Today, we’re sharing a few delicious Korean Instant Pot recipes because there’s more to Korean food than just kimchi. Chilli and fermented ingredients such as doenjang, ganjang, and gochijang in bibimbap and bulgogi give these savory dishes undeniable flavor as well as major health benefits.
Have you ever tried Kimichi? You can’t have a Korean meal without a side of it to complement each bite. Kimichi is fermented cabbage. The pickling of vegetables was an ideal method in the past, prior to refrigerators, that helped to preserve the lifespan of foods. Chili peppers are now a standard ingredient in the fermenting process, meaning expect some heat.
Koreans believe that food is connected to health. That’s why the tradition of fermentation including doenjang (soybean paste), ganjang (soy sauce), Gochujang (chili paste) and jeotgal (salted seafood) is pivotal in Korean cuisine.
Today, we want to share with you a few Korean Instant Pot recipes that represent some of the most popular dishes from the region. Before we get started, here are a few names you should get familiar with.
KOREAN Food Terminology
- Bibimbap: literally “mixed rice” is a dish of cooked rice served after mixing it with an assortment of fresh and seasoned vegetables, fried egg, minced beef, and other ingredients before cooking.
- Bulgogi: literally means “fire meat”, refers to a traditional Korean dish made by grilling beef or (rarely) pork after shredding or slicing it and marinating it in sweet soy sauce mixed with a great variety of condiments.
- Doenjang (Soybean Paste) and Ganjang (Soy Sauce): soybeans are soaked in water and boil them until fully cooked. Then pounded, formed, left to dry and ferment. Then, they are placed in salted water with dried red chili. After some months, it is divided into solid and liquid.
- Jeotgal (Salted Seafood): made by mixing one of a variety of seafood (such as anchovy, shrimp, oyster, or clam) with salt and then fermented.
- Gochujang (Chili Paste): condiment made by fermenting a mixture of soybean malt, salt, and chili pepper powder with a blend of powdered rice, barley, flour, and malted barley.
- Tteok (Rice Cake): a range of sticky cakes made by steaming powdered rice with other grains, usually beans, or by pounding boiled rice into different shapes and textures. Often served at special family or communal occasions such as birthday parties, wedding receptions, memorial services and traditional holidays.
- Juk (Porridge): made of various grains that are usually served to children, the elderly, or people suffering from digestive problems.
- Hanjeongsik (Korean Set Menu): originally consisted of cooked rice, soup, and three to five vegetable side dishes. Today’s set meal has meat and fish included.
1. INSTANT POT KOREAN BEEF
The Korean beef is super tender and packed with flavor. Simply mix the first ten ingredients together for the sauce to spoon over the beef. The recipe includes an explanation of gochujang and gochujang substitution. Recipe from I Heart Eating.
2. Instant Pot Kimchi Jjigae (Stew)
This Instant Pot adaptation of the classic Korean stew made with kimchi is so flavorful and rich! The texture of the kimchi turns out nice and soft in a fraction of the time. Recipe from Korean Bapsang.
3. INSTANT POT KOREAN SHORT RIBS
Try this super flavorful Korean short ribs made in an Instant Pot (or in any other electric pressure cooker). The sticky sauce glazed meat is bone fall apart tender and lip-smacking delicious! Recipe from My Korean Kitchen.
4. Korean Ground Beef
Instant Pot Korean Ground Beef is not only fast, but it’s versatile and so delicious, made with ingredients you may already have! Cook your rice right along with this pressure cooker Korean Beef for a flavorful one-pot meal! Recipe from Simply Happy Foodie.
5. sticky Korean chicken
The key to this recipe is all in the sauce, it’s sweet, sticky, and a little bit spicy. It takes normally boring chicken to a whole new level. Most traditional Bulgogi marinades use pears and a lot of brown sugar, but to keep this chicken on the healthier side, swap honey for brown sugar and reduced the sweetness a bit by omitting the pear. The rest of the sauce consists of Gochujang (Korean chili paste) sesame oil, ginger, and garlic. Recipe from Half Baked Harvest.
6. Korean beef tacos
We’re going for a total food truck vibe here. When kimchi is simply a must to go with gingery, garlicky, flavor-loaded beef. Recipe from Pinch of Yum.
7. INSTANT POT KOREAN BEEF BOWL
Your family and friends will absolutely love this meal! It tastes fancy but only takes a couple of hours to prepare this fall-off-the-bone shredded Korean beef. For this recipe use a boneless beef chuck roast. Recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.
8. Korean Sesame Garlic Beef
These Korean-style beef strips are melt-in-your-mouth tender and super tasty. The delicious marinade with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil totally permeates the beef and gives it so much flavor. Recipe from Manila Spoon.
9. KETO DAE JI BULGOGI SPICY PORK
Savory Dae Ji Bulgogi Korean Spicy Pork cooks up flavorful and tender from your Instant Pot or Pressure cooker for a great low carb keto spicy pork dinner. Wrap up the meat in lettuce leaves and enjoy the crunchy, spicy goodness. Recipe from Two Sleevers.
If you grew up in a Korean household, chances are you ate miyeokguk. Korean moms typically will make this “Birthday Soup” for their children to celebrate. Recipe from Ahjumma Recipes.