This streamlined recipe for Instant Pot Korean beef bulgogi makes for a quick weeknight dinner that tastes great in bibimbap – on a bed of rice, accompanied by sauteed vegetables, pickled carrots, Kimchi, and a fried egg on top. You can also use the beef bulgogi to make Korean tacos.
Korean food has become very popular in recent years. One of the more common Korean recipes is Korean bulgogi (pronounced ‘bool-go-ghee’), which is Korean BBQ: thinly-sliced marinated beef that’s grilled or sauteed and served with a wide variety of sides including Kimchi (pickled vegetables), sauteed vegetables and eggs.
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Another popular recipe in Korean cuisine is bibimbap (pronounced ‘bee-bim-bahp’) which is translated as ‘mixed rice’. To make these Korean beef bowls, you layer rice on the bottom of a bowl and arrange various side dishes on top and then mix everything together before eating (hence the name!)
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There are many options for the side dishes (known as banchan). Korean Bapsang shows you how to make all kinds of vegetable side dishes to go with bibimbap.
My easy recipe for Instant Pot Korean beef is a streamlined and quick way to make flavorful Korean beef bulgogi that you can use as part of a Bibimbap rice bowl or to make Korean tacos.
In the regular Korean beef bulgogi recipe, the marinade contains minced garlic and grated Asian pear, and the meat is barbecued, or sauteed on a hot griddle.
In adapting this Korean beef recipe for the Instant Pot pressure cooker, I’ve taken a page from my Indian cooking experience and blended the ingredients to create a smooth sauce to marinate and pressure cook the meat in.
Here are some other Asian Instant Pot recipes you might like to try out!– Instant Pot Korean Chicken- Instant Pot Char Siu– Instant Pot Asian Pulled Pork- Instant Pot Thai Grilled Chicken
If you’re new to the Instant Pot and aren’t familiar with how to use it, you might find it helpful to first read one of the following guides and then come back here to learn how to make this recipe.
- Instant Pot DUO Beginner’s Manual
- Instant Pot ULTRA Beginner’s Manual
- Instant Pot DUO EVO PLUS Beginner’s Manual
- Instant Pot DUO NOVA Beginner’s Manual
- Instant Pot DUO GOURMET Beginner’s Manual
- Instant Pot DUO CRISP Beginner’s Manual
- Instant Pot PRO Beginner’s Manual
Instant Pot Korean Beef – Ingredients List
More details in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post
How to Make Korean Beef in the Instant Pot (Step by Step Instructions)
- Marinate beef
- Turn on Saute mode
- Saute onions
- Add beef with marinade
- Pressure cook
- Release pressure
- Thicken sauce
- Serve with sides
- In a mini blender or food processor, combine ginger, garlic, apple, gochujang, brown sugar, sesame oil, soy sauce, and mirin into a very smooth sauce.
- Marinate the beef in the sauce.
- Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to (preferably) overnight.
How to Turn on Saute Mode
- Instant Pot DUO: Select the Saute function.
- Instant Pot ULTRA: Select the Saute function and press Start.
- Pour vegetable oil in the heated pot.
- Add onions and saute till golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Add beef with marinade
- Add marinated beef to Instant Pot.
- Stir to combine.
Instant Pot Duo Pressure Cook 10 minutes
- Close the lid and make sure the steam release handle is in the Sealing position.
- Press Manual (or Pressure Cook) and + or – until the display reads 10 (10 minutes).
Instant Pot Ultra Pressure Cook 10 minutes
- Close the lid.
- Select Pressure Cook mode and adjust the time to 10 minutes (00:10).
- Press Start.
Pressure Cooking Process (Duo and Ultra)
- Instant Pot display will change to On.
- Once the Instant Pot is pressurized, the float valve will go up.
- The display will count down to 0; it will then switch to Keep Warm mode and display L0:00 or 00 00 and begin to count up the number of minutes since pressure cooking completed.
How to Naturally Release Pressure (NPR) on the DUO and ULTRA
- Allow the pressure to release naturally (NPR). The float valve will be in the down position. This may take 15 to 30 minutes. [Find out more about the pressure release methods and how and when to use them. ]
- Press Cancel and open the Instant Pot.
- Stir the beef and sauce.
- To thicken, stir in a mixture of corn starch and water, and heat through on Saute mode until thickened.
Serve with sides
- While the beef is cooking, saute some vegetables in a frying pan with a dash of soy sauce and garlic. See tips for ideas.
- To serve the bibimbap: Place Instant Pot Jasmine Rice in a single-serve bowl. Arrange sauteed vegetables, and your choice of sides including bean sprouts, Korean seaweed, Kimchi, pickled daikon and carrots or pickled cucumbers and sunny-side-up or soft-boiled egg.
- Sprinkle green onions and toasted sesame seeds over the top.
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