Pressure Cooker Beef Cheeks

2023-10-09
  • Yield: 6
  • Servings: 6
  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 1:10 h
  • Ready In: 1:30 h

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    359
  • Carbohydrates

    10.7 g
  • Cholesterol

    118 mg
  • Fat

    15 g
  • Fiber

    2.4 g
  • Protein

    40.8 g
  • Saturated Fat

    3.6 g
  • Serving Size

    1
  • Sodium

    602.4 mg
  • Sugar

    5.2 g
  • Trans Fat

    0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat

    1.2 g
  • Potassium

    565 mg
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Pressure cooker beef cheeks. Make the most of your Instant Pot with this beef cheek recipe! It’s easy to make and delivers amazingly tender results. Cook the beef cheeks in a tomato and red wine sauce until they’re so soft they just fall apart. You can serve them in a pasta ragu, mashed potatoes, tacos, or even a beef cheek pot pie. Stovetop instructions are also provided. Try it today!

Braised beef cheeks are a yummy dish that’s perfect for cold weather. With this recipe, you can make the Instant Pot beef cheeks and then finish them in four different ways. Enjoy them as a ragu with pasta, a stew over mashed potatoes, a casserole, a pie filling, or even as tacos. Yum!

What are Beef Cheeks?

Beef cheeks are an amazing, flavorful cut of meat. They weigh about 12 ounces (300-400 grams) and come from the cheeks of animals. Since they’re hard-working muscles, they can be a bit dense and chewy. To make them tender and delicious, they need to be slow-cooked or pressure-cooked. Plus, they’re very nutritious! So grab some beef cheeks and start cooking!

What Do Beef Cheeks Taste Like?

What do beef cheeks taste like? Beef cheeks have a special rich, savory flavor that’s different from other cuts of beef. This comes from the connective tissues and marbling in the muscle. When cooked slowly or with pressure, these tissues break down and give the beef a tender texture and a delicious, nutrient-packed collagen and gelatin.

They have a strong, full-bodied flavor. Beef cheeks tend to be tougher than other cuts of beef, so they need to be cooked for longer to soften the meat and bring out its flavor.

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Pressure Cooker Braised Beef Cheeks

Cooking beef cheeks takes a while, but the Instant Pot can make it faster and easier. You can make delicious, soft beef cheeks in a fraction of the time you’d need on the stove, oven, or slow cooker. Here’s a simple way to make beef cheeks. You can also use them to make tacos or pot pies.

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Ingredients to Make Braised Beef Cheeks

For this recipe, I used 4 big beef cheeks (2.5 lb or 1.2 kg). This was enough for 3 meals – 3 servings of beef with mashed potatoes and green beans, 2 beef tacos, and 3 servings of pasta with beef cheek sauce (we added more tomato sauce). You can freeze the cooked beef cheeks if you don’t want to use them all right away.

The sauce is made from onions, mushrooms, celery, carrots, garlic, herbs, red wine, tomato sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Plus, add some water.

How to make Beef Cheeks in a Pressure Cooker

You can easily make this beef cheek recipe in an Instant Pot. First, prepare the ingredients: cut the beef cheeks into 2-inch pieces, and slice the onions, mushrooms, carrots, and celery.

Set the Instant Pot to Saute and cook the veggies and beef for 2-3 minutes.

Add in herbs, seasonings, garlic, and a bit of wine and water. Pour the tomato sauce over the top and lock the lid. Set to Manual/Pressure Cook on HIGH for 40 minutes, then let the pressure release naturally.

When done, stir the meat through the sauce and serve with mashed potatoes or pasta. If you want a thicker sauce, add a mixture of flour and water. Enjoy!

Pressure Cooker Beef Cheeks

Learn how to make tasty braised beef cheeks in the Instant Pot. Add red wine, tomato sauce, and herbs for a deliciously easy dinner. Enjoy beef cheeks as tacos, pot pie, ragu sauce, or just over mashed potatoes and veggies. Yum!

Ingredients

  • 2½ pounds (1.44 kg) beef cheeks, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup dised carrots
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs and Italian herbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) dry ed wine
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) water
  • 1 can (15 oz (450 ml)) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves

Method

Step 1

Cut the beef cheeks into pieces that are 2 inches long. You can make them even smaller if you want.

Step 2

Set your Instant Pot on the Saute setting. Add some olive oil along with the onions, carrots, mushrooms, and celery. Cook for 2-3 minutes so they get a bit softer. Stir the ingredients a few times while they cook.

Step 3

Add chopped beef cheeks to the pot along with some herbs, salt, pepper, and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring a few times. Pour in the wine and stir, then add 2/3 cup of water (or beef broth). Keep stirring and scrape the pot as you go. Then, press the button to stop the cooking. Finally, add the tomato sauce to the top, spread it out, but don't stir it (to avoid burning, it will mix in while cooking).

Step 4

Set your Instant Pot to Manual or Pressure Cook mode, and turn the heat to the highest setting for 40 minutes. After you hear 3 beeps, the Instant Pot will start to increase the pressure, which takes about 10 minutes. When the timer goes off, let the pressure slowly go down on its own.

Step 5

Prepare some sides to go with your meal. Try mashed potatoes, veggies, or something else. I suggest beef cheeks with chopped parsley and lemon zest -- it's called gremolata.

Step 6

Open the lid and stir the meat through the sauce. It should be soft, and you can tear it apart with a fork. Serve the beef cheeks on mashed potatoes, or use a potato masher to break it apart. That makes a sauce to go over pasta. To make it thicker, mix 1 tablespoon of flour with 3 tablespoons of water and stir it in while it's hot.

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