Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

Instant Pot beef and broccoli easy pressure cooker dinners
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This Instant Pot Beef And Broccoli is the most popular recipe on Corrie Cooks, and it’s gonna be one of your favorite Instant Pot recipes for sure!

I’m a huge fan of Asian cuisine! I love the combination of sweet and salty, meat, and vegetables, and I am crazy about the sauces! So there are lots of recipes to satisfy my taste buds, but I always return to this classic beef & broccoli. 

If you want your kids to eat more broccoli – this is a great option.

No need to go to a restaurant – make the perfect homemade Beef and Broccoli using your Instant Pot!

What Cut of Beef to Use?

For this recipe you can use chuck roast, flank steak, skirt steak or sirloin steak. They are all works great with the sweet sauce.

A chuck roast for example, is a cut of meat from the chuck, which is also known as the shoulder part of the steer.

Anyway, these details are not very important if you have a local meat vendor that can provide guidance and give you the perfect beef for this recipe.

How to Prepare the Meat?

This recipe requires thin-sliced beef (so it will release all its flavor during the saute step).

My best advice is just ask your butcher to do it for you :]

But if you wanna do it yourself, here are a few tricks: First, make sure to cut against the grain – this cuts the muscle fibers and makes the meat less chewy. If you feel your slices won’t be even or that the cut won’t be as clean as you want it to be, stick the meat in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes. Cold meat cuts better than meat at room temperature.

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Do I need to clean the pot after browning the beef?

No. Always keep the brown bits that stick to the pot while you’re browning the meat. These will come undone when you add the broth and add incredible flavors to the entire dish. 

Can I add mushrooms?

Yes you can! Sometimes I like to diversify and add 1 pack of mushrooms (around 8 oz) to the recipe.

Cooking time and all the other ingredients and instructions stay the same.

Is Sesame Oil Necessary?

If you’re not allergic to it, then you should try to follow the recipe. The purpose of this oil is to bring out some of the flavors and combine others. Honestly, I’ve tried this food with and without sesame oil and I always return to the one with. 

However, if you can’t find some or you don’t feel like going to the store just for this, the dish will still be delicious. So, there’s no need for substitutes. 

Can I replace the brown sugar?

Yes. you can replace it with honey or white sugar.

Can I make it with chicken?

Yes, you can make this Instant Pot recipe with chicken, but then you will have chicken and broccoli.

Do I have to use beef broth?

No. If you don’t have any, replace it with 3/4 cup of water.

Do I have to use cornstarch?

No. You can make this Instant Pot beef and broccoli recipe without cornstarch. But adding it will improve the taste and texture.

Why Cornstarch?

Cornstarch is a better thickening agent and doesn’t influence the taste of the food (unlike flour). Also, it doesn’t get lumps because you have to dissolve it in a liquid (like milk or water) before adding it into the sauce.

In this case, you have to create a mixture of water and cornstarch and add this mixture into the sauce. To make sure there are no lumps, use a whisk to gently incorporate the cornstarch with the water, or just follow the video below.

How to use cornstarch to thicken?

Can I use frozen broccoli?

Yes you can frozen broccoli for this pressure cooker beef and broccoli recipe. Fresh florets would be better (and healthier), but if you don’t have access to fresh broccoli, you can replace it with frozen one. In fact, I like to keep a bag of frozen broccoli in my freezer, just in case. 

If you are using frozen broccoli, the cooking time in the last step would be 5 minutes (on saute) instead of 3 minutes.

Can I steam the broccoli in the microwave?

Yes you can steam the broccoli in the microwave if you’d like.

If you are using fresh broccoli, place the florets in a bowl, add 3 tbsp of water and microwave for 4 minutes.

If you are using frozen broccoli, just follow the instructions on the bag (usually 5-8 minutes).

Add the steamed broccoli on the last step after thickening the sauce. Stir well and that’s all!

Can I use frozen beef?

Fresh beef is perfect for this recipe. So if you have frozen beef I would thaw it before to make sure you will get a delicious recipe like all my friends in the comments bellow :]

If you don’t have time to defrost the beef,  you can use frozen beef.

In this case the sauteing process (step 2) would take a longer time.

