Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

Skip the Chinese takeout and make this Classic Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli). Tender, garlicky beef with crunchy broccoli is ultimate comfort food at its best!

Skip the Chinese takeout and make this Classic Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli) at the comfort of your home! Crunchy broccoli with tender & juicy beef drowned in deep garlicky fragrance and lingering savory flavors. Comfort food at its best! Yum!!

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Chinese Beef and Broccoli is seriously some classic favorite comfort food – tender, juicy beef soaked in deep savory garlicky sauce, paired with crunchy broccoli. Just perfect over mouthful of warm, fluffy rice. yum~

Normally, we use flank steak to make Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry in the wok because it has strong beefy flavors. However, the trade off is it’s a very lean cut of beef with long muscle fibers and little marbled fat.

So, we were curious to see how it’ll turn out in the pressure cooker.

Many moons ago, we’ve experimented with pressure cooking flank steak in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Skip the Chinese takeout and make this Classic Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli). Tender, garlicky beef with crunchy broccoli is ultimate comfort food at its best!

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We were sad to find the flank steak meat chewy, tough, and essentially overcooked, even when we only pressure cooked it for only 1 minute with High Pressure.

It was only after pressure cooking the flank steak strips for 35 mins that the meat was tender. But this was no celebration! It was tender simply because the meat’s fiber has broken down after prolonged pressure cooking. And the beefy flavors have all gone to the sauce. 🙁

So, we’ve modified the Beef and Broccoli recipe to use chuck roast instead. The results were marvelously delicious!! 😀

*Pro Tip: Remember it’s critical to pick a well marbled chuck roast.

Skip the Chinese takeout and make this Classic Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli). Tender, garlicky beef with crunchy broccoli is ultimate comfort food at its best!

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Because:

  • Deliciously comforting Chinese dish that you can easily make at home!
  • Simple & healthy ingredients that create bold Asian flavors
  • Crunchy broccoli & tender, moist, juicy beef soaked in yummy garlicky sauce
  • Great for weeknights, serving a crowd, potluck, meal prep, kids…

Ingredients for Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli


Make this Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli) Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (750g) well marbled chuck roast steak, 2 inches thick
  • 1 head (383g) broccoli, chopped into large florets
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly minced
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) ginger, roughly diced
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) peanut oil
  • Black pepper, salt, and brown sugar to taste

Chicken Stock Mixture:

Thickener: 2 – 3 tablespoons cold water + 2 ½ tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch

Tools for Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli


Instructions for Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli


Step 1
Prepare Pressure Cooker

Tool

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Heat up your pressure cooker over medium high heat

  • Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click Adjust button to go to Sauté More function

how to use instant pot - saute more function

Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be

  • Instant Pot: wait until the indicator says HOT

Step 2
Prep Ingredients

Ingredients

1 head (383g) broccoli, chopped into large florets
4 garlic cloves, roughly minced
1 tablespoon (15g) ginger, roughly diced

While the pressure cooker is heating up, you can prepare the ingredients as indicated.

*Pro Tip: You should have about 24 mins including the time for browning the chuck steak.

Step 3
Brown Chuck Steak

Ingredients

2 pounds (750g) well marbled chuck roast steak, 2 inches thick
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon (15ml) peanut oil

Season one side of chuck steak lightly with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add 1 tbsp (15ml) peanut oil in pressure cooker. Ensure to coat oil over whole bottom of the pot.

Carefully place the seasoned side of chuck steak in pressure cooker.

Lightly season the other side with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Brown for 7 mins on each side without constant flipping.

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli): brown chuck roast steak in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Remove and set aside on a chopping board.

Step 4
Make Chicken Stock Mixture

Ingredients & Tool

Chicken Stock Mixture:
1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock
2 tablespoons (30ml) light soy sauce (not low sodium soy sauce)
1 tablespoon (15ml) dark soy sauce
½ tablespoon (7.5ml) oyster sauce
1 teaspoon five spice powder
¼ teaspoon sesame oil

Pyrex glass measuring cup

While the chuck steak is browning in pressure cooker, mix 2 tbsp (30ml) light soy sauce (not low sodium soy sauce), 1 tbsp (15ml) dark soy sauce, ½ tbsp (7.5ml) oyster sauce, 1 tsp five spice powder, ¼ tsp sesame oil, and 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock in a glass measuring cup.

Step 5
Sauté Ginger & Garlic

Ingredients

Diced ginger
Minced garlic

Add diced ginger and minced garlic to the pressure cooker.

Sauté for roughly 90 seconds until fragrant. Do not let the garlic burn.

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli): saute ginger and garlic in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Step 6
Deglaze

Ingredient

Chicken Stock Mixture

Pour in the Chicken Stock Mixture (from Step 4) and completely deglaze bottom of the pot by scrubbing the flavorful brown bits with wooden spoon.

