Instant Pot Rib Roast

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Instant Pot Rib Roast. Let me introduce you to rib roast in the instant pot. The best cut of beef is pressure cooked to perfection, is juicy, is tender, is flavoursome and best of all is easy prep.

Also known as instant pot prime rib this recipe will impress your dinner guests and produce the best leftovers that you have ever eaten.

This instant pot rib roast recipe is an updated post. We originally shared with you how to cook a rib of beef in instant pot back in 2017.

instant pot rib roast recipe
Instant Pot Rib Roast Recipe

Instant Pot Prime Rib Roast

I just have to type the words “instant pot prime rib roast” and I am licking my lips at the thought of tucking into the best cut of meat in the instant pot.

But I am also well aware that prime rib is one of the most expensive cuts of meat and is certainly not economical like an instant pot chuck roast.

But its also the most flavoursome and tender meat (well apart from fillet steak) that I can cook at home using my kitchen gadgets.

After buying a beautiful organic 4 rib of beef from my local butchers for just short of £130.00, I wanted it to go beyond one roast beef dinner and for me to feel like I have got value for money.

That is why I decided to do prime here on Recipe This for this week. I am sure I am not the only one that loves prime rib but hates the price for one meal only and wants to make several meals out of one 4 rib of beef.

We will be halving it for two main roast rib joints, making soup with the rib bones and best of all, yummy leftover meals.

Today is day 1 of our delicious week dedicated to prime rib with instant pot prime rib and we will be back tomorrow with more prime rib favourites.


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Can You Cook A Rib Roast In An Instant Pot?

Yes, you sure can. The instant pot pressure cooker and any other electric pressure cooker, does an impressive job of cooking any roast beef.

This of course includes a rib roast.

Though we do recommend that you cook a boneless rib roast rather than bone in and then reserve the rib bones for a yummy instant pot beef soup.

What Do You Call Instant Pot Beef Roast?

I originally published this recipe way back in 2017 and titled it an instant pot beef roast. I have now edited it today and renamed it an instant pot prime rib roast, as I feel like beef roast is too broad a term.

Beef roast could be a chuck roast, topside of beef, silverside, brisket and so many other cuts.

But during the process of renaming and some research among family and friends I realised that prime rib was not its only name.

This amazing meat might be referred to as:

  • Instant Pot rib roast
  • Instant Pot rib of beef
  • Instant Pot ribeye roast
  • Instant Pot cross rib roast
  • Instant Pot standing rib roast

Dominic said that during his years as a chef specialising in roasts, it would always be referred to as a 4 rib roast.

And our butchers (who we purchased it through) named it a rib of beef and I would think of it as a rib roast.

Do comment below with what it is called where you live as I find it so interesting how many different names it has.

Preparing Your Instant Rib Roast

The first step is to prepare your rib roast for the instant pot is deciding how you wish to cut it and if you are eating it bone in or boneless. And if any leftover meals are going to be planned, or if its just a one off roast beef for a Sunday dinner or a special occasion.

What we did in preparing our rib roast was to separate it into two.

Our rib roast was a 4 rib roast and weighed more than 5 kilos which is 11 pounds. Even if we had wanted to cook it all, there is no way that it would have fitted in our instant pot pressure cooker.

Therefore, Dominic was kind enough to slice down the middle and create two ribs of beef.

cutting your rib roast

Of course, these would fit in the kitchen gadgets easily.

BUT we find that rib of beef in the instant pot is much better, if you go with a boneless version.

Plus, if we do a boneless version, we can cut out the ribs and then use the rib bones for an amazing soup.  

Of course, you might not need to consider this, as you might have a ribeye roast that has been rolled and is already prepared for you.

Beef Rib Roast Instant Pot Seasoning

Some cuts of beef are so amazing, that they only need a light seasoning because you want to taste the flavours of the meat.

Beef rib roast is one of them, which is wonderful for you, because it means there is not much effort on your part.

What I recommend is that you season your rib roast with salt, pepper, and some garlic powder.

