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Instant Pot Bone Broth Recipe – Beef Bone Broth Recipe

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Making bone broth requires very little active cooking time, but a lot of inactive cooking time. That’s where the Instant Pot comes in, allowing you to set it and forget it while the magic happens. This recipe is for a basic beef bone broth, but once you have the basics down feel free to get creative with your own additions like herbs or spices. Have fun and experiment until you find a flavor combination that you love. Make this Instant Pot Bone Broth Recipe easily at home- and skip the expensive store bought bone broth!

Instant Pot BONE BROTH

Why make your own Bone Broth?

Home made bone broth is a great way to keep your immune system functioning properly, and give your body a real boost against colds, coughs, and even Flu.

You can make this recipe, and keep it in the freezer to use in soups or stews, or even rice, using the bone broth in the water measurements. It's rich color, and vegetable packed stock make this a great addition in recipes where you can add more nutrition for the health of your family, and give the recipe's a richer flavor.

You can make this with Beef bones, Chicken bones ( some people even use chicken feet), or Pork bones ( some people call them soup bones). You can ask your local Butcher or meat shop for the bones.

As you can see I made mine with larger beef bones. Prior to preparing your bone broth for canning or freezing, be sure to remove all the bones. I strain my broth after cooking so all the small bits of vegetables and bones are removed. Using your pressure cooker or instant pot you can make chicken broth or beef bone broth at a fraction of the time because it's cooked with high pressure. If you don't have an instant pot you can make this on a stove top, it just takes longer.

What are the best bones I should use to make beef bone broth

You can use a variety of bones from your local butcher shops but for making beef bone broth, the best beef bones to use are those meaty bones that are full of connective tissue, such as knuckle bones, oxtail, and feet. Marrow bones (bone marrow) are also great for adding flavor and providing fats that boost nutrition. You can also mix and match different types of bones, such as short ribs or neck bones, to create a unique flavor and texture in your bone broth. Regardless of the type of bones you use, they will all provide a delicious and nutritious bone broth that will be sure to please.

Does pressure cooking ruin bone broth?

It is a common misconception that pressure cooking will ruin the bone broth due to a higher temperature than traditional cooking. However, this is not true. Pressure cooking actually helps to retain the nutrients in the broth more effectively than traditional methods, and it can be done in as little as 4 hours. This makes it a safe and efficient way to make delicious and nutritious bone broth.

Can you overcook bone broth in a pressure cooker?

Yes, it is possible to overcook bone broth in a pressure cooker. Boiling the chicken for too long can result in a bitter taste, so it's important to keep an eye on your time. Lower-end cookers can cost more than a starter home and can be found in higher fine dining establishments, but the risk of overcooking is still present. While it's not as striking an issue as overcooking the chicken itself, the resulting product might be affected if the pressure cooker is not monitored carefully. There's a balance point here between the speed of cooking and avoiding bitterness, and the pressure cooker can be an effective tool when used properly.


Why do you need apple cider vinegar in bone broth?

Apple cider vinegar is an important ingredient in bone broth for a number of reasons. First, it helps to break down the connective tissues and collagen in the bones, which is essential for producing a flavorful and nutrient-rich broth. Additionally, apple cider vinegar adds acidity to the broth, which helps to draw out more minerals from the bones. Finally, as bones are a place where an organism can store many harmful substances, apple cider vinegar can help neutralize these toxins and reduce their presence in the final product. All in all, apple cider vinegar is an invaluable part of the bone broth making process and should not be skipped when creating your next batch.

Do you throw away the fat from bone broth?

Skimming off the fat from bone broth is important for getting a delicious and high-quality final product. If you plan on making a gourmet pan sauce with your bone broth, removing the fat first can help keep your sauce from splitting. For best results, skim the fat off after the first two to three hours of boiling. This fat can be frozen and saved until you have enough to follow a recipe for up to six servings. If you don't have enough fat saved, it is best to discard it. Using a thin flat spatula, slowly slide it across the bowl of broth, trying your best to remove only the fat. This will ensure that you get a flavorful and nutritious broth every time!


What are the health benefits of instant pot beef bone broth

Beef bone broth is an incredibly nutritious food that has a range of health benefits. It is high in protein and contains a variety of minerals, vitamins, and amino acids that can help build and strengthen bones. Additionally, it contains small amounts of the amino acid glycine which may promote relaxation and restorative sleep. The benefits of bone broth can also help restore gut health, support immune system function, and protect the joints. You'll also get natural collagen. For these reasons, beef bone broth is an excellent food to include in your diet for overall good health. You can use your homemade broth in soups. I always set some gelatinous bone broth aside to freeze my souper cubes.

