This instant pot short ribs recipe yields the most tender, juicy and flavorful meat that’s falling off the bone. The instant pot makes it possible to enjoy this traditionally slow cooked meat much faster and just as delicious.
If you are a meat lover, waiting patiently for the slow cooking process of braising short ribs in an oven or slow cooker may seem like a worthy cause (and it is, if you have the time!) but this Instant Pot recipe offers the same amazing flavors and meat falling off the bone experience, in a fraction of the time.
Today recipe is for all meat lovers. Those of us who appreciate a well flavored, juicy and tender meat, but don’t always have the time to invest in the traditional method of cooking short ribs.
Slow Cooker vs Pressure Cooker
Personally there are no particular better method. The pressure cooker simply offers a quicker method of cooking without compromising on flavor. This is what makes the Instant Pot stand out.
Based on my experience, you get amazing results from either of these options. However, what has me reaching for the Instant Pot version MORE often than the slow cooker or dutch oven, is the time constraint.
I believe this is the true for most working Moms/ Dads out there, which is why the Instant Pot is such a popular option.
how to make the best tasting beef short ribs
- Season the meat well on all sides. I use a kitchen thong to hold the meat while I sprinkle a generous layer of salt and pepper over a large piece of parchment paper or even the store packaging paper. I don’t work well if the kitchen is too messy, so little steps like this helps keep my hands and counter clean.
- Brown the short ribs on all sides (picture above). This helps lock in moisture and flavor. Use the sauté mode to do this.
- Make the base. This is where we’ll build the flavor base for the recipe. Sauté onions, garlic and a shredded carrot (for color and flavor), then add tomato paste, coconut aminos or wine (acid), flour to thicken sauce, fresh thyme and bay leaves and top it with the broth (picture above).
- Now you can add the short ribs back into the pot and also the veggies. Cancel the sauté mode and cook on high pressure for 40 minutes. The picture below shows what the ribs looks like once I open the pot. I always add fresh herbs right away to get the extra aroma and flavor.
Recipe notes, substitutions and adaptations
- it is very common to use red wine in the making of braised meats. Wine being an acidic element, it add depth in flavor. But a lot of times folks don’t have wine in hand or want to use it. For this reason I tested this recipe with another form of acid other than wine and the result was extremely tasty. What I used, you ask? COCONUT AMINOS! which is a healthier substitute for soy. This said you can use soy, I unfortunately am allergic to it so coconut aminos is my best friend 🙂
- feel free to add other types of veggies to the pot. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, squashes and Brussels are good substitutions
- the beef short ribs can be substituted for stew meat (see this Instant Pot Beef Stew) or even Oxtails (see this Instant Pot Oxtail Recipe). All these recipes are very similar the only difference is the cooking times. In fact, once you learn the steps of making mega flavorful stew-like meats or braised meats, you can confidently grab any type of tough meat and turn into a pot of deliciousness.
- You will see that in a lot of my stew meats, braised meat recipes I sauté one shredded carrot with the onion and garlic. That is because I found that the carrot adds beautiful color and great flavor to the sauce.
- the broth! this is where I go bananas!! what I mean by that is, yeah you can add some plain ‘ol beef broth but you can also add bone broth, or even better collagen bone broth! Listen, I can go on and on about the AMAZING health benefits of bone broth and collagen but I’ll just say this; these two are like an invisible shield helping keep you healthy and strong!
Once everything is ready, we serve the short ribs over the polenta, topped with our carrots and plenty of that tasty meat broth. Garnish with fresh thyme, parsley or cilantro and moooooore parmesan because WE CAN and voila!
how to make polenta
I recently published a recipe where I share my favorite way to make polenta. Most times recipes asks for water but I find it that the polenta comes out pretty bland, so this is how I have been making polenta
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Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs
- Instant pot
- 1 1/2 lb bone-in short ribs
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 carrot shredded
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos or red wine use coconut aminos for whole30
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour sub for GF flour for gluten-free + whole30
- 2 cup beef broth sub for bone broth wtih added collagen
- 2 bay leaves
- fresh thyme
- 1 lb carrots cut into large chunks
- Season meat on all sides with a generous amount of salt and pepper
- Turn pot on sauté mode and brown meat on all sides (about 3 minutes on each side = 12 minutes). Transfer short ribs to a plate
- Add in onions, garlic and shredded carrots. Saute until onions are translucent and fragrant. Stir in tomato paste. Add coconut aminos or wine and let it reduce (3 minutes). Then stir in flour until mixture thickens (1 minute). Add broth and give it a good stir.
- Transfer short ribs back to the pot. Add some fresh thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Toss in carrots and cover the pot. Cook on high pressure (HP) FOR 40 minutes when done allow for 15 minutes of natural pressure release (NPR).
- Once you open the pot garnish with fresh cilantro, parsley or thyme and cover for just a minute or two. Serve over polenta, mashed potatoes or rice
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