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Instant Pot Beef Bò Kho

Bò Kho is a Vietnamese Beef Stew that has amazing complex and rich flavors.  You will taste the lemongrass, star anise, cinnamon, garlic, ginger and so much more.  Often people like to add oxtail ortendons for additional splendor, tastes and texture.


Marinade Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs Beef Chuck
  • 2 TBSP Sugar
  • 1 TBSP Ginger Powder
  • ½ Chopped Lemongrass
  • 2 TBSP Garlic Powder
  • ½ cup of Fish Sauce
  • 3 TBSP Bo Kho Seasoning


  • 10 Star Anise
  • 5 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 Large Pieces of Ginger
  • 1-2 Shallots
  • 5 Stalks Lemongrass

Other Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Carrots


  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 3 Pieces Rock Sugar


  • Marinate Beef Chuck for at least 3 hours – best overnight.
  • Toast Dry Aromatics – toast Cinnamon Sticks and Star Anise on low to low-medium heat for 7-8 minutes to develop the flavor and the aroma. Be careful not to burn.
  • Toast Other Aromatics – toast Shallots and Ginger in pan or you can char them in a toaster oven under broil.
  • cut potatoes and carrots and put in cold water and set aside
  • Toast Dry Aromatics until fragrant which should take about 8-10 minutes. Make sure touse medium or medium low heat setting so the dry aromatics don't burn
  • Toast / Char the other Aromatics: Ginger and Shallots
  • Sear the meat over medium high heat
  • Assemble all ingredients in Instant Pot
  • Cook in Instant Pot on High Pressure for 15 minutes, then naturally release for 10 - 15 minutes. Then add potatoes and carrots and Pressure Cook again on High for 5 more minutes.
  • Serve with fresh basil, thinly sliced onions, cilantro and on the side, combine salt, pepper and a dash of lime for dipping. 


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