Nilagang Baka (Boiled Beef) …using pressure cooker

One of the torturing things when cooking is the waiting period. Agree? ๐Ÿ˜€

I love beef, but when it comes to cooking beef cubes or beef with bones, you will have to wait for too long. Itโ€™s been a while since I have not cooked beef because the cooking time hinders me to do so. I am not patient enough to wait for two hours or even more.

NilagangBaka-thenotsocreativecookMy Mom used to cook with pressure cooker but it was long time back. I could still remember the way it whistles and how tender the beef was. I didnโ€™t have any plan to buy pressure cooker until I have eaten one delicious, tender beef. The first thing came to my mind was the cook was so genius and patient enough to wait for that long to wait for the beef to be tender. It didnโ€™t occur to me that the cook may have used pressure cooker for that dish.

NilagangBaka-thenotsocreativecook2When I posted How to Tenderize Beef/Meat for Tricky Tuesdays, Nimmi and Selma mentioned about pressure cooker. From that moment, I felt that I needed to get myself one. And just last month, a generous and very kind friend gave me the pressure cooker of my dreams. ๐Ÿ˜€ To be frank, I really did not understand how it works, but I gave it a try.

One of the dishes I wanted to make is Nilangang Baka or literally translated as โ€˜Boiled Beefโ€™. Itโ€™s a simple beef soup that one wants to have especially during cold days or rainy season. For us, Filipinos, we love to have this dish with rice. ๐Ÿ˜€


Nilagang Baka (Boiled Beef) Recipe

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Nilagang Baka (Boiled Beef) using pressure cooker.


  • 1 kg beef cubes, about 2-inch, washed
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 1/3 cup ginger, sliced
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, cubed*
  • 5 pcs green long chili
  • 1 bundle of Pechay or Pak Choi, trimmed, cut and washed
  • 3 sweet corn, cut into three
  • Cabbage, optional
  • Salt
  • Peppercorn, optional


  1. Put the beef cubes, onions and ginger in a pressure cooker. If using peppercorn, put them as well. Add 6 cups of water.
  2. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook in a high heat until it reaches high pressure. When it reaches high pressure and whistles, you can lower down the heat and you can start counting the cooking time. For the 2-inch beef cubes, it can be done after 30 minutes.
  3. Turn the heat off and wait until it reaches low pressure (no smoke is coming out from the pressure cooker) before you put the sweet potatoes, corn and chilis. If you are in a hurry, you can manually remove the pressure by bringing the cooker under running water (lid still intact).
  4. When the pressure is gone, put sweet potatoes, corn and chilis. Again, turn on the heat until it reaches high pressure and turn off the heat again; wait for it to lower the pressure. Few minutes before serving, add pak choi [and cabbage, if using].
  5. Season with salt.
  6. Serve as a soup or with rice. I love to serve mine with squeezed calamansi, lemon or lime.


  • *Potatoes can be used as replacement.
  • Pressure cookers have different instructions. Refer to your manual in case you want to try this.

I hope you enjoy this and happy partying!


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41 thoughts on “Nilagang Baka (Boiled Beef) …using pressure cooker

  1. I love tender beef but agree it’s annoying having to wait for it cook. This looks lovely. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

  2. Oh yum, Jhuls!! I’m pinning this… I’ve had an electric pressure cooker for about 6 months now, and I love that silly pot. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to try your recipe!

  3. Hi Jhuls! Pressure cooker is very common in Indian households. We use it for cooking lentils, beans and meat – both goat meat and beef. Pressure cooking really results in tender meat. I love the addition of ginger and the vegetables in this stew. Bet it is one flavorful stew!

    1. I like to try it with beans next time. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      This stew is really flavorful – the flavors are locked inside and it’s so delicious. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks a lot, Indu. xx

  4. I always use pressure cooker for red meats (lamb/beef). Cooks faster, meat is so tender and fall apart, plus the flavors are locked in. Your dish looks amazing. I have never used sweet corn with meat. looks delish.

  5. Well Jhuls, I would love to try using a pressure cooker too! My mom and grandma used them all the time, but I have never tried. Your dish looks very yummy! Maybe I should look for a used one to try before I invest too much money! Thanks for your post! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. My mother also used a pressure cooker but scared the devil out of us by telling us that it would explode if we got close to it. I may be getting close to forgetting that fear because your dish looks amazing!

    1. Haha! I remember when I was cooking this – I was scared when it whistled. :/ But I’ll get used to it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You will love the results of using pressure cooker, Julie. Thanks for stopping by. โค

  7. Hello gorgoeus! Happy Fiesta Friday!!! I see a lot of ladies, particularly from India, using pressure cookers and I also don’t understand how they work! I too remember my Mums though, hissing away!!! xx

    1. Yeah, I’ve read that they use it to make beans, lentils, meats and others. I wanted to make ful medames using fresh/dried fava beans (if I found one) and try doing it in the pressure cooker. If when, I have no idea. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for hosting, Elaine. I hope you are having a good time with your boys. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. I’ve never used a pressure cooker!! I think I want one now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now is this similar to sinigang, which I love, by the way. Every time we go to a Filipino restaurant, I must have sinigang! I just love that tangy flavor of the soup!

    1. This is minus the tangy thing, Angie, but I usually eat this with lemon or lime or this Filipino native lemon which is called Calamansi. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am glad to know that you love sinigang. What other Filipino foods do you love?

      1. Oh, yes, I know calamansi! I used to have a little potted tree, but it died on me! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ My favorite Filipino foods are Crispy Pata and longaniza. Sorry, Jhuls, I know you don’t eat pork. Maybe there’s a beef version of those? I would love to try them!

  9. Your dish looks beautiful! I’ve never used a pressure cooker before, but it seems very useful. I also love all the different colors in this dish! Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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