Instant Pot Sinigang na Corned Beef (Corned Beef Sour Soup)

This has now become a classic favorite in my household. Use your corned beef and turn it into this delicious and hearty soup loaded with vegetables with a tangy mouth-puckering flavor that would leave your tastebuds asking for more! Made even easier in the Instant Pot – this Sinigang na Corned Beef (Corned Beef Sour Soup) produces a melt-in-your-mouth tender beef that is oh-so-good!

This has now become a classic favorite in my household. Use your corned beef and turn it into this delicious and hearty soup loaded with vegetables with a tangy mouth-puckering flavor that would leave your tastebuds asking for more! Made even easier in the Instant Pot - this Sinigang na Corned Beef (Corned Beef Sour Soup) produces a melt-in-your-mouth tender beef that is oh-so-good!

I first tasted corned beef sinigang in the Philippines about 16 years ago. I cannot remember exactly if it was a few days before my wedding day (November 22, 2003) or a few days after.

I just remember my dear friend Jess highly recommending this restaurant in Makati called “Sentro” which served this delightful soup. So, the entire wedding crew went there based on his recommendation.

When I say wedding crew, that’s me, hubby, his entourage from England, the bridesmaids and best men and some of my friends. There were a lot of us there.

I can imagine how happy the restaurant manager must have been because it was lunch time and there were a lot of us that came in during a not so busy day and hour.

At any rate, since I was already a huge sinigang fan anyway I thought I’d give it a try. I was a bit risking it with my husband and his family and friends ’cause I wasn’t sure how they would like it. Thankfully, everyone loved it!

This has now become a classic favorite in my household! Use your corned beef and turn it into this delicious and hearty soup loaded with vegetables with a tangy mouth-puckering flavor that would leave your tastebuds asking for more! Made even easier in the Instant Pot - this Sinigang na Corned Beef (Corned Beef Sour Soup) would become your favorite, too!

It’s funny how I never would have given corned beef sinigang a thought. Or, I wouldn’t have thought of making it at all. Sinigang, in case you’re wondering what it is, is a Filipino soup or stew known for its sour and savory taste, the tangy sharp flavor comes from the tamarind fruit.

It is one of the most popular soups in the archipelago. The sourer it is – the better! Oh, I can almost taste it as I write!!!

The reason I would never have imagined making sinigang with corned beef is because it often associated with pork. We would make this soup with pork belly and the fat in the pork belly melts into the soup as it is slowly cooked (can you imagine how delish that is!!!).

But then, so it doesn’t have a greasy kind of texture or taste – we add tamarind juice, loads of it, which balances the fattiness coming from the meat. Of course, to make it healthier, we totally load it with vegetables. It’s just absolutely perfect!

This has now become a classic favorite in my household! Use your corned beef and turn it into this delicious and hearty soup loaded with vegetables with a tangy mouth-puckering flavor that would leave your tastebuds asking for more! Made even easier in the Instant Pot - this Sinigang na Corned Beef (Corned Beef Sour Soup) would become your favorite, too!

The main souring agent for the sinigang is tamarind which is squeezed to obtain its potently tangy juices. The tamarind, if you want to use it, may be purchased fresh or in concentrate form in Asian groceries. A shortcut, if you can’t find tamarind, is to use a sinigang soup mix like Knorr Sinigang Mix (or Mama Cita’s Sinigang Mix) and this is readily available in Asian stores as well.

But don’t fret, if you can’t find either or live far away from an Asian store – you have fresh lemon and lime to the rescue. Use the juices of 2-3 whole lemons or limes or a combo.

Both would give you the tanginess that this soup is well known for. There is no exact amount on how sour it should be – use your taste buds. I personally love it super sour but hubby doesn’t so I try to find a middle ground.

Of course, serve this with some soy sauce mixed in with some finely chopped red chili for that extra savory-spicy kick!!! Serve with loads of rice, too!

