Instant Pot Red Bean Soup

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Super Easy Shortcut to make Deliciously Sweet Instant Pot Red Bean Soup (Chinese: 紅豆沙 or 紅豆湯). This creamy, hearty pressure cooker dessert is comforting & satisfying to eat. A simple health-boosting & nourishing dessert. No soaking required!

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Sweet Dessert Soups “tong sui” (Chinese: 糖水)literally translated as “sugar water”, is a common dessert to wrap up a meal in Chinese restaurants. Mostly, in Cantonese restaurants.

We, Hong Kongers, love Dessert Soups so much that you’d find Dessert Soup Shops in every neighborhood just like how you’d find Starbucks in the States.

Among some of the most popular traditional Sweet Dessert Soups like Tofu Pudding, Sai Mai Lo, Black Sesame Soup…Red Bean Soup is one of the most common desserts served in Chinese restaurants or Chinese banquets!

Red Bean Soup is unbelievably easy to make, requires only a few ingredients you can store in the pantry. And Instant Pot Pressure Cooker makes it even easier! 😀

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What are Adzuki Beans?

Adzuki Beans (aka Azuki, Aduki, or Red beans) are small red mung beans that are mostly grown in East Asia.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Adzuki Bean provides healing properties. It’s an awesome source for protein and disease-fighting & health-promoting antioxidants among other essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. It’s also low in calories & fat, yet high in nutrition.

In East Asian cuisine, adzuki beans are often used for sweets or desserts such as Tang Yuan, Mooncakes, pastry or bread filling, shaved-ice or ice-cream topping, Taiyaki, Dorayaki, drinks like Bubble Tea or Red Bean Ice…


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Instant Pot Red Bean Soup

Super Easy Shortcut to make Delicious Instant Pot Red Bean Soup (Chinese: 紅豆沙, 紅豆湯). This creamy, hearty sweet dessert soup is comforting & satisfying to eat. A simple health-boosting & nourishing dessert. No soaking required!
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Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Instructions

  • Prepare Ingredients: Rehydrate chenpi in cold water for 15 - 20 minutes. Use a spoon to scrub off chenpi’s white bitter part. Pick & rinse 1 cup (200g) adzuki beans in cold tap water. Drain well.
  • Pressure Cook Red Bean Soup: Add 1 cup (200g) cleaned adzuki beans, 1 piece (2g) chenpi, 2 pinches of kosher salt, and 2 pieces (130g) brown sugar in pieces in Instant Pot. Then, add in 6 cups cold water (1500ml). Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 30 minutes + 20 minutes Natural Release.
  • Emulsify Red Bean Soup: Bring the red bean soup to a boil using the "Saute High" function. Let it boil for 15 - 20 minutes until desired thickness. Stir occasionally. You can stir and boil as long as required until it reaches your desired thickness (Check out the thickness comparison photo from our experiment). Taste and add in more sugar if desired. For reference: we added roughly 2 more tbsp (30g) sugar.
    *Pro Tip: The red bean soup can thicken even further after chilling in the fridge overnight.
  • Serve: You can serve red bean soup hot, warm, or cold. A deliciously satisfying dessert for all types of weather! You can also drizzle some coconut milk for another layer of flavor. Enjoy~
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Nutrition:

Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Hong Kong, Taiwanese
Keyword: chinese desserts, instant pot beans, instant pot dessert, instant pot recipes, instant pot red bean soup, instant pot vegan recipes, instant pot vegetarian recipes, instapot red bean soup, pressure cooker red bean soup, red bean soup, sweet soup, 糖水, 紅豆沙, 紅豆湯
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Step-by-Step Instant Pot Red Bean Soup Guide

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Here is the simple ingredients list for Pressure Cooker Red Bean Soup 🙂

Instant Pot Red Bean Soup | Pressure Cooker Red Bean Soup Ingredients

*Tip: You can substitute brown sugar in pieces (Chinese: 冰片糖) with normal brown sugar.

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Prepare Ingredients


Rehydrate chenpi in cold water for 15 – 20 minutes. Use a spoon to scrub off the white part of the chenpi as those can be bitter.

Instant Pot Red Bean Soup | Pressure Cooker Red Bean Soup: rehydrate chenpi (dried mandarin peel) 陳皮

Pick & rinse 1 cup (200g) adzuki beans in cold tap water. Drain well.

