How To Cook Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs

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With these Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs your family will be rewarded after a long winter day with delicious aromas and stunning flavors. Serve the ribs up with mashed potatoes and carrots for a comforting, filling meal.

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Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Short ribs are a cut of beef taken from the brisket, chuck, plate, or rib areas of beef cattle. They consist of a short portion of the rib bone, which is overlain by meat which varies in thickness.

Short ribs generally require long periods of cooking in order to break down the connective tissues in the meat and make the meat tender. Methods of preparation include braising, stewing, and sous-vide.


Typically, short ribs take a long time to cook, however, thanks to the power of pressure cooking, this Instant Pot recipe cooks in just over an hour.

Beef Short Ribs

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

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Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs

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How Do I Make Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs?

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Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs Recipe

Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

With these Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs your family will be rewarded after a long winter day with delicious aromas and stunning flavors.


  • 3½ - 4 lbs (1.5 - 1.8kg) beef short ribs
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, sliced into chunks
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup beef broth/stock
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup dry red wine
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme


  1. Remove the short ribs from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, but not more than 2 hours, before cooking. Season generously with salt and black pepper, to taste, and set aside.
  2. Select the “Sauté” function on the Instant Pot and add one tablespoon of olive oil once hot. Add the seasoned short ribs and sear on each side, approximately 2-3 minutes per side. (Work in batches, if necessary, adding more olive oil as required). Transfer seared ribs to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add remaining olive oil, yellow onion, and carrots to the Instant Pot. Sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables become golden brown. Add garlic and sauté for another 60 seconds.
  4. Pour in broth, balsamic vinegar, red wine, and honey. Stir to combine, gently scraping any brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon in the process. Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes before turning the unit off.
  5. Return the seared short ribs to the pot and add bay leaves and fresh herbs. Add the lid and lock it into place. Switch the vent to “Sealing” and set the “Manual” setting to 45 minutes.
  6. When cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure, if necessary.
  7. Remove lid and discard the bay leaves and woody stems from the rosemary and thyme. Carefully transfer short ribs and carrots to a serving platter and cover to keep warm. Set aside.
  8. With an immersion blender, blend the pan sauces until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired.
  9. Serve short ribs and carrots immediately over a bed of mashed potatoes or cauliflower. Drizzle with some of the sauce and serve immediately. Enjoy!

    Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs Recipe

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 16g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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