This has now become a classic favorite in my household! Use your corned beef and turn it into this delicious and hearty soup loaded with vegetables with a tangy mouth-puckering flavor that would leave your tastebuds asking for more! Made even easier in the Instant Pot - this Sinigang na Corned Beef (Corned Beef Sour Soup) would become your favorite, too!
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Instant Pot Sinigang na Corned Beef (Corned Beef Sour Soup)

This has now become a classic favorite in my household. Use your corned beef and turn it into this delicious and hearty soup loaded with vegetables with a tangy mouth-puckering flavor that would leave your tastebuds asking for more! Made even easier in the Instant Pot – this Sinigang na Corned Beef (Corned Beef Sour Soup) produces a melt-in-your-mouth tender beef that is oh-so-good! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Filipino
Keyword Corned Beef, Corned Beef Sinigang, Filipino Food, Sinigang, Sour Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 46 kcal
Author Manila Spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, peeled and quartered
  • 3 pounds Corned Beef Brisket, cut into large (1.5-2-inch) chunks
  • 8 cups water or beef broth
  • 1 White or Daikon Radish, sliced
  • 3 Plum Tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 Japanese Eggplant, sliced (optional)
  • 8 Okra (optional)
  • 1 packet Knorr or Mama Cita's Tamarind (Sinigang) soup mix or juices of 2-3 whole lemons or limes or a combo, (adjust the amount of tamarind mix or lemon juice to how sour/tart you want your soup to taste)
  • 1 bunch Bok Choy
  • 3 green chilis, mild variety (like Banana Pepper)
  • Salt or Fish Sauce, to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse the corned beef thoroughly (a few times even) under cool water to remove any excess salt from the brine. This is important so you don’t end up with a very salty corned beef! 

  2. Place the chopped onion and beef chunks into the instant pot. If you prefer the more traditional Filipino sinigang (sour) soup flavor, leave out the spice seasoning packet that usually goes with the corned beef pack. Pour in the water or beef broth.  Cover the instant pot and secure the lid (make sure it's on sealing position). Select Manual and cook on high for 35 minutes. Alternatively, you can also use the stew meat setting in the instant pot. Once done, allow natural release. for 15-20 minutes. Carefully remove the lid.

  3. Choose the sauté function this time. Add the radish, tomatoes plus the sliced eggplant and okra (if using), entire content of tamarind soup mix or the citrus juice (if using instead). Stir and cook just until the vegetables are done. Add the bok choy and green chilis and continue to cook just until the bok choy has wilted. Season with fish sauce (begin with 2 tablespoon of the fish sauce and add more as needed according to your taste preference). Add more lemon juice or lime, (if using citrus), or some more of the powdered tamarind soup mix until you reach the level of sourness you like. This is adjustable to one's flavor preference. Ladle into bowls and enjoy with rice!

  4. Serve this alongside a condiment of soy sauce mixed with some finely chopped spicy red chilis. Add a few drops of the soy sauce as you eat the soup with rice. So good!

Recipe Notes

TIPS & TRICKS

If you’re using the tamarind soup mix, buy about 2 packs. Use up all the content of one pack first. If it’s not enough flavor to your taste, simply add more of the other seasoning pack. The same goes with the citrus fruits.

Everyone’s taste preference is different so simply adjust flavor to your liking and you can’t go wrong. 

 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Sinigang na Corned Beef (Corned Beef Sour Soup)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 46 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.3g2%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
Sodium 816mg35%
Potassium 462mg13%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 3982IU80%
Vitamin C 46mg56%
Calcium 115mg12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 Comments

  1. Michelle
    February 25, 2021 / 12:06 pm

    5 stars
    I just got an instant pot and this is going to be the first recipe I’ll try. My husband saw it and begged me to make it for him!

  2. Irina
    February 25, 2021 / 12:20 pm

    5 stars
    This soup is amazingly delicious. I made it for our lunch today. Trust me; it is worth making!!!

  3. Beth
    February 25, 2021 / 12:28 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so tasty and yummy! I can’t wait to make this instant pot sinigang corned beef! My family is going to love this!

  4. Katie Beck
    February 25, 2021 / 12:52 pm

    5 stars
    So I never knew what to do with leftover corned beef other than sandwiches, until I came across this recipe. The sour note is EVERYTHING! Great recipe!

  5. Biana
    February 25, 2021 / 1:05 pm

    5 stars
    I am always looking for new ways to eat corned beef, and this instant pot recipe looks amazing!

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