This Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli recipe is one of the most popular recipes on Pressure Cooking Today. And it’s no wonder. This dish with 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 is better than take-out!
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.
Making Beef and Broccoli in an Instant Pot
An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create this Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli!
My Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli recipe has definitely become a family favorite too. When my sister got her new pressure cooker, this was one of the first recipes I recommended she try.
I’ve included it in my Easy Recipes for the Pressure Cooker post because it’s just the kind of quick, easy recipe that will make you fall in love with pressure cooking.
If you haven’t tried it yet, you definitely need to put it on your menu!
Be sure and check out the notes at the end of the recipe to see the different ways you can cook the broccoli, and even a reader tip on browning the meat whole before slicing, if you prefer.
Here’s a fun, new video I created that shows you just how easy and delicious making Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli is. Enjoy!
Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli
- 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
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.
*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.
Other Easy Pressure Cooker Beef recipes you might like:
Beef Stroganoff, Pressure Cooking Today
Tex-Mex Chili Mac, Pressure Cooking Today
Mongolian Beef, Pressure Cooking Today
Instant Pot Beef Gyros, 365 Days of Slow Cooking
Pressure Cooker Ground Beef Chili, Simply Recipes