How to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot? Good Tips in 2021
Tri tip is a cut of beef that comes from the bottom sirloin sub primal cut. It’s also known as triangle roast, triangle steak, or cutlet. Tri tip is considered to be one of the most flavorful cuts because it’s not very tender and has a lot of fat marbling throughout the meat which makes it ideal for slow cooking methods like braising, grilling and smoking.
In this article, we will take a look at how to cook tri tip in an instant pot. Besides that, we provide some tips and guides on cooking Tri Tip in Instant Pot. Let’s read on!
1. What is tri tip?
Tri-tip is a small, boneless cut of beef that comes from the bottom sirloin sub primal cut. It’s also known as triangle roast, triangle steak, or cutlet. The tri tip steak has great flavor but lacks in tenderness because it contains quite a bit of fat marbling throughout the meat.
For many years, I thought tri tip was some sort of bait because my dad used to catch them while fishing and he would grill these for days before we could eat them. He even had earned himself the nickname “tri tip Tony” because he perfected his grilling methods over time.
However, after doing some research on tri tip steaks after work one day (and still pretty hungry!), I discovered that tri tip is actually a delicious steak cut. It’s flavorful, affordable, and super easy to cook with the help of an instant pot!
You can see how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as below.
2. What are benefits of tri tip?
The tri tip cut comes from the bottom sirloin sub primal cut. It’s similar to beef round in that it’s fairly lean with a lot of marbling. It can be pricey when not on sale, but is usually affordable compared to other cuts of steak. The tri tip is well known for grilling, but can also be slow cooked or braised in liquid in the oven or in the instant pot electric pressure cooker to make it tender and flavorful!
There are steps on how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as below.
3. What are best cooking methods for tri tip?
Because tri tip has a high fat content and lots of connective tissue, traditional cuts like flank steak and skirt steak tend to fare better with dry heat cooking methods like pan searing and grilling (although you could also try the instant pot which is what we are doing here today!).
The fat content and connective tissue make this cut ideal for braising, slow cooking, or smoking. Traditional cuts like tri tip steak tend to fare better with dry heat cooking methods like pan searing and grilling (although you could also try the Instant Pot which is what we are doing right now!)
Please refer how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as below.
4. How many type of tri tip?
There are three different grades of tri tip, all with different fat content. The two leaner options (Choice and Select) tend to be more firm in texture than the fattier (Prime). No matter which grade you purchase, it will need to first be trimmed by the butcher before cooking.
We will introduce how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as below.
5. What is Instant Pot?
Instant Pot is a programmable pressure cooker that replaces nine kitchen tools, combining an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge cooker, yogurt maker, steamer & warmer, and has functions to sauté/browning and sterilize.
6. What are benefits of Instant Pot?
Instant Pot is a 7-in-1 programmable cooker that offers the following functions: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge maker, steamer & warmer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning and food sterilizer. It saves up to 70% energy and cooks 70% faster than other kitchen appliances. Instant Pot provides customized programming so you can easily choose your favorite cooking style!
Please refer steps on how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as below.
7. What we need to consider before buying an instant pot?
Size: Most electric pressure cookers on the market are 6 quarts, which is adequate for many families. If you regularly entertain or cook large cuts of meat, consider investing in an 8-quart model.
Price: Electric pressure cookers range widely in price from about $70 to $180 depending upon size and features. Be sure to check that it has all the functions you desire before you buy!
Functions: While you can find a pressure cooker with just an on/off function, most come with different pre-programmed options such as steaming, pressure cooking and slow cooking.
Cleaning: Easy to clean if you choose a dishwasher safe pot (don’t forget to remove the rubber gasket!) but not everyone has that luxury. Some consumers like models that use removable inserts for easy cleaning by hand too.
Cooking time: Electric pressure cookers can cut cooking times by several hours. For example, while a regular roast might need to cook for 4 to 6 hours in the oven, it would be done after about an hour using this method. I’d say its definitely worth it!
There are how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as below.
