Instant Pot Dan Dan Noodles

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recipe by Bruce Weinstein

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Hot, spicy, and satisfying, this streamlined version of the classic Sichuan dish will take the chill off any evening. It’s traditionally made with fresh noodles; but by cooking dried spaghetti right in the sauce, the flavors meld into some cross between a pasta casserole and a Chinese classic. Have lots of beer on hand!

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recipe updated Jun 16, 2020


  • Peanut oil icon
    Peanut oil
    2 tbsp (about 27 g)
  • Lean ground pork icon
    Lean ground pork
    454 g (about 2 cups)
  • Scallion icon
    6 (about 90 g)
  • Sambal oelek icon
    Sambal oelek
    2 tbsp (about 30 g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    1 tbsp (about 8.55 g)
  • Ginger icon
    1 tbsp (about 5.55 g)
  • Tahini icon
    ¼ cup (about 66 g)
  • Soy sauce icon
    Soy sauce
    ¼ cup (about 72 g)
  • Balsamic vinegar icon
    Balsamic vinegar
    3 tbsp (about 49.5 g)
  • Honey icon
    2 tbsp (about 42 g)
  • Dry sherry icon
    Dry sherry
    2 tbsp (about 30 g)
  • Worcestershire sauce icon
    Worcestershire sauce
    1 tbsp (about 17.4 g)
  • Chicken broth icon
    Chicken broth
    2 cups (about 498 g)
  • Spaghetti icon
    227 g (about ¼ cup)


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  1. Add peanut oil to the inner pot
  2. Pre-heat until hot - Sauté, Normal
  3. Add lean ground pork to the inner pot
  4. Cook, stirring often and breaking up any clumps, until gray but not browned - approx 4 min
  5. Add scallion, sambal oelek, garlic clove and ginger to the inner pot
  6. Cook until aromatic, just a few seconds
  7. Add tahini, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, honey, dry sherry and worcestershire sauce to the inner pot
  8. Stir well until the tahini is uniform in the mixture
  9. Add chicken broth to the inner pot
  10. Add spaghetti to the inner pot
  11. Submerge the noodles in the sauce without their touching the bottom of the inner pot
  12. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  13. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 6 min
  14. Release pressure -
  15. Stir well
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