Beef Rib Roast Instant Pot Seasoning

Then leave it in the fridge overnight.

The next day your prime rib roast is ready for cooking in the instant pot.

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Rib Roast Instant Pot Recipe Ingredients

Rib Roast Instant Pot Recipe Ingredients

Roast – Whether its instant pot prime rib or instant pot rib roast, you will want a good one, for cooking in the instant pot. Opt for boneless or cut out the bones yourself. Also note, that you want one that will fit in your instant pot. We used a 2.5kg 2 rib roast which is 5.3lbs.

Oil – This may sound like an odd ingredient to add to this instant pot rib roast recipe, but it creates a glue for your seasoning to stick to. It also stops your rib roast from going dry during the pressure cooking process.

Seasoning – Keep the seasoning basic because the flavour is in this amazing cut of meat, not in heavy seasoning. I recommend salt, pepper, and garlic powder. You can include something simple like sweet paprika or some onion powder too.

Stock. Your beef will be so much better if you use beef stock rather than water in the instant pot. We make our own frozen beef stock cubes and then load them into the instant pot with the beef.

Onion. I also add an onion and deglaze it first in the instant pot with some extra virgin olive oil. The Instant Pot can then be deglazed with some red wine.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this easy instant pot beef roast recipe, it has just been our instant pot pressure cooker. We have this one and it is amazing for many cuts of beef.

How To Cook Rib Roast In An Instant Pot?

instant pot rib roast step by step
  • Prepare. If you have a large prime rib, or one that will not fit in the instant pot, cut it to size for the instant pot and remove any bones.
  • Season. Add a light seasoning of salt, pepper, and garlic powder to your prime rib. Then load it into the fridge and leave it overnight for the flavour to marinate the meat.
  • Sauté. I recommend that you sauté an onion with extra virgin olive oil and deglaze with red wine. This creates a fantastic base for a beef stock and of course you can use the juices from this and the beef rib that have dripped down to make a gravy.
  • Dump. Add in the trivet and dump your rib of beef over the trivet.
  • Cook. Set the valve to sealing and pressure cook for 10 minutes, followed by a 30 minute natural pressure release.
  • Sit. Removing the lid allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and enjoying.

How Long To Cook Rib Roast In Instant Pot?

The instant pot rib roast cooking time is JUST 10 minutes, but also note that we are doing a 30 minute natural pressure release.

This produces a medium rib roast via the instant pot and is the best cook time to do.

You see, the 30 minute natural pressure release, cooks the meat slow. You still have the heat from pressure cooking, but it’s a lower temperature, similar to how you cook meat slower in a slow cooker.

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Instant Pot Rib Roast
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Instant Pot Rib Roast

Instant Pot Rib Roast. Let me introduce you to rib roast in the instant pot. The best cut of beef is pressure cooked to perfection, is juicy, is tender, is flavoursome and best of all is easy prep.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Instant Pot
Servings: 8
Calories: 955kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Instant Pot Rib Roast Ingredients:


  • Start by slicing your rib of beef into a max of 2 ribs so that it will fit in the instant pot and remove the bones. The bones can then be put to one side for beef soup, beef stew, or beef stock.
    Can You Cook A Rib Roast In An Instant Pot?
  • Spray the rib roast with extra virgin olive oil (approximately 2tsp). Season the rib roast with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place in the fridge overnight to marinate.
    Can You Cook A Rib Roast In An Instant Pot?
  • The next day peel and dice your onion and sauté with the rest of the olive oil. When the onions start to change colour, turn off sauté and deglaze with red wine. Add in beef stock if using thawed.
    Can You Cook A Rib Roast In An Instant Pot?
  • Add the trivet to the instant pot and place the prime rib onto the trivet. If using frozen beef stock, find a suitable gap for it now.
    Can You Cook A Rib Roast In An Instant Pot?
  • Place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and cook for 10 minutes on pressure cook.
    Can You Cook A Rib Roast In An Instant Pot?
  • Don’t release pressure and allow to sit for 30 minutes before turning the valve from sealing to venting.
    Can You Cook A Rib Roast In An Instant Pot?
  • Remove the beef rib roast from the instant pot and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Slice your roast beef and serve.
    Can You Cook A Rib Roast In An Instant Pot?


