French Dip Sandwiches are a sweet and savory, delicious gift from heaven. I can’t describe it any other way. Biting into the toasted, crispy, buttered bread, and getting a taste of the unbelievably juicy meat, covered in melted cheese, is a food experience like no other! Every time you dip the sandwich in the au jus and take a bite, your tastebuds will be delighted!

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First Time Making French Dip Sandwiches in the Instant Pot

My husband Ryan first made French Dip Sandwiches for us several months ago, and it was love at first taste for every single one of us. We all know that Ryan is the genius in our kitchen, and this time, he truly outdid himself.

We have since had the sandwiches about 3 times, and every time, when he is cooking it in the Instant Pot, there is an amazing aroma that fills the house, and as soon as the kids smell it, they literally jump for joy!

I’m not even exaggerating!

I swear my son Phillip, sits there and eats it with his eyes closed, enjoying every single last bite.

An Instant Pot french dip made with an onion beef consomme.

It is not a difficult recipe, but it has a few more ingredients than most of my other Instant Pot recipes. It is so worth the extra effort though. You will not be disappointed if you try making these, I promise.

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Before we get started, here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Prep Tools & Utensils

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Serving French Dip

This is what I used to serve these delicious sandwiches:

  • I served these sandwiches on our white Corelle plates. We have quite a large collection of these plates because we use them as our everyday plates. They’re light, durable, easy to clean and don’t take up too much space when stacked. We have lot’s of different sizes of plates and bowls. They are perfect for a large family (like mine).
  • I serve the au jus in these simple white ramekins.

How to Make French Dip Sandwiches Using the Instant Pot

Choosing the Best Cut of Meat for French Dip Sandwiches

A French Dip Sandwich is usually made with a roast beef.

But which cut of beef is best?

Since we have a large family, a premium roast is out of question. We certainly didn’t want to use up our entire grocery budget on a single meal ? We wanted a cut of meat that was both economical, flavorful and tender. We decided on a chuck roast which is very rich and flavorful but the only problem with chuck roast is that it is a tough meat. Well, thanks to the magic of the Instant Pot, this chuck roast will come out so tender that you won’t even be able to remove it from the pot without it falling part. The rich flavor and juiciness is absolutely heavenly. ?

Season the Roast

Start by seasoning the chuck roast. We usually try to get a 3 lb roast. The only thing you need to season it is salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Making french dip in the Instant Pot.

Sprinkle the spices on the meat, and rub them all in, making sure to get both sides.

Seasoning three pounds of chuck roast of a french dip recipe. Chuck roast makes for the best french dip recipe.

Brown the Roast

While you’re seasoning the roast, turn your Instant Pot to sauté. Wait for a few minutes to make sure it gets nice and hot.

Instant Pot french dip recipe.

Once the pot is hot, it’s time to brown the meat. You’ll want to get it nice and brown.

Prepping a chuck roast for french dip in the Instant Pot.

Slice an Onion

While your roast is browning, you can take that time to slice an onion. We like to use a medium, yellow onion.

Sliced onion for an easy french dip recipe.

Turn the Roast to Brown on All Sides

Make sure you turn your roast on all sides, to get it brown all over. Once it’s browned, you can remove it from the pot.

Chuck roast is the best meat for french dip.

It should look something like this:

Chuck roast is the best meat for french dip sandwiches.

Caramelize the Sliced Onions

Now, don’t be tempted to clean your pot. Don’t scrape the good stuff from the bottom. Just place your onion slices in there, and move them around until they get a nice, golden color to them. The good stuff at the bottom will come off as you mix the onions and add your liquids.

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Prepare a Delicious Au Jus

Once the onions are soft and caramelized, you can start adding the liquids that will serve as the base for the most delicious au jus. The au jus is the liquid that is served with the sandwiches and used for dipping.

First, you can add the wine. No worries, most of the alcohol cooks out of this, so it’s safe for the kiddos! Ryan likes to use sweet red table wine. He uses a local Texas brand called Llano.

Instant Pot recipe for french dip sandwiches.

Mix the wine with the onions, and let the wine stay on the heat until it reduces to about half. This takes approximately 2 minutes in a very hot pot. The onions should end up looking like the ones below.

French dip sandwiches served with a french onion beef au jus.

Next, add the soy sauce. We usually always keep a large bottle of Kikkoman in our spice cabinet.

How to make french dip in the instant pot. This chuck roast falls apart after cooking in the Instant Pot.

Then, you can add the beef stock. We love this one from Kitchen Basics.

Making french dip with au jus.

Cook the Roast in the Instant Pot

Finally, add the roast back into the pot. At this point you can cancel the sauté on the pot.

Chuck roast ready to cook in the Instant Pot.

