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Best Instant Pot Korean Beef

Instant Pot Korean beef has a sweet and savory sauce that’s a cheap meal served over rice. Looking for a pressure cooker ground beef recipe, this is it. 

instant pot korean beef

This easy Instant Pot Korean beef is made with hamburger y’all! Why? Well we’re all about family friendly meals kids will love and this is on the top of my girls’ list of favorite Instant Pot meals.

Ninja Foodi Korean Beef

We make a lot of easy beef recipes here on The Typical Mom blog. We do a lot of them in our IP, Crockpot Express and the Ninja Foodi. All of them work the same as far as having the necessary saute and high pressure functions so the brand name doesn’t matter.

You see, we buy half a cow at the beginning of each year from a farmer so we have a lot! You too can buy meat online in bulk if you want.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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What is Korean beef made of?

Traditionally it is made with beef short ribs marinated in a sauce that may contain soy sauce, water, garlic, sugar and sliced onions. You can make a slow cooker Korean beef version using chuck roast too. Have kids though who will only eat the ground kind? I did too so I tweaked it to be made this way.

  • BUT, I always like to tweak things a bit.

Using this allows us to add this pressure cooker recipe to our list of cheap Instant Pot recipes too. Use 80/20 or whatever you have on hand. With the addition of these bold flavors, I guarantee everyone in your family is going to love this. For lower fat you could opt for ground turkey meat, but not my preference.

instant pot ground beef

Instant Pot Korean Ground Beef

You’re going to set your Instant Pot to saute to get this going. Or use a Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi. Add a bit of olive oil when you cook beef and diced onion so it doesn’t stick. You could add green onions now too.

  • I do highly recommend getting a non stick pot though, makes everything easier.
    • My preference is to not drain the grease. It adds flavor to the dish but that step is up to you. Drain if you feel you must.
  • Then add all of your other ingredients including:
    • Soy sauce
    • Beef broth is better than water to deepen the flavors
    • Minced ginger and garlic are a must for the flavor profile
    • Sesame oil adds to the traditional flavor, olive oil would work too but won’t add that umami
    • Brown sugar will give the dish sweetness you would expect
    • Red pepper flakes are optional for heat, more or less depending on if you want it spicy or not

If you’d rather use chicken, follow our Instant Pot Korean chicken recipe instead. It is one of my youngest daughter’s favorite meal and made with a similar sauce. Thighs work best because they have so much flavor and become so tender under high pressure.

korean ground beef

The amount of red pepper is up to you. If you love heat then add more than is listed below. You could also opt for some dry Sriracha so it is a bit spicy. We prefer mild.

  • Stir contents together so the precooked hamburger meat is coated with this delicious sauce.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure cook for just 3 minutes!

Pressure Cooker Korean beef

  • Here’s an optional version if you want to cook the white rice pot in pot at the same time.
    • If you want to make it this way you’ll add a trivet with a pan on top to put your uncooked rice and water into.
    • Cook time of 3 minutes will remain the same, just the natural release time will be doubled from 5 minutes to 10.
  • After the natural release time is up let out the rest of the remaining steam and serve in a rice bowl topped with sesame seeds.

I don’t feel like there’s a need to thicken the sauce with any corn starch like a few other dishes we make often. Left to sit for 10 minutes or so the sauce will continue to soak into the meat and thicken on it’s own.

korean beef recipe

Of course you can cook the rice separately, that is why I include both sets of directions in the recipe card below. I do have a few different pots so many times I will make a batch of fluffy brown rice in one and this in another. When done I store what is left and throw the pots into the dishwasher. Easy cleanup!

What is Korean beef called?

  • This dish is also known as Bulgogi which means thinly sliced or shredded beef paired with soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, sugar, scallions, and black pepper

Many times it is cooked on a grill, sometimes it’s referred to as Korean barbecue as well. It can be seasoned or unseasoned but typically has a whopping flavor that’s sweet and salty. If you really wanted a nice coating you could make 1.5x the sauce recipe below so it is stickier and more gooey coated. 😉

This version takes less than 20 minutes though so it is a really easy recipe. You can find all necessary ingredients at your local grocery store primarily. If not I have links to order them online in the recipe card below.

ninja foodi korean beef

What does Korean beef taste like?

Well that depends whether you use thin sliced steak or this method but the sauce and flavors remain similar. With the addition of brown sugar and saltiness of soy sauce you get that juxtaposition of salty and sweet meat. Add a bit of heat and you’ll give it a stronger whop of flavor for sure.

What do you eat with Korean BBQ Beef?

Typically we always serve this 30 minute Instant Pot dinner with rice, brown rice would work too. Beyond that here are a few ideas:

  • Sliced Asian pear is a fun side dish that brings in a bit of sweet and freshness
  • You can make a bowl of Korean oxtail soup!
  • Instant Pot broccoli is a great choice any night of the week and takes just one minute

Ground beef recipes Instant Pot

We have a lot of Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom, but we will narrow it down to a few that are similar to this one.

  1. Our sloppy joes pressure cooker style are always a favorite and so very easy to throw together on busy nights.
  2. 5 ingredient Instant Pot chili can use both hamburger and ground sausage. Mixing the two makes this over the top inside Ninja Foodi baked potatoes.
    1. Chili mac Instant Pot style is a second favorite one pot meal with everything cooked together.
instant Pot ground beef recipes 2

Instant Pot Asian Beef

I do have a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. You can grab it and keep it handy in your recipe box or please come back if you’d rather (we’d miss you if you didn’t). A quick step by step to show you how we made these is;

  • First you are going to set your pot to the saute function and add olive oil, diced onions and ground beef.
    • Cook this until your beef is no longer pink, then turn pot off.
      • this is important so it can cool off a bit before turning to it’s next function so it doesn’t trigger the burn function
  • Add all other ingredients into your pot and stir so meat is coated well with sauce.
  • Close the lid to seal and close the steam valve too. Set to high pressure for 3 minutes with a 5 minute natural release.
  • Lift your lid and serve over the top of a bed of rice (typically).
  • Alternate version: If you want to cook rice in the same pot add a trivet with a 7″ bowl on top. Fill with 2 cups long grain rice + 2.5 cups water, stir. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes with a 10 minute natural release.
    • fluff the rice in the pot and serve together

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Instant Pot Korean Beef

Instant Pot Korean beef has a sweet and savory sauce that's a cheap meal served over rice. Looking for a pressure cooker ground beef recipe, this is it.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine korean
Keyword frozen ground beef, instant pot, korean beef, pressure cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 293kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set pot to saute and add olive oil, diced onions and ground beef. Cook until beef is no longer pink then turn pot off.
  • Add all other ingredients into your pot and stir so meat is coated well with sauce.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 3 minutes with a 5 minute natural release.
  • Lift lid and serve!
  • Alternate version: If you want to cook rice in the same pot add a trivet with a 7" bowl on top. Fill with 2 cups long grain rice + 2.5 cups water, stir. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes with a 10 minute natural release.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Korean Beef
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 825mg36%
Potassium 273mg8%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 49IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sydney

Monday 2nd of November 2020

What kind of pot is that which you used to make the rice at the same time? It looks perfect! Thank you!

Amber

Saturday 21st of March 2020

Very good! Will make again!

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