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Instant Pot Beef Stir Fry makes it so easy to enjoy a delicious meal even during busy weeknights.  Make this meal in just 5 minutes and everyone can enjoy tender beef and veggies.

Beef Stir Fry in a bowl with broccoli, red peppers and onions. Chopsticks are on top of the bowl with a bowl of white rice in the background
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If you enjoyed our easy beef stir fry recipe, you will love this instant pot recipe. The beef is so tender that you will think it was slow cooked all day.

The seasoning is so tasty and the bell peppers really add to the flavor.  We all just love this easy meal. Stir Fry Recipes are always on our menu, you may like Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry or Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe for another easy weeknight meal.

Why This Recipe Works

Stir Fry Recipes can made using leftover rice, vegetables and beef. The ingredients are simple and making it in the slow cooker get done quick and easy.

Skip takeout and make this healthy stir fry recipe that the whole family will love.

Ingredients

Beef, oil, onion, bell pepper, garlic, broccoli, soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, corn starch, water, salt, pepper, rice

Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe in the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

You can add or omit veggies depending on what your preference is. It is super easy to adapt this meal.

Try adding

  • Green Onion
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Sesame Seed
  • Snow Peas
  • Beef Broth
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Carrots

You can also make this recipe with chicken or pork.

How to Make Instant Pot Beef Stir Fry

  • Step 1 – Turn the Instant Pot to ‘Sauté’ mode and heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
Strips of beef in the instant pot

Step 2 – Add the thinly sliced beef to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté until the beef is browned on all sides. Remove the beef and set aside.

Adding in the broccoli, red peppers and onions in the instant pot

Step 3 – Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pot. Sauté the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and broccoli for about 3-4 minutes until slightly softened.

Pouring in the soy sauce mixture in the instant pot with vegetables

Step 4 – In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, and cornstarch. Add the sauce to the Instant Pot along with ¼ cup of water, stirring to combine.

Cooked strips of beef in the instant pot on vegetables

Step 5 – Return the beef to the pot. Close the lid and turn the valve to ‘Sealing’. Cook on ‘Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cook’ high pressure for 5 minutes. Once the cooking is complete, do a quick release of the pressure.

  • Step 6 – Open the lid and stir the beef and vegetables to combine with the sauce. If the sauce is too thin, you can turn the Instant Pot back to ‘Sauté’ and simmer for a few minutes to thicken.
  • Step 7 – Serve the beef stir fry over cooked rice, garnished with sesame seeds and sliced green onions if desired.

Recipe Tips

  • Slicing Beef – Slice the beef into thin strips in about the same size. This allows the beef to cook about the same time.
  • Vegetables – Feel free to add the vegetables you prefer. We like to using fresh and cutting them about the same size so the vegetables do not get mushy.
Chopsticks with a bite of beef and red peppers with a bowl of beef stir fry in the background

Serving Suggestions

This stir fry recipe is delicious served as it is but we recommend adding a side of Instant pot White Rice Recipe, Instant Pot Brown Rice or Cauliflower Rice Recipe. This helps to make this a complete meal.

You can even prepare the rice ahead of time to save time.

Bowl of beef stir fryer over rice with chop sticks

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Thicken Sauce

If you would like to thicken the sauce, stir in 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Whisk in a the instant pot.
Turn to the sauté setting and cook until the sauce thickens. This should make the sauce a bit thicker if you prefer that.

How to Store Leftover Beef Stir Fry

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Can I Freeze Beef Stir Fry?

Yes, this recipe freezes great uncooked or cooked. If you are freezing cooked, make sure the stir fry has cooled to room temperature before placing in a freezer safe container. The stir fry will stay fresh for up to 3 months.

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Instant pot Beef Stir Fry

5 from 20 votes
Instant pot beef stir fry makes it so easy to enjoy a delicious meal even during busy weeknights.  Make this meal in minutes for a great dinner idea.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Chinese
Course Main Course
Calories 275

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Beef sirloin or flank steak), thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 bell Pepper sliced (any color)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • cooked rice (for serving)
  • Sesame seeds and sliced green onions for garnish (optional)
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Instructions

  • Turn the Instant Pot to 'Sauté' mode and heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
  • Add the thinly sliced beef to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté until the beef is browned on all sides. Remove the beef and set aside.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pot. Sauté the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and broccoli for about 3-4 minutes until slightly softened.
  • In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, and cornstarch. Add the sauce to the Instant Pot along with ¼ cup of water, stirring to combine.
  • Return the beef to the pot. Close the lid and turn the valve to 'Sealing'. Cook on 'Manual' or 'Pressure Cook' high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Once the cooking is complete, do a quick release of the pressure.
  • Open the lid and stir the beef and vegetables to combine with the sauce. If the sauce is too thin, you can turn the Instant Pot back to 'Sauté' and simmer for a few minutes to thicken.
  • Serve the beef stir fry over cooked rice, garnished with sesame seeds and sliced green onions if desired.

Recipe Notes

Beef: Thinly slice the beef against the grain to ensure tenderness.
Don’t overcrowd the pot when browning the beef. Do it in batches if necessary. This step adds flavor to the beef and the dish overall.
Be careful not to overcook the vegetables. The short cooking time under pressure is sufficient for tender crisp veggies. Use a quick release of pressure to stop the cooking process and prevent the vegetables from becoming too soft.
The nutritional information does not include the rice.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 275kcal, Carbohydrates 9g, Protein 16g, Fat 20g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 54mg, Sodium 1302mg, Potassium 364mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 168IU, Vitamin C 31mg, Calcium 37mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Ashley says:

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe! Thanks Eat on a Dime!

    I agree with the 2-3 minutes instead of 5 minutes. I also added 1tsp of oregano as the last item in the pot before starting the pressure cooker. Do not mix in.

    Next time I want to add teriyaki sauce, I realized I didn’t have any when I already started cooking lol.

  2. Carrie says:

    If using frozen beef strips. I would cook on high pressure for 15 minutes with a quick release. However, this will make the bell peppers too soft so I would wait to add those in. Then after the cook time, I would switch the instant pot to the sauté setting, add in the bell peppers and cook for 3-5 minutes until the peppers were tender. Let me know how it turns out!

  3. Pelin says:

    How long to cook beef strips from frozen? Thanks!

  4. Carrie says:

    You can definitely add in broccoli with the other veggies as well. I would only cook on high pressure for 2-3 minutes with the broccoli in there so that it doesn’t get over cooked. I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Patty says:

    You forgot when to put in broccoli and I don’t see it in dish,I love broccoli

  6. Shirley A Reid says:

    I do not have an instant pot but this recipe sounds good and I would like to try it. Is it possible to make it in a crock pot and how would I go about it. Thanks