This sandwich is a huge crowd pleaser! Cooked in a purée with soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger and garlic. The pear adds a touch of sweetness and is a meat tenderizer, making the beef super easy to shred. Then we serve it on a ciabatta roll with delicious kimchi, cilantro, and a spicy mayonnaise to really make this a unique and memorable sandwich.

Instant Pot Korean Beef Sandwiches

Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

45 min

Total Time

55 min

Recipe Type: Dinner

Serving Size: 1 sandwich

Makes 8 servings


  • ½ (15-ounce) can of pears, drained
  • 2 tablespoons ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 lbs top sirloin, raw or frozen

For the Sandwich

  • 8 whole wheat ciabatta rolls
  • 2 cups kimchi, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup sriracha
  • 1 cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice



  1. Purée pears, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Set aside.
  2. Trim fat off of meat, and cut into a few large pieces.
  3. Place meat in pressure cooker and cover with puréed sauce.
  4. Cook on high pressure (manual) for 30 minutes if sirloin is raw or for 45 minutes if sirloin is frozen.
  5. Quick release.
  6. Shred beef in cooker.


To assemble the sandwich

  1. Slice the ciabatta roll to be like a hamburger bun.
  2. Mix mayo, sriracha, and lime together to make a spicy mayo. Spread about 2 tablespoons evenly on the inside of the roll.
  3. Add about ⅓ cup of shredded beef, ¼ cup kimchi, and 2 tablespoons cilantro to sandwich. Enjoy.

*Nutrition analysis done with half of pear sauce


Calories 560 (200 from fat)
Total fat 22g
Saturated fat 4g
Cholesterol 80mg
Sodium 1610mg
Carbohydrate 55g (8g dietary fiber, 9g sugar)
Protein 39g


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