How Long will Beef Bone Broth Last?

Store-bought beef bone broth can last up to 3-5 years if unopened and stored properly. Once opened, it should be refrigerated and used within 5 days. Homemade beef bone broth is more perishable and should be used within 3-4 days of being made. To ensure the broth remains safe for consumption, it is important to store the broth in an airtight container ( I use mason jars) in the refrigerator. If you plan on using the broth for a few days, it is best to store them in ice cube trays or silicone molds and then transfer the beef broth cubes to a freezer bag for long-term storage. You can make a big batch of bone broth at once and just freeze it all if you like.


How to make homemade bone broth in the Instant Pot?

One of the traditional uses for pressure cookers is to make homemade bone broth and homemade stocks. Now that we can use the Instant Pot to make bone broths, there's no need for expensive organic bone broths from the store.

This pressure cooker bone broth recipe is easy and actually a great starter recipe with great flavor if you are new to using the Instant Pot, and aren't yet comfortable making full meals in it quite yet. Just make sure you pay attention to the max fill line of your instant pot. I love this recipe because I don't have to get out and use my baking sheet, large bowl or any other kitchen gadgets. I simply only have to wash my electric pressure cooker.

Pro Tip: Make sure you don't use too much water or you won't get that gelatinous broth (liquid gold) . But some people prefer a more liquid broth. Also once your broth is gelled and cooled, make sure you skim the fat layer off the top and throw it away. You don't want to eat that.

One thing I like to do is save all my veggie scraps in a big baggie and freeze them and then pull them out when it's time to make bone broth. You can find the recipe via our recipe card below.

What You Need:

  • 2 – 3 pounds Bones, I used Beef
  • 1 Sweet Onion, Peeled/Cut In Half ( do not use the onion skin)
  • 4 Carrots , Peeled/Whole
  • 1 Red Delicious Apple
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Celery Stalks
  • 6 garlic cloves, Peeled/whole
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 1 Gallon Cold Water, Filtered or Bottled. ( there are 16 cups of water in a gallon)
  • You can also add bay leaves if you want. Some people also like to add a little lemon juice.

We hope this article has provided you with a better understanding of bone broth and how to make it in an Instant Pot or slow cooker. If you have any questions or would like to share your own experience making bone broth, please feel free to leave a comment below. Stay tuned and subscribe as we will be talking about how to make Chicken Bone Broth next with a whole chicken. We'd love to hear from you!


Yield: 16 cups



Make your own homade Bone Broth in the Instant Pot! This recipe uses beef bones but you can use any you wish.


  • 2 - 3 pounds Bones, I used Beef
  • 1 Sweet Onion, Peeled/Cut In Half
  • 4 Carrots , Peeled/Whole
  • 1 Red Delicious Apple
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Celery Stalks
  • 6 cloves Garlic, Peeled/whole
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Whole Peppercorns
  • 1 Gallon Water, Filtered or Bottled.


  1. Add the Bones, onion, carrots, apple, vinegar, celery, and garlic to the Instant Pot.  
  2. Pour the water over the bones and vegetables until you reach the MAX measurement on the side of the Pot.  
  3. Sprinkle the water with the Garlic salt, seasoned salt, and pepper corns, Stir.
  4. Place the lid on the Pot until it beeps and locks. Press the MANUAL setting, and set it for 120 Minutes. Allow the Instant Pot to build and release the pressure automatically - DO NOT release pressure!  
  5. Once the Instant Pot has finished cooking the Broth, it will beep and go to KEEP WARM, or OFF.  
  6. Make sure the Pressure valve is down, and with a Pot Holder, turn the vale from SEALING to VENTING, to make sure all pressure has been release before opening the Pot. Remove the lid to the Instant Pot, and stir the Broth to mix well.  
  7. Allow the Pot to completely cool, and cover and place in refrigerator overnight.  
  8. After the broth has chilled overnight, fat will be at the top. Skim and discard with spoon.
  9. Pour or Ladle Broth into containers of choice, and refrigerate immediately.
  10. Use Broth within 48 hours, or freeze. You can also heat and drink the Broth for a healthy drink. Just heat in the microwave, and enjoy!


NOTE: You can use Broth to make soup, or stew. You can also use Broth to make Rice dishes, Potato dishes, and other recipes where broth is called for.

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 22Sodium 315mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 2g

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