Instant Pot Vietnamese Beef Pho || Erin Brighton | gluten free | dinner | pressure cooker | Got To Be NC

Instant Pot Vietnamese Beef Pho

It takes A LOT for me to get a new small kitchen appliance. If it can only do one thing, why do I need it? An Instant Pot? What the heck is an Instant Pot? I was so mistaken about the Instant Pot. An Instant Pot is far from a one-trick kitchen appliance. I am sorry for all the mean things I said about you, Instant Pot. When I was craving a hot soup and fresh, Asian flavors, this Instant Pot Vietnamese Beef Pho blew me away.

Instant Pot Vietnamese Beef Pho || Erin Brighton | gluten free | dinner | pressure cooker | Got To Be NC
Pho! Vietnamese Beef Pho. So good.

An Instant Pot is just an electric pressure cooker. But this is not your mama’s pressure cooker. This is no clunky metal pot with an angry black jiggling regulator. Plug it in. Lock the top. Close the steam valve. Turn it on. You are minutes away from steamed beets, creamy risotto, tasty sweet potatoes, VIETNAMESE BEEF PHO. Woohoo.

Instant Pot Vietnamese Beef Pho || Erin Brighton | gluten free | dinner | pressure cooker | Got To Be NC
Veggies for pho broth

I was inspired to make pho after eating lunch at one of my favorite local restaurants here in Charlotte – Luna’s Living Kitchen. Luna’s is mainly raw and vegan so, clearly, there was no beef in their pho, but wow did their broth and the amazing bowl of herbs and vegetables knock my socks off. I knew I needed to try to make this dish at home.

For this pho, my initial grand plan for making the pho broth involved beef bones. Alas, I was all out of beef bones. I did, however, have some frozen beef bone broth so I added that to 5 cups of water for my liquid. So much flavor! I am restocked with beef bones so I will keep you posted when I make this with bones!

Instant Pot Vietnamese Beef Pho || Erin Brighton | gluten free | dinner | pressure cooker | Got To Be NC
Veggies for pho bowls

Good pho has two main components – the cooked beefy broth and the fresh, crisp veggies. My kids loved the DIY component of pho. I laid out an assortment of herbs and vegetables and let the kids pick what they wanted to put into their bowls before we pour the hot pho over the cooked rice noodles and fresh vegetables and herbs.

Instant Pot Vietnamese Beef Pho || Erin Brighton | gluten free | dinner | pressure cooker | Got To Be NC
DIY Vietnamese Beef Pho

We are going to add this into our make-it-yourself rotation … tacos, spring rolls, nachos … pho!

If you have an Instant Pot nearby, make this pho.

If you want to see my real-life messy kitchen… here it is!! Pantry door open, homework on the counter, milk cups out but no milk poured. Real life. 😉

 

Instant Pot Vietnamese Beef Pho

Instant Pot Vietnamese Beef Pho || Erin Brighton | gluten free | dinner | pressure cooker | Got To Be NC
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Instant Pot Vietnamese Beef Pho

Course Soup
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 bowls
Author Erin Brighton

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion
  • 5 to 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 small bunch carrots , chopped
  • 1 apple , peeled and chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 T fennel seeds
  • 4 to 5 cloves
  • 1 inch ginger , sliced
  • 1 t black peppercorns
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t fish sauce
  • 1 lb sirloin tips
  • 3 cups beef bone broth
  • 5 cups water
  • rice noodles , prepared
  • sliced carrots
  • sliced peppers
  • basil
  • cilantro
  • bean curds
  • jalapenos , sliced

Instructions

  1. Add onions, carrots, garlic, cinnamon stick, fennel, cloves, peppercorns, and salt. Saute in a little bit of oil for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add sirloin tips, bone broth, and water in the instant pot.
  3. Close the steam valve. Set the instant pot to manual for 25 minutes.
  4. While the pho is cooking, prepare the rice noodles and the other veggies and herbs for the bowls. Add some prepared rice noodles to each bowl.
  5. When the Instant Pot finishes cooking, let the steam naturally release for about 15 to 20 minutes if you have time.
  6. Strain the pho broth over a large colander. Take out the pieces of beef and add them to the bowls with the prepared rice noodles. Discard the mushy onions and carrots. Add fish sauce and additional salt as needed.
  7. Let your guests select the herbs and vegetables they would like in their bowls. Pour the pho broth over the rice noodles and veggies. Top with chili garlic sauce if you desire additional spiciness!
Instant Pot Vietnamese Beef Pho || Erin Brighton | gluten free | dinner | pressure cooker | Got To Be NC
Instant Pot Vietnamese Beef Pho

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6 thoughts on “Instant Pot Vietnamese Beef Pho”

    1. Hello! I bought the 6 quart Instant Pot from Target (IP-DUO60). It apparently sells out frequently so I reserved one online! If you order online to pick up in the store before April 1, you can get an additional 10% off. I think Target has the most competitive price – $90 ordered online! I have used it almost every day since I bought it. I am impressed!

  1. I wish my small kitchen could fit an Instant Pot, because I would get one right now. I’ve always wondered if they worked. Your recipe sounds delicious, I make my Phó a little differently but I definitely want to try your version it looks so good. There is instant Phó base you can buy at the Asian store and it does taste good but believe me it’s so unhealthy. I love this site and I told my coworker about it since she is has Celiac.

    1. Thanks, Joy!! I have been using this Instant Pot almost every other day. I wouldn’t put my pho up against yours! LOL. Quick bases are so convenient but you are right that they are usually so unhealthy. Thanks for sharing my site with your co-worker!!

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