8. What are best Instant Pot Tri Tip Recipes?
Instant Pot Tri-Tip Roast with Mushroom Gravy – This tender tri tip is incredibly easy to make and has the most amazing mushroom gravy ever! Butter basted, melt in your mouth deliciousness!
Grilled Tri Tip Steak – Seasoned simply with salt and pepper then grilled to perfection, this tri-tip steak recipe will be your new go-to! Such a crowd pleaser!!
Instant Pot Tri-Tip and Broccoli – An easy Instant Pot recipe for beef tri tip and broccoli. This much loved combination is cooked in a flavorful mushroom sauce to perfection!
Instant Pot Frozen Tri Tip Roast – A frozen tri tip roast that you can cook in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, with just a few minutes of your time! Easy as pie!!
9. Steps on How to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot.
Season the meat generously with salt and pepper on all sides. Turn Instant Pot to Sauté and brown each side of tri tip for a few minutes, then set aside.
Using either a wooden spoon or a plastic utensil, flip the switch from ‘Sauté’ to ‘Keep Warm/Cancel.’ Add the butter to the pot.
Once butter has melted, add onions and garlic to Instant Pot and sauté until fragrant, about 3-5 minutes. Add in dried thyme as well as bay leaves and whole peppercorns (to cook with the meat), then stir in beef broth and red wine vinegar, whisking together with a wire whisk until well combined.
Place tri tip into the pot, then pour in the liquid mixture over top of it. Cover Instant Pot and seal vent to ‘Sealing’ position, then press ‘Manual’ button and set timer for 70 minutes on High Pressure if using a thawed piece of meat or 60 minutes for frozen meat (Meat must be fully submerged in liquid while cooking).
When cook time is complete, allow Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for 20 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure by turning knob from Sealing to Venting position.
Once pin drops indicating all pressure has been released, remove lid carefully and transfer tri tip roast to platter with sliced bell pepper rings surrounding steak. Use tongs to remove bay leaves and peppercorns from the sauce.
Use a wire whisk to stir beef broth mixture, then turn Instant Pot to Sauté and bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half (about 8-10 minutes), stirring occasionally.
Add in freshly squeezed lemon juice and unsalted butter, then stir until butter has melted into sauce completely. Season with salt and pepper as desired, then pour over top of tri tip steak slices before serving if desired! Yum!
10. How do you make tri-tip tender?
You already knew how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot sa above. Now, let’s see how to make tri tip tender as below.
Basically you need to marinate it for at least 30 minutes, but no more than 24 hours. While you can season the meat any way you like, I think it is best if you use garlic salt and pepper, or garlic powder and herb de province.
The reason many people fail at making tasty tri-tip steaks is because they don’t cook them properly, so pay attention to how long each side will be on the grill; 4 minutes per side for medium rare (if using a 2 inch thick piece of meat). If your steaks are thinner, reduce cooking time to 1 minute per side.
11. What food do you serve with tri tip steak?
Tri tip steak goes perfectly with salad (with an oil and vinegar dressing), roasted vegetables or with your favorite sauce/gravy.
12. Are tri tip steaks good for you?
If you use a lean piece of meat, and don’t pan fry it in oil, then yes they are very healthy. They do contain a fair bit of fat and cholesterol and they should never be cooked at extremely high temperatures (this is what causes the “burnt” outside and the raw inside). If made correctly, this cut of beef will provide you with lots of B vitamins and iron to keep you healthy!
13. Can you overcook meat in instant pot?
I used to think that once I set the time, it meant the end of cooking. But after using my instant pot (six quarts), I realize that cooking times are approximate and depend greatly on how thick or thin you cut your meat. If you overcook, it will be tough and chewy not tender and succulent.
Please refer steps on how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as above.
14. How much liquid do you need to cook meat in an instant pot?
I’ve always wondered the same thing myself. I didn’t want to overload the instant pot, but at the same time I was afraid that too little liquid would produce a band aid taste! So for this cut of beef I used about 2 cups of beef broth and 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar. If you are cooking chicken or pork, try using water instead of beef broth as it doesn’t need any extra flavor!
