In this tutorial, we will learn how to cook a delicious ribeye steak in the Instant Pot, even if it is frozen. The Instant Pot is a versatile kitchen appliance that can help you achieve perfectly cooked steaks in a fraction of the time compared to traditional cooking methods.
Before we begin, there are a few important steps to take in order to prepare the frozen ribeye steak for cooking in the Instant Pot.
- Thawing: If your ribeye steak is frozen, it’s important to thaw it properly before cooking. You can do this by placing the steak in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours or using the defrost function on your microwave.
- Seasoning: Once your steak is thawed, you can season it according to your taste preferences. A simple combination of salt, pepper, and garlic powder works well for enhancing the natural flavors of the meat.
Now that our ribeye steak is prepared, let’s move on to cooking it in the Instant Pot.
- Searing: Start by setting your Instant Pot to sauté mode and adding a small amount of oil. Once hot, carefully place the seasoned ribeye steak into the pot and sear each side for about 2-3 minutes or until browned. This step helps seal in the juices and adds flavor to the final dish.
- Add Liquid: After searing, remove the ribeye steak from the Instant Pot and set it aside. Pour about 1 cup of beef broth or water into the pot. This liquid will help create steam and pressure during cooking.
- Pressure Cooking: Place a trivet or steaming rack inside the Instant Pot and carefully place the seared ribeye steak on top.
Close the lid, set the valve to the sealing position, and select the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” setting. Cook the steak at high pressure for about 6-8 minutes per inch of thickness.
- Natural Release: Once the cooking time is complete, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release its pressure for about 10 minutes. This helps ensure that the steak remains tender and juicy.
- Finishing Touches: After releasing any remaining pressure, carefully open the Instant Pot lid. Remove the cooked ribeye steak and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving. This resting period allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more flavorful eating experience.
A perfectly cooked ribeye steak deserves some delicious accompaniments. Here are a few serving suggestions:
- Mashed Potatoes: Serve your ribeye steak with creamy mashed potatoes for a classic combination.
- Grilled Vegetables: Add some color to your plate by grilling vegetables like asparagus, bell peppers, or zucchini as a side dish.
- Sauce or Butter: Enhance the flavor of your ribeye steak by topping it with a flavorful sauce or compound butter. Some popular options include garlic butter, mushroom sauce, or chimichurri.
The Instant Pot is a game-changer when it comes to cooking frozen ribeye steaks. By following these simple steps, you can enjoy a tender and flavorful steak in no time.
Remember to always prioritize safety when using your Instant Pot and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Now, go ahead and impress your family and friends with your Instant Pot cooking skills!