Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

You can make beef and broccoli that tastes amazing in the Instant Pot. The secret is in the cooking method – pressure cooking! It infuses all those flavors faster than ever.

You can make beef and broccoli that tastes amazing in the Instant Pot. The secret is in the cooking method - pressure cooking! It infuses all those flavors faster than ever.

What beef should you use for Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli?

You’ll want to use tender cuts of beef for beef and broccoli. The best types of meat are: eye round, flank steak, beef chuck, stew beef or sirloin. If you cut the meat into small pieces it will cook quicker in the Instant Pot. (Don’t have one yet? We love this one.) If you want to make this step even quicker, you can buy and use pre-cut beef strips or stew beef.

How to make Beef and Broccoli in the Instant Pot

Making beef and broccoli in the Instant pot is so convenient. First, prepare the meat. I like to buy a large piece of beef and cut it into strips or cubes. However, beef cubes or strips for stir fry can be used as well to save time.

Next, set your Instant Pot to Sauté and select “more” then add olive oil. Sauté your meat for 6 to 10 minutes, but stir it often so you don’t burn it. Once the beef starts sticking to the bottom, add the sauce.

To make the sauce, whisk together beef broth (or homemade Instant Pot Beef Bone Broth, so delicious!), soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil and minced garlic. Pour over the beef, put the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the knob to seal, then pressure cook on Manual for 10 minutes. Because the meat is cut in small pieces, it won’t require a lot of time to tenderize and cook.

Once, the cooking is done do a Quick Release by turning the knob to Vent. Add broccoli florets, seal the lid and knob again then pressure cook on Manual for 0 minutes. This will bring the pot back to pressure and then immediately stop cooking it. Zero minutes is the perfect amount of time for broccoli so it doesn’t turn out mushy. Make sure to do a quick release afterwards.

Take the lid off your Instant Pot and set to Saute. Make a slurry of cornstarch and water and add to the Instant Pot. Stir into the beef and broccoli and cook just long enough to thicken the sauce. Serve this delicious dinner with rice and garnish with freshly sliced green onions or sesame seeds.

Tips for making the perfect Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli.

  • I used the IP Lux 80 model of the Instant Pot for this beef and broccoli so you may have slightly different results if you are using a different model.
  • While this recipe calls for low-sodium soy sauce, you can use regular soy sauce if you’d like. I think the combination of salty and sweet are perfect in this recipe using lower sodium soy sauce.
  • You can use fresh or frozen broccoli florets in this recipe. If using fresh, buying pre-cut broccoli is a real time-saver.
  • To make the slurry, pour the water and cornstarch into a jar and shake it well. Make and add the slurry of cornstarch and water at the end of the cook time so it doesn’t burn to the bottom or separate. Just turn on the Instant Pot to Sauté and pour the mixture over the beef and broccoli. Bring to simmer for about 30 seconds. Watch the mixture closely and once the sauce thickens, turn off the Instant Pot.
  • Serve the beef and broccoli immediately or remove from the Instant Pot to a bowl to prevent overcooking.
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Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

You can make beef and broccoli that tastes amazing in the Instant Pot. The secret is in the cooking method – pressure cooking! It infuses all those flavors faster than ever.

  • Author: Ilona Orzechowska
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 Minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. beef cut into strips (eye round, stew beef, flank steak, etc.)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup no salt added beef broth or homemade Instant Pot Beef Bone Broth
  • 1/3 cup less sodium soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 5 cups broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Turn your Instant Pot to Sauté, press Adjust, select More. Once the Instant Pot reads Hot, add olive oil and beef strips. Sauté for 6 – 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn your meat or bottom of the Instant Pot. Stir the meat often.
  2. In a medium bowl make a sauce by combining beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil and garlic. Set aside.
  3.  Once you’re done sautéing the beef, add the sauce.
  4.  Put the lid on your Instant Pot and turn the knob to seal. Set the cook time to Manual and set for 10 minutes.
  5.  After it’s done, turn the knob to Vent to do a Quick Release.
  6.  Add broccoli to the beef and mix together. Put the lid back on and turn the knob to seal. Set the cook time to Manual and set for 0 minutes. This will bring the pot back up to pressure and then immediately stop the cook time.
  7.  Once done, turn the knob to Vent to do a Quick Release again.
  8.  In a small bowl make a slurry of water and cornstarch.
  9.  Turn your Instant Pot to Sauté, press Adjust, select Normal. Add water and cornstarch to the beef and broccoli. Mix everything together and watch closely so the mixture doesn’t burn to the bottom of the pot. Once the sauce is thickened turn off the Instant Pot.
  10.  Serve immediately or remove beef and broccoli from the Instant Pot to prevent from overcooking.

You can make beef and broccoli that tastes amazing in the Instant Pot. The secret is in the cooking method - pressure cooking! It infuses all those flavors faster than ever. #instantpotrecipes #beefrecipes
You can make beef and broccoli that tastes amazing in the Instant Pot. The secret is in the cooking method - pressure cooking! It infuses all those flavors faster than ever. #instantpotrecipes #beefrecipes

Ilona Orzechowska

Ilona blogs at Ilona’s Passion where she focuses on sweet and savory party recipes. She believes in making recipes from scratch and not very sweet desserts. She likes to experiment with flavors while cooking in her Canadian kitchen. She has lived in three countries and loves to explore the world with her two boys and a husband. While not cooking or traveling she designs printable invitations and party decorations.