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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 take-out! You have thinly sliced beef that is so tender and juicy, that soaks up the gravy marinade, that is a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, beef broth, garlic and more. It offers that rich flavor with just a slight sweetness from the brown sugar.

Paired with the broccoli it truly 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

Better than Take-out Beef & Broccoli

This Better than Take-out beef and broccoli is in the constant meal rotation in our home. 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. 

I have made so many recipes over the years where it claims to be as good as the restaurants and it always falls flat. 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.

It took me awhile 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. 

Instant Pot Better than Take Out Beef and Broccoli

Beef & Broccoli is one of the very first recipes I made in the Instant Pot. Since that turned out so good I had to try many other Instant Pot CopyCat Recipes like Better Than Take Out General Tso’s Chicken. Panera’s Broccoli and Cheddar Soup, Panera’s Mac & Cheese, Olive Garden’s Zuppa Tuscana Soup. As you can see I think I am saving money using the Instant Pot I eat out much less now.  You may also like 10 Instant Pot Copy Cat Recipes

Best Meat to Use 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, will leave you with that melt-in-your-mouth tenderness you desire.

I also really love flat iron steaks, they are so juicy and offer a perfect marble color for the perfect mix of meat and fat content. Some grocery stores with a meat market can cut any steak you want for free. I like to ask if they will thinly slice the meat for me if I am in a hurry and don’t have the time to do it before I need to prep dinner.

The steak you use will affect the flavor of the dish slightly if you buy a cheaper grade of meat it will still be as tender because of the magic of the Instant Pot. The marinade for this will help break down the meat, but it will only do so much. 

I hope you all enjoy this better than take-out beef and broccoli as much as our home does. The instant pot version wins the gold star for us, it truly makes the dish cooked perfectly. Bon Appetite! 

Make Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli From Frozen! 

  1. In a bowl Mix together
  2. 3 tbs sesame oil, 3 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

Instant Pot Better than take out beef and broccoli from frozen

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.

How to Freeze Instant Pot Rice.

Beef and Broccoli from frozen


Instant Pot Better than Take Out Beef and Broccoli

Better than Take-Out Beef & Broccoli

Better than Take-Out Beef & Broccoli

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

Have Mouth watering Better than Take-out Beef & Broccoli in under 20 minutes. 

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 oil and meat on saute in your pot.
  2. Until meat is brown about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add in onions and garlic continue to saute until onions are tender.
  4. Add in beef broth and soy sauce
  5. Stir in brown sugar and stir until dissolved.
  6. Place IP on 10 minutes high pressure and do a natural release.
  7. Mix 2 tbsp water with 1 tbs cornstarch and add to your mixture.

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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Kathy

Thursday 14th of January 2021

Where does the sesame oil come in???

Anne

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

Since I've made this many, many times, I feel I should comment. It is the best! I love it with Flank Steak. I have made it with sirloin steak and it was also good, but the Flank Steak melts in your mouth. I have always used fresh broccoli and steam it. This has become one of my families "go to" meals! And that says a lot as I love to cook and try many recipes. Only the special ones make the "go to" list! Very delicious! Plus very easy and quick! A bonus!

jane

Tuesday 17th of November 2020

I'm so excited to find your site! I need inspiration and recipes to feed my family. Thank you SO much!!!

Tiffany

Sunday 9th of August 2020

If I am trying to make this as a frozen meal do I cook the meat first then freeze it or add raw meat to the ziploc bag and then freeze it?

anna

Saturday 25th of July 2020

Hi there! just made this recipe as a freezer dump- the beef isn’t cooked when you put it in the bag, right?

it just feels like the IP cook time is quite short for raw beef.

thanks!