Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker Pho

Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker Pho

Servings: 3-4

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour (more if you choose to cook it longer)


For sauté 

  • Onion: 1
  • Ginger: A few slices
  • Cinnamon sticks: a small stick
  • Garlic cloves: 4 
  • Oil: a dash

In teabag

  • Bay leaves: 2
  • Cardamom seeds: 2
  • Cloves: 2
  • Coriander seeds: 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds: 1 tsp
  • Whole peppercorn: 1 pinch
  • Star anise: 3

Meat ideas

  • Chicken/left over rotisserie chicken. Throw the bones in to be extracted during cooking! 
  • Turkey
  • Lamb
  • Beef
  • Meatballs


  • Water: 6 cups
  • Salt: 1 tsp. If kosher, 1.25 tsp
  • Chicken broth powder: 1 tsp
  • Sugar (of choice): 1 tsp
  • Fish sauce (brand of choice): 2 tsps

Garnish ideas

  • Cilantro
  • Thinly slicked onion
  • Ground black pepper
  • Bean sprouts
  • Lime
  • Green onion in thin slices
  • Thai Basil
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Arugula
  • Red cabbage thinly sliced
  • Poached eggs
  • Radish
  • Jalapeno chili 

Vermicelli Rice Noodles per serving: 50g (small), 75g (medium), 100g (large), 150g (extra large)

Preparing the broth

  1. In a small pan, sauté onion, ginger, cinnamon sticks and garlic cloves until onion is translucent and golden. Even if the onion looks a bit burnt it is okay. This makes the broth more aromatic and gives it a beautiful golden color
  2. Prepare instant pot by putting in sauté content from step 1, teabag spices, left over meat in desired amount, and ingredients from the broth section.
  3. Instant pot under “pressure cook” for 5 minutes if meat is left over and has been cooked before. Can cook longer under any “soup” setting if you are not in a rush. If cooking tougher meat, use “meat” for 45 minutes. Because this recipe is for leftover cooked meat, the time setting is irrelevant and as per your timing need. The longer you cook, the thicker the broth and softer the meat. Up to you!

Preparing the noodles

  1. Grab a large pot and bring it to a boil for the noodles. Cook according to your package’s instructions which is usually about 3-8 minutes for the noodles to be al dente. Always rinse with cold noodle to stop the noodle from continuing to cook or it will become broken up or soggy.


  1. When noodles are ready, drain and divide into desired servings. Place filling and garnish ingredients around bowl. Pour hot broth overtop. Enjoy!
Spices in tea bags
Sauteed the ingredients
Ready to pressure cook

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