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This easy Instant Pot Swiss Steak recipe is made in the pressure cooker with round steak in a peppery tomato beef sauce. Enjoy this updated vintage recipe!

instant pot swiss steak over mashed potatoes on white plate

This pressure cooker Swiss steak recipe is a delicious way to turn a tough, inexpensive cut of meat into an amazingly delicious dinner. In fact, the Hubs says this is probably the best Swiss steak recipe ever!

It’s not one of those Instant Pot recipes where you can dump everything into the pressure cooker and walk away. Swiss steak takes a little more effort, but the results are so worth it. Just think of it as an easy Instant Pot recipe that takes a little more prep work!

Growing up, my mom made Swiss steak in the electric skillet, and it was so good. I recreated her recipe, but I made it on the stove, instead. It was an awesome dinner, but it took about 2 hours to cook.

But, when you make Swiss steak in the Instant Pot, you can have it on the table in about an hour. Not only is it a huge time saver, but it’s also easier since you don’t have to tenderize the meat or stir it during the cooking process.

How to make Swiss Steak in the Instant Pot

What is a Swiss steak cut of meat?

I used bottom round for Swiss steak since that’s what my mom always used. You can also use cube steak or any inexpensive, aka cheap, cut of beef here.

Just trim the extra fat off of the steak, then season both sides. Next, dredge the meat with a little corn starch or flour. I use cornstarch, but traditionally, you would use flour.

round steak seasoned and coated with flour for instant pot swiss steak

You have to brown the meat in the Instant Pot using the Saute setting. It’s easier to brown meat when it’s not crowded, so you’ll have to brown 2 or 3 pieces at a time.

After you brown a couple of steaks on both sides, put them on a plate and cover with foil, until you finish browning the remaining meat.

brown round steak in pressure cooker

Next, add the onions and peppers, and cook until they’re slightly soft. Stir them to make sure they cook evenly.

There will probably be some browned bits stuck to the bottom of the Instant Pot, so you’ll have to deglaze the pot with a little beef broth. Just pour the broth in, and use a spatula or wooden spoon to scrape those lovely bits flavor off of the pot!

instant pot swiss steak in pot

Next, add the meat back into the pressure cooker. Then, pour in the remaining broth and top with some crushed tomato puree.

Pressure cook it, and in about 30 minutes, the steak is done! You can use the sauce as is, or you can saute to reduce and thicken the sauce. For even thicker sauce, you can add a cornstarch slurry.

instant pot swiss steak with tomato beef sauce on plate

I like to serve Instant Pot Swiss steak over mashed potatoes or egg noodles. But, you can serve it over rice or even eat it just as it is.

If  you want to make steak in the Instant Pot, this is the recipe to use! It’s tender, filled with flavor and so good!

instant pot swiss steak on a fork

Can you cook Swiss steak on the stove?

Definitely! I have an easy Swiss steak recipe for the stove right here. You can also use an electric skillet if you have one.

Recipe for Instant Pot Swiss Steak

5 from 63 votes

Instant Pot Swiss Steak

By: Dee
This easy Instant Pot Swiss Steak recipe is made in the pressure cooker with sliced round steak dredged in corn starch and cooked in a peppery tomato beef sauce. Enjoy this updated vintage Swiss steak recipe! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 pounds bottom round steak, trimmed and sliced into large squares
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
  • ½ cup crushed tomatoes
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  • Season the sliced round steak on both sides with garlic powder, sea salt and black pepper
  • Lightly dredge the meat on both sides with the corn starch 
  • Press SAUTE on the Instant Pot, and when it reads Hot, add the oil. Working in batches, brown the round steak on both sides, then place on a plate, and cover with foil until all of the steak in browned
  • Add the diced onions and peppers to the pot, and cook until slightly soft, stirring frequently
  • Add some of the beef broth, and stir with spatula or wooden spoon to deglaze the pot and release any browned bits on the bottom of the pot
  • Hit CANCEL, then add the round steak back to the pot. Pour remaining beef broth over and around steak, and top with the crushed tomatoes. Don't stir!
  • Place lid on pot, turn valve to Sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 30 minutes. After 30 minute cook time, allow a 10 minute natural release, then hit CANCEL and turn valve to Venting position to release remaining pressure
  • When pin drops, open lid, and remove steak to a large casserole dish or platter. For thicker gravy, hit SAUTE and boil to reduce sauce. Or, mix 1 tablespoon corn starch with 1 tablespoon cold water until smooth, then stir boiling sauce to thicken even more
  • Pour sauce over steak, and serve



Recipe was made in a 6-quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker 


Calories: 300kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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  1. Line from Canada says:

    You are most welcome! I will follow your recipes. 🙂

  2. Line from Canada says:

    This recipe is the BEST. So so good, the beef is so tender and taste is awesome. The only thing I did differently is added some Herbes de provence. This will be the only recipe I will use now. Also just started using an Insta Pot lately… it!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I’m so happy to hear this! Thanks for the wonderful review!

  3. Sara says:

    This is a staple in our house.

    My mom used to make Swiss Steak in the oven using a packet of seasoning mix, but we haven’t been able to find it in years.

    I found this recipe on Pinterest and it’s even better than McCormick’s!

    So simple, yet so delicious! I use a whole can of beef broth and tomato sauce and then thicken with a corn starch slurry so we can have extra yummy sauce. We serve it with egg noodles like my mom used to!5 stars

  4. Teena says:

    So good!5 stars

  5. Christian Rose Mandregan says:

    I tried this recipe with a couple of changes. My crew had eaten the sweet peppers I had set aside so I was forced to omit them. I used half a sweet onion and added a Tbsp of fresh Italian herbs to the flour before dredging. I increased the crushed tomatoes to one cup.
    The meat ans gravy was served over rice with broccoli as a side dish. Everyone loved it! ❤️5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So happy to hear this! Thank you for the wonderful review!

  6. Beth says:

    Easy Peasy! Made this last night and it was great! Some prep wok but mostly set it and forget it!5 stars

  7. Susan M says:

    My fiancé and I purchased a quarter of beef from a local farm. I had absolutely no idea what to use the round steak for. My mom suggested Swiss steak. I found a stove top recipe, but it sounded like a lot of work so on a whim I googled to see if anyone had an instant pot Swiss steak recipe. I stumbled upon your website, and the rest is history. We had a delicious Swiss steak and mashed potato dinner. Luckily I have more round steak so I can make this again soon. Thanks for the recipe!! We loved it!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I’m SO glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for the wonderful review!

  8. Dina says:

    This was good. Will definitely make it again! 5 stars

  9. Debbie Myrick says:

    I’ve made this dozens of times now and it’s a huge hit in my house. One question though, I’m having trouble finding bottom round steak so I bought cubed steak. Do adjust cooking time?

    1. Dee says:

      I haven’t tried this with cube steak, but they are very similar, so I would try the same time.