Who doesn't love the warming aroma and comforting taste of a rich goulash? This traditional dish hailing from Hungary is a go-to for many winter nights, but did you know that your trusty Instant Pot can make it even more convenient and flavorful? Today, we're taking a deep dive into creating an Instant Pot goulash that's not just easy, but truly delicious.

Instant Pot Goulash

Instant Pot goulash combines the best of both worlds – the leisurely simmered depth of flavor and the convenience of modern cooking techniques. It's an ideal recipe for Instant Pot users who crave a homemade meal but are short on time. If you're a home cook looking for your next Instant Pot adventure, this post is for you.


For the Goulash:

  • 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional but highly recommended)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef broth or stock
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For Thickening (Choose One):

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (for a classic, non-gluten-free version)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 3 tablespoons water (for a gluten-free option)

For the Noodles:

  • 1 pound egg noodles or spaetzle

Optional Garnishes:

  • Sour cream
  • Chopped parsley
  • Slices of crusty bread, for serving

Allergen-Friendly Substitutions:

  • Use vegetable stock instead of beef for a vegetarian version.
  • Substitute the beef with diced potatoes and extra vegetables for a vegan alternative.


  1. Start by preparing your ingredients. Chop the onions, mince the garlic, and cut the beef into cubes if you haven't already.
  2. In a small bowl, mix your thickening agent of choice with the corresponding amount of water for a slurry. Set aside.
  3. Measure the remaining goulash ingredients and ensure everything is within arm's reach for the cooking process.

Cooking Instructions

  1. Turn the Instant Pot to the "Sauté" setting and add the vegetable oil. Once hot, add the onions and cook until soft, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the minced garlic, beef cubes, sweet paprika, and caraway seeds to the pot. Stir to combine and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Pour in the beef broth and add the tomato paste. Stir well, ensuring to dissolve the paste into the liquid.
  4. Cancel the "Sauté" function. Close the Instant Pot lid, set the valve to the sealing position, and select the "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" setting for 30 minutes at high pressure.
  5. Once the cooking time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for at least 10 minutes. Then, carefully switch the valve to the venting position to release any remaining pressure.
  6. Open the Instant Pot and select the "Sauté" function again. Stir in the slurry (thickening agent mixture) and the Worcestershire sauce if using.
  7. Allow the goulash to simmer and thicken for a few minutes until it reaches your desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
  8. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.

Serving Suggestions

  1. Goulash is traditionally served over egg noodles or spaetzle. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions and serve them alongside or under the goulash in a deep bowl.
  2. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chopped parsley for a classic touch.
  3. Pair your goulash with slices of crusty bread to soak up all the delicious sauce.
  4. For a heartier meal, add a side of steamed vegetables or a light green salad to balance the meal.

Safety Tips

  • Always ensure the sealing ring on your Instant Pot is properly placed and that the valve is set to the sealing position before cooking under pressure to avoid steam leaks.
  • Be cautious when releasing the pressure manually, as hot steam can cause burns.
  • Avoid overfilling the Instant Pot. There are recommended maximum fill levels to prevent clogging the vent and ensure proper cooking.


With your Instant Pot and this guide in hand, you're all set to make a perfect bowl of goulash. The tender beef, aromatic spices, and thick, savory sauce make it a wonderfully comforting meal for any time of the year. Don't forget to share your goulash-making adventures with us, and most importantly, enjoy every spoonful of this hearty classic.

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