Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe

Published on September 25th 2022 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Sideview of a plate of instant pot beef and broccoli on a table next to broccoli crowns

Beef and broccoli are probably the most ordered foods on the takeout menu. After all, it is incredibly delicious. However, you don't have to order beef and broccoli from your favorite Chinese restaurant. Instead, you can pull out your handy instant pot and make beef and broccoli in about 15 minutes. This instant pot of beef and broccoli will be much more delicious and healthier than anything you will find on a takeout menu. It is made with flank steak, beef broth, tamari, coconut aminos, garlic, onions, ginger, sesame oil, xanthan gum, and a sugar-free brown sugar substitute to keep things keto. All in all, this Instant Pot of Beef and Broccoli is so delicious. But, of course, it's even more delicious when you serve it with cauliflower rice to complete the meal. 


Can you overcook beef in an Instant Pot?

Yes, you can overcook beef in an instant pot. However, if you overcook beef in the instant pot, there is nothing you can do to save it. You will be left with dry, stringy meat that is very unappealing, so follow the recipe strictly. 


Does beef get more tender the longer you cook it in Instant Pot?

No beef does not get more tender the longer you cook it in the instant pot. After a while, all the moisture in the meat will evaporate, leaving you with a dry, thorny heart.


Why is my beef too chewy?

Your beef may be chewy because it is overcooked. Depending on the cut of meat, it may need to be cooked hot and fast or long and slow. This allows the fat to render, creating juicy and tender beef. 


Why is my beef stringy?

Stringy beef means the beef has a lot of connective tissues. Connective tissues take a long time to break down, so the beef must be cooked low and slow to get tender meat. However, if you are not working with beef with many connective tissues, it goes back to overcooking. Also, if too much moisture is lost from the meat, it will result in a stringy, dry texture. 


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Time & Serves

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
4 persons


  • 1 1/2 lbs. Flank Steak, cut into thin strips (You can also use chuck roast cut into thin strips)


  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil


  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced


  • 1 small White Onion, minced 


  • 1 teaspoon Ginger Paste


  • 3/4 cup Low-Sodium Beef Broth


  • 6 tablespoons Tamari 


  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Aminos


  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar Substitute


  • 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil


  • 1 large head of Broccoli, cut into florets


  • 1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum


Add the olive oil to the instant pot and press the sauté setting. 


Prepare instant pot for sautéing

Place half of the flank steak into the instant pot and cook for 2-3 minutes until browned. Remove from the instant pot and place it on a plate. Repeat the process until all are cooked.

Frying the beef until golden brown

Return the flank steak to the instant pot. Add the garlic, onion, ginger, beef broth, tamari, coconut aminos, brown sugar substitute, and sesame oil. Stir until the brown sugar dissolves.

Adding the seasonings to the beef

Put the lid on the instant pot, switch the vent to sealing and select pressure-cook for 10 minutes. 


Pressure cook the beef

After 10 minutes, set the valve to vent for a quick release. Once the valve drops, carefully remove the instant pot's lid. 


Setting the valve to venting

Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum over the beef, stir until it thickens up, and add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon, 1/4 teaspoon at a time, until it reaches your desired texture. 


Adding xanthan gum to the beef

Press the sauté function. Stir in broccoli and cover with the lid. Let the broccoli cook for another 2 minutes.


Adding broccoli to the beef

Remove the lid from your instant pot. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve and enjoy!

Serving the Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli_
Sarah Leadon

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Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon