Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is a one-pot Chinese takeout style meal that is just as good made at home! This pressure cooker beef and broccoli recipe has amazing flavor, with tender strips of beef, rice, and broccoli. All made in your pressure cooker!
Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli
We love Chinese takeout food. Around here we are lucky enough to have a lot of wonderful Asian restaurants. But for all that, it's hard to find a good Chinese restaurant close by. The one we love is about a 20 minute drive away.
I don't make a lot of Asian food at home. Sometimes I am lazy and don't want to deal with so many ingredients and all of the chopping! So finding simpler recipes that I will make at home, and that taste good, is something I look out for.
Though there are a couple of steps to this recipe, Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is pretty simple to make, and the end result is so good! Let me tell you about this tasty recipe.
What I like about Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli
• The biggest thing is that I make it all in one pot. The beef, broccoli, sauce, and even the rice.
• There is minimal chopping. The beef, onion, broccoli, and garlic. Not too bad!
• Flavorful sauce with pretty common ingredients such as soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, beef broth, and brown sugar (plus a few others).
• I use chuck roast as it has great flavor, and cooks up super tender.
• It doesn't take that long. You can have this meal on the table in about an hour.
• The flavor! The tender beef! Broccoli cooked perfectly! And rice!
You don't have to cook the rice with the meat. You can use any method you prefer. Just try to time it to be done within a few minutes of the meat.
Likewise, if you prefer to steam your broccoli separately, you can do that. Some folks steam it in the microwave!
After you remove the rice and trivet from the pot, add the broccoli, pour in the cornstarch slurry, and pressure cook again, for 0 minutes. Then Quick Release. Fluff the rice with a fork so it keeps its texture.
This delicious pressure cooker beef and broccoli is a wonderful way to get Chinese takeout in your own home!
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Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is a one-pot Chinese style meal that is as good as take out! Lots of flavor, with tender strips of beef, broccoli, and rice.
- ½ cup Soy Sauce, low sodium
- 1 cup Beef Broth, low sodium
- 1½ Tablespoons Sesame Oil
- 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon Ginger Powder (or 1 Tablespoon fresh grated)
- ¼ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 2 Tablespoons Peanut or Canola Oil
- 2 lbs Chuck Roast or Flank Steak, sliced thinly against the grain
- 1 medium Onion, sliced into half moon shapes
- 5 cloves Garlic, pressed or finely minced (2 Tbsp)
- 1½ lbs Broccoli Florets, fresh or frozen
- 3 Tablespoons Corn Starch
- ¼ cup Cold Water
- 2 cups Long Grain White Rice, well rinsed
- 2 cups Water
- 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
- 2 Green Onions, sliced
Gather all of your ingredients together and have everything chopped and ready to go before you start.
Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a large measuring cup or a medium size bowl. Whisk it well. Set aside.
Turn on the Sauté setting, and when hot, add the oil. Add half of the beef strips and brown them a couple minutes on both sides (don't cook fully). Remove them to a plate and repeat with the second half.
After the second batch has browned, add the first batch back into the pot and add the onion and garlic. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently.
Pour in the sauce and stir.
Turn off the Sauté setting. If you are making rice, set the tall trivet into the pot and set the pan of rice/water on the trivet. Then close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button or dial, then the +/- button or dial to select 10 minutes. High Pressure
After cooking cycle has ended, let the pot sit undisturbed for 5 minutes (5 minute natural release). Then do a Quick Release of the remaining pressure/steam. When the pin in the lid drops down, you can open the lid.
Carefully remove the pan of rice and the trivet and set aside. Add the broccoli to the pot, pour in the cornstarch slurry, and pressure cook again, for 0 minutes* (see Note below). Then Quick Release as soon as the cooking cycle has finished.
Meanwhile, fluff the rice with a fork and transfer to a serving bowl.
After you open the pot again, stir well. Serve over hot rice. Garnish as desired.
*Optionally, you can turn the sauté setting on the Low/Less setting and simmer until thickened and the broccoli is tender. Stir frequently and don't let it burn.
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Could this recipe be done in a 3 quart mini?
Yes! Keep cook time the same.
I made this last week and loved it! I'd like to freezer- prep it. Any suggestions for freezing the meat with sauce, and then tossing it in to the instant pot?
I haven't tried that. I think to reheat I would do a pan-in-pot with water underneath. Then steam for 10 minutes or so.
When you say tall trivet, can we use the trivet that came with my 8 qt duo nova instant pot? N we just set that on top of the meat? With rice and water in the same pan? Does it have to be a 7 inch pan?? Or can it be a bowl that it fits in? Im new to the instant pot!
The trivet that came with your pot may work. I just prefer the one with taller legs as it won't be pressing the meat down on the bottom of the pot. If you don't have a 7" pan, use one that fits and is preferably stainless steel.
Delicious!! My family loved this.
Are the calories listed per serving? With or without rice?
Do you still pressure cook for 10 minutes if not cooking rice in the pressure cooker or do you skip that completely? Also, I'm going to use frozen broccoli b/c that's what I have... any tips there?
Keep the cook time the same. I used frozen broccoli. Just follow my directions to rinse it in hot water, then add after pressure cooking.
Teri M Jorgensen
could I use leftover pot roast?
Yes, but cut the cook time down to about 3 minutes.
Made this tonight it was excellent!