InstantPot Beef ‘Osso Bucco’ with Polenta

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Beef Osso Bucco is a more accessible version of the Italian Veal Classic, cooked in the InstantPot means it is also a whole bunch quicker but every bit as tasty.

Yes I know Osso Bucco is traditionally made with Veal and that osso bucco is usually made with white wine, however even in Hungary where Veal is relatively easily available the shin of veal is nigh on impossible to find, so this recipe is a sideways glance at a traditional recipe but one that the InstantPot deals with beautifully and one myself and my wife really love. Whilst I was converting this recipe from my old slow cooker version it became quickly evident that it cooks perfectly in exactly the same amount of time that it takes to cook polenta. Sure coking polenta is similar to risotto, it is a labour of love, lots of stirring but it is the law to stir with a glass of wine in your hand (isn’t that a Rolling Stones song?) and it just so happens that this recipe for Osso Bucco, leaves an open bottle of wine on the table.

I’ve been cooking with the InstantPot now for a couple of months and in the main I love it, the flavours when cooking stuff under pressure are immense, some how much more defined than slow cooking and naturally a fair but quicker. There is one function that I have used so far that I find disappointing and that is the saute function, it works well for softening vegetables and is real sweet for reducing sauces which really is needed when pressure cooking, however for browning meat it is woefully under powered. For the record I don’t see it as being a massive negative or a reason not to buy the InstantPot, it is what it is, it has 600w of power, the main rings on my induction hob pack 2.5kw of power, of course the InstantPot is ‘weaker’. So when browning meat as is the case in this beef osso bucco recipe I choose to use a frying pan on my main hob, it is just a better tool for the job and so long as you deglaze your frying pan and transfer the liquid to the InstantPot you are loosing no power. You can of course use the InstantPot but it will take you longer, but do what you feel comfortable with. I have an agreement with my wife, so who ever cooks does not wash up so I have no issue with using that extra pan hehe.

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I’m so glad we have made it to the middle of January, much of our winter entertainment comes from going to watch sports, whether that be Football (the real one), waterpolo or handball but unfortunately they all have a winter shutdown so no sports over Christmas. However both football and waterpolo are now back in full flow and handball is back next week. We chose Szolnok as our sporting ‘town’, it is our closest City and the capital of the county we live in and it has the most comprehensive sporting complex I have seen sat on the banks of the River Tisza that features a football stadium, waterpolo pool, indoor handball arena alongside a fencing club, tennis club, squash club and a thermal spa, seriously impressive. The waterpolo team is superb and we went to a European match last wee, unfortunately the football and handball teams are not quite so successful, both competing in the second tier of their respective championships, although as a Brimingham City fan I am kinda used to that.

Beef Osso Bucco is a more accessible version of the Italian Veal Classic, cooked in the InstantPot means it is also a whole bunch quicker but every bit as tasty.



InstantPot Beef 'Osso Bucco' with Polenta

Beef Osso Bucco is a more accessible version of the Italian Veal Classic, cooked in the InstantPot means it is also a whole bunch quicker but every bit as tasty.

Cuisine Italian
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Brian Jones


  • 2 350-400 g Slices of Bone in Beef Shin: This should be around 3-4cm thick, tie around the circumference with string.
  • 1 Carrot: Quartered and cut into 3-4mm slices.
  • 1 Celery Stick: Cut in half length ways then into 3-4mm slices.
  • 1 Onion: Cut into a medium 3-4mm dice.
  • 750 ml Beef Stock
  • 85 g Polenta.
  • 6 Gloves Garlic. Lightly Crushed.
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil.
  • Flavourless Cooking Oil.
  • 1 Tsp Dried Thyme.
  • 1 Bay Leaf.
  • 8 Black Pepper Corns.
  • Salt and Pepper.
  • 100 ml Port.
  • 250 ml Red Wine.
  • 40 g Parmesan Cheese. Grated.
  • Lots of freshly chopped parsley.


  1. Start by heating the olive oil in the base of your InstantPot on saute mode whilst bringing 500ml of beef stock to a gentle boil on your stove top.
  2. When hot add in the onions, carrot, celery and garlic to the base of the instant pot and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  3. The pour in your polenta in to your bubbling stock whilst whisking, when the polenta return to the boil turn down to very low and allow to cook for 45 minutes to an hour stirring every few minutes to prevent catching.
  4. Once your polenta is on heat a frying pan over a high heat and rub your pieces of meat with a neutral oil and season well with salt and pepper.
  5. Now sear your beef on both sides in your frying pan, I personally do not thing that the InstantPot has either the power or control to sear meat so still use a frying pan.
  6. Whilst your meat is searing switch off the saute mode and add the remaining 250ml of beef stock to your InstantPot along with the thyme, bay leaf and pepper corns.
  7. Now transfer the seared beef to the base of the InstantPot and then deglaze the frying pan with the port stirring to get and residue from the base of the frying pan then pour into the InstantPot.
  8. Top up the base of the pot with enough red wine to come half to three quarters of the way up the side of the beef. This should be around 250ml.
  9. Now place the lid on your InstantPot and cook for 30 minutes on manual high pressure with a 10 minute NPR.
  10. When the InstantPot has finished remove the meat and switch to saute mode remove half of the sauce (save it an use in a soup later) and reduce the sauce by at least half whilst the meat rests, this should take 10 minutes, perfect resting time.
  11. When you are ready to serve melt the Parmesan cheese in to the Polenta.
  12. Use the polenta as a base, add a few of the vegatbles then add the beef, followed by a little of the sauce, a few more vegetables and finally lots of chopped parsley.

