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Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

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Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is a very easy and delicious recipe that can be made in the Instant Pot. A weeknight staple that can be served with rice or over noodles.

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli RecipeInstant Pot Beef and Broccoli is a staple in my house and is a take on one of my most popular recipes, this Instant Pot Mongolian Beef. You know that I love a good easy meal, that I can make during the week with minimum effort. This is that type of recipe, after you sauté the beef, you add the rest of the ingredients to the instant pot and basically dinner is ready for you. You don’t have to clean multiple pots, which is always a win-win for me. You can serve this beef and broccoli over some rice, or as my son always asks for it, over thick noodles.

Why should you make this meal in the Instant Pot? Well, for me this is a no brainer, because the beef gets so tender! While a stove-top version is great as well, with this version you are getting beef so tender that it melts in your mouth! Even picky eater will lick their fingers clean.

Looking for more Instant Pot Recipes? Check these out:

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe

How to make the perfect Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Beef Recipe:

  • Start with quality meat, preferably use organic beef for this meal. I used flank steak, but beef stew chunks will work as well, same cooking time.
  • If you are using flank steak, I personally prefer to cut about 1 inch wide slices, this way the beef holds together better when cooked under pressure. Don’t forget to slice it against the grain.
  • Cornstarch is a key ingredient in here, do not try to replace it with flour, the results will not be the same.
  • I like to use quiet a bit of garlic in this recipe, I think it works really well with the beef flavor. Feel free to use less if you are not a huge garlic fan.
  • Using fresh ginger will add amazing flavor to the sauce, so don’t skip it.
  • Red pepper flakes – you can use more if you would like the meal to be spicier.
  • The dish can also be made in your Crock Pot or in the Instant Pot using the Slow Cooker function, it should be cooked on High for 4 hours or on Low for 7 hours. Add the broccoli at the last hour if using fresh broccoli. Or just mix in steamed broccoli before serving.
  • The sugar can be replaced with honey or maple syrup.
  • Served over rice or noodles.
  • Store the Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli in a large airtight container in the fridge, make sure that the sauce covers at least partially the beef, so it won’t dry out.
  • Instant Pot – I have the 6 quarts one. It makes weeknight meals so much easier.
  • Cornstarch – I prefer using cornstarch instead of flour to thicken sauces, and this organic brand is my favorite
Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe

What is a 10 Minutes Natural Pressure Release?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm, and wait 10 minutes, after which you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release. Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker, wait 10 minutes and after that open the valve. A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta or steel cut oats. This method prevents for any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

Looking for Instant Pot Side Dishes? These are my favorites:

  1. Fluffy and Creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
  2. The Best Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
  3. Low Carb Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower

Here is a step-by-step video of how to make the Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe:

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe
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Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is a very easy and delicious recipe that can be made in the Instant Pot. A weeknight staple that can be served with rice or over noodles.



  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs flank steak sliced across the grain
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 12 oz frozen broccoli bag steamed
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 cup beef broth low sodium
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar or 1/2 cup for a sweeter version
Cornstarch Slurry:
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup green onions chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. In a medium bowl whisk together all the ingredients listed in the Sauce compartment. Set aside.
  2. Press Sauté on the Instant Pot-> wait for the Instant Pot indicator to read HOT.
  3. Add vegetable oil, once the oil is hot, add the beef in one layer (in batches), do not move or turn the beef for about 2 minutes to make sure it gets a nice sear on one side (this is important). Stir the beef and sauté for 2 minutes on the other side. Remove, set aside on a plate covered in foil and brown another batch of beef and set aside.

  4. Once done with browning the beef, add 1/4 cup of water to the pot to deglaze it. Using wooden spoon, try to get any bits and pieces that stuck to the bottom of the pot.

  5. Add the beef back to the pot, pour the sauce mixture on top. Stir to combine.
  6. Close lid and pressure cook on High Pressure for 10 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. After 10 minutes of NPR, turn off the Instant Pot. Release the remaining pressure. Open the lid.

Cornstarch Slurry:
  1. Make the cornstarch slurry: in a small bowl mix cornstarch with water until fully combined. With the IP on the Sauté function, add the slurry to the pot, stir to combine and cook for 2-3 minutes on Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens. If needed add more slurry (1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp water) until desired thickness is achieved. Keep in mind that the sauce will thicken more once it cools.
  2. Stir in the steamed broccoli.
  3. Turn off the Instant Pot and serve over rice or noodles. Garnish with fresh chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
Recipe Notes

I bought frozen broccoli that can be steamed directly in the bag in the microwave. You can also steam them in a microwave safe bowl: Put all the broccoli in microwave-safe bowl and add 2-3 tablespoons of water per about 1 lb of broccoli. Cover with a lid, preferably should be covered tightly to keep the steam inside the bowl. Microwave for 3-4 minutes. If you are not sure of your microwave power, try at 2 1/2 minutes if the broccoli are done, if needed, cover back and microwave more. Same method can be used to steam fresh broccoli. Make sure you cut them into smaller florets before adding them to the bowl.

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Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is a very easy and delicious recipe that can be made in the Instant Pot. A weeknight staple that can be served with rice or over noodles.

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14 comments on “Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli”

  1. My family loves this meal I highly recommend!!

  2. I am always looking for new Instant Pot recipes! I am excited to try this one. You’ve listed several that I need to make!

  3. I’ve been using my IP more and more. Love this recipe!

  4. This is my type of dinner! Beef and broccoli are perfect together!

  5. I love what you have in an instant pot! Looks like a great one for an instant pot beginner!

  6. So many beef and broccoli recipes out there but I love that I can use my instant pot for this one!

  7. If you use your instant pot for just this recipe, it is totally worth the price of it. This was the first recipe I tried in my instant pot and it continues to be a huge favorite. We loveeeeee it. Very good and easy to make. 

  8. 1/4 cup of cornstarch?? That doesn’t seem right.

  9. New to instant pot cooking–what could use instead of flank steak? Would chuck roast work or be too touch? Thanks.

  10. So I am new to instant pot cooking…what kind of meat should you use instead of flank? Would chuck roast work, cut into small pieces?

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