18 Best Asian Recipes for the Instant Pot
Want something new and exciting to make with your Instant Pot® for quick weeknight dinners? May we recommend these top-rated Asian recipes, featuring classics like Korean galbi, Thai curry, Vietnamese pho -- plus familiar Chinese takeout hits like cashew chicken, Mongolian beef, and General Tso's chicken? The Instant Pot makes these recipes easily accessible for the home cook. So delicious, and dinner's ready in no time. And don't miss our collection of best Indian recipes for the Instant Pot.
Instant Pot® Red Thai Curry Chicken
"Thai red curry chicken is a quick and delicious soup with chicken, onions, and bell peppers," says Jessica DiPonziano. "Enjoy hot with jasmine rice. If you like, add Thai basil leaves."
Instant Pot® Beef Pho
Shauna James Ahern says, "The secret to pho, the deeply fragrant Vietnamese noodle soup with meat and flavorful toppings, is all in the stock. Nothing makes a better stock than a pressure cooker. Fairly quickly, a pressure cooker brings together all the flavors of meat bones, aromatics, and, in this case, fish sauce and toasted spices, to make a heady broth. With an Instant Pot, you can boil the bones, saute the aromatics, and finish the dish with one pot. To serve, put small bowls containing thinly sliced onion, bean sprouts, limes, and Thai basil on the table. Give your people each a bowl of pho and let them top the soup as they wish."
Instant Pot® Galbi (Korean-Style Short Ribs)
"This version of delicious Korean beef short ribs for your multi-cooker pressure cooker will have the ribs falling off the bone!" says fabeverydayblog. "Soaking the ribs first is the traditional method. I recommend soaking for at least an hour, though traditionally you would soak them for longer than that, changing the water after the first hour. If you don't have an Asian pear, an apple will do as a substitute. Serve over white rice."
Instant Pot(R) Chicken Congee
"Chicken congee is quick and easy to make in the Instant Pot, cutting down on time but not flavor," says Buckwheat Queen. "Serve this Asian breakfast porridge any time of the day for a satisfying meal."
Instant Pot® Beef Panang Curry
"This curry takes advantage of pre-made curry paste and it cooks in the Instant Pot," says thedailygourmet. "If you don't have coconut sugar, use brown sugar or palm sugar. Serve over jasmine rice."
Instant Pot® Coconut-Caramel Shrimp
"This is my Americanized version of Vietnamese coconut-caramel shrimp," says thedailygourmet. "It's made in an Instant Pot, and while it can be made on the stovetop you'll use more pots and pans. I love serving this with jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk."
Instant Pot® Chicken Fried Rice
Traditional chicken fried rice cooks even faster in your electric pressure cooker. "This Instant Pot method gives you a fluffy and flavorful meal, but eliminates the need to start with already-cooked rice," says Buckwheat Queen. "You can have a wholesome version of your takeout favorite in about the same time it would take for it to be delivered to your door."
Instant Pot® Mongolian Beef
Flank steak, onions, and peppers are simmered in a flavorful garlic and ginger sauce. "One of my husband's and son's favorites is Mongolian beef from that popular Chinese-American restaurant chain," says FestivelySouthern. "I thought I'd surprise them and whip up an Instant Pot recipe of their favorite dish... it got a rating of approval from them. Serve over rice."
Instant Pot(R) General Tso's Chicken
"Why choose takeout when you can make this at home in the Instant Pot with better results?" asks Soup Loving Nicole. "This recipe can easily be doubled to feed four. You'll just need to do the chicken in two separate batches. All other directions remain the same. Garnish with chopped green onion and serve over rice, if desired."
Instant Pot® Pineapple Chicken (Frozen Chicken Method)
"Forget takeout, you can make this in 50 minutes with frozen chicken and an Instant Pot," says Bren. "I serve this with miki noodles but you could also serve this over rice. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions if desired."
Instant Pot® Cashew Chicken
A classic takeout favorite, this recipe uses chicken breast to keep it on the lean side, but the chicken is tenderized to maintain a velvety texture. Serve over white rice.
Sweet and Spicy Asian Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot
Spice-rubbed tenderloins cook in mere minutes in the Instant Pot! You'll finish with an Asian-inspired glaze that's spicy and sweet. "This recipe comes together in a snap, and it all cooks in the Instant Pot!" says Bibi.
Instant Pot® Vegan Bulgogi
Here's a healthy vegan take on Korean bulgogi. Mushrooms provide a savory meatlike texture here. "Marinated mushrooms are cooked in the Instant Pot®, creating a flavorful vegan bulgogi you can serve over rice or noodles," says Buckwheat Queen.
Beef Lo Mein Noodles
"Strips of tender beef accompanied by a flavorful sauce, noodles, and vegetables are done in under an hour," says thedailygourmet. "I buy my lo mein noodles at a local Asian food store. Feel free to use linguine if you're not able to find fresh lo mein noodles. I prefer steaming the vegetables and cooking the meat in my Instant Pot for fast preparation."
Instant Pot® Vegan Corn Congee
"Short-grain rice and fresh corn are cooked in vegetable broth in the Instant Pot to cut down on time without compromising flavor," says Buckwheat Queen. "This is a vegan and gluten-free version of the Asian comfort food. It can be used as a base to serve additional ingredients on the side like cooked chicken or turkey. This will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days."
Instant Pot® Chicken Biryani
"Traditional chicken biryani made in an Instant Pot® cuts down on time but not flavor," says Buckwheat Queen. "The rice comes out fluffy and the chicken comes out tender. You can't ask for more. Serve with yogurt raita to complement the spices."
Instant Pot® Mushroom and Soba Noodle Stir-Fry
Soba noodles combine with stir-fried mushrooms, carrots, bell pepper, and garlic. It's vegetarian and vegan.
Instant Pot® Sweet and Sour Pork
Sauteed pork, onions, pineapple, and bell peppers combine with a simple sweet-and-sour sauce made with ketchup, rice vinegar, pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. "There's no need for takeout when you can make it with very little effort at home, and even better, in the Instant Pot," says lutzflcat. "Serve with rice."