For many people, Chinese food is automatically associated with take-out or weekend trips to a dim sum joint, but oriental cuisine is not just for eating out. With these delicious Instant Pot Chinese recipes, you can recreate the flavor experience in your own kitchen and in the process, avoid any unnecessary additives or MSG.
From succulent beef and broccoli to sticky pork belly and fluffy fried rice, Chinese dishes are both full of flavor and nourishing, especially those heavy in nutrient-dense foods like veggies, meats, seafood and broths. While the take-out versions may often seem unhealthy with too much sodium and deep-frying, making these recipes at home is one way of controlling what goes in. The best part is, you’ll be surprised how easy they can be, especially thanks to the mighty Instant Pot.
We have put together some of our favourite Chinese recipes that you can make in a pressure cooker. Go and check out these blogs as well for more Instant Pot inspiration. There is a variety of meat, rice and vegetable dishes, including stews and soups. We hope you enjoy them! Tell us in the comments your personal favourites to make in the Instant Pot.
1. Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) from Pressure Cook Recipes
Char Siu is the perfect blend of sweet and savory. It’s the kind of meal you simply can’t wait to eat. Just the smell and a quick look at those tender slices of pork would leave your mouth watering. The marinade gives it its flavour, while the fatty cut of pork yields melt-in-your-mouth results every time.
2. Mongolian Beef from Instant Pot Eats
Our version of Mongolian beef is free of refined sugar while still remaining jam-packed with flavour. It uses cheap cuts of beef like skirt steak and flank steak, so this recipe is totally budget-friendly. With the use of Tamari, it’s gluten-free too. You can feel good about eating this!
3. Instant Pot Fried Rice from This Old Gal
Of course, we had to include a classic fried rice dish! It’s a must-have when ordering take-out, and you know that it makes fantastic leftovers. You might be thinking you need a stove and a pan for “fried” rice, but the Instant Pot’s saute function will work just fine!
4. Instant Pot Short Rib Soup (Galbitang) from Kimchimari
This recipe usually takes hours to simmer and break down the short ribs to their tender, juicy awesomeness, but the Instant Pot cuts back the time. You can’t complain about something this amazing being on the table in an instant. Talk about convenience!
5. Chicken & Corn Soup With Spinach from Instant Pot Eats
This recipe is often served as a starter at Chinese restaurants, and for good reason – it is tasty! Our version is nourishing, healthy, and perfect for beating cold and flu season. It makes a great appetiser or main meal, considering it features protein.
6. One-Pot Teriyaki Rice With Chicken & Vegetables from Life Made Sweeter
One-pot meals are the pinnacle of cooking with the Instant Pot. When rice, teriyaki sauce, chicken, and a rainbow of vegetables are in the mix, we basically have the perfect meal. In just 30 minutes, you’ve got dinner on the table.
7. Healing Instant Pot Congee from The Curious Coconut
Congee is a traditional healing recipe – basically a savory version of rice pudding with a Chinese kick. You can really make it your own whether you want a real soup or something more porridge-like with thickness depending on the amount of broth you use. The aromatics will have you anticipating this before it even starts to cook. Luckily, it’s a quick one!
8. Chinese Beef & Potato Stew from Red House Spice
Torn between beef stew and Chinese food for dinner? Don’t make the tough choice. Combine the two with this hearty beef and potato dish, where the spices are truly the soul of it. There’s some fun history behind this one, too.
9. Asian Salmon With Garlic Vegetable from Instant Pot Eats
Keep it simple! Sometimes, nights just call for those lighter meals. This salmon dish is a great way to get in your omega-3 fatty acids. In just 15 minutes, you have a full, balanced, and healthy meal with some Asian flair.
10. Sticky Chinese Pork Belly from The Kitchen Sanctuary
Pork belly is the cornerstone of oriental cuisine… at least if you ask us! It’s juicy, tender, and downright decadent. Who doesn’t love pork belly? This is sweet, sticky, heavenly perfection on a plate or in a bowl.
11. 15-Minute Orange Chicken from A Fork’s Tale
Cooking Chinese food for kids can be challenging. That’s where orange chicken comes in. This menu staple is simple to make at home, and it’s 100% family-friendly. Sweet notes, salty tones, and tiny bites of citrus flavour bring this dish together.
12. Instant Pot Chinese Pulled Beef from Suer Golden Bakes
This is your standard pulled beef – tender, juicy, and even slightly addictive – with Chinese flair. It’s perfect over egg noodles or zucchini noodles, incorporating fun spices like star anise, Szechuan peppercorns, and banana shallots. A little spice really rounds things out!
13. Chinese Beef Short Ribs (Instant Pot or Crockpot) from Eat Beautiful
Short ribs can be intimidating, but they’re anything but when you have the Instant Pot. If you’ve never made them, you’re in for a treat. These ribs are a great starter recipe served with veggies. You’ll definitely be going back for seconds!
14. Yellow Rice With Corn & Peas from Instant Pot Eats
Rice is a Chinese food staple. This yellow rice is fun and vibrant, easy to prepare, and even easier on the budget incorporating frozen peas and corn for minimal prep and loads of texture.
15. Instant Pot Kung Pao Chicken from Slap Dash Mom
Soy sauce, honey, and hot chili paste are the trio that brings life to Kung Pao chicken. This is another poultry favorite from your go-to Chinese restaurant that you can easily make at home. Throw it on the meal prep menu and top off some pre-cooked rice with it when the craving hits.
16. Instant Pot Chinese Pulled Pork from Primal Palate
BBQ and Chinese just go hand in hand. There’s no denying the incredible results you get. This is a great recipe to experiment with fusion cuisine, and you’ll know it was worth the (minimal) effort the moment it hits your plate! It’s pure bliss over a plate of stir-fried veggies.
17. Pressure Cooker Garlic Broccoli from Pressure Cooker Recipes
Broccoli is perhaps the quickest thing you can make in your Instant Pot. With fresh garlic, it will pair perfectly with any main dish you choose to make.
18. Vegan Instant Pot Steamed Asian Dumplings from Healthy Slow Cooking
How could we leave you without some dumpling action? These guys are loaded with veggies in every bite, but you could really use this template for getting creative with your fillings! Either way, get your dim sum on in the comfort of your own home.
19. Instant Pot Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin from Slimming Eats
Do something a little different with that stray pork tenderloin you’ve got hanging out in the freezer. For example: smother it in delectable teriyaki sauce, slice, and serve over sticky white rice.
20. Instant Pot Lo Mein Noodles from Slap Dash Mom
Finally, for those of you who end up in the ‘noodles’ section of the menu every time, here’s the only lo mein recipe you need – promise. Pack it up for lunch – it’s bound to keep you sane on those long workdays!