Are you in a hurry to make dinner but forgot to thaw your flank steak? Don’t worry, you can still use your Instant Pot to cook it! But before you throw the frozen steak into the pot, there are a few things to consider.

Can I really cook frozen meat in an Instant Pot?

Yes, you can! The Instant Pot is designed to cook food quickly and efficiently, and that includes frozen meats. However, there are some important factors to keep in mind when cooking with frozen meat.

Firstly, it will take longer for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure when cooking frozen meat. This is because the pot needs to defrost the meat before it can start cooking it. As a result, you’ll need to add extra time onto your cooking cycle.

Secondly, you’ll need to adjust the amount of liquid you add to the pot. Since frozen meat releases more liquid as it thaws, you won’t need as much liquid as you would with fresh meat.

Thirdly, avoid using the saut√© function when cooking frozen meat in an Instant Pot. This is because if there’s any ice on the meat, it could cause hot oil or water in the pot to splatter.

How To Cook Frozen Flank Steak In An Instant Pot

Now that we’ve covered some important things to keep in mind when cooking with frozen meat in an Instant Pot let’s move on and talk about how exactly we can cook that frozen flank steak!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A 1-2 lb. flank steak (frozen)
  • 1 cup of beef broth or water
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Instant Pot


  1. Add one cup of beef broth or water to the Instant Pot.
  2. Place the frozen flank steak into the pot.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the steak as desired.
  4. Close the Instant Pot lid and make sure the vent valve is set to “sealing.”
  5. Select “manual” or “pressure cook” mode on high pressure and set the timer to 30 minutes.
  6. Let it cook, and once it’s done, let it naturally release its pressure for about 10 minutes before quick releasing any remaining pressure.

Final Thoughts

Cooking frozen meat in an Instant Pot can certainly be a time-saver, but it’s important to keep in mind that it will take longer than if you were cooking thawed meat. Additionally, be sure to adjust your cooking times and liquid amounts accordingly.

With these tips in mind, go ahead and give this recipe a try! You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make a delicious meal with just a few simple ingredients.