Pressure Cooker | March 15, 2019

Best French Dip Recipe

This is THE BEST  french dip recipe and is a go-to for me on so many occasions. It’s literally the best I’ve every eaten. Salty savory herbed flavors!  I love it for comfort food Sunday, serving it for guests, or a quick weeknight dinner because my kids love it so much! Now I’ve included how to make this in your instant pot!

open faced sandwich with melted cheese on beef


There are to parts two any  french dip sandwich

  1. The roast
  2. Au Jus dipping gravy

I’ll explain how to make both parts! Then you top it on some nice toasty rustic bread and devour!

sandwich being dipped into au jus


A great beef roast for french dip sandwiches is a chuck roast.

  1. Marbling. You want one that is lean with great marbling. Marbling is when you see thin white lines throughout the roast. You DO NOT want a huge slab of fat, or a ton of fat on your roast.
  2. A size too feed enough people. You will need a roast that is about 4-6oz of meat per sandwich.
  3. A roast in your budget. Roasts can range in price all over the place. I love to grab a chuck roast, they are pretty reasonable, but sometimes they don’t look great (no marbling) or are only huge (way over budget). In that case I grab another cut of roast that looks perfect for my meeds.

How to cook beef for french dip sandwiches.

Whether roasting or placing in the instant pot I love to brown each side of my roast in a little oil. You can do this on the sauté setting of your instant pot, or in a fry pan or the roasting pan on your stovetop. While sautéing prepare the au jus gravy.

beef roasting being browned on sauté setting of instant pot


Au Jus (ah-joo) Gravy recipe is the salty savory drippings leftover in the pan after cooking the roast. This part of the recipe is my kids very favorite. They love dipping their sandwich’s in this steamy gravy!

For this au jus you will need

  • 4 cups of beef broth
  • cooking sherry
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • dried thyme
  • garlic salt
  • onion salt

In a bowl combine all ingredients and stir together. Then Pour into pan with roast.

steps to making au jus

Cook on high for 60 minutes and let the instant pot natural release.

browned beef roast in instant pot with au jus gravy


Take some nice artisan bread- whether its sliced or a loaf like a baguette or french bread. Butter one sides and toast it slightly in the oven.

baguette sliced and buttered on cookie sheet to be toasted

Now that your beef is done, and pull apart tender shred the beef. I love to serve my french dip with mayo and melty cheese.

shredded beef, mayo and sliced cheese in package

Layer the mayo on the toasted bread, add shredded beef and a slice of cheese.


Did you know French dip sandwiches are not classically served with cheese!? The original is just beef, bun and gravy! But over time many people come to love their french dip with a slice of cheese and a few other toppings. I 100% agree! I love to use a nice white cheese like a provolone, swiss or mozzarella.

Top your sandwich with a big cheesy slice and broil it for just a few minutes.

Remove drippings from the roast pan (strain if needed) and serve along side the sandwich for dipping!! It is the LITERAL best. Salty gravy, crusty bread and cheesy beef. nothing beats a great french dip!

three beef french dip sandwiches on a baguette and au jus

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three beef french dip sandwiches on a baguette and au jus
Easy French Dip Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

This easy French Dip recipe really is a simple dinner that is savory and filling. It is the LITERAL best. Salty gravy, crusty bread and cheesy beef. nothing beats a great french dip!

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: french dip
Servings: 6 adults
Calories: 82 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1 3-4lb Beef Roast See NOTES
  • 3-4 tbs oil*
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 tbs cooking sherry
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tsp onion salt
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • Mayonaise
  • Cheese
  • caramelized onions
  • salt for seasoning
  1. In instant pot add oil* to pan in saute mode. Sear beef roast on both sides until dark brown. 

  2. in separate bowl mix dry seasonings and broth together and pour over beef roast.  Cook on high 45 minutes, natural release.

Oven Instructions
  1. Place your roast in a roasting pan. (do not cover)
  2. Cook in a preheated oven @425 for 1 hour. While cooking prepare gravy by mixing dry spices and broth in bowl together. 

  3. After one hour turn oven  down to 200 pour broth mixture over roast

  4. Let cook in oven for 1.5-2 hours more. Until pull apart tender

  5. Take out and let rest for 15 minutes.
  6. Slice thin or shred!

  7. On toasted buns, spread mayo and layer Roast beef.
  8. Add cheese if desired and place under broiler till melted.
  9. **Use Drippings in pan for Au Ju dipping sauce. Strain if needed

Recipe Notes

*A great beef roast for french dip sandwiches is a chuck roast. You want one that is lean with great marbling. Marbling is when you see thin white lines throughout the roast.  If you cannot find this (which happens to me quite a lot) feel free to branch out and pick another beef roast that looks better. 

*If cooking in a pressure cooker you can get any size roast. The pressure cooker will compensate for the size by taking longer or short time to come to pressure and natural releasing. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy French Dip Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 82 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 2203mg96%
Potassium 131mg4%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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    1. Chuck roast, or any roast that looks good in your specific grocery store. And because the pressure cooker cooks based on size you can get a roast that is as big or small that will fit your needs.