This Pressure Cooker Chinese Take-Out Beef and Broccoli is easy on your wallet. Cooking the rice at the same time and in the same pot, makes this Beef and Broccoli a One Pot Meal!
My family’s favorite Chinese restaurant is in Boynton Beach, Florida, called “Chinatown.” We actually stumbled onto it one Christmas Eve while driving around looking for a new Chinese restaurant. It was just a “hole in the wall.” That hole in the wall, turned out to be the best Chinese restaurant we had been to in many years.
It became our go-to Chinese Christmas Day restaurant (and many days throughout the year). You have probably heard the joke that Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas, right? Well, it is no joke. We actually do and have been doing it for years. 🙂
We moved back to California, several years ago and it is really hard to find good Chinese food anywhere. I mean, it is hard. They are few and far between. If I want really good Chinese food, China Town or San Gabriel is the place to go. But, alas, there aren’t any good places locally. So, I’ve been developing my own recipes for yummy Chinese food in my Pressure Cooker.
You won’t believe how easy it is to make Pressure Cooker Chinese Take-Out Beef and Broccoli, in your Pressure Cooker.
Many of the recipes on line add a ton of brown sugar are way too sweet, too salty and don’t have that authentic Chinese flavor. They are missing some important key ingredients, used in Asian and Chinese cooking. One of those ingredients is Black Soy Sauce. I love authenticity!
Chuck Roast works wonderfully for this recipe, but you can use Rump Roast or Flank Steak. If using a Sirloin or Skirt Steak, you really don’t even need to pressure cook it, as it will become a bit tough.
Black Soy Sauce is something I use all the time in my Asian cooking. Black Soy Sauce is a thick sweet syrup, much like molasses with a bit of a salty taste. Another wonderful ingredient that I use in many of my Asian (and American) dishes is Three Crabs Brand Fish Sauce. It adds a huge level of flavor, without being fishy. If you are grossed out by it, just leave it out.
You can substitute the Black Soy Sauce for Molasses or Brown Sugar and 1 teaspoon of Light Soy Sauce if you like, but I strongly advise against it, if you want authenticity. I personally do not like that sweet, cloying taste in my Beef & Broccoli.
If I were you, I would invest in Black Soy Sauce, as it adds a really nice depth of flavor to Asian dishes. It has just the right amount of saltiness, without going overboard. Chinese Five Spice is another spice lending authenticity to this recipe.
Turn this Pressure Cooker Chinese Take-Out Beef and Broccoli recipe into a one pot meal!
You will just need these two accessories. The shorter of the two Round Pressure Cooker Dessert Pans and a Tall Legged Stainless Steel Steaming Rack/Trivet. If the above dessert pans are sold out, I recommend the Tiffin Pan Set (w/mini pans). They are really Spice Containers, but work well as Dessert Pans!
Slice the beef into strips and set it aside for a moment.
Add the Beef to your bowl with the marinade. Marinate the beef for at least 10 minutes for a nice flavor. Here is a great tip:
This recipe is great for freezer meals. Grab a bunch of flank steak when it is on sale, slice it up and divide it into several freezer bags. Prepare the corresponding amount of marinade and then divide the marinade amongst all the freezer bags of sliced flank steak.
When you feel like One Pot Pressure Cooker Chinese Take-Out Beef and Broccoli, take out a bag of prepared Beef from the freezer. The beef will marinate as it defrosts and will be super delicious!
All you’ll have to do is gather the other ingredients and start cooking.
Make sure to fully heat up your Pressure Cooker cooking pot before adding the oil. A very hot stainless steel pot with the fat added afterwards, makes stainless steel, non stick!
Add the onions and sauté for about 3-4 minutes, or until they start to become translucent.
They will begin to turn translucent and brown a bit.
Add the Beef with the marinade directly into the Pressure Cooker cooking pot. Sauté the beef until it is slightly browned, only a minute or two.
Be careful not to over cook the beef!
When the beef is slightly or lightly browned, pour in the broth and mix through.
For a spicier dish, add more red peppers now, otherwise, wait and add them when you add the broccoli.
Sliced carrots makes a nice addition to this Pressure Cooker Beef and Broccoli. If you use them, slice them on the diagonal and add them in when you sauté your onions.
Add the pan of rice now.
You are ready to lock on the lid and cook your entire dinner in ONE pot at the same time!!!
Open the pot and remove the Pan of rice. Place the lid on top of the rice to allow it to continue to steam and finish the cooking process. While the rice is steaming, go on to the next step. Your rice will be perfectly cooked by the time the beef is ready.
Turn off the Pressure Cooker and then select Sauté or Browning. Stir in the Broccoli until it is the desired tenderness.
