Keto Authentic Instant Pot Beef Pho

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  • prep time

    prep time

    15 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    1 h 40 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    1 h 55 min

Keto Authentic Instant Pot Beef Pho

14 ratings

I grew up eating pho so naturally it is one of my favorite comfort foods. The stock itself usually takes up to 8 hours if you really want to make it good. However, thanks to the Instant Pot I can make it in around 1.5 hours! I love how I can get my pho fix fast! Usually there are rice noodles in the soup, but you can easily replace these with shirataki tofu noodles. Of course, each bowl is topped off with freshly sliced jalapenos, bean sprouts, Thai basil, a squeeze of lime and extra fish sauce! I did not include the ginger and onion into the ingredient list because they do not contribute very many carbs to the broth because they are removed after the broth is done cooking. Be sure to torch the outside of the ginger and onion over an open flame or under a broiler (this is one of the key flavor components to pho!). Use 5 whole star anise for this, the ingredient list does not specify this!

  • Net Carbs

    4.2 g

  • Fiber

    4.2 g

  • Total Carbs

    8.4 g

  • Protein

    41.7 g

  • Fats

    10.6 g

289 cals

Keto Authentic Instant Pot Beef Pho

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  • Beef Ribs

    Beef Ribs

    1-½ ounce

  • Cinnamon Stick Whole

    Cinnamon Stick Whole

    1-½ x 1 stick

  • Fennel Seed

    Fennel Seed

    1 tablespoon, whole pieces

  • Coriander, Seed

    Coriander, Seed

    1 tablespoon, whole pieces

  • Star Anise Spice

    Star Anise Spice

    2 .05 teaspoon

  • 100% Pure First Press Extra Virgin Fish Sauce by Red Boat

    100% Pure First Press Extra Virgin Fish Sauce by Red Boat

    3 tbsp

  • Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti Shaped Noodle by House Foods

    Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti Shaped Noodle by House Foods

    2 pack

  • Bean Sprouts

    Bean Sprouts

    1 cup, whole pieces

  • Basil


    ½ cup, whole pieces

  • Cilantro


    ½ cup, chopped

  • White Onion

    White Onion

    ⅓ cup, chopped

  • Lime


    ½ each - 2" diameter

  • Roast Beef, Sirloin Tip, No Visible Fat Eaten

    Roast Beef, Sirloin Tip, No Visible Fat Eaten

    1 pound

  • Jalapeno Peppers

    Jalapeno Peppers

    ½ regular - approx 2" long

Recipe Steps

steps 6

1 h 55 min

  • Step 1

    Place beef ribs into a 6 quart Instant Pot. Add the water up to the max line, about 4 quarts of water. Torch a 3” piece of ginger and 1 very small onion over an open flame until all sides are charred. Alternatively, you can do this under a broiler it will just take more time. Once charred, add them to the pot. Set the cooker to HIGH pressure and set the timer for 1.5 hours.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    In the meantime, toast the spices in a dry, small saute pan until fragrant and lightly browned.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Once 1.5 hours has elapsed, carefully use the quick release vent or let it come down naturally until the button pops. Open the lid and add the spices and the fish sauce. If you can use a little fabric pouch this makes adding and removing them later so much easier and you don’t have to strain the soup. You can also make one out of cheesecloth using butcher's twine to tie the top. If you don’t have either, just allot a minute to strain the broth at the end (which really isn’t a bad thing and you might want to do this anyways). Also be sure to use a large spoon to skim off any extra fat. Then set the pot to HIGH pressure again for 10 minutes. Repeat the venting process to remove the steam.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    In the meantime, I froze my sirloin steak until it was very firm. This helps to cut the beef into very thin slices!
    Step 4
  • Step 5

    Serve soup piping hot. Add the noodles to the bowl and some of the sirloin steak raw. Add the piping hot broth on top of the meat to cook it.
    Step 5
  • Step 6

    Top each bowl with fresh jalapeno slices, bean sprouts, Thai basil and a squeeze of lime! Add sriracha if you’d like your bowl even more spicy!
    Step 6

Comments 21

  • LavenderBlueDilly

    LavenderBlueDilly 4 months ago

    Ginger isn’t listed with the ingredients. Chopped onion is listed but never explained. Roasting the onion is mentioned but never explained about whether to chop it. This recipe sounds like it would be tasty but there is just so much wrong with the way it is written. Only 1.5 oz beef? Does the ginger get peeled before or after roasting? Does the ginger get chopped or just put in the broth and then removed?

