Pressure cooker curry beef

September 18, 2020
Want to cook a tender curry beef? This recipe is for you. Done in your pressure cooker you get the most tender and flavorful beef. 

Ready for weeknight dinner in no time. Just pair with some roti and or even some plain rice

A close up of a bowl of curry beef with pumpkin choka, fry channa and some roti

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Everybody loves a good curry. 

And especially a curry dish that is full of flavor and doesn't take long.

This curry beef in the pressure cooker ticks all of those boxes. 

And can be on your dinner table along with some rice or roti and pumpkin in no time.
Curry is an integral part of my food history.

I can eat curry just about every day if you let me. Or every other day.

This curry beef, though I used my instant pot can be done in any other brand of electric pressure cooker or even with the traditional pressure cooker. 

With the instant pot, I got this down to 30 minutes cook time and a few more minutes just sauteing and burning the curry to get it activated.

Close up of a bowl with curry beef

What beef is best to curry

I usually always get a chuck when going to curry. This is basically part of the shoulder and is a lean piece of meat. 

It has high collagen levels and low external fat.

I am fortunate to usually find this already cut up for stewing in my supermarkets. I still normally have to do some cutting into smaller bite-sized pieces.

So see if you find "beef for stewing" in your grocery/butcher before going for that whole chuck that you have to cut up yourself.

How to curry beef

This recipe is pretty basic. You don't need any fancy ingredients.

  • beef
  • curry powder
  • cumin
  • lime or vinegar
  • onion
  • salt/black pepper
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • celery
  • potato (optional)

The most important step is making sure that the beef is cleaned well of any blood/settled water from being in a package.

And also making sure it is seasoned well.

Washing the beef with vinegar or lime cuts out any fresh scent attached to the beef.

Using fresh seasoning on the meat is what gives it the major under taste in the curry. So we want the meat to marinate for at least 30 minutes. 

A bowl of uncooked but seasoned beef

Overnight is best so that it can soak up all the flavors but 30 minutes minimum would do.

In the instant pot, using the saute option first allows us to heat up the curry to bring out the flavors before adding the meat.

After that curry gets brown, we add the beef and make it get coated in the curry add our water, and then let the pressure cooker do its thing on the meat setting.

Equipment and Tools 

Some form of heavy-duty pot is needed.

I used my instant pot but any electric pressure cooker can be used. And even the traditional weighted pressure cooker is an option. 

The order of the process for both is the same but it will take a little longer with the weighted cooker versus the electric.

If you don't have either but have a heavy-bottomed pot, that can be used also. 

Just know the time would be much longer to get that beef nice and tender. You will have to cook low and slow and add liquid 


Make sure the size of the cut of meat is as even in size as possible. Bite-sized pieces are best. You want everything to cook evenly.

Adding potato is optional. It does give it a nice thickening to the gravy and also texture change from the beef.

If using an electric pressure cooker, make sure your seal pops up when the pressure is building. One of my test runs I set the time and walked away and it didn't pop up to close off the pressure.

I got burnt uncooked meat. I was annoyed. So don't let that happen to you.

This curry beef recipe is delicious and without the long wait. It is a simple recipe using curry and fresh seasoning but with huge flavor.


How long can beef curry stay in the fridge? I would say one day after cooking. If you are going to eat leftovers the next day then sure, just put this in a sealed container in the fridge.

After that time I think it's best to freeze the curry beef. Once frozen it's good, for at most a month. Once properly protected from freezer bites.

When reheating, I prefer to use the stove to heat up. Add to a pot with some water and let it simmer over medium heat until heated through. 

You can choose to bring it to room temperature (or defrost in the fridge overnight) but it does not have to be totally defrosted.

It can also be reheated in the microwave (from frozen) with no issues

Close up of what to eat with curry beef. Pumpkin and curry channa with curry beef

Now that you've gotten that curry smell all over your instant pot, you want it out. Make sure to check out how to get the smells out of your instant pot

What to pair with curry beef

Anything. No seriously. Here's a list of things to make this curry beef part of an amazing meal

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Author: Renz
Pressure cooker curry beef

Pressure cooker curry beef

This curry beef recipe is delicious and without the long wait. It is a simple recipe using curry and fresh seasoning but with huge flavor.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 50 Min


  • 2 pounds beef - cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar or 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 sprig chive
  • 1 piece ginger
  • 1 stem celery
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pimento sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 leaves shado beni/culantro (optional)
  • 1 hot pepper (optional)


For electric pressure cooker
  1. Make sure beef is in bite-size sizes. Cut smaller if needed
  2. Wash beef with 1 lemon or vinegar
  3. Squeeze dry
  4. Blend together or chop finely 2 cloves garlic, onion, chive, ginger, celery
  5. Add blended mixture to beef and set aside.
  6. In the pressure cooker, select sauté and add oil to heat up
  7. Add crushed garlic, curry powder
  8. Sauté for 2 minutes stirring constantly
  9. When the curry is brown, add beef and stir until all coated with curry
  10. Add hot water, select off then select meat on the pot and set for 20 minutes
  11. Cover and seal vent
  12. Peel and cube potato and leave covered in water till needed.
  13. When time is up, manually release the vent
  14. Check for tenderness of beef
  15. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, black pepper, pimento sauce, thyme, cumin, shado beni, and potato
  16. Add a hot pepper here too if you want to use pepper
  17. Cover and cook for 10 minutes (seal, select meat and set to 10 minutes)
  18. Release vent
  19. Test for additional salt if needed
  20. If the liquid needs to thicken up more, set to saute for 5 - 10 minutes.
For traditional pressure cooker (weighted)
  1. Do the same steps as an electric cooker until beef is coated with curry. (Up to step 8)
  2. Add hot water and cover pot and add weight.
  3. Simmer on a low heat until tender (you may need to add another 1/2  - 1 cup of HOT water depending on the texture of meat)
  4. As the meat gets to tender add black pepper, pimento sauce, thyme, cumin, shado beni and potato
  5. Taste for salt


* If using bottled seasoning - 3 tablespoons * If using a regular pot cook on low heat until tender. May need to add additional hot water as it cooks
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Renz HomeMadeZagat
Renz HomeMadeZagat

Hi guys, I’m Renz. I am the chief cook and bottle washer here at HomeMadeZagat. I am here sharing Caribbean recipes that I grew up eating and new ones I’ve fallen in love with over the years. I just want to showcase the amazing diversity of Caribbean food and that everyone can recreate these dishes.