15. How long do you cook 3 pounds of meat in an instant pot?
I have not found a good answer for this. Generally the rule of thumb is that you set it for 35 minutes per pound, or 17 minutes per half kilo if using an electronic pressure cooker . However, I’ve had to test both frozen and thawed meat in my six quart instant pot!
So what I usually do is press ‘manual’ and start with 35 minutes per pound, then after 10-15 minutes I check the meat. If it’s not done yet (it depends on how thick your cut of beef is), then I shut off the instant pot and open it to check again every 10 minutes until done.
Above are steps on How to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot. Now, let’s see some tips and guides on cooking Tri Tip in Instant Pot as below:
Tips and Guides on cooking Tri Tip in instant pot.
1. Some tips on cooking Tri Tip in Instant Pot.
You can see how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as above.
Remember that the cooking time is just an approximation, some are thin cuts of meat and need less time to cook than thicker cuts.
On my six quart instant pot I can fit a 2 inch thick piece of meat without overcrowding it. However, if you have a smaller pressure cooker you might need to cut your steak into two or three pieces to avoid putting too much weight on the lid!
If your steaks are frozen, set the time to 35 minutes per pound before adding in more liquid (as directed in recipe). Once you open up the pot, check for doneness; if they’re still not cooked all the way through, do not re-close your instant pot and continue cooking every 10 minutes until done.
If your steaks are thawed, set the time to 17 minutes per half kilo before adding in more liquid (as directed in recipe). Once you open up the pot, check for doneness; if they’re still not cooked all the way through, do not re-close your instant pot and continue cooking every 10 minutes until done.
For a less fatty steak please cut away any visible fat once cooked! Fat is very hard to digest and it’s unhealthy for your body too!
Tri tip steaks are good for you because of all the B vitamins and iron but like with most beef cuts it does contain cholesterol so remember that moderation is key! 7. Well cooked meat has no pink left inside or juices coming out.
If you cook your meat for too long, it will be tough and chewy! However, if you open up the pot and there is still a lot of pink in the center, close it back up and cook for another 10 minutes before checking again.
2. How many pounds can fit into an instant pot?
There are steps on how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as above.
My six quart instant pot serves around 4-5 people if we have other sides to go with it as well as vegetables because each person eats about 1 pound of beef.
I would say that you should only fill up a maximum of 3 pounds to avoid overcooking or overcrowding your instant pot which could cause it not to come to high pressure or burn the food around the sealing ring. To read more information about instant pot, visit our main site cookedrice.com
3. How do you cook frozen meat in the instant pot?
You should add the right amount of liquid when cooking thawed out meat and set it to 17 minutes per half kilo when using an electronic pressure cooker . However, if you have a smaller pressure cooker you might need to cut your steak into two or three pieces to avoid putting too much weight on the lid!
If your steaks are frozen, set the time to 35 minutes per pound before adding in more liquid (as directed in recipe). Once you open up the pot, check for doneness; if they’re still not cooked all the way through, do not re- your instant pot and continue cooking every 10 minutes until done.
There are steps on how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as above.
4. How long to cook tri tip on stove?
If you want your meat medium rare (which is how it should be), I would recommend heating up a frying pan and searing both sides of the steak for about 3 minutes each side, then transfer to the oven at 400 degree Fahrenheit for about 5-7 minutes before transferring back to the frying pan and slicing into thin strips. To learn more cooking guides, please visit our main site cookingwithfriendsclub.com.
5. Steps on How to use an Instant Pot.
Press the “Sauté” key on your instant pot which will say “Normal” or “More” depending on which setting you have it on.
Once the word changes to “Hot”, place in ghee (or oil of choice) and add in onions, garlic, ginger and chilies; sauté for about 5 minutes until fragrant (adding spices at this time).
Turn off your instant pot by pressing the cancel button then press the “Keep Warm/ Cancel Button.” This will reset your cooker so that it can come back up to pressure later on without burning out your heating element.
