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Instant Pot Beef Tips

Easy and incredibly tender beef tips in the Instant Pot is comfort food that your family will love!
a white bowl with rice and instant pot beef tips and gravy garnished with parsley

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Super easy and incredibly tender these Instant Pot Beef Tips and gravy are cozy comfort food that your family will love! No pressure cooker? Don’t worry, I have slow cooker instructions for you too!

a white bowl with rice and instant pot beef tips and gravy garnished with parsley

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Looking for another super easy recipe to add to your weeknight meal routine? Of course, you are! Let me introduce you to this cozy and comforting bowl of Instant Pot Beef Tips – prepare to be a dinnertime hero in your house.

steak tips, onion, garlic, and other spices for making sirloin tips

If you need to keep things really simple or your spice cabinet is looking a little sparse at the moment, the smoked paprika, steak seasoning, and thyme are entirely optional. I do love the flavor they add but they aren’t essential. Oh, and you can make your prep even easier by learning how to freeze garlic and how to freeze onions.

What cut of beef is used for beef tips?

In most cases, meat sold as “beef tips” is sliced sirloin or tenderloin. Whereas “stew meat” is generally a mixture that may be from various cuts (chuck, rump, top round, etc.). Those cuts are better used in Whole30 Beef Stew. or Whole30 Pot Roast.

I used sirloin beef tips from Butcher Box in this recipe. You can also purchase your own sirloin/tenderloin and cut into bite-sized pieces. You can also use the same cuts for Instant Pot Teriyaki Beef and Instant Pot Beef Barley Soup.

6 steps showing how to make sirloin beef tips

What to Serve With Instant Pot Beef Tips

This dish is great over rice (I used Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Rice) like Instant Pot Brown Jasmine RiceInstant Pot Basmati Rice, Instant Pot Coconut Rice, Instant Pot Jasmine Rice, mashed potatoes (related: Fluffy Mashed Potatoes or Creamy Whole30 Mashed Potatoes), or egg noodles. 

To balance everything out, add a big side of veggies. Try Roasted Frozen Broccoli, Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli, Spicy Green Beans, Blistered Shishito Peppers, or Air Fryer Cauliflower.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • If you’re pressed for time and perform a “quick release”, the meat will likely become tough. The quick-release option increases the temperature inside the Instant Pot to above boiling. As it can take ~12 minutes to depressurize the pot manually, you’re essentially boiling the meat for that time. Boiling = tough meat.
  • If you add the sour cream, mix it with a bit of the hot gravy in a small bowl before adding it to the Instant Pot. This will keep it from curdling.
  • To make this dish Whole30 compliant and paleo-friendly – replace the cornstarch with arrowroot powder. Leave out the Worcestershire sauce, and serve over compliant mashed potatoes or with veggies.

a ladle of sirloin tips and gravy over a bowl with rice and steak

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One serving has 3 WW Freestyle Smart Points (does not include the rice and optional sour cream)

a white bowl with rice and instant pot beef tips and gravy garnished with parsley
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4.96 from 21 ratings

Instant Pot Beef Tips

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Pressurizing/Depressurizing23 mins
Total Time53 mins
Easy and incredibly tender beef tips in the Instant Pot is comfort food that your family will love!



  • In a mixing bowl combine meat, smoked paprika, salt and pepper, dried parsley and thyme, and steak seasoning. Toss to coat.
    2 lbs beef tips, 1/4 tsp smoked paprika, 1/4 tsp kosher salt, 1/8 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp dried parsley, 1 tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • In your Instant Pot add: beef stock (and chicken stock if using), Worcestershire, mustard, onion and garlic.
    1 cup onion, 1.5 cups beef stock, 3/4 cup chicken stock, 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp yellow mustard, 2 cloves garlic
  • Add the seasoned meat and lock the lid into place and set the steam release handle to “Sealing”. Press Manual>High Pressure>20 minutes.
  • When it has finished cooking, allow the pressure cooker to sit for 10 minutes. Then, carefully flip the steam release handle to “venting” and allow any additional pressure to be released. Remove the lid. 

