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Vietnamese Bo Kho

Indulge in a dinner of delicious comfort food with this fragrant beef stew packed with Vietnamese flavors and aromatics. Cook it in a countertop pressure cooker for a quick family meal with minimal preparation time. This dish makes for easy meal prep, so consider doubling the recipe or preparing two batches back to back, then store any leftovers in the freezer for a later time! Pair with freshly baked dinner rolls or add a side salad to lighten things up.


Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 37 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 52 minutes

2 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons + 3 tablespoons Kikkoman® Soy Sauce, divided
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder
2 teaspoons ginger, grated
½ teaspoon + 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
2 pounds beef stew meat or chuck, cubed
1 cup sweet white onion, chopped
2 stalks fresh lemongrass, peeled and minced
¼ cup tomato paste
2 cups beef stock
1 small cinnamon stick
2 star anise pods
3 cups russet potato, coarsely chopped
2 cups carrots, coarsely chopped
4 cups cooked white rice
1 cup mixture of fresh cilantro, basil, and mint
1 lime cut into wedges


  1. Whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, brown sugar, Chinese 5-spice, ginger, and ½ teaspoon garlic in a medium mixing bowl. Add beef and stir to coat. Cover and marinate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in electronic pressure cooker on Sauté setting for 2 minutes. Add beef and brown for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes longer.
  3. Press cancel and stir in remaining garlicand lemongrass into beef and sauce. Add tomato paste, beef stock, remaining soy sauce, cinnamon stick and star anise. Close lid and vent valve. Press Manual setting for 20 minutes.
  4. When timer goes off, allow pressure to naturally release before opening vent valve and releasing remaining pressure. Open lid and remove cinnamon stick and star anise. Add potato and carrots to pot and gently stir. Lock lid and close vent valve. Press manual setting for 5 minutes.
  5. When timer goes off press quick pressure release. Once pressure is released, open lid. Serve beef stew with rice, garnished with cilantro, basil, mint and a lime wedge.


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