Close your Instant Pot and set it on Manual High Pressure for 100 minutes.

Using the Instant Pot to make chuck roast sandwiches.

Once the pot beeps and it’s done pressure cooking, allow it to do a 25 minute natural pressure release (NPR). After 25 minutes, release any steam left in the pot and when the pin drops, open it and be amazed at the beauty!

A Perfectly Tender, Juicy, Flavorful Roast

We don’t attempt to take the whole roast out of the pot, since it is fall apart tender. We use some tongs to take out a piece at a time and shred it for the sandwiches.

French dip recipe for the Instant Pot.

Prepping the Perfect Bread for French Dip Sandwiches

When the meat is ready, you’ll want to prep your bread. A french baguette is the obvious choice here. Ryan brushes the inside of the bread with some melted butter. He then toasts it on the stove using an iron skillet. We love this one for doing this.

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Add the Cheese

Next, place two slices of provolone cheese on the bread. No need to melt the cheese since the hot meat on top of it will do the job for you.

How to make french dip in the Instant Pot.

Add the Meat

Load up the bread with some shredded roast and close the sandwich up.

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Serve the Au Jus and Enjoy Every Bite!

Using a ladle or large serving spoon, scoop out the juice and serve some in a ramekin for each sandwich. Sit back, dip the sandwich in the au jus and enjoy my friends! Enjoy!

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I’m telling you, you will thank me after eating one of these. They are amazing!!

Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches


This is the best Instant Pot french dip sandwich.
DifficultyBeginnerCook Time2 hrs 5 minsTotal Time2 hrs 35 mins

Ingredients

 3 lbs chuck roast
 2 tsp salt
 2 tsp ground black pepper
 ½ tsp garlic powder
 1 medium yellow onion sliced
 ½ cup sweet red wine (we use a local Texas wine)
 ½ cup soy sauce
 4 cups beef stock (unsalted)
 1 bay leaf

Directions

1

Set the Instant Pot on Sauté and allow it to warm. Place the chuck roast in the pot and brown on both sides.

2

Once the roast has browned nicely on all sides, remove (leaving the browned bits in the pot) it from the Instant Pot and set aside.

3

Add sliced onion to the Instant Pot and sauté until golden brown and caramelized.

4

Add the red wine to the onions and allow to reduce by half (usually takes 2-3 minutes)

5

Add the soy sauce and beef stock to the pot.

6

Place the chuck roast back into the pot and add one bay leaf.

7

Turn off the Sauté function, close and seal the pot and then cook on High Pressure for 100 minutes. Once the cooking time has completed, allow for a 25 minute NPR (natural pressure release). After 25 minutes carefully release any remaining pressure before opening the pot.

8

The chuck roast is ready to serve. It will fall apart as you try to remove it from the pot. I usually serve it straight from the pot, pulling pieces of meat off the roast using my metal tongs. I'll then scoop out some of the juice and serve in a small ramekin for dipping.

9

Cut a loaf of french bread in half, butter each side and toast on a skillet.

10

Add two slices of provolone cheese and serve the roast on top.

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils, and Appliances

These are some of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances that were used to make this recipe.

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Ingredients

 3 lbs chuck roast
 2 tsp salt
 2 tsp ground black pepper
 ½ tsp garlic powder
 1 medium yellow onion sliced
 ½ cup sweet red wine (we use a local Texas wine)
 ½ cup soy sauce
 4 cups beef stock (unsalted)
 1 bay leaf

Directions

1

Set the Instant Pot on Sauté and allow it to warm. Place the chuck roast in the pot and brown on both sides.

2

Once the roast has browned nicely on all sides, remove (leaving the browned bits in the pot) it from the Instant Pot and set aside.

3

Add sliced onion to the Instant Pot and sauté until golden brown and caramelized.

4

Add the red wine to the onions and allow to reduce by half (usually takes 2-3 minutes)

5

Add the soy sauce and beef stock to the pot.

6

Place the chuck roast back into the pot and add one bay leaf.

7

Turn off the Sauté function, close and seal the pot and then cook on High Pressure for 100 minutes. Once the cooking time has completed, allow for a 25 minute NPR (natural pressure release). After 25 minutes carefully release any remaining pressure before opening the pot.

8

The chuck roast is ready to serve. It will fall apart as you try to remove it from the pot. I usually serve it straight from the pot, pulling pieces of meat off the roast using my metal tongs. I'll then scoop out some of the juice and serve in a small ramekin for dipping.

9

Cut a loaf of french bread in half, butter each side and toast on a skillet.

10

Add two slices of provolone cheese and serve the roast on top.

French Dip Sandwiches [Instant Pot]

French Dip Sandwiches: An unbelievably juicy meat, covered in melted cheese served on a toasted, buttered french bread. A food experience like no other!