Instant Pot Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)

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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. 😉

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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. 😉

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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. 🙂

Time to cook some Flavorful & Rich Bo Kho in Instant Pot!

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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.
5 from 16 votes
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Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 379kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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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Recipe Notes:

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.
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Nutrition:

Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 1115mg | Potassium: 1211mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 18405IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 5.7mg
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Asian, vietnamese
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Step-by-Step Instant Pot Bo Kho Cooking Guide

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Here are the ingredients for cooking Bo Kho in Instant Pot:

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To prepare the lemongrass, cut off the base and the green spiky tops, then peel off the tough outer layers (3 – 4 layers).

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Crush the lemongrass stalks with the side or back of your knife and cut into 4-inch lengths.

Tools for Instant Pot Bo Kho

1

Brown Chuck Roast Steak


Heat up Instant Pot using “Sauté More” function. Wait until the Instant Pot says HOT.

*Pro Tip: Make sure the 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.

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Remove chuck steaks and set aside in a large container.

2

Saute Onion and Herbs


Add in sliced onions and minced shallot, then saute for 3 minutes.

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Add in minced garlic, sliced ginger, lemongrass, 3 star anise, 3 cloves, 2 bay leaf, 1 stick cinnamon, and ½ tsp fennel seeds. Saute for another minute. 

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Add in 3 tbsp (50ml) tomato paste, then saute for another minute.

3

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.

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4

Pressure Cook Bo Kho


Turn off the Instant Pot.

Cut the browned chuck roast steaks into 1.5 inches thick cubes.

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Time to add the “Secret Umami Flavor Booster Sauce”! 😉

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.

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Place chuck roast cubes into the cooking liquid. Make sure the beef cubes are partially soaked in the liquid. Don’t forget the meat juice!

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Layer the carrot chunks on top.

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Close lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing position.

  • Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 32 minutes, then 10 minutes Natural Release

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After 10 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning the Venting Knob to Venting position.

Remove the lid carefully.

5

Season Instant Pot Bo Kho


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Bring the yummy Pressure Cooker 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 pinch of salt).

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6

Serve Instant Pot Bo Kho


Let the Bo Kho in Instant Pot sits for another 10 – 20 minutes before serving.

Garnish your delicious Instant Pot Vietnamese Beef Stew with cilantro and serve!

*Pro Tip: You can serve Bo Kho with French Bread, Rice Noodles, or Rice.

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Enjoy your Instant Pot Bo Kho!~ 🙂


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Christina Smith
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Christina Smith

This Instant Pot Bo Kho was the FIRST recipe I made trying out an Instant Pot, and let me tell ya- It. Was. A. WINNER! I took it to work to feed my co workers the day after our lounge microwave broke. When I noted that the only tweak it needed in order to by Whole30 compliant was sub Coconut Aminos for the Soy Sauce I was STOKED! A dish that could open discussion with my co-workers about Whole30 is a Win Win! Wish I could post a picture, it was SO good!5 stars

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Tee
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Tee

Hi, I have chuck tender roast and chuck pot roast are those OK to make with this?

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Laurie
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Laurie

I am brand new to the world of Instant Pot cooking but a fairly good cook the traditional way. I do a fair amount of various Asian cuisine cooking and didn’t expect a “random” Instant Pot recipe for a Vietnamese dish to be completely authentic. Wow! This was absolutely delicious! My brother recommended your site as it is his Go-To blog for IP cooking. I am delighted to have this resource! I look forward to lots more experimenting. Thank you very much.5 stars

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Reiko R.
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Reiko R.

Hi Amy and Jacky. My husband and I prepared this stew exactly as the recipe instructed and, oh my goodness!! The savory blend of all the different flavors with our prime chuck roast was absolutely heavenly deliciousness. This is our 4th dish we have made from your recipes. We have made, Chinese pork ribs, lasagne, mushroom risotto, and now the Bo Kho. We have been more than impressed with how good your recipes work out. I made some easy pickled Thai cucumbers and it worked wonderfully as a side. We look forward to trying more of your recipes, I think… Read more »

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Vivian
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Vivian

Hello Amy and Jacky,
I can’t wait to try the Bo Kho! I was wondering if the carrots were very mushy considering the time that is in the IP(32min). Thanks!

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Peggy
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Peggy

Followed the recipe precisely and it turned out perfect! Love the flavor!5 stars

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Sonia
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Sonia

I made this recipe exactly as written and it was so yummy. I want to make it again but with the sliced short rib meat (off the bone) from Costco. Does my cooking time need to be adjusted?5 stars

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Marc Obernesser
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Marc Obernesser

Excellent recipe!
I use a Mueller pressure cooker, but it does pretty much the same. Had an old style pressure cooker until last year (you know, the one you put on the stove top….), it worked the same except that you had to keep track of the cooking time. I replaced it after 19 years of great service 😀
Great site !!!5 stars

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Melanie Dalton
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Melanie Dalton

My family of 6 is so hard to please they loved Pot Bo Kho5 stars

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Steve
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Steve

I love this recipe, the flavors blend so beautiful together. I definitely would and will recommend this recipe

Another Great one Amy + Jacky

Keep them coming5 stars

Steve
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Steve

Do you have any other recipes with this flavor profile, let’s say for chicken?

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