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Instant Pot Beef Pho makes everyone's favorite classic Vietnamese soup recipe SO easy to make at home! 🍜 Using the instant pot, you no longer have to spend hours making beef pho! It's ready in just 45 minutes!
Best Instant Pot Pho
This is one of my favorite instant pot recipes and I couldn't wait to share it with all of you!
Vietnamese beef pho is a hearty but light soup that's packed with flavor! Spices like cardamom and cloves with onion and ginger bring out the natural, delicious taste of the tender cuts of beef.
Our Instant Pot Pho is not the authentic pho experience, but it's our quick and easy pressure cooker version that you will love!
Serve it with rice noodles and bean sprouts, along with some fresh basil and jalapeño, for an intensely flavorful meal. This pressure cooker pho can even be made keto-friendly, like our beef and broccoli recipe!
What is pho?
Pho (pronunciation: like "fuh") is a Vietnamese soup recipe consisting of a broth that typically uses beef stock, rice noodles, herbs, spices, and meat.
One bite of homemade pho with beef, and it's no question why it's so popular!
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Is Pho Vietnamese or Thai?
While pho is common and popular street food in Vietnam, it's becoming increasingly popular all around the world. The Thai alternative to Pho is Boat Noodles.
Like Vietnamese steak salad, thin strips of beef are a popular choice for pho recipes!
Usually, for traditional preparations, pho broth takes hours to cook. Instant Pot Beef Pho saves you so much time, and you won't miss out on any flavor!
Instant Pot Pho Ingredients
- fresh ginger, roughly chopped
- onion, roughly chopped
- beef soup bones
- flank steak or other lean beef such as sirloin or brisket
- star anise pods
- cardamom pods
- cinnamon sticks
- coriander seeds
- brown sugar
- vegetable oil; or sesame oil, olive oil, or avocado oil
For the finishing touches, you will need:
- fish sauce, to taste
- soy sauce, to taste
- rice noodles
- Bean sprouts to taste
- Fresh lime juice to taste
Finally, we recommend these herbs for garnish:
- Fresh scallion
While the garnishing herbs are optional pho soup ingredients, they add an extra, delicious layer of flavor to the broth and beef. I recommend you try them out to see what combinations you like best. Basil and jalapeños are my favorite together!
Is pho keto-friendly?
This easy beef pho recipe is keto-friendly. Ginger and onion do not add many carbs to the soup. However, the rice noodles you use for traditional pho are not keto-friendly.
To make a keto pho recipe, skip the rice noodles and add more bean sprouts. Alternatively, substitute the rice noodles for Shirataki noodles.
Shirataki noodles are plant-based, containing no gluten or wheat, and are low-carb. Most grocery stores sell shirataki noodles in the produce section, in the refrigerated section near the tofu.
Is pho gluten-free?
Yes! Double-check your soy sauce and fish sauce to make sure they do not include gluten, but otherwise, this easy pho recipe is completely gluten-free.
This includes the rice noodles, which also do not naturally have gluten. If you use shirataki noodles for a low carb pho soup recipe, those are also gluten-free.
- If you prefer, you can cook the beef separately from the broth. I recommend cooking it as we do in our Vietnamese steak salad recipe.
- To make your soup as lean as possible, let it cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours. Any remaining fat in the broth will rise to the top and you can easily remove it. This is not a necessary step to enjoy Vietnamese beef pho.
- If you have access to it, you can also use Chinese rock sugar in place of the brown sugar in this recipe. Asian supermarkets stock Chinese rock sugar.
- For stronger flavor, allow your pho broth to cook for longer in the Instant Pot. While it will be ready in 45 minutes, you can leave it for up to 90 minutes for a strongly flavorful broth.
Be aware that if you cook the beef in the pot with the broth, you may not want to go beyond 45 minutes of cook-time.
How to Eat Pho
I love it served over rice or shirataki noodles, with bean sprouts and herbs for garnish. Use chopsticks or a spoon to mix all of the ingredients and toppings evenly throughout your pho.
For the perfect bite, make sure to get a little bit of everything - noodles, vegetables, and meat. And if you're using chopsticks, make sure to use a soup spoon to enjoy some of that delicious pho broth in-between bites!
You can also add hoisin sauce or red chili sauce for extra flavor. A poached egg is also a great addition to your pho ingredients. I really believe this is the best pho recipe ever - especially if you add an egg. It adds so much richness to the broth!
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Instant Pot Beef Pho
- 4 inches fresh ginger roughly chopped
- 1 large onion roughly chopped
- 2 pounds beef soup bones
- 1 pound flank steak or other lean beef such as sirloin or brisket
- 1 to 2 star anise pods
- 2 to 3 cloves
- 1 tablespoon cardamom pods
- 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil; or sesame oil olive oil, or avocado oil
- 2 to 3 tablespoons fish sauce to taste
- 5 to 6 tablespoons soy sauce to taste
- 12 oz. rice noodles
- Bean sprouts to taste
- Fresh lime juice to taste
- Jalapeños basil, mint, and fresh scallion
- Toast 1-2 star anise pods, 2-3 cloves, 1 tablespoon cardamom pods, 1-2 cinnamon sticks, and 1 tablespoon coriander seeds in a frying pan on the stove.
- Roughly chop 4 inches of fresh ginger and 1 large onion. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in the Instant Pot set to the saute program. Cook the ginger and onion for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often.
- Switch off the saute function and add the toasted spices to the pot. Stir for a few seconds, then add 2 pounds beef soup bones and 1 pound flank steak (or other lean beef, such as brisket or sirloin).
- Fill with water not all of the way to, but just under, the max line. Close the lid and make sure the valve is set to the “sealing” position. Set on manual high pressure for 45 to 90 minutes, depending on how concentrated you want the flavors of your broth to be. See notes below.
- When the broth is done cooking, remove the steak and slice it. Pass the broth through a sieve to remove the spices and any pieces from the beef bones.Season the broth with 2 to 3 tablespoons fish sauce, 5 to 6 tablespoons of soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons brown sugar. Taste and season with salt as you like.Dish the broth out into bowls and garnish with rice noodles, lime juice, beef slices, bean sprouts, basil, mint, scallions, and jalapeños as you prefer.