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I’ve always love beef stew, a hearty dish with super tender beef in thick and flavorful broth, and with the various vegetable in it, a full and balanced meal all by itself.

ingredients for beef stew
ingredients for beef stew

I always thought making a pot of mean beef stew is an exercise in patience, but after doing a bit of research, I found out you can actually make a perfect bowl of beef stew in less than 30 minutes, including time for preparation – with the help of a pressure cooker.

pan fry the beef till brown, then add water and rosemary
pan fry the beef till brown, then add water and rosemary

The ingredients (this is good for 4 bowls)

  • 4-500 gram beef (lower quality is fine, I love those with some tendon and fat attached)
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 4-5 sticks of celery
  • 2 onions
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 potato
  • 1 table spoon rosemary (dried is fine)
  • 1.5 teaย spoon salt
  • 1 tea spoon black pepper
  • 2 table spoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 table spoon cooking oil
  • 1 table spoon flour

chopped up vegetables and put in pressure cooker for another 8 minutes
chopped up vegetables and put in pressure cooker for another 8 minutes

Here’s the instructions, pressure cooker is used twice to ensure the beef gets to it’s super tender consistency while keeping the vegetable not overly cooked

  • heat up some oil in the pressure cooker, then add garlic, and fry beef till all sides are brown
  • addย Worcestershire sauce, 3 cups of water, pepper, and rosemary
  • bring to boil, cover the pressure cooker and cook for 15 minutes in high pressure
  • in the mean time, chop up all vegetable and potato to bite size chunks
  • release pressure (by running cold water over the pressure cooker in the sink), then add vegetable to the pot
  • bring to boil and cook for another 8 minutes in high pressure
  • add salt
  • slowly add up to a table spoon of flour while stirring to make the broth thicker
  • serve while hot


a hearty bowl of stew with very tender beef
a bowl of hearty stew with super tender beef

The result is a pot of beef stew that is prepared in less than 30 minutes but with beef so tender it almost melt in your mouth. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you’ll have to boil the stew for at least 3-4 hours to get the same result. Alternatively, use a slow cooker.

Discuss : KY cooks – Beef Stew Recipe with Pressure Cooker

  1. you can really cook. Reminds me of the phrase “Yan can cook”

  2. sounds healthy and looks temptingly tasty. btw, thank goodness i’m not fasting. i’m not sure how i’d still be able to read food blogs during the daytime if i were…

  3. Hi, great to see pressure cooker recipes. Keep posting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Michelle chin

    I wish I own a pressure cooker. Sigh.

  5. KY,

    Love your blog man and talking about stew, I just made bouef bourguinon last Saturday. Emptied a whole bottle of red wine as liquid and oven heated for 5 hours, results were amazing.

    You should try that too…

    Btw, where do you get your pressure cooker and how much??

    • nick au: wow that sounds awesome. the pressure cooker was given by mom, a very old unit actually, you can get them from 2-300 ringgit I think

  6. mine takes a lil longer and thicker stew ^^ i usually make a big pot then re cycle left overs as meat pot pie or put in sandwich ^^

    • btw…i see cen poking his nose in on the 1st pic ^^

    • Glo-w: that’s a good idea, i just drink mine the next day too. lol, and yah cendawan was there ๐Ÿ˜›

  7. superb and thanks for sharing! tot of making this over weekend using iron cast pot, let u know how it turns out..

  8. wah your pressure cooker damn deep lo

  9. Yum yum!!! Can you come over to Beijing and cook for me (and my Big Lady), please??? *wags tail*

  10. slow cooker method is pretty convenient also! just pop everything in before you go out for work, by evening you’ll have an awesome stew waiting for you at home.

  11. The wonders of a pressure cooker!

    Looks pretty good! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Reminds me of the vietnamese beef stew bo kho. Found a nice recipe here

  13. i like cartilage. needs more cartilage!!


  15. Yah wtf, where’s the Guinness.

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