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Instant Pot Swiss Steak

This Instant Pot Swiss steak is delicious comfort food that makes a delicious meal with tender bites of steak with carrots, celery, and onions in a flavorful tomato-based gravy.

I like to serve this with a side of Slow Cooker Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Buttery Homemade Dinner Rolls to soak up the gravy. So good!

A serving of Swiss Steak on a white plate.

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This old-fashioned recipe is adapted for the Instant Pot, which perfectly tenderizes this Swiss steak.

You can use the vegetables you prefer. Sliced peppers and mushrooms are great additions to this recipe. I tend to stick with carrots, onions, and celery because I typically always have them on hand.

Ingredient Notes

See the printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.

Ingredients to make Instant Pot Swiss steak set out on the counter.
  • Round steak - I used round steak in this recipe. You can use top or bottom round, chuck steak, or sirloin.
  • Flour - Regular all-purpose flour.
  • Olive oil - For browning the round steak.
  • Carrot, Celery and Onion - This is a classic veggie base for for Swiss steak.
  • Seasonings: Garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Beef Broth - Adds rich deep flavor. You can use homemade or your favorite store bought beef broth.
  • Worcestershire Sauce - Adds savory Umami flavor to your gravy.
  • Diced tomatoes - You can use regular diced tomatoes or petite diced tomatoes.
  • Tomato paste - Helps to intensify flavor. 
  • Cornstarch - Used to help thicken the sauce.

You’ll love how easy it is to prepare Swiss steak in your pressure cooker. Follow these simple instructions for cooking this flavorful round steak recipe at home.

How To Make Instant Pot Swiss Steak

Steaks in Ziplock bag.
Steaks browning in the Instant pot.

Start by coating the steaks in flour to help thicken the sauce as the steaks cook. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a gallon-sized bag, then place each steak in the bag. Toss the steak in the flour until it’s well coated.

Then, heat the oil in the Instant Pot using the sauté mode. When the oil is warm, place the steaks in the pot and brown each side. Remove the steaks from the pot and set them aside for a few minutes.

Sauteing onions, celery, carrots, and garlic in the Instant Pot.
Beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, seasonings, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste are added to the vegetables in the Instant Pot.

After removing the steaks from the pot, add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Continue sauteing the vegetables until the onions and carrots are tender.

Turn off the Instant Pot and add the beef broth. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pot to remove any stuck-on bits of meat or veggies. Then add the Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. Stir to mix the sauce ingredients.

Place the steaks back into the pot and lightly press them into the sauce until they’re mostly covered. Secure the lid on top and seal the vent, then set the Instant Pot to cook on high for 25 minutes.

When the cooking time is up, allow the pot to do a natural release. Then, remove the lid and check the thickness of the sauce.

Cooked Swiss steak in the Instant Pot.

If the gravy is still too runny, take the steaks out. Then, combine the cornstarch and water into a slurry and pour it into the pan. Set the pot to sauté mode and allow the sauce to simmer, stirring often, until it reaches your desired consistency.

Serve the cooked steaks with gravy on top. Enjoy!

How To Prevent Burn Notice When Cooking Swiss Steak

Since this recipe requires browning your steaks before pressure cooking them, bits of meat may stick to the bottom of the pan. If you don’t scrape the pan before you start cooking, you may hear a burn notice on your Instant Pot halfway through the cooking time.

To prevent this, you must deglaze the pot before you start pressure cooking. After sauteing the vegetables, pour the beef broth into the pot and use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan. Continue scraping until all the stuck-on pieces have been removed.

Swiss steak served on a white plate.

Here are a few more delicious Instant Pot recipes to try!

You can skip the hours of slow braising when you use the Instant Pot to make Swiss steak. You'll get tender-fork steak with a rich flavor that everyone will love!

Swiss Steak served on a white plate.

Instant Pot Swiss steak

Author: Judy Wilson
This Instant Pot Swiss steak is delicious comfort food that makes a delicious meal with tender bites of steak with carrots, celery, and onions in a tomato-based gravy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 485 kcal


  • 2 pounds round steak
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 celery stalk (finely chopped)
  • carrot (finely chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • cups beef broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water


  • Prepare round steak by trimming off any extra fat from the edges and slicing the beef into one-inch-thick steaks.
  • Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a gallon-sized bag. Toss the round steaks in the flour to coat both sides.
  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and add the olive oil.
  • Working in batches, place the steaks in the oil and brown both sides, then remove and set aside.
  • Add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic to the pot. Stir and sauté until the onion is translucent and the carrots are tender.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot and add the beef broth. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. Stir to mix.
  • Place the steaks back in the pot and press into the sauce.
  • Cover with the lid, lock it, and turn the valve to the sealing position. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes, then do a natural release.
  • When all the pressure has been released, remove the lid and take out the steaks.
  • If the sauce has not thickened, add the cornstarch slurry to the pot. Stir to mix and sauté the sauce for 5 minutes, until thickened


Cooking time does not include the time required for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure or for the pressure to release.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Calories: 485kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 56gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 1287mgPotassium: 1203mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 204IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 114mgIron: 7mg
The nutritional information provided is approximate and should only be used as a general guideline. It is an estimate that will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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