Beef pho in white bowl.

Pressure Cooker Pho

This easy pho recipe tastes nearly authentic, in a fraction of the time.

Course Soup
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 699 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats


  • 3 lbs. beef shank
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 inches fresh ginger peeled
  • 1 large yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 5 star anise
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 tsp. fennel seed
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander seed
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lb. filet mignon (or top sirloin) thinly sliced
  • 14 oz. rice noodles
  • 1 small yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced


  1. Place the beef shank in pot, followed by ginger, onion, fish sauce, sugar, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, fennel seed, salt, bay leaves. Finally, add water, lock lid, and cook for 60-120 minutes at high pressure. Longer is better!

  2. Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally.

  3. Pour the broth through a fine mesh strainer. Feel free to eat the beef shank, but we won’t be using it anymore for this recipe.

  4. Prepare rice noodles according to instructions on box.

  5. Return broth to heat and bring back up to boil. You can do this in the pot using the sauté setting or on stovetop.

  6. Place noodles in a heated bowl. Place equal amounts of uncooked steak into bowls. Do the same with the noodles.

  7. Pour boiling broth over steak (this is what cooks the meat) and allow to sit for a minute or two.

  8. Top each bowl with any combination of sliced onions, cilantro, basil, mint, and scallions. Serve immediately!

Recipe Notes

For garnish - use any combination of bean sprouts, limes, jalapeno, basil, mint, hoisin sauce, and Sriracha.

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Pho
Amount Per Serving
Calories 699 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 1048mg 44%
Potassium 1039mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 68g 23%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 8g
Protein 50g 100%
Vitamin A 4.1%
Vitamin C 8.4%
Calcium 10.8%
Iron 37.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.