Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli (cooktime only 9 min!)

This Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli comes out so saucy and perfectly cooked. It’s made with just 8 Ingredients and in less than 30 minutes!

bowl of beef and broccoli.

Beef and Broccoli in the Instant Pot

Beef and broccoli is hands down my favorite takeout meal. I love how tender and saucy the beef is and broccoli adds a touch of vegetable.

Making beef and broccoli at home is rather simple, but making it in the Instant Pot is even easier. First, tenderize and cook the beef. Next comes the broccoli and then the sauce.

Your Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli will come out so delicious and will actually give takeout Beef and Broccoli a run for its money (if I do say so myself).

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Is beef and broccoli healthy?

Beef and broccoli is high-protein and low in carbs. If you make your own stir fry sauce at home that is made without MSG, it’s a healthy dinner option with lots of veggies.

What kind of beef should I use for beef and broccoli?

The best kind of beef to use for beef and broccoli is flank steak because it’s long, thin, and relatively inexpensive.

Do you have to tenderize the beef?

While you don’t HAVE to tenderize the beef, we highly suggest it. It not only provides a more even cooking of the beef, but it makes the beef extra tender.

sliced flank steak on cutting board.

What is beef and broccoli sauce made of?

Beef and broccoli sauce is super easy to make and is made with just a few basic ingredients. Here’s what you need:

  • low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • hoisin sauce
  • minced garlic
  • red chili sauce
  • cornstarch

Control the spice level of this sauce with the red chili sauce. Double it for more heat and reduce it for a milder flavor.

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cooked beef in Instant Pot.

How to Make Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

Make Beef and Broccoli Sauce

Combine the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, minced garlic, and red chili sauce in a medium bowl and whisk until combined. 

Tenderize and Slice

Lay a piece of parchment paper over your flank steak and use a meat tenderizer to pound the meat until it’s the same thickness all around.

Then, slice the piece of beef in half (hot dog-style) and thinly sliced the beef into pieces.

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Sear and Cook Beef

Turn on the Instant Pot’s sauté function, and give your beef a quick sear, but don’t cook it all the way. Then, add the sauce, close the Instant Pot, and seal it. Cook on high for 8 total minutes.

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Add broccoli + cook for 0 minutes

Once the timer goes off, quick release the Instant Pot and open it up. Add in the broccoli, close the Instant Pot, and seal. Cook on high for 0 minutes. Yes, 0 minutes. This will allow your Instant Pot to build pressure and then be done cooking once it’s at max pressure.

If you cook it any longer than 0 minutes, I promise you, your broccoli will be mushy. So? Once that timer goes off, open the vent to quick-release immediately!

beef and broccoli in Instant Pot.

Thicken Sauce

Immediately remove the beef and broccoli from the Instant Pot, keeping the sauce at the bottom of the pot. Add in the cornstarch and whisk away. Then, transfer the beef and broccoli back into the Instant Pot and stir.


Store leftover beef and broccoli in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.

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Photography: photos taken in this post are by Ashley McGlaughlin from The Edible Perspective.

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