instant pot hawaiian beef stew


my hawaiian grandpa’s famous island beef stew, made in the instant pot for extra convenience! this instant pot hawaiian beef stew is total comfort food: a tangy & rich tomato gravy filled with perfectly tender pieces of beef, onions, carrots, & potatoes. served over a bed of sticky rice, this instant pot hawaiian beef stew is the perfect comforting dinner!



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 pounds beef chuck, trimmed & cubed into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 yellow onions, quartered
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato puree
  • ⅓ cup shoyu (or low-sodium soy sauce)
  • ⅓ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups low-sodium beef stock, divided
  • sticky rice, for serving


  1. Brown the beef: Add the olive oil to the Instant Pot. Preheat the IP on its saute feature, set to high heat. Place ¼ cup of the flour in a medium bowl. Using paper towels, pat the stew meat as dry as possible, then season generously with the salt and ground black pepper. Dredge the seasoned stew meat in the flour, coating the meat well but shaking off any excess flour. Working in batches to avoid overcrowding the pot, brown the stew meat in the Instant Pot.
  2. Cook the Hawaiian beef stew: Once all the beef is browned, add it all back into the Instant Pot. Top with the onions, celery, carrots, and potatoes. Pour the tomato puree, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and 2 cups of the beef stock over top. Stir to combine. Lock the lid on the Instant Pot, ensuring the vent is in its “sealing” position. Cook the beef stew on manual high pressure for 35 minutes.
  3. Finish the Hawaiian beef stew: Carefully quick release the pressure in the Instant Pot. Once the pin drops, unlock the lid and turn the pot back on its saute setting. Add the remaining 1 cup beef stock and ¼ cup all-purpose flour to a medium bowl, whisking vigorously to combine until a slurry forms. While stirring, gradually pour the slurry into the beef stew. The stew should thicken almost immediately. Let the stew simmer for 1-2 minutes more to cook off the flour.
  4. Serve the Hawaiian beef stew island-style: over a bed of sticky rice. Enjoy!


  • Instant Pot: I own & love this 6-quart Instant Pot, but they also recently came out with a 3-quart version that’s the perfect size for anyone who regularly cooks for two (plus, it’s a little cheaper!).
  • Stovetop instructions: To cook Hawaiian beef stew on the stovetop (this is how my Grandpa always did it!), brown the beef & assemble the beef stew according to Steps 1-2 of Recipe Directions, using a large Dutch oven or soup pot. Bring the beef stew to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 2 hours, until the beef is tender. Thicken as described in Step 3 and serve.
  • Category: soups & stews
  • Method: instant pot, pressure cooker

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