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Instant Pot Lazy Shepard's Pie

Lazy Shepard's pie can be done all at once, yet separate in your Instant Pot, using the pot in pot method where the beef cooks in the liner, and the potatoes are steamed above the beef - all at once! 
This non-traditional version has you with minimal dishes and no watching boiling water!
Course Instant Pot
Cuisine American
Keyword Shepard's Pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Calories 587kcal


  • 1.5-2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp Beef better than bouillon skip if using broth instead of water
  • ¼ cup water or sub beef broth and omit better than bouillon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 large russet potatoes, diced into 1 inch cubes
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter optional
  • 2 cups frozen veggies of choice (peas, carrots, and corn mixture works great)

Flour Slurry (combine this in a small bowl and set aside)

  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 tbsp water


  • Add the ground beef to the Instant Pot liner. Break it up a bit so it is not a big chunk.
  • Add onion, garlic, Worcestershire, thyme, bullion, and water (or broth).
  • Place the long leg trivet into the beef mixture.
  • Place the potatoes on your steamer and place the steamer basket on top of the trivet.
  • Secure the lid and set to sealing.
  • Set to high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • When the pressure cycle ends, let the pot naturally depressurize for 5 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
  • Remove the steamer basket and place the potatoes into a large bowl.
  • Push the saute button and break up the beef.
  • Add in the frozen veggies and gently combine.
  • Add in the flour slurry and let saute until the liquid thickens.
  • Meanwhile, add the milk to the potatoes with salt and pepper to taste. Mash the potatoes.
  • Assemble your Shepard's pie into desired baking dish putting the beef and veggie mixture on the bottom and the potatoes on top.
  • Using a butter knife, rub butter on the top of the potatoes and broil until desired potato crispiness.
  • After approximately 10 minutes, remove the casserole from the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes, then serve.


Calories: 587kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 38g