15 Instant Pot Korean Recipes from soups to desserts. Your favorite classic Korean dishes made fast and easy with just a touch of the button yet still as delicious as ever. Try them all!
Korean Food and Instant Pot
I usually don’t like using a lot of different cooking appliances or gadgets in cooking but Instant Pot or the Pressure Cooker is one appliance that really works well for Korean food. Because Koreans love making long simmered soups, broths and stews. I’ve also found a way to use the Instant Pot for steaming some Korean desserts which makes it even more fun.
So, if there’s one appliance I would recommend for the Korean cook to buy (after a good rice cooker) is the pressure cooker. Here’s an article about pressure cooking if you want to learn more about it.
spicy pork bone soup(Gamjatang)
Time: 50 minutes + 30 minutes for soaking
Main ingredients: pork neck bones/ pork ribs, sake, potatoes, red chilis, shishito peppers
Gamjatang (감자탕) is an intensely flavorful stew and is definitely for pork lovers. Pork bones usually need longer cooking time so I adapted my regular Gamjatang recipe for the Instant Pot for speed and convenience. Soaking time is allocated for properly cleaning pork neck bones but it’s not necessary if pork ribs are used.
Korean Rice Cake Soup (Tteokguk)
Time: 28 minutes
Main ingredients: Rice cakes, beef stew meat, sesame oil, onion, guk ganjang (soup soy sauce)
This classic Korean Rice Cake soup is enjoyed during special occasions like the lunar new year celebration. The beef broth for rice cake soup usually takes a long time to make but with the Instant Pot, you can get the same flavor with much less time. So good!
gochujang meat balls
Time: 35 minutes
Main ingredients: frozen meaetballs, gochujang, soy sauce
Gochujang Meatballs is something I made to have a dish that I could make for parties without a lot of fuss. I use frozen meatballs and some yummy gochujang sauce in the Instant Pot. It’s now a favorite in my neighborhood and for many family friends that have made this recipe.
short rib soup (galbitang)
Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Main ingredients: Beef short ribs, yellow onion, green onion, ginger, Korean radish
This tummy-warming soup actually takes only 30 minutes of cooking time in the Instant Pot and it’s just as delicious if not better than the traditional way of cooking it on the stove top for hours and hours. Serve with rice for a simple yet nutritious meal.
Multigrain Rice (Japgokbap)
Time: 30 minutes + 6 hours resting time
Main ingredients: Short grain white rice, sweet rice, adzuki beans, sweet sorghum, millet
Korean Multigrain Rice is a healthy and delicious alternative to white rice that includes beans, chick peas, and more but it usually takes a much longer time to cook. The rice is so flavorful and hearty that you really don’t need a lot of banchan to make it a meal. You can make this in less than 30 minutes as long as the beans are pre-soaked.
Chicken Soup (Baeksuk 백숙)
Time: 18 minutes + 10 min prep
Main ingredients: cornish game hen or young chicken, garlic, onion, greeen onion
I’m sure you have heard of Samgyetang (Korean Chicken Ginseng soup) and this is very similar to that except there’s no ginseng and the herbs added. It’s a very simple and pure chicken soup taste which is just wonderful to have. You can also add black garlic to make it more flavorful, healthy and slightly sweet.
And don’t forget to save the bones to make porridge – recipe below!
chicken porridge (dakjuk)
Time: 45 minutes + 40 min (soaking, prep)
Main ingredients: rice, chicken carcass, garlic, green onions
f you have leftover chicken soup and carcass, you cannot pass up the chance to make this super comforting dish. It’s recipe developed from my childhood memories of my dad making the soup for us.
Spicy Soy Pork Ribs with Peppers (Dwaeji Galbi Jjim)
Time: 30 minutes
Main ingredients: Pork ribs, soy sauce, green chili peppers, ginger, black pepper
Just 5 ingredients and 30 minutes in the Instant Pot to get this meat-lover special ready for dinner. Shishito peppers are mild with almost no heat but feature a hint of peppery spiciness with a slight sweetness that makes them so good in a meat dish like this.
Jangjorim (Braised Beef with Shishito Peppers)
Time: 50 minutes
Main ingredients: Beef Brisket or Eye of Round, Soy Sauce, (eggs, peppers optional)
Jangjorim is a classic Korean side dish made with beef, soy sauce, garlic and optionally peppers and hard boiled egg. Using the pressure cooker makes this tender, flavorful and faster than the stove top method. It’s salty, slightly sweet and soo good with just rice.
Yukgaejang (Spicy Beef Brisket Soup)
Time: 1 hr 5 min + 30 min (resting, cooling, prep)
Main ingredients: Beef Brisket, green onions, mung bean sprouts
Yukgaejang 육계장 is a soup that’s loaded with hearty flavors of beef brisket, tons of aromatic green onions. This one tastes just like how it’s served at restaurants which are usually simmered for hours! Spicy (but not too spicy), hearty and comforting. All you need is a bowl of rice and kimchi, and you will have a wonderfully satisfying meal.
Beef Cabbage Radish Soup
Time: 35 minutes
Main ingredients: Beef stew meat, radish, green cabbage, soybean sprouts, green onions
A meaty soup with a lot of vegetables, this is the perfect soup to make when you’re too busy to cook and need something quick yet substantial for the entire family. This recipe is a classic case of Instant Pot to the rescue! And it’s my husband’s go-to soup when he has to cook. Serve with rice and kimchi and you have a complete meal.
Short Ribs (Galbi Jjim)
Time: 55 minutes
Main ingredients: Beef short ribs, carrot, dried shiitake mushrooms, Korean radish, green onions
Although Korean Short Ribs Stew (Galbi Jjim) is one of my best recipes, I end up not cooking it very often because I need to set aside at least 3 to 4 hrs to make it. But with the Instant Pot, I can make it in just 35 minutes and it is just as delicious!
Sticky Rice Dessert (Yaksik)
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Main ingredients: Sweet sticky rice, light brown sugar, dried jujube, pine nuts, chestnuts
Believe it or not, the cooking time for this traditional Korean dessert in the Instant Pot is only 8 minutes! Most of the allocated time is for prepping and soaking. The rice comes out perfectly soft and chewy with a great balance of sweet and salty flavors. A must-try!
Time: 24 minutes + 5 hr (if making your own tteok powder)
Main ingredients: Rice Powder for Rice Cakes, sesame seeds or mung beans for filling, honey
Pumpkin Porridge (Hobakjuk)
Time: 20 minutes
Main ingredients: Kabocha squash, sweet rice flour, sugar
Vegan and gluten-free, Korean pumpkin porridge is considered a healing food that’s light on digestion yet full of nutrition. It only takes a few simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes in the Instant Pot to make. Kids will love it!
I hope these easy 15 Instant Pot Korean recipes encourage you to make more Korean food at home and try new Korean recipes.
What other Instant Pot Korean recipes do you want to see? Leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
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