Indonesian Beef Rendang




Introduction: Indonesian Beef Rendang

Indonesian Rendang has been voted as the most flavorful and delicious food on the planet several times. It also comes in many variants. Wet, dry, or changes in spices are some of the different kinds of Rendang. However you eat it, Rendang is absolutely delicious and very simple to make. You only need a couple of ingredients to make it and it can feed around 2-4 people!

The secret is that I use a Rendang spice packet which contains a culmination of many different delicious ingredients and spices. If it were not for the spice packet and Instant Pot, Rendang would take several hours to make. In this Instructable I will teach you how to make the wet kind of Rendang (where a lot of the coconut milk has not yet evaporated).

I can't wait for you to try it when it is done! Let's get cooking!


You will need:

  • 1 Rendang Paste Packet (Includes all of the intricate seasonings found in Rendang - you can find a cheaper one at your local Asian market)
  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • 1 Large Shallot
  • 2.5 cups of coconut milk (20 fl oz)
  • Water
  • 1 pound of beef (Short rib is ideal but you can use whatever cut you like)

* Recipe yields 2-4 servings

My wife and I use the instant pot for so many things! It makes cooking so easy.

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Step 1: Cut and Saute the Shallots and Garlic

The Instant Pot has a cool feature that is helpful when you don't want to have a bunch of dirty pans when you are done cooking. All you have to do is push the Saute button and it will begin to heat the bottom of the pot. Once the bottom of the pot is heated, add the shallots first and saute until they become translucent. Then, add the garlic and stir for about 30 seconds. Incrementally add small amounts of water to prevent burning on the bottom of the pan.

Step 2: Brown Meat, Add Spice Packet, Add Coconut Milk

Once the veggies are sauteed, add in the 1 lb of cubed meat. Brown the meat in the pan until it holds its shape. Otherwise, the meat will fall apart in the pressure cooker and will end up as shredded meat - which isn't the right consistency for Rendang. If that's how you like it though, give it a shot! When the meat is browned and holds its shape, continue to add small amounts of water so that you can break up any pieces on the bottom of the pan that have gotten stuck or slightly browned on the bottom. If you don't do this, the Instant Pot will not pressurize properly. Add in the entire 35g (1.2 oz) spice packet. Stir together so that the spices are evenly distributed over the meat. Finally, add in the 2 cups of coconut milk.

*Note* If you want to add in your favorite curry veggies as well, go ahead! It will still taste great!

Step 3: Pressure Cook

Pressure cook for 15 minutes on high pressure. You will know it has pressurized properly if the little knob pops up! Use the quick release function (twisting the knob to venting) to prevent overcooking the meat in a pressurized environment. If you see sputtering liquid coming out as you release pressure, just reseal the knob and hit 'Cancel' on the instant pot and wait for the pressure knob to drop. Cooking is fun but cleaning up a bunch of liquid off of the ceiling is not...

Once you open the instant pot, you should see cooked chunks of beef in a runny sauce. Great Job!

Garnish with whatever you like - parsley, green onion, or eat as is. Again, you can serve it over rice or just as is.

Now it is time for the best part! Eating!

Step 4: Enjoy!

Indonesian Rendang is just one of those comfort foods that you'll never get sick of! If you want, you can serve it with some rice or you can just eat it plain. When I lived in Indonesia, a lot of times I would just skip the rice and go straight into the Rendang. At some point in the future, I will also teach you how to make the 'dry' variant of Rendang as well. I hope you've enjoyed this Instructable. Please follow my Instructables page for more fun and leave a Vote for this Instructable on the One Pot Meal Contest page.



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    Question 1 year ago on Introduction

    You're making my hungry! Love the simplicity of the dish. Can you comment on the outcome you're getting? I often cook for someone that has great difficulty eating, and I need more meat options with very tender outcomes. I don't yet own one of those Instant Pot cookers. Maybe it's time.