After this step, when the beef is brown and no longer frozen in the middle, you can continue with the regular recipe using the same instructions and cooking times.

Can I keep the leftovers?

Yes you can. You can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Please note – the taste would still be great (and even better and stronger), however the broccoli florets may get soggy after a few hours/days.

The Perfect Side Dish

Of course, you can choose to consume it as is, but I like to add a bit more texture and serve it with Jasmine rice or brown rice

If you’re not a rice person, you can always try mashed potatoes or carrot mash.

If you want to cut down the carbs, this dish works just as well with these zucchini noodles .

How to make beef and broccoli

Gather all the ingredients.

Press “saute” and add canola oil. Add beef and cook until browned.

Stir in beef broth, brown sugar and soy sauce.

Add garlic.

Add sesame oil.

Lock lid into place. Cook on High pressure for 10 minutes. Once the cooking cycle is done, perform a quick pressure release.

Add cornstarch and mix well.

Add broccoli.

Close the Instant Pot and let the cook the broccoli on saute (no need for pressure cooking).

If you are using fresh broccoli, cook for 3 minutes.

If you are using frozen broccoli, cook for 5 minutes .

If you steamed the broccoli before, just mix well and skip the cooking.

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Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lb chuck roast or flank steak sliced into thin strips
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 pound broccoli cut into florets
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
Instructions
  • Put canola oil in the Instant Pot and select "Saute".
  • When the oil is ready, brown the meat in batches.
  • Stir in the beef broth, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Lock the lid in place. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. Make sure the valve is set to the sealing position.
  • When the cooking time ends, do a quick pressure release. (Set the valve to the venting position and when the valve drops, carefully remove the lid)
  • Add the cornstarch and water mixture and stir until smooth.
  • Select "saute", add the broccoli and stir a bit.
  • Close the Instant Pot and let the broccoli cook for 3 minutes (fresh) or 5 minutes (frozen) on saute (no need for pressure cooking).
  • Open the lid, serve and enjoy!
Nutrition
Calories: 482kcal Carbohydrates: 34g Protein: 43g Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 102mg Sodium: 1922mg Potassium: 1061mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 20g Vitamin A: 707IU Vitamin C: 102mg Calcium: 119mg Iron: 4mg

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206 thoughts on “Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

      1. 1. Yes you can use any oil you like.
        2. It may be possible but this dish is sooo good that I always make the rice or the noodles separately 🙂

          1. Yes it can, that would be a more traditional method. The instructions would differ though since this recipe is meant for electric pressure cookers.

        1. Please don’t use four bulbs of garlic… the head or bulb of garlic has ‘petals’ or ‘pieces’ that are referred to as cloves. So use four of those pieces. Otherwise it will be very overwhelming. As one who says you can never have to much garlic, four bulbs would qualify.

    1. I was wondering the same thing. Making it right now, and I did sauté with beef only because I didn’t see anywhere else to do it. Fingers crossed! (Also my first ever IP recipe!)

  1. So it’s a 3 part recipe and the beef is cooked first and separate from the other steps, so it’s held out after cooking right? Also, I’m adding the cornstarch mix into the liquid while the broccoli is still in it, or removing the broccoli first? Sorry for needing so much extra info lol! It looks yummy!

    1. Hey April,

      In fact, we are doing all in the same pot, without removing beef or broccoli.
      Cooking beef >> Add broccoli while the beef still inside >> cooking it >> add cornstarch while all the ingredients still inside and stir.

      Hope it helps 🙂

  2. Made it last night…but my broccoli disintegrated in the pot. I was a few minutes delayed on relieving the pressure after the 2 minute cook with the broccoli. The additional pressure must have destroyed the broccoli….taste is really good but it doesn’t look as good.

    1. Same! Great taste and beef was very tender. But broccoli was mush. Next time I will blanch the broccoli separately while the beef cooks and then toss it in when done. Would not cook the broccoli in the instant pot at all

    2. The broccoli should not have been pressure cooked at all it says to add after beef is done pressure cooking and cook 3 (fresh) or 5 (frozen) minutes on sauté.

  3. A great recipe, and so easy! My husband added it to our master list of recipes that we consult when meal planning — a high compliment! Thank you for sharing it.

