Instant Pot Swiss Steak


This is a budget friendly way to feed your family juicy steaks using your Instant Pot

Turn tough cuts of beef like London Broil and round steak into juicy tender steak using your Instant Pot. Pour over a hearty tomato and mushroom based gravy for an easy Instant Pot steak recipe.

When it’s a busy weeknight, I love using my Instant Pot to make dinner. I can throw everything in there and it does most of the work. This Instant Pot steak recipe is one of those. Others that are my go-to Instant Pot dinner recipes are my taco soup and pulled pork.

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Making steak in the pressure cooker is a simple way to turn normally tough, lean cuts of beef such as London Broil, Top Round or Bottom Round, into juicy tender steak. Our steak is seared to seal in the juices then braised in a tomato and wine sauce under pressure. A dish that would normal take over a few hours to slowly braise to perfect tenderness now is ready in about 45 minutes when we use the Instant Pot.

How to cook steak in the Instant Pot

  1. Pat steaks dry and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Set Instant Pot to sauté mode. Add oil and sear steaks on both sides until browned.
  3. Remove steaks and add onion, mushrooms and minced garlic. Stir and cook until almost softened.
  4. Pour in diced tomatoes, chicken broth and wine.
  5. Add in steak.
  6. Pressure cook high for 30 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure manually.

juicy steak on a platter with broccoli and mushrooms around with an instant pot in the background

Key ingredients

  • Steak – To make Swiss steak you want to use traditionally tough cuts of beef like London Broil, Top Round or Bottom Round. You can use roast or steaks.
  • Vegetables – This recipe uses mushrooms, onion and garlic but you can customize to your taste preferences. Try adding broccoli, zucchini or celery.
  • Diced tomatoes – One can of diced tomatoes is added to help tenderize the beef and for flavor.
  • Chicken broth – Liquid is needed to braise the steaks in the Instant Pot. You can use chicken broth, beef broth or vegetable broth. Water will also work if you have neither.
  • Wine – Red wine is preferred; however, this is an optional ingredient. Wine adds flavor to the sauce.

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Swiss Steak In The Instant Pot Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds london broil, top round, bottom round steak or roast
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder, optional
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup red wine, optional

Instant Pot Swiss Steak Directions

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What is swiss steak?

Swiss steak didn’t originate in Switzerland like most would think. It has nothing to do with the country. Instead Swiss steak got it’s name from the term used to tenderize steak, ‘swissing’ which is where tough cuts of beef are mechanically tenderized similar to cubed steak.

Although most swiss steak recipes don’t require any devices or machines to tenderize the beef, it doesn’t tenderize tough cuts of beef like top round by slowly cooking and braising the meat in a tomato based sauce.

The act of slow cooking and braising in a acidic broth (tomatoes) tenderizes the steak into juicy, tender cuts.

Making this recipe for instant pot steak shorts the cooking time.

a platter with swiss steak on the dinner table with broccoli and tomatoes around

What cut of beef is Swiss steak?

Making Swiss steak for dinner is an excellent budget friendly way to enjoy a juicy steak. Unlike New York steak, ribeye and sirloin which are naturally tender, we use tougher, less popular cuts of beef to make Swiss steak.

  • Top round steak
  • London broil
  • Top round roast
  • Bottom round steak
  • Bottom round roast
  • Chuck roast
  • Chuck steak
  • Chuck arm
  • Flank steak
  • Skirt steak
  • Stew meat

Tomato mushroom gravy

Braising Swiss steak in a tomato sauce not only tenderizes the beef, but it creates incredible flavor when combined with onion, mushroom, garlic, thyme and red wine.

To thicken your sauce, try reducing the fluid in the Instant Pot using sauté mode on the pressure cooker. You can help the thickening process of the gravy by adding your favorite thickening agent. I use arrowroot powder.

a dinner platter with sliced steak and broccoli topped with a tomato sauce

Storage information

Store leftover Swiss steak in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. You can freeze it cooked in a freezer safe container or bag for up to 1 month.

Instant Pot Swiss Steak: FAQS

How to make swiss steak in a slow cooker?

Sear your steak or roast on all sides in a skillet over medium high heat. Then add to a slow cooker with remaining ingredients. Slow cook on low for 6-8 hours.

What's the difference between swiss steak and salisbury steak?

Salisbury steak is made from ground beef and fried and served with a mushroom tomato sauce. Swiss steak is made from steak or roast and braised in a tomato sauce. Often mushrooms are added for flavor.

How to serve swiss steak on the stove top?

Sear the beef on all sides using a dutch oven. Remove beef. Add onions, mushrooms, garlic and thyme. Saute until almost softened. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, wine and steak. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1-2 hours until beef is tender.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Instant Pot Swiss Steak

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 364
Fat 7.4g
Protein 51g
Total Carbs 5.9g
Net Carbs 4.9g

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  1. This worked out very well for my family! Thank you for the recipe. The instant pot really helped the meat tenderize.

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