Chinese-Style Braised Brisket with Fennel

Chinese-Style Braised Brisket with Fennel
Chef Brainy
What Started it all:
Brisket, Fennel bulb, vegetable oil, instant pot

This delightful Chinese-style braised brisket is a perfect meal for the whole family. It's packed with flavors and uses fresh, seasonal ingredients. Cooking it in an instant pot makes it quicker and easier, while still achieving tender and juicy meat. Let's dive into this wholesome recipe that brings everyone together around the table.


  • 2 pounds brisket, cut into chunks
  • 1 large fennel bulb, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 green onions, chopped (for garnish)
  • Fresh cilantro (for garnish)
  • Cooked jasmine rice (to serve)


  1. Set the instant pot to sauté mode.
  2. Add the vegetable oil and let it heat up.
  3. Add the brisket chunks to the pot.
  4. Brown them on all sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  5. Remove the brisket and set aside.
  6. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger to the pot.
  7. Sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  8. Return the browned brisket to the pot.
  9. Add the sliced fennel bulb.
  10. Pour in the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, honey, and beef broth.
  11. Add the star anise and cinnamon stick.
  12. Close the lid of the instant pot and set it to high pressure for 45 minutes.
  13. Once done, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then perform a quick release.
  14. Carefully remove the lid and stir the brisket and fennel.
  15. Serve the braised brisket over cooked jasmine rice.
  16. Garnish with chopped green onions and fresh cilantro.

This Chinese-style braised brisket with fennel is a heartwarming dish that brings delightful aromas and flavors to your dinner table. It's a wonderful way to enjoy a healthy, home-cooked meal with your loved ones, emphasizing the joy of cooking and eating together. Enjoy!

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