Add in your liquids (stock, coconut milk, curry paste) and turn the sauté key back on “Normal” or “More”.
You should be able to press the “adjust” button several times until it changes from pink to red as shown in the picture below. This tells us that our cooker is up to pressure now. In my instant pot I have it set to 16 minutes for this recipe but if you have a bigger/smaller beef roast, please adjust accordingly!
Once meats are done cooking use quick release by turning the steam-release knob from sealing to venting position so let all of the steam out slowly before taking off lid and enjoy with a side of rice !
3 lbs or more is a bit too much for my instant pot when you add in the veggies because it makes the cooking time go from 16 minutes to about 45. So I say no more than 2 lbs at a time unless your instant pot has a lot of room!
We introduce how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as above.
6. How to clean an Instant Pot?
You knew how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot. Now, let’s see how to clean it.
While the Instant Pot is running it will most likely be filled with water and some food particles (especially when you make bone broth which I highly recommend) so the pot needs to be cleaned afterwards.
Don’t worry, you don’t need any special cleaners to clean your instant pot! Here are my favorite ways of cleaning an instant pot:
Fill it up halfway with water along with 2 tbsp baking soda then press “Sauté” key on your Instant Pot until it turns into a boil; wait about 20 minutes for all of the gunk at the bottom to come off.
Once done boiling take out all of the items in your instant pot including rice/chili/bone broth and continue by rinsing a few times before pressing “Cancel.”
Fill up your pot halfway with water along with 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar and press the “Steam” key on your instant pot then set it for 1 minute to sterilize everything inside. You can repeat this as much as you want whenever your Instant Pot starts looking a bit dirty!
Use a sponge or dish rag/wash cloth to clean off any food particles remaining inside of your instant pot- there might still be some traces of rice/chili left, so don’t worry about wiping out every single thing until it’s sparkling clean. This is a really quick process once done cleaning a couple times.
Finished! Your cooker should look brand new again! While I would recommend replacing certain parts in your instant pot every few years, I have been using this same one for the past four years and it still looks brand new!
7. How to maintain an Instant Pot?
I love to make bone broth, red sauce, chili and rice in my Instant Pot; every time I use it the inner pot looks brand new due to me cleaning it right after cooking starchy food. However if you don’t feel like cleaning your instant pot that same day (or at all), here are some tips on how to maintain your instant pot for years of life:
Swap out 2 different sizes of stainless steel cooking bowls- One large bowl which can be used for making food such as rice or chili. And a smaller bowl for foods like bone broth so there is less room for error when cooking under high pressure!
My personal favorite is the 8 quart aluminum one because it’s about $10 cheaper than the stainless steel version (You can find it on Amazon here !), but if you’re looking for something that’s BPA free then go with the stainless steel version.
Use silicon mitts like these ones here ! Because there is a possibility of burning your hands while handling food after cooking it under high pressure, I use these gloves on my hand to hold down the “Cancel” button on top of my Instant Pot so food doesn’t burn me!
And they still allow me to easily grab things out of the instant pot by sliding them off first before touching any hot parts. Don’t forget to clean them afterwards because they might become dirty after some time ;).
There are additional accessories available for purchase which include different types of steaming racks to make things like cake or eggs, however I prefer using a stainless steel mesh strainer (here !) because the rack is too bulky and hard to store in my tiny kitchen cupboard!
Keep your Instant Pot up high to prevent it from getting dusty and dirty- It’s much easier for anyone (or any pet especially if you have one!) to drop something on top of it rather than reaching down underneath the kitchen cupboard every time they want to use your Instant Pot!
You can see how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as above.
You can purchase an airtight cover that allows you to stack other pots on top of your instant pot so it stays clean all of the time without being damaged by dust or dirt. There are even different colors for this airtight cover (red here !) such as pink and blue!
Instead of using a normal glass lid, there are stainless steel inserts that you can use on top of your instant pot which allows you to keep food covered longer without having any sort of water or steam loss during cooking like what normally happens when using a glass lid. They also make your Instant Pot look more modern and sleek.
