A healthy take on the classic Mississippi Pot Roast recipe, this Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast skips all the packets and uses all “clean ingredients” for a healthy family meal you can feel good about serving.
Healthy Pot Roast Recipe
Have you tried Mississippi Pot Roast before?
It is the perfect pot roast recipe: rich, unctuous, melt-in-your-mouth meat with a slightly spicy kick and unbelievable flavor. It is the perfect example of how acidity should play into savoury recipes, and it makes delicious leftovers, too!
However, as much as I love Mississippi Pot Roast, I’m generally not a fan of recipes that require tons of pre-packaged products and a traditional Mississippi Pot Roast calls for a packet of onion soup mix, a packet of ranch dip seasoning, and a packet of au jus gravy seasoning. Even if you’re totally okay with all of the ingredients in those products, they still add up to way too much sodium for me to feel good about serving my family.
So, after perfecting my Clean Eating Onion Dip recipe and also making my own Ranch Seasoning, making a healthier and cleaner Mississippi Pot Roast was a no-brainer!
As a bonus, this recipe ends up being super low carb so if you’re eating low carb or will be entertaining friends who are, this recipe is perfect. It feels like a cheat meal but it comes in at only 1g net carb per 6 oz serving!
And can we take a minute to talk about that out of this world gravy? It’s honestly one of my favorite things EVER. Just looking at pictures of it now makes my mouth water – it is so incredibly delicious. Honestly, even if you’re not really digging the idea of pot roast, you need to make this recipe just so you can taste that gravy.
Of course, you can prepare this recipe in your slow cooker or in the oven, however I’m obsessed with my Instant Pot so I developed this recipe with my trusty pressure cooker in mind.
What Cut of Meat Should I Use for Mississippi Pot Roast?
Ideally, you want a good cut of beef with some marbling. Some people are very opinionated – chuck roast vs brisket – but the instant pot really is a great equalizer and I find that no matter what you use, you will end up with tender, delicious pot roast. (Dare I say it? Just get whatever is on sale!)
What to Serve with Mississippi Pot Roast
While my daughter and I tend to go simple and just enjoy our Instant Pot Pot Roast with a helping of mashed potatoes, I thought I’d collect a few different side dish ideas for you.
In general, you don’t want anything acidic because the meat and gravy already have a good hit of that (from the pepperoncini peppers) and any more would be overkill.
Side Dish Ideas:
- Irish Mashed Potatoes
- Mashed Cauliflower
- Pretzel Rolls
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Roasted Garlic Potatoes
This Instant Pot Healthy Mississippi Pot Roast is one of my favorite recipes that I’ve shared here on Sugar, Spice and Glitter and I hope your family loves it as much as my family does!
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Instant Pot Roast Ingredients
- 2 Tablespoon olive oil or butter
- 1 3-4lb pot roast
- 1/4 cup butter
- 6-10 pepperoncini peppers, plus 2 Tablespoons or more of juice
- 3 teaspoons parsley
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder. optional
- 1 Tablespoon dehydrated onion
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup beef broth or water, as needed
- 2-3 Tablespoons cornstarch, optional
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Tip: you can replace the seasonings called for in this recipe with a package of ranch seasoning and a package of onion soup mix..
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Instant Pot
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Sharp knife
How to Make Mississippi Pot Roast in the Instant Pot
Rub the pot roast with a generous amount of salt and pepper.
Place the 2 Tablespoons olive oil or butter in the instant pot and select the saute setting.
When the pot is hot and butter is melted, sear the pot roast on each side, approximately 2-3 minutes on each side until well browned.
Turn off the IP. Add all seasonings on top of the roast, followed by the pepperoncini peppers and pepper juice.
If your pot roast didn’t give off a lot of juice, add the beef broth or water, followed by the 1/4 cup butter.
Seal the IP and select the meat/stew setting for 55 minutes. Natural or quick release.
To make gravy, whisk the cornstarch into the pot roast juices until a thick gravy forms.
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This Instant Pot Pot Roast recipe has the perfect balance of flavors and absolutely melts in your mouth – and with our healthy version, it’s a recipe you can feel good about serving to your family.