Quick Beef Pho

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Quick Beef Pho Recipe

Quick Beef Pho

Looking for a quick and easy way to enjoy the delicious flavours of Vietnamese pho without spending hours in the kitchen? Try my recipe for Quick Beef Pho! While traditional pho involves simmering a complex master stock for hours on end, this simplified version takes just a fraction of the time while still delivering all the rich, aromatic goodness you love. Perfect for busy weeknights when you’re craving something warm, comforting, and packed with flavour. 

  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


Units Scale
  • 200g flat, wide rice noodles
  • 400g beef eye fillet
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • 2 litres of beef stock (or 3 beef stock cubes crumbled and 8 cups of water)
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and bruised
  • 1 thumb ginger, sliced roughly
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

To serve:

  • 2 handfuls of bean sprouts
  • 1/2 bunch coriander
  • 1 lime, sliced into wedges
  • Sliced chilli and spring onion to serve (optional)


  1. Cook rice noodles as per packet instructions, less 2 minutes. Rinse with cold water and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, add all broth ingredients. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered on medium heat for 20 mins.
  3. Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large pan on high heat. Sear the beef on both sides for 1-2 minutes per side to create a crust (so that the beef is seared all over but still raw in the centre). Allow to rest while broth cooks (note 1).
  5. Slice the beef thinly. Arrange the noodles and beef in individual serving bowls. Ladle with broth; the heat from the broth will cook the beef to perfection.
  6. Serve topped with bean sprouts, coriander, lime, sliced chilli and spring onion (if using).


Note 1 – You can completely bypass this step and place the beef into the serving bowls raw. The heat from the broth cooks the thinly sliced beef. Searing the beef first creates a more intense depth of flavour.

MAKE AHEAD AND LEFTOVERS – This Quick Beef Pho is best cooked and served immediately. 

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: beef, beef pho, Quick Beef Pho
  • Method: pan seer, boil
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Keywords: Quick Beef Pho, Quick Beef Pho recipe


This Quick Beef Pho is best cooked and served immediately. 

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