Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs

If ever there was a dish that was tailor-made for an Instant Pot, it’s Beef Short Ribs.   This Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs recipe makes fall-off-the-bone ribs in only about an hour and a half, from start to finish.   And taste?  Simply amazing.  

Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs recipe

Short ribs typically take hours in the oven or in your slow cooker. But with the Instant Pot, they pressure cook for only 40 minutes. After braising in a red wine tomato sauce, they are so tender, the meat practically falls off the bone. Insanely tender and just so delicious.

Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs recipe

When you’re ready to impress, look no further than this Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs recipe and they cook so fast, you can easily have this dream of carnivores dish on the table on a busy weeknight. Whip up a batch of mashed potatoes served right alongside the prepared carrots, and you’ve got a dish you and your loved ones won’t soon forget. (Note: The cooked carrots are delicious, but you may want to prepare more for the table).

Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs recipe

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Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs
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These Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and exploding with flavor. They take about an hour and a half from start to finish. The meat is so tender, in fact, removing them from the Instant Pot to a platter takes a steady hand and a metal spatula, or two. But wait until you take that first bite! Incredible. Goes beautifully with homemade mashed potatoes!
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 - 6
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 lbs bone-in beef short ribs (about 6 - 8 ribs, 2 inches in length each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional, if necessary
  • 2 medium-sized carrots, peeled and cut into ¼-inch rounds
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste,
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  1. Liberally salt the ribs on all sides.
  2. Turn the Instant Pot to Saute on High.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and then add the ribs in a single layer without overlapping (you'll probably need to do this in a couple batches).
  4. Sear the ribs for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  5. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  6. If pot is dry, add a little more oil.
  7. Add the carrots, onion, and garlic.
  8. Add ½ teaspoon salt and stir until vegetables soften, about 3 minutes.
  9. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes.
  10. Add the wine and stir, scraping the bottom to set loose any caramelized bits.
  11. Bring the liquid to a boil and cook until reduced by about a third, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  12. Add the stock, thyme, and bay leaf. Then nestle the ribs into liquid. They won't be completely submerged.
  13. Lock the lid into place, turn the valve to Sealing. Press Cancel and then press "Meat" or "Meat/Stew" and set on High. and set the timer to 40 minutes.
  14. After cooking, naturally release for 20 minutes, then quick release for any remaining pressure.
  15. Unlock and remove the lid.
  16. Carefully transfer the ribs to a platter. They will be very tender, so be gentle!
  17. Tent the ribs loosely with foil while you finish the sauce.
  18. Strain the sauce into a large pot through a coarse strainer and then pour into a fat separator (or use a spoon to remove the fat from the surface of the sauce).
  19. Place the cooked vegetables on a serving dish and tent with foil.
  20. Pour the sauce back into the pot
  21. Select Saute and adjust the heat to Normal.
  22. Add the brown sugar and then bring the sauce to a simmer, stirring frequently until the sauce is the consistency of gravy, about 10 minutes.
  23. Taste and add more salt, if necessary.
  24. Pour some sauce over the cooked ribs and pass the rest at the table.
  25. Serves with vegetables. Enjoy!



  • I am a very good cook quite new to the Instant Pot. I am a newbie in the experimenting stage. This short rib recipe was excellent and your directions were very clear. It’s a keeper. Thanks for adding to my Instant Pot repertoire

  • Made this tonight. Delicious! Do you take out the vegetables at the same time as the ribs, or strain them with the sauce?

    • Hey there!! Thanks so much for letting us know! We love these ribs, too!! So glad you liked them. Sorry I didn’t clarify this in the recipe, I usually place the cooked veggies in a bowl after straining and then tent with foil to keep them warm, and then serve with the ribs and gravy. I’ve updated the recipe to reflect this. Thanks again for letting us know. Stay in touch!! Best, Kris & Wesley

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