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Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

An Instant Pot (pressure cooker) version of the classic beef and broccoli that everyone loves!

An Instant Pot (pressure cooker) version of the classic beef and broccoli that everyone loves!

Can we say hooray for another pressure cooker recipe?! This Instant Pot beef and broccoli is a take on my slow cooker beef and broccoli.

I love that recipe so much but some days I just don’t want to wait for it to cook all day long so the pressure cooker/Instant Pot is my best friend and makes this Instant Pot beef and broccoli recipe possible!

In as little as 35 minutes. Yessss!

An Instant Pot (pressure cooker) version of the classic beef and broccoli that everyone loves!

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe

I love cooking meat in the Instant Pot. If you cook them the right amount of time, they always come out so tender and falling apart.

However, if you cook them too long or short, they can come out chewy and tough or disintegrate.

I’ve played with the Instant Pot enough to know the right amount of time for most cuts of meat.

For cubed chuck roast, like what we are using for this recipe, you don’t need much time at all because it’s already in small pieces.

For larger roasts that you don’t break down, you will obviously need longer.

An Instant Pot (pressure cooker) version of the classic beef and broccoli that everyone loves!

Why shouldn’t I add the broccoli in at the same time?

I blanched the broccoli separately because if you cook the broccoli in the Instant Pot, you will have disintegrated broccoli.

Like literally just the little green dots of the floret, LOL…it’s terrible. Don’t do that!

What if I don’t have cornstarch?

You can use arrowroot powder!

An Instant Pot (pressure cooker) version of the classic beef and broccoli that everyone loves!

If you love pressure cooking, you will love this recipe! It’s bringing in the takeout except it’s not takeout at all!

Additionally, if you are loving pressure cooking, you should definitely try this Instant Pot Sausage and Herbed White Bean Soup or what about this scrumptious Korean Beef Ragu?!

Or, if you’re in the market for a pressure cooker or an all-in-one machine, my comprehensive review on the Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi is a post you don’t want to miss!

An Instant Pot (pressure cooker) version of the classic beef and broccoli that everyone loves!
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Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

An Instant Pot/pressure cooker version of the classic beef and broccoli dish!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Pressure release + sauté: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course, Main Entree
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 2 -4

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Calories: 343kcal
Author: Julie Chiou


  • 1 pound boneless beef chuck roast cubed into 2" cubes
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 cups fresh broccoli florets, blanched
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water


  • Add the cubed beef to the insert of a 6-quart pressure cooker (Instant Pot).
  • In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together beef broth, soy sauce, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, and minced garlic.
  • Pour over the beef then close the lid and make sure the vent is turned to sealing.
  • Press manual on the front of the Instant Pot then adjust the time to 24 minutes. Make sure it is on high pressure, as well.
  • While the beef is cooking, blanch your broccoli and make your cornstarch slurry by mixing together cornstarch and water and making sure the cornstarch is completely dissolved.
  • Once the beef is done cooking, let the pressure naturally release for 20 minutes then manually release the pressure by flipping the vent to venting.
  • Open the lid and press the sauté button on the front of the Instant Pot. Once the liquid starts to bubble, add the cornstarch slurry and the broccoli. The heat should thicken the sauce right up. If it doesn't, do another round of cornstarch slurry.
  • Give everything a good mix to make sure it is covered in sauce then serve over white rice.


For the slow cooker version, click here.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 343 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 18g36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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Recipe Rating

Linda Ferguson

Thursday 6th of August 2020

I steamed the broccoli in the pot after releasing pressure and before adding thickener lid closed on venting setting for a few minutes then removed the lid and thickened. Selfish!

Michelle A

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

This was delicious! Thank you!

Teri Vail

Sunday 24th of May 2020

I added about 1T fresh minced ginger. Loved it!


Friday 10th of April 2020

Very good. My whole family enjoyed it. Thank You


Friday 3rd of April 2020

I was looking for a recipe to use beef stew meat and came across your recipe. I followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious. I used ramen noodles instead of rice and added green onions and sesame seeds. This is a keeper. Thanks for sharing this recipe.