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This Instant Pot Sauerbraten recipe is a German-style pot roast that cooks up tender beef with delicious warm and hearty flavors.

instant pot sauerbraten

German food is one of my favorites, especially in the fall when we’re harvesting. It’s warm, hearty comfort food that our whole family enjoys. When we’re having a down day on the farm, I know it’s time to whip up something Octoberfest inspired.

Whether it’s German potato salad or German style pot roast, these delicious recipes are sure to put a smile my farmer’s faces.

Why you’ll love Instant Pot Sauerbraten

This flavorful recipe takes the flavors of a traditional sauerbraten and the pressure cooker makes the recipe it in a fraction of the time.

The pressure cooker yields a tender cut of meat with a sweet and sour gravy. If you haven’t tried it, just do it. It’s the ultimate flavor experience!

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Ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe

Beef roast – you can use top round, rump roast, eye of round, or arm roast

olive oil

low sodium beef broth

apple cider vinegar – red wine vinegar can be substituted

brown sugar

bay leaf

spices: ground allspice, ground ginger, ground cloves – I use ground spices so I don’t have to mess with making a spice bag out of cheesecloth, kitchen string and anything else I don’t typically have hanging around in my kitchen.

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How to make Traditional German Sauerbraten in your Instant Pot:

Step 1: Brown meat: Set Instant Pot to the Saute setting. When it’s heated, add the oil.

Pat the roast dry. Sear the beef in the oil on both sides until browned, 4-5 minutes per side. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.

Add remaining ingredients except red cabbage and apples to the pot. Seal the instant pot lid and set on high pressure for 50 minutes on manual or pressure cook on high pressure. Make sure the vent is set to sealed.

Do a natural pressure release for 15-20 minutes (this means let the beef sit in the pot – don’t anything to it for 15-20 minutes). Then, move the vent to do a quick release. Remove the roast to a large bowl and slice or shred it. Add the sliced meat back into the pot and let the meat sit in the cooking liquid.

What should I serve with Instant Pot Sauerbraten

I like to serve this pot roast with store bought red cabbage and apples on the side. You could certainly make your own red cabbage and apples. This dish is also right at home with a side of egg noodles or roasted potatoes.

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I hope you’ll give this Instant Pot Sauerbraten a try in your electric pressure cooker!

made with love, Deanne
Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Sauerbraten

instant pot sauerbraten

This Instant Pot Sauerbraten recipe is a German-style pot roast that makes tender beef with delicious warm and hearty flavors.

Ingredients

  • 4 pound top round, eye of round, or arm roast
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 jar red cabbage and apples (to serve alongside)

Instructions

  1. Set Instant Pot to the Saute setting. When it’s heated, add the oil.
  2. Pat the roast dry. Sear the beef in the oil on both sides until browned, 4-5 minutes per side.
  • Add remaining ingredients except red cabbage and apples to the pot. Set for 50 minutes on manual OR use the Beef/Stew button. Make sure the vent is set to sealed.
  • Do a natural pressure release for 15-20 minutes (this means let the beef sit in the pot – don’t anything to it for 15-20 minutes). Then, move the vent to steam and let out the pressure. Remove the roast to a large bowl and shred it. Add back into the pot and cook with the juices.
  • Serve with jarred red cabbage and apples. 

Notes

To make as a freezer meal:

Label a gallon sized freezer bag. Add to it the beef broth, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, spices, and onion. Leave the roast separate. Remove air and lay flat to seal.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 540Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 212mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 73g

DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?

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Jennifer

Saturday 15th of January 2022

This looks delicious! I’m one of the last holdouts who don’t use an instant pot. Would you do a standard 8 hours or so on low in a slow cooker?

Deanne Frieders

Monday 17th of January 2022

Hi Jennifer, Yes, you can totally make this in a slow cooker. I'll add that to my list of recipes to make!!!

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