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korean burrito

Instant Pot Korean Burrito

Make your own Korean BBQ inspired meat and Cilantro Lime Rice in your Instant Pot or slow cooker.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 4 burritos
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pears, cut into small pieces (depending on size, I used 3 because mine were small)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced or grated (see notes)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoon chili paste (I use Sambal Oelek found in the grocery store)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 pounds pork spare ribs
  • 4-6 large flour tortillas
  • 1 cup brown rice, rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime zested then juiced
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • ¼ cup salted peanuts, finely chopped

Instructions

  • Take the cut pears, garlic and ginger and add it to your food processor or blender and blend until everything is combined into a thick sauce.
    Korean burrito pear sauce
  • Put pear mixture in the Instant Pot along with the soy sauce, brown sugar, chili paste, and sesame oil and stir to combine. The chili paste adds a tiny bit of heat but really adds to the flavor. I don't like anything super spicy but loved this sauce! Trust me, it's a game-changer, don't skip it.
    korean burrito sauce in Instant Pot before cooking
  • Cut spare ribs into 2 or 3 large pieces and place in Instant Pot. Using a spoon, ensure the ribs are fully coated with the sauce mixture. Put the lid in place and close the steam vent. Set to Pressure Cook HIGH for 90 minutes. Allow the steam to naturally release before removing the lid.
    Korean short ribs in Instant Pot after cooking
  • Remove the Rib pieces from the pressure cooker and place on a cutting board (keep the sauce in the pot!!). Using tongs and a fork, remove all of the meat from the bones, it should just fall off. Place the meat back in the Instant Pot and mix back into the sauce. As you are mixing, break up the meat. Again, this should be very easy to do, all I needed was my metal tongs to accomplish this.
    korean burrito meat after cooking in Instant Pot
  • Now that your meat has cooked, it's time to cook the rice. In a clean pressure cooker pot, add the rinsed rice and water with a pinch of salt and stir together. Put the lid in place and close the steam vent. Set to Pressure Cook HIGH for 7 minutes. Once done, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes and then release the rest of the steam manually. Fluff the rice with a fork and then add the lime zest, 2 tbsp lime juice, cilantro and another pinch of salt if desired. Stir together to make sure all the flavors combine. Taste the rice to see if it has enough lime flavor and add more if needed.
  • Place your flour tortillas on a plate and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave for 30-60 seconds to make them easier to roll. On each tortilla, place a row of pork, a row of rice, a row of cabbage and sprinkle with peanuts. Roll up into a burrito and enjoy!
    korean burrito before rolling into flour tortilla

Notes

  • Don't have an Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker?? No Problem! You can also make this meal in a slow cooker. Just set your slow cooker on HIGH for 3-5 hours. Cook your rice on the stovetop, microwave or rice cooker and you are good to go!
  • You can also add whatever toppings or dipping sauce you want: spicy mayo, kimchi, more chili paste or sriracha for additional heat, etc.
  • The great thing about this recipe is you can use whatever meat you like. Make it with beef or chicken instead! If you have leftover meat, mix it in a saucepan with the sauce and cook on a low simmer for 20-30 minutes before serving. 
  • If you have leftover rice from takeout, make this cilantro lime rice with the extras!
  • Always read the instruction manual that came with your Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker and follow all safety guidelines.

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.