Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli – Simple Joy

Flat iron steak pressure cooker recipe

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli takes the great flavor of my beef and broccoli recipe and cuts off much of your hands in time by letting your pressure cooker do the job!

aerial view of a bowl of instant beef and broccoli over rice

When we first got our Instant Pot, it stayed in its box for six months. It honestly scared me. I had no idea how to use it or develop recipes for it. And I know I’m not alone in that.

Fast forward so far, and we use it at least once a week. My favorite way to use it is to make rice, but there’s a lot you can do with it. My Instant Pot Vegetable Soup is another gatekeeper.

This Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli recipe is my hands-free version of my very popular beef and broccoli stir-fry. I considered sautéing the meat in the Instant Pot, but ended up deciding that there is really no need. This is a simple dump and cook recipe that will bring second portions requests from your family.

I love giving you quick fixes for great dinners with the people you love the most.

How to Cook Beef and Broccoli in Instant Pot

Below is a brief description of the recipe; be sure to read the full recipe on the recipe card at the bottom of the post


  1. Make the sauce: The simple sauce for this recipe goes first in the instant pot. Beat and pour it. You could even save a bowl and beat it in the pressure cooker.
  2. Cover the meat

  3. : Mixing the meat with cornstarch before cooking will help the sauce bind to the meat.
  4. Add the meat and broccoli to the instant pot in that order.
  5. Let the Instant Pot do the work. It will take some time for you to reach the pressure and then count for three minutes. You will release the pressure and everything will be done in just over 15 minutes.
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aerial view of an instant pot full of meat and broccoli

A note about


I always like to mention in my Instant Pot recipes that while we are setting our pressure cooker to a very short time, in this case only 3 minutes, that doesn’t mean the total cooking time is very short.

It takes time for the instant pot to reach pressure before the cooking time begins. Once the cooking time is over, it also takes time for the Instant Pot to release pressure. The total cooking time of this recipe is 18 minutes.

What kind of meat to buy

This recipe calls for flat iron steak because it is a tender cut that works well in this quick recipe


If you can’t find Flat Iron Steak, you can substitute it with Skirt Steak or Flank Steak. If you do this, you’ll want to skip the cornstarch coating and marinate the steak in the sauce overnight. Add some cornstarch at the end to thicken the sauce if desired.


is essential to enjoy this recipe that you use low-sodium soy sauce. The salt in regular is overwhelming. If it is not low in sodium, you can reduce the amount used and replace it with water.

What is Red Chili Paste

I love using chili paste in stir-fries. Made from crushed red chili peppers, a little vinegar and a little salt, it brings such a delicious and subtle spice to sauces in an easy way. This is the brand I usually use. It’s easy to find in the international aisle of your grocery store.

Is it spicy

? This recipe is not particularly spicy. My kids are sensitive to spices, and they all enjoyed it. If you want it more spicy, you can increase the amount of chili paste, the amount of red pepper flakes, or both.

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side view of a bowl of beef and broccoli over rice garnished with sesame seeds and sliced scallions

Other great instant pot dinners

If you just received your Instant Pot and can’t wait to try it in different ways, here are some of our other favorites:

  • Taco soup Instant: This soup is low in calories at only 300 calories per bowl, but full of great flavor. This recipe is one of the family’s favorites.
  • Instant Chicken Tacos: This taco recipe is our choice in a time crunch. It’s quick and easy and everyone loves shredded chicken.
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  • Pasta & Meatballs: Throw everything into the Instant Pot and let it do the work for you with this great recipe. You can even use frozen meatballs if you’re short on time.

If you make any of these recipes or this Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli, leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I love hearing from you.

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