Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is full of asian flavor and umami richness. The secret to success with this recipe is the fresh ingredients and the flavorful sauce.
Beef and Broccoli dinner can be made in the Instant Pot or in a Crockpot. Both methods are simple. The only difference is time. The Instant Pot dinner can be made in under an hour. The Crockpot method takes around 4 hours. In this recipe we go over both methods.
This dinner provides a delicious portion of protein with lots of fiber to help satisfy the appetite. The beef and broccoli dinner makes lots of leftovers and tastes great when reheated.
In this post we will go over all the steps to making a perfect beef and broccoli dinner recipe. We like to serve this recipe with rice or cauliflower rice to make it a complete meal.
Can you Overcook Beef in an Instant Pot?
You can overcook beef in an instant pot. All meat can be overcooked using any kind of cooking method. The Instant Pot is also in that category. It is possible to burn food in the Instant Pot and have chewy, tough, overcooked meat.
Always pay careful attention to cooking times and temperatures when cooking beef or any meat. This recipe calls for 5 minutes in the Instant Pot. We don’t need to cook this beef very long because it is a very thin cut that cooks extremely fast.
Can you Put Raw Beef in the Instant Pot?
You can put raw beef in the Instant Pot. Meat that goes in the Instant Pot to be cooked is raw in most cases. A great way to add extra flavor into raw meat is to sauté it before putting it under pressure. Sautéing meat helps lock in flavor and moisture into the cut of meat.
This recipe calls for a quick sauté of the thin chuck roast strips. Don’t sauté this meat for too long or it will cook all the way through and become tough. A quick sear is all that is needed for thin cuts of meat.
How Long Does it Take to Cook Broccoli in the Instant Pot?
Broccoli cooks quickly in the Instant Pot and can be completely cooked in under 5 minutes. The Instant Pot takes a while to come to pressure, during this time the broccoli is already cooking and steaming. Broccoli only needs 3-5 minutes under pressure in the Instant Pot. The pot can be quick released and the broccoli can be eaten immediately.
What is Beef and Broccoli Sauce made of?
Beef and Broccoli sauce is made out of Soy Sauce, Beef Broth, Brown Sugar, Sesame Oil, Minced Garlic, Minced Ginger, and some Corn Starch for thickening. Some of these ingredients can be substituted to fit tastes and dietary needs. However, these are the basic ingredients used for making a beef and broccoli sauce.
Can you Use Flour Instead of Cornstarch for Beef and Broccoli?
Flour can be substituted for corn starch in this recipe. More flour is needed to have the same thickening affect as the corn starch. If you are swapping out the cornstarch for flour, add a tablespoon at at time to the sauce and thoroughly whisk it in. Keep adding in flour until the sauce is properly thickened.
I’ve made this recipe for years. Originally as a beef and broccoli crockpot dinner. That was before the instant pot arrived on the scene.
Slow cooking is still a great method for this recipe. Slow cooker beef and broccoli is about as easy a dinner as you can make. And the family will love it.
What to Serve Beef and Broccoli over
Beef and broccoli is great served over plain white rice. This is the most common ingredient to serve this dinner over. For a low carb beef and broccoli dinner serve it over Cauliflower rice. Make sure to start your side that you are serving the dinner over early.
When making rice for this recipe, we start the rice when prepping the ingredients for the main dinner. Most rice can be cooked on the stovetop or in a rice cooker in 15-20 minutes. Fresh rice is always a delicious and filling addition to this meal.
- Use plain sesame oil or find a sesame oil with some spice to change up the recipe.
- The broccoli can be either fresh or frozen.
- Try adding a tablespoon or so of chopped roasted red peppers to enhance the flavors.
Feel free to adjust the sauce ingredients to your taste. Spice it up or down, adjust the sweet as you like. That’s the fun of homemade.
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Beef and broccoli with a rich umami Asian style sauce is easy to make in an electric pressure cooker. Or any slow cooker. Pour it over cooked rice or riced cauliflower. This is an excellent family weeknight dinner.
- 2 lb. chuck roast (cut into thin strips)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- For the sauce:
- 1 Cup soy sauce
- 3 Cups concentrated beef broth
- 2/3 Cup brown sugar (to taste)
- 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
- 1 Tablespoon garlic minced
- 1 Cup onion minced
- 1 Tablespoon of ginger (fresh minced)
- 3 Cups broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
- 4 Cups Cooked rice
- 4 Tablespoons cornstarch (mixed with 1 cup reserved sauce)
There are a lot of small steps in this method then the slow cooker method. But it's a yummy quick weeknight dinner for the family.
- Chop the onion, garlic and ginger.
- Set a pot on high with four cups of chicken broth or water.
- Measure out the rice and set aside.
- Chop the fresh broccoli-set aside.
Make the sauce and begin the rice:
- Begin rice so it's done in about 20 minutes.
- Whisk the soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar and beef broth together. Set aside.
- Set the instant pot to Sauté high. Add the oil.
- When the oil is hot add the sliced meat (if raw)
- Season the meat with salt and pepper and Cook until slightly browned. (three minutes a side) Remove meat to tray.
- Add chopped onion, garlic and ginger to instant pot.
- Sauté about three minutes.
- Pour the sauce into the instant pot.
- Whisk the vegetables in to the sauce.
- Add the meat back in.
- **Layer the raw broccoli onf top of the meat.
- Lock and seal the lid.
- *Set the instant pot to 5 minutes high pressure.
Finish the sauce:
- When the instant pot is finished quick release.
- Remove the meat to a tray.
- Whisk the cornstarch slurry into the hot sauce in the cooking pot.
- Set the instant pot to sauté high.
- Let it come to a boil for one minute and thicken until it coats the back of your whisk or spoon.
- Assemble this dinner by putting the cooked rice on the bottom of a plate or bowl.
- Layer the meat over the rice.
- Arrange the broccoli florets over the meat as desired.
- Pour sauce over the top.
Slow cooker Method-Assembly:
- Put the raw beef into the slow cooker. (you can brown the meat beforehand but it is not necessary with this method)
- In a medium bowl whisk together the soy sauce, concentrated beef broth, brown sugar, sesame oil and garlic, onion and ginger.
- Pour over the sliced beef and set the slow cooker on high heat. Cook three and a half hours.
Slow Cooker finish allow 30 minutes additional time:
- After three and a half hours, In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and sauce from the crock pot until smooth. Add to the crock pot. Stir well.
- Add broccoli to the crock pot. Stir to combine.
- Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes on high (the sauce has to boil for it to thicken).
- During this time cook your rice separately.
- Serve over hot cooked rice..or try brown rice quinoa blend. Just replace beef broth for the chicken broth in the recipe.
- This is a good recipe for using up leftover roast or sirloin steaks. If you use cooked leftover beef SKIP the sauté step for the meat and use that function to cook the onions, garlic and ginger only.
- It's easy to pick up a pack of thin sliced beef used in stir fry. That's what you see pictured. If you keep the slices thin the pressure cooker is completed in five minutes.
- *If you use raw thick cuts of beef you may have to increase to 7 minutes or more. Thick cuts will also work well for slow cooking.
- **You can cook the broccoli in with the meat for five minutes. but it will be slightly overcooked and brown rather than bright green and firmer.
- Best to steam the broccoli separately to retain the firm green attractive look, texture and taste of the broccoli.
Amount Per Serving Calories 439Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 76mgSodium 1877mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 3gSugar 15gProtein 29g
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