Instant Pot Kimchi Jjigae (Stew)

Instant Pot Kimchi Jjigae (Stew)

Kimchi jjigae (김치찌개) is a classic Korean stew made with flavor-packed old kimchi! It absolutely is one of my favorite comfort foods of all time. Lately, I’ve been making it in my Instant Pot, and I really like how it turns out. The stew is flavorful and rich, and the texture of the kimchi turns out nice and soft in a fraction of the time. I’ve adapted my stovetop kimchi stew recipe for my 6 quart Instant Pot.

To develop extra flavor, I usually stir-fry the kimchi and pork before adding water or broth. The Saute mode of the Instant Pot comes in handy for this step.

Once the liquid is added, use the Soup mode for pressure cooking. The actual cooking time is substantially shorter than the stovetop method. But, the time saving benefit diminishes if you count the time for the Instant Pot to build up the pressure.

Instant Pot Kimchi Jjigae (Stew)

After the quick release of the pressure, add some tofu slices and scallions (and onion slices if you like) and cook for a few additional minutes, using the Saute button. If you don’t use tofu, you can wait for a few minutes for the natural pressure release, and then stir in the scallions.

When cooking with kimchi, you should always use fully fermented, sour kimchi. The older the better! If you don’t have old kimchi, don’t let that stop you from making this kimchi stew or other dishes made with kimchi. Your Korean market may carry commercially packaged kimchi called mukeunji (묵은지), meaning old kimchi.

If the kimchi is overly sour, add a teaspoon or two of sugar to the stew to balance out the sour taste.

I make kimchi stew mostly with fatty pork. It’s simply the best! However, I know some of you don’t like or eat pork. If so, use beef or canned tuna. You can cut the meat into large chunks if you like! You won’t have a problem with tough meat after it has been cooked in the Instant Pot. This reminds me, kimchi jjigae with pork ribs will be great cooked in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Kimchi Jjigae (Stew)


More recipes made with kimchi

Everything tastes better with kimchi, right? Try these other favorites: kimchi soondubu jjigae (soft tofu stew), tofu kimchi, kimchijeon (pancake), kimchi mandu (dumplings), kimchi fried rice, kimchi kongnamul guk, kimchi bibim guksu, kimchi ssambap, spaghetti with kimchi and kimchi jjim.

If you’re inspired to make some napa cabbage kimchi at home and let it get old for some of these dishes, here are my time tested pogi kimchi, mak kimchi and vegan kimchi recipes.

More Instant Pot recipes

Braised Oxtail (kkorijjim)Dakbokkeumtang (spicy chicken stew) and Boiled chicken and rice.

Instant Pot Kimchi Jjigae (Stew)

Kimchi jjigae with pork and tofu

4.67 from 6 votes
Instant Pot Kimchi Jjigae (Stew)
Instant Pot Kimchi Jjigae (Stew)
This Instant Pot adaptation of the classic Korean stew made with flavor-packed old kimchi is so flavorful and rich! The texture of the kimchi turns out nice and soft in a fraction of the time. If you don't have an instant pot, see my stovetop kimchi stew recipe on the blog.
Servings: 4
Author: Hyosun
  • Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 pounds well fermented kimchi about 3 cups of cut kimchi packed
  • 8 ounces fatty pork or beef
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons Korean red chili pepper flakes gochugaru - adjust to taste
  • 1/2 cup juice from kimchi if available
  • 2 cups of water* 1/2 cup more if not using kimchi juice
  • 1 tablespoon soup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 8 ounces tofu
  • 2 scallions
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar - optional
  1. Cut the meat and kimchi into bite sizes. Slice the tofu (about 1/2-inch thick), and roughly chop the scallions.
    Instant Pot Kimchi Jjigae (Stew)
  2. Push the Saute button of the Instant Pot. When it becomes hot, add the pork and kimchi along with the sesame oil and red pepper flakes until the kimchi is slightly softened and pork is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
    Instant Pot Kimchi Jjigae (Stew)
  3. Add the kimchi juice, water, soup soy sauce, and garlic. Lock the lid, change it to the Soup mode, and adjust the time to 10 minutes. Set the steam valve to “Sealing”.
  4. When the Instant Pot beeps, turn the steam valve to “Vent” to quick release the pressure. Open the lid, and add tofu and scallions. Push the Saute button again, and boil for an additional 5 minutes or longer until the kimchi reaches the desired tenderness.
    Instant Pot Kimchi Jjigae (Stew)
Recipe Notes

For added flavor, save the water used to rinse rice, ssal ddeum mul, and use for the jjigae/stew. The water used to rinse rice is commonly used for Korean jjigae. Use the water from the second or third round of rinsing. Another option is to use anchovy broth (about 7 or 8 medium dry anchovies and one 3-inch square dried kelp boiled in 3 cups of water for 10 minutes).

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  1. Oooh this looks so yummy! I need to try this - I just got an Instant pot ^_^
  2. Twinkle says:
    I'm so excited that you have Instant Pot recipes! It's so hot in Texas right now so I prefer to use the IP to cook. Thanks so much for posting this (and others)! I will try it this weekend.
  3. Deborah says:
    I have a magic pot - I bought it about 3 months ago. It is very versatile - you can make jjeok (congee) in it, as well as rice and a slow cooker. This recipe for kimchi-chigae looks amazing and I will be making it. I have some mukenji in the fridge - this will be perfect!!!! Gomapsumnidah!
  4. boiled rice will be a good side dish for this kimchi recipe.
  5. I learned it the hard way that whenever you cook a stew in Instant Pot, leave the tofu out and add it in after the pressure cycle with saute, just as you instructed. If you include the tofu in the pressure cycle, tofu will be hardened and become chewier in a not very pleasant way! Thank you always for the recipes that makes me miss my 엄마's cooking.
  6. Sudheshna Miryala says:
    how would i make this vegetarian?
    • Omit the pork, and use some mushrooms instead if you like. Your kimchi also needs to be vegetarian. If interested in making vegetarian kimchi, I have a recipe on the blog.