Instant Pot Beef And Broccoli Recipe

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Instant Pot beef and broccoli tastes like Chinese takeout and is ready in 20 minutes!

Instant Pot Beef And Broccoli Recipe

If you like beef and broccoli from a Chinese restaurant, you will go crazy over this homemade Instant Pot beef and broccoli! Tender soft beef and perfect green broccoli swimming in the flavorful garlicky brown sauce – amazing!

Beef and broccoli recipe

You’ll be drooling smelling the beef and broccoli while it’s cooking in the Instant Pot. Your own kitchen will be transformed into the best Chinese restaurant ever! When you bite into this beef and broccoli dish, you will marvel how soft and tender the beef is, how perfectly cooked is the broccoli and how well they go with the brown sauce that ties the whole dish together.

Homemade beef and broccoli

Making your own beef and broccoli is cheaper and healthier than getting it from the restaurant.  Chinese restaurants usually fry beef in a ton of oil and add unhealthy MSG.  Homemade beef and broccoli doesn’t contain MSG and no oil is used in this recipe because it’s simply not needed! You know exactly what ingredients go into this meal – what you see is what you get!

Instant Pot Chinese Beef And Broccoli

Instant Pot beef and broccoli is very easy to make.  All you need to do is combine the ingredients for the brown sauce (soy sauce, water, minced garlic and minced ginger), add beef and sauce to the Instant Pot and pressure cook for 10 minutes.  While the beef is cooking, cook the broccoli in the microwave.  When the Instant Pot is done cooking the beef, quick release (QR) the pressure, switch the Instant Pot to the Saute setting and add some cornstarch mixed with water to thicken the sauce.  Stir in cooked broccoli and delicious homemade beef and broccoli is ready!

Pressure Cooker Beef And Broccoli

You may be wondering – why don’t I cook broccoli together with beef in the Instant Pot?  The reason why I cook it separately is because the broccoli cooks much quicker then the beef.  If broccoli were pressure cooked for 10 minutes, it would turn into absolute mush.

Can you cook broccoli in the Instant Pot too instead of using a microwave? Yes you can, but it needs to be cooked separately from beef.  Instant Pot can make perfect broccoli, check out my Instant Pot broccoli recipe.  If you have 2 Instant Pots, you can cook it in the second pot while the first one is cooking the beef, and if you only have one Instant Pot, then cook broccoli first, then remove it and cook the beef.

How To Make Beef And Broccoli In Instant Pot

Beef and broccoli is awesome served over rice, and you can cook rice in the Instant Pot too! Second Instant Pot would come in handy here as well :) Check out my recipes for Instant Pot white rice and Instant Pot brown rice.  Or you can use the rice cooker or microwave to cook rice at the same time as the beef (see how to cook rice in the microwave).

Easy Instant Pot Beef And Broccoli

This beef and broccoli portion is quite big (2 lbs of beef) and it makes great leftovers.  It tastes great re-heated the next few days, and you can also freeze it too in ziploc bags, and thaw it in a microwave or in refrigerator overnight when ready to eat.  If you halve the portion and only cook 1 lb of beef, you still need to use the same quantity of sauce as for 2 lbs (1 cup of sauce), otherwise the Instant Pot might not come to pressure.

You can use any cut of beef to make Instant Pot beef and broccoli.  The classic version uses chuck roast or flank steak thinly sliced against the grain, but I’ve also made this successfully with pre-cut beef stew meat (I just had to halve the pieces to make them smaller) and pre-cut beef taco meat! Instant Pot makes beef so tender, so use whatever beef cut is on sale – it’s going to turn out awesome!

Best Beef and Broccoli Instant Pot Recipe

If you like Instant Pot beef and broccoli, you will also like these easy recipes:

Instant Pot Egg Roll In A Bowl – another Chinese takeout-fakeout! This is a low-carb version of eggroll, tastes like the eggroll without a wrapper :) The whole dinner cooks in one Instant Pot and ready in 10 minutes!

Instant Pot Chinese Egg Roll In A Bowl Low Carb

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo – authentic Filippino chicken Adobe recipe made simple in the Instant Pot! Super flavorful!

Instant Pot Beef Chili – another comfort one-pot meal, mouthwatering! Just dump all ingredients in the pot and get a steaming hot bowl of chili!

Instant Pot Lazy Cabbage Rolls – “unstuffed” cabbage rolls with beef, cabbage and rice, simmered together in Instant Pot to perfection! So filling and comforting!

Instant Pot Beef Meatballs With Rice – also called “porcupine meatballs” because the rice sticks out of meatballs like porcupine needles :) So tender and mouthwatering!