    • UpbeatMacadamia565230

      UpbeatMacadamia565230 a year ago


      • FortuitousArugula825791

        FortuitousArugula825791 2 years ago

        I don’t have an instant pot or pressure cooker, are there any recommendations on how to cook this please? Thank you

        • cctchambliss

          cctchambliss a year ago

          Slow cook in a pot on low heat on the stove.

      • JoshT

        JoshT 2 years ago

        Add Ginger to the ingredients. 1.5oz of meat appears to be too little. I didn’t have anything to strain the stock - maybe add to the ingredients somehow? Cook time is much more than 1:45 because the instapot takes 30-40 minutes to come to pressure.

        • SuperKetone788703

          SuperKetone788703 2 years ago

          Do you mean 1.5 lbs of beef ribs?

          • Sewlsista

            Sewlsista 3 years ago

            This will be one of my favorite recipes because I LOVEEEE pho

            • Mandy.78

              Mandy.78 3 years ago

              I do not have an Instant Pot but I have a pressure cooker. Would you recommend doing anything differently? My entire family LOVES Pho and I would love to make it for them!!

              • Justine

                Justine 3 years ago

                My life complete now

                • adayeny

                  adayeny 4 years ago

                  This recipe is amazing, thank you!!

                  • recipewriter

                    recipewriter 3 years ago

                    So happy to share the recipe. Enjoy!

                • SoniaH

                  SoniaH 5 years ago

                  Dreamy!! Thanks so much for this amazing comfort food recipe!

                  • KristineB

                    KristineB 5 years ago

                    Just came across this... definitely making this weekend for my family and I. Sounds deliciously healthy and simple to make. Love the details and caloric info.

                    • ScoobyDoobyDoo

                      ScoobyDoobyDoo 5 years ago

                      How are the shirataki noodles? I haven't tried them in years. I recall them being rubbery and stinky. Maybe they've improved? I'm a fiend for pho!

                      • BlithesomeKetone871017

                        BlithesomeKetone871017 a year ago

                        You can substitute using seaweed noodles, massage them with baking soda and lemon juice to turn from crunchy to salt before adding them.

                      • yodamuppet

                        yodamuppet 4 years ago

                        Shirataki noodles are the perfect substitute for the usual rice noodles in pho. Definitely rinse them a few times before you throw them in.

                      • Vicky

                        Vicky 4 years ago

                        I rinse mine a minimum of 3 times. I have a hard time with the texture, and lean on them for mostly stir frys. I will try this recipe, it sounds delicious

                      • Avanti8

                        Avanti8 4 years ago

                        If you rinse the noodles, you can get the stink off.

                      • BatchBaum

                        BatchBaum 5 years ago

                        I haven’t tried this recipe yet - but the noodle stink is very brand specific if noticed. There’s one I love that’s kojak noodle I think the brand is called skinny pasta. I’m excited to try this one out for sure

                    • 🔥BB🔥

                      🔥BB🔥 5 years ago

                      Have not made your recipe... just found it when I tried to log in yesterday’s pho from my favorite pho restaurant. I order it without noodles, still excellent! Your recipe is so well crafted and meticulous! I appreciate the work you put into it for the sheer desire to share. Thank you. Makes it look as good as I am sure it is! Will rate it when I try it.

                      • recipewriter

                        recipewriter 5 years ago

                        I really hope you do try it! I grew up on pho so this recipe should taste exactly as you expect!!