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 one 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!

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!

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!

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!

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

An Instant Pot/pressure cooker version of the classic beef and broccoli dish!

Servings: 2 -4
  • 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
  1. Add the cubed beef to the insert of a 6-quart pressure cooker (Instant Pot).
  2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together beef broth, soy sauce, dark brown sugar, sesame oil, and minced garlic.
  3. Pour over the beef then close the lid and make sure the vent is turned to sealing.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Give everything a good mix to make sure it is covered in sauce then serve over white rice.
Recipe Notes

For the slow cooker version, click here.


Posted on January 25, 2018

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. Rachel
    01/29/2018 at 8:37 pm

    Hi! If I want to double the recipe do I double the cooking time in the instant pot?

    • Julie
      01/31/2018 at 5:13 am

      No, I actually think that would probably be too long. I would do 35 minutes instead of 24 minutes though. Just bump up the time slightly but not double :)

      • Rachel
        01/31/2018 at 9:51 am

        Thank you so much for the quick reply! I know you’re on vacation! So nice of you. Can’t wait to make this today!!

  2. Mary DeMelfi
    02/05/2018 at 12:57 pm

    I want to buy an Instant Pot but am not sure what size I should get. It’s just my husband and I but I do cook for my family (9 and growing). Any suggestions?

    • Julie
      02/05/2018 at 1:09 pm

      I have a 6 quart for just my husband and I. I would buy a larger one (the 8 or 9 quart) because you can always cook smaller portions in it but you can’t cook larger portions in a smaller one! So I’d go large in the off-chance you have to cook something big for your family!

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