Easy Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is my go-to dinner whenever I’m craving that favorite Chinese takeout classic. Made with ground beef, it’s an incredibly easy and delicious adaptation of everyone’s favourite Beef and Broccoli recipe, ready in under 20 minutes!

Plate of Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

This incredibly quick and easy recipe for Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is so good you might just skip Chinese takeout more than you thought!

If you’re looking for a quick and delicious Asian-inspired pressure cooker meal to make in your Instant Pot, you have to give this one a try. This Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli dish will cook in 4 minutes with a 10 minute natural release. Pretty good in my book!

Made with affordable ground beef, it’s so tasty cooked in a rich sauce, full of sweet and salty flavor. A bit of heat is added with red pepper flakes.

It’s a simple and easy weeknight dinner — or anytime you’re craving takeout!

Plate of Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli with Chopsticks

Can I cook the rice in the Instant Pot? 

Absolutely. You will need a 6 to 7 inch pan plus a high trivet insert for a 6 quart Instant Pot (affiliate link) so that you can cook the rice on top of the beef at the same time.

In the inserted pan, add 2 cups rinsed long grain rice, 2 1/2 cups water, plus 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set the pan on top of the high trivet and continue with the recipe.

How should I cook the broccoli?

I prefer to steam the broccoli separately so it remains crisp. But cook it however works best for you; the microwave, stop-top or in the pressure cooker.

You could instead serve just the beef over a bowl of my Easy Fried Rice with Broccoli Cabbage Slaw for some extra veggies!

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Plate of Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

Instant Pot Ground Beef and Broccoli

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Additional Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Asian

Description

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is my go-to dinner whenever I’m craving that favorite Chinese takeout classic. Made with ground beef, it’s an incredibly easy and delicious adaptation of everyone’s favourite Beef and Broccoli recipe, ready in under 20 minutes!


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound broccoli florets, diced into bite-size pieces
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • cooked rice, for serving
  • toasted sesame seeds, for serving

Instructions

  1. Put olive oil in the base of the Instant Pot and select the sauté function. When the oil begins to sizzle, add the lean ground beef and chopped onion; cook until the onions are translucent and the ground beef is browned.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more. Turn off the sauté function.
  3. Stir in the water, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, ground ginger, and red pepper flakes; stir until the sugar is dissolved and all the browned bits on the pot are scraped up. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and set the cooking time for 4 minutes.
  4. While the ground beef is cooking, cook, steam, or microwave the broccoli until tender. The microwave will take about 3 to 4 minutes with 1/4 cup of water.
  5. Once the ground beef has cooked, naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes before quickly releasing any remaining pressure. Once the pin drops, remove the lid.
  6. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water; whisk until smooth. Select the sauté function again on the Instant Pot and stir the mixture into the beef. Continue to cook until it has thickened. This should take seconds. Add the steamed broccoli and serve over hot, cooked rice and garnish with sesame seeds.


Notes

If you can’t find lean ground beef, reduce the amount of olive oil for frying to 1 tsp.

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2 thoughts on “Easy Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

  1. Don Droga

    There are 2 instant pot settings mentioned that contradict one another.
    One is 4 minutes with 10 minute pressure release, the other says 12 minutes?

    1. Hi Don — thank you for the question! The Instant Pot should cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. Naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes before quickly releasing the remaining pressure.

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