Pressure Cooker Beef Bourguignon

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Beef Bourguignon is rich, savory, hearty beef stew. It can be cooked for several hours on a stove top, or quickly and easily in an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Beef Bourguignon - Rich and hearty beef stew made in an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker.

Today I’m featuring a pressure cooker recipe from Debby, A Feast for the Eyes. Debby grew up around food working in her mother’s Bavarian Delicatessen. She prefers simple, unpretentious, comfort home cooked meals. Luckily for us, today she’s sharing a classic comfort food recipe transformed into a fantastic pressure cooker recipe.

Pressure Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Hi Barbara! Thanks, so much, for allowing me to share this delicious Beef Bourguignon French Stew that I made in my beloved pressure cooker. On a lazy Sunday, I enjoy braising different cuts of meats and creating anything from Pot Roasts to a Bolognese sauce. But there are days when I just don’t want to wait for three hours, or more, when I’m craving a hot meal on a Winter’s Day!

Beef-Bourguignon made in an Instant Pot

It takes about an hour to prepare all the traditional components of this French stew—browning bacon lardons, sautéing pearl onions, browning mushrooms and taking the time to sear and brown stew cut beef. I’m a big believer that the brown bits called “fond” is what gives all stews so much flavor.

I promise you, that once you finish with chopping, sautéing and searing it’s all downhill from there. Sure, you can make this stew in a Dutch oven or in a slow cooker—if you don’t mind waiting 2-3 hours for the meat to become tender and the sauce flavors to build.

picture collage of ingredients needed to make beef bourguignon in a pressure cooker

Or, you can cook this beef bourguignon recipe in a pressure cooker for 40 minutes!


Making Beef Bourguignon in an Instant Pot

An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create this delicious Beef Bourguignon!

Traditionally, Beef Bourguignon (or “Beef Burgundy”) is served with steamed potatoes. Mashed potatoes are another delicious options. I was craving egg noodles. You don’t have to go as “all out” as I did, by making my own homemade egg noodles (a future recipe post)! Packaged egg noodles, cooked till al dente, then lightly browned in unsalted butter and with fresh chopped parsley is the perfect finish.

collage of searing beef for a pressure cooker beef bourguignon recipe

Cooking Tip for Pressure Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Ask your butcher to cut Chuck Eye Roast for the meat, if possible. It’s a super tender cut, and while it costs a bit more than “Stew Cut Meat” (or mystery meat), the beef will turn out tender and succulent. The sauce has rich notes of red wine, tomato and a perfect balance of herbs and spices. Make this the day before, and the flavors will really develop even better!


This also makes a beautiful buffet dinner item, because it serves 8-10 people. This is a hearty and comforting winter stew.

If you haven’t invested in a pressure cooker, you won’t be sorry that you finally decided to do it. I’ve owned a 5-Quart Digital Pressure Cooker for nine years, and it is still working like a champ!

Thanks, Barbara, for your blog. I love seeing all of your recipes along with your guest posts. I can’t wait to learn how to make more pressure cooker recipes. It’s almost like having “instant dinner”!

A Feast for the Eyes


Visit A Feast for the Eyes for the recipe and more great step by step photos. Thanks Debby for sharing your love of pressure cooking and this wonderful meal with us.

More pressure cooker recipes you might enjoy:
Red Beans & Rice
Bean & Bacon Soup
Beef Stew (with great tips on searing meat)
Pot Roast

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originally published December 30, 2012 — last updated June 28, 2018
Categories: Beef