Pressure Cooker Beef and Apricot Tagine

Rated 4.5 based on 7 customer reviews
Pressure Cooker Beef and Apricot Tagine
Pressure Cooker Beef and Apricot Tagine


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, patted dry
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup dried apricots, halved
  • ¼ cup almond slivers


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  1. Heat olive oil in pressure cooker set to Sauté on Normal. Cook and stir the onions in hot oil until softened, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir beef with the onion; cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side.
  3. Stir cinnamon, paprika, turmeric, salt, ginger, allspice, and anise with the beef and onion; cook and stir until aromatic, about 2 minutes.
  4. Pour water and honey into the cooker.
  5. Lock pressure cooker lid in place and set steam vent to Sealing.
  6. Select Meat/Stew and cook for 50 minutes on High pressure.
  7. While the beef cooks, soak dried apricots in hot water in a bowl until softened.
  8. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Toast almonds in hot skillet until just lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
  9. Once the cooking cycle has completed allow pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, then set steam vent to Venting to quick-release remaining pressure.
  10. Drain apricots and stir into the tagine. Sprinkle toasted almonds over the tagine to serve.
Mealthy Tip

Star anise has a powerful and liquorice-like flavor that ensures an authentic touch in the preparation of certain dishes. The whole stars can be added directly to the MultiPot Pressure Cooker. Just be sure to find the whole star and remove before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 654 calories; 27g fat; 30.0g carbohydrates; 77g protein; 225mg cholesterol; 466mg sodium.

Full nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Serving Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 654 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Trans Fat 0.8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.9g
Monounsaturated Fat 15.8g
Cholesterol 225mg 75%
Sodium 466mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 30.0g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 17%
Sugars 23.3g
Protein 77g
Vitamin A 27% Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 7% Iron 47%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4


4.5out of 5 Stars

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Randall Hauk says:

I had made a tagine once with lamb and it was one of my favorite discoveries, so I was naturally intrigued by this beef version that seemed similar enough. Plus, I look for any excuse to use my pressure cooker! This really is a top-notch recipe. The pressure cooker makes the beef tender fairly quickly, and the spice mixture, honey, and apricots do amazing work together. It's very flavorvul, though not so much so that the kids wouldn't eat it. Great dish!

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Sam Dalton says:

We have a tagine pot that we have used a couple times, but this method cooking it in the pressure cooker quick and convenient. I couldn't tell the difference between this and the recipe we would have used in the clay pot. Very well done, true to flavor, and delicious.

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Laura Griffin says:

I've always wanted to try tagine, but never had the right pot to cook it in. So excited to have found this recipe! I tried making this dish in my pressure cooker and it was fantastic. This stew was very succulent - sweet and savory all in one. Such a wonderful dish, I can't wait to make again.

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Melissa P says:

Used fennel instead of star anise. It’s somewhat hard to find at regular stores. I’m somewhat of a purist so making tagine using a pressure cooker is what I gave this four stars, but still it was a good recipe.

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Garcia B says:

Never been a fan of star anise so I left it out. This dish was really flavorful still. It’s hearty and full of flavor.

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Marjorie Garfield says:

Can I use this recipe with chicken instead of beef?

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Daniel Shambro says:

This dish has good flavor with low sodium. I found it classified as a “one pot” meal but it definitely needs more to be complete meal—it’s just meat with a flavorful sauce. You’ll at least need bread or rice to serve with it. I might try adding chickpeas, potatoes, or hearty greens to the pot next time to help round it out as well.