The Instant Pot cooker is still new to me, so this is the first time I’ve tried Chuck Steak as the cut of meat and IPA Beer as the cooking liquid. My brother shared with me that beef and beer complement each other very well, I don’t have much beer expertise, and using the Instant Pot cooking method created a depth of flavor to be savored.
Chuck steak braised in beer is perfect with an easy summer salad or a favorite potato dish or fresh farmers market veggies and some good quality whole grain bread. Or add some of the meat to a light vegetable soup and you’ve got a beautiful healthy Real Food Meal. This recipe can be stretched for 2 to 3 meals depending on how you serve it.
I’m still experimenting with my Instant Pot and so far, have only used the Meat/Stew and Sauté settings on my cooker. If you’re new to the Instant Pot craze, just try a few recipes and soon you’ll get comfortable with how it best suites your meal preparation needs.
One thing is for sure, this kitchen device is amazingly easy and convenient to use! All you need for today’s simple recipe is 8 – 12 ounces of India Pale Ale Beer or any other rich flavored beer you like, 2 – 3 pounds of Beef Chuck Steak, fresh cracked black pepper and sea salt.
Check out our Instant Pot – My New Favorite Amazing Kitchen Gadget blog post for more Instant Pot information.
THE FLAVORFUL REAL FOOD INGREDIENTS
Look for 2 to 3 pounds of beef chuck steak at your market. I chose the steak version instead of a roast because this cut was on sale. I read that chuck steak is the same piece of meat as a roast but is cut into 1 to 3-inch thick slices. I used two steaks, weighing about 2.5 pounds in total.
The first step is to sear the meat. I wanted to reduce the amount fat in the broth at the end of the cooking time, the broth is almost the best part, so I used a spray cooking oil and lightly covered the inside of the cooking pot. After the inside of the pot is sprayed, press the Sauté button on the cooker and wait until it’s hot.
While waiting for the cooker to heat up, salt and pepper both pieces of meat generously on each side. Then sauté, one piece at a time, for 90 seconds on one side, turn the steak and sauté for another 90 seconds on the other side.
As the steaks are seared and have a nice brown crust, move them to a plate. One benefit to searing in the Instant Pot is the sides of the cooking pot are so high, splattering is kept to a minimum, meaning less mess to clean up. You can skip the searing step if you like, but it definitely adds more flavor. I’ve tried both methods and either way turns out good.
Once both pieces of steak are seared, add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of India Pale Ale beer to the stainless-steel cooking pot and with a wooden utensil scrape all the tasty bits from the bottom of the pot. Between the beer and the brown searing bits the broth that is created is amazing.
Now, add the seared steaks back into the pot with the beer, secure the cooker lid and press the Meat/Stew button, making sure the time is set for 40 minutes and the temperature is set to high. Once the cooking time has ended, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure manually by turning the release lever on the lid.
Using a slotted spoon remove all the meat from the cooking pot, then strain the remaining broth through a fine mesh strainer. Your chuck steak and beef broth are ready to use any way you can imagine.
The flavorful beef is perfect with a healthy cabbage coleslaw salad tossed in a yogurt dressing or a fun potato dish like Hasselback potatoes or fresh veggies like corn on the cob or zucchini. Using the beef for the protein in a light summer vegetable soup along with the broth is one of my favorite Easy Real Food Recipes. Good quality whole grain bread is always a great addition to any meal too.
Try our Simple Cabbage Coleslaw with Healthy Yogurt Dressing recipe to serve as a great side dish to the beer steak. Spoon a bit of the cooking broth over the steak for more wonderful flavor. Or even make a gravy with the broth if that’s your preference.
Or check out our Red, White and Blue Baby Potatoes for the 4th! blog post for some great nutritional and cooking information about potatoes.
Or serve some wonderful whole grain bread alongside the Beef Chuck Steak in India Pale Ale Beer with any meal and Enjoy!
Beef is an excellent source of protein as well as a good source of vitamin B12, niacin, selenium and zinc. Protein helps you build muscle to maintain a healthy metabolism and eating protein at mealtime can help you to feel full for a longer period of time.
Most of my life my body has required a certain amount of beef to function properly. Because of auto-immune issues I’ve suffered with for over 35 years, I can’t get away without some sort of chicken, turkey or beef every day. After years of trying everything I’ve ever read or anyone has ever recommended, eating meat is the only thing that works at all. And some days that doesn’t even work all that great.