This Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Ramen is a delicious stir fry noodle dish that comes together in one pot, made with basic pantry staples from your cupboard.
Get ready for the BEST weeknight dinner ever!!!
I mean, anytime you can throw a bowl of noodles down in front of me I’m a happy girl – and this Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Ramen is a great way to use up ramen noodle packets you may have kicking around in the cupboard while turning them into more of a healthier option with beef and broccoli.
The sauce is SO easy, and it all comes together quickly with the help of your Instant Pot. I’m talking a 20 minute dinner idea, that’s how fast it is!
What kind of beef is used for stir fry recipes?
To make beef and broccoli stir fry in an Instant Pot, you’ll want to use a cut of beef that cooks quickly. Good choices for this stir fry noodles recipe are flank steak, sirloin steak, or skirt steak. Sometimes you may also be able to find fast fry steak strips already pre-cut at the grocery store so you can just toss them in and cook.
A note about cooking with flank steak:
While flank steak is a very thin cut of beef, it is also very tough and fibrous. To create tender flank steak, slice it across the grain, allowing the fibers to relax. Another flavourful Asian dish that uses flank steak is in Mongolian beef.
Can I use frozen broccoli to make Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli?
For this recipe, I cook the broccoli separately from the rest of the dish. This allows for the use of either fresh or frozen broccoli. While some people prefer to cook broccoli and beef ramen ingredients together in the Instant Pot, I steam it separately, which prevents it from overcooking.
But the good news is that all you need to do is throw the broccoli into a pot of boiling water and cook for 1-2 minutes. That should get your broccoli tender enough without overcooking and you can do this while the rest of the food is cooking so you can still get dinner on the table in under half an hour.
If you’re going to use frozen broccoli, I recommend microwaving for a minute or two to defrost and then you can mix it in at the end as you would the fresh steamed broccoli.
Can you make ramen with spaghetti?
In the unlikely case that you can’t find ramen noodles, there are other options. If you are adventurous and have the time to do it, you can make homemade ramen noodles. You can also leave out the noodles, serving the dish with rice instead.
Ramen noodles are made with rice flour, while spaghetti and other types of pasta are made with semolina flour. The consistency of ramen noodles is firmer than pasta, so, while you can use spaghetti, the taste and texture of the dish will be different.
Another great recipe that uses spaghetti as noodles is this Instant Pot Lo Mein – in this case you will want to cook the spaghetti in the pot with the beef but add one more cup of beef broth (2 cups total). This way you can still keep it in one pot but enjoy a different type of noodle.
Can you freeze Beef and Broccoli Ramen?
As far as meal prep recipes are concerned, Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is one of the best! Because it reheats well, broccoli beef noodles are a great freezer meal idea.
If you plan to create freezer meals with this dish, be sure that it is completely cool before you place it into freezable meal prep containers. Once frozen, the meals will keep well for 2-3 months. If you’re refrigerating leftover beef and broccoli, it will keep well for 5 days.
What’s a good oyster sauce substitute?
Most of the oyster sauce you’ll find in the stores today are made from sugar and salt thickened with corn starch, combined with oyster extract, and in some cases, MSG. If you have an allergy to MSG, look for Kikkoman brand oyster sauce, which is made without MSG.
For those with a shellfish allergy, there are a couple of oyster sauce substitutes. Vegetarian oyster sauce, mushroom flavored soy sauce, or in a pinch, teriyaki sauce. Although, using teriyaki sauce will thin the consistency of the beef and broccoli sauce.
Grab some glass meal prep bowls if you plan on turning the Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli into meal prep lunches for the week.
I get all of my free-range chicken and grass-fed beef from Butcher Box, conveniently delivered to me frozen.
Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli Ramen
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 package fast fry steak cut into 1 inch pieces
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh minced ginger
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp chili sauce (such as sambal oelek or sriracha)
- 3 packages ramen noodles
- 2 heads broccoli
- Add sesame oil, steak, garlic, ginger, beef broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, chili sauce and dry ramen noodles to Instant Pot in that order. Place lid on Instant Pot and make sure valve is set to seal.
- Press the pressure cook button and set to high, then cook for 1 minute. Instant Pot will take about 10-15 minutes to come to pressure then pressure cook the 1 minute.
- Meanwhile, lightly steam broccoli in a steamer or boil in a large pot of water for 1-2 minutes until lightly tender and drain.
- Do a quick release of the pressure on the Instant Pot by flicking the switch at the top with a spoon. Open the lid when pressure gauge has dropped and the lid opens easily.
- Gently toss noodles and beef - there may be uncooked portions of noodles so make sure to mix those underneath the hot cooked noodles and the small amount of excess liquid that is left, then gently mix in cooked broccoli.
- Replace lid and let sit for 5 minutes, then serve and enjoy!