    1. Oh really sorry about it… at least the taste was good 🙂
      Anyway next time cut the broccoli into bigger pieces and\or cook it for only 1 minutes.

  4. I need to know what the sodium content is. I can’t make anything high in salt. Some recipes I can substitute salt Free for salted intend such as the broth.

    1. Hi Lisa
      I have to watch my sodium intake as well. Most grocery stores have sodium free broth or powder mix. I bought decreases sodium soy sauce online through Amazon. Regular soy sauce is high in sodium. Hope this helps.
      Lin

  5. This was my second attempt at using the instant pot. First time was a fail. This was absolutely delicious and I figured out what I did wrong the first time! I’m hooked!

  6. I made this earlier in the week and in was an amazing success. Everyone raved about it and asked me to make sure I make it again. Thanks for the great recipe.

  7. Trying this recipe tomorrow! The comments all sound like it’s delicious! This will be my 2nd try at cooking in the Instant Pot. 1st time, not so great! Question: When sautéing the beef, you put oil in pot on sauté, sauté beef with the lid OFF? Then add other ingredients and stir till sugar is dissolved. Then do whatever the recipe says? Thank you for your help!!!

  8. Was really good. However cooking broccoli for 2 minutes made it mushy.

    I think I’d steam it next time not pressure cook then add to sauce.

    I use arrowroot powder not cornstarch…

    It is definitely going to be made again. 🙂

  9. Was a little too sweet. Next time I’ll decrease the amount of brown sugar
    Broccoli was mush. I even cut larger flowerets as suggested. I will steam broccoli next time and just add at serving.

  10. Love the recipe. My husband said no more wasting money on Chinese food. I steamed my broccoli in the microwave for two minutes. In about two tablespoons of water then added it after I put cornstarch in.

      1. Hi! Am going to try mushrooms today, I am going to add them with the broccoli and steam…. in the instant pot as my last step. Am I doing this correctly? Thanks

  11. I love this recipe! I make it almost once a week for my family! I’m currently counting calories, is there nutrition facts on this somewhere?

  12. Yes you can play with the amounts – It’s up to you and your taste.
    I’m happy you like this recipe 🙂

  13. I have a bigger family. Can i triple the recipe and still use the same pot all at once? Would the time be different and how much more ingredients would i have to use?

  14. The turned out great. This was my first time using my instant pot and I was a little worried about the pressure times because it takes a couple minutes to get back to pressure.
    But it turned out perfectly.
    Thank you so much for the easy instructions and the recipe.
    I’ll definitely be making it again.

  15. Great recipe! I steamed my broccoli in the microwave and stirred it in really well after thickening the sauce. I am at high altitude, so I wanted to avoid a second pressure build and it worked great!

    1. Bridgette…… The recipe does NOT call for a 2nd pressure build. Just a saute after adding broccoli. Microwave ovens are so bad. They kill your food. No miniature nuclear reactor in my home!

  16. I’ve made this recipe at least 5 times since we got our instapot. It’s my favorite recipe and it’s so delicious!!! My family loves it! It’s so easy to make which is great because I work full time and to come hoke and cook Some days is just so difficult but recipes like this make it so easy! I pop some rice in the rice cooker to pair with this so I literally can relax as they cook!

  17. New wife here! Made this for us for dinner last time as my first pressure cooker meal. OMG I’m hooked! If we wanted to double the recipe to have more, do I do anything with the cooking times?

  18. If I double this recipe, do I need to adjust the cooking time? Also when you say brown the meat, are you just searing it on each side?

    1. 1. Double recipe – same cooking time and same instructions. Just make sure you Instant Pot is big enough so you won’t get the burn message.
      2. Yes, just sear the beef on each side.

  19. Made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! I was asked by my husband to make it one of our staple go to meals! Thanks for the Recipe!!!

  20. This was FANTASTIC a definite make again and again and again! I did make a few adjustments; added some crushed red pepper and fresh minced ginger. Steamed the broccoli separately and then after thickening tossed the broccoli into the beef.

    Thank you for a quick and delicious meal.

  21. This is one of my family’s favorite recipes! We lightly steam our broccoli on the side, so we skip step 6 & 7; but this is still an awesome, simple quick dinner. I bought my Instant Pot over 2 years ago and used it only once before discovering this broccoli beef gem of a recipe. Thank you for posting.

