Learn how to cook Instant Pot Bo Kho (Pressure Cooker Bo Kho)! Tender & juicy Vietnamese Beef Stew bursting with rich savory-umami-sweet aromatic flavors. You’ll fall in love with the warm toasted baguette soaking up all the tasty beef broth with our secret umami flavor booster sauce. 😉
What is Bò Kho?
Bò Kho is a popular national classic Vietnamese Beef Stew. The key ingredients include beef (sometimes people like to add oxtail or tendons for extra richness, flavors, and textures), carrots, onion, lemongrass, and spices (i.e. star anise, cinnamon).
We added our own little secret “umami flavor-booster” ingredients for an extra layer of flavor. 😉
Different parts of Vietnam enjoy this flavorful fragrant beef stew differently. With Northern Vietnam, they eat Bo Kho for breakfast; while Central Vietnam, Bo Kho is served as a noodle; and Southern Vietnam eats Bo Kho with fresh warm bread dipped in the rich tasty broth.
So Bo Kho is often served either with French Bread (Bánh Mì Bò Kho), Rice Noodles (Phở Bò Kho), Vermicelli Noodles (Hủ Tiếu Bò Kho) or Rice.
Bo Kho is usually simmered for at least a few hours to create the rich depths of sweet-savory-umami flavors & fragrance and fall-apart tender beef.
Like most stews, Bo Kho is even more flavorful the next day. This beef stew tastes rich, packed with flavors & fragrances, yet it doesn’t make you feel heavy at all after eating. 🙂
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Time to cook some Flavorful & Rich Bo Kho in Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)
Learn how to cook Instant Pot Bo Kho (Pressure Cooker Bo Kho)! Tender & juicy Vietnamese Beef Stew bursting with rich savory-umami-sweet aromatic flavors. You'll fall in love with dipping the toasted crusty baguette in the tasty beef broth with our secret umami flavor booster sauce.
Brown Chuck Roast Steak: Heat up Instant Pot using "Sauté More" function. Wait until the Instant Pot says HOT. *Pro Tip: Make sure Instant Pot is as hot as it can be in order to induce a Maillard reaction. First, pat dry the chuck roast steaks, then season one side generously with salt and black pepper. Drizzle the inner pot with 1 tbsp olive oil. Ensure to coat the oil over the whole bottom of the pot. Carefully place the seasoned side of chuck steaks in Instant Pot. Then, generously season the other side with salt and black pepper. Brown one side for 7 minutes before flipping over, then brown the other side for another 7 minutes. Remove chuck steaks and set aside in a large container.
Saute Onion and Herbs: Add in sliced onions and minced shallot, then saute for 3 minutes. Add in minced garlic, sliced ginger, lemongrass, 3 star anise, 3 cloves, 2 bay leaf, 1 stick cinnamon, and ½ tsp fennel seeds, then saute for another minute. Add in 3 tbsp (50ml) tomato paste, then saute for another minute.
Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour in ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.
Pressure Cook Bo Kho: Turn off the Instant Pot. Cut the browned chuck roast steaks into 1.5 inches thick cubes. Add 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock, 2 tbsp (30ml) fish sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) regular soy sauce, and ½ tsp fine salt to the Instant Pot. Give it a quick mix. Place chuck roast cubes in the cooking liquid. *Pro Tip: Make sure the cubes are partially soaked in the liquid. Don't forget the meat juice! Layer the carrot chunks on top. Close lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 32 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release. Remove the lid.
Season Bo Kho: Bring the yummy Bo Kho sauce mixture to a simmer with the "Saute More" function. Taste and adjust the seasoning by adding more salt (roughly 1 - 2 large pinches of salt).
Serve: Let the Instant Pot Bo Kho sits for another 10 - 20 minutes before serving. Garnish your delicious Vietnamese Beef Stew with cilantro and serve! Enjoy!~
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Fish Sauce: The quality of your Fish Sauce makes a huge difference to the final dish. High quality Fish Sauce doesn’t taste fishy at all, yet they're extremely umami-filled. From our blind taste-test, our personal favorite is Red Boat 40N Fish Sauce.*Rate the Recipe: If you've tried the recipe, don't forget to Rate the Recipe in the Comments Section. Thank you! 🙂
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Step-by-Step Instant Pot Bo Kho Cooking Guide
Here are the ingredients for cooking Bo Kho in Instant Pot:
To prepare the lemongrass, cut off the base and the green spiky tops, then peel off the tough outer layers (3 – 4 layers).
Crush the lemongrass stalks with the side or back of your knife and cut into 4-inch lengths.