Bò Kho Recipe (Vietnamese Beef Stew)


Prep time 20mins
Cook time 30mins
Serves or Makes: 4


  • 2 1/ 2 pound Beef Chuck, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, bruised and cut into 3 segments
  • 3 anise seeds
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick

For the sauce mixture

  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 14.5 ounce can beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons mushroom seasoning
  • 1/ 2 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  • 1 1/ 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

For serving

  • cilantro, for garnish
  • mint, for garnish
  • red onion, sliced for serving
  • jalapeño, sliced for serving
  • White rice, rice noodles or 1 loaf French bread, for serving


  • Step 1

    Set the pressure cooker to sauté mode and preheat on high.

  • Step 2

    While the pot is heating up, season beef with salt and pepper.

  • Step 3

    Add oil into the pressure cooker and add in 1/3 of Beef Chuck. Be careful not to crowd the pot. Sear 2 sides of the beef for 2-3 minutes each.

  • Step 4

    Remove beef once browned and repeat batches until all the beef has browned. Add additional oil if needed.

  • Step 5

    While the beef is browning, combine tomato paste, beef broth, mushroom seasoning, five spice, curry powder, and fish sauce.

  • Step 6

    Once all the beef is done browning, add in the diced onions, shallots and garlic into the pressure cooker. Sauté for about 2 minutes, then add 1 cup of water to deglaze the pot. Scrape all browned bits from the bottom of the pot.

  • Step 7

    Add back the browned beef, add carrots, sauce mixture, lemongrass, anise seeds, bay leaves, and cinnamon stick.

  • Step 8

    Set the pressure cooker to cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.

  • Step 9

    Let the pot naturally depressurize for 10 minutes after the cooking cycle has completed and carefully release pressure.

  • Step 10

    Garnish and serve immediately with desired sides.



  • Step 1

    Leftover Bò Kho can quickly be transformed into new dishes making this a fun family favorite. Some ideas for quick meal transformations are Bò Kho taco or Quesadillas, like a birria style served with the soup on the side for dipping, Bò Kho migas for breakfast, and fully loaded Bò Kho nachos or fries with all your favorite fixings.