If you’re looking for a mouthwatering recipe that is easy to prepare, you’re going to love this low-carb Instant Pot Beef Stew! This recipe is paleo and Whole30.

instant pot beef stew low carb

I’ve been making beef stew for years because it’s one of my husband’s favorite recipes. I used to always make it in the slow-cooker because the long cook time always seems to make the beef so tender, especially since I almost always use lean, grass-fed beef.

One day I was low on time so I threw all the ingredients in the pressure cooker. I was so happy with how tender and flavorful the stew turned out. If you enjoy a beef stew with lots of hearty vegetables, then I really hope you love this recipe too.

Recipe Highlights

Why is the Instant Pot my preferred appliance for making beef stew now?

  • Pressure cooking tenderizes even the toughest and leanest of meats
  • You save hours of cooking time than if you used a slow-cooker or the stovetop
  • You can even use frozen beef chunks if you forget to de-frost them. Just add an extra 10 minutes of cook time if you use frozen
  • Cooking it this way means you don’t have to smell the odor for hours which can be annoying if you work from home like me


Usually I add potatoes to my beef stew, but I decided to make a lower-carb version for this Instant Pot Beef Stew. This also turned out to be another great win. The cauliflower I added at the end kind of stood in the potatoes and we didn’t miss them at all.

instant pot beef stew ingredients


How long do you cook beef stew in the Instant Pot?

I recommend cooking at high pressure for 30 minutes.

How do you cook it in an Instant Pot?

I recommend using stew meat or a chuck roast that you’ve cut into about 1-inch cubes. Cook with your vegetables for 30 minutes on high pressure.

I would like to note that I added the cauliflower florets after the beef and other vegetables had cooked for 30 minutes. I then cooked the cauliflower with the stew for an extra minute to keep it from getting overcooked.

instant pot beef stew process shots

What so great about Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is a modern, electric version of a pressure cooker that is easy and safe to use. Pressure cooking cooks most foods in about half the time you would cook on the stovetop or in the oven.

instant pot beef stew in two bowls with parsley

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Here’s the printable recipe:


Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Stew (Low-Carb)

instant pot beef stew in a white bowl

If you’re looking for a healthy, low-carb recipe that is hearty and delicious, you’ll love this Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Stew!

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Pressure cooker Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: paleo, keto, low-carb, gluten-free


  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds grass-fed Chuck roast (cut into about 1-inch cubes)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 fennel bulbs, chopped
  • 4 carrots, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 12 ounces cauliflower florets
  • sea salt, to taste


  1. Press the Sautébutton on your 6- or 8-quart Instant Pot and let it heat up for about two minutes. Combine the beef, garlic, and onion in the post and sauté for 3 minutes, using a wooden spoon or spatula to move the beef around so it browns on all sides.
  2. Cancel the Sauté function and add the dried thyme, zucchini, carrots, fennel, and broth. Stir to combine.
  3. Lock on the lid, select the Pressure Cook function, and adjust to high pressure for 30 minutes. Make sure the steam valve is set in the “Sealing”
  4. When the cooking time is up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes before using the quick release to unlock the lid.
  5. Remove the lid and add the cauliflower florets. Lock on the lid again, select the Pressure Cook function, and adjust to high pressure for 1 minute. Make sure the steam valve is set in the “Sealing”
  6. When the cooking time is up, use the quick release to release the pressure.
  7. Season with salt, to taste, and serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.


You can use whatever cut of beef you like for beef stew. I recommend a Chuck Roast because it is usually inexpensive. I do recommend choosing organic and grass-fed if possible.

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