Instant Pot Red Bean Soup | Pressure Cooker Red Bean Soup: rinse adzuki beans or read beans

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Pressure Cook Red Bean Soup


Place 1 cup (200g) cleaned adzuki beans, 1 piece (2g) chenpi, 2 pinches of kosher salt, and 2 pieces (130g) brown sugar in pieces in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Instant Pot Red Bean Soup | Pressure Cooker Red Bean Soup: add adzuki beans, chenpi, brown sugar in pieces, salt in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Add 6 cups cold water (1500ml) in Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Red Bean Soup | Pressure Cooker Red Bean Soup | 壓力鍋紅豆湯 | 紅豆沙

Close lid, then pressure cook:

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 30 minutes + 20 minutes Natural Release

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker High Pressure 30 minutes

After 20 minutes Natural Release, turn Venting Knob to Venting position to release the remaining pressure.

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Emulsify Instant Pot Red Bean Soup


*Pro Tip: Since there is not much movement inside the pot during the pressure cooking process, the red bean soup will not emulsify after pressure cooking. So it’s important to boil the red bean soup in Instant Pot after opening the lid.

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Bring the red bean soup to a boil using the “Saute High” function.

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Let it boil for 15 – 20 minutes until desired thickness. Stir occasionally.

Or you can go wild and go as thick as you like 🙂

*Pro Tip: The red bean soup can thicken even further after chilling in the fridge overnight.

How Thick Should I Make My Red Bean Soup?

Instant Pot Red Bean Soup | Pressure Cooker Red Bean Soup | 紅豆湯 | 紅豆沙 experiment: thickness comparison
Red Bean Soup Thickness Comparison

Different countries/regions serve Red Bean Soup with varying thickness/textures. Plus everyone has a different preference on how soupy or thick they like their sweet soup.

We like our Red Bean Soup quite thick – to a point each spoonful of dessert soup has a “sandy”, hearty, earthy texture (the bottom photo above) – what we call「起沙」in Cantonese.

This might just be the reason why Hong Kongers call it「紅豆沙」(Hong Dou Sha; literal translation: Red Bean Sand) rather than「紅豆湯」(Hong Dou Tang; literal translation: Red Bean Soup).

Try both and see which one you like better! 🙂

Taste and add in more sugar if desired. For reference: we added roughly 2 more tablespoons (30g) of sugar in the end.

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Serve Instant Pot Red Bean Soup


The red bean soup can be served hot, warm, or cold. Great for both Winter & Summer weather 🙂

You can also add in some coconut milk for another layer of flavor!

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Enjoy your Sweet Instant Pot Red Bean Soup!~ 🙂


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WendyWen
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WendyWen

Could you use just packed brown sugar if you don’t have the sugar bars?

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Mimi
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Mimi

How would you modify this recipe to add small tapioca pearls? I like my red bean chilled so I wasn’t sure when to add the tapioca because I didn’t want it to melt/blow up over night chilling in the fridge.

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cindy
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cindy

Hi! I tried this recipe and it came out great! I would like to make it again, but add lily bulbs and lotus seeds, will that change the cooking time?

Dori
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Dori

Thank you so much for posting this recipe! How can I modify it to add adlay to it to make it red bean adlay soup?5 stars

Sandra Paetsch
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Sandra Paetsch

I really liked the recipe but then modified it so that it had more red beans in it and cooked it slightly longer as I like my beans super soft and melt in your mouth. 1 3/4 cup red beans, 6 cups of water, pressure cook for 40 min, natural release 20 min meanwhile soaked my tapioca (they are the slightly larger ones), and sauted them at the end in the soup for about 5-10 min on normal saute. Had to add alittle more water to loosen up the soup and allow for the tapioca soaking up the liquid. Added… Read more »

Sunny
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Sunny

Hi Amy and Jack,

I tried this receipt and it worked very well. I am interested in making red bean Sand (Hong duo Sha), should i just pressure cook them longer in oreder to make the more thicker and richer texture? Thanks.4 stars

Nick liew
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Nick liew

I followed this recipe to the T, but found that its too sweet. Everything else is perfect though, will make it again but with half the sugar, 1 bar instead of 2 cane sugar.4 stars

Paul George
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Paul George

Was searching for red bean chili when I tripped over red bean soup. DELICIOUS and easy to make….Will make it again and suggest it to others!5 stars

Ava
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Ava

Hi Amy + Jacky,

I love red bean sha and green bean sha, especially the latter with seaweed. Could you suggest if recipe is pretty much the same for green bean sha?

Many thanks!

Gina
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Gina

Hi, can I also add dried lotus seed to the recipe? If yes, how much? And do I just add it straight or do I need to rehydrate it first? Thank you again.

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