  22. I made this tonight, very good. I didn’t make any rice to go with it, next time I will. I will probably use a little less brown sugar next time and maybe add something to give it a little heat. I’m new to instapot cooking, this was my third recipe – it’s a keeper!

  23. Made this tonight and it was delicious! Next time I might do half regular soy sauce and half low sodium soy sauce….it was just a touch too salty for me. I also added some slice red pepper strips. Such an easy and straight forward recipe. I appreciate you showing how to mix the corn starch, I always seem to rush this and your instructions made me slow down and have a smooth liquid to add.

  24. I tried this tonight – fantastic! The kids LOVED it. I decided I wanted a one pot dinner, so I added rice. I tried 1.5 cups rice and just shy of 2 cups of water (or broth) but I found it a bit rice heavy for my taste. Next time I’m going to use only one cup of rice.
    Basically browned the meat, added the sauce, added the rice and water, then layered the broccoli on top. Cooked for 4 minutes and natural release 10 min since that’s better with the rice. It was excellent!!!

  25. Fabulous recipe! I cooked as stated for the most part. However, I added the broccoli and the remain beef broth from the can to the pot when I added the cornstarch mixture and sautéed it till thick. Def a keeper recipe! Thanks

  26. Delicious! My family loved it! Served over rice and cauliflower rice for me. Would pressure cook broccoli for 1 min next time.

  27. Made this for dinner last night!! HUGE hit! Bought the meat at Winco pre-sliced (where I usually get meat for Carne Asada).

  28. This was really good- my family enjoyed it! I will definitely lessen the broccoli time to 1 min because my huge florets turned to mush as well. I will make it again! Thanks!

  29. This was wonderful! My broccoli, however, was mush 🙁
    I followed the directions perfectly – I was using frozen broccoli which the recipe said to do 2 minutes time pressure cook. I might try one minute next time or cooking broccoli separately.

    1. Mix the broccoli in after the meat is done. I just dump a bag of frozen broccoli in after I thicken the sauce with cornstarch/water mix. Hope this helps.

  30. I just bought my Instant Pot. This is the very first recipe I tried. The beef turned out very good, but the broccoli turned into mush. I was very disapointed, and then I read comments and I think I will cook broccoli in microwave next time, as many others have suggested, and add it in at the end. I added mushroom, very good. Also next time I would use low sodium soya sauce, I found it to be a bit salty.

  31. Had the IP for a few days and after reading everything I could possibly find about it I finally got up the nerve to actually cook something in it. I found your website, thank goodness, and your Beef and Broccoli recipe. It’s a winner! I added a few sliced up mushrooms and used frozen organic broccoli florets. Added a touch of ginger paste too. Absolutely delicious . Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

  32. This was really good!! Even my extremely picky 13?year old liked it! I might use slightly less sugar next time. Thank you!!!

    1. If possible I would thaw the beef before to save time and get a better result.
      If you are sauteing frozen beef it would take a longer time. After this step you can continue with the same cooking instructions.

  33. Quick question. Do you saute the broccoli for three minutes as the instant pot is warming up or is it after it’s heated up for 3 minutes?

  34. Loved it. Turned out fantastic. Will definitely make it again. Already texted my two instant pot friends. I followed the recipe step by step. After I finished it, I thought a bit of minced ginger would be nice.

  35. I just made your recipe! For some reason I love to eat Asian food for “something different” during the Holiday Season. Especially New Years Eve! It’s a tradition with coworkers. I didn’t change a thing! Thanks for sharing!

  36. Made this last night and oh.em.gee.!!! It was SOOOO good! I used half beef broth and half water to make the rice. I will DEF make this again! I may put in ginger next time (cause I have a lot of it) and serve with sliced scallions. This is such a good recipe!

  37. I’m a recent Instant Pot convert. This was Delicious. Super easy to put together. Definitely into the dinner meal rotation. I took some to work and I had to push people away from drooling into my beef and broccoli. Thanks Corrie

    1. Since the ingredients are all sliced before cooking they will cook in the same amount of time. No need to change anything.

  38. My husband and I really liked this recipe. Easy to make and not too many ingredients. We are adding this to our go to recipe list.

