Even though this recipe isn’t a traditional Greek Beef Roast (that one involves tomatoes and cinnamon – also delicious!), it’s full of the flavors we love, and none of them are hard to find or expensive to buy.
- Liberally salt the roast on all sides and let it come to room temperature.
- Set the Instant Pot to the Sauté setting and press Start. While it heats, rub the roast with the Greek seasoning and pepper flakes. When oil is hot (but not smoking), use tongs to lower the roast into the pot.
- Brown the meat on each side for 3-4 minutes.
- After the roast is browned, pour the lemon juice and 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot. Use a wooden spatula to scrape up any browned bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pot. This deglazing step not only ensures the spots don’t burn and trip the Error setting on the Instant Pot, but also makes sure all that flavor goes into the cooking liquid and into the roast.
- Add more water to the pot, until the roast is a little over half-submerged. Give it a good stir, then put the lid on the pot.
- Seal your Instant Pot and put it on the Manual setting. Set it to cook at High Pressure for 20 minutes per pound. After it finishes cooking, use the Quick Release Button (keeping your fingers and face far away from the vent to prevent burning) to release the pressure.
- Remove the roast to a serving plate, shred with a fork, and drizzle with the cooking liquid to keep it moist while serving. See notes for serving suggestions!
If you don’t want to make a batch of Greek Seasoning (you should, it’s so good on so many things), use this instead: 1 tsp each basil, parsley, oregano, and garlic powder, 3/4 tsp each salt, pepper, and onion powder
Serving Suggestions: We like to eat this with potatoes or rice and a big Greek-style salad. The meat is really good with tzatziki sauce. You can make a more traditional sauce like this, or make my cheater’s version (which is essentially everything but the cucumber) by stirring these together while the roast is cooking: 1 1/2 cups full-fat yogurt, 2 cloves garlic, minced, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp dried dill, and 1/2 tsp salt
Leftover Ideas: Serve leftovers on gyros, bbq sandwiches, or topping salad or baked potatoes.
- Calories: 464
- Sugar: 0g
- Sodium: 658mg
- Fat: 36g
- Saturated Fat: 13g
- Unsaturated Fat: 23g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 1g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 29g
- Cholesterol: 117mg
Keywords: comfort food, seasonal eating, easy dinner