Easy Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

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Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches is a great recipe for an easy weeknight dinner. The tender beef, sautéed onions, and melty provolone cheese come together to create a symphony of flavors, all complemented by rich au jus sauce for dipping.

Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

The Best French Dip Sandwiches

Have you ever stumbled upon a recipe that seemed too good to be true, only to discover it’s actually the real deal? That’s exactly what I found with this Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches recipe. From the first time I tried my hand at it, it was clear there was something special about this dish. The ease of preparation is a big selling point; imagine combining a handful of basic ingredients in your new pressure cooker and then, with a bit of excitement and anticipation, waiting for that tender roast beef to be perfectly cooked in way less time than your slow cooker. 

Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches have become a family favorite and are on regular meal rotation in our home. It’s time I share this gem with you. Imagine tender beef, melted provolone cheese, and a savory au jus – all coming together in a fraction of the time it would take in a traditional slow cooker. The Instant Pot has become my favorite cooking method for beef roasts, and making elaborate meals like these French Dip Sandwiches is astonishingly simple. Trust me, this is a game-changer for anyone looking for delicious, easy dinner recipes that impress every time. 

Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

What you’ll love about Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches:

  • Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches offer gourmet-level dining with effortless preparation. 
  • A versatile recipe that caters to varying tastes, perfect for quick and delightful dinners. 
  • The Instant Pot significantly reduces cooking time, making it an easy weeknight meal for busy families. 
Ingredients for Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

Ingredients for Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

  • 2-3 lb beef roast: The star for your tender and juicy French dip sandwiches. A chuck roast or rump roast works wonderfully for that melt-in-your-mouth texture. 
  • 4 cups beef broth: This is essential for cooking the beef to perfection in the instant pot, creating a deliciously flavorful au jus sauce for dipping. 
  • 1 pkg onion soup mix & 1 pkg au jus gravy mix: These add depth and richness to the broth, ensuring your au jus sauce is packed with flavor. 
  • 6 hoagie rolls: The vessel for your sandwich. Feel free to substitute with crusty French baguettes for a classic touch. You can use any type of sandwich buns. 
  • 4 tbsp butter & 1 tbsp garlic powder: Spread and sprinkle on your rolls before broiling, giving them that irresistible garlic butter finish. 
  • 12 slices of provolone cheese: Melty provolone rounds off each sandwich perfectly. Swiss cheese is also a great choice for these sandwiches.
  • 1 cup sliced onions: Sautéed in olive oil until soft and caramelized, adding a slight sweetness to your sandwich. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. 
  • Optional additions: A dash of steak seasoning for the roast, or a cup of red wine in the broth to add more bold flavors.

Pressure Cooking the Roast

  1. Begin by pouring 4 cups of beef broth into your Instant Pot to ensure the meat cooks perfectly tender.
  2. Add the package of onion soup mix and the au jus gravy mix. Stir together with a whisk.
  3. Place your beef roast in your Instant Pot. There is no need to sear it first with this recipe.  
  4. Set your Instant Pot to high pressure to tackle the tough connective tissues in the roast, transforming it into tender beef ideal for your sandwiches. 
  5. Adjust the cooking time according to the size of your roast – generally, a cook time of around 90-100 minutes is adequate for a 2-3 lb beef roast. 
  6. Once the cooking cycle completes, use the natural release method for about 20 minutes to let the roast rest, which helps retain its juicy flavors. This approach allows the remaining pressure to slowly dissipate without drying out the beef. After 20 minutes, switch to a quick release.
  7. After releasing the pressure, carefully remove the beef from the Instant Pot. Then, with a couple of forks, proceed to shred the meat, making it ready to pile high on your garlic powder-sprinkled, buttered hoagie rolls topped with melty provolone cheese.

Sauté the Onions

  1. Slice the onions thinly to ensure they cook evenly and become perfectly tender. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut each onion into fine strips. This step is crucial for achieving the right texture in your sauteed onions. 
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until it’s shimmering but not smoking. The olive oil not only adds flavor but also prevents the onions from sticking to the bottom of the pan. 
  3. Add the sliced onions to the skillet, stirring them into the hot oil. Spread them out evenly across the pan to ensure they all have space to saute. 
  4. Season the onions with salt and black pepper, adjusting the amount to your preference. The seasoning is simple but essential, enhancing the natural sweetness of the onions as they cook. 
  5. Continue to cook onions until they are softened and reach a golden brown color. Then remove from heat and set aside.

