Instant Pot Tri Tip

What is Tri-Tip Steak?

Tri-Tip gets its name from the way it is cut in a triangular shape. It is a cut of meat which is the bottom end of a sirloin. It usually has a piece of fat attached, but the meat itself is lean or lower in marbling.

As for it at your butcher, if you can not find it at the grocery store.

How Do You Season Tri-Tip?

A rub or seasoning mix is the best way to season or flavor- this is key to having a successful dish.

Top 3 ways to Season Tri Tip Roast

  • salt and pepper (and a pinch of cayenne)
  • steak rub
  • cajun seasoning mix

Baja Tri tip Dry Rub Mix


  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 2 tsp onion finely diced or powder
  • 2 tps rosemary ground or powder
  • 2 tps ground ginger powder
  • 2 tsp sea or rock salt
  • 1 tsp ground white or black pepper
  • 1 tspn smokey paprika
  • 1/4 tsp pepper of cayenne


  1. Add all the ingredients to a container with a lid.
  2. Shake well to blend.
Tri Tip Steak With Rub
Tri Tip Steak With Rub

Simple Steak Dry Rub Mix Recipe

  • 1 tbs finely diced garlic or powder
  • 1 tbs finely dieced onion or powder
  • 1 tbs rosemary
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp raw sugar

Must you use a dry rub on Tri-Tip?

No you do not have to use a dry rub

What is the best alternative to a dry rub

Use real herbs and spices and beef broth as you cook. Add 1 cup of diced white onion, and 4 finely diced garlic cloves, salt and pepper, and a pinch of cayenne pepper with 1 teaspoon of soy sauce when you cook in the tri tip steak in the instant pot. Actually putting in one bay leaf if you have it also adds to the flavor.

You can also add 2 tbs of your favorite BBQ sauce also.

Tri Tip
Tri Tip

How to Cook Tri-Tip in a Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot

The methods for cooking sirloin tip roast in an Instant Pot or even an older element heated pressure cooker are very similar.

Instant Pot Tri Tip

This Instant Pot Tri-Tip recipe is just perfect for making a California Tri Tip – tender and juicy.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Amercian
Keyword: tri tip steak
Calories: 455kcal
Author: Rose


  • 3 pounds tri tip beef
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of the rub of your chocie


  • Prepare your Seasoning Chop and Dice your onions and garlic so they are ready to sweat down.
  • Dry Rub If you are using a dry rub – massage it into the steak.
  • Searing the Meat This is a key step as it helps trap in the moisture and also the brown bits on the bottom of the pot at lots of flavor to the beef stock when you are cooking it. Even if you are using a slow cooker or crock pot – you should still sear your tri tip. If your cooker has no sear function use a frying pan.
  • Use the Trivet or Rack (Instant Pot Beef Tips) Put the rack into your instant pot on the bottom of the stainless steel bowl and put the tri tip on. This will stock you getting a burn warning from the instant pot.
  • Add Liquid When cooking Tri-Tip in an Electric Pressure Cooker, add at least 1 cup of beef stock (remember you are placing sirloin roast on a trivet). The goal is to have the liquid below the rack or trivet,
  • Final
    Use a 10-minute natural release of pressure the instant pot beef timer goes beep! – How to cool a stovetop Pressure Cooker – Put the conventional pressure cooker in the sink then run over cool water over the pot. This will take down the pressure before you open it.


You can make a lot of dishes – from roast to tacos to sandwiches with the way of cooking in a pressure cooker.


Calories: 455kcal

How to cool a stovetop Pressure Cooker – Put the conventional pressure cooker in the sink and run cold water over the pot until steam does not come out anymore.

Instant Pot Tri Tip Recipe

You can vary these cooking times depending on how well cooked you want your tri-tip roast.

I try to go for medium doneness so that the meat is a bit pink in the middle. Cooking so that it is pull-apart tender you will need to cook for 55 minutes.

  • 3 pound tri-tip roast
  • 4 tbs of the dry rub mix
  • 10 tbs beef stock or broth

Slice off the fat cap from the tri-tip.

Rub the rub all over the tri-tip.

Turn the Instant Pot to high-temperature Saute.

Cook the meat for about 3 minutes each side until brown

Take out the meat, put in the trivet (rack) – place the tri-tip on the top – Add the stock to the pot so that it is just underneath the meat.

Cook on “high-pressure” for 30 minutes with 10 minutes natural release.

Remove the tri tip and let the rest for 5 minutes before cutting or slicing

Seared Tri Tip

See our Ultimate Steak Doneness Guide Here

How to Make Tri Tip Beef Gravy

Use the liquid (beef drippings) to make wonderful gravy.

Turn the Instant Pot to the saute function and first reduce the volume by boiling for 5-10 minutes until it has decreased by 30%

In a small glass combine 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water and mix well.

Stir well the cornstarch to the drippings, stirring well. Then make sure you cook it by boiling it for another 2-3 minutes so that the cornstarch taste is gone, and you are left with a rich and thick gravy.

Top Beef Gravy Flavor Tips

You can consider adding one or more of the ingredients to vary the flavor of the gravy depending on your taste.

  • mushroom soup mix
  • tomato paste
  • olive oil

Chefs Tip How do I but a tri tip steak

Buy a tri tip pre-seasoned from your butcher. Ask then a couple of days in advance and you will have a real special roast.

Chefs Tip on how to apply a dry rub to a tri tip steak.

Put the rub on and wrapped it in plastic wrap for 3 hours in the fridge. (take out 1 hour before cooking to allow it to come up to room temperature.

Is Tri Tip tender or tough

Tri Tip can be cooked to be really tender – especially in a pressure cooker

How do you cook Costco tri tip

Costco tri tips can be cooked to be very juicy and tender in an Instant Pot

How do you tenderize tri tip

The best way to tenderize a tri tip californian steak is to cook in an Instant pot

Can you cook a tri tip like a brisket or pot roast?

Yes – the method and recipe here can be used for these cuts of steak.

What Can I serve with my tri tip Steak

  • Roast Veggies
  • Roast Potatoes
  • French Fries

You can also make tri tip tacos and an amazing sandwich.

How much tri tip per person?

Triangle-shaped tri-tip is one of the best steaks for grilling. It has a nice marbling throughout the meat, making it juicy and tender. The triangle shape allows for even cooking and gives the meat a beautiful presentation. And do not for get to season it with your favorite rub.

Tri-tip is also known as “bottom round” or “bottom sirloin”. It is usually sold at butcher shops and grocery stores.

If you are having a big party or a large group of people how much tri tip per person?

Answer: 8oz of tri tip steak per person.