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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. Set Instant Pot on Saute.
  2. Add oil.
  3. Add onions and garlic saute until tender.
  4. Add steak and cook until just brown.
  5. Add in beef broth and soy sauce.
  6. Add brown sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  7. Place IP on 10 minutes high pressure
  8. Do a natural release.
  9. Place Pot back on Saute.
  10. Mix 2 tbsp water with 1 tbs cornstarch and add to your mixture.
  11. Continue cooking until your desired thickness.
  12. Add your steamed broccoli.
  13. Remove and serve over rice.

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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Becky

Friday 18th of March 2022

This recipe has become part of our regular rotation and the most requested from my husband. It is so easy to prepare so I am always happy to make it 😊

Adventures of a Nurse

Friday 18th of March 2022

Glad you like it

Allie

Thursday 27th of January 2022

I'm making this meal to freeze, do I cook the steak first or just put it in the freezer bag with the sauce and onions raw?

Adventures of a Nurse

Thursday 27th of January 2022

Put it in raw

Pam

Monday 6th of December 2021

This broccoli /beef stir fry is so delicious. I fix it for a quick dinner often. We love it!

Lori

Thursday 7th of October 2021

This was soo yummy!! I took the suggestions of others and added freshly grated ginger when I sautéed the onions & garlic, doubled the cornstarch slurry, added 1Tbsp of oyster sauce and some crushed red pepper flakes and used only 3tsp of the sesame oil (instead of tablespoons)and that worked well. I tried doing the brocolli in the pot as well- it turned out overcooked but was still yummy! Will have to figure out the broccoli next time- & I would prob dbl the broccoli next time too! Thanks so much, this recipe is definately a keeper!

Matt

Tuesday 20th of July 2021

New to instant pot but love it. Little confused. If I prep for freezer I do not have to sauté the meat? Just in freezer raw?

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