If you love Chinese Takeout but want a homemade, healthy ingredient version of your favorite dish, look no further! My Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is a delicious and easy take-out fake-out that you can make in under 30 minutes! Your whole family will think you ordered in! Gluten Free with a Low Carb Version! Made in partnership with Pacific Foods.
Did you have a good holiday weekend? I did and man, it was busy.
Mostly all good stuff but life in general has been very busy for me. I know I have been a bit absent around here and it’s really starting to get to me.
I have so many amazing recipes cooked, tested, photographed and ready to share with you guys. More on that a little later.
Let’s get to this Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli — this is one recipe that I am thrilled to finally post!
I have been working on perfecting this recipe for weeks and I have to say, I think I nailed it.
OK, so let’s talk about Beef and Broccoli.
It’s the BEST.
We all love it and the common take-out versions are usually loaded with a lot of junk.
This version uses high-quality, easy to find ingredients and I am telling you – it’s BETTER than takeout and even quicker than waiting for delivery!
I partnered with Pacific Foods on this post and featured their Pacific Foods Organic Low Sodium Beef Broth.
The sauce is made with the following easy to find ingredients:
- Coconut Aminos (can sub Tamari or Soy Sauce)
- Coconut Sugar
- Toasted Sesame Oil
- Salt, White Pepper and Red Pepper Flakes
That’s it and it’s ridiculously delicious!
What should I serve this with?
- To keep it Low Carb, Paleo or Grain Free, I suggest Cauliflower Rice. You can make your own or buy it at most grocery stores in the refrigerated prepared vegetable section or sometimes the freezer section.
- To keep it Gluten Free but add some carbs, I suggest steamed jasmine rice. You could kick up the flavor a bit by making this Perfect Insant Pot Rice or this Spiced Coconut Rice.
- If you like Spicy Food, this Chinese Chili Oil is a MUST!
Can I use tapioca or corn starch to thicken?
- The short answer is YES but know that tapioca can get gummy quicker than arrowroot starch.
- Corn starch works GREAT but is not Grain Free or Paleo. If you use Corn Starch, I recommend using a Non-GMO brand.
How can I make this Low Carb?
- You will want to make sure to use a small onion. Depending on how low you want the carbs, you could reduce the onion by 1/4 to 1/3 and use a bit more garlic.
- Omit the coconut sugar and use your favorite Low Carb sweetener (stevia, monkfruit, etc.). Start with a little bit and taste as you go!
- Serve over cauliflower rice and omit any steamed rice.
- You can also reduce the amount of arrowroot to half or omit it all together and reduce the sauce by boiling it down. This will take extra time (maybe 15 minutes) but eliminate the additional carbs.
Broccoli Cooking Options:
- Option 1: You can pre-steam the broccoli and toss it back in at the very end if you want to save the 5 minutes of cooking time in the Instant Pot.
- Option 2: If you like your broccoli VERY tender, you can add it into the IP, close the lid, set to sealed and MANUAL, 0 Minutes. It will take 5 to 6 minutes to come to pressure and the broccoli will get well cooked in the process. You should use Quick Release to release pressure or the broccoli will continue cooking.
Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli
If you love Chinese Takeout but want a homemade, healthy ingredient version of your favorite dish, look no further! My Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is a delicious and easy take-out fake-out that you can make in under 30 minutes! Your whole family will think you ordered in! Gluten Free with a Low Carb Version!
- 2 T avocado oil or other mild tasting high heat cooking oil
- 1.25 pounds Top Round or Sirloin Steak trimmed of any visible fat and sliced against the grain as thin as possible
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 small sweet onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 cup Pacific Foods Organic Low Sodium Beef Broth
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 2 T toasted sesame oil
- 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
- 1 pound broccoli florets cut into evenly sized pieces
- 1 T arrowroot starch plus 1 T water
- scallions and toasted sesame seeds to serve
Peel and chop onion. Mince garlic. Slice beef. Cut broccoli florets into evenly sized pieces.
Turn Instant Pot on and to "Saute". Once hot, add avocado oil and then sliced beef along with salt, white pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, for approx. 3 to 4 minutes until meat is mostly brown.
Add chopped onion and minced garlic. Saute, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes until onion begins to soften.
Add Pacific Foods Organic Low Sodium Beef Broth, coconut aminos, toasted sesame oil and coconut sugar. Stir to combine.
Place lid on Instant Pot and set to "Sealed". Select "Manual, High Pressure" for 4 minutes. It should take 4 to 5 minutes to pressurize as there isn't much liquid and it's mostly hot from having the pot on Saute.
Once the cooking time is done, allow to naturally release pressure for 4 minutes and then do a Quick Release.
With the lid removed, turn the Instant Pot back to Saute and add in the broccoli. Place lid on (just to cover, not locked) and allow to saute for 5 to 7 minutes.
TIP: We prefer our broccoli with a slight crunch so 5 minutes works great but this will depend on the size of your florets and how tender you prefer the broccoli.
Once broccoli is cooked to your liking, remove lid and use a tongs to remove cooked broccoli and beef to a serving dish.
Make sure Instant Pot is still set to "Saute". The remaining sauce should come to a boil very quickly (under a minute). Slowly add the arrowroot:water mixture into the sauce and whisk or stir until thick. Immediately remove from heat (turn off IP) and pour over plated Beef and Broccoli.
Top with toasted sesame seeds and thinly sliced scallions. Serve immediately and Enjoy!
DISCLOSURE: This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Pacific Foods. Pacific Foods has compensated me for my time to develop this recipe as their 2018 Brand Ambassador for Broths. Thank you for supporting the brands that make EverydayMaven possible. All opinions are my own.