If you don’t want to buy an airtight cover, then simply store the inner pot with all parts attached inside of its own box! It will help by preventing dust from settling on top easily so it’s much easier to clean before putting away for storage or if you are bringing it somewhere else temporarily since it’ll be sealed in there with no way of dirt getting on top.
If you are bringing your Instant Pot somewhere temporarily, then I would recommend bringing the power cord separately so it doesn’t get lost or damaged by being thrown around during transportation.
Use a different container to measure out water so you can wash it afterwards instead of using one of the stainless steel bowls since they’ll be hard to clean without ruining them! A Pyrex glass measuring cup (here !) is perfect for this purpose; just make sure not to heat up liquid inside of it while cooking under high pressure because that could crack the glass!
Keep an extra sealing ring on hand in case yours pops out when cleaning or if you don’t plan on using your Instant Pot for a long period of time! It’s easy to lose and always convenient to have one on standby (here !).
If you’re planning on bringing your instant pot somewhere else temporarily, then there are auxiliary cords available for purchase so you don’t have to lug the whole thing around with you! And this is perfect if someone wants to borrow it or perhaps you want them to- You can tell them exactly how it works because the same steps apply when cooking things in regular version.
Finally, a general tip would be to always read over the instruction manual carefully before using your Instant Pot even though some parts might sound or look familiar from using another appliance such as a rice cooker or stove top pressure cooker.
8. Common mistakes on cooking Tri Tip in Instant Pot.
Not using tri tip cut of beef- Tri tip is an oblong shaped cut of beef that comes from the bottom sub primal cut on the cow. It’s commonly used for making London Broil or Braised Beef dishes, but it’s also perfect for cooking in Instant Pot!
Cutting meat too thin- Don’t make your cuts too thin because they will cook faster than usual and be overdone by the time you set your pot to pressure cook (in which case they’ll become like shoe leather)!
Forgetting to season meat before cooking- If you forgot this simple step, then there won’t be any intense flavors inside after it’s cooked under high pressure; the taste will be very plain with nothing interesting about it.
You can refer steps on how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as above.
Not browning the meat enough- Browning is necessary so you get that caramelization effect on your meat before pressure cooking because there are sugars in beef which will cause the Instant Pot to turn your meat into jerky if cooked for too long! So just sear it before dumping everything else inside.
Using too much liquid- Don’t fill the pot up to the max fill line or somewhere close to it with liquid before cooking under high pressure or else you’ll have a mess on your hands since most of it will bubble out when being cooked (which is normal), but you don’t want all of that liquid dripping down onto electrical components like what happens if you use too little instead! So make sure not to pour so much.
Using too little liquid- Besides using too much, you also don’t want to use way less than the minimum amount necessary because it will burn your meat and vegetables immediately on contact with the hot stainless steel inner pot! If this does happen, then just add more water before cooking under high pressure again (putting everything back inside) or turn it into a regular version recipe.
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Not sealing lid completely- Make sure that all parts of the Instant Pot are firmly locked in place before turning it on because if one of its components isn’t sealed correctly, then steam can escape from openings where they connect which could cause some safety hazards or electric shock! This is why it’s important to make sure all parts are properly connected together.
Not cutting meat into the right size- For tri tip, you want to cut it into smaller pieces that are 1 inch thick so they cook evenly after being pressure cooked for 30 minutes at high pressure or less depending on your preference! Otherwise, if you leave it longer than recommended time, then you might accidentally overcook it and have a hunk of jerky left instead!
Adding ingredients at wrong times- Make sure not to add certain ingredients too early because that can affect how it cooks inside since some things are naturally released liquid as they are cooked which might cause other nearby elements to become soggy (like vegetables) unless pre-seared first!
So make sure everything is combined well before setting it to high pressure, and only add ingredients that need to be added after!
We introduce steps on how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as above.
