Beef Pares Pressure Cooker, Cook this meal in the pressure cooker makes it way quicker. Star anise and soy sauce were added for a tasty meal.
What is Beef Pares
Beef Pares means pair. In this case, braised beef is served with garlic rice and beef broth to complete a filling meal. Made famous in the Philippines, this meal consists of braised beef with soy sauce, and star anise.
Although you don’t need to serve this meal as I do- serving it with garlic rice and broth to complete the meal, I serve my meal with them. It completes my meal setup.
Before I had my Instant Pot Duo Crisps, I have to boil the beef for one hour, to soften it. With my IP, the cooking time for this meal has been reduced to half. I cook it in my Instant Pot Duo Crisp using the pressure cook setting.
Of course, you can cook it stovetop, and I will show you how to do that too, but let me rave about cooking it in the pressure cooker – Cooking beef pares makes the beef super soft and pressure cooking those delicious meat juices, I think cooking this in the pressure cooker taste so much better.
We all love filling meals and this Beef pares is one of those meals in which you can’t get enough with one serving. You will be requesting extra garlic fried rice and one more cup of beef broth.
Note that I use my Instant Pot Duo Crips appliance. Each Instant Model functions differently, so check your manual.
Ingredients for Beef Pares (Pressure Cooker)
Beef– you can use different beef cut for this, but I prefer pot roast cuts and slicing it in cubes. I prefer some fat to make the braised beef juicy and oily, which makes it so good.
- Beef Bouillon– I prefer to use the beef flavor as it enhances the flavor of this meal. You can replace it with chicken bouillon if you want.
- Star Anise– this herb makes the taste of beef pares set apart from beef stew, so you can’t omit it. Star Anise is sold in the spice section of your grocery store. They are also sold in the Mexican section.
- Soy sauce– A cup or less of soy sauce bring salty flavor to this recipe,, but season according to your liking.
- Onion– I suggest red onion in this recipe since it brings out a tad of acidity. I actually want a lot of onion in mine, since I love onion.
- Garlic -garlic elevates the taste of any meal, and it does the same for this meal. You can add more garlic if you want.
- Rice cooking wine-elevates the liquor taste of the star anise, this Beef Pares has a hint of liquor taste.
How does Beef Pares taste?
There’s a combo of saltiness and sweetness, but the addition of star anise gives a hint of liquor to the meal. And the smell is really good too. If you have tried the Anise Liquor, there is a very subtle taste of that in this meal. So good.
How to cook beef pares stove top
- Place a large cooking pan on the stove. Heat the cooking oil and brown the garlic and cook the onion until transparent. Add in the beef and brown to all sides and add water. Start with two cups of water and let the meat cook on low heat for one hour. Add more water if needed.
- When the beef is soft and tender, add soy sauce, and star anise. Let it boil for fifteen more minutes.
- Make the cornstarch slurry: Mix the slurry ingredients and mix until there are no lumps. Add into the meat and cook on low heat until it reaches a thick consistency. Make sure that you season the meat according to your liking. Add more soy sauce if you like.
How do you cook beef pares in the Pressure cooker?
- Cooking Beef Pares in the Instant Pot Duo Crisp makes it fast. When you cook it stove top, it will take more than sixty minutes to soften the beef, but using the pressure cooker setting of my Instant Pot cuts the cooking time in half. So how do you cook Beef pares in my Instant Pot?
- Prepare the Ingredients – slice the onions, and garlic and measure the liquid ingredients. Place the inner pot in place and push the sautee button and set the timer for thirty minutes with the temperature on HI. Add the cooking oil and brown the garlic, onion, and ginger.
- Brown the Beef– Add in the beef and let it brown. Turn the meat on all sides and push the meat to the side and crush the beef bouillon. Break down the bouillon and mix together with the meat. Add in the soy sauce, water, and the star anise.
- Instant Pot Setting – put the pressure cooker lid in place and push the pressure cooker button and set the pressure to HI. Set timer to thirty minutes. When ready, quick release and push the sautee button and add the cornstarch slurry. Mix until soup is thick in consistency.
How to Serve?
As I mentioned, I always serve this with garlic rice, but you don’t have to do that. Simply serve it with steamed rice, or even top it on mashed potato.
How to Store?
Double, or triple this recipe and make a huge batch for meal prep and leftovers. You can store Beef Pares in the fridge and it will last for one week, or you can put it in a sealed container and freeze it.
For more Instant Pot Recipes:
Beef Pares Pressure Cooker
- instant pot duo crisp plus air fryer
- 2.68 lbs Beef Chuck Roast
- 1/4 cup Onion chopped
- 2 tbsps garlic minced
- 1 tbsp ginger chopped
- 1/4 cup rice cooking wine
- 1/2 cups soy sauce
- 1 cube beef bouillon
- 5 pieces star anise
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 2 tbsps cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water
How to Cook Beef Pares in the Instant Pot Duo
- Place the inner pot in the Instant Pot and press the sautee button setting. You can set it to the thirty-minute timer and the temperature on HI. Add the cooking oil and brown the garlic. Cook the onion until transparent and add the beef. Brown on all sides and push the meat at one edge of the pot. Add the bouillon and crush it. Mix it with the meat. Add the soy sauce, star anise, and water. Cover with the pressure cooker lid and press the pressure cooker button. Set the temperature on HI and set the timer to thirty minutes. When done, quick release and change setting to sautee. Mix the water and cornstarch until smooth. Add the cornstarch slurry into the meat, and mix until thick in consistency.Note that you can season this meal according to your liking. Add more soy sauce or sugar if you like.
Cook Beef Pares Stove Top
- Place a large cooking pan on the stove. Heat the cooking oil and brown the garlic and cook the onion until transparent. Add in the beef and brown to all sides and add water. Start with two cups of water and let the meat cook on low heat for one hour. Add more water if needed. When the beef is soft and tender, add soy sauce, and star anise. Let it boil for fifteen more minutes. Make the cornstarch slurry: Mix the slurry ingredients and mix until there are no lumps. Add into the meat and cook on low heat until it reaches a thick consistency. Make sure that you season the meat according to your liking. Add more soy sauce if you like.