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Shredded Beef Sandwiches (Instant Pot)

Shredded Beef Sandwiches (Instant Pot)

Instant Pot Shredded Beef Sandwiches Recipe

These instant pot shredded beef sandwiches are easy to make and give you a pulled beef sandwich. Add whatever else you want to add to them.

In this recipe, I just add some caramelized onions, exactly like in my steak and onion sandwich, some cheddar cheese and mustard.

pulled beef sandwich
Pulled beef with caramelized onions and cheddar cheese

Is it worth getting an Instant Pot ?

Well, I had this question myself for a while. Because I am lucky enough to own a full le Creuset set of enamelled cast iron pots. These I always tend to use for my slow-cook recipes.

I love this top-quality French brand, and have had them for more than 25 years. However, the problem with slow cooking is that it is what it says – ‘slow cooking’.

shredded beef sandwich with onions and cheese
Pulled beef sub

That is, it takes a while. And certainly, for some recipes, you do not want to be waiting hours for something to cook. Especially a simple sandwich like this one! But you can always make this up front and keep the shredded beef in the fridge in a sealed container. Then just use it when you need it.

The advantage of the Instant Pot is that it combines the advantages of a pressure cooker with that of an oven, and speeds up the cooking process as well as using less power.

It is also fairly multifunctional, as you can saute, slow cook, pressure cook, rice cook, heat, steam or even make yoghurt in this wonderful piece of kit.

shredded beef recipe
Instant Pot Shredded Beef Sandwiches

We have been converted after recently buying our Instapot, and now use it quite regularly for different recipes which would otherwise take a lot longer in the oven.

Best Beef for Shredding

Well, I suppose there will be a lot of different opinions about this, but I must say that my experience is that chuck steak is super, if you have a good cut.

chuck steak
A nice bit of chuck steak

Chuck steak comes from the neck and shoulder area, above the brisket (which is of course also good to shred). But of course, they both need to be slow-cooked or cooked in a pressure cooker to get the meat in the right fall-apart state.

Using the Instant Pot with the right level of cooking fluids will ensure that you do not overcook your meat and it will be nice and succulent when you stuff your sandwich.

instant pot steak sandwich

I used some half-cooked French baguettes for this recipe as they are great warm and easy to finish off in ten minutes in my Nuwave oven.

The caramelized onion I think is essential in a steak sandwich, but you may want to replace it with something else if you are not an onion fan. How about some good old-fashioned gherkins? It’s up to you what you put in your sandwich. Maybe a dab of Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise?

Go for it!

pulled beef and caramelized onions
Instant Pot Shredded Beef Sandwiches

I hope you enjoy it! Let me know how you get on!

How to make an Instant Pot steak sandwich

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instant pot shredded beef sandwich

Instant Pot Shredded Beef Sandwiches

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This pulled beef sandwich is a great way to enjoy fall-apart succulent tender beef steak. Eat it warm or cold with your preferred condiments.


  • 400g diced lean chuck steak (or Brisket)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Suitable bread (French baguette or crusty sourdough)
  • 300ml hot beef stock
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 100ml beer
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • Fresh slices of cheddar cheese
  • English Mustard


  • Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise


  1. Set the Instant Pot on the 'sauté' setting and cook the garlic and beef in the olive oil for 5-10 minutes until browned on all sides.
  2. Then add the beef stock and beer and close the lid of the Instant Pot. Set to meat/stew and 35 minutes. This will take about 40 minutes, as it will take 5 minutes to get up to pressure and temperature.
  3. In the meantime prepare your bread and onions. I cooked some baguettes in my Nuwave oven so we had some nice warm fresh bread, and spread them with some mustard.
  4. In a pan, fry the sliced onion in some olive oil. Then add the brown sugar and reduce the heat. Cover and cook slowly for about 10-15 minutes until the onions caramelize.
  5. When the meat is cooked, release the pressure using the quick-release valve, being careful not to burn yourself.
  6. Remove the meat from the broth with a slotted spoon onto a plate. Retain the beef broth for dipping your sandwich if you so wish.
  7. Then pull the meat apart with two forks until it is nicely shredded.
  8. Make up your sandwich with the shredded meat, onions and any other condiments you prefer.
  9. Enjoy!


Try adding brown sauce, mayonnaise, tomato ketchup, horseradish sauce or whatever you like to expand the sandwich experience!

This can sandwich be eaten cold or hot.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 592Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 479mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 43g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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