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli): deglaze inner pot in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Turn off the heat briefly to cut the chuck steak.

Step 7
Cut Chuck Steak

Ingredient

Browned chuck steak

After deglazing, cut the chuck steak into ⅛ inch thick beef slices.

*Pro Tip: Since chuck roast grains run in different directions, slice it against the grain the best you can.

Place beef slices and the flavorful meat juice in pressure cooker. Make sure all beef slices are partially submerged in the cooking liquid.

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli): pressure cooker chuck roast steak pieces in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Step 8
Pressure Cook Beef Slices


Optional Step to Make Pot-in-Pot Rice: Layer a stainless steel bowl filled with 1 cup (230g) of Jasmine rice on top of a steamer rack. Add 1 cup (250ml) cold water in the rice bowl. Make sure all the rice is covered with water.

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beef Broccoli): Instant Pot Pot-in-Pot method - place stainless steel bowl of rice and water on top of the steamer rack

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 12 minutes, then 12 minutes Natural Release (after pressure cooker finished cooking, wait 12 minutes then carefully release the remaining pressure)

Turn off the heat. Open the lid carefully.

Step 9
Thicken Sauce

Ingredients

Thickener
2 – 3 tablespoons cold water
2 ½ tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch

Press Cancel button, then Sauté button to heat up the sauce.

In a small mixing bowl, mix cornstarch with water.

Mix it in one third at a time until desired thickness.

Step 10
Cook Broccoli

Ingredients

Chopped broccoli
Optional: five spice powder, kosher salt, brown sugar

While the sauce is boiling, partially submerge the broccoli florets in the sauce mixture in pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli): cook broccoli in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Turn off the heat by pressing Cancel Button, then switch to keep warm mode by pressing Keep Warm Button.

Close the lid immediately (with venting knob in venting position).

Wait 3 – 3.5 minutes before opening the lid again.

The broccoli should be cooked by then. If not, give it a few quick stirs.

Taste and adjust the seasoning with more five spice powder, kosher salt and brown sugar if necessary.

Step 11
Serve Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli


Serve Beef & Broccoli immediately with jasmine rice or other main & side dishes. Enjoy~

Skip the Chinese takeout and make this Classic Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli). Tender, garlicky beef with crunchy broccoli is ultimate comfort food at its best!

Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli


1. Why are we browning the chuck steak as a whole before cutting it up?

  • Retain More Moisture: Browning the chuck steak as a whole retains more moisture due to less surface area.
  • Brown Faster & Better: Since maillard reaction excels in a dry and high heat environment, the chuck steak will brown faster and better compared to cubed stew.
  • Richer & Flavorful: The caramelized flavors from browning results in a richer & more flavorful dish.

2. Can I use other beef cuts for this recipe?

  • Chuck roast is one of the most suitable cuts for pressure cooking. For optimal result, choose one that is well marbled!!

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Skip the Chinese takeout and make this Classic Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli). Tender, garlicky beef with crunchy broccoli is ultimate comfort food at its best!

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

Skip the Chinese takeout & make this Classic Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli) at the ease of your home! Tender, garlicky beef with crunchy broccoli is comfort food at its best. Yum!!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (750g) well marbled chuck roast steak , 2 inches thick
  • 1 head (383g) broccoli , chopped into large florets
  • 4 garlic cloves , roughly minced
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) ginger , roughly diced
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) peanut oil
  • Black pepper, salt, and brown sugar to taste

Chicken Stock Mixture

Thickener

  • 2 - 3 tablespoons cold water + 2 ½ tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch

