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Instant Pot Better than Take-Out Beef & Broccoli

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Instant Pot Better than Take-Out Beef and Broccoli truly is better than takeout! You have thinly sliced beef that is so tender and juicy, that soaks up the mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, beef broth, and garlic. It offers that rich flavor with just a slight sweetness from the brown sugar.

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

Paired with broccoli, it is a showstopper meal that the whole family will devour.  Serve with rice or eat alone; you won’t regret whipping this dish up. The best part is you can make this dish in under 20 minutes.

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Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

This better than take-out beef and broccoli recipe truly picks up all the flavor notes in the traditional dishes you can get in restaurants.

This is one of my husband’s favorite dishes, and I can’t complain because it is scrumptious but so quick and easy to make. It uses simple ingredients which you can find in pretty much any grocery store and comes out so juicy and flavorful each time. 

Ingredients needed for Beef and Broccoli

It took me a while to pinpoint the exact amounts of ingredients to make it the best, and I finally mastered this dish! It is affordable to make and just as good as restaurant quality. Believe me, this recipe is so simple, thanks to the Instant Pot. It cooks the beef and the broccoli to the perfect temperatures, so you truly enjoy every savory bite of this dish. 

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  • onion
  • garlic
  • thinly sliced steak, I used flank steak, but you can use your favorite steak or even chuck roast.
  • sesame oil
  • olive oil
  • soy sauce you can use low sodium soy sauce if you prefer
  • beef broth
  • brown sugar
  • frozen broccoli or Fresh I used fresh
  • corn starch
  • Sesame Seed for garnish
  • White or brown rice
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Step by Step Directions for Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

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Step 1

Place Instant pot on Saute. Pour in olive oil and Sesame Oil; add chopped onion and garlic, and cook until soft and translucent.

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Step 2

Add thinly sliced steak to the Instant Pot and brown the meat.

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Step 3

Continue Cooking on saute until beef is brown, then add beef broth.

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Step 4

Stir in brown sugar and soy sauce until dissolved. Place Instant Pot on Manual High Pressure for 10 minutes. After pressure cooking, do a manual release. This allows the steam to release naturally and gives the meat time to become more tender.

While beef is pressure cooking, steam your broccoli.

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Step 5

Place Instant Pot on Saute and make a cornstarch slurry and add it to the pot. Continue cooking on saute until you have the desired thickness.

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Step 6

Now you can stir in your steamed broccoli florets. Serve over brown rice or white rice.

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How to Freeze Beef and Broccoli.

  1. In a bowl, Mix together
  2. 3 tbsp sesame oil, three tbs olive oil, 1/3 cup soy sauce, 3/4 cup beef broth, and 1/3 cup brown sugar and mix
  3. Place liquids into a bag.
  4. Place Onions, garlic, and meat in the freezer bag also.
  5. Freeze a packet of Rice separately. And a package of Broccoli.
  6. Freeze up to 3 months

How to Freeze Instant Pot Rice.

Cook Beef and Broccoli from Frozen.

  1. When ready to use in the Instant Pot, Place in the pot frozen.
  2. Manual High Pressure for 10 Minutes.
  3. Do a Natural release for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve over rice.

Slow Cooker Directions for Beef and Broccoli

  • Brown meat in a small pan.
  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker with the meat.
  • Place on low for 8 hours. Turn up to high for the last hour, add your broccoli, and serve over rice.
  • Serve over rice.
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Tips and Tricks for Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

  • Brown meat before pressure cooking to seal in the flavors and juices of the beef.
  • To Cook Rice with broccoli, place a trivet on top of the beef and broccoli, and fill with one cup of water and one cup of rice.
  • If you don’t mind soggy broccoli, you can cook broccoli with the beef, but it will get very soft and almost disintegrate this is a good way to get picky eaters to eat broccoli.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to do a quick release?

A manual release is best for this recipe to make the meat tender. If you want to do a quick release, it won’t hurt anything at all I have tried both ways, and both turn out great.

Best Meat for Beef and Broccoli

Flank steak, flat iron, or sirloin are the three cuts of meat I recommend. You can find all of these easily at your grocery store. Flank steak can be a bit pricey, but sometimes you pay a higher price for meat like flank, which will leave you with that melt-in-your-mouth tenderness you desire.

Can I pressure cook without browning the beef?

Yes, you can skip browning the meat and just place all ingredients in the instant pot.

Does the Instant Pot make meat tender?

Yes, the pressure cooker makes the meat very tender.

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Better than Take-Out Beef & Broccoli

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Instant Pot Better than Take-Out Beef and Broccoli truly is better than takeout! You have thinly sliced beef that is so tender and juicy that it soaks up the mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, beef broth, and garlic. It offers that rich flavor with just a slight sweetness from the brown sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 pounds thinly sliced steak
  • 3 tbs sesame oil
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • Fresh or frozen broccoli
  • 1 tbs cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Place Instant pot on Saute. Pour in olive oil and Sesame Oil; add chopped onion and garlic, and cook until soft and translucent. instant-pot-saute-onion-and-garlic
  2. Add thinly sliced steak to the Instant Pot and brown the meat.Step-2-add-flank-Steak
  3. Continue Cooking on saute until beef is brown, then add beef broth.Brown-beef-add-broth-to-instant-pot
  4. Stir in brown sugar and soy sauce until dissolved.
  5. Place Instant Pot on Manual High Pressure for 10 minutes. After pressure cooking, do a manual release. This allows the steam to release naturally and gives the meat time to become more tender.brown-sugar-soy-sauce-pressure-cook
  6. While beef is pressure cooking, steam your broccoli.
  7. Place Instant Pot on Saute, make a cornstarch slurry (Mix 2 tbsp water with one tbs cornstarch), and add it to the pot. add- cornstarch-slurry-to-Instant-Pot
  8. Continue cooking on saute until you have the desired thickness.add-steamed-broccoli-to-pot

Notes

Meanwhile, steam your broccoli and cook your rice according to directions. Stir in the broccoli and serve over rice. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

For Freezer Meal directions:

    In a bowl mix together

    3 tbs sesame oil
    3 tbs olive oil
    1/3 cup soy sauce
    3/4 cup beef broth
    1/3 cup brown sugar

  1. Place liquids into a bag.
  2. Place Onions, garlic, and meat in the freezer bag also.
  3. Freeze a packet of Rice separately. And a package of Broccoli.
  4. Freeze up to 3 months

Cook from Frozen

  1. When ready to use in the Instant Pot Place in the pot frozen.
  2. Manual High Pressure for 10 Minutes.
  3. Do a Natural release for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve over rice.

Crock-Pot:

Place on low for 8 hours. Turn up to high for the last hour and add your broccoli and serve over rice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 754Total Fat: 52gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 165mgSodium: 1422mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 49g

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