Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Make this flavorful Chinese Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry recipe in 25 mins! Tender beef & crunchy broccoli soaked in delicious garlicky ginger sauce.

Make this classic favorite Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry recipe right at home in less than 30 mins. Deliciously tender beef and crunchy broccoli soaked in bold garlicky ginger sauce. Just perfect when you’re craving Chinese food during those busy weeknights. 😀

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This easy beef and broccoli stir fry is definitely one of our go-to Chinese recipes. We normally make this dish with our wok, but can our pressure cooker do better? Let’s find out! 😀

Ingredients for Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

The combination of garlic, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, oyster sauce, and Shaoxing wine is great at releasing the flavors of the beef and broccoli. You’ll love this bold sauce full of Asian flavors. 😀

Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry recipe ingredients

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Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe Tips

The cut of beef and how you slice it will affect the tenderness of the beef when it’s cooked. We normally use flank steak for beef and broccoli stir fry because of its’ strong beefy flavors.

However, it’s a very lean cut of beef with long muscle fibers and little marbled fat. So, it’s really easy to overcook flank steak resulting in tough and dry meat. But if it’s cooked and sliced properly, it can be tender and full of flavors. YUM! 🙂

So how should we do it?

Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry recipe, beef flank steak must be cut against the grain

Slice the beef as thin as you can at a 20-degrees angle against the grain.

Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry recipe. Flank steak must be very thinly sliced.

As for the broccoli, chop it into large individual florets instead of small florets. This will give you more crunch for the dish in contrast with the tender beef.

Pressure Cooking Experiment for Easy Beef and Broccoli 

We needed to find the optimal method and cooking time for tender beef before we make the actual Beef and Broccoli dish. So, we first experimented cooking the beef at high pressure with different cooking times and release methods. 

Here are the results:

  • 1 minute, Quick Release – beef was overcooked, very chewy, and inedible
  • 12 minutes, Quick Release – beef was overcooked, tough and chewy
  • 15 minutes, Natural Release – beef was overcooked, tough and chewy
  • 25 minutes, Natural Release – can finally chew the beef, but texture is similar to those of beef brisket’s
  • 35 minutes, Natural Release – beef is finally tender but the beefy flavors have gone to the sauce

Flank steak should be cooked medium-rare to medium to bring out the tenderness. However, the meat was already overcooked after 1 minute of high pressure cooking. 🙁

It was only until we’ve cooked at high pressure for 35 minutes plus natural release that the beef was finally tender. But don’t be mistaken! It was tender only because the pressure has broken down the meat fibers to a point that they’re falling apart.

The flavors and nutrients of the beef have already gone to the sauce. Thus, you’ll get a rich sauce, but the beef itself will be close to tasteless. Plus, would you want to cook this dish for 35+ minutes when you can finish it in the wok in 10 minutes?

Make this flavorful Chinese Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry recipe in 25 mins! Tender beef & crunchy broccoli soaked in delicious garlicky ginger sauce.

We know that not every household has a wok, so, instead of pressure cooking the flank steak, we’ve decided to test if the Sauté More function of our Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker is capable of making this stir fry dish deliciously.

The answer is YES!! The beef turned out to be very juicy, tender, and flavorful. Plus, the cooking was done in 5 minutes!!! 😀

If you still want to make this dish with pressure cooking, avoid using lean cuts like skirt steak or flank steak. Try using a fattier cut such as beef stew meat. But keep in mind that, it’ll still take at least 20 minutes to cook this dish taking everything into account.