  39. This is an amazing recipe! I especially second the “do the meat in batches” recommendation. It was tender and all well-seared. Highly recommend this recipe! I doubled it easily. We served over egg white noodles!

  40. Loved it! I cut back on the brown sugar, as some suggested. I also used sirloin steak, because that’s what I had. It was delicious!!!!!

  41. This is definitely a keeper, much better than in a restaurant. I only used half of the meat suggested and it was plenty. I added to dried red chili peppers also. Served it with jasmine rice cooked with beef broth. Yum!

  42. Since this was the first time using my pot. I found this meal was very delish and easy to make. Have printed this out and put it in my favorite recipe book.

  43. OMG! Corrie this was super delicious. I used olive oil because Vons didn’t have the sesame oil. So if that oil makes it even better, I’m going on a search. Everything was perfect. I put it on cauliflower rice. Really good. Definitely keeping it in my arsenal of instant pot recipes. Thank you

    1. I’m so glad you loved the recipe! I would highly recommend trying it with sesame oil if you can get yours hands on some, it adds a ton of flavor 🙂

  44. OMG! This was delicious!! I hardly ever cook in my Instapot and never have any luck making any Asian dishes! But I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was! I will be making this again!

  45. WOW. This will be a staple recipe at our house! Followed recipe exactly. So so good! Just like at a Chinese restaurant!

  46. Wow. I love my instant pot and the recipes I’ve found but daaaaayng I think this one takes the cake by far. 2 things I did differently was find an amazing marinade for the beef to go with it all and throw in an extra pound of broccoli (cuz we love it), but I don’t think we’ll need to go get Asian fast food anymore… Thank you for the recipe!

  47. Entire family loved it! No changes to recipe! (Wish nutrition information was also listed) Very easy and had most ingredients on hand, will definitely make again!

  48. This was our inaugural Instant Pot recipe! The bar is set high! Thanks for the great explanation. Fantastic recipe and taste.

  49. My husband gave this a rating of “At least Once a month.” Which is high praise.The beef came out sooo tender. And I think I know our favorite Chinese Restaurant’s “Secret.”

  50. This has become a new staple in our house- so good! Do you throw the mushrooms in before pressure cooking? And when doubling, double ingredients but keep cook time the same right? Thanks!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it! No mushrooms in this recipe usually but if you choose to add them yes, that’s correct 🙂

  51. I made this recipe tonight. The flavor is just like beef and broccoli at Asian restaurants. I used thinly sliced London broil as my beef since that is the cut of meat I had. Next time, if I choose to use London broil again, I will pressure cook the meat for 12 minutes since some pieces could have been a little more tender.

  52. I’ve made this several times a month since I found this recipe. It…is…awesome! Thank you for sharing

  53. This has become an often requested favorite with my family. I always double the recipe. This time I added some sliced onion…you can’t go wrong with onions!

    1. Absolutely! I like to add at least a little bit of sugar for a nicely balanced dish, but you can reduce the amount of brown sugar, or leave it out completely if you prefer. You could also try a couple tablespoons of natural honey.

  54. This was delicious! I made a few modifications: I used 1/2 the sesame oil, and 1/2 the soy sauce (to cut down on the sodium), then increased the beef broth by 1/4 of a cup (to make up for the soy sauce I omitted). I added mushrooms, carrots, fresh grated ginger, and dried apricots (taste great in Asian dishes). I served with couscous and a salad. Everyone loved it!

  55. Very easy and came out good but it was too sweet for our taste. I might only do 1 tablespoon of brown sugar next time.

  56. I love this recipe. The only change I would make, would be to find this recipe sooner. Tonight I am trying it with the mushrooms, and I wondered if you can also add onions and at what point.

  57. I made this last night and it was delicious. My husband is very picky and he approves. I made beef broccoli before but mine always comes out too dry. Thanks for this recipe, it’s definitely going to be added in our weekly menu.

  58. Just made this recipe for the first time last night. It will definitely be added to the regular meal rotation!! Thumbs up all around at our house 🙂

  59. Soooo yummy! Everyone loved it even my pickiest kiddo. Definitely will add to our rotation of dinners. I added thin sliced onion in when I sautéed beef as well.

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