Freezing. If you would like to freeze your leftover prime rib, load into a zip loc bag once cool and then place into the freezer.
Quantity. This 5lb rib roast will easily feed eight people. We make it for the four of us and then enjoy delicious leftovers.
Ease. Remember you can use the side handles of the trivet to easily remove the rib of beef from the instant pot, without it burning your hands.
Thanks for reading our instant pot rib roast recipe on Recipe This. We have many more instant pot recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to some mashed potatoes to go with your rib of beef, then I recommend our Ninja Foodi mashed potatoes.


Calories: 955kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 83g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 37g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 781mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 5mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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26 thoughts on “Instant Pot Rib Roast”

  1. 4 stars
    You specify setting roast to manual for 40 min, but at what temp Fahrenheit? I’m looking for rare-med rare. Looks great!

    • Hi Crystal,

      With an instant pot pressure cooker there is no temperature it is just low pressure or high pressure in which case you need high pressure. The time is most important and so is the type of release at the end. We cooked our joint for exactly 40 minutes with a quick release and it turned out rare to medium which is perfect for us.

      Kind regards


    • Hi Patty,

      Yes, We used a 3kg (6.6lbs i think) rib of beef and after the 40 minutes it was cooked to just how we liked it which is medium rare. So with yours been smaller i would always take the time down to 25 minutes depending on how you like your roast cooked. We always work with the rule that you can add more cooking time if it is not ready but you can never take it away 🙂

      Hope this helps.

      Kind Regards


    • Hi Liz

      When i click on it it takes me to my print now page, are you waiting until the page loads fully as this can sometimes have an effect on if the button works or not.

      Kind Regards


    • Hi Kate,

      We have not tried to cook yorkshire pudding in the instant pot and we think it could turn out just like a steamed pudding instead of the crispy yorlshire puddings we love. They need dry heat to rise like a cooker or we love to use our air fryer for them as they are very quick to cook.

      Hope this helps.

      Kind Regards


    • Hi Jennifer,

      To get that colour on the beef you can use the saute setting on your instant pot before you cook it. Add some oil to your instant pot and place the beef topside down and leave for 5-10 minutes to brown on the top. Then just add the water and cook the beef for the specified amount of time.

      Kind Regards


    • Hi karling,

      I would personally take 10 minutes of off the cooking time because when you have a bone in there is less meat to cook and when the bone heats up it cooks the meat as well.

      Hope this helps.

      Kind Regards


    • Hi Stacey,

      I would not recommend cooking any roasting joint from frozen as they would not reach the required temperature inside the joint. But if you wanted to try may be doubling the cooking time but I wouldn’t recommend it ?

      Kind regards


  2. The past 2 months I have been learning to use an instant pot. Still learning! Thank you for the boneless rib roast recipe. I covered it with a mix of herbs, used the saute setting to brown it, placed it on the rack & set the slow cook setting on LOW for 40 mins. I allowed it to release the pressure on its own as my husband does not care for med rare beef. It came out perfect AND very delicious!

    • Hi Brett,

      Ours was 2.5 kg yours is 3.6 kg, i would take the time up to 1 hour so you are increasing the time by a third 🙂 Ours was cooked to how we like it which is medium rare!

    • Hi Phylis

      With the roast been cooked for so long the vegetables will become overcooked and mushy if you cook with the beef roast. Taking them out or adding them will effect the cooking of the joint of meat also so i would not recommend doing that 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    When you say: “place warm water into the bottom of the inner pot, then place the roast on top” do you mean on the rack/tricket (sp?), or in the water?

  4. 5 stars
    Made this, it was well received. i would lessen the liquid just a skosh. I added mushrooms to the pot and yams. all were ready when the meat was. i will also add a little more garlic, and some rosemary to the pot.
    was good texture and good heat.

    thank you.


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