Easy Instant Pot Beef Barley Soup

Instant Pot Beef and Barley Soup

Instant Pot Beef and Barley Soup is a hearty, healthy beef and barley soup made in the pressure cooker. 
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Beef Barley Soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 159kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 pound beef cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 4 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 4 cups beef stock low sodium
  • 16 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley rinsed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce optional


  • Turn pressure cooker to saute function. Once heated, add in oil, beef chunks and onion. 
  • Saute until beef is browned on all sides and then add in garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Add in stock and scrape up bottom of the pressure cooker to remove any browned bits. 
  • Add in carrots, diced tomatoes, barley, bay, thyme, salt and pepper. 
  • Place lid on Instant Pot and close valve to sealed. Set to cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.
  • Allow pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes. 
  • Before serving, reomove bay and thyme and stir in 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce.


  • I used Sirloin for this recipe to keep the Beef and Barley Soup light, you can use stew meat of chuck roast as well.
  • If you omit¬†worcestershire sauce, use 1 teaspoon kosher salt instead of 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Time to come to pressure 15 minutes.
  • Time to cook 20 minutes.
  • Time to release pressure 15 minutes.
  • Total Time 50 minutes.¬†
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Beef and Barley Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 159 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 445mg19%
Potassium 574mg16%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 5095IU102%
Vitamin C 2.8mg3%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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