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Instant Pot Beef Nilaga Recipe: Simple & Savory

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This beef nilaga recipe is my go-to comfort food. Tender beef, hearty veggies, all simmered to perfection in my trusty Instant Pot. It's a warm, satisfying hug in a bowl!

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Brace yourselves, folks, this recipe I'm about to share is downright cozy and comforting - we're making beef nilaga in an instant pot today. Just envision tender beef chunks, veggies cooked to perfection, all bathed in a savory broth. Intrigued? Stick around, you'll soon be whippin' up this Filipino classic right in your own kitchen. Ready, set, let's cook!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Beef Nilaga

  • Beef shank: Tender cut of meat that adds rich flavor and becomes melt-in-your-mouth after pressure cooking.
  • Onion: Adds depth and sweetness to the broth, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the dish.
  • Garlic: Infuses a savory aroma and taste, elevating the umami factor of the beef nilaga.
  • Potatoes: Starchy vegetable that thickens the broth and provides a hearty element to the dish.
  • Carrots: Sweetness and color to the dish, balancing the flavors and adding a hint of freshness.
  • Cabbage: Adds a light crunch and freshness to the dish, completing the traditional beef nilaga experience.
  • Water: Essential base for the broth, ensuring all ingredients cook properly and flavors meld together harmoniously.

Tools Required for This Beef Nilaga Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the beef and vegetables quickly while infusing flavors.
  • Knife: Needed to cut the beef shank, onion, garlic, potatoes, carrots, and cabbage into appropriate sizes.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Total time: 1 hour


  • 1 lb beef shank, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 small cabbage, chopped
  • 8 cups water
  • Fish sauce, salt, and pepper to taste


  1. Place beef, onion, and garlic in the Instant Pot.
  2. Add water and season with fish sauce, salt, and pepper.
  3. Close the lid and set to high pressure for 30 minutes.
  4. Once done, release pressure naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release.
  5. Add potatoes and carrots, then cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  6. Quick release pressure, add cabbage, and cook on high pressure for 2 minutes.
  7. Season with more fish sauce, salt, and pepper if needed.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 350 kcal | Carbohydrates: 25 g | Protein: 25 g | Total Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 70 mg | Sodium: 800 mg | Dietary Fiber: 6 g | Sugar: 8 g | Calcium: 120 mg | Potassium: 900 mg | Iron: 4 mg | Vitamin A: 500 µg | Vitamin C: 45 mg

Preparing and Storing Beef Nilaga Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the beef nilaga as instructed and let it cool to room temperature.
  • Transfer the beef nilaga to airtight containers and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Allow the beef nilaga to cool completely before transferring to freezer-safe containers or bags.
  • Label the containers with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Beef nilaga is a traditional Filipino dish that is often cooked with bone-in beef shank for added flavor and richness.

Common Questions About Making Instant Pot Beef Nilaga

Can I use a different cut of beef for this recipe?
Yes, you can use other cuts like brisket or chuck if you prefer.
How can I adjust the cooking time if I want the beef to be more tender?
You can increase the initial cooking time for the beef to achieve a more tender texture.
Is it necessary to use an instant pot for this recipe?
While an instant pot makes it quicker, you can still make this dish on the stovetop, but it will take longer.
Can I add other vegetables to this beef nilaga?
Absolutely! Feel free to add vegetables like green beans or bok choy to customize the dish to your liking.
How should I store any leftovers of this dish?
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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