Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli with Rice
This Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli with Rice is a filling takeout-inspired 30-minute dinner idea that comes together with pantry staples and in one pot – it's an easy alternative to the stir fry method!
I'm back with another delicious Instant Pot recipe, and this time it's another takeout fakeout recipe!
Ever had beef and broccoli at your local Chinese restaurant? Yep, I know, it's amazing right??
Tender chunks of beef, and fresh crunchy broccoli that's cooked just right in a savory ginger-soy sauce that is also loaded with garlic. I could eat this stuff everyday if I was trying to limit my consumption of red meat.
Don't worry, I still eat beef a couple times a week so I'm not one of *those people* but I do try to stick more to plant-based options, chicken and seafood during the work week. But I'll make an exception for these beef and broccoli bowls, because they're actually pretty healthy. And they come together in ONE POT, did I mention that part?
I love simple dump dinners like this. You literally dump everything into your Instant Pot, then set it and forget it. Of course you don't cook the broccoli or red peppers, you're basically doing the beef and rice first along with the sauce, but when you stir them into the hot mixture afterwards you're left with veggies that have almost been steam cooked. They're just tender enough but still have a bit of a bite to them.
If you like your broccoli a little more well-done, I still wouldn't necessarily recommend pressure cooking it – instead, try cutting it into smaller pieces and then letting it sit a little bit longer with the hot beef and rice and that should do the trick!
How to Make Beef and Broccoli
This beef and broccoli recipe is not necessarily authentic, but it is hella delicious and since you usually end up cooking jasmine or basmati rice to serve on the side anyway, I figured we might as well include it mixed in all together to make this recipe simpler and easier to make.
With your typical beef broccoli recipe, you're looking at making a thicker sauce using cornstarch and water but I've switched it up a little to make it Instant Pot-friendly.
You could probably even do the beef in the slow cooker for 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low and then add in some cooked rice after the fact, but in the interests of saving time I'd prefer to stick to the Instant Pot.
Beef and Broccoli Sauce
Literally the sauce is just soy sauce, garlic, ginger, hoisin sauce and water – they're all pantry staples that you should already have on hand at home, and this flavour combo is pretty much my go-to when making any sort of Asian-style cuisine.
If you like your stir fries a bit on the spicier side, you could also try adding a bit of sriracha or chili garlic sauce for a bit more flavour too but otherwise this is a super easy and straightforward sauce and there's not mixing anything together separately either. Just dump it all in one by one in the Instant Pot!
I also really love to make this beef with broccoli into meal prep bowls because you can cook a huge batch at once. If you aren't cooking for family and it's just you that you have to worry about, you may want to ensure that you have enough to eat during the work week and that's where this delicious stir fry copy cat comes in!
You could even technically make this with chicken and it would still taste pretty good if you're concerned about eating red meat each day of the week. Either way, you're gonna LOVE the sauce in these bowls!
Will you be making this Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli?
This is one of my fave go-to meal prep ideas – pretty much anything done in the Instant Pot is a MAJOR time saver for me!
The Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 is the version I use in this recipe.