Instant Pot Frozen Steak

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How to cook instant pot frozen steak to tender, flavoursome, deliciousness. You will love steak in the pressure cooker and perfect for the cheaper cuts of steak too.

This frozen steak with a creamy red wine and cream cheese sauce is perfect for serving with potatoes for a fuss free weeknight dinner.

Instant Pot Frozen Steak
Instant Pot Frozen Steak

Frozen Steak In Instant Pot

This frozen steak recipe was originally shared with you on what was my grandad’s birthday.

My Grandad was a fisherman and was very frugal and good at making things last, making recipes stretch and making great delicious food from cheap ingredients.

He was the first to introduce me to black pudding to liver and onions and cheap veggie soups from leftovers, plus he was great at making veggie stock too.

Now as we all worry about the cost of living, it is great when you can go back to old fashioned basics and make great food with cheaper cuts of meat.

Whilst I was raised by parents that love sirloin steak or fillet steak (steak mignon), I am always interested in ways that I can save money but still enjoy great steak.

And that is where the idea for instant pot frozen steak came from. The idea that you could use a much cheaper cut of meat i.e. chuck/braising rather than sirloin and because the pressure cooker tenderises everything have steak that tastes as good as sirloin, but fits in with the cost of living.

We are also using super cheap braising steak from Asda/Walmart that is part of their cheap just essentials range to see how this turns out.

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Can You Cook Steak From Frozen?

Yes, you can cook steak from frozen. But NOT in the crockpot/slow cooker. That is because the crockpot doesn’t hit the recommended heat level and it’s a food poisoning issue.

But you can cook air fryer frozen steak, instant pot frozen steak like we are showing you now.

Can You Put Frozen Meat Into An Instant Pot?

Yes, you can put frozen meat into an instant pot. We have cooked many different types of frozen meat in the instant pot.

Some of our favourites include instant pot frozen pot roast, instant pot frozen whole chicken, instant pot frozen roast beef and instant pot frozen pork loin, oh and let’s not forget about instant pot frozen hamburgers.

Can You Cook Diced Beef From Frozen?

Yes, you can cook diced beef from frozen as well as thawed. You could make our instant pot stew and dumplings and do so with frozen meat.

The only issue is that you can’t brown your diced beef first when it is frozen and will just need to skip this step.

Can You Cook A Frozen Steak In An Instant Pot?

Yes, you can cook a frozen steak in the instant pot pressure cooker, and that is exactly what we will be showing you how to do today.

You cook the frozen steak in a nice stock, then after pressure cooking you can make your sauce and then serve up your steak and sauce. Plus, if you prefer you can then serve it with some of our air fryer roast potatoes or air fryer chips which are equally as amazing.

How Do You Cook Frozen In An Instant Pot?

The idea with cooking frozen in the instant pot is all about the stock. You cook the meat in the stock and it helps with the defrost and going to pressure, then the stock also stops the meat from going dry.

Or if you have no stock wrap the meat in foil to stop the dryness.

Either way, cooking frozen in the instant pot is a great cooking method and so simple too.

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Frozen Steak Instant Pot Ingredients

Frozen Steak Instant Pot Ingredients

Steak – You can use any steak though we went with braising steak which is the same as chuck. Other great options include sirloin steak, flank steak etc. Though avoid 1-minute steaks as they will cook too fast.

Onions – I always start with some onion that I sauté in the instant pot with some extra virgin olive oil.

Wine & Stock. Then after the onion a deglaze with some red wine and some beef stock make such a difference.

Sauce – We also used cream cheese (Philadelphia) and some mustard to create a delicious creamy steak sauce.

Seasoning – For seasoning our pressure cooker frozen steak we used salt, pepper, and mixed herbs.

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How To Cook Frozen Steak In Instant Pot?

  • Sauté. Load the sliced onion into the instant pot with olive oil and sauté until softened. Then add in the red wine and hit cancel and then deglaze the instant pot. Next stir in the beef stock or if using frozen just let the stock sit in the red wine.
  • Load. Then load up the frozen steak over the red wine/stock and season the steak well with salt, pepper and mixed herbs or you can use steak seasoning.
  • Cook. Place the lid on the instant pot then pressure cook the frozen steaks for 20 minutes followed by a 10 minute natural pressure release.
  • Remove. When the instant pot is done, put the steaks to one side and then add cream cheese and mustard and stir with a silicone spatula until you have a creamy sauce. Note the heat from the pressure cooker will warm through the cheese.
  • Finish. Add the steaks to your dinner plates and then serve with the sauce and your favourite sides.

How Long To Cook Frozen Steak In Instant Pot?

The recommended cook time for frozen steak in the instant pot is 20 minutes plus a 10 minute natural pressure release.

Though, if you are cooking frozen steak in the instant pot that is much smaller such as frozen cubed steak, then I would cook this for 10 minutes instead.

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Different Frozen Steaks You Can Pressure Cook

You might be wondering what frozen steaks work well in this instant pot recipe. Well, here are a few different ones you can try!