Instructions

  • Prepare Pressure Cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker over medium high heat (Instant Pot: press Sauté button and click Adjust button to go to Sauté More function). Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until the indicator says HOT).
  • Prep Ingredients: While the pressure cooker is heating up, you can prepare the ingredients as indicated. You should have about 24 mins including the time for browning the chuck steak.
  • Brown Chuck Steak: Season one side of chuck steak lightly with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add 1 tbsp (15ml) peanut oil in pressure cooker. Ensure to coat oil over whole bottom of the pot. Carefully place the seasoned side of chuck steak in pressure cooker. Lightly season the other side with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Brown for 7 mins on each side without constant flipping. Remove and set aside on a chopping board.
  • Make Chicken Stock Mixture: While the chuck steak is browning in pressure cooker, mix 2 tbsp (30ml) light soy sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) dark soy sauce, ½ tbsp (7.5ml) oyster sauce, 1 tsp five spice powder, ¼ tsp sesame oil, and 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock in a glass measuring cup.
  • Sauté Ginger & Garlic: Add diced ginger and minced garlic to the pressure cooker. Sauté for roughly 90 seconds until fragrant. Do not let the garlic burn.
  • Deglaze: Pour in the Chicken Stock Mixture (from Step 4) and completely deglaze bottom of the pot by scrubbing the flavorful brown bits with wooden spoon. Turn off the heat briefly to cut the chuck steak.
  • Cut Chuck Steak: After deglazing, cut the chuck steak into ⅛ inch thick beef slices. Since chuck roast grains run in different directions, slice it against the grain the best you can. Place beef slices and the flavorful meat juice in pressure cooker. Make sure all beef slices are partially submerged in the cooking liquid.
  • Optional Step - Make Pot-in-Pot Rice: Layer a stainless steel bowl filled with 1 cup (230g) of Jasmine rice on top of a steamer rack. Add 1 cup (250ml) cold water in the rice bowl. Make sure all the rice is covered with water.
  • Pressure Cook Beef Slices: Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 12 minutes + 12 minutes Natural Release (after pressure cooker has finished cooking, wait 12 minutes then carefully release the remaining pressure). Turn off the heat. Open the lid carefully.
  • Thicken Sauce: Press Cancel button, then Sauté button to heat up the sauce. In a small mixing bowl, mix cornstarch with water. Mix it in one third at a time until desired thickness.
  • Cook Broccoli: While the sauce is boiling, partially submerge the broccoli florets in the sauce mixture in pressure cooker. Turn off the heat by pressing Cancel Button, then switch to keep warm mode by pressing Keep Warm Button. Close the lid immediately (with venting knob in venting position). Wait 3 - 3.5 minutes before opening the lid again. The broccoli should be cooked by then. If not, give it a few quick stirs. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more five spice powder, kosher salt and brown sugar if necessary.
  • Serve: Serve Beef & Broccoli immediately with jasmine rice or other main & side dishes.
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Nutrition:

Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 767mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 57.7mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 4.1mg
Course: Dinner, Easy, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Vegetables
Cuisine: Chinese
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Jen C
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Jen C

Thank you for the recipe. Couldn’t figure out what to make for dinner and this is a classic recipe. Took a little longer than using the wok, but the tenderness of the beef and flavor is definitely worth it. Followed the recipe exactly and added a little white pepper & sesame seed at the very end for plating. Turned out perfectly. Was so hungry, I forgot to take a picture. Will be making again. Thank you!5 stars

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Peggy Matsuda
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Peggy Matsuda

OK, this was awesome! Met the approval of my super picky husband! Made the recipe pretty much as written but added a little extra brown sugar. Will be making this pretty regularly!5 stars

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Peggy Matsuda
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Peggy Matsuda

Doing well and hope same for you and Amy! Beef Broccoli is my husband’s favorite Chinese dish of all time and he usually makes it for himself on the stove in a wok with just bottle oyster sauce. I think the depth of flavors in your recipe, the tenderness of the meat and the perfectly cooked broccoli blew him away!

Bruce
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Bruce

This was excellent, maybe a little salty. I’ll use let soy next time. It also took longer to prepare because of removing the fat from the chuck roast after searing it5 stars

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Bonnie
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Bonnie

I tried to cook the Jasmine Rice as suggested in the recipe with the added stainless steel bowl but I kept getting a Burn message. I followed your steps and it appeared to have enough water. I even read your tips about burn messages and made sure the valve was in the correct spot. I finally gave up and made the rice directly in the instant pot instead of the stainless steel bowl. Do you know what might have gone wrong? Other than that, THANK YOU – the recipe came out was fantastic!

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Jennifer May
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Jennifer May

Fantastic!! The sauce is the boss of this recipe. I threw some cilantro and scallions when I served it and made chili paste available too. I also added onions and celery, but I added them too early so next time I’ll add them on the broccoli cousin so they have a cracked tender mouth feel to them.

I can’t say enough how much I like the sauce.5 stars

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Amber
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Amber

very tasty! surprised by how juicy and tender the beef was. my sauce did not thicken as I would have liked, but wasn’t too big of a deal. super delicious recipe =)5 stars

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Megan
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Megan

Hey has this recipe changed? I used to make this all the time but something seems different. I’ve always used a chuck roast for it.

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Erin G
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Erin G

Fantastic recipe as usual! I just wanted to let you know that I usually use flank steak in this recipe and it comes out great every time. I don’t alter the cooking time (12 mins like the recipe states) and it’s perfectly tender and delicious.
I also usually add a couple finely diced Thai chilis to the garlic and ginger step because I love some heat in my food.
Fabulous!5 stars

Becky
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Becky

I only have a 1.5 quart white porcelain soufflé dish. It’s 7.5” diameter and pretty heavy. Could it be used for the rice and if so, how would cooking time be affected? Thanks!

Michael Johnson
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Michael Johnson

Yes, the sauce was boiling when I put the broccoli in and closed the lid. When I found it was not done I just returned the lid and let it cook for a couple of minutes and that did the job. Great taste and will try again.
Thank You,
Dr. Mike

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