Making the Gravy

  • For the gravy: combine cornstarch and 1/4 cup broth from the instant pot in a small bowl (this creates a "slurry"). Whisk really well.
    3 tbsp cornstarch
  • Turn the Instant Pot to Saute and add the cornstarch slurry to the broth and gently stir it in.
  • Stirring often, allow the mixture to cook for 5 minutes or until thickened to your preference.
  • (optional): in a small bowl, stir in 3 tbsp of sour cream with a bit of the hot gravy and add to the Instant Pot. Stir to combine.
    3 tbsp sour cream


Slow cooker instructions: Follow steps 1-2 above. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the meat is fall apart tender.
Remove 1 cup hot broth from the slow cooker and transfer it to a small saucepan.
Combine 3 tbsp corn starch and 1/4 cup of hot broth in a small bowl. Whisk into the sauce pan and bring to a slow rolling boil. Stir constantly for ~2 minutes.
Add to the slow cooker and cook on high for an additional 15 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Beef Tips
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 324mg14%
Potassium 566mg16%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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46 comments on “Instant Pot Beef Tips”

  1. First words out my husband’s mouth was, “ooh, that’s good!” After his first bite. Definitely will be added to our family recipes. thnks so much!!5 stars

  2. This was a great recipe! Easy to prepare, ingredients that are usually in any kitchen, and delicious. My only disappointment is that there aren’t any left overs! 5 stars

  3. I have some deer tips given to us by a neighbor…and I have no idea what to do with them! Could I sub deer for the beef in this recipe? Any changes you think I’d need to make?

  4. Can this be made with frozen meat also?

  5. This recipe is amazing! I had stew beef to use and thought I’d give this recipe a try. I am blown away by how easy and delicious this was. My husband was so impressed and said we’re adding this to the meal rotation! Also, I made your IP garlic parmesan rice with this (also terrific!!) – and I highly recommend the two together for sure!!5 stars

    • Stephanie, so glad you both liked it and that it will be a new standard in your house!! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. 🙂

    • Absolutely delicious and super easy!! The meat is incredibly tender. I had sirloin tips from my butcher box and was actually looking for a beef stroganoff recipe but stumbled across this one instead, and so glad I did! I made mine with egg noodles and rice just to see which would taste better, and it was a toss up! Although I think next time I’ll try it with roasted veggies. Thanks for the recipe!5 stars

  6. This recipe looks delicious, but it doesn’t seem like enough seasoning.  Only 1/4 tsp paprika, salt and thyme? And 1/8 tsp of pepper?  I’d just like to clarify before making.  Thank you!

    • Hi Julie, the seasoning is correct. But like all recipes, I encourage you to adapt to your own tastes/preferences. You can always make it as stated and season to taste after cooking.

      I’m a smoked paprika FREAK and still find 1/4 tsp is the way to go!

  7. Hey there. I have to admit I don’t know my meat cuts very well but I got a really big tri tip roast I cut into smaller ones. Do you think one if those cut up would work well for this? ????5 stars

    • Yep, that should be fine! Tri tip is bottom sirloin which is essentially what I used in this recipe. It is a slightly tougher cut of sirloin, so I would increase the cooking time by 1 minute.

  8. Hi I was wondering if it would still taste fine if I used a chuck roast meat and sliced it myself into bite size pieces? Would the meat not be as tender or what’s the difference? I’m still new to learning the different types of meat and which ones you use for different recipes. Thank you! 

  9. We couldn’t get enough. This will get added into the regular rotation. Thanks for a great recipe!!5 stars

  10. This is such an yummy recipe to make for the winter time! Bonus points because I was able to make it on a school night!  ????????????????  The meat is so tender coming out of the instant pot and the gravy is delish!! Nice work putting this one together!!!5 stars