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My friend’s family made the best homemade Pho EVER! Seriously, it was pretty amazing. I decided to try my hand at Instant Pot Pho and while it will never compare to the Pho their family made, this one is pretty damn good as well. 

This Instant Pot Pho is absolutely delicious and fairly easy to whip together. If you want a good homemade pho recipe, this is the ONE for you!

Instant Pot Pho

This dish isn’t the fastest cooking recipe but it’s so worth the effort and time it takes. 

This is a great dish to make on a rainy day or anytime you just want to warm up with a nice bowl of soup. 

First things first, grab all of your ingredients. 

Here’s what you are going to need:

Olive oil

Yellow onion 



Cardamom pods

Cinnamon stick

Star anise pods


Beef bone broth

Chicken stock

Fish sauce



Ribeye or Skirt Steak


Can you freeze the broth?

Yes! Feel free to make a large batch of the broth in advance. However, I do suggest that you use the broth within 3 months. Sometimes, I’ll make a few batches at once, that way I have plenty for the next couple of months. 

What type of meat do you prefer?

Typically, people use a Ribeye but it can be expensive. I use skirt steak as it’s nice and thin, less fat and it’s super affordable! I also like that skirt steak really takes on the flavor of the pho broth really well. 

How long to slow cook for?

It’s really going to depend on how thick you cut the meat. I like to slice it very thin, this speeds up the process and I often only need to slow cook for a very short amount of time. 

Instant Pot Pho

Instant Pot Pho

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 51 minutes


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion halved
  • 1 apple halved
  • 2-inch piece of ginger sliced into ¼ inch slices
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 5 cloves
  • 32 oz beef bone broth
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • 3 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 pound “philly style” sliced steak


    1. Add the oil to your Instant Pot and turn on to “saute”. Once the pot is warm, add the onion and apple (both cut-side down), ginger, cardamom, cinnamon stick, star anise, and cloves. Sautee the food until slightly charred, approximately 4 minutes.

    2. Turn off the Instant Pot. Without removing anything, add the beef bone broth, chicken stock, fish sauce, sugar, and salt. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and select Soup/Broth for 20 minutes.

    3. While the broth is cooking, prep your toppings.

    4. When the Instant Pot is done, let the pressure naturally decrease for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, release the pressure and carefully open the Instant Pot.

    5. Using a slotted spoon remove everything from the pot except for the Pho broth. Once everything is removed, put the philly sliced steak into the Pho broth to cook. Stir the steak slices while in the broth. The philly sliced steak needs to be thin to completely cook. If you have thicker steak slices, simple turn on the slow cook setting on the Instant Pot and let the broth cook the meat until it is done (depending on the thickness of your slices).

    6. Put your toppings in a bowl and top with the Pho broth and steak. Squeeze a little lime on top. Enjoy!



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