Instant Pot beef bone broth is full of nutrients that promote gut health, immunity, and is the perfect electrolyte drink when fasting.

Typically the process to make bone broth can take multiple days. However, with the help of the Instant Pot, you can make delicious beef bone broth in only a handful of hours.

Beef bone broth being spooned out from a glass jar sitting in front of an Instant Pot

Instant Pot Beef Bone Broth

Beef bone broth is wonderful for cooking or drinking hot by itself. It is full of healthy nutrients, collagen, and amino acids that can boost your immune system, aid in detoxing, improve joint health, and so much more. However, buying quality bone broth can get quite expensive.

The cost of making bone is minimal, and you are able to produce a large amount of broth for a much lower cost than the equivalent amount of store-bought bone broth. And with homemade beef broth, you know exactly what goes into it.

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A cup of beef bone broth

When making this bone broth I kept the recipe simple by using regular beef soup bones and a few spare rib bones. If you have access to affordable oxtail, feel free to toss a few into the recipe, but depending on your location that may not be an option. So if you cannot find don’t stress, just make the recipe as is.

How To Get Rid of the Impuritites

The first step to making beef bone broth is to boil the bones for about 15-20 minutes. By boiling the bone you allow the impurities to be released from the bone. This is all the yucky white stuff that tends to float on top.

I use my Instant Pot to boil the bones. Bring the water to a boil using the sauté function and then placed the bones in the Instant Pot. Remember to leave the lid off since you are not pressure cooking at this point.

Once the bones are boiled drain the liquid; then rinse off the bones and Instant Pot liner. You don’t want any of the impurities to make it into your broth.

A glass of beef bone broth and a spoon

Roasting the Bones

The next step is what gives the broth the most flavour. You will want to roast the bones for 20-30 minutes on each side. Roasting the bones is what makes the broth rich in flavour. The longer you roast them, the better and deeper the flavour.

You will also want to include some aromatics during the roasting process. I like to toss a shallot and head of garlic on the sheet pan. If you have onions in your pantry you can use an onion instead of a shallot, but I prefer the robust flavour of shallots in my broth.

How Long Do You Cook Bone Broth?

Finally, it is time to cook the bone broth. Dump all those roasted bones and aromatics into the Instant Pot. Add some celery, herbs, and seasoning. Then fill the Instant Pot up with water.

This is where the Instant Pot does its magic. The broth will be done in about 4 hours compared to the regular 48 hours it takes on the stove.

It will take about an hour for the Instant Pot to come to pressure, two hours to cook, and another hour for the pressure to release.

Bone Broth Tips and Tricks

Sometimes when I am short on time I will make the bone broth in stages and then store it in the refrigerator.

I may boil the bones one day, roast the next, and then cook the broth the following day.

A plastic container filled with frozen beef and bone broth ice cubes

How To Cool Bone Broth

Now that you have made a pot full of bone broth, you need to strain it into a large clean container. After the broth has been strained I like to rapidly cool the broth by adding a cup of ice to the broth.

This is a tip from a chef friend of mine. When the broth cools slowly it is more likely bacteria will begin growing in the broth. Rapidly cooling and storing the broth will prevent the bacteria from growing.

How To Freese Bone Broth

I store the broth in both the refrigerator and the freezer. I will keep about a quart/litre of broth in my refrigerator at a time for 5-7 days. The rest of the broth is measured and frozen in large ice cube trays.

A plastic container filled with frozen beef and bone broth ice cubes

When I need to use the frozen broth I will remove a cube or two and defrost in the microwave or on the stove. Since the broth is premeasured I know how much broth is in each ice cube.

And that’s all it take to make beef bone broth in the Instant Pot. I hope you enjoy it.

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  1. Video shows salt, but ingredient list does not…?

  2. Marilyn Lauziere says:

    We have nut allergy in the household,so I find it difficult to find ingredients that are not cross contaminated. Can you pls give us viable solutions for getting around that.
    So much appreciated!!

  3. 5 stars
    I really enjoyed making this recipe without too many ingredients. Bone broth came out rich and extremely flavourful.

    1. What were your beef soup bones from?

  4. Dream Calendars says:

    5 stars
    I really enjoyed making this recipe without too many ingredients. Bone broth came out rich and extremely flavourful.

  5. Theresa A Ivey says:

    If I am using bones that have been cooked as part of a roast and then frozen, do I need to still do the initial boil and roast? Thanks for your time!

  6. joan Embertson says:

    why does my broth taste watery

  7. joan Embertson says:

    Can you please tell me what size of instant pot you used i have a 6quart u made this broth tonight and it tastes flat i put all the ingredients in that u listed also it only made 9 cups

  8. Eduarda Teixeira says:

    Hi, can I use a pressure cooker instead of the Instant Pot?

  9. Alison Buckland says:

    I like to eat the meat off the bones before making the broth properly, so considering in a previous question you said if the bones were already cooked can the bones just be roasted to start with instead of the boiling beforehand.

  10. Marco Manchego says:

    Sadly I bought the smaller Instant Pot and 4 liters is the max for the pressure cooker. Can I use the slow-cooker functionality and fill it to the brim? or best to cut recipe in half and pressure cook? thanks!

    1. Either of those options would work, however, I would look at the instruction guide that came with your size of Instant Pot to see their recommendations for pressure cooker times when using smaller volumes of liquid and if you are using the slow cooker function, what is the maximum level. you don’t want to overfill it and it overflow.