Instant Pot Rare Roast Beef with my fool proof method cooks in the Pressure Cooker to yield rare, tender and juicy, deli style slices for sandwiches. Naturally Low Carb, Keto, Whole 30, Slimming World, Weight Watchers, Paleo.Yes, folks, it can be done in an Instant Pot, Mealthy MultiPot or Pressure Cooker.
Look how the Roast is pink, end to end!! This very Rare Roast Beef is perfect for sandwiches, salads and snacks.
No need to ever buy pre-sliced Roast Beef from the Delicatessen ever again, right?
I have a fool proof method on how to cook a Perfect Roast Prime Rib using the Oven.
My method for cooking a Perfect Roast Prime Rib outside on the Grill is pretty fabulous too.
So, I started thinking.
Can Eye of Round be Cooked in an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker?
- Yes it can!
- Not wanting to ruin my favorite cut of Beef ever, I decided to start out with an Eye of Round Roast, which is a cheaper cut and great when cut thin, for Roast Beef Sandwiches.
- Very Rare Roast Beef Sandwiches are my thing, but buying Roast Beef from the Deli, is rather pricey and I only like very Rare Roast Beef!
- Start with an Eye of Round, top or bottom. All three cuts work!
- The shape is nice and you get an even ‘doneness’ throughout.
For someone like me who only likes rare beef, this is perfect; I won’t eat well done meat. If you do like well done meat, the Eye of Round is also perfect, for the same reason.
Ingredients for Instant Pot Rare Roast Beef
- Eye of Round or Bottom Round
- Beef Broth
- Shaoxing Wine
- Kosher Salt – will help to break down proteins, which in turn will ensure a very juice piece of meat.
- My Olive Oil Seasoned Rub – see below
- Fresh Garlic
- Bay Leaf
- Fish Sauce
- Plastic Wrap – for wrapping the meat.
It won’t taste salty after cooking; I promise. The salt is used to tenderize the roast.
Whisk together the Olive Oil Rub.
What is in the Olive Oil Rub?
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- Granulated Garlic
- Ground Mustard
- TOG House Seasoning
- Beef Base – optional
As always, these ingredients are just a suggestion and a flavor combo that I personally enjoy. Be creative and use whatever you normally like to use on a Roast.
Montreal Steak Seasoning is killer to use on an Instant Pot Rare Roast Beef as well. Whichever flavor profile you choose, make sure to mix it with some Olive Oil for your custom Olive Oil Seasoned Rub.
That being said, I hope you do try this recipe using my suggested ingredients. It really is fabulous.
Once unwrapped, your tenderized piece of beef is ready for the Olive Oil Seasoned Rub.
I like a Black Pepper Crust, so if you like Black Pepper, add more to the Olive Oil Seasoned Rub.
I like to use a little scoop of the Beef Base rubbed on the meat prior to searing as a flavor enhancer.
Check out my Pressure Cooker Salisbury Steak for the best flavor you have ever had!
Start with the Fat Cap side into a very hot cooking pot.
It is important to not over sear your beef!
OXO Stainless Steel Tongs are great to use as a second pair of hands, but I’ve been finding it easier to just use my hands as the beef is rather slippery.
It is important not to over sear or brown the meat. The recipe card below has the full instructions.
Add a dry red wine red wine or Shaoxing Wine is great for deglazing and will loosen and any stuck on bits.
How to Make Flavorful Infusion for Instant Pot Rare Roast Beef .
- Dry Red Wine or Shaoxing Wine – This Chinese cooking liquid is far superior to any “cooking wine.” Cooking wine is never recommended. Shaoxing seems to work in the same manner as dry red wine and gives just as delicious flavor profile. Plus, it is much less expensive.
- Fish Sauce
- Beef Base
- Garlic Cloves
- Bay Leaf
Country Bob’s Marinade is another flavor profile option. The meat can be marinated overnight and then prepared in the same manner. It is truly delicious and highly recommended.
Please note: the directions and ingredients to this recipe have changed a bit from the original, so some photos will not match up exactly. For instance, I used mostly White Wine, added whole Garlic Cloves and a Bay Leaf prior to placing the Trivet.
It is best to use a Stainless Steel Short Legged Trivet, so that the liquid in the bottom will easily come in contact with the Eye of Round, while cooking.
The garlic is best infused into the meat from the cooking liquid, as opposed to on top.
