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Instant Pot Red Wine Beef Stew

Instant Pot Red Wine Beef Stew

Red wine and dried figs create an amazing depth of flavor in this Instant Pot Red Wine Beef Stew.  
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 586kcal


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
  • 2 cups pearl onions frozen, thawed
  • 1 ½ cups red wine a big red, like a Syrah
  • 1 pound carrots cut into 2-inch sections
  • 6 dried figs stemmed
  • 6 inch rosemary sprig
  • 4 inch thyme sprig
  • ½ teaspoon sale
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch


  • Heat the oil on the browning feature of the pressure cooker.  Add the beef and brown turning occasionally for about 10 minutes.  Transfer to a large bowl. 
  • Add the onions and cook about 5 minutes.  Pour in the wine and stir, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.  Add the carrots, figs, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.   Add the beef back to the pan and any juices that accumulated in the bowl. 
  • Lock the lid on the pot and set the time for 30 minutes at high pressure. 
  • When timer is done, let the pressure reduce naturally for 20-25 minutes.  If after 25 minutes, it hasn't returned to normal, do a quick pressure release. 
  • Unlock the lid and remove the thyme and rosemary.  In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with 2 teaspoons water.  Stir this into the pot, until thickened about one minute. 
  • Serve over rice, noodles, steamed potatoes, or polenta if desired. 


Note - the cooking time in the recipe includes time for the pot to reduce to normal pressure using the natural pressure release method. 


Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 1164mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 12740IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 6.2mg