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Best Beef and Broccoli in the Instant Pot

Best Beef and Broccoli in the Instant Pot

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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, with 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.

Love these Pioneer Woman Instant Pot – so cute!

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.

Beef and broccoli is one of the easiest meals to make in your Instant Pot. If you happen to be craving this delicious meal option then I’m excited to share an easy to whip up Instant Pot beef and broccoli that will make your belly and taste buds happy!

Can you overcook meat pressure cooker?

It is possible to overcook meat in a pressure cooker. Since your Instant Pot has different pressures and temperatures based on how you set it, you could possibly overcook your beef for this beef and broccoli
recipe. The pressure and temperature settings should be adjusted to reflect the size of the meat you’re using for your Instant Pot recipe.

Can you put frozen meat in an instant pot?

For my Instant Pot beef and broccoli recipe, I used frozen broccoli, but you can opt for fresh broccoli. With that being said, it is possible to cook frozen meat and veggies in your Instant Pot, but that may change the cooking pressure, temperature and time requirements. A frozen slab of meat will make your Instant Pot take longer to heat up to temperature. I highly recommend you thaw your meat before using it in this beef and broccoli recipe for the best results. I don’t want you to think that my best ever beef and broccoli Instant Pot recipe isn’t as good as I say it is.

Does meat get more tender the longer you pressure cook it?

Generally speaking, the longer you cook your meat the more moisture it will lose. When your meat loses too much moisture the tenderness is reduced and you’ll get a drastically tougher piece of meat. Be sure to follow my instructions for cooking this beef and broccoli so that the meat comes out so tender that it just about falls apart in your mouth.

The combination of beef broth, broccoli, and beef with seasonings will blow your taste buds away with every bite! This Instant Pot recipe will quickly become your favorite beef and broccoli recipe to enjoy tender bites of moist beef mixed with the superfood broccoli.

broccoli in instant pot

Is broccoli a Superfood?

Yes! Broccoli is a superfood and has been long stated to be one of the healthiest veggies to consume. Broccoli is full of fiber, Vitamin C and antioxidants. Each of these nutrients will help you feel healthier so load up on this beef and broccoli instant pot recipe to get some of this superfood into your daily diet today!

steak on cutting board

While you may have a preferred beef steak to use with this recipe, I generally go with whatever happens to be on sale and I’ve had great luck practicing this method. You can use your favorite steak cut and simply cut it up into small slices to go with your beef and broccoli recipe.

Forget heading to the restaurant and dealing with the crowds, this beef and broccoli recipe mimics your favorite take-out version but tastes even better. This mixture made in the Instant Pot within just minutes is an excellent quick meal idea for a busy week and it’s budget-friendly too.


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

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)
  • 4 tbs sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup coconut amino acids
  • 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.


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Sunday 12th of August 2018

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?


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I think "NR" means "Now Reduce" meaning let the food simmer til the sauce is a bit thin


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