Instant Pot Beef and Cheddar

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This Instant Pot Sliced Beef and Cheddar Sandwich recipe is the upgraded version of your favorite Arby’s order, with thin-sliced pressure cooker beef and melty cheese sauce on an onion roll. 

Instant pot shredded beef and melted cheddar cheese sandwiches on a wooden cutting board with ruffle cut potato chips

This sandwich is like a delicious cross between a Philly cheesesteak and a French dip. It has tender sliced beef and a creamy homemade cheddar sauce. Serve it on your favorite buns for a classic American sandwich made at home. 

This cheesesteak sandwich recipe pairs especially well with Pressure Cooker Baked Beans, Rosemary Garlic Potatoes, and Garlic Parmesan Air Fryer French Fries from Barbara Bakes. 

A side angle shot of a beef and cheddar sandwich in a sesame seed bun on a cutting board sitting in front of an Instant Pot.

Making Sliced Beef and Cheddar Sandwiches in an Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker

This cheese steak sandwich recipe works in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the  Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL.

The sliced beef is a quick dump-and-go pressure cooker recipe. Simply add thinly sliced beef, broth, and seasonings into the pot, bring to pressure for 10 minutes, and you’re done!

melted cheddar cheese sauce in a saucepan on the stove being whisked

While the Instant Pot is working it’s magic, you can whip up the cheddar cheese sauce on the stove. This is a matter of melting butter, thickening it with a bit of flour and stirring in milk, just a bit of hot sauce for flavor—and cheddar cheese, of course!

(If you like, you can also make the sauce in your Instant Pot, on saute adjusted to low.)

To serve up sliced beef and cheddar sandwiches, I love using onion rolls. If you can’t find them, brioche buns are also the perfect pillowy and soft vehicle for the meat and cheese. 

Overhead of an instant pot with raw thinly sliced beef beofre pressure cooking to make sandwiches

How Should I Slice the Beef?

I like to have the butcher slice the beef for me for this recipe. That way, I know it will be perfectly thin and even. I ask for slices 1/8-inch thick. Thinner beef curls on the edges a bit while it cooks to give you that classic cheesesteak sandwich look. 

However, if you have a whole piece of boneless beef, you can always slice it yourself. A sharp knife is your friend for slicing thin, even pieces of beef. 

💡 Tip: To make slicing it yourself a little easier, place the beef in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. When you take it out to slice, the beef will hold its shape better and slice without falling apart. 

Overhead of pressure cooked thin sliced beef in an Instant Pot

What Cut of Beef Is Best?

I use top round roast for this recipe. However, top sirloin steak will also work. 

🛑 Fattier cuts of beef, like chuck roast, won’t produce the tender strips of steak you’re looking for in your sandwich. 

Can I Freeze Sliced Instant Pot Beef?

The cooked meat in this recipe reheats and freezes quite well. (I often freeze it with the juices left in the pot so the meat doesn’t dry out.) It will last for up to 3 months in the freezer

To defrost, thaw the container in the fridge overnight and reheat in the Instant Pot or microwave.  

The cheese sauce can last a few days in the fridge in an airtight container. 

close up on instant pot shredded beef and cheddar sandwiches with potato chips and sour cream dipping sauce

What to Serve with Instant Pot Cheese Steak Sandwiches

These sandwiches go well with all sorts of different side dishes. Here are some recipes that I love to serve with Sliced Beef and Cheddar Sandwiches for my family:

sliced beef and melted cheddar cheese sandwiches on a cutting board in front of an Instant Pot pressure cooker

More from the Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook

This recipe is adapted from the Steak and Cheddar sandwiches on page 76 of the Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook. (The longer strips of beef stay in the sandwiches better for my young kids.)

If you don’t have a copy of the cookbook yet, it’s full of helpful tips and amazing family recipes you won’t find on the blog like Chicken Pesto Pasta (page 165), Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps (page 46), and Chile Verde (page 243).


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Instant pot beef and cheddar sandwiches on an onion roll with ruffle cut potato chips on a wooden cutting board

Instant Pot Beef and Cheddar

Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Beef
Cuisine: American
Homemade Instant Pot Sliced Beef and Cheddar Sandwiches are the upgraded version of your favorite Arby’s classic, with melty cheese sauce, thin-sliced beef, and onion rolls. 
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  • 2 pounds boneless beef top round roast thinly sliced*
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 onion hamburger buns buttered and toasted

Cheese Sauce

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce**
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese


  • In the pressure cooking pot, combine the beef, broth, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 10 minutes cook time.
  • When cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker and allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then finish with a quick release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
  • While the beef cooks, in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Sprinkle in the flour and cook until bubbling. Gradually whisk in the milk, a little at a time, until the sauce is smooth and thick. Whisk in hot sauce and salt. Add the cheddar cheese a handful at a time. Stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
  • To serve, top each bun with meat and ladle cheese sauce on top. 


*I like to have the butcher slice it 1/8-inch thick for me. See above for tips on how to slice yours at home. 
** You can use more hot sauce if you like it spicy.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 734mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g


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originally published July 18, 2020 — last updated June 1, 2024
Categories: Beef