Instant pot hot pot

Easy Instant Pot Hot Pot At Home

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I love experimenting with my Instant Pot in the kitchen, and one of my favorite creations is the Instant Pot Hot Pot . It’s a clever recipe that I’ve come up with, and it’s perfect for cooking a delicious Chinese hot pot meal right at home.

Compared to Vietnamese hot pot, Chinese hot pot is much simpler to prepare since there are many instant hot pot broths available at Asian supermarkets.

Instant pot hot pot

🙋‍♀️ Can the Instant Pot be used for hot pot?

Absolutely! While the Instant Pot may be deeper than a standard hot pot, it is still a fantastic option for boiling broth, particularly for smaller dinner gatherings.

As a student who loves hot pots and prefers to keep my kitchen streamlined, the Instant Pot is an ideal solution. It performs exceptionally well, fulfilling my hot pot cravings without the need for any extra kitchen appliances.

Instructions for instant pot hot pot

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🙋‍♀️ What is Hot Pot?

Hot Pot is a special type of meal enjoyed by many people in East and Southeast Asia. It involves a pot filled with simmering broth, which is kept hot by a heat source underneath.

Around the pot, there are various food items that each diner can cook in the broth. After cooking, the food is typically dipped in sauces to enhance the flavors.

Hot Pot has different names in different countries. In China, it is known as “Huo Guo” (火锅) or “Fire Pot”. In Korea, it is called “Jeongol” (전골). In Japan, it is referred to as “Nabe” (鍋) (it’s worth noting that Shabu Shabu is a specific type of hot pot and not a general term for hot pot). And in my home country of Vietnam, we call it “Lẩu”.

In my opinion, hot pot is not just about the food; it also represents the communal culture of Asian countries. It brings people together as they participate in cooking their own food while enjoying the company of others. It’s a wonderful way to bond and share a delicious meal.

❤️ Why you will love this recipe

Communal and Enjoyable: Hot Pot is not just about the food; it’s an experience that brings people together. It’s a fantastic way to bond with family and friends over a flavorful and interactive meal.

Easy and Stress-free: Unlike the misconception that Hot Pot is a fancy and complicated meal, this recipe proves otherwise. Simply gather the raw ingredients and let the electric pot or Instant pot do the work of cooking the broth.

Cheaper price: Compared to dining at hot pot restaurants, preparing Hot Pot at home saves you money.

Convenience of the Instant Pot: If you don’t have access to an electric pot specifically designed for hot pot, don’t worry! The Instant Pot serves as a fantastic alternative.

Notes: This recipe features the Chinese instant hot pot broth, which can be easily found in any Asian market. Vietnamese instant hot pot broth is not as common, most Vietnamese prefer making the broth from scratch.  

🫕 Equipments

  • An Instant Pot (or any specialized Electric Pot designed for Hot Pot): This will serve as the main cooking vessel for your hot pot.
  • Chopsticks: Essential utensils for picking up food items in the hot pot (I’ve experienced eating hot pot without chopsticks and it’s a nightmare lol ). I recommend to use wooden chopsticks as they are heat-resistant, unlike plastic chopsticks, and they do not conduct heat like metal chopsticks.
  • Bowls: You will need bowls and plates to hold the cooked food items and dipping sauces.
Instructions for instant pot hot pot
  • Ladles: If you plan to have noodles in your hot pot, having ladles will come in handy for scooping the broth and serving it alongside the noodles.

🍲 Ingredients for a Chinese Hot Pot:

I. Broth:

Soup base for instant pot hot pot

To save time, you can use store-bought soup bases. I recommend trying various instant hot pot soup bases available at Asian markets. My favorite brand is Haidilao, and I also brought some from Vietnam.

For a spicy broth, choose Sichuan spicy hot pot. If you prefer a milder flavor, go for tomato broth, mushroom broth, or tom yum broth.

II. Food items:

When preparing a Chinese hot pot, you can select ingredients from three categories (choose at least 3 from the protein and vegetable categories and 1 from the noodles and dumplings category):

Protein (choose based on your dietary preferences):

Ingredients for Instant Pot Hot Pot
  • Meat: thinly sliced beef, lamb, and pork specifically for hot pot.
  • Seafood: sliced fish fillets, shrimp, cuttlefish, beef balls, pork balls, fish balls, fish tofu, fish cake
  • Tofu and soy products: tofu puffs, frozen tofu, dried bean curd rolls, fresh or dried tofu skin (Yuba).

Vegetables:

Ingredients for Instant Pot Hot Pot
  • Leafy greens: napa cabbage, bok choy, baby bok choy…
  • Mushrooms: oyster mushrooms, king oyster mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, shimeji mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, wood ears, button mushrooms.
  • High-carb vegetables: sweet corn, lotus root, potatoes, sweet potatoes.

Noodles and Dumplings:

  • Noodles: sweet potato glass noodles, wheat noodles, egg noodles, rice noodles.
  • Dumplings: homemade or store-bought dumplings or wontons.

III. Dipping Sauce:

Create a personalized dipping sauce using the following ingredients:

  • Soy sauce, Chinese black vinegar
  • Chinese sesame paste, Peanut butter
  • Chinese chili oil, Sesame oil
  • Minced garlic, Chopped scallions, Chopped cilantro

-> My simplified version for dipping sauce: 2 tbsp Japanese sesame sauce (Goma Dare), 1 tbsp soy sauce, ½ ttbsp Chinese black vinegar, and 1tsp Lao Gan Ma chili oil.

📝 Instructions

Wash and cut all the food items: Clean and prepare the ingredients for your hot pot. Arrange the items from each category on separate plates for easy serving.

Prepare dipping sauces: In individual bowls, mix your preferred ingredients to create flavorful dipping sauces. Customize them according to your taste preferences.

