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Instant Pot Venison Roast

This Instant Pot Venison Roast recipe is perfect for cold winter days. This hearty roast is cooked with onions, potatoes, and carrots for a complete, comforting meal with fall-apart-tender meat that melts in your mouth. Thanks to just a handful of ingredients, the dish is packed with flavor, making it easy to enjoy any night of the week! This recipe takes only 1 hour to cook, and by the end, your plate will be filled with yummy veggies, a beautifully tender fall apart roast, and perfectly seasoned gravy!
4.95 from 37 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 12 mins
Total Time 1 hr 27 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 341 kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 2-3 pound venison roast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon Italiano seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 5 potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water


  • Sear: Add olive oil to the pressure cooker. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting for 10 minutes and brown the roast in a bit of olive oil on all sides. It will take about 2-3 minutes in one spot for it to brown. Next, flip the roast around to brown all sides. Don't skip this step! It adds great flavor and helps the juices stay in the meat.
  • Season: Once the roast is browned, add sliced onions, garlic, and beef broth to the instant pot. Scrape off any bits of meat that might have stuck to the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Sprinkle paprika, Italiano seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, sea salt, and pepper on the roast.
  • Pressure cook: Place the lid on the instant pot and turn the valve to sealing. Select Manual or Pressure Cook and set the cooking time for 60 minutes on high pressure.
  • Add the vegetables: After the timer is up, let the pressure cooker naturally release. Remove the lid and add diced potatoes and carrots around the roast. Use a spoon to push the vegetables down the best you can underneath the beef broth. Place the lid back on the instant pot and close the valve. Set the timer for 12 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes, then manually release the rest of the pressure.
  • Make the gravy and serve: Remove the lid and remove the venison roast and vegetables to a serving platter. Slice or pull apart the roast as desired. Turn on the saute function and thicken the gravy. I prefer to use 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of cold water to thicken the gravy, whisking it constantly as I pour it in the remaining juices. Continue to whisk until gravy is thickened. Taste the gravy and adjust seasoning as desired.
  • Serve the roast with potatoes, carrots, and gravy.
  • Enjoy!