time for the cornstarch mixture to work its magic.
What are some of your favorite Instant Pot recipes? Drop some links my way, and be sure to let me know if you try this Instant Pot beef stew with cider recipe!