Obviously I’m still loving our Instant Pot.  It’s becoming an every day thing and our favorite appliance. We’re learning what works and doesn’t too – very slowly. Tonight we tried one of our favorite order-out Chinese food dinners – beef and broccoli. This was delicious and SO tender. Not chewy like some take-out can be. We followed the recipe on Adventures of a Nurse, but next time will need to make a few modifications.

KETO and Chinese Food

Since i started the KETO diet, Chinese food is the one thing I miss the most. It doesn’t help that we live across the street from our favorite Chinese restaurant. That does deliver even across the street if when i’m home sick or just lazy. This recipe is actually better than any of the ones we’ve had from restaurants. I’d recommend trying it asap!


We used frozen broccoli, but you could use fresh too. Just watch the cooking time in the IP as veggies can get a bit mushy. 

Slice the beef into thin strips. You can look at the before and after for comparison. We’ve tried several different kinds of beef – often we just pick whatever is on sale. 


Our mixture had too much liquid and didn’t thicken – so next time we might add half the beef broth mentioned (we’re finding that in general with out IP). But taste-wise, this was delish. It was also a little bland for my grandson (he’s 5!), so we added more soy sauce to his. And big win – unlike most Chinese food, I WAS NOT hungry an hour after eating!

Best Beef and Broccoli in the Instant Pot


  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1¬†clove of garlic chopped (it's all we had - the recipe called for 3)
  • 1 1/2 pounds thinly sliced steak (we used a sirloin from Aldi that said it was good for fajitas)
  • 3 tbs sesame oil
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 ¬†cup beef broth
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 bags frozen broccoli (about 6 cups - we use the Aldi brand)
  • 1 tbs cornstarch


Brown the beef in the oils using the "saute" mode on the IP. Add in onions and garlic and continue to saute until onions are tender. Add in beef broth, soy sauce and brown sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Cook for 10 minutes manual, NR. Mix 2 tbs water with 1 tbs cornstarch and add that to the mixture. Steam the broccoli and add it to the mixture. Serve over rice.



6 Comments on Best Beef and Broccoli in the Instant Pot

  1. PegP
    August 12, 2018 at 11:06 am (3 months ago)

    What happens with the broccoli? You never said when to add it. Cook it separately then mix with beef? Cook it with the beef before adding the cornstarch mixture? And I’m assuming “NR” means natural release?

  2. erika
    June 16, 2018 at 9:04 pm (5 months ago)

    what does NR stand for?

  3. Tena @ Sweet Hope Studio
    September 12, 2017 at 12:35 am (1 year ago)

    I can’t wait to try this! I got an Instant Pot a few months ago and am obsessed! Thank You.

    • Kayce
      April 25, 2018 at 9:56 pm (7 months ago)

      I just got an Instant Pot I tried your Beef and Broccoli was incredible, my hubby said he would have paid $30.0 for the meal!!! We both loved it thank you…can’t wait to try some more if your recipes.

      • Linda
        June 16, 2018 at 8:17 pm (5 months ago)

        I’m so glad you enjoyed it!


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