Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli: Whole30, Paleo and 30 Minutes!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • 1.5 pound flank steak, thinly sliced against the grain
  • 23 crowns broccoli broken into florets
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (I use Primal Kitchen) or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Sesame seeds to garnish
  • Chopped green onions to garnish


  1. Turn instant pot onto “sauté” mode and add avocado or olive oil.
  2. Once oil is sizzling, sear sliced beef (about 30 seconds-1 minute on each side) in batches, ensuring not to overcrowd or over cook. Transfer to a plate once browned
  3. Once all beef is browned and on the plate, add minced garlic to the instant pot and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute
  4. Add in the beef broth, ginger, coconut aminos, sesame oil, onion powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Add beef and juices from plate to the instant pot, close the lid, and set to “sealing”
  5. Select manual and set the time for 10 minutes
  6. While beef and sauce is cooking, place broccoli florets in a microwave safe dish filled 3/4th’s with water. Microwave for 3 minutes until lightly steamed for al dente broccoli. Drain water and set aside. Mix in with the beef after cooking. *See notes for additional way to cook the broccoli
  7. Once beef is done, do a quick release, and put the instant pot back into “sauté” mode
  8. Slowly add in arrowroot flour, using a fork to whisk into the liquid as you add it. Add in broccoli and continue stirring as the sauce thickens
  9. Remove beef and broccoli with a slotted spoon and arrange in a large serving dish or meal prep containers. Allow the remaining liquid to continue simmering and thickening
  10. Once it’s thick and bubbling, pour sauce over beef and broccoli
  11. Garnish with sesame seeds, green onions or additional red pepper flakes


Optional way to cook broccoli: Once done the beef is done, do a quick release, remove lid, place in broccoli. Close the lid again, set to 0:00 on manual, and set to “sealing” to steam broccoli. This will cook the broccoli more thoroughly as opposed to lightly steaming it for more fork tender broccoli. Then continue with step 7.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories: 418
  • Sugar: 5
  • Fat: 23
  • Carbohydrates: 10
  • Protein: 38

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