This 8 Minute Spicy Beef and Broccoli dish is a great alternative to take out, not only because it is healthier, but it also comes together in an electric pressure cooker in less time than delivery!
The last thing I needed in my life was another kitchen gadget. I am a bit of a tech geek and if it is something new and innovative in a kitchen, I am ALL OVER IT!
When I started hearing about electric pressure cookers and how dinners can be cooked in less than 10 minutes, I had to see if this was for real.
It has been 2 years since this post, and I use my electric pressure cooker at least 3 days a week – still!
I call this 8 minute beef and broccoli, but that doesn’t include the time takes for the gadget to get to pressure. Cook time is nice and short, but total prep time, you are looking at 20 minutes.
In my opinion that is still an epic busy lady kitchen win!
A lesson learned in pressure cooking experiments – I typically don’t add the veggies until the pressure cycle is done.
I have tried a few things with veggies in the instant pot, and my preference is to add the veggies after the 7 minute cycle and use saute to cook them.
For make ahead:
- simply whisk together the sauce (minus the cornstarch).
- Cut the meat and veggies up (storing them separately), then on your weeknight, dump in the pressure cooker and hit 7 minutes.
- Steak cut into strips (approx 2 pounds), Sirloin works best.
- 1 Onion diced
- 1 TBS minced ginger
- 4 minced garlic cloves
- 1 Cup beef broth
- 1/4 Cup soy sauce
- 2 TBS brown sugar
- 1/4 TSP Chinese 5 spice
- 1 TBS sesame oil
- 1/4 TSP red pepper flakes add more to increase spiciness.
- 2 Cups broccoli
- 2 Carrots julienned
- 2 TBS cornstarch mixed with 2 TBS water
Whisk sauce together using the onion, ginger, garlic, beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, Chinese 5 spice, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes - inside the Instant Pot insert. DO NOT ADD THE CORNSTARCH SLURRY HERE.
Add the sliced steak.
Set pressure cooker for 7 minutes.
Quick release pressure and add in the cornstarch slurry, carrots and broccoli.
Set pressure cooker to saute for one minute so the broccoli cooks.
Garnish with sesame seeds and serve with rice or noodles.
Note: this recipe is an 8 minute pressure cook time. This does not include the time to pressure up and depressurize. Either way - its quicker than you can order takeout!
This is a great recipe as a leftover lunch as well!
So there you have it, a quick way to skip the takeout and have dinner on the table in 20 minutes!