Cooking Ground Beef in an Instant Pot: A Quick and Convenient Method

Forget to thaw out your ground beef? No worries! Use the Instant Pot to cook up any type of frozen ground meat and get dinner on the table as planned.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you forgot to thaw out your ground beef for dinner? Don’t panic! With the Instant Pot, you can effortlessly cook any type of frozen ground meat and have a delicious meal ready in no time.

From Frozen to Cooked: The Magic of the Instant Pot

If you’ve ever forgotten to thaw out your ground beef, you’re not alone. Thawing meat at room temperature is not safe, but what about cooking frozen ground beef in an Instant Pot? The answer is simple – it works like magic!

Just as the Instant Pot can cook frozen chicken breast and pot roast, it can also be used to cook frozen ground meat effortlessly.

How to Pressure Cook Frozen Ground Beef

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to cook frozen ground beef in your Instant Pot:

  • Pour cold tap water into the bottom of the inner pot. Use 1 cup for a 3 or 6-quart Instant Pot and 1.5 cups for an 8-quart model. Place a metal trivet or rack inside the pot.
  • Place the frozen ground beef on the trivet and seal the Instant Pot with the vent closed. Make sure to remove any plastic or packaging from the meat before cooking.
  • Put the lid on the pot and set it to high pressure. Cook for 20 minutes for a 1-inch thick slab of frozen meat.
  • Once the cooking time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Check the temperature of the meat using a meat thermometer. It should be at least 160 degrees. If not, seal the pot again and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the cooked meat from the Instant Pot and place it in a large mixing bowl. Discard any cooking liquid and fat.
  • Break up the ground meat with a spatula and use it just like you would for any recipe calling for cooked ground beef.
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Cooking Fresh Ground Beef: Two Options

If you have fresh ground beef, you can also use your Instant Pot to cook it. Here are two methods you can try:

Option 1: Saute the Meat

Using the saute function on your Instant Pot, you can easily brown the ground beef on the stove. This works great when you want to start a recipe in the Instant Pot that requires sauteed meat.

  • Hit the saute function on the Instant Pot and adjust the heat to normal.
  • Let the pot heat for a couple of minutes, then add a few teaspoons of oil and let it heat for another minute.
  • Add the ground meat and cook it thoroughly, breaking it up into small pieces as it browns.
  • Once the beef is cooked, turn off the Instant Pot and drain off any excess grease. Use the meat as desired for recipes like Beef Stroganoff or Chili.

Option 2: Steam the Meat

For a hands-off method of cooking ground meat, you can steam it in your Instant Pot.

  • Pour cold tap water into the bottom of the inner pot. Use 1 cup for a 3 or 6-quart Instant Pot and 1.5 cups for an 8-quart model. Place a metal trivet or rack inside the pot.
  • Shape the ground beef into a thick patty and place it on the trivet. Seal the Instant Pot with the vent closed.
  • Set the pot to high pressure and cook for 6 minutes.
  • Once the cooking time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 to 10 minutes, then do a quick release of any remaining pressure.
  • Check the internal temperature of the meat with a thermometer. It should be at least 160 degrees. If not, seal the pot again and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the cooked meat from the Instant Pot and break it up for use in any ground beef recipe.
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FAQs on Instant Pot Ground Meat

  • Can I cook ground beef from a frozen tube? To cook ground beef from a frozen tube, increase the cooking time. Start by increasing it to 25 minutes.
  • How much meat can I cook at once? It’s best not to cook more than 3-4 pounds of frozen meat at a time in your Instant Pot. Overcrowding the pot can cause it to take longer to reach pressure and may be unsafe.
  • Do I need to remove packaging before cooking? Yes, be sure to completely remove any packaging from the frozen meat before cooking.
  • How long does it take for the Instant Pot to reach pressure? In our tests, it has never taken longer than 11 minutes to reach pressure for this recipe. On average, it takes around 7 minutes.
  • Any tips for freezing meat? Freeze your meat in 1-inch thick slabs so that it cooks evenly in the Instant Pot.

Delicious Recipes Using Ground Beef

  • Instant Pot Chili
  • Instant Pot Lasagna
  • Homemade Hamburger Helper
  • Slow Cooker Chili
  • Mexican Lasagna

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