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Instant Pot Beef And Broccoli

This is the best and easiest Instant Pot beef and broccoli recipe ever! Ready on the table in 20 minutes and tastes like Chinese takeout! Instant Pot is a game changer!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: beef, broccoli
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Diet: Gluten-Free, Keto / Low-Carb, Paleo
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 452kcal


  • 2 lbs beef chuck roast or flank steak, cut into small pieces or thin strips
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (or sugar-free sweetener for keto option)
  • 1 lb broccoli florets fresh or frozen
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger or 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch (or 1 tbsp xanthan gum for keto option)
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • Sesame seeds for garnish optional

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  • Put soy sauce, 2/3 cup water, brown sugar, garlic and ginger in a food processor or blender and process until smooth (if you'd like to make it without a food processor, mince garlic and ginger by hand and combine with soy sauce, water and sugar in a cup).
  • Put sliced beef in the Instant Pot and pour soy sauce mixture over it. Toss with your hands to make sure all the beef is coated with soy sauce mixture.
  • Close the lid of the Instant Pot and set the valve to a Sealing position. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to 10 minutes on High pressure.
  • While the beef is cooking, put the broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High for 4 minutes if fresh (or 5 minutes if frozen).
  • When the beef is done cooking, quick release (QR) the steam and open the Instant Pot lid.
  • On the Instant Pot, press the Saute button and set the time to 15 minutes.
  • In a cup, mix the cornstarch with 1/4 cup of hot water. Add the cornstarch mixture to the Instant Pot and mix until incorporated. The beef mixture will come to a boil and the sauce will gradually thicken (in about 3 minutes).
  • Stir the cooked broccoli into the beef mixture and serve.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds for garnish (if using).
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Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 850mg | Potassium: 682mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 471IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious. I waited to put my broccoli ? in at the end, but I still didn’t wait long enough. It was a bit mushy. Still really good though. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely brilliant Beef and Broccoli recipe! I got my IP today and wanted something quick and easy to try – this hit the spot all the way round!
    Five very happy diners around my table tonight – thanks for sharing!!

  3. 5 stars
    Beef and broccoli was great! We added 1 tbsp pepper flakes to spice it up! Served over brown rice. Will definitely make again.

  4. 5 stars
    I’m a little leery about trying recipes sometimes because what tastes good to one person may not to me…but…THIS IS DELICIOUS!!!!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and both my husband and I really enjoyed it. I will probably reduce the brown sugar a bit next time since he is diabetic.

  6. 5 stars
    This is a favorite of ours! Only change is must use at least 1/2 cup hot water in order to dissolve the corn starch and we add 1 tsp cayenne pepper to spice it up! ?

  7. We loved this! Added a pinch of red pepper flakes (and I don’t like spicy). I used some of the juice from the meat w/cornstarch but next time will use more water. It was quick, delicious & filling. I will definitely make this again.

  8. OH.MY.GOSH! Delicious!! I didn’t realize I had half the amount of meat, but I made everything else according to the recipe. It was so good! No leftovers at our house. I love sauce, so when I make it again, I’ll do the 2lbs of meat and double the sauce.

  9. This was very good! I was curious if anyone else preferred their flank steak with some pink and how long you cooked it? The steak didn’t have any pink when I opened the lid. I was wary to saute it for an entire 15 minutes (I already cooked the broccoli in the microwave), so I turned it off after sauting around 4 minutes. Any feedback is appreciated!!

  10. Could I use London broil to make this? Also what about adding the frozen broccoli in at the end and just putting the lid on to let it cook?

  11. I think it is great that you have options in the recipe for alternate dietary needs, like keto. However, please adjust your instructions so that someone subbing xanthan gum for cornstarch doesn’t just use the same amount of the gum as they would the starch. Three Tbsp of xanthan gum is going to produce a sauce that feels like mucus instead of a silky sauce. You need far less of it than cornstarch to thicken. It also won’t incorporate into recipes the same way. Good start, but if I was inexperienced at low carb, I wouldn’t know this and dinner would be ruined. Executed correctly, however, it has earned a spot on my “made it, keeping it” Pinterest board.

  12. Great flavor!! I cooked the meat 8 minutes then QR, added broccoli for 3 more minutes. Next time I will do 2 minutes. The broccoli was mushy.

  13. Came out pretty good but the beef (chuck roast) was a bit tough. Next time I will pressure cook for 15 minutes instead of 10.

    1. 4 stars
      Same here. I expected the meat to be very tender since it was pressure cooked, but it wasn’t. I will also be adding another 5-7 minutes to the cook time the next time I make this. Otherwise, the flavor was very good.

  14. Recipe is really wonderful but prep time is off. Takes at least 10 minutes just to slice the meat. Also-why do instant pot recipes never account for the time for the pot to reach pressure? It’s really misleading.

  15. 5 stars
    I made this for my parents and:
    1. They didn’t die.
    2. They absolutely LOVED it.
    Thanks for posting this for us!

  16. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe tonight. Followed it to a t. Turned out perfect! I used petite sirloin. its cheap and not that bad of a cut for these types of dishes where you’re not just eating steak by itself

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