My New Pressure Cooker + Braised Beef Shank Recipe

Guess what? I am now the proud owner of my own pressure cooker! I’ve been seeing these everywhere and finally decided to give one of them a try. I have to say, it’s been revolutionary! My food cooks five times as fast, and the flavour is like never before; apparently using a pressure cooker helps lock in the flavor!

Last night I tried a really yummy recipe for braised beef shank that I made using my pressure cooker, so I thought I would share it. Here’s the recipe. I think you’ll love it! You can also cook it using a normal pot (i.e. not a pressure cooker) although I think it may take much longer!

This is an absolutely wonderful dish which is super popular throughout Asia, including many areas of China. This dish is a favourite in my family happens to cook up very well using a pressure cooker. In particular, this recipe uses an electric pressure cooker to efficiently and quickly cook the meat.

The preparation time for this recipe is about 15 minutes, the cooking time is about 35 minutes, and this recipe should serve about six people.

First, combine a beef shank and certain marinade ingredients into a zip lock bag or food container, seal it, shake well, and in place in the fridge for one day. The beef shank should be 1 kg. The marinade ingredients I use include: 2 teaspoons of pepper, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and 3 tablespoons of soy sauce.

Once that process is complete, remove the beef shank from the zip lock bag or food container and put it in your pressure cooker along with all of the marinade ingredients.

Once that is done, we need to make a special sauce which we will add to the shank as it cooks in the pressure cooker. Here’s the recipe for the sauce: 2 teaspoons of salt, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1/2 cup of soy sauce, three clovers, two anises, 1.5 teaspoons of cumin, two bay leaves, 1 tablespoon of jasmine green tea, 2 teaspoons of sesame oil, 5 g of fresh shredded ginger, two chopped green onions, and 5 cups of water.

Once you have prepared the sauce, pour it over the beef shank in the pressure cooker. Close the lid and turn the pressure valve to the sealing position. Set it for 35 minutes of cooking time.

When the 25 minute period is up, wait another 10 minutes. Then, slowly release the pressure from your pressure cooker and then open the lid. Take out the cooked beef shank and place it into a clean container. Allow it to cool for four hours and then slice and serve.

I’ve been making this recipe for many years, and my family absolutely loves it. I think your’s will as well!