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Instant Pot Short Ribs Recipe

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
This Instant Pot Short Ribs recipe lets you enjoy the tender flavorful ribs without the hours of cooking time usually required. This set-it-and-forget it recipe makes it easy to cook the perfect meat. 
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3.69 from 19 votes


  • 2 lb bone-in beef short ribs — 0.778kg
  • sea salt + pepper — to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion — chopped (If you are folling keto diet replace onions ofr 1/2 of scallions)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves — minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch — or arrow flour for low-carb and whole30
  • Chopped fresh parsley — optional


  1. Set the instant pot to the sauté setting and add olive oil.
  2. Add the short ribs and brown all sides. It probably will take about 10 minutes. Then, remove the shot ribs from the Instant Pot and set aside.

  3. Add in onion and garlic. Sauté until onion is translucent. It's about 4 minutes. Don’t forget to scrap the browned bits from the bottom of the pot.

  4. Add thyme, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar. Stir everything very well. Then, season with salt and pepper.

  5. Turn off the sauté mode. Add in beef broth and bay leaves. Stir well. Transfer the short ribs back to the pot.

  6. Lock the lid and set pressure on high for 1 hour. When done, use Natural Release for 10 minutes, then release valve and remove the lid.

  7. Remove shot ribs carefully, keeping the meat on the bone.

  8. Pour about 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid into a small bowl. Add cornstarch and stir it very well. Set aside.

  9. Pour all the cooking liquid from the Instant Pot into a saucepan and heat on a high heat.

  10. Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan with the cooking liquid and whisk for about 2 minutes or until gravy thickens. Season with salt and pepper if you desire.

  11. Place short ribs on serving plate, spoon over sauce. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Other cooking methods:
1. Oven - Cook in a Dutch oven or heavy-based pan with at 300F for 3 hours or until the meat can easily be pried apart with forks.
2. Slow cooker – Cook it for 8 hours on low or 5 hours on high.
The nutrition facts don’t include mashed potato and green beans.
This recipe was slightly adapted from the blog Garden in the Kitchen.
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: instant pot shot ribs, short ribs

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1/4) — Calories: 363, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 760mg, Potassium: 85mg, Carbohydrates: 24g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Protein: 28g

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