BEST Easy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

BEST Easy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff will be a favorite in your home with all the classic flavors and creamy texture of traditional beef stroganoff, made super quick and easy in your pressure cooker!

Instant pot is the ultimate time saver! Try Instant Pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin.  (viral recipe!), my NEW Instant Pot Ground Beef Pasta (so. GOOD.) and Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork (a reader favorite!). 

BEST Easy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

BEST Easy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff will be a favorite in your home with all the classic flavors and creamy texture of traditional beef stroganoff, made super quick and easy in your pressure cooker!

I have had a really hectic winter. No real reason, just one of those winters. Maybe it’s the weather, forcing all of us to be inside more than we want to be. I don’t know about you but I’m itching to do all the outside things. But, for now, I’ve been pacifying myself with my favorite kitchen appliance — the Instant Pot. It really fascinates me with how quickly it can get dinner ready. No matter how many recipes I’ve created or cooked I always have a bit of doubt that it’s going to be cooked through or that it’s going to taste good. Luckily, I’m always proven wrong!

BEST Easy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

You might remember my Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon recipe (which many of you already commented that you loved, so thank you!) from a couple weeks ago. It’s that fall-apart-meat that you all love so much — and the simplicity of taking a recipe you probably never thought you could make in a short amount of time and making it work that keeps me wanting to make more.

It is with that recipe in mind that I tackled Beef Stroganoff. It’s another one of those classic beef entrees we all grew up with but made easier. Just as delicious — less steps. Dinner will be ready for you and your family faster than you ever thought possible.

BEST Easy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff


As you might imagine, beef stroganoff originates from Russia. The first time we see this recipe is 1871, in a cookbook called “The Gift to Young Housewives.”

While not so much a gift to housewives anymore (but thank you to the author of the cookbook for first introducing the West to different ways to prepare beef recipes), this recipe has gone through many iterations over the years. It also is made differently from country to country as well. As recipes go, it all depends on what kinds of meat and spices you have available. A lot is owed to the creativity of cooks everywhere for transforming recipes over the years into something delicious and creative and new.

Regardless of origins or how it has changed over the years, the basis for beef stroganoff is the same: meat + mushrooms + onions + spices + sour cream sauce = melt-in-your-mouth, beefy goodness, all over noodles, of course.


Yes! If you do not have an Instant Pot, no worries there. In fact, I first adapted this recipe for the slow cooker before I re-adapted it for the Instant Pot. You all loved the slow cooker version so much that I decided to see if I could make it even easier for you. So if you are in the mood for this Americanized comfort food on these last days of cold weather (please, please, please, let the spring come ASAP, for real) then you have options. Slow cooker or Instant Pot, both so good, both sure to be hits with you and yours.

BEST Easy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff


You’ll notice in the ingredients list I suggest getting “stew meat.” Generally when you purchase this, it’s already cubed or cut for you and ready to go. That’s one less step when you’re in a hurry to get dinner done.

But if you have beef in your freezer or you can’t find stew meat or just prefer to cut it yourself, then the best kind to buy is a beef that is more tender. If you have tender meat, then that means you don’t have to cook it as long. (Ahem Instant-Pot worthy). These types of cuts include sirloin, steak tips, flank, tenderloin, or rib eye.

If you don’t purchase your beef pre-cut, then you’ll want to cut it into small chunks or thin strips.


Mmmm sauce. I’m a saucy gal. I love the meat, I love the carbs but what good are the two if there isn’t a nice sauce tying them all together?

For this dish, the sauce really comes together from all of the ingredients. From the beef drippings and the mushrooms, garlic, and butter all cooking down together to the broth, worcestershire, and sour cream added at the end, all of these things make the sauce happen. And it makes them so finger-licking-good too!

Other recipes might call for paprika, white or red wine, or fresh herbs. Others might ask you to add onion, Dijon mustard, or milk. Those are all fine to add as well to suit your own tastes. My suggestion is to start with a recipe as instructed, then embellish it as you see fit. That’s how all the best recipes come about anyway, right?

BEST Easy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

What people are saying about this BEST Easy Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff 

“Wow! I didn’t expect the meat to be so tender! This was a great recipe! I added a 1/2 cup of white COOKing wine! My husband was very skeptical and was over my shoulder driving me crazy because recipe doesn’t call to have the meat browned. But I made him a believer!” – Dizzblnd

“This is amazing!! It was the best beef stroganoff EVER!! I made this while in the mountains camping. I didn’t have sour cream but whipped a half cup cream cheese with lemon juice to sour it. It worked perfectly. This was SOOO good I will be making this easy dish to keep up my reputation as a gourmet chef!” – Debbie

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