Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak


Instant Pot Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches Recipe 2024

What is a Philly cheesesteak?
A Classic Philly cheesesteak is a sandwich that is made from thinly sliced steak (tender) with melted cheese on a sub sandwich roll. 

There are literally hundreds of versions of this sandwich including Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes but the best way to make one is to use the classic ingredients well and not too much cheese sauce. 

Any leftovers, you can also reheat the cheesesteak.
Keep the dish simple and add sweated or caramelized onions and green bell pepper for a little added flavor.

You can also slice up a ribeye steak and use it – see our recipe for melt in your mouth Ribeye Steak Instant Pot Recipe.

Can I make this dish with other meats?

Yes, you can use turkey, chicken, and pork.

What is the best cheese to use for a Philly Cheesesteak?

The melted cheese is a fundamental ingredient for this American cheesesteak. Look for a cheese that is not too strong in flavor and has medium consistency when melted.

The great thing about Philly cheesesteak sliders is they are fast and easy to make – it is such a simple recipe made with beef, and ground beef, and all made in less than half an hour. I love experimenting also with other flavors like Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and even cream cheese.

You can also use Cheese Whiz or American cheese. Provolone is probably the best cheese for this steak sandwich.

Cheesesteaks can be served with or without onions. Let me tell you a secret. The onions are my sandwich secret ingredient.

After you brown the roast all the seasonings and browned bits remain on the bottom of the Instant Pot liner. The onions are then sauteed and pick up all that delicious flavor. I greedily picked each diced onion off of my son’s plate and put them in my mouth. They are that good!

I chose a soft hoagie bun that was light and airy on the inside.

Instant Pot Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich Recipe

Make a better Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich in your Instant Pot than in your favorite sandwich shop! Also this is the cheapest recipe for a Philly cheese Steak.

How to make Instant Pot Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches:

Philly cheesesteak recipe – we principally used the instant pot to make the brisket tender – and while you can easily use the saute function on the instant pot to saute onions and garlic (you can use garlic powder also) we used a frypan also.

Cook The Brisket In The Instant Pot
How to make Instant Pot Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches: Philly cheesesteak recipe – we principally used the instant pot to make the brisket tender – and while you can easily use the saute function on the instant pot to saute onions and garlic we used a frypan.

Add some beef broth or stock and cook the brisket in the electric pressure cooker for 30 minutes with 10 minutes of natural pressure release.

After that – take out the meat and saute it to get it tasty.

Saute Onions
Brown Tender Brisket In A Frypan or Instant Pot bowl

Add in your bread roll and some cheese.

Add Cheese and Bread Roll
Add Cheese and Bread Roll

How can I enjoy philly cheesesteak instant pot recipe if I’m eating low carb?

If you are eating low carb, you can still enjoy this fabulous recipe. Just skip the bread and it is still so delicious – what we did was make small Philly cheese steak low carb services by using the lettuce instead of the bread.

Low Carb Philly Cheesesteak
Low Carb Philly Cheesesteak

Instant Pot Ribeye Steak

In an instant pot the ribeye steak turns out super juicy, tender, and full of flavor.  Searing first gives the meat that beautiful sexy char. Then while basting with melted butter, rosemary sprigs and garlic, gives the steak the melt in your mouth kind of factor – what better thing to do with a pound of steak!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Amercian
Keyword: Instant Pot Ribeye steak, tender rib-eye
Calories: 376kcal
Author: Rose


  • 1 pound ribeye steak
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 shallot or onion
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1/2 cup streaky bacon
  • 1 tablespoon new york style pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar – to taste plus salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup beef stock


  • Pat the ribeye steaks dry and sprinkle generously with steak seasoning on both sides.
  • Turn Instant Pot to SAUTE HIGH setting and add oil.
  • Sear the steaks –  2 minutes each side
  • On the second side after one minute – add butter and rosemary
  • Using tongs, remove the steak and set aside to rest.
  • Add the garlic, shallots, bacon and butter
  • Cook until the onion goes clear
  • Add the red wine and deglaze the brown on the bottom of the pan
  • Let the red wine reduce by about 50% – takes about 2 minutes
  • Add pepper
  • Add the beef stock
  • Add the Steak
  • Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes and 5-minute natural release
  • Take out the steak and let the sauce mix reduce for about 2-3 minutes
  • Add the cream and stir well
  • Add some sugar and taste the sauce – then season with salt and pepper according to taste
  • Let the sauce continue to reduce until it thickens just a little and then remove from the heat – keep string well during this process


We recommend using our ingredients for the sauce mix – and cooking the steak in stage 2 in the instant pot – you will get all the flavor and pull-apart tender.  (see our video for Full Instructions on how to make the sauce)


Calories: 376kcal

No ribeye or sirloin?

Most people would say make a Philly cheesesteak sandwich with sirloin or ribeye steak. Both these cuts are quite expensive.

Using a pressure cooker like an instant pot which makes the meat really tender you can use inexpensive beef. We used brisket and cooked it under pressure (plus browning first) – see the recipe above.

Instant Pot Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches, but what is an Instant Pot?

Instant Pot is all the rage and by making this dish you can see why.

The Instant Pot is an eight-in-one multi-cooker! Here’s what it will replace in your kitchen:

  • Pressure cooker
  • Slow cooker
  • Rice cooker
  • Yogurt maker
  • Steamer
  • Warmer
  • Saute Pan
  • Sterilizer

We love our electric pressure cooker and it is worth every penny!

How to Reduce Carbs on A Philly Cheesesteak

We all love a good sandwich or burger but if you are on a low-carb or keto diet then here is the best way to reduce the carbs.

Replace the bread with a lettuce cup or use lettuce cups as your “bun” – I do this often for my burgers also.

So this is How can I enjoy Philly cheesesteak instant pot recipe if I’m eating low carb?

A Classic Philly cheesesteak is a sandwich that is made from thinly sliced steak (tender) with melted cheese on a sub sandwich roll
See The Low Carb Philly Cheesesteak on the left and the right

What’s the difference between a cheesesteak and a Philly cheesesteak?

A true Philly cheesesteak sandwich is made with thin or shaved ribeye, caramelized onion and provolone cheese. However almost every town or city have its own variation of this amazing dish – for example the East Coast has added green bell peppers and mushrooms! – this called a cheesestake.

What cut of meat is best for Philly cheese steak?

Ribeye is the best steak that the real experts would say to use. Flank is another steak that can work really well.

Does Philly Cheesesteak have mayo?

Purists would say No – but it is very common to add mayo to a cheesesteak – It is popular also in many areas of Philadelphia. Adding a garlic aioli is great also.

Does a Philly cheesesteak have sauce?

You can use a cheese wiz sauce or better yet why not a beef gravy to enhance the flavor and taste of a Philly Cheese-steak.

What can I serve with Philly Cheesesteak?

The best sides to serve with an authenic Philly cheese steak are

  • french fries
  • onion rings
  • chip
  • baked potato with crispy bacon bits

Or even make a paste out or it.

I have also heard of some more exotic sides to serve such as banana peppers, pickles, vinegar, nandos hot sauce, steak sauce, bbq sauce, olives, pepperoncini, and sweet peppers.