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Beef Stew

Classic beef stew with Asian seasonings is great to serve with noodles and rice. This beef stew recipe has both instant pot and slow cooker methods. Wanna know how to make beef stew tender in an instant pot? 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 557kcal
Author Tracy O.

Equipment

  • Instant pot pressure cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 can Beef broth (14.5oz, 411g)
  • 1 can Tomato Italian style (14.5oz, 411g)
  • 10 Medley potatoes (Small potatoes)
  • 5 sticks Celery
  • 4 Carrots (Small)
  • 1 Onion Medium sized
  • 3-4 pounds Beef chuck roast (Boneless)
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 3 slices Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable oil

Sauce:

  • ¼ teaspoon Five spice powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt ( add salt to your taste)
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Oyster sauce

Thicken sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons Water

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions:

  • Wash and cut 5 sticks of celery into chunks. 
  • After, wash 10 medley potatoes and cut them into half. 
  • Peel an onion and cut into chunks. 
  • Next, wash, peel and cut 4 small carrots into chunks. 
  • Then, cut 3-4 pounds of boneless chuck beef roast into chunks. 
  • Push the sauté button,  pour 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, add 3 cloves of garlic and 3 slices of ginger into the instant pot. 
  • The following step, browning the beef both sides. 
  • After browning the beef, put them into the instant pot. 
  • Add the cut celery into the pressure cooker.
  • Then, add onion and carrots. 
  • The following, add the cut medley potatoes. (Try to push down the ingredients if too full.)
  • Pour a can of beef broth (14.5 oz) and a can of Italian style tomato (14.5 oz) into the instant pot. 
  • Add ¼ teaspoon of five spice powder, ¼ teaspoon of salt (add to your taste), 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce. 
  • Mix it well. Close the lid and vent. Press the manual button, adjust the time for 60 minutes at high pressure and natural release pressure. (The size of my instant pot is 6 quarts.)
  • In a container, add 4 tablespoons of cornstarch and 5 tablespoons of water. Mix it very well. 
  • When the beef stew is done, use a strainer to remove fat. Push the sauté button and add cornstarch mixture. Slowly and gently mix until it thickens. Or, you can take out the vegetables and beef. Then, add the cornstarch mixture. Stirring the sauce until its thicken. Then, put back the beef and vegetables. This way, you don't need to worry about the beef will break easily. 

Slow Cooker Instructions:

  • Wash and cut 5 sticks of celery into chunks. 
  • After, wash 10 medley potatoes and cut them into half. 
  • Peel an onion and cut into chunks. 
  • Next, wash, peel and cut 4 small carrots into chunks. 
  • Then, cut 3-4 pounds of boneless chuck beef roast into chunks. 
  • Turn on the slow cooker to a high setting, pour 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, add 3 cloves of garlic and 3 slices of ginger into the slow cooker. 
  • Put the beef roast into the slow cooker.
  • Add the cut celery, onion, carrots and medley potatoes. 
  • Pour a can of beef broth (14.5 oz) and a can of Italian style tomato (14.5 oz) into the slow cooker. 
  • Add ¼ teaspoon of five spice powder, ¼ teaspoon of salt (add to your taste), 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce. 
  • Mix it well and Cover the lid. Let it cook until it's boiling and turn to a low setting. Let it cook for 5-6 hours.
  • In a container, add 4 tablespoons of cornstarch and 5 tablespoons of water. Mix it very well. 
  • When the beef stew is done,  use a strainer to remove fat. Pour the cornstarch mixture. Slowly and gently mix until it thickens. Or, you can take out the vegetables and beef. Then, add the cornstarch mixture. Stirring the sauce until it thickens. Then, put back the beef and vegetables.This way, you don't need to worry about the beef will break easily. 

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Notes

Cooking tips for how to make beef stew tender in an instant pot: 

  • Browning the beef on both sides this helps to retain juice inside the meat. 
  • Try to push down the ingredients if too full.
  • Put all the ingredients and mix well with the sauce.
  • Press the manual button and adjust time for 60 minutes and natural release pressure. 
  • Use a strainer to remove the fat. 
  • Push the sauté button and add cornstarch mixture. Slowly and gently mix until it thickens. 

Nutrition

Calories: 557kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 879mg | Potassium: 2002mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 5248IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 6mg