This Instant Pot Swiss Steak is an insanely delicious comfort food meal that can be made in just a manner of minutes thanks to your Instant Pot!
Have you had Swiss Steak before? There are all kinds of ways to make it and so many recipes for it, but my favorite way to make it is with this easy Instant Pot Swiss Steak recipe.
The premise of what makes a steak Swiss Steak is that it is rolled or pounded and then smothered with a sauce or gravy. Whether you serve your Swiss Steak with a gravy or a sauce is up to you, but the basis of this Instant Pot Swiss Steak recipe is a sauce with either fire roasted or diced tomatoes.
The flavor of the sauce is SO good! Honestly, we like to pile the sauce onto our steak, just like we pile gravy onto our Southern Mashed Potatoes or Sausage Gravy onto our Home-style Buttermilk Biscuits when we make those…which isn’t nearly often enough.
Instant Pot Swiss Steak Tip
We especially love this recipe because it is so easy to pull together. Make it even easier by getting your steaks tenderized at the butcher and saving yourself from having to take care of that step!
Why an Instant Pot Swiss Steak?
You could make Swiss Steak another way, but making Swiss Steak in an Instant Pot means making an easy meal. One of the reasons we love cooking in our Instant Pot so much is because we can put all our ingredients in the pot and then step away and let it do the cooking for us.
And not having to stand over a hot stove and keep a super close eye on dinner while we’re cooking can sometimes be a good thing.
In this recipe, once we get to the high pressure step, we’re able to step away from cooking and multitask while the timer is set.
Cleaning up the kitchen, running the vacuum really quick, even doing the dishes — these are all things that can be taken care of while cooking. Cooking Swiss Steak in the Instant Pot will give you time to spend on things other than making dinner!
Best Side Dishes to Serve with Instant Pot Swiss Steak
If you’re not tossing potatoes and green beans into the Instant Pot to cook at the same time as your steak dinner, Garlic Mashed or Southern Mashed Potatoes both make great side dishes to serve alongside Swiss Steak.
We’re pretty partial to potatoes and green beans as side dishes for Swiss Steak, but you could certainly go another route. Easy Yeast Rolls make a great side too!
Meal Plans Make Life Easier
Are you ready to get a handle on your grocery budget?
The easiest way to do that is two-fold.
First, you’ll want to start looking at grocery store ads and deciding what meat to buy each week based off of what is on sale.
Secondly, and the more fun part if we do say so, find recipes that use those sale ingredients that you bought at the store. Easy peasy!
How to Save Money at the Grocery Store
The idea that shopping for whole food ingredients is beyond affordable for a lot of people has always bothered us. Yes, meat and vegetables can be more expensive than processed foods, but there are ways to make shopping for those items manageable for your food budget.
Buy groceries on sale, and stock up on them when you can. The freezer is GREAT to use for storing meat that you’ve purchased on sale.
Not only that, but meat that you pull out of your freezer and thaw in the refrigerator before cooking tastes just as good in all your favorite recipes.
How to Make Instant Pot Swiss Steak
Step #1: Mix dry ingredients together and sprinkle them on both sides of the steak.
Step #2: Turn the Instant Pot on sauté mode and heat the oil. When the oil is hot, add the steaks.
Step #3: Brown the steaks on both sides. When this is done, remove the steaks and set them aside.
Step #4: Add onions to the oil and cook until they’re softened. Then add the tomatoes, scrape up any brown bits, and add 1 cup of water.
Step #5: Return the steaks to the Instant Pot. Cover them with the tomato mixture.
Instant Pot Swiss Steak Tip: If adding potatoes and/or green beans, add them on top of the steak, either in a steamer basket or in foil. Keep in mind that the Instant Pot will take longer to come to pressure the fuller it is.
Step #6: When the cooking time is done, do a quick pressure release and then remove potatoes, green beans, and steak. Set Instant Pot on sauté to cook the sauce down. Pour 1 tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with a couple tablespoons water into the sauce and stir until thickened to make a gravy to pour over the steak.
Now it’s time to serve and enjoy your Instant Pot Swiss Steak!
Want More Instant Pot Recipes?
If you’re like my family, we love to discover and try new Instant Pot recipes. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- Instant Pot Jambalaya Recipe (Creole Jambalaya)
- Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Recipe
- 2 pounds cube steak
- 1 can fire roasted or diced tomatoes
- 1 cup water
- 1 medium onion cubed
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 4 cups potatoes, cubed (optional)
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 2 tablespoons water
InstructionsMix dry ingredients together. Sprinkle over both sides of steak Turn pot on to sauté mode. Heat oil. Once pot shows as hot, brown steak on both sides still in sauté mode. Remove steak, set aside. Add onions to oil. Cook until softened. Add tomatoes, scraping up browned bits if any. Add one cup of water. Return steaks to pot, covering meat with tomato mixture. Cover and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes. After cooking time, use a quick pressure release and then remove any potatoes or green beans you've added in, as well as cubed steak. Set Instant Pot back on saute mode to thicken sauce. Mix together corn starch and 2 tablespoons of water and pour into sauce in Instant Pot. Stir together until you reach desired thickness and then pour over cubed steak on a serving dish or plates.