This Pressure Cooker Chinese Take-Out Beef and Broccoli is better than any restaurant. Make it a one pot meal and cook the rice using my “pot in pot” method!
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 Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.
You won’t believe how easy it is to make Pressure Cooker Chinese Take-Out Beef and Broccoli, in your Instant Pot or 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 Sweet/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.
Healthy Boy Sweet/Black Soy Sauce is my favorite brand of Sweet/Black Soy Sauce, but the Kecap Manis Brand works as well, and is available on-line. It is something I use all the time in my Asian cooking.
Sweet/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 Sweet/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 Sweet/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.
If you cannot find the Healthy Boy Brand, please make sure your Sweet/Black Soy Sauce is very sweet and thick. Chinese Five Spice is another spice lending authenticity to this recipe.
If you would like to cook your rice at the same time and in the same pot with your Pressure Cooker Chinese Take-Out Beef and Broccoli, please check out my Pressure Cooker Perfectly Cooked Pot In Pot Rice recipe for step by step instructions.
Turn this Pressure Cooker Chinese Take-Out Beef and Broccoli recipe into a one pot meal!
You will just need these two accessories.
Slice the beef into strips and place them in a medium bowl.
Add seasoning and massage into Beef.
Set the Sauce aside until a bit later.
All the Beef should be very well coated.
Make sure to fully heat up your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker cooking pot before adding the oil.
A very hot stainless steel pot with the fat added afterwards, makes stainless steel, non stick!
If using another brand, hit the Browning button.
Add the coated Beef directly into the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker cooking pot.
Sauté the beef about 30 seconds in each side, until it is slightly browned.
Be careful not to over cook the beef!
Add Onions Low Sodium Beef Broth and Sauce and mix through to combine, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pot.
Turn off pressure cooker.
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.
If you are making this a One Pot Meal using my Pressure Cooker Perfectly Cooked Pot In Pot Rice recipe, add your Stainless Steel Tall/Short Trivet & Egg Cooker Set.
Remember, when using the PIP Rice recipe on top of a main course, additional water is not needed in the cooking pot.
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.
Keep 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 Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker and then select Sauté or Browning.
Simmer until the Broccoli reaches the desired tenderness and sauce has thickened.
You don’t want to use the Pure 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.
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 DUO Plus 60 Pressure Cooker
- J.A. Henckels Classic 8 inch Chef’s 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
- di Oro Living Silicone Spatulas Set
- Rachael Ray Stoneware EVOO Oil Dispensing Bottle
- Alpha Armour Salt Box with Spoon
- Eukein Electric Pepper Mill
- Sonder LA Acacia Wood Cutting Board with Groove
- 2 Tiered Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker Stackable Insert Pans
- Stainless Steel Tall/Short Trivet & Egg Cooker Set
- 3.5 Quart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl
- Small 1.5 Quart “Pot in Pot” Mixing Bowl
- Sweet/Black Soy Sauce (also called Sweet Soy Sauce)
- Three Crabs Brand Fish Sauce
- Asian Potato Starch
- Bob Mills Potato Starch
- Chinese Five Spice
- Kadoya Pure Sesame Oil
- Toasted Sesame Oil
- Pressure Cooker Perfectly Cooked Pot In Pot Rice recipe.
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
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- Follow Rice recipe by using measurements in my Pressure Cooker Perfectly Cooked Pot in Pot Rice recipe and set aside.
- In a bowl, mix together Sauce ingredients and set aside .
- In a Medium Mixing Bowl, combine Beef and Chinese Five Spice. Massage into Beef. Add Potato Starch and coat the Beef completely.
- Select Sauté or Browning on Pressure Cooker and allow to fully heat and then add Peanut Oil.
- Add coated Beef to cooking pot and sauté for 5 seconds each side.
- Add Onions broth and sauce and mix through to combine, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pot. Turn off pressure cooker.
- 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, wait 10 minutes and then release the rest of the pressure.
- Remove bowl of rice and trivet and set aside, so that it finishes steaming while you cook the broccoli.
- Select Sauté/Browning and add broccoli to the pot. Simmer until broccoli reaches desired tenderness.
- Turn off heat and 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! Black Soy Sauce is very thick and sweet, like molasses. Please make sure your Black Soy Sauce is thick and sweet and not salty. For a delicious flavored rice, substitute 1/4 cup of Seasoned Rice Vinegar for 1/4 cup water.