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Instant Pot Beef & Barley Stew

Instant Pot Beef & Barley Stew is a classic recipe with classic cooked-all-day flavors, but made in a flash in your pressure cooker. Full of flavorful beef broth, veggies, tender beef, and perfectly cooked barley. This Instant Pot stew makes a wonderful winter dinner. 
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword beef and barley stew pressure cooker, beef barley stew recipe, easy beef barley soup, quick stew recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 people


  • 1 yellow or white onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 3 plump garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, sliced
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp each- onion powder & garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp beef base
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch chunks (can be anywhere from 1-1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1 cup pearl barley I use Bob's Red Mill brand
  • 32 oz beef broth or stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste


  • Add the oil, onions, carrots, celery, and garlic to the Instant Pot on saute mode. Saute for 5 minutes. 
    Turn off saute mode.
    Add the onion powder, garlic powder, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and beef base, stir to combine with the veggies.
    Add the stew meat, pearl barley, beef stock, and water. 
  • Close the Instant Pot and set to meat/stew mode (or manual/pressure mode), high pressure, for 25 minutes.
    Do a quick release. Stir in the tomato paste.