Beef Short Ribs in the Instant Pot – A Food Lover&039s Kitchen

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These short ribs are so tender and flavorful and ready in just over an hour in the Instant Pot. They’re the perfect dinner solution for a set-it-and-forget it meal or an impressive dinner for friends.

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I love making short ribs in the slow cooker, but sometimes I really don’t have time for that. To get it right, it’s a day-long endeavor. That’s why I almost always turn to the Instant for making tender, fall-apart short ribs. If you have the time you will love this beer braised short rib recipe.

The Instant Pot is a great tool to cut down the cooking time of dishes like this one that typically take all day to make. In the slow cooker or on the stovetop, short ribs need at least 5 hours to cook. But in the Instant Pot, they’re ready in just over an hour.

These short ribs reach fall-apart tender status in a fraction of the time they take in the slow cooker. And the flavor is incredible. In fact, cooking them in the Instant Pot actually increases the flavor due to the intensified maillard reaction.

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Why Use An Instant Pot

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Beef short ribs – Beef short ribs is a specific cut that comes from the chuck portion. It is actually beef ribs that are shortened by cutting. This particular cut is known for its rich beefy flavor and marbling.
  • Cooking oil – You can use olive oil, canola oil or any cooking oil for this recipe. It is used for searing the meat.
  • Onion – Quartered. Onion adds a slightly sweet and savory flavor.
  • Carrots – Peeled and cut into sticks. Carrots are loaded with vitamins and also add flavor and heartiness.
  • Garlic – Freshly cut or smashed cloves are best, but chopped garlic from the store will also work.
  • Beef broth – Beef broth makes this soup rich and gives it a meaty flavor. However, If you want a vegan version, add vegetable stock.
  • Red wine or bourbon – Red wine adds a richness to the sauce. You can substitute more broth if you want.
  • Thyme – Adding fresh thyme sprigs adds aroma.
  • Spices for the rub – Paprika, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, dried thyme and garlic powder.

How to Make Instant Pot Short Ribs

Short ribs are often sold in pieces that are about 3-4 inches long. When you’re shopping for beef short ribs, those are the perfect size for cooking in the Instant Pot. Sometimes they come in much longer pieces, which won’t fit in the pot, so be mindful of that.

Step One

Rinse and pat dry the ribs. Then you’re ready for the dry rub.

rinsed and dried short ribs

Step Two

Mix together the dry rub.

dry rub

Use all of the rub to coat the ribs. You can proceed immediately, or leave them to marinate in the rub for 15-20 minutes.

dry rubbed ribs

Step Three

Turn on the saute mode on the Instant Pot. Add some cooking oil to the pot and let it get hot.

As soon as the oil is shimmering, add the ribs, meat side down and sear for about 3 minutes on each side. You want to get a nice dark sear on the meat, as this adds flavor and rich color.

As soon as you’ve seared each side, turn off saute mode. Remove the ribs to a plate.

Step Four

Deglaze the pan by adding the beef stock and red wine. Whisk the brown bits off the bottom of the pot.

Return the meat to the pot. Top with the carrots, onion, garlic and thyme.

short ribs in the instant pot

Step Five

Close the lid and set the vent to sealing. Set to pressure cook on high for 50 minutes.

When done, allow for a natural pressure release, which takes about 10-15 minutes. Then you can open the pot and serve it up.

cooked short ribs

The bones can be removed from the meat. As you’re doing that, you’ll notice there is a spongy membrane between the bone and meat. I like to remove that as well. If you don’t mind that texture, you can leave it on.

I like to serve the meat over a bed of mashed potatoes, with the carrots and onions on the side. It’s such a delicious plate of food!

Tips and Notes

  • You can use either red wine or bourbon in this recipe. Both are very good. If you don’t wish to use either, just add a bit more beef broth to the pot.
  • If you wish to serve the gravy with the meat, strain it through a sieve and skim off the fat. It can be thickened in the pot, if desired.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Cook Instant Pot Short Ribs From Frozen?

You can make these short ribs in the Instant Pot, even if your short ribs are frozen. Just note that they won’t develop as much flavor this way, because you will have to skip the browning step.

Browning the short ribs before cooking them adds a tremendous amount of flavor, so I really don’t recommend skipping this step, but if you’re really strapped for time and don’t have time to defrost the ribs beforehand, don’t let that stop you.

You’ll need to add an additional 10 minutes to the cook time when using frozen meat.

Can I Skip Natural Pressure Release?

It can be a bit frustrating to have to wait the entire 30 minutes it takes to naturally release the pressure from the Instant Pot. However, when cooking meat that you want to be tender, it’s better to allow the pressure to naturally release.

This is because the meat needs a resting period to relax and rest. If you’re really strapped for time, you can cut down the pressure release time and it won’t negatively affect the outcome. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then you can quick release the rest of the pressure.

What Should I Serve Short Ribs With?

The ribs can be served with mashed potatoes or cauliflower, rice, or pasta. The carrots cook along with it in the pot and those make a great veggie side. Serve with this classic wedge salad or potato leek soup.

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