Instant pot jjajangmyun (black bean sauce with noodles)

My family loves jjajangmyun…a noodle dish (or in my case a lot using zoodles or spaghetti squash) with black bean sauce…

My boys will eat it even though there are a lot of vegetables and they know it is in there because they see me make it but because of the sauce they like it. So I thought why not try it in the instant pot…yes most of it is about sautéing but you do have a cooking portion and with the instant pot the cooking time is cut down.

I also made this for my sister and she wanted it with zoodles (zucchini noodles) and she loved it!

Enjoy!

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Instant Pot jjajangmyun (black bean sauce)

A comfort food with lots of vegetables

Ingredients
  • 1 cup daikon or Korean radish looks like a parsnip but tastes like a radish
  • 1 cup zucchini, cubed if using noodles, omit
  • 1 cup potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons black bean paste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, combine with 1/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped in 1/2 inch slices
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable/avocado/coconut oil I use avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 cups water
Instructions
  1. Turn on instant pot and press sauté...when it says HOT add in 1 tablespoon oil

  2. Add carrots and sauté until it is a little soft

  3. Add daikon and stir until translucent

  4. Add potatoes and stir until translucent

  5. Add onions and zucchini and stir until soft

  6. Add in the rest of the oil (not sesame), then add the black bean paste and stir

  7. Add water and stir...if anything is scorched on the bottom be sure to deglaze the pot

  8. Turn off sauté, close the lid, turn valve to seal and press manual 2 minutes

  9. Once done cooking, do a slow release by turning the valve a little at a time towards vent so that steam slowly releases

Recipe Notes

This can be enjoyed with traditional noodles, zoodles, spaghetti squash or rice

Sweet and Spicy boneless country style pork ribs & whole spaghetti squash

Today’s recipe is one I don’t really make because my boys and myself do not like pork too much but did because I had many people asking me how I would make it in the Instant Pot.

A few days I was at the grocery store buying everything we needed for my family. I happen to be in the meat section and saw that boneless country style pork ribs were on sale so it was the best time to try it…and they looked good…

Below you will find the recipe…the ribs were very tender…

Also as you can see I only put sauce on one side of the ribs…I prefer minimal sauce but if you like it all over feel free to double the sauce recipe although you may want to go easy on the srircha!

Below the ribs recipe I have also included a whole spaghetti squash recipe…I made it to go along with the ribs…now if you have love spaghetti squash but don’t like how long it takes to make in the oven…you will love that it only take about 9-10 minutes in the Instant Pot! I have never had spaghetti squash before getting the Instant Pot but I love it now and was one of the first things I made in the Instant Pot.

As you can see the spaghetti squash skin just fell apart as I was taking it out of the pot.

And in this pic you can see how much I got out of that small spaghetti squash.

Hope you enjoy the recipes!

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Sweet and Spicy Boneless Country Style Pork Ribs

Very tender and the spice from the srircha gives it a nice kick!

Ingredients
  • 1 package boneless country style pork ribs
  • 1 tablespoon bone broth fat/oil
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • salt and pepper to taste
Sauce
  • 6 tablespoons BBQ sauce I used sweet baby rays
  • 1 tablespoon srircha
Instructions
  1. On saute mode, wait for the pot to indicate HOT and then add your fat/oil. While the pot gets hot, season your ribs with salt and pepper on both sides.

  2. Add Worcestershire and apple cider vinegar, then saute the ribs in batches and brown.

  3. Once browned, take out ribs and deglaze the pot with cooking wine and then add 1 cup of water.

  4. Add trivet, add ribs on top (it is ok if they overlap or are on top of each other)

  5. Close lid, turn valve to seal and press manual 15 minutes and then do a natural pressure release. 

    While that is cooking mix your sauce ingredients 

  6. Once the ribs have cooked, baste on sauce and then put ribs under broiler for 5 minutes

Recipe Notes

If you would like to add sauce throughout the ribs add more bbq sauce and if you would like it to be more spicy add some more srircha.

 

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Whole Spaghetti squash

A great alternative to spaghetti.

Ingredients
  • 1 small spaghetti squash
Instructions
  1. Place whole spaghetti squash on a trivet with 1 cup of water

  2. Close lid and turn valve to seal and then press manual 9 minutes and then quick release

Recipe Notes

9 minutes gives this a little bite so if you would like it softer add another minute...

You can also halve the spaghetti squash if it is too big for it to fit whole...you would need to decrease the time to 7 minutes.