Instant Pot Pot Roast from Frozen (3 Ingredients)
This easy three-ingredient Instant Pot Pot Roast starts with frozen beef and makes a rich, tender meal with a savory homemade tomato-based gravy.
Cooking pot roast from frozen is one of the most frequent requests.
This recipe is adapted from our friend Sabrina’s new cookbook, Dinner Then Dessert. (There’s a reason it’s on the cover!)
❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe: This is the best hands-off way to make fall-apart tender and juicy pot roast the whole family will love!
How to Make Pot Roast from Frozen in an Instant Pot
This Pressure Cooker Pot Roast recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL.
Sabrina’s recipe for a 3-ingredient pot roast in the new cookbook is amazingly good. So naturally, we had to adapt it to the pressure cooker for this recipe. Whether you make it on the stove using the recipe in her book, or give it a spin in the Instant Pot, you won’t be disappointed.
Because this is a three-ingredient recipe, the quality of the ingredients is key. Use a good red wine that you love the taste of. I recommend something dry, such as a cabernet, so your gravy doesn’t end up tasting too sweet. If you prefer not to cook with alcohol, you can substitute beef broth for the wine.
It’s also important to choose a good marinara sauce. We like Rao’s brand. But you could also make your own!
How to Cook Pot Roast from Frozen
The #1 question on our traditional Instant Pot pot roast recipe is “how do you cook pot roast from frozen?” And here you have the answer: simply dump your ingredients into the pressure cooker, turn it on to high pressure, and walk away.
Because this is a dense cut of meat, a frozen roast will take an hour and 45 minutes to cook through so it’s super tender.
We generally prefer to brown our beef before pressure cooking. However, if you’re cooking a frozen roast, you have to skip this step. That’s where the flavorful marinara and red wine come in–the extra flavor they add makes it so you don’t miss the browning.
More about Dinner Then Dessert
Sabrina runs and is one of the hardest working food bloggers I know! She runs Dinner Then Dessert (I have a soft spot for her dessert section, and she has an excellent slow cooker section.)
I am *thrilled* to have her cookbook, which shares a name with her blog. As she says in her book “the recipes are practical and flexible. They’re also flavor-packed and fun.”
There are over 100 recipes that use 3, 5, or 7 ingredients (not including salt, pepper, butter or oil). While the book isn’t specific to pressure cooking, it is full of fast and flavorful recipes that are perfect for weeknights, including this from-frozen pot roast!
She also includes a section on stocking your pantry that is full of tips and information–for instance, for this roast she talks about the importance of using an evenly marbled cut of meat that’s a traditional chuck roast.
If you’re in the market for a gift for a busy cook this holiday season this cookbook is a fun option. We have a great guide on How to Convert a recipe into a Pressure Cooker Recipe.
What to Serve with Pot Roast
Pot roast is a great meal to serve with hearty, starchy sides. At my house, I’ll serve pot roast and gravy with:
- Creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Butter noodles
- Instant Pot Ranch Twice Baked Potatoes
- Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
- Instant Pot Rice Pilaf with Saffron & Almonds
Store any leftover Instant Pot pot roast in the fridge in an airtight container for up to four days. You can reheat it on the stove or in the microwave to serve.
For longer storage, this dish also freezes great. Keep it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months. Before serving, defrost the dish in the fridge overnight. Then reheat on the stove or in the Instant Pot. You can also defrost pot roast directly from frozen using the Instant Pot.
More Easy Instant Pot Beef Recipes
The pressure cooker / Instant Pot is a great way to make fast and easy weeknight dinners like these:
- Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon is a hearty and savory stew with pearl onions and tender pieces of beef.
- Greek Beef Tacos are fast, refrshign and light tacos served on pita with a creamy tatziki sauce.
- Instant Pot Beef and Cheddar sandwiches have a gooey, soft and melty cheese sauce you’ll love.
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Three-Ingredient Pot Roast
This is the easiest, most savory Instant Pot pot roast recipe around. And the best part is that you start with frozen meat!