Add hot pot soup base and water: Place the hot pot soup base and water in your Instant Pot. Use the “Saute” mode on high heat to bring the broth to a boil.

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Begin cooking: Once the broth is boiling, start adding the prepared food items to the pot. As you eat, the water in the broth will evaporate. Ensure you have extra hot water on hand to top up the broth when needed.

Adjust the temperature: If the broth is boiling too vigorously, reduce the temperature to low heat. This will maintain a gentle simmer and prevent the broth from boiling too rapidly.

🌟 Helpful Tips

Add food items when the broth starts boiling: Wait for the broth to reach a boil before adding your food items. This ensures that they cook properly and maintain their desired texture.

Avoid overcrowding the pot: Do not put too much food into the pot at once, as it can drastically reduce the broth’s temperature. Add ingredients in small batches to keep optimal cooking temperature.

Cook ingredients for the appropriate time: Different ingredients require different cooking times.

  • Delicate items (meat, fish, seafood…): should only be cooked for a short period to avoid becoming tough or chewy.
  • Starchy ingredients (sweet corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet potato glass noodles…): take take longer to cook fully.

Maintain hygiene with your chopsticks: To ensure hygiene, briefly dip the tips of your chopsticks into the boiling broth for a few seconds after handling raw food. This helps kill any bacteria and keep your hot pot experience safe.

Lazy single hot pot: Sometimes, when I feel like enjoying hot pot alone and don’t want to go through the hassle of setting up a full hot pot table, I create a hot pot-inspired noodle soup. All I need is the hot pot base and a few ingredients from my fridge.

Instructions for instant pot hot pot

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Instant pot hot pot

Easy Instant Pot Hot Pot At Home

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As a hot pot enthusiast and a student looking to maintain a streamlined kitchen, this Instant Pot Hot Pot recipe is a game-changer for me. It's a clever and convenient way to create a delectable Chinese hot pot meal right in the comfort of my own kitchen.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • 1 Instant Pot (or any specialized Electric Pot designed for Hot Pot)
  • wooden or bamboo chopsticks (for picking up food items in the hot pot)
  • bowls (for holding the cooked food items and dipping sauces)
  • Ladle (for scooping the broth to serve alongside the noodles)

Ingredients
  

I. Broth (Instant hot pot base, up to your preference)

  • Spicy Sichuan flavor, Tomato flavor, Mushroom flavor….
  • Water (according to the instructions on hot pot base's package)

II. Food items (Choose at least 3 ingredients from the protein and vegetable categories and 1 ingredient from the noodles and dumplings category)

    Protein (based on your dietary preferences)

    • Meat: Thinly sliced beef, lamb, and pork specifically for hot pot.
    • Seafood: sliced fish fillets, shrimp, cuttlefish, beef balls, pork balls, fish balls, fish tofu, fish cake…
    • Tofu and soy products: tofu puffs, frozen tofu, dried bean curd rolls, fresh or dried tofu skin.

    Vegetables

    • Leafy greens: napa cabbage, bok choy, baby bok choy…
    • Mushrooms: oyster mushrooms, king oyster mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, shimeji mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, wood ears, button mushrooms.
    • High-carb vegetables: sweet corn, lotus root, potatoes,sweet potatoes.

    Noodles and Dumplings

    • Noodles: sweet potato glass noodles, wheat noodles, egg noodles, rice noodles…
    • Dumplings: homemade or store-bought dumplings or wontons.

    III. Dipping Sauce (personalized based on your preference)

    • Soy sauce, Chinese black vinegar
    • Chinese sesame paste, Peanut butter
    • Chinese chili oil, Sesame oil
    • Minced garlic, Chopped scallions, Chopped cilantro

    Instructions
     

    Wash and cut all the food items (Arrange them on separate plates according to their categories for easy serving)

    • Bok choy and baby bok choy (thoroughly washed)
    • Napa cabbages (thoroughly washed, cut into 2.5 – 5 cm or 1-2 inch pieces)
    • Enoki mushroom (end removed and torn into smaller bundles)
    • King oyster mushroom (end trimmed, thinly sliced)
    • Oyster mushroom (separated into small parts)
    • Shimeji mushroom (end removed, separated into small parts)
    • Button mushroom (thinly sliced)
    • Shiitake mushroom (soakd to reconstitute)
    • Wood ears (soaked to reconstitute, removed any woody parts)
    • Potato, sweet potato, lotus root (cut into 0.5 cm or 1/4 inch thick slices)
    • Sweet corn (cut into 2.5 cm or 1 inch thick slices)
    • Dried tofu skin (rehydrated)
    • Sweet potato noodles (pre-soaked for 1 hour)

    Prepare dipping sauces

    • Customize the sauces to suit your taste preferences.
    • My recipe:
      – 2 tbsp Japanese sesame sauce (Goma Dare) or Chinese sesame paste
      – 1 tbsp soy sauce
      – ½ tbsp Chinese black vinegar
      – 1 tsp Lao Gan Ma chili oil.

    Add soup base and water

    • Place the hot pot soup base and pour water into the Instant Pot.
    • Use the "Saute" mode on high heat to bring the broth to a boil.

    Start cooking

    • Once the broth is boiling, add the prepared food items to the pot.
    • As you enjoy the meal, the broth will gradually reduce. Keep extra hot water nearby to refill the broth when needed.

    Notes

    • Add food items when the broth starts boiling. Wait for the broth to reach a boil before introducing your food items. 
    • Avoid overcrowding the hot pot to maintain the proper temperature.
    • Adjust cooking times for different ingredients.
    • Ensure the hygiene by dipping your chopsticks into boiling broth after handling raw food.
    • If you want to enjoy the hot pot alone, you could make a quick single-serving hot pot noodle soup instead of the full setup.
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