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Instant Pot Frozen Ground Beef

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Instant Pot frozen ground beef is every busy person’s solution! Ready in under 20 minutes, it’s no biggie if you forgot to thaw your meat for dinner!

For all of us busy people, we need this Instant Pot hack! We can use our Instant Pot to quickly cook frozen meat.

Use the cooked ground beef for Instant Pot Taco Meat, Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup and more!

No more setting ground beef on the counter to thaw, no more scrambling at meal time because you don’t have thawed ground beef.

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How to Cook Frozen Ground Beef in Your Instant Pot

My method to quickly thaw and cook ground beef is super easy. All you need is water, frozen ground beef and your Instant Pot.

Trust me, you won’t find many recipes that simple, right?

As an added bonus – no an added necessity – the meat cooks up juicy and tender, not tough and dry.

We raise our own beef here on the farm and it is absolutely out of this world. So I have absolutely no interest in ruining perfectly fabulous meat, you know??

And we have a freezer full of frozen meat so it goes without saying I use this cooking method all the time!

Here’s how we’re gonna cook our frozen ground meat.

How to cook frozen ground beef in an Instant pot without a trivet

Place one pound of frozen ground beef in your Instant Pot. Add about a cup of water.

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Close and set it to pressure cook time for eight minutes. Do a quick pressure release to let the steam out of the pot.

At this point, your beef is about halfway cooked through. Drain the fat & water and return to the pot.

Okay, not so appetizing at this point but bear with me, it’s working!

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Set the Instant Pot to saute and continue to cook the ground beef. Break it up with a spoon or spatula until the beef is fully cooked through. Drain if necessary and use the ground beef for your recipe!

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Unlike the microwave defrost function, thawing and cooking frozen ground beef in the Instant Pot keeps the flavor of the meat AND you only have one dish to clean up.

That, my friends, is a win in my book!

And of course, it goes without saying, the pressure cooker is pretty awesome for cooking fresh ground meat, too.

Tips for cooking frozen ground meat in your Instant Pot:

Can I cook frozen ground beef in the slow cooker?

Actually, no. I mean, you could because it’s a free world and you can do you.

But I wouldn’t because you’re compromising food safety and trust me, you don’t want to do that.

So stick to the method outlined. I even have a handy dandy recipe card for you!

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made with love, Deanne
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Yield: 8

Instant Pot Frozen Ground Beef

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Instant Pot frozen ground beef is every busy person's solution! Ready in under 20 minutes, it's no biggie if you forgot to thaw your meat for dinner!

Prep Time 8 minutes
Time to come to pressure 10 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place one pound of frozen ground beef in your Instant Pot. Add about a cup of water.
  2. Close and set it to pressure cooking for eight minutes. Do a quick release to let the steam out of the pot.
  3. At this point, your beef is about halfway cooked through. Drain the fat & water and return to the pot.
  4. Set the Instant Pot to saute and continue to cook the ground beef. Break it up with a spoon or spatula until the beef is fully cooked through. Drain if necessary and use the ground beef for your recipe!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 15g

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