Keto & Low-Carb Lean and Green Instant Pot Napa Cabbage & Kimchi Stew
Every heard of Kimchi-jjigae or kimchi stew? Well this amazing Korean dish, is typically made with kimchi and other ingredients, such as pork or seafood, scallions, onions, and diced Dubu. We substituted eggs and tofu for the protein to give a lighter variation of this wonderful dish. Cut out the eggs in yours to make a vegetarian version!
Slow Cooker Method: Add all of the ingredients except the eggs to your slow cooker. Cover with lid and cook for 2 hours on low or until cabbage is tender. Then add the eggs, re-cover, and cook for another 20 to 30 minutes. Serve in bowls and garnish with scallions.
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Helpful Cooking Utensils
- 5 cup Napa Cabbage
- 1/4 cup Kimchi Chopped
- 2 small Garlic Cloves Minced
- 2 tbsp Korean Chili Flakes
- 1/2 cup Kimchi Juice
- 1/4 cup White Vinegar
- 3 cup Water
- 8 large Eggs (optional)*
- 20 oz Soft Tofu Drained
- 2 stalk Scallions Sliced
- Push saute button on Instant Pot. Once hot, add cabbage, kimchi (no sugar added), garlic, and Korean chili flakes or (paprika), and cook 5 minutes.
- Add the kimchi juice, vinegar, and water. Secure lid, push to stew mode, and adjust time to 10 minutes.
- When the Instant Pot beeps, naturally release pressure. Open the lid, and add eggs one at a time. Push saute button again and cook eggs to desired consistency. (Remove eggs for a vegetarian version)
- Cut tofu (drained and patted dry with a paper towel or cloth) into small cubes. Add tofu to stew and simmer for another few minutes.
- Serve in bowls and garnish with scallions.