My Instant Pot has earned its permenant spot on our kitchen counter. It is pointless to put it away because I use it nearly everyday. The first dish that I ever cooked in my Instant Pot was frozen chicken breasts. I had never thought about cooking frozen ground beef in an Instant Pot until I was in a bind.
So, here is the story. Every year on Christmas I cook two big batches of chili. A spicy vegetarian pot and a mild meat pot. I like the veggie, the kids like the mild, and many people like to mix them.
Imagine my surprise when I realized that I had forgotten to thaw out the ground beef for our traditional Christmas chili…crap.
How to Cook Frozen Ground Beef in an Instant Pot
I looked at my Instant Pot and did a quick online search. You may be unfamiliar with this amazing kitchen tool, although I doubt it, if you are please read my post here praising it.
After reading several comments on several posts I created a game plan.
Psst…You can print this recipe at the bottom of the post…it’s easy…I promise!
First, I heated a cup of water up in the pot using the saute setting. Next, I inserted the trivet. Then I tossed the brick of frozen ground beef into the Instant Pot.
Finally, I turned off the saute then set it for 25 minutes on manual high pressure, locked the lid, and anxiously waited.
The pot beeped alerting me that the cycle was finished. I did a quick pressure release and was nervous to open the pot as I was unsure of how a brick of beef would turn out in the pressure cooker. At first I was a bit apprehensive when I first saw the meat as it still looked like a brick.
However, I thought it was pretty cool that all of the grease was contained below the meat. I removed the meat and transferred it to a bowl and left all of the nasty grease in the pot…pretty cool, no draining required.
Finally, I took a spoon and stirred the meat. There it was! Two pounds of cooked ground beef in close to half an hour.
Christmas was Saved!
My Instant Pot saved Christmas! Well, it felt that way to me for a few moments anyway.
Cooking frozen ground beef in the Instant Pot was easy and the results were great. The texture and the taste were the same as if cooked traditionally on the stove top I am told.
Maybe this post helped save your day or at least made it a bit easier for you!
You can see all of my yummy Instant Pot recipes here. Have one to share? Please do so in the comments, I love cooking in this thing!
- Frozen ground beef
- 1 cup of water
- For quick results I heat the liquid in the pot prior to placing meat in.
- Pour 1 cup of water in the pot.
- Heat the water using the saute feature.
- Once the water is hot turn off the pot and insert the trivet.
- Place beef in the pot.
- Close and lock the lid.
- Adjust pot for manual high 25 minutes.
- Once the cooking is done perform a quick pressure release.
- Transfer meat to a bow and stir the meat to break it apart.