Instant Pot Kimchi Beef Stew (Kimchi Jjigae)

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recipe by Urvashi Pitre

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I have to thank my friend David for a lot of things in my life—but especially for teaching me how to eat a variety of Korean foods, and how to eat a lot of it from a shared plate while pretending he ate most of it. He introduced me to this spicy, fragrant kimchi stew on a cold, wet, rainy day in New York. I crave this when it rains. It’s also a great use for kimchi that may have been aging gracefully in your fridge for a while. • First things first. There is NO substitute for gochujang. None. Don’t even try. Don’t even ask me, I won’t respond to your question. Buy it and use it in my other recipes that call for it. • Gochugaru looks flaming red, but it’s actually a lot less spicy than cayenne pepper. You can put in a tad bit of cayenne pepper instead, but be mindful of the spice in the kimchi. • You can use regular soy sauce instead of dark soy sauce. The dark version just has a richer, sweeter taste. • For a vegetarian version, omit the beef and cook the kimchi (use a vegetarian version), water, onions, mushrooms, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, gochugaru, gochujang, and sugar for 5 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then add the diced tofu.

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recipe updated Mar 19, 2020


  • Beef icon
    454 g (about 2 cups)
  • Yellow onion icon
    Yellow onion
    1 cup (about 163.2 g)
  • Fresh garlic icon
    Fresh garlic
    1 tbsp (about 8.55 g)
  • Ginger icon
    1 tbsp (about 5.55 g)
  • Firm tofu icon
    Firm tofu
    1 cup (about 240 g)
  • Scallion icon
    ½ cup (about 49.2 g)
  • Kimchi icon
    2 cups (about 321.6 g)
  • Water icon
    2 cups (about 480 g)
  • Dried shiitake mushrooms icon
    Dried shiitake mushrooms
    1 cup (about 48 g)
  • Toasted sesame oil icon
    Toasted sesame oil
    1 tbsp (about 13.62 g)
  • Dark soy sauce icon
    Dark soy sauce
    1 tbsp (about 18 g)
  • Gochugaru icon
    1 tbsp (about 15 g)
  • Gochujang icon
    1 tbsp (about 16.5 g)
  • Sugar icon
    ½ tsp (about 2.12 g)
  • Salt icon
    as needed


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  • kCook icon Inner pot

Step preview

  1. Mix beef, kimchi, water, yellow onion, dried shiitake mushrooms, fresh garlic, ginger, toasted sesame oil, dark soy sauce, gochugaru, gochujang and sugar into the inner pot
  2. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  3. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 15 min
  4. Natural release
  5. Season with salt to taste
  6. Stir firm tofu and scallion into the inner pot
  7. Serve
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