Prepping the Sandwich Rolls

  1. First, preheat your broiler on the low setting to get it ready for the hoagie rolls. You’ll want it hot and raring to go to achieve that perfectly melted provolone cheese that’s essential for any good French Dip Sandwich. 
  2. Next, spread a generous amount of butter on each side of the hoagie rolls. This not only adds flavor but also helps in getting that golden, crisp texture on the bread. 
  3. Then, lightly sprinkle garlic powder over the buttered rolls. Garlic powder gives that extra punch of flavor, transforming your ordinary sandwich into an extraordinary one. 
  4. Layer with slices of provolone cheese, ensuring the cheese covers the bread for that gooey, melty goodness in every bite. 
  5. Finally, place the prepared rolls under the broiler for a few minutes. Keep a close eye on them; it only takes a couple of minutes to melt the cheese to perfection and lightly toast the rolls.
Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

Preparing the Au Jus Sauce

I’m going to be honest with you. Most of the time we dip the Au Jus Sauce directly out of the Instant Pot into serving cups. However, if you want to make a more concentrated sauce, here’s how to do it:

  1. Begin by transferring the cooking liquid from the Instant Pot into a saucepan, ensuring you capture all the flavorful bits from the bottom of the pot. 
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and allow the liquid to simmer for a few minutes to concentrate the flavors. 
  3. Taste the au jus and adjust the seasoning with additional salt, black pepper, or soy sauce according to your preference. 
  4. If you prefer a less fatty sauce, let the au jus cool slightly, then use a spoon to skim off any excess fat that rises to the surface. 
  5. To serve, ladle the au jus into individual dip-sized sauce cups, ensuring each guest has their own for dipping their sandwich. 

Final Touches and Serving

Now it’s time to assemble these scrumptious Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches! 

  1. First, take your tender beef and layer this juicy meat generously atop the golden, crusty bread that’s been lavished with that melty provolone cheese, adding a luxurious melt-in-your-mouth texture. 
  2. Next, crown your creation with a generous helping of those beautifully sautéed onions, their sweetness enhanced by just a dash of salt and black pepper. 
  3. But the pièce de résistance? Serving these hearty sandwiches with cups of the rich au jus sauce on the side, a flavorful finale that’s been crafted from the cooking liquids, adjusted to perfection. It’s this dipping sauce that transforms a great sandwich into an unforgettable experience, making sure that each bite oozes with flavor.

So, gather around the table, dip in, and watch as these Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches become an instant family favorite. 

Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

What to serve with French Dip Sandwiches

To be honest, I normally don’t serve anything with these sandwiches. They are so hearty and filling that most of our family members are completely satisfied with the sandwiches alone. However, if you have some hungry teens in your household, you might want to add a side dish. Here are some great options to pair with French Dip Sandwiches.

  • Sweet Potato Fries: The sweetness of these fries pairs perfectly with the savory flavors of your Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches. A light sprinkle of sea salt and you’re set for a delightful contrast. 
  • Crisp Green Salad: Opt for a simple, light salad to balance out the richness of the sandwich. Toss together some fresh greens, cherry tomatoes, and a light vinaigrette for a refreshing side. 
  • Seasoned Wedge Potatoes: These are a heartier option, but when seasoned well with herbs and a hint of garlic powder, they’re a comforting complement to the tender beef and melty provolone cheese. 
  • A Bag of Chips: The classic companion to any sandwich, and a great option for busy weeknight dinners. 
  • Tater Tots or French Fries: Another super easy option is to pick up a bag of frozen fries or tater tots to serve with your French Dip Sandwiches. 
  • Macaroni and Cheese: Another beloved comfort food that will complement just about any dinner.
  • Veggies and Dip: A lighter option and a fun way to get more veggies in your diet. My Creamy Jalapeño Dip is a great option!
Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches is the kind of meal that appeals to both the young ones and the adults in the family, making it a perfect recipe for any occasion. Whether it’s a casual Sunday dinner, a hearty meal after a long day, or a special gathering, these Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches are sure to impress. 

And, if you’re anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for easy dinner recipes that don’t compromise on taste. This dish checks all the boxes and then some. With its straightforward recipe steps and a cooking time that doesn’t keep you waiting, it’s a game-changer for busy weeknights. This recipe has quickly become a family favorite in my home and I’m confident it will in yours too. So, the next time you’re looking for that perfect meal to delight your loved ones, remember the magic of Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches. 

