Instant Pot Kimchi Beef Stew (Kimchi Jjigae)

January 21, 2019

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

From Instant Pot Fast & Easy: "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."

Urvashi Pitre

Food52 Review: KIMCHI BEEF STEW (KIMCHI JJIGAE) is excerpted from INSTANT POT FAST & EASY © 2019 by Urvashi Pitre. Photography © 2019 by Ghazalle Badiozamani. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.The Editors

Serves: 6
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 15 min


  • 1 pound beef (preferably a fatty cut), cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 2 cups prepared kimchi
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1 cup dried shiitake mushrooms or other dried mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon gochugaru (Korean ground red pepper), or 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean red chile paste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions, for serving
  • 8 ounces semi-firm tofu
In This Recipe


  1. In the Instant Pot, combine the beef, kimchi, water, onions, mushrooms, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, gochugaru, gochujang, and sugar.
  2. Secure the lid on the pot. Close the pressure-release valve. Select MANUAL and set the pot at HIGH pressure for 15 minutes. At the end of the cooking time, allow the pot to sit undisturbed until the pressure has released.
  3. Taste and season with salt. Stir in the scallions and the tofu, if desired, and serve.

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Reviews (2) Questions (0)

2 Reviews

Lyrajayne January 24, 2019
Quick question - the photo appears to have tofu, which I'm not seeing in the ingredient list. Should that be included?
Author Comment
Urvashi P. January 24, 2019
hi there! the last line in the methods calls for stirring in Tofu. An 8-oz block will do the trick. I will see about adding it into the ingredients, where it also belongs :)