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Instant Pot Shepherd's Pie

Instant Pot Shepherd's Pie is the easiest way to make this classic dish! Simple but flavorful, this easy Shepherd's Pie recipe will be a favorite of everyone in the family.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Beef Casseroles
Cuisine: English
Keyword: easy shepherd's pie, instant pot shepherd's pie, shepherd's pie recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 450kcal


Shepherd's Pie Filling

  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion or half of a whole onion
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • ½ cup beef broth

Mashed Potato Crust

  • 3 medium Russet Potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • ½ stick butter
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk

For Topping

  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese or to taste


  • Heat your Instant Pot on saute mode. Once hot, add vegetable oil, followed by onion and garlic. Saute for a minute or two, then add ground beef. Cook until the beef is browned, and the onions are translucent.
    Cooking ground beef in the instant pot
  • Remove and drain the beef, then return it back to the Instant Pot. Add in frozen mixed vegetables, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix well and saute until the vegetables thaw and cook through.
    Mixed vegetables and ground beef cooking in the instant pot
  • While the vegetables are cooking, add melted butter, flour, and beef broth to a bowl. Mix well.
    Stirring together butter, flour, and beef broth in a jar with a small whisk
  • Pour the mixture over the beef and veggies and stir to mix through. When it begins to thicken, transfer the contents of your pressure cooker to a casserole dish.
    Shepherd's pie filling in a casserole dish
  • Clean the inside of your Instant Pot and add water to it, along with peeled and cut russet potatoes. Salt the water and potatoes and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Carefully quick release the pressure when 8 minutes is up.
    Chopped russet potatoes in the instant pot
  • Drain the water from the pot, then place the potatoes back inside. Using a hand mixer, mash the potatoes until smooth, then add butter and milk. Beat through before adding salt and pepper.
    Mashed potatoes in the instant pot
  • Transfer your mashed potatoes to the casserole dish, spreading over top of the beef and vegetable mixture.
    Spreading mashed potatoes over Shepherd's Pie filling in a casserole dish
  • Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese, then place under your oven broiler for 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve, and enjoy!
    Baked instant pot shepherd's pie with a browned cheesy top



  • You can use your favorite mixed vegetables for this easy Instant Pot Shepherd's Pie recipe! We picked a mix with green beans, carrots, and corn.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 674mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g