Monday, September 16, 2019

Instant Pot Pepper Beef

I had a skirt steak in my freezer from Aldi, and needed a recipe to use it, and I found a delicious one that I adapted to my tastes. I've been busy going to games and watching my grandchildren,  and the Instant Pot comes to the rescue.

Yield: 3-4

Instant Pot Pepper Beef

I used skirt steak that I had in the freezer, and it turned out so tender in the instant pot.


  • 1 lb stir fry beef (or skirt steak)
  • 1/2 of a  red bell pepper, cut in strips
  • 1/2 of a yellow bell pepper, cut in strips
  • About 4 ounces button or baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 5 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 4 green onions, sliced, and save the green tops
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil


How to cook Instant Pot Pepper Beef

  1. Chop bell peppers and green onions. Set aside.
  2. Place beef into the instant pot with 3/4 cup water and one tablespoon of the soy sauce. Set to high pressure for 20 minutes. Once the instant pot stops counting release the pressure after 5 minutes by quick release.
  3. Drain juice from beef.
  4. Mix together brown sugar,  remainder of soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and hoisin sauce. Stir well.
  5. Add the oil to the instant pot, and place the pot in saute' mode.  Add bell peppers, mushrooms,  and green onions to the instant pot.   Stir fry vegetables for about 3 minutes with the beef, scraping the bottom of the pot.
  6. Pour in sauce and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes until it caramelizes around the beef.  See NOTE at the bottom.
  7. Serve with rice with the green tops of the onions, as garnish.


If you'd like the sauce to be thicker, make a cornstarch and water slurry to stir in after the 3-5 minutes.
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 Avery is playing volleyball on her 7th grade team, in the libero position, which is a specialized player in defensive skills, and wear a contrasting jersey color from their teammates. 

 Here's 7th cheering for 7th grade football.   Cissy plays volleyball, too, and was also chosen for the libero position.


Riley is playing 10th grade football.  My poor daughter has three games on one night, and can't be at every one. 

I am sharing this with these lovely parties:


  1. How wonderful you can go and watch your grands' sporting events and cheer them on. It is dinnertime here and that Instant Pot Pepper Beef of yours looks delicious. I am salivating just at the sight of it. =)

  2. That sounds like a very flavorful sauce Kitty! Glad to hear you're giving your IP a good work out:@)

  3. This sounds delicious Kitty! I need an Instant Pot! Love seeing your grands playing sports...I wonder how those kids practice football in this heat! Such a busy time of year, especially for Molly. ♥

  4. Crazy schedule your daughter has! 🙂 I am interested in reading the process for cooking in the insta pot. Mine has made its way out of the box and onto the counter, but only the water test has been done. Some day!

  5. Another insta pot delicious offering! It's fun to see your grands involved in all their sports. They are lucky to have a grandmother interested and cheering them on.

  6. Hi Kitty, wow the kids have such a busy schedule now that they are back in school and your daughter is really busy with them. I love using my IP for busy week night meals. I will have to try out this recipe as it sounds so good! Enjoy the week. :)
    Hugs, Julie xo

  7. Your recipe looks great!Congrats to the Grands!Such fun!

  8. I know I would love one of these pots! Great recipe and fun family pics. I always loved going to sports events like these!

  9. Great pictures! And your recipe looks great! =)

  10. You sure made a delicious dinner in the inst pot, looks yummy! Fun going to watch the grands. Lucky you are near, wish I were near mine. We plan to go see a game this fall........Have a great week Kitty.

  11. Your dinner looks yummy! You are a busy grandmother! Your daughter is blessed to have you attend some of the games. KIds are so busy these days!

  12. Your beef looks yummy, Kitty! It's wonderful that you can go to your grandchildren's games! We have a grandson here who plays football but we never get to see him play because he plays on Sundays. They made him captain last week and we missed it unfortunately. I wish they could play on other days too rather than Sunday! My other two grandchildren live out on the west coast so we never get to see them in their games either. I'm so happy for you that yours live close by!

  13. What a great combination of flavors! I have resisted buying an Instant Pot and hope I can keep my will up :) I wished we lived a little closer to our grandsons so we could see more of their sports events. We have to drive 35 minutes one way on the freeway and if it's after school, then there is rush hour traffic through the city which is awful. You're so lucky!

  14. The pot pepper beef is making my mouth water.

    I'm terrible at sports so this is the first time I've heard of the libero position in volleyball.

  15. Oh, my! Your poor daughter! Having to pick and choose which child's game to attend! I am sure you are enjoying helping to fill in! Your instant pot beef sounds amazing! I haven't tried using the instant pot yet but have been hearing lots of good things about it. :) God bless you today, sweet friend.

  16. It is hard to keep up with all the games and activities, I know they love having you come Kitty! The instant pot does sound handy, I've got my crock pot filled with soup today even though yesterday it was 100!! Have fun with those athletic grands!

  17. So fun to see the grands at their games and nice that you can help your daughter out a bit, too! The recipe looks really good - I think I need an instant pot! Hope you are not in the path of all that flooding, dear Kitty. Sending hugs xo Karen

  18. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,450. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

  19. Super recipe and super keen sports players in your family … :)

    All the best Jan

  20. This recipe sounds and looks great. I don't have a instant pot, but my mom does, so I will share it with. Great flavors. Your grands are busy little bees. How fun to see them play. have a lovely week.


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