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Instant Pot Bone Broth

May 9, 2019 (Last Updated: September 6, 2020)

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Instant Pot Bone Broth is a delicious broth made in the Instant Pot. Use beef, pork or chicken to make this flavorful broth.

Instant Pot Bone Broth in an old canning jar

I use this broth in my Enchilada Soup and Pasta e Fagioli

Ingredients needed for instant pot bone broth. Includes bones, garlic, carrots, celery and onion.

What is bone broth?

Bone broth is a meat broth that is made by cooking bones along with vegetables in water. Bone broth often has a jelly like consistency which comes from cooking the bones for a long period of time. When the broth is heated it is in liquid form like any other broth. I’ve saved time by making this bone broth in the Instant Pot.

What type of bones can I use?

Almost any type of bones can be used to make broth. I’ve used beef bones, pork bones and elk bones. I also have a recipe for chicken broth using a different method. 

What is the difference between bone broth and stock?

Bone broth has a very long cook time which helps release nutrients from the bones and marrow. Regular broth is cooked with bones and vegetables but usually doesn’t contain any of the gelatin like in bone broth. Stock may contain a small amount of gelatin. Bone broth and stock often contain the same ingredients when cooking. The main difference is the amount of cook time required to release the nutrients from the bones. Using an Instant Pot reduces the amount of cook time since the bones are cooked  under pressure. 

A bowlful of carrots, onions, celery and garlic for making Instant Pot Bone Broth

Why make broth in an Instant Pot?

An Instant Pot is a pressure cooker. It takes less time to cook everything in a pressure cooker. It’s also super easy and hands off. All you do is load everything into the pot and close the lid. Then you turn on the Instant Pot and let it do it’s work. It will automatically cook for the specified amount of time and beep when it’s done! Easy Peasy!

How do I use bone broth?

  • Add  to soups
  • Use in rice or risotto
  • Add to sauteed vegetables
  • Use in any recipe that calls for stock or broth

Can I freeze bone broth?

Yes, this broth can be frozen. I like to freeze it two ways. First, I often freeze in ice cube trays and then once it’s frozen I pop the cubes into a freezer bag. My ice cube tray makes about 1 tablespoon sized cubes. I can easily pull out a few cubes and add it to any dish I’m cooking.

I also like to freeze in canning jars with plastic lids. I usually use these when I need a larger amount of broth, like when I’m making soup. One caution when using jars is do not fill all the way. In fact, leave a good 1 – 1 1/2 inch of room. The broth expands when it freezes and there’s nothing worse than finding out your jar split in the freezer. If that happens, throw out the jar and the broth. 

Bone Broth ice cubes in a pile

Where do I get bones to make bone broth?

You can get bones from a variety of places. First, you could use a leftover bone from a pot roast or other meat you cooked for dinner. You could also go to your grocery store and ask your butcher. They will often have a good supply of bones. My store has cut bones in the freezer section. My husband supplies the wild game bones for me. I just ask him to cut the bones into pieces that will fit into my Instant Pot. 

The size of the bones doesn’t matter. I’ve used both small and large bones. 

How do I make Instant Pot Bone Broth?

  • Put bones in pot
  • Drizzle cider vinegar over bones
  • Add vegetables, garlic and bay leaves
  • Add water
  • Close and seal lid
  • Cook on high pressure for 2 1/2 hours
  • Allow pressure to naturally release
  • Remove lid and allow broth to cool enough to handle
  • Strain off bones and other ingredients
  • Pour into a container and refrigerate
  • Once cool, scrape off any fat on top
  • Use or pour into smaller containers and freeze

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Bones and fresh veggies in front of an electric pressure cooker.

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Instant Pot Bone Broth in an old canning jar

Instant Pot Bone Broth

Bone broth made in an electric pressure cooker
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Depressurizing 40 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 10 cups
Calories 5 kcal



  • 3 pounds bones (beef, pork or elk)
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 onion (quartered)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 carrots (chopped in half)
  • 1 stalk celery (chopped in half)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 quarts water


  • Add bones to pot of Instant Pot. 
  • Drizzle over apple cider vinegar. Allow to sit for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients and fill water to the fill line of pot.
  • Close lid and set to high pressure for 180 minutes.
  • Allow pot to naturally depressurize.  Carefully remove lid and allow to cool slightly.
  • Strain off bones and remaining ingredients.
  • Refrigerate broth. Once cooled, skim off any fat on the surface.
  • Divide into storage containers and use within 3 days or freeze. 


Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 5kcalCarbohydrates: 1gSodium: 20mgPotassium: 32mgVitamin A: 1030IUVitamin C: 0.9mgCalcium: 13mg
Keyword bone broth, broth
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  • Reply
    June 8, 2019 at 5:02 am

    5 stars
    Making this now!

    • Reply
      June 8, 2019 at 9:33 am

      I’m ready to make another batch! I use the broth all the time!

  • Reply
    May 16, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Bone broth is amazing and I make it often. However, it takes a very long time to make it on the stove. An instant pot sounds amazing for this purpose.

    • Reply
      May 17, 2019 at 5:24 am

      It is much quicker in the Instant Pot and just as delicious!

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    David @ Spiced
    May 13, 2019 at 5:38 am

    5 stars
    Homemade bone broth tastes so good! We often make broth with hams and sometimes turkeys, but I’ve never tried it with other bones. I’m thinking I need to try my hand at beef broth next. And I definitely need to get an Instant Pot to do that…talk about easy! Great recipe, Kathy!

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    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    May 10, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    5 stars
    Oh delicious! 🙂 Bone broth is the best!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    May 10, 2019 at 5:24 am

    5 stars
    Love making my own broth when I can – so so tasty! And fabulous that you used the Instant Pot to really get as much flavour out as you can in a short amount of time. What a delicious base for all sorts of soups and stews…or enjoying as is!

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    Kelly | Foodtasia
    May 9, 2019 at 9:17 am

    5 stars
    Kathy, this bone broth looks so rich and full of flavor! The instant pot makes it so much quicker!

    • Reply
      May 10, 2019 at 3:53 am

      It really is simple to make.

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