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Pressure Cooker Chinese Recipes: Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Make this flavorful Chinese Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry recipe in 25 mins! Tender beef & crunchy broccoli soaked in delicious garlicky ginger sauce.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 - 4
Calories: 280kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 1 pound flank steak (very thinly sliced against the grain)
  • 1 head broccoli , chopped into large florets
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger , minced
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine

Stir Fry Sauce:

Instructions

  • Marinate Beef: Marinate the beef for 20 minutes with two thirds of the Stir Fry Sauce and corn starch.
  • Blanch Broccoli: Boil water in a medium pot, add salt and blanch the broccoli for 1 minute. Then, drain the broccoli and set aside.
  • Prepare Instant Pot: Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click on the adjust button to go to the Sauté More function). Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be when you place the marinated beef into the pot (Instant Pot: wait until the indicator says HOT).
  • Stir Fry Beef & Broccoli: Add 1 tablespoon of peanut oil into the pot. Make sure the oil is smoking hot. Add the marinated beef into the pot, stir and cook until 80% cooked, then remove and set aside.
    Add 1 tablespoon of peanut oil into the pot. Add garlic and ginger, then stir for 30 seconds to flavor the oil.
    Add the broccoli into the pot, stir and cook for roughly 1 minute.
    Add the beef back into the pot, then add Shaoxing wine, stir and cook. Continue to stir as you add the remaining Stir Fry Sauce to the pot. Stir and mix well, add salt to taste (please taste!).
    Optional: thicken the sauce with an extra tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon of water if desired.
  • Serve Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry: Serve immediately with rice.
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Recipe Notes:

It’s very important to cut the beef as thin as you can on a 20 degree angle against the grain.
Please note: Different soy sauces have different levels of saltiness. I only needed to use 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce from my old bottle and I had to use 2 tablespoons with the new bottle I just bought. Please taste the stir fry sauce and adjust accordingly before marinating the beef.

Nutrition:

Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 2179mg | Potassium: 886mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 947IU | Vitamin C: 136mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: beef and broccoli, beef and broccoli stir fry, easy instant pot recipes, instant pot beef, instant pot chinese recipes
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Make this flavorful Chinese Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry recipe in 25 mins! Tender beef & crunchy broccoli soaked in delicious garlicky ginger sauce.

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PHILLIP

I applaud your research and in this case the conclusion to NOT pressure cook the meat. I have looked at many of your recipes and this is the first one that reminded me that just because I(we) CAN does not necessarily mean I(we) SHOULD. You found a way to make the IP do something that the developers probably never envisioned. BRAVO. That being said, I think that I would rather use my (big opening) wok instead of my (small opening) IP for this dish. Please keep on doing what you do best. Lots of folks apparently liked your recipe. I… Read more »

Joleen

You had mentioned above that if you wish to pressure cook, you could use stew meat instead. What would you suggest for cook / natural release times so the meat is fully cooked yet tender? Thank you!

Cat Goodwin

I just made this. So yummy!

Lois Block

Love your recipes! Thanks for putting them online! I’ll definitely be try7ng them out! Especially this one!5 stars

Danni Hughes

I just love your recipes. Made the Chicken Teriyaki last night and the family asked for Beef and Broccoli. I used a bottled teriyaki sauce diluted for the chicken last night and it turned out great. Is there a stir fry sauce I could purchase? I already have so many bottles of different ingredients in the pantry and fridge. Thanks in advance for your expertise!

Maggie

Hi,
I love your website!
Could I use Top Round Roast for this recipe?
Thx,
Maggie

Joan

Thank you for this recipe. Can I substitute coconut aminos for both of the soy sauces?

Katherine Nyborg

This is delicious! I made it with some odd portions of steak I had in my freezer, and added sliced mushrooms and onions. The prep was easy, the cooking fast, and the taste is fantastic! Pair it with your IP jasmine rice recipe, and it was a perfect meal! Thanks for sharing!5 stars

Shelby

I know it sounds crazy, but I used a chuck roast. Sliced it thin, marinated overnight and cooked for 6 minutes on high pressure. The meat was so tender and full of beef flavor. A perfect match for broccoli and rice.

Maybe try to experiment with different cuts of meat?

Love your site and recipes!!

Sandy

What would be a gluten free substitute for the shaoxing wine?

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