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Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak

Pressure Cooker Philly cheesesteak

Instant Pot Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches Recipe 2021

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. 

Keep the dish simple and add sweated or caramelized onions and green bell pepper for a little added flavor.

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.

  • Provolone
  • Cheddar
  • Mozzarella cheese (some people like this!)

The great thing about Philly cheesesteak sliders is they are fast and easy to make - it is such a simple recipe made with beef, 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 my sandwich!!! 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 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 natural release.

After that - take out the meat and saute 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
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Instant Pot Philly CheeseSteak Sandwiches Recipe

  • Author: Rose
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Philly CheeseSteak recipe for Sandwiches in your Instant Pot?

These are made in less than minutes and taste just like your favorite sandwich shop! And then thinly sliced steak is much better than the commercial shaved steak- here we use brisket as the instant pot makes it so tender - but you can use ribeye, sirloin, or almost any other steak cut. This method in the instant pot also makes a great gravy mix which can be used as a Philly cheese steak soup base - or even a foundation for Philly cheesesteak pasta!



1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 green bell pepper sliced (optional)

2 onion medium, sliced

1 garlic clove

2 pounds beef brisket or other steak medium sliced (we will pull the steak apart later)

10 slices of cheese ( 10 slices per 2 people)

1 sprig thyme

1 sprig rosemary

2 bay leaf

1 chilli (optional)

6 cherry tomatoes

2 baby cos lettuce

1/5 cups beef stock

2 sourdough rolls (or roll of your choice)

1 teaspoon salt and pepper for seasoning



  1. How To Make Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches
  2. Prepare - cut your brisket into 1 inch big chunky slices. Then roughly slice 1 onion and also peel 1 garlic clove
  3. Heatup: Set your instant pot to SAUTE Hot - it will take about 4 -5 minutes to heat up
  4. Saute: add olive oil and the beef and brown it for 3-5 minutes - then add sliced onion and garlic. Now add the beef stock, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Pressure Cook Cook for 30 minutes and 10 minutes natural release.
  6. Take out and drain the meat
  7. Saute the next thinly sliced onion till just starting to caramelize - you can use the instant pot bowl here or we used a frypan to save cleaning the bowl. After cooking take out the onions and set them aside to use when you plate up.
  8. Cook Beef Now add the beef - choose enough for 2 people and then cook it for about 3-5 minutes on medium-high at least until it browns well. Pull the beef apart as it is so tender - so that it looks like the shaved steak from your favorite sandwich shop.
  9. Cheese Add the cheese on top and turn down the heat and continue to cook until the cheese melts through the beef - see the video. Also, cut the roll in half and toast the cut size in the pan at the same time.
  10. Ready To Eat Philly Cheesesteak is done - plate up with lettuce, pickles, onion and tomatoes and anything else that takes your fancy.
  11. Low Carb Philly Cheesesteak - use the lettuce leaves instead of bread - kindof a keto friendly version!



If you like your Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches toasted, use and oven and put your open-faced sandwich in on broil - high for a few minutes. But make sure you watch it so it does not burn.


  • Calories: 612

Keywords: Philly Cheesesteak, low carb cheese steak

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 recipe above.

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

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

The Instant Pot is a 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.