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Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli and Rice

Here’s an easy Instant Pot pressure cooker beef and broccoli recipe you’ll love! Made in a Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi it has a thick flavorful sauce and tender beef cooked together in one pot. Served over pressure cooker white rice it’s always a family favorite.


Tender beef smothered in sauce and vegetables cooked to perfection. This pressure cooker beef and broccoli recipe one of my kids favorite meals. It’s one of many healthy Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom. Let us know what you think when you make it! (affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

If you love easy and copycat dishes you love eating when you go out to dinner, you and your kids will appreciate this flavorful meal. You can make it in your Ninja Foodi. With just a few ingredients you too can make this in less than 15 minutes!

Using frozen broccoli is a winner because it’s available year round and doesn’t get mushy. No need to cook the vegetables first. You could add slices of onions and/or bell peppers too if you wanted to make this more of a stir fry of sorts.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

More is kinda’ better in this case. You do want to choose produce items that cook at the same rate though. Florets don’t take long at all so you want to choose others that are somewhat delicate and will get tender together without falling apart.

Ninja Foodi Beef and Broccoli

If you are using this pot in particular you will need to use the lid that is NOT attached. The other is for air frying and that isn’t necessary for this.

What is the best cut of meat for beef and broccoli?

Honestly, I tend to use what I have on hand, or whatever is on sale. If I want to make the best bites though, a tender flat iron steak tops the list for sure. After the filet it is actually the most tender cut of beef you can find and use for really any sort of recipe. Try it, it makes all the difference!

How long does it take to cook steak in an Instant Pot? Well if you’re just cooking it with potatoes like we have done in the past, about 5 minutes does it. Timing will vary depending on thickness and how well done you like it but that’s the general rule.

If you’re looking for a low carb Instant Pot recipe this is a great one. Just omit the rice and you’re set. We love this dinner recipe atop a bed of Jasmine rice but that’s your choice. 

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Ground Beef and Broccoli Instant Pot

If you have a large family you could double this recipe. This tends to be enough to feed the 5 of us with rice on the side. Only have hamburger on hand? You can use that instead which may be preferred by your little ones. I typically will use the directions for Korean ground beef for that method.

Many times I buy a bag of edamame and boil those while this is cooking. Then everything is ready at the same time. With a little salt on top they’re inexpensive and a great new vegetable you can introduce to your kids.  Most of what you need for pressure cooker beef and broccoli is probably in your fridge. 

We cook a lot of Asian style dishes so these ingredients are typically staples in our house, but a few may be needed in yours. If you love dinners like this you should try easy Instant Pot butter chicken, that one has been really popular too!

pressure cooker beef and broccoli

Better Than Takeout Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

Whether you have an Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi pressure cooker and air fryer, or Crock Pot Express this recipe will work well.

  1. Pressure cooker
    • I HIGHLY suggest you get a non stick pot too!
  2. Flank steak – cut into strips
    1. chuck roast works too
  3. Ginger – I used minced in a jar
  4. Garlic – minced in a jar
  5. Soy sauce
  6. Rice wine vinegar
  7. Brown sugar
  8. Broccoli – frozen florets
  9. Cornstarch
    1. to thicken sauce if desired
  10. 1/2 cup of water – or beef broth is better in my opinion
  11. Olive oil
    1. or sesame oil

Serve over pressure cooker rice if desired or as is for lower carbs. A sprinkle of sesame seeds or diced chives on top is a nice flair.

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Sliced Beef in pressure cooker

Of course you could make this in a slow cooker but believe me using electric pressure cookers are so much easier, and cooking time is much faster. Pressure cooking rocks! Our family loved it!

Do you have to add liquid when pressure cooking?

Yes but sauces count as liquid too. You don’t need much actually because as the protein cooks it will produce juices that will increase the liquid in the pot. With meat you should add a minimum of 3/4 of a cup of broth or water in order to allow the pot to come to pressure.

Does beef get more tender the longer you pressure cook it?

Yes, to a point. You should follow the recipe temp and timing but typically meat under high pressure will become more and more tender the longer it is in there. An excessive amount can dry it out so stick with the guidelines of what you’re making.

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Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Here’s an easy pressure cooker beef and broccoli recipe you’ll love. Made in my Instant Pot the other night it has a thick flavorful sauce and tender beef with vegetables cooked together in one pot. Served on top of rice or alone for dinner it is a simple but tasty meal my kids really loved too. 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
Keyword brocolli, corned beef, easy, healthy, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 187kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Place steak, ginger, garlic, and oil into the bottom of your your pressure cooker.
  • Turn Instant Pot or Ninja foodi on saute, use brown/sear on Crock Pot Express. Cook until the meat is no longer pink. Turn pot off.
  • Stir in soy sauce, broth, vinegar and brown sugar.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to pressure high for 5 minutes.
  • Do a quick release and lift lid.
  • Add frozen broccoli into your pot and set to saute again (with lid open).
    For Crock Pot express use sear/brown button for this step.
  • Stir slowly until broccoli is cooked.
  • In a small bowl whisk together cornstarch and about 5 tbsp of hot liquid from pot until mixture is smooth. Dump into pot and stir to thicken the sauce.
    Turn pot off.
  • Serve alone or on a bed of rice!
Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 1347mg59%
Potassium 358mg10%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Recipe Rating

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Shaunda Hall

Monday 5th of July 2021

I have tryed many of you meals and they are great 👍the only thing we have done differently is we don't care for hot so we don't add those ingredients and have started using low sodom Soy sauce iv always cook with some but have always put more on the table so my family can add some if they won't to ! Thanks for helping me love my instapot it stayed in the box for a few mouths then we made the apple crisp and I was sold on it!

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 7th of July 2021

Glad I was a help


Sunday 28th of March 2021

I made this for my husband and he said it was great! I have the ninja foodi 8qt and I had three pounds of stew beef. I tripled the recipe so he would have lunches for the week. Thanks for the great recipe!

The Typical Mom

Monday 29th of March 2021


Amber Meyer

Thursday 20th of August 2020

This was very good. The only change I would make next time is use low sodium soy sauce. Just a tad too salty. Still delicious.

Shaunda Hall

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

@Amber Meyer, I also went with the low sodom soy sauce! Other then that I don't change up much in her recipes!

James West

Wednesday 22nd of August 2018

Great all around recipe Viva was just the right tool to make this happen. Thank you for sharing.


Monday 5th of March 2018

If using fresh broccoli how long would you cook it?

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 7th of March 2018

That would only be maybe a minute/2, just keep an eye on it after added and remove when it is the tenderness you desire.

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