Not using enough liquid- You should use at least 1 cup of liquid (maybe more if you like) before cooking because this helps make things sizzle and simmer without having them stick to the bottom of your pot; otherwise, everything will stick if you don’t properly deglaze the pot either with beef broth or water first!
Besides that, not doing so can cause burning and other issues when trying to fully cook something inside especially when making sauces or just steaming vegetables.
Forgetting about condensation- As your Instant Pot builds up steam while under pressure cooking mode, there will also be a lot condensation released too because humidity is an important part of pressure cooking to make tender food come out!
But you still have to remember about this because if there’s too much condensed water on the lid, it can drip down onto the valve and cause a blockage which prevents steam from leaving during a natural release. So make sure to wipe off any condensation that appears after pressure cooking is finished before checking valves or releasing pressure.
Not sealing venting knob tightly- If your venting knob isn’t sealed properly then steam will just keep coming out as normal instead of being controlled as desired especially for those with sensitive ears who need to cook under high pressure for longer than recommended times without interruptions!
So always close it securely so there’s no risk of scalding yourself if steam accidentally squirts out at you unexpectedly.
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Not preheating- For certain dishes or ingredients, it’s important to make sure that your Instant Pot is preheated before powering it on because some things shouldn’t be cooked inside until after the pot has been properly heated up to a certain temperature!
So take a look in your recipe for instructions about this, and always remember that having a hot Instant Pot will help cook food more efficiently without wasting electricity in the process!
Using wrong pressure release technique- The natural release technique should only be used when liquid hasn’t evaporated from inside so there won’t be any liquid left over which can cause burning if not drained off beforehand!
With this method, liquid will drip back into the valve when opening it to let steam escape, so just make sure you take care not to burn yourself if it starts spraying out unexpectedly while removing lid!
Waiting too long to open pressure release valve- When cooking something for a long time under high pressure, it’s important not to wait until your food is overcooked before releasing built up steam or else liquid will drip back into valves which can cause problems with getting proper functionality again!
So always remember to check valves every 5 minutes during cooking, and release any extra pressure quickly so things continue boiling properly inside without any problems.
Not reading manuals or instruction booklets- Since each model comes with their own unique features that aren’t present across all other models (like one pot models having rice cooking functions while not being included in pot-in-pot models), it’s always a good idea to read manuals before trying new things which might need special attention if something goes wrong!
There are usually helpful tips and shortcuts mentioned inside, so remember to take a look at them before using your new appliance for the first time.
Not using Instant Pot right away after receiving- Walkthroughs or demos of how to use appliances properly is a great way to get familiarized with their functionality, but some products require short periods of “conditioning” before they can work optimally for the first time because new products have been handled by numerous people who may have done something wrong.
While unpacking or assembling! So never turn on an IP without checking all components first, and always follow walkthroughs or manuals before getting started to avoid problems.
Not knowing when to add ingredients- When cooking certain types of food like rice, pasta, etc… it’s necessary to add certain ingredients at specific times so that they don’t become overcooked! So take a look in your recipes for information about this to prevent one ingredient from overpowering everything else and ruining the final dish that you’re making!
FAQs about cooking Tri Tip in Instant Pot.
1. Question: How long to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot at 250 degrees F?
Answer: For 1-inch thick Tri Tip Roast, use high pressure for 35 minutes in Instant Pot DUO Plus.
We guides how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as above.
2. Question: Do you sear the tri tip before cooking it?
Answer: Yes, I always sear my meat before searing in Instant Pot to get the perfect results every time! And here’s how I do it… Melt 2 tbsp butter on sauté mode in your IP, then add 1/4 cup chopped onion and 4 cloves crushed garlic when butter is melted. After that place one Tri Tip Roast (about 3 pounds), then brown for 8 min per side without flipping!
Once both sides are browned properly, turn off your IP by pressing cancel button. Now remove roast inner pot and set aside while you use the quick release method to release all built up steam. Then press sauté button again and add 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp soy sauce (low sodium), 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp fresh ground pepper, and 3 bay leaves on top of roast.