If you have a second Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker, you might want to make a batch of my Instant Pot Potato Salad, to go along with this Instant Pot Rare Roast Beef.
The Instant Pot Rare Roast Beef cooks slow and low.
How to Cook Instant Pot Rare Roast Beef.
- One the meat is removed from the Instant Pot, Mealthy MultiPot or Pressure Cooker, it will continue to cook.
- Pressure Cooker Roast Beef should be removed when it is about 5-10 degrees less than your desired preference.
You can see in the photo that we love very rare meat.
In the recipe card below, you will find options to rare, medium rare and rare options.
Before slicing the roast, cover it and let it rest for at least 15 minutes. The juices will redistribute throughout the Beef.
****Update – since the posting of this recipe, we have made it many times and have since purchased a Chef’sChoice Food Slicer for a great price. We can now cut the Instant Pot Rare Roast Beef into paper thin slices!!! Below is a photo and here is the link to get the Slicer.
Plus, since I make Homemade Hokkaido Sandwich Bread, every few weeks, we can use it to slice the bread too!
More Instant Pot Beef Recipes to Make.
- Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff
- Instant Pot Beef Stew with Root Vegetables
- Pressure Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
- Instant Pot Classic Pot Roast
*** One more update before getting to the recipe card. Get this Country Bob’s Steak Sauce now! It’s fabulous. Instructions for cooking are on the recipe card below.
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot, Mealthy MultiPot or Pressure Cooker
- J.A. Henckels 8 inch Classic Chef’s Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Rösle Stainless Steel Flat Whisk– a MUST have, probably my most used utensil
- Rachael Ray Stoneware EVOO Oil Dispensing Bottle
- Alton Brown Salt Box
- Gravity Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder
- 6 oz Porcelain Ramekins
- 3 ounce Porcelain Dipping/Condiment Bowls
- Sonder LA End Grain Teak Cutting Board, Juice Grooves & Compartments
- Stainless Steel Tall/Short Trivet & Egg Cooker Set
- Chef’sChoice Food Slicer 615A
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
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- Coat the Eye of Round with Kosher Salt and seal in plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator for at least an hour or up to 24 hours.
- Whisk together Rub ingredients of your choice. Remove Beef from plastic wrap and massage into Beef.
- Select Saute/Browning on Pressure cooker and allow to fully heat.
- Place Beef into cooking pot fat cap side down and sear for 20 seconds. Turn and sear each side for NOT MORE THAN 5 seconds and remove Roast to a plate.
- Pour dry sherry or shaoxing wine into cooking pot. Add beef base, fish sauce, water, garlic, cloves and Bay leaf.
- Place short legged Trivet into cooking pot and place Roast on top.
- Lock on Lid and close Pressure Valve. Cook at Low Pressure for 4 minutes.* When Beep sounds, wait 35 minutes (pot should remain on Keep Warm). Quickly remove and check temperature. If Roast is not at 115-120 degrees (rare), replace Lid and let set for another 8 minutes until desired temperature is reached. For Medium Rare, temperature should be 125 degrees.
- Remove Roast from cooking pot and cover with foil for at 15-20 minutes before slicing. For optimal results, place in refrigerator overnight before slicing. Slice paper thin and use for sandwiches.
- 115 degrees for rare
- 125 for medium rare
- 130 for medium
*Instant Pot LUX Models and Models without a Low Pressure OptionSet pressure cook time for 2 minutes High Pressure. All other instructions are the same.
- 1/2 cup Country Bob's Marinade
- 2-3 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
- 1/4 cup Shaoxing Wine
- 1/4 cup Water
- 2 cloves Garlic, smashed
- If you cut the Roast Beef right away, much of the juice will pour right out. Make sure to use a very good quality Chef's Knife that is very sharp. We sharpen our Henckels Knives with this J.A. Henckels International Fine Edge Pro 9-Inch Honing Steel.
- Serve it on my incredible soft and delicious Hokkaido Milk Sandwich Loaf or my Country Artisan Sourdough Bread, both of which are Sourdough and many people who feel they are Gluten Intolerant can digest without issue.
- If you have some Whey leftover from my Instant Pot Greek Yogurt Recipe, use it to make some Instant Pot Yogurt Whey Dutch Oven Crusty Bread. Toss in some Dried Rosemary and Sun Dried Tomatoes for a very flavorful Loaf of Bread. Hint, you can just use Fresh Water for that recipe too.