Recipe Notes

If you cannot be bothered with polenta this is also awesome served with a cheesy mash which is naturally much less work 😉

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Beef Osso Bucco is a more accessible version of the Italian Veal Classic, cooked in the InstantPot means it is also a whole bunch quicker but every bit as tasty.
Beef Osso Bucco is a more accessible version of the Italian Veal Classic, cooked in the InstantPot means it is also a whole bunch quicker but every bit as tasty.


  1. Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated January 20, 2017 at 7:40 am - Reply

    I’ve got to get me one of those InstantPots! I’ve had osso bucco at a restaurant before. But I’ve never made it at home or had it with beef. Would love to try this.

    • Brian Jones January 22, 2017 at 9:17 am - Reply

      You can do it in a dutch oven or a slow cooker too, just increase the cooking times 🙂

  2. Priya January 20, 2017 at 10:53 am - Reply

    I always love these one-pot quick meals! They come in so handy especially during weekdays!

  3. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours January 20, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

    The Instantpot sounds like a really handy way of cooking good food. Your dish looks fab, and very tasty.

    • Brian Jones January 22, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

      For me it is a more ‘convenient’ way of pressure cooking, they have got a bad rep over the years and can produce some pretty awful sludge if not use properly… HOwever used properly they can impart the most wonderful flavours in a fraction of the time it takes to braise something.

  4. Renz January 20, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

    This looks great as usual. I’ve never had osso def want to try it now. And I have an instant pot. so yaaay. I agree with the saute though, for vegetables yes but for my meat (I tried it with oxtail) I definitely rather use my pan then transfer to instant pot to finish up

    • Brian Jones January 22, 2017 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Yay, thank god I am not the only one 😀 This tastes fantastic and is a dish I will play with over and over again, with this cut of meat, the flavour combinations are endless 🙂

  5. Emily January 20, 2017 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful! Great recipe I love osso bucco!

  6. Tara January 20, 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Such a great use of the InstantPot! This looks so warm and comforting for a cold, winter night. I love your photos!

  7. Just Jo January 23, 2017 at 7:02 am - Reply

    God Brian, this looks amazing. Wow!

    • Brian Jones January 23, 2017 at 7:34 am - Reply

      Cheers Jo, it was spectacularly good and my favourite way to cook, whilst drinking 😉 😀

  8. Rosemary January 30, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

    You convince me more and more that I have to get an instant pot! My husband would love this.

    • Brian Jones January 30, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

      I’m loving pressure cooking always nice to have new techniques to play with… You can do all of these in different pressure cookers, a stove top one would be a little quicker due to the higher pressures 🙂

  9. Richa January 30, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Haha I love the arrangement you have with your wife. I love my pressure cooker too, and have been planning to get an Instant Pot for a while now. It makes things so much easier! This really looks amazing, my husband will love it.

    • Brian Jones January 31, 2017 at 6:10 am - Reply

      Hehehee, it is only fair 😉 I agonised over buying a trad pressure cooker and the Instant Pot and was pushed over by a great price during the black Friday sales 😉

  10. Jennifer February 2, 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    I need to get one of these InstaPots that you and Mary are constantly raving about. My hubby makes Osso Bucco in our slow cooker quite often but it literally takes all day to cook. I love when he makes it and it makes the house smell amazing. Will definitely be giving this recipe a try next time he wants to make it.

    • Brian Jones February 7, 2017 at 7:20 am - Reply

      That’s my problem with slow cookers, the house smelling amazing is not all it is cracked up to be for 8 hours, I am constantly starving 😉

  11. Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love. February 4, 2017 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    I never make polenta because I’m never sure what to make with it. This all sounds amazing! Because really you had me at Port 😉

    • Brian Jones February 7, 2017 at 7:28 am - Reply

      Hahaha, it took me a long old time to get to grips with polenta like you say it is often difficult to pair with something although I have some awesome meat balls coming soon that are a perfect partner.

  12. Mary * Goodie Godmother February 8, 2017 at 12:50 am - Reply

    These pictures!!! <3 We don't find veal here either, but I have my reservations about eating veal anyway, so this would be considered "authentic enough" in my book. It's also a much fancier pairing than what I usually make with polenta. When I do make it, it's often just served with eggs for a dressed up "breakfast for dinner" haha

    • Brian Jones February 9, 2017 at 6:10 am - Reply

      Thanks Mary… Polenta and eggs sounds interesting, I quite like it as a base for dishes that would usually use pasta or potatoes, I’ve got a meatball recipe in a beer sauce coming up soon that uses polenta as a base too 🙂

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