Now quickly set your IP lid in place by turning it just enough so that it’s sealed up, then lock the locks into place with cover being fully closed. Set steam release knob to “sealing” position, then press meat/stew button for 35 min! Once cooking cycle is complete, let pressure naturally release before opening lid safely.
Use tongs to remove Tri Tip Roast from pot after its done cooking so you have more control over it to avoid any spills. After that, let roast sit for 15 minutes before slicing to prevent juices from running out!
And here’s a tip… Save all those leftover juices inside pot after meat is cooked because you can use them as a cooking liquid when making rice/grains going forward so they don’t become overcooked and mushy! Now you have the perfectly juicy, tender, and delicious Tri Tip ready for your family dinner tonight!
3. Question: Do I need to marinate tri tip before pressure cooking it?
Answer: I do recommend using this easy marinade recipe here – 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (reduced), 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce (gluten free), 2 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp chopped garlic, and 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper. Pour marinade over Tri Tip Roast in a gallon ziplock bag then seal it up before placing inside fridge overnight to absorb all those amazing flavors!
There are steps on how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot as above.
4. Question: How do you cook tri tip with mushroom soup?
Answer: Make sure that your inner pot is placed on saute mode, then press cancel button after heavy steam escapes for 10 seconds (all lights should be off). Now add 2 tbsp canola oil to melt on top of outer pot, followed by 1-1/2 lbs trimmed whole mushrooms cut into quarters.
Splash broth over mushrooms first before adding remaining ingredients like 2 cans (10. oz) cream of mushroom condensed soup, 1/2 cup beef broth, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 2 bay leaves, and salt & pepper to taste. Next put your tri tip roast on top of vegetables so it’s not touching the bottom of the pot (this will prevent it from overcooking), then set IP lid in place by turning just enough to seal it up.
Now press manual button for 35 minutes! Once cooking cycle is complete, let pressure naturally release before opening lid carefully. Remove Tri Tip Roast using tongs after its done cooking before slicing into thin pieces with juices still inside that can be used as a liquid when making rice or grains going forward.
After cutting meat, pour remaining contents from pot into saucepan before placing over medium heat. Now whisk in 1/4 cup all purpose flour to thicken, then allow it to boil for 10 minutes while stirring constantly. After that, you have the perfect quick & easy gravy for Tri Tip Roast!
5. Question: How long do you cook tri tip on low heat?
Answer: In order to get the Tri Tip Roast fully cooked and tenderized, I recommend cooking it on Low heat setting for at least 8 hours or even up to 10 hours if needed. You can always use a slow cooker if you don’t want to mess with Instant Pot too! But make sure not to overcook roast.
If your meat is getting dry and tough this late into cooking process and still doesn’t seem done (read answer below), then just set pressure cooker to saute mode with lid off for 5 minutes until liquid has boiled away.
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6. Question: Tri Tip Roast still seems tough even after 10 hours of cooking on low heat, what gives?
Answer: You definitely aren’t alone because I’ve personally ran into this issue myself before… Your roast is most likely too large in size (my biggest one was 4 lbs), and you may need to cut it down otherwise it will overcook. If that’s not an option then simply cook for another hour or two to see if that helps!
Make sure you don’t accidently press manual button instead of normal (less time) during cooking process if you’re unsure 🙂 A lot goes making the perfect Tri Tip like this so I hope you enjoy!
I created this recipe because a lot of people have difficulty finding tri tip in their local area, especially because it’s not typically sold in supermarkets. I wanted you to be able to make this even if your grocery store didn’t sell it fresh (the big chain ones like Ralphs & Vons only carry it at select locations).
However, if there isn’t a dedicated butcher shop that sells tri tip then sadly you may want to think about moving or visiting family who lives in the state of California where they’re everywhere 🙂
After reading this blog post, you should have a better understanding of how to cook Tri Tip in Instant Pot. There are many different ways to do it, but the tips we’ve provided should give you some good starting points for your own cooking endeavors. We hope that these recipes help make your life easier and will be happy to answer any questions or provide additional information if needed!
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