Instant Pot French Dip Recipe

Tender roasted, French Dip Sandwiches cooked in the Instant Pot. Piled on a crusty french roll with extra cheese, this flavorful dinner is then dipped in au jus!

French dip sandwich on a stack of plates.


Why This Recipe is Best

French Dip sandwiches are full of tender beef cooked in a rich au jus (wine broth) and served on a crusty french bread with melted cheese. 

They are hearty and meaty and flavorful. It’s pretty much sandwich heaven.

While I don’t normally use red wine when making my French Dip, I do like to occasionally use a good dark beer. However, for today’s version, I thought I would try it without alcohol, since so many of you ask for alcohol free recipes!

This is one of my many instant pot recipes that my family makes week after week!

  • Just 5 minutes to prep this recipe
  • Cooks quickly but results in a slow roasted, tender meat flavor
  • Rich au jus sauce is perfect for dipping the sandwiches into

If you are looking for an easy weeknight dinner, be sure to try our french dip sliders next!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make french dip sandwiches in the Instant Pot.
  • Chuck Roast – French dip tends to be made with a cut of meat that’s used in stews and roasts. I prefer chuck roast, but you could also use rump roast.
  • Steak Seasoning – I use McCormick’s steak seasoning mix, but any similar brand will do.
  • Minced Onion – This flavors the meat and the juice but is meant to be small so it melts in, rather than having chunks of onion.
  • Beef Stock – Good quality beef stock will make these sandwiches more flavorful. You can use low-sodium if you prefer.
  • Bread – I love using mini baguettes to slice and make my sandwiches. You can also use a regular baguette and just cut it into whatever lengths you need. A similar crusty style bread that will hold up to the juicy meat would work too.

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make french dip in the Instant Pot.
  • Step 1. Prep. Place the roast in the bottom of the pressure cooker. Top with the seasonings and minced onion
  • Step 2. Add liquid. Add beef stock. Secure the lid and move the valve to sealing.
  • Step 3. Pressure cook. Set to pressure cook for 1 hour. Allow to naturally release for 20 minutes, then do a quick release and open the lid.
  • Step 4. Shred. Remove the beef and slice or shred it. Save the liquid and use as au jus for dipping the sandwiches into.
French dip sandwiches on a baking sheet to melt cheese in oven.

Step 5. Assemble. Assemble the sandwiches by piling the meat onto the baguette or french roll and top with provolone cheese.

Broil if desired and then serve with the au jus for dipping. Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

  • This makes A LOT of beef, so be ready to serve a crowd.
  • This recipe was tested in a 6-quart Instant Pot. You’ll need to make sure your cut of beef will fit in your Instant Pot.
  • You can swap in 1 cup of red wine or a very dark beer in place of 1 cup of the beef stock to add an extra layer of flavor.
  • You can shred the cooked beef with two forks – it should be very tender and come apart easily – or you can slice it with a knife. Whichever way you prefer!
  • Provolone cheese is classic for these sandwiches, but you could also swap in some cheddar cheese if you prefer.
  • Serving suggestions: I highly recommend this Hashbrown Casserole recipe. It’s pure comfort food. Our Ritz Cracker Mac and Cheese is also a wonderful side dish to serve with French Dips. Or make this Copycat Panera Mac and Cheese in minutes!
French dip sandwiches dipped in au jus.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make French Dip in the slow cooker?

Absolutely. Check out my Slow Cooker French Dip Sammies recipe for my easy and delicious version. Whichever route you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

How do I store leftovers?

Leftover French Dip meat, once cooled, can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.
You can even use some of the leftover meat and make yummy French Dip Sliders. The original recipe calls for deli meat, but it’s equally good with the real stuff!

Can I freeze French Dip meat?

Yes, it freezes great! Place the shredded meat, once cooled, along with some au jus sauce in a freezer-safe ziplock bag. Label and date it and freeze for up to 4-5 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

French dip sandwich with melted cheese.

More Dinner Recipes

Instant Pot French Dip

4.71 from 17 votes
By: Aimee
Tender roasted, French Dip Sandwiches cooked in the Instant Pot. Piled on a crusty french roll with extra cheese, this flavorful dinner is then dipped in au jus!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 8 sandwiches

Ingredients 

  • 4 pound chuck roast
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon steak seasoning mix
  • 1 ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 ½ cup beef stock
  • french bread and provolone cheese for sandwiches

Instructions 

  • Place roast in bottom of pressure cooker. Top with seasonings and beef stock. Secure lid and move valve to sealing.
  • Start pressure cooker on manual or pressure cook for 60 minutes. Allow to naturally release an additional 20 minutes.
  • Once timer is done, quick release and open lid. Remove beef and slice or shred. Save liquid and use for dipping sandwiches (au jus).
  • To assemble sandwiches, place french dip meat on french roll and top with provolone cheese. If desired, heat under broiler for a few minutes to crisp bread and melt cheese. Dip in au jus and enjoy.

Notes

  • This makes A LOT of beef, so be ready to serve a crowd.
  • This recipe was tested in a 6-quart Instant Pot. You’ll need to make sure your cut of beef will fit in your Instant Pot.
  • You can swap in 1 cup of red wine or a very dark beer in place of 1 cup of the beef stock to add an extra layer of flavor.
  • You can shred the cooked beef with two forks – it should be very tender and come apart easily – or you can slice it with a knife. Whichever way you prefer!
  • Provolone cheese is classic for these sandwiches, but you could also swap in some cheddar cheese if you prefer.
  • Serving suggestions: I highly recommend this Hashbrown Casserole recipe. It’s pure comfort food. Our Ritz Cracker Mac and Cheese is also a wonderful side dish to serve with French Dips. Or make this Copycat Panera Mac and Cheese in minutes!
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwich, Calories: 554kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 58g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g, Trans Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 188mg, Sodium: 1203mg, Sugar: 1g
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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Posted on August 9, 2023

Comments & Reviews

  1. Hi, if I double the recipe, should I double the time? I have an 8quart pot. I always cook for a crowd!

  2. These are the most delicious sandwiches I’ve ever had in my life, they are incredible! We make them every week and for get togethers and everyone raves about them. 5 stars all the way!!

  3. I made this with a 3 lb chuck. Followed time and all.shredded and meat is very tough. Any way to make it tender at this time.

  4. I followed this exactly as it said and my 3lb chuck roast is tough and not falling apart at all. What did I do wrong?

  5. Such a great recipe, I can’t wait to make these sandwiches again. I think that I might make them for the Super Bowl! 

  6. I love making French Dip and, now that I have an Instant Pot, I’ll have to try your recipe in place of my crockpot version. It looks totally delicious and perfect for my upcoming Super Bowl party.

    1. It does not, because people like my husband like JUST the meat, and there are so many varieties of rolls to consider…..

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