  • Instant Pot Frozen Sirloin Steak
  • Instant Pot Frozen Round Steak
  • Instant Pot Frozen Tri Tip Steak
  • Instant Pot Frozen T Bone Steak
  • Instant Pot Frozen Steak Tips
  • Instant Pot Frozen Skirt Steak
  • Instant Pot Frozen Ribeye Steak
  • Instant Pot Frozen New York Strip Steak
  • Instant Pot Frozen Flank Steak
  • Instant Pot Frozen Cube Steak
  • Instant Pot Frozen Chuck Steak (what we are using)

And frozen swiss steak in the instant pot is another good option and you can add mushrooms and use hamburgers to achieve this.

More Frozen Meat In Instant Pot Recipes

Instant Pot Frozen Steak

These frozen steaks in instant pot were originally shared in 2020 and was the original frozen steak recipe. I have updated it with better pics and more info for you.

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Instant Pot Frozen Steak
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Instant Pot Frozen Steak

How to cook instant pot frozen steak to tender, flavoursome, deliciousness. You will love steak in the pressure cooker and perfect for the cheaper cuts of steak too.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Instant Pot
Servings: 2
Calories: 732kcal


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  • Peel and thinly slice lengthways the onions and place into the instant pot with olive oil and sauté until the onions have softened. Then press cancel.
    Can You Put Frozen Meat Into An Instant Pot?
  • Deglaze the instant pot with the red wine and then stir in the beef stock.
    Can You Put Frozen Meat Into An Instant Pot?
  • Add the frozen steak over the stock so that it is partly submerged and then season with salt, pepper, and mixed herbs.
    Can You Put Frozen Meat Into An Instant Pot?
  • Place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and pressure cook for 20 minutes followed by a 10 minute natural pressure release.
    Can You Put Frozen Meat Into An Instant Pot?
  • After releasing the pressure, transfer the steak to dinner plates to allow them to rest.
    Can You Put Frozen Meat Into An Instant Pot?
  • Then using the heat from the instant pot pressure cooking, add in the cream cheese and stir with a silicone spatula until thick and creamy. If you need to, you can add in a little extra cheese. Then add garlic and mustard and season with extra salt and pepper if it needs it.
    Can You Put Frozen Meat Into An Instant Pot?
  • Now dish up your steak with your sauce and your favourite sides.
    Can You Put Frozen Meat Into An Instant Pot?


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Steak. We used braising steak, but you can use any frozen steak depending on what you have in.
Serving. We served our instant pot frozen steak with air fryer homemade chips.
Thanks for reading our frozen steak instant pot recipe on Recipe This. We have many more instant pot recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to see more steak recipes then do check out our air fryer sirloin steak next.


Calories: 732kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 481mg | Potassium: 1209mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 6mg
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  4. 4 stars
    This recipe was spot on for my Ninja Foodi, i was skeptical to try it as it is a different machine but it worked great and i also tried it in my IP and it was virtually the same, thanks

  5. Hugely confused. I has a single frozen strip steak and wanted to leave room to reverse sear it. So I only set the 15 minutes. When done, it’s temperature was 155, AKA well done. What could have caused it to overcook so badly in just 15 minutes?

    • Hi Dan,

      We cooked 3 frozen steaks for 20 mins in the instant pot so for a single steak if you are just searing it depending on the size and thickness it should be done in around 8-10 minutes just using the saute function 🙂 But i would only saute a single steak for a few minute if then pressure cooking it!

  6. Hi! I’m about to go downstairs and try this. I have a single, no less ribeye. How long would you recommend?

    • Hi Kimberly,

      Sorry for the late reply, how did it turn out?

      Depending on how you liked it cooked I would do no more than 6 minutes for a standard ribeye steak ????

  7. Just tried this, and thank you! Way overcooked for two small sirloins – I imagine it would work out to be about 5 minutes for every 1/2″ of steak – but yummy all the same and I’ll definitely try again 🙂

    I also switched red wine for white in the stock and ACV for white in the sauce just cuz I don’t like white 🙂
    Lastly I did a 30 second sear when they came out of the pot.

    I ended up eating all the extra gravy by dipping my bread in it. So good!

  8. I have a package marked boneless beef sirloin fillet and I’m just one person so I would be the correct cooking time when only cooking one? What specific kind of white wine do you recommend? When I’m looking at a shelf of different wines to purchase, I’m just overwhelmed and haven’t a clue what is best. Or if like one reviewer said if I want to substitute red wine, what kind? Also what kind of mustard? Thank you.

    • Hi Lee,

      It all depends on how big your fillet is. I would start at 10 minutes and that should be fine depending on how you like your meat cooked. Any cooking wine would be fine, if you do know what wines cooks the best ask at the supermarket and they should know where you would need to look. We used a dry wine but prefer sweet to drink, as we did not feel sweet would go well with our steaks. The mustard would be French mustard not the english kind 🙂


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