Instant Pot Panda Express Beijing Beef–sweet, sour and a little spicy! Strips of beef, onions and red bell peppers are served in a sweet and sour sauce. It tastes great served over rice!
Instant Pot Panda Express Beijing Beef
If you’re looking for the flavors of Panda Express’s Beijing beef but not all the calories this might be the right recipe for you! Yes the crispy fried pieces of beef are delicious but they do have a lot of calories. My version is strips of lean beef cooked in the Beijing sauce. It’s quite an easy recipe with hardly any hands on time.
- The key to keeping the beef tender is slicing it across the grain. To identify which direction the grain of the meat is running, look for the parallel lines of muscle fiber running down the meat, and slice perpendicular to them.
- Marinate the sliced meat in the sauce for at least 30 minutes…you can marinate it for up to 3 hours if you want to make this ahead of time.
- Chili garlic sauce is found in the Asian section of the grocery store in a clear jar with a green lid.
- Hoisin sauce reminds me of an Asian barbecue sauce and it can be found in the Asian section of the grocery store.
- The water in the bottom of the pot and the onions serve as a barrier from the thicker Beijing sauce that would definitely burn if poured into the bottom of the pot. Layer the recipe as stated, do not stir to prevent the burn error message.
- The peppers do get a little mushy. If you’d prefer crisper peppers then I would suggest sautéing them or steaming them separately and stirring them in at the same time as the cornstarch slurry.
- This recipe works best in a 6 or 3 quart pot.
- This meat and sauce tastes really good served over rice. I have not tried pot-in-pot rice with this recipe. I do not think the rice would cook completely since it’s only a 1 minute pressure cook time. I cooked my rice in a separate Instant Pot. I do love my 3 quart Instant Pot for this purpose! I made white rice but I also love making brown rice in my Instant Pot.
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Sweet, sour and a little spicy! Strips of beef, onions and red bell peppers are served in a sweet and sour sauce. It tastes great served over rice!
- 1 1/2 pounds london broil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce (I used low sodium soy sauce)
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp ketchup
- 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 Tbsp oyster or fish sauce
- 1 Tbsp chili garlic sauce
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 small onion, cut into thin, half-moon slices
- 1 red pepper pepper, sliced into 1 inch pieces
- 1–2 Tbsp cornstarch + 2 Tbsp water
- Thinly slice the london broil against the grain into strips or chunks. Sprinkle the salt evenly over the meat.
- In a bowl whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, cayenne, sugar, ketchup, hoisin, oyster sauce, chili garlic sauce and garlic. Stir the meat into the sauce to coat well. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
- While the meat is marinating slice up the onions and peppers.
- Pour the water into the bottom of the Instant Pot. Spread the onions evenly into bottom of the pot. Dump the meat mixture on top of the onion (don’t stir). Place the red pepper on top.
- Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 1 minute on LOW pressure. When time is up let the pot sit for 10 minutes and then move valve to venting and remove the lid.
- Stir together cornstarch and water until smooth. Turn Instant Pot to saute and stir the slurry into the pot to thicken the sauce. Once it’s thickened turn off Instant Pot.
- Serve beef and sauce over rice and enjoy!
The peppers do get a little mushy. If you’d prefer crisper peppers then I would suggest sautéing them or steaming them separately and stirring them in at the same time as the cornstarch slurry.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 minute (plus 10 minute NPR)
- Category: Beef
- Method: Instant Pot
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