Instant Pot Korean Beef is a simple dish that’s packed with Asian flavors. Make this recipe for dinner tonight in under an hour!
If you love Instant Pot recipes, you’ll love these recipes too: Easy Instant Pot Chicken Stew, Instant Pot Vegetable Beef Soup, Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe (Whole30 & Paleo) and Instant Pot Meat Sauce Recipe.
This Instant Pot beef recipe only requires a few steps, and it’s really easy to make.
Many of the ingredients you should already have on hand. As a result, it’s the perfect meal for when you can’t get to the grocery store.
Ingredient notes and substitutions
- Broth – beef works best, but chicken or vegetable will work too
- Coconut aminos – this is what makes the recipe gluten-free. If you don’t have gluten allergies or sensitivities, you can use low sodium soy sauce instead
- Honey – brown sugar can be substituted in equal amounts
- Crushed red pepper flakes – use Sriracha or Gochujang instead to make this extra spicy
What can I use instead of beef stew meat?
Beef stew meat is simply a combination of leftover cuts of beef that is already trimmed and sliced into bite-size pieces.
Using stew meat in this Instant Pot beef recipe gives you a tender bite that’s full of flavor. Thinner slices, like what you would use for stir fry, may come out tough and dry.
If you can’t find it pre-packaged at the store, you can ask the butcher to prepare some for you or you can make your own at home.
How to cut your own beef stew meat:
- Choose a beef chuck roast and use a long, sharp knife to trim off any hard fat.
- Cut the roast into 1-inch slices, like you would a loaf of bread.
- Next, cut each slice into 1-inch strips.
- Then cut each strip into 1-inch cubes.
It’s really that simple!
How to make Instant Pot Korean Beef
First, season the beef stew meat with salt and pepper. Sauté in the Instant Pot with some sesame oil until browned on all sides.
NOTE: Don’t add the sesame oil until the pot is already hot or it will burn and have a bitter flavor.
Add the remaining ingredients (except for the garnishes) and cook on High for 35 minutes.
Do a natural pressure release, then remove the lid and stir everything well.
Serve with green onion and sesame seeds sprinkled on top.
What if I don’t have an Instant Pot?
Since Instant Pot Korean beef is basically meat and sauce ingredients, it can be adapted to be cooked on a stovetop instead.
In this instance, you’ll want to replace the stew meat cubes with thinner slices of beef. Cut these yourself from a rib-eye, sirloin, or flank steak. You can also purchase beef that has been pre-sliced for stir fry.
To make the meal on a stovetop:
- Heat a neutral cooking oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
- Mix together the sauce ingredients, with a few adjustments. Replace the broth with 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar. Also, add 2 tablespoons each of water and cornstarch to thicken the sauce.
- Season the beef strips with salt and pepper, then brown in the pan on both sides.
- Pour the sauce over the beef and let simmer for an additional minute, stirring to coat the meat.
- Serve with your side of choice. Make sure to spoon extra sauce over the meat!
What to serve with Korean beef
Keep your sides simple to compliment the flavors in the sauce.
- Serve over rice: use your favorite long grain rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice
- Add a vegetable: try steamed or sautéed broccoli, carrots, or bell peppers or even roasted veggies.
- Extra heat: mix in some kimchi, a traditional Korean spicy side dish of fermented cabbage and radish
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Instant Pot Korean Beef
Set a 6-qt Instant Pot® to the sauté setting.
Season the meat with salt and black pepper.
When the pot is hot, add sesame oil and beef. Cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the meat is browned on all sides. Remember to stir occasionally.
Then, add the beef broth, garlic, honey, coconut aminos, ginger and red pepper flakes to the pot.
Put on the lid, lock it and check to see if the vent is at sealing. Then, select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 35 minutes. Mine took about 15 minutes to reach pressure. After the 35 minutes is up, let it naturally release pressure. Open the pot and give a good stir.
Top with green onions and sesame seed before serving with steamed broccoli or brown rice. Enjoy!
Nutrition InformationAmount per serving (1/4) — Calories: 348, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 219mg, Potassium: 50mg, Carbohydrates: 16g, Sugar: 15g, Protein: 22g
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