Pho for Cancer – Pressure Cooker Bone Broth

Pho for Cancer - Pressure Cooker Bone Broth - Raj's sister makes this Pho Flavored Pressure Cooker Bone Broth for her family to drink to strengthen their immune system. Please support her cancer fundraising.

Devi, my sister, makes this Pho for Cancer: Pressure Cooker Bone Broth for her family to drink to strengthen their immune system.  Please support her cancer fundraising.

Pho for Cancer

Devi has had a huge impact on my food philosophy and inspires me constantly, both in the kitchen and out.  This is the second year that she has been involved in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 250 km (155 miles) ride over two days to raise money for cancer research and care.

Last year's ride had some intense weather (check out the wind in this video):

I encourage you to take a look at her The Ride to Conquer Cancer profile page and we'd love it if you would also support her via donations to the Ride.  We've all been affected by cancer in one way or another.  And please share via social media (links above and below)!


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Devi makes bone broth for her family to drink on a regular basis.  She loves the flavor of the Pho bone broth, and often adds ingredients to make a normal Pho soup.

Pho for Cancer - Pressure Cooker Bone Broth - Raj's sister makes this Pho Flavored Pressure Cooker Bone Broth for her family to drink to strengthen their immune system. Please support her cancer fundraising.

Pho-Flavored Pressure Cooker Bone Broth

  • Author: Devi -
  • Cook Time: 100 min
  • Total Time: 100 min
  • Yield: 4-5 L
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese


Enjoy as pho with noodles and meat and all the fresh lime and basil and peppers and hot sauce and yumminess you can find, OR just drink it as broth. My 5-year-old loves a warm cup in the morning with his breakfast. 🙂


  • 1-2 yellow/sweet onions
  • 1 piece ginger
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1-2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 – 1 1/2 lbs bones – You can use beef, ox tail, or turkey necks, or a combination. Combination is great, and ox tail is my favorite for flavor, but just use whatever you have in your freezer. I use whatever I can fit in the IP. 1-1.5 lbs is probably good.

Spices – I don't usually measure …so I'm guessing the amounts.

  • maybe 5 stars, or 1 tsp star anise
  • about 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp black peppercorn – just use a tsp for everything…
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds


  1. Chop 1 or 2 onions in half.
  2. Chop 1 piece of ginger in half lengthwise, so that the good stuff is showing.
  3. Broil in oven onions and ginger until charred – maybe 10 min or so. Have your fan on so everytime you check your smoke detector doesn't go off.
  4. While all this is going on, get out your spices. In a non-stick pan, combine all that on low heat until they are fragrant – 3-4 min. Always stir – burnt spices will wreck everything.
  5. Turn Instant Pot onto SAUTE and wait for it to heat up. Add some coconut oil and brown your bones. You will brown these bones on all sides [turn as needed].
  6. As you are doing this, boil water in kettle – this makes the process faster.
  7. Once your bones are browned, turn IP off. Add boiled water, onions and ginger, spices and fish sauce, and salt to taste – probably 1-2 Tbsp.
  8. Fill remainder of Instant Pot with boiled water to max line (or cold water, it'll just take longer).
  9. [Turn InstantPot to] manual setting for 75 min and use a slow pressure release.
  10. Strain and put into jars. I like to freeze mine and thaw them as needed.
I was pretty entertained by Devi's wording on the Pho for Cancer – Pressure Cooker Bone Broth recipe.
Pho for Cancer - Pressure Cooker Bone Broth - Raj's sister makes this Pho Flavored Pressure Cooker Bone Broth for her family to drink to strengthen their immune system. Please support her cancer fundraising.

About the Author:

I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!


  1. Raj's and Devi's Mom August 11, 2016 at 5:38 am - Reply

    Great write up. Love the pictures and the video. I hope the weather is better for this year’s ride. My mother always used an ox-tail broth base for her soups simply because she didn’t want to waste anything. She probably had no idea how nutritious that broth was. And little did she know her grandchildren would be making this for themselves and her great grandsons!

  2. Aimee August 14, 2016 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Good luck on your ride Devi, and thanks for sharing you recipie. Looks tasty, I don’t have oxtail, hopefully a shank will substitute nicely.

  3. Nina from Happy Singles' Club August 16, 2016 at 12:31 am - Reply

    The broth looks delicious. I don’t eat meat anymore, but I still remember the soothing taste of chicken or beef broth.