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Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches
Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

Easy Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

Melisha Kreppein
Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches is a great recipe for an easy weeknight dinner. The tender beef, sautéed onions, and melty provolone cheese come together to create a symphony of flavors, all complemented by rich au jus sauce for dipping.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 516 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 lb beef roast
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 pkg onion soup mix
  • 1 pkg au jus sauce mix
  • 6 hoagie rolls or sandwich roll of your choice
  • 4 tbsp butter softened
  • 12 slices provolone cheese or Swiss cheese
  • 1 med onion thinly sliced

Instructions
 

Cooking the Roast

  • Begin by pouring 4 cups of beef broth into your Instant Pot.
  • Add the package of onion soup mix and the au jus gravy mix. Stir together with a whisk.
  • Place your beef roast in your Instant Pot. There is no need to sear it first with this recipe.  
  • Set your Instant Pot to high pressure. Adjust the cooking time according to the size of your roast – generally, 90-100 minutes is adequate for a 2-3 lb beef roast. 
  • Once the cooking cycle completes, use the natural release method for about 20 minutes. Then switch to a quick release.
  • After releasing the pressure, carefully remove the beef from the Instant Pot. Then, with a couple of forks, proceed to shred the meat.

Sauté the Onions

  • Slice the onions thinly.
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sliced onions to the skillet, stirring them into the hot oil. Spread them out evenly across the pan to ensure they all have space to saute. 
  • Season the onions with salt and black pepper, adjusting the amount to your preference. 
  • Continue to cook onions until they are softened and reach a golden brown color. Then remove from heat and set aside.

Preparing the Rolls

  • First, preheat your broiler on the low setting.
  • Next, spread a generous amount of butter on each side of the hoagie rolls.
  • Then, lightly sprinkle garlic powder over the buttered rolls.
  • Layer top and bottom rolls with slices of provolone cheese.
  • Finally, place the prepared rolls under the broiler for a few minutes. Keep a close eye on them; it only takes a couple of minutes to melt the cheese to perfection and lightly toast the rolls.

Preparing the Au Jus

  • Begin by transferring the cooking liquid from the Instant Pot into a saucepan, ensuring you capture all the flavorful bits from the bottom of the pot. 
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat and allow the liquid to simmer for a few minutes to concentrate the flavors. 
  • Taste the au jus and adjust the seasoning with additional salt, black pepper, or soy sauce according to your preference. 
  • If you prefer a less fatty sauce, let the au jus cool slightly, then use a spoon to skim off any excess fat that rises to the surface. 
  • To serve, ladle the au jus into individual dip-sized sauce cups, ensuring each guest has their own for dipping their sandwich. 

Assembling the French Dip Sandwiches

  • First, take your tender beef and layer this juicy meat generously atop the golden, crusty bread.
  • Next, crown your creation with a generous helping of those beautifully sautéed onions.
  • Serve these hearty sandwiches with cups of the rich au jus sauce on the side.

Notes

What to serve with French Dip Sandwiches

  • Sweet Potato Fries: The sweetness of these fries pairs perfectly with the savory flavors of your Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches. A light sprinkle of sea salt and you’re set for a delightful contrast. 
  • Crisp Green Salad: Opt for a simple, light salad to balance out the richness of the sandwich. Toss together some fresh greens, cherry tomatoes, and a light vinaigrette for a refreshing side. 
  • Seasoned Wedge Potatoes: These are a heartier option, but when seasoned well with herbs and a hint of garlic powder, they’re a comforting complement to the tender beef and melty provolone cheese. 
  • A Bag of Chips: The classic companion to any sandwich, and a great option for busy weeknight dinners. 
  • Tater Tots or French Fries: Another super easy option is to pick up a bag of frozen fries or tater tots to serve with your French Dip Sandwiches. 
  • Macaroni and Cheese: Another beloved comfort food that will complement just about any dinner.
  • Veggies and Dip: A lighter option and a fun way to get more veggies in your diet. My Creamy Jalapeño Dip is a great option!

Nutrition

Calories: 516kcalCarbohydrates: 29.2gProtein: 35.3gFat: 28.1gSaturated Fat: 16.2gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 1863mgPotassium: 503mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 4.6gCalcium: 505mgIron: 10mg
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