Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli - Tender, thin-sliced beef and broccoli in a rich sauce that is salty and sweet with just a little heat from the red pepper flakes.

Tender, thin-sliced beef and broccoli in a rich sauce that is salty and sweet with just a little heat from the red pepper flakes. Cooking inexpensive beef chuck in the pressure cooker tenderizes the meat, so it’s not tough and chewy like stir fried beef and broccoli can often be.

You can make this Chinese takeout favorite at home in your pressure cooker in less time and for a fraction of the cost of eating out. I’ve made this recipe twice in the last few weeks and it’s quickly becoming a family favorite. 

Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli - Tender, thin-sliced beef and broccoli in a rich sauce that is salty and sweet with just a little heat from the red pepper flakes.

Update: My Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli recipe has definitely become a family favorite. When my sister got her new pressure cooker, this was one of the first recipes I recommended she try. Since it was 2012 when I originally posted it, and it was in need of some new pictures, I decided to update it.

When I made it this time, I steamed the for two broccoli in the Fagor America LUX Multi Cooker instead of microwaving it. Then I proceeded with the recipe as instructed. The Fagor did a beautiful job of steaming the broccoli and I need to use the steaming function more often.

Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless beef chuck roast, well trimmed and sliced into thin strips**
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce*
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb. broccoli florets
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish, optional

Directions:

Season beef with salt and pepper. Put olive oil in the cooking pot and select browning or saute. When oil begins to sizzle, brown meat in batches until all meat is browned – do not crowd. Transfer meat to a plate when browned.

When all meat is browned select Saute and add chopped onion to the pot. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes until onion starts to soften. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute more.

Add beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes to the pot. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

Add browned beef and any accumulated juices. Select High Pressure. Set timer for 12 minutes.

Place broccoli in microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 cup water. Microwave 3 – 4 minutes until broccoli is tender.

When beep sounds turn pressure cooker off and use quick pressure release. When valve drops carefully remove the lid.

In a cup combine cornstarch and water; stir until smooth. Add to pressure cooker pot. Stir well to combine. Select browning or saute and stir until sauce comes to a boil and thickens. Add steamed broccoli.

Serve over hot, cooked rice and garnish with sesame seeds.

Notes:

*Use reduced sodium soy sauce if you prefer less salt.

**A tip from a reader: brown the beef first and then thinly slice the meat to save time.

This recipe works well with flank steak or London broil as well.

Alternative ways to cook the broccoli:

  • steam the broccoli in a steamer basket for 0 minutes before browning the beef
  • add the broccoli to the pot after pressure cooking and let it steam in the sauce with the lid on and with the pressure cooker on either the keep warm setting or turned off.