paleo beef and broccoli plated chili pepper sesame seeds

Instapot Paleo Beef & Broccoli

Instapot Paleo Beef & Broccoli

If you love Chinese take out, but hate how you feel after, then this Instapot Paleo Beef & Broccoli recipe is going to make you, oh so happy 🙂 All the flavors you love from Chinese takeout without all nasties! All made in 30 minutes?! The delivery guy probably won’t be able to deliver to you in less time than that. Although here in NYC sometimes they are so speedy, it is mind-blowingly impressive. Once we ordered off seamless and got our meal delivered to our 4th floor walkup in 11 minutes!! I mean, is that not insane ?!?! Sometimes I feel like it takes me 11 minutes to make it up the 4 flights of stairs! But that is the exception, not the rule. Plus, this recipe is loaded with so much good stuff. You’ll be feeling way better than if you had ordered takeout.

Tips, Recs, Swaps

In case you are new to Whole 30 or Paleo here are some ingredients that are often used for these types of recipes but can be new to alot of people or sometimes a little tricky. 

  • Beef Broth – What’s the difference between broth and stock? If you are the supermarket and pick up a can of stock it probably has little to no protein in it. That protein and amino acid is where all the fantastic benefits health benefits of bone broth are. So you want to make sure you are using a high-quality good broth for all your Paleo and Whole 30 recipes. My go-to is bare bones. They are keto & paleo friendly, and have over 10G of protein per serving. Or easily make your own with this Instanpot Bone Broth Recipe. 
  • Coconut Aminos – This is a gluten-free and soy-free soy sauce alternative. Use the same way you would as regular soy sauce, feel free to swap in a 1:1 ratio to any recipe that uses soy sauce. 
  • Arrowroot flour – This is a grain free flour, making it paleo and whole 30 compliant. It works great for thickening sauces. You need to make sure you dissolve in a little water first before you add to sauce otherwise, it will be clumpy and gross. Also, be sure to add to the very end of the cooking process, you don’t want it exposed to high heat for too long. I’m a big fan Bobs Red Mill. 
food photography shot of paleo instapot beef and broccoli

Instapot Info

While it is a game-changer in the kitchen, was anyone else besides me terrified of their instapot when they first got it? At first, it seems there are so many buttons and options. Don’t even get my started on trying to release the steam for the 1st time. Fortunately, I’ve adjusted, but my dog hasn’t. I still can’t release the steam without her flying into the kitchen and barking like a manic. BUT all of that aside, it is TOTALLY worth it when you can make delicious recipes like this Instapot Paleo Beef and Broccoli. Make sure you check out some of my other instapot recipes. On the fence if you need an instapot? Don’t be, because you do! If you want to check one out, below is the one that I use and am utterly obsessed with it! Can’t recommend this kitchen appliance enough. SO many versatile uses!

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paleo beef and broccoli plated chili pepper sesame seeds

Instapot Paleo Beef & Broccoli

This Instapot Beef and Broccoli is healthy take on a Chinese take out classic. Made in under 30 minutes, it'll be on your plate before the delivery guy will be to your door. It's Paleo, Whole 30 and Keto friendly, and of course skips all that nasty MSG!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, keto, paleo, whole 30
Servings 4 People


  • Instapot


  • 2 Tablespoons Avocado Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
  • 1.5 lb lank steak sliced or stir fry beef Use grassfed for paleo/whole 30
  • 2 Bags Frozen Broccoli I like the like green giant steam in bag, or you can use fresh broccoli as well
  • 1 Cup Beef Broth
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Aminos gluten/soy free soy sauce alternative
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar Can omit if strict paleo
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes Omit if you want to spicy
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Arrowroot flour Dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
  • Sesame Seeds/Green Onion for Garnish


  • Turn instapot on "saute" mode, add the avocado oil and 1 tablespoon of the minced garlic. Once it is sizzling, add beef, and sear about 1 minute on each side. You might need to do this in batches to ensure instapot does not overcrowd. Once beef is cooked transfer to a plate and set aside. Repeat these steps if working with more than one batch of beef.
  • In a small bowl whisk together beef broth, coconut aminos, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger, red pepper flakes, and remaining garlic. Pour mixture into instapot, add beef and all reaming juices from plate. Cover instapot, make sure the vent is set to sealing mode, and turn on manual mode for 10 minutes time.
    instapot paleo beef and broccoli recipe step 10 minutes
  • While beef is cooking, add broccoli to microwave and cook according to instructions. Whisk together arrowroot flour with 1-2 tablespoons water making sure it is dissolved.
  • When beef is done, switch back to saute mode (make sure cover is off for this), add arrowroot mixture, stir well. Let cook for another minute or two until sauce has started to thicken.
    instapot paleo beef and broccoli recipe step add arrowroot flour
  • Remove beef from mixture, add to bowl with broccoli, pour additional sauce on top. Top with garnishes. Enjoy. Don't forget to comment below if you tried this recipe 🙂
    food photography shot of paleo beef and broccoli plated
Keyword beef, chicken, gluten free, keto, low carb, lowcarb, paleo, takeout, whole 30

*Originally posted 10/29/19 and has been updated*


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