Beef Stroganoff is a creamy beef dinner usually served over buttered egg noodles. This version can be made in the Instant Pot or slow cooker.
Have you ever made a recipe that your family looked at and said, “No way. Not eating that.” Yup. That’s what happened here. It may not be a looker but it’s a taster. And once they tasted the creamy beef sauce over noodles they cleaned their plates.
It wasn’t a negotiating dinner if you know what I mean and quite frankly I don’t have the strength for those anymore.
WHY IS IT CALLED BEEF STROGANOFF?
The story is that a French chef who worked for a wealthy St. Petersburg family created the dish for a cooking contest in 1891. Following the Russian custom of the day, he named the prize-winning dish for his employer, Count Pavel Alexandrovich Stroganov.
BEEF STROGANOFF INGREDIENTS
- Beef – Different cuts of beef can be used for this recipe. Stew meat is used in this recipe but you can also use flank steak, sirloin, or tenderloin.
- Mushrooms – I use sliced button mushrooms but you can use bella or Cremini mushrooms.
- Onion – gives great flavor.
- Beef broth – I like to use Better than Bouillon beef base for its rich flavor.
- Seasonings – Worcestershire, Dijon mustard, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper give this some savory tones.
- Cornstarch – Thickens up the sauce a bit. Flour can be used as a substitute.
- Sour cream – Is fairly traditional and is stirred into the sauce at the end.
- Cream cheese – Not as traditional but makes it really creamy.
- Egg noodles – This dish is usually served over buttered egg noodles. Sometimes I just throw the noodles in while it’s cooking but if I’m serving later I cook them separately.
OTHER BEEF RECIPES
- Instant Pot Corned Beef
- Korean Beef
- Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
- Easy Beef Burrito Skillet
- Vaca Frita (Cuban Shredded Beef)
- Beef Enchilada Dip
- 1/2 onion sliced
- 2 lbs beef stew meat, (can also used cubed flank stake, sirloin, or beef tenderlion)
- 2 cups beef broth, (I like to use Better thank Bouillon Beef base)
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worchestershire
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- kosher salt and pepper, (about 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper)
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup sour cream
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 12 ounces egg noodles
- In the bowl of a pressure cooker (slow cooker instructions are below), add the onion, stew meat, beef broth, mushrooms, Dijon mustard, Worchestershire, garlic, thyme, and salt and pepper.
- Bring instant pot to pressure and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Let pressure release.
- Make a slurry with the cornstarch and a couple of tablespoons of water; stir in the pot. Stir in the sour cream and cream cheese and choose the sautee button. Cook until mixture thickens a bit. You can also add the egg noodles in at this point with the sour cream mixture if eating right away. If serving later, cook the noodles separately as they will soak up the sauce.
- Slow Cooker Instructions: Use Step 1 but cook for 6-8 hours on low. Skip to Step 3 and and the ingredients but cook on low for 30 minutes.
This recipe was delicious! So easy to make in the pressure cooker. Family loved it!
Should I let the pressure release naturally or quick release? Thanks!
Either one. I always prefer natural over quick.
I only cook for 2 people, if I only use 1 pound of beef should I only use half of the other ingredients?
Yes, halve all of the ingredients as well.
This is a really good recipe. It’s now one of our favs. Thank you!
Video would be helpful .
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I think you misread the recipe. Instead of 1 clove of garlic, it says 1 TBS. That’s equal to 6 cloves of garlic. (((Hugs))). I’ve misread recipes before. It makes for interesting results. Lol
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Wow, thank you Allison. That means so much!
What if you don’t have cornstarch?
You can use flour instead.
i don’t have an instant pot or slow cooker. what do i do?
You can simmer the beef in the broth mixture for 2-3 hours or until it’s tender.
How important is the sour cream? I love sour cream but my hubby does not! Is there a substitute or can be left out? I really love strognoff and would love to make it if I can find a replacement for the sour cream…… help!
It’s pretty traditional and gives it that creaminess.
I honestly would put it in and not tell him. With the cream cheese and the tangy zest of the Dijon, Worcestershire sauce and garlic he probably would not know the difference.
I don’t have a instant pot. Any other ways to make this recipe?
Slow Cooker instructions are included!
Seeing how I have no pressure cooker or an Instant Pot, I used ground beef;( browned & drained the excess grease) in place of the stew meat. That was the only change of ingredients I done and it was still delicious.
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Thank you so much Robin!