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 3 - 3.5 lb frozen chuck roast (about 3 inches thick)
- 1 (16 ounce) jar marinara sauce
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup cold water
- Salt and Pepper
- Add the wine to the pressure cooking pot. Add the frozen chuck roast. Pour the marinara sauce on top of the chuck roast and don't stir.
- Lock the lid in place and cook for 1 hour 45 minutes. (If you're using a thawed roast, cook it for 90 minutes.)
- When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker and allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then use a quick pressure release.
- When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Carefully remove roast from the cooking pot and place on a platter. Cover with foil to rest.
- To make the gravy, pour the juices in the cooking pot through a strainer into a large bowl. (I like to use a fat separator as well to skim off some of the fat, but that's optional.) Pour the strained cooking liquid back into the cooking pot.
- Whisk together cornstarch and cold water; add to liquids in the cooking pot. Select Sauté and stir until gravy thickens. Season well with salt and pepper to taste.
If you prefer not to cook with alcohol, you can substitute beef broth for the wine.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1453Total Fat: 91gSaturated Fat: 38gTrans Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 47gCholesterol: 495mgSodium: 591mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 147g
Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.
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was great ,but i think the tomato marinaria is to much omit the sauce use beef broth instead it will melt in your mouth tghanks for recipe
Glad you enjoyed the roast Jessica. The marinara does give it more of an Italian flavor.
Omg thank you because I’m making this as I’m reading your comment and did not want to add the sauce,to me that’s a yuck lol but beef broth and wine is a huge yesss thank you so so much for your comment .I love making my roast in my instant pot but my roast is frozen and I hope it still comes out good if I did not wear it .did you do yours frozen or no?ty
Should I use the trivet?
Hi Jessica – no need to use the trivet with this recipe. Enjoy!
Sounds good. Personally I would throw in some onion garlic carrots potatoes and celery with some herbs like thyme and rosemary. Would make it 10X better than this white person seasoned recipe. Just salt and pepper, really?
Hi Person – sounds like you’d prefer our traditional pot roast recipe https://www.pressurecookingtoday.com/pressure-cooker-pot-roast/
If you put potatoes and carrots in for this amount of time with roast in instant pot ,they will become so mushy that you can’t even pick them up without them turning to liquid lol no seriously what I do is cook the beef then take it out and add veges after for a few minutes depending on what your using hope this helped
The white persons seasoned ?what are you talking about omg this is a recipe so why be racist about seasonings?im white and I love to use seasonings so you need to stop ok? Thank you
Yes really ?
I am a 87 year old granny that loves to cook. When my children were growing up one of my favorite things to do was to bake a frozen chuck roast in a cast iron dutch oven. I would slice a large onion and place it in the dutch oven, put the roast on top of it, add one cup of red wine, salt, pepper and garlic, cover the dutch oven and roast it for several hours at 275 degees. It always came out so tender and flavorful. Made a great gravy, sometimes I would add mushrooms or a carrot or two. Now I can’t wait to try your recipe for frozen Beef Roast in the Instant Pot. We are never too old to learn new tricks.
Love your website, Newsletter and recipes.
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So fun to hear your story Harriet – thanks for sharing! Definitely never too old to learn for sure.
Hi there ,my first time ever cooking in my instant pot was a roast and it was the best roast I ever ate and my family asks for it every Sunday
That’s awesome – thanks for sharing Patricia!
Can’t wait to try this tasty recipe. If someone’s allergic to tomatoes, could you put a gravy on top instead of the marinara?
Hi Shery – gravy often contains thickeners that can interfere with pressure cooking so gravy probably isn’t a good option. Lipton onion soup mix with 1 cup of beef broth would be a good tomato-free option.
I’m not a wine drinker. What red wine should I buy
Hi Christine – a cabernet works well.
I don’t use alcohol in my cooking – any idea what to sub for the red wine?
Hi Pamela – you can sub beef broth for the wine. Enjoy!