    • Raj August 16, 2016 at 1:27 am

      Oh, I’m sure you could do the same thing making vegetable broth with the same spices…

  4. Annissa Slusher August 16, 2016 at 3:35 am - Reply

    Great write-up and recipe! I love making stocks and broth. It makes the house smell so good. Adding spices like cinnamon to broth is new to me. I’ll have to try. It looks delicious!

    • Raj August 17, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Thanks Annissa!

  5. Taylor Stinson August 16, 2016 at 6:00 am - Reply

    I have been meaning to find a tasty, authentic pho soup recipe for the upcoming fall months! This is perfect! And what a wonderful thing your sister is doing – nothing better than getting a little physical activity in while helping others!!

    • Raj August 17, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Thanks Taylor,
      Yeah, she’s the bomb!

  6. Justin Imel August 16, 2016 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing. I’ll certainly give the broth a try.

    • Raj August 17, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Let us know how it goes Justin

  7. The recipe sounds great .I will be giving this bone broth a try.Thanks for sharing.I believe a healthy lifestyle and boosting immunity can go a long way in living healthy.It’s great that you spread cancer awareness.

    • Raj August 18, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Doc! Hope you enjoy it

  8. Aimee May 24, 2017 at 3:44 am - Reply

    This looks like just the thing to sooth my upset stomach. Need to get some of those spices, can’t wait to get this in my belly.

    • Raj May 24, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Hope you’re feeling better Aimee!

  9. Aimee May 26, 2017 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Making the soup now, and still a novice with the IP. That is 75 mins with high pressure? There is also a low pressure button, but you just said slow release, so not low pressure for cooking correct?

    • Raj May 26, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Manual high pressure then natural pressure release (don’t flick the release valve).

      How are you feeling? How was your bday? How’s the challenge treating you?

  10. Aimee May 26, 2017 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Awesome thanks! It has 45 mins left to go My bday was good, we went into Canada on Saturday to go to Niagara on the Lake, but it has a bit brisk, but all of the lilacs and and flowering trees were just gorgeous! Challenge is ok, I had not given it 100% yet, due to not feel so great this week, but am just about recovered and ready to be a bit more disciplined. How about you, are you finding it difficult? What nutrition plan are you following?

    • Raj May 26, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Oh that sounds like a pretty trip.
      Challenge has been great! Definitely more aware of my habits. The performance or whatever the most difficult nutrition one. Essentially strict paleo without syrup, honey, coconut sugar, potatoes, and sugar/nitrate-containing bacon.

    • Aimee May 26, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Good, me too. Well I better save up some of my comments on the challenge for the WLC website, we need to reply to at least 3 teammates every day all next week. See you there

  11. Aimee May 27, 2017 at 4:33 am - Reply

    Hello there! I am writing this as I am sipping on my Cup o’ Pho instead of my usual Cup o’ Joe, and WOW! Pho – where have you been all my life? Devi is a freak’n genius, this is the most delicious broth EVER! Thank you, this will be so easy to kick Joe to the curb now

    • Raj May 27, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Aimee you’re the best! Glad you’re feeling better. I’ll let Devi know.

    • Devi May 27, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Aimee!! So glad you’re liking it!!! I feel like I should go make some right now…… 😉 I’d love to be sipping some pho tonight!

  12. Traycie Sims October 23, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Im very new to IP and since I’m Vietnamese I had to try this recipe in it……
    One word…Yumminess!!

    I poured it over my blanched julienne daikon since I try my best to stay away from white carbs. oh my oh my it was rich in flavor.

    • Raj October 23, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks Traycie!

      That’s a great testimonial right there!

      I’ve been making lots of bone broth the last fee weeks now that the weather is cooling off.

  13. Laura January 4, 2018 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Sounds so good, I’m going to make it this weekend! Do you think the cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, and clove flavors will become too strong and overpowering in 2-3 rounds of 75 minutes in the pressure cooker (what I typically do for bone broth)?

    • Raj January 4, 2018 at 11:11 pm

      Hey Laura, how do you mean 2-3 rounds? Why not just do 2.5-3.5 hours? Is that what you’re saying you do? Or do you do 3 separate batches using the same bones?

    • Laura January 5, 2018 at 9:55 am

      Yes, that’s what I mean! 3.5 hours. Will the spices be overpowering?

    • Raj January 5, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Hi Laura,

      You’re guess is as good as mine. My guess is… that it will be ok.

      I’m curious why you’re doing it as 3 rounds.

      Anyway, please let us know what you end up doing and what the outcome is!

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