Instant Pot Swiss Steak. How to make the best swiss steak in the instant pot that is loaded with cubed steak, tomatoes, and mushrooms.
Even better, this flavoursome swiss steak recipe cooks at the same time as mashed potatoes, creating a swiss steak meal, that you can dump and start in your instant pot pressure cooker.
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Swiss Steak In Instant Pot
What I love most about Recipe This, is the great community of readers. I love the emails I receive, the private messages and the chit chat I get to have with people from different parts of the world.
When Kathy one of our US readers requested instant pot swiss steak because it reminded her of her mum Caroline, it went to the top of our list for easy instant pot recipes that we must make.
Her mum made it for her as a kid and she wanted to be able to pass the recipe down to her daughter and have it converted to the instant pot pressure cooker.
It felt like a huge responsibility to get the recipe spot on and us Milner’s have loved trying out different versions of instant pot swiss steak, until we got one that we felt was fitting for Kathy.
This is dedicated to you Kathy, your mum and cooking delicious swiss steak in the instant pot with your daughter.
And of course, if you have an instant pot, or other kitchen gadget request for Recipe This, do let us know.
Why Is It Called Swiss Steak?
This delicious instant pot steak recipe gets its name from the way it is cooked. It doesn’t have any ties to Switzerland and is instead about the pounding of the meat first, before you braise the steak slowly with mushrooms and tomatoes. It is commonly cooked in the slow cooker, but the instant pot is amazing because of the way it pressure cooks it fast and then makes it juicy and tender.
Difference Between Salisbury Steak & Swiss Steak?
Many want to know if Salisbury steak and swiss steak are similar and if they are one of the same.
Well Salisbury steak is like a burger that is cooked in a mushroom sauce (check out our instant pot Salisbury steak recipe) whilst swiss steak is about cubed steak cooked in a mushroom sauce.
Both have a delicious sauce, both are addictive but swiss steak is actually steak and Salisbury steak is a type of burger.
Best Cut Of Meat For Swiss Steak?
If I could choose any cut of meat at the butchers for Swiss steak, then it would be chuck or as they call it in the UK braising steak. That is because the meat goes wonderfully tender in the instant pot and swiss steak is all about a cheap cut of meat that is made tender.
But at the time of making this easy swiss steak recipe, all I could source was topside aka the top round roasting meat.
I had two slices cut for me at the butchers:
Which was perfect for what I needed it for and could quickly be chopped into cubes.
Instant Pot Cube Steak
Then once I had returned home from the butchers, I sliced up the steak, added my favourite swiss steak seasoning and it was perfect for instant pot swiss steak like you see below:
I also prefer this recipe if you want an easy way to cook instant pot cube steak. For example, you could have purchased cube steak already cut for you, then you can load it into the instant pot and make this swiss steak recipe.
Or if you live in the UK, that is a great alternative for using up your stewing meat.
Even better, it is rather healthy thanks to the meat being loaded with vegetables and not having any processed ingredients.
What Goes Good With Swiss Steak?
I have two favourite options when serving swiss steak. One is brown rice, which I recommend our instant pot brown rice recipe, or good old, mashed potatoes.
My mashed potatoes trick is going to make it super easy for you.
You place your tall trivet over your swiss steak, add whatever basket you have that fits and load it with potatoes.
I couldn’t find much that fitted and went with an air fryer accessory as you can see below:
But it does the trick and then you don’t have to worry about what to serve with your swiss steak, because the swiss steak and mashed potatoes are cooking at the same time.
How To Make Swiss Steak In The Instant Pot?
This is how to simple it is to cook swiss steak in the instant pot:
- Prep vegetables.
- Season your swiss steak.
- Pound your steak to tenderise.
- Brown your steak.
- Sauté your vegetables.
- Add everything in.
- Pressure cook.
You can probably see now why I am so obsessed with cooking one pot dinners in the instant pot.
More Instant Pot Full Meals
I love the trick of adding the mashed potatoes above and cooking other food below. Here are a few more examples of the same instant pot cooking method:
- Instant Pot Shepherds Pie
- Instant Pot Mini Meatloaves
- Instant Pot Bangers & Mash
- Instant Pot Lamb Shanks
Instant Pot Swiss Steak
- Do your prep. Peel your onion, clean the vegetables and chop everything. Remove the cores of the tomatoes and put to one side.
- Pound your steak on a chopping board and if not already diced, dice your steak. Season with paprika, parsley, salt, and pepper. Load into the instant pot and using a little extra virgin olive oil, brown your steak on the sauté setting.
- Remove the steak and put to one side. Load the instant pot with your celery, pepper, onion, and mushrooms and sauté for a minute or two. Cancel the sauté and deglaze the instant pot with red wine.
- Add the steak back in, add beef stock, oregano and stir in the steak. Add in tomatoes and mix well.
- Place the tall trivet over your swiss steak making sure it is not wobbly. Add a steamer basket or something similar that will fit and load it up with cubed potatoes. Place the lid on the instant pot and set the valve to sealing. Pressure cook for 25 minutes and then follow this up with a 10 minute natural pressure release.
- After releasing pressure and removing the lid, remove the potatoes and make mashed potatoes. They will be very soft and will not need much of an effort. Then drain 75% of the liquid from the instant pot as this is going to be added to the freezer later for spare beef stock. Then stir the remainder.
- Load mashed potatoes onto dinner plates with swiss steak loaded on top.