Best Damn Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is loaded with all the real flavors you love and expect from this classic dish. It’s a delicious recipe for a take-out favorite, which you can make right at home in your Instant Pot.
Living in the Chicago area, there are no shortages of Asian and Asian-inspired restaurants. In fact, we’ve got some of the very best. But there are times when nothing beats making a homemade meal, and our Instant Pot is great way to make so many incredible dishes. But, can we make one of our favorite meals – beef and broccoli in an Instant Pot? You bet we can!
What Kind of meat for Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli?
Flank steak is the beef of choice for many Asian beef dishes. Sirloin would be my 2nd choice if flank steak is not available. Pressure cooking a meal such as beef and broccoli is so good because the flavors really get infused into the meat. And the fact that it can be done in such a short period of time is all the better. I like to find a nice flank steak that has a little marbling which adds to the excellent texture once done.
Start the Broccoli First in Saute Mode
The broccoli won’t actually be part of the pressure cooking, but it will indeed be done in our Instant Pot. We start by adding avocado oil to the Instant pot and set it to saute mode. Once the oil is hot, we add the broccoli and let it cook for just just a couple of minutes. We do not want it cooked through at this point, but rather just until it starts to turn to that bright green color that looks so good! Then we remove it and set it aside to finish later in the recipe.
Combine the Simple Ingredients for the Classic Flavors we Know and Love
The pressure cooking part will take place next and we’ll cook our flank steak, which we’ve cut into strips of ¾″ thick, in a delicious sauce. One of the main ingredients of the sauce mix is soy sauce. You can use gluten-free tamari soy sauce, or, if you’re avoiding soy sauce altogether, use coconut aminos. Coconut Aminos is a sauce that is often substituted for soy sauce. It’s sweeter than soy sauce, so if using it you may want to cut back to 2 tablespoon of sugar, and add a little salt also per your personal preference. We then cook the meat directly in the liquid for 10 minutes at high pressure. After the cycle is complete, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes. You can quick release after that if necessary.
Next we press cancel, remove the lid (when pin has dropped), remove the meat and set aside. Time to make a slurry… In a cup or small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoon of cornstarch ad 4 tablespoons cold water. Mix it well and then pour it into the liquid in the Instant Pot. Whisk it in well. Add the broccoli, and set to saute mode. Let it saute for about 5 minutes or so, cooking the broccoli and thickening the sauce in the process. Press cancel and add the meat back to the Instant Pot. You can let it continue to thicken for a couple of minutes before serving.
Serve over cooked white or brown rice. Top with sesame seeds and chopped scallions or green onions for garnish.