If you love French dip sandwiches, you will love this Instant Pot French Dip recipe! It’s a simple recipe that turns out tender and delicious every time.
The roast is pressure-cooked until it’s melt-in-your-mouth tender, then served on hoagie rolls with Provolone cheese. You are going to love these!
Seared chuck roast cooked in beef broth, garlic, onions, soy sauce, Worcestershire, and seasonings until fall-apart-tender served on French rolls. The best part is the reduced broth is for dipping the sandwich into savory jus.
The delectable scent of chuck roast fills my home while it cooks, making everyone eager and impatient for the French Dip Sandwiches I’m preparing. It smells incredible – almost like Thanksgiving!
My mom always loved roast beef, and she would order it whenever we went out to eat for a special occasion. My daughter Jojo is the same way – she loves roast beef with French onion soup, cheese, and a French baguette. You can’t get a more delicious meal than that!
The moment she smells it, she anxiously waits in the kitchen. I used to make this recipe using a slow cooker but found that an instant pot produces more tender and juicy beef in less time. Now I can have dinner ready in about an hour!
What’s The Best Type Of Meat To Use For Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches?
Some people may use more expensive cuts of meat like beef brisket or prime rib roast for French Dip, but I think chuck roast is the way to go.
- 3 lb chuck roast
- Yellow onions
- Beef broth
- Soy sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- Olive oil
- Bay leaves
- Salt & Pepper
- Dried rosemary & thyme
Add a skillet to the stovetop over medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil.
Next, pat dry the chuck roast steak and lightly season one side with salt + black pepper. Then, place the seasoned side of the chuck roast in the hot pan. Season the side facing up with more salt + black pepper.
To sear the roast, cook each side for 5-6 minutes.
After you brown the chuck roast, set it aside and add olive oil and sliced onions to the pan. Cook until soft (about 3-4 minutes), then stir in garlic, rosemary, and thyme and cook another 4-5 minutes or until slightly caramelized.
Add onions to the Instant Pot, then top with the roast.
In the hot skillet, deglaze by pouring the stock and scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon. Then, remove from heat and add soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
Pour the glaze over the beef in the Instant Pot.
Cook under pressure for 45 minutes, followed by a natural release of 25 minutes.
In a mixing bowl, set aside the chuck roast. Use two forks to shred the beef or use your KitchenAid mixer with the paddle attachment for a more straightforward method.
Make sure to taste and season the au jus as you see fit. If cooking in the instant pot or skillet, you can reduce the sauce by adding it back into the skillet and simmering over medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes.
French Dip Sandwiches
More cheese, the better?
Place two slices of provolone cheese on your bread next. You don’t need to melt the cheese beforehand since the hot meat you’ll place on top will do it for you.
Place the shredded roast on a french baguette or hoagie bun. You can toast the bun if you’d like, but we prefer not to.
As pictured below, top with more cheese. I prefer to layer it on.
Time to dip!
Use a ladle or large serving spoon to scoop out the juice, then serve it in separate ramekins for each sandwich.
What to serve with French Dip Sandwiches
Side dish options that would go great with a French dip sandwich include mashed potatoes, baked fries or potato wedges, fresh greens, pasta salad, crispy coleslaw, or traditional potato chips!
If you plan to serve this dish immediately, there is no need to refrigerate it beforehand. Otherwise, any leftovers should be stored in the fridge 2 hours after serving.
Store: Keep the meat covered and in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Want to freeze this recipe, no problem!
Place the shredded meat in an airtight container or freezer-safe Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost the meat in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or overnight.
Don’t have an Instant Pot? Use your slow cooker!
To make this in your slow cooker, follow steps 1-6.
In step 7, where it says to add to your Instant Pot, add all the ingredients to your slow cooker instead. Layer with the onions at the bottom, sear roast on top, then pour over the sauce. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
Set aside chuck roast in a mixing bowl, and shred the beef with two forks.
Taste and season the au jus as needed. You can also reduce the au jus for 5 – 10 minutes in the instant pot or the skillet.
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Instant Pot French Dip
- 3 lb chuck roast
- 3 onions
- 1 can beef broth
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 10 hoagie buns
- 20 slices provolone cheese
- Brown each side of the roast, 5-8 minutes.
- Set browned chuck roast aside. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and sliced onions, then saute until softened (~3 – 4 mins). Add in minced garlic and dried rosemary and thyme. Saute for another minute.
- Add onions to the Instant Pot, then top with the roast.
- In the hot skillet, deglaze by pouring the stock, scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and add soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
- Pour the glaze over the beef in the Instant Pot.
- Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 45 minutes + 25 minutes Natural Release.
- Set aside chuck roast in a mixing bowl, and shred the beef with 2 forks.
- Taste and season the au jus as needed. You can also, reduce the au jus for 5 – 10 minutes, in the instant pot or in the skillet.
I love a good French dip. I’ve never made one from scratch before. I can’t wait to make this for the family.
Dorothy Reinhold says
Gosh I love the Instant Pot! I love that you can get this delicious meal so quickly!
I love instant pot dishes for dinner. This one looks exceptionally good!
Really impressed by how easy this is!
Mmmm…. How inviting this looks! My family will go crazy over it!
Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert says
Looks absolutely delicious! That is definitely a must make!