Recipe Beef Rendang with Instant Seasoning

Rendang is a signature Indonesian dish known for its rich flavors and aromatic spices. While traditional rendang requires a lengthy cooking process, there's a quick and convenient way to enjoy its taste without compromising on flavor. Through this recipe, you'll learn how to make instant rendang beef using readily available ingredients.


  1. 500 grams of beef (choose cuts marbled with fat for a tender result)
  2. 1 packet of instant rendang seasoning (available at grocery stores or Asian markets)
  3. 400 ml of coconut milk
  4. 3 kaffir lime leaves
  5. 2 stalks of lemongrass, bruised
  6. 4 bay leaves
  7. 3 cm of galangal, bruised
  8. 3 tablespoons of cooking oil
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Sugar to taste
  11. Water as needed


  1. Heat cooking oil in a large pan, sauté the instant rendang seasoning until fragrant.
  2. Add the beef, and stir until the beef changes color.
  3. Add kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, bay leaves, and galangal. Stir well.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk, and stir gently until combined.
  5. Add water as needed, let it come to a boil.
  6. Once boiling, reduce the heat and let the rendang simmer slowly until the sauce thickens and the beef becomes tender, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  7. Adjust the taste by adding salt and sugar as needed.
  8. Once the sauce has reduced and the beef is tender, remove the rendang from the heat.


  • Serve the rendang beef with steamed rice as the main dish.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions and sliced red chilies for presentation.
  • Rendang also pairs well with compressed rice cakes (ketupat) or rice cakes (lontong).


  1. Choose beef cuts marbled with fat for a more flavorful and tender result.
  2. If instant rendang seasoning is unavailable, you can use regular rendang seasoning or make rendang paste from scratch.
  3. Keep the heat low while cooking rendang to allow the flavors to meld and the beef to tenderize without burning.
  4. Store leftover rendang in an airtight container in the refrigerator for later consumption. Rendang often tastes even better after a day or two as the flavors continue to develop.


  1. For a twist, you can add potatoes or boiled eggs to the rendang.
  2. Rendang beef can also be served with crispy crackers (kerupuk) as a side dish.
  3. Experiment with using chicken or lamb instead of beef for different flavor profiles.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving):

  • Calories: Approximately 350-400 calories depending on the amount of coconut milk used.
  • Fat: Approximately 20-25 grams.
  • Protein: Approximately 25-30 grams.
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 15-20 grams.


Instant rendang beef offers a convenient way to enjoy the rich flavors of this Indonesian classic without spending hours in the kitchen. While traditional rendang requires patience and a long cooking time, this quick version provides a flavorful alternative for those craving rendang without the wait. Whether served for a special occasion or a weeknight dinner, instant rendang beef is sure to satisfy your cravings for Indonesian cuisine. Enjoy!


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