• March 11, 2022

Instant Pot Beef & Broccoli

     I love the brown sauce in this recipe. Made in the Instant Pot on a busy night makes it even better!  Enjoy! Diane 

Beef & Broccoli 


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lbs flank or flat iron steak (thin sliced across the grain)
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 small can sliced diced water chestnuts
  • 12 oz frozen broccoli bag (steamed and aside)


  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger or jarred fresh
  • 1 teaspoon hot chili oil or red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce 
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 cup beef broth 
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar 

Cornstarch Slurry:

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup cold water


  • sliced green onions 
  • sesame seeds


  • In a medium bowl whisk together all the ingredients listed under Sauce. Set aside.
  • Press Sauté on the Instant Pot.
  • Add the olive oil, once the oil is hot, add half the beef in one layer, do not move or flip the beef for about 2 minutes to make sure it gets a nice sear on one side. Flip the beef and sauté for 2 minutes on the other side. Remove, set aside on a plate covered.  Brown the other batch of beef. 
  • Once done with browning the beef, add 1/4 cup of beef broth to the Instant Pot to deglaze it. Using a silicone or wooden spoon, scrape any bits and pieces that are stuck to the bottom of the pot. You want to get this up so you don’t get a “burn notice.” 
  • Add the all the seared beef back to the Instant Pot, pour the sauce mixture on top. Stir gently to combine.
  • Lock Lid on and Pressure Cook on High (make sure control knob is set to Seal.) and cook for 12 minutes.  Do a 10-minute Natural Release, release the remaining pressure. Open the lid. Switch the Instant Pot to Sauté.     
  • In a small cup; mix cornstarch with water. Add the cornstarch slurry to the Instant Pot, stir to combine, and cook for 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens. If needed add more slurry (1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp water) until desired thickness is achieved. The sauce will thicken more once it cools.
  • Stir in the water chestnuts and steamed broccoli.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot or move to “keep warm” and serve over cooked rice; garnish with fresh chopped green onions and sesame seeds.