It’s important to note that Potato Starch should not be added directly to the pot. You’ll need to make a slurry, since you are adding a starch into hot liquid. If you just add the Potato Starch right to the liquid in the pot, you ‘ll have lumps and bumps and that’s not good.
Making a slurry is really easy. Take a measuring cup and dip it in the pot and remove some liquid. Add in the starch to the cup of liquid. Whisk the starch completely into the liquid until it is very smooth and without any lumps. Now you have your slurry.
Add in the slurry and broccoli and simmer until desired tenderness is reached.
You don’t want to use the Sesame Oil for sautéing the onions, as it will burn and you won’t get that nice Sesame flavor in your finished product. Toasted Sesame Oil is used after the food is cooked and adds extra flavoring.
Remove the cover from the pan of rice and fluff. Pressure Cooker Perfectly Cooked Pot In Pot Rice. Your entire dinner has now been cooked in one pot, in under 15 minutes.
Sesame seeds are optional. If you don’t want to cook your rice with the Beef and Broccoli, you can make it in a separate pot, using this recipe, Pressure Cooker White Rice.
Alternatively, if you are cooking for a crowd and need a larger portion of rice, using the “Pot In Pot” method, try my Pressure Cooker Perfectly Cooked Pot In Pot Rice recipe.
Other Asian dishes that go well with this Pressure Cooker Chinese Take-Out Beef and Broccoli are One Pot Pressure Cooker Chinese Orange Pepper Chicken & Rice, Pressure Cooker Chinese Take-Out Spicy Orange Beef and Pressure Cooker Healthy Inside Out “Eggrolls.”
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot Smart DUO60
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Rösle Stainless Steel Flat Whisk – a MUST have, probably my most used utensil
- Cilio Olivewood Spatula
- Rachael Ray Stoneware EVOO Oil Dispensing Bottle
- Alpha Armour Salt Box with Spoon
- John Boos Maple Cutting Board with Groove
- Pressure Cooker Dessert Pans are out of stock but the Tiffin Pan Set (w/mini pans) will work just as well
- Tall Legged Stainless Steel Steaming Rack/Trivet
- Healthy Boy Black Soy Sauce or Black Soy Sauce
- Chinese Five Spice
- Sesame Oil
- Toasted Sesame Oil
- Three Crabs Brand Fish Sauce
- Potato Starch
- Pressure Cooker Perfectly Cooked Pot In Pot Rice recipe.
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
- 2 - 3 pounds Chuck Roast, Rump Roast or Flank Steak, trimmed and cut into strips
- 1 Tablespoon Peanut Oil or Olive Oil
- 1 Onion, diced
- ½ cup Beef Broth
- 1 pound Broccoli
- 2 Tablespoons Potato Starch
- 2 teaspoons Toasted Sesame Oil
- ½ cup Black Soy Sauce
- ½ cup Soy Sauce (Low Sodium)
- 2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce (Three Crabs is best)
- 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
- 5 Garlic Cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
- 3 Red Peppers, dried (or more if you like spicy)
- See Pressure Cooker Perfectly Cooked Pot in Pot Rice Recipe.
- Water Chestnuts
- Thin Sliced Carrots
- Toasted Sesame Seeds
- Follow Pressure Cooker Perfectly Cooked Pot in Pot Rice recipe and set aside.
- In a bowl, mix together marinade ingredients, add sliced beef and allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes.
- Select Sauté or Browning on Pressure Cooker and allow to fully heat.
- Add Peanut Oil to the Pressure Cooker cooking pot, add onions and sauté for 4 minutes.
- Add the sliced beef and marinade to the cooking pot and sauté until slightly browned, about a minute or two.
- Turn off Pressure Cooker.
- Add broth to the cooking pot.
- If making this a One Pot Meal, add the Prepared PIP Rice now.
- Lock on lid and close Pressure Valve.
- Cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes.
- When Beep is heard, allow a 10 minute natural release and then remove lid, when all pressure is released.
- Remove lid and remove bowl of rice and trivet. Quickly place cover on rice to finish the steaming.
- Select Sauté/Browning and add broccoli to the pot. Remove about ¼ cup of liquid from the pot and whisk in potato starch until smooth. Return liquid to pot. Simmer until broccoli reaches desired tenderness. Turn off heat.
- Drizzle in Toasted Sesame Oil and stir.
- Serve over rice.
Red peppers are very hot and just for flavoring. Most people push them aside.
When you are thickening the sauce, thin sliced carrots, mushrooms and water chestnuts are a great addition to this dish.
If you would like to use skirt steak, do not pressurize. The sautéing is enough!
If you would like to cook the rice at the same time as the beef and broccoli, please see my Pressure Cooker Perfectly Cooked Rice for step by step instructions.