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Instant Pot Short Ribs

Recipe developed by Amy + Jacky

Make these Juicy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Instant Pot Short Ribs that will impress your guests! Fall-Off-the-Bone Tender Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs, soaked with deliciously sweet-savory-umami flavors. Paired with buttery mashed potatoes cooked in the same pot.
Course Dinner, Main
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot recipes, instant pot ribs, instant pot short ribs, instapot short ribs, pressure cooker recipes, pressure cooker short ribs, short ribs recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Calories 345kcal


  • 6 - 10 pieces (1116g) bone-in short ribs (1.5 - 2 inches thick)
  • 6 cloves garlic , crushed and chopped
  • 2 (300g) small onions , sliced
  • 2 (170g) medium carrots , chopped
  • 2 ribs (90g) celery , chopped
  • ½ cup (125ml) red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock or good quality beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 - 1.5 tablespoon (14-21g) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) regular soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A pinch dried thyme
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • 2.5 tablespoons (22.5g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) cold water

Mashed Potatoes (Optional):

  • 3 - 4 russet potatoes , halved
  • 100 ml whole milk
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons (14g - 28g) unsalted butter


  • Brown Short Ribs in Instant Pot: Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More. Wait until it says HOT (prevents short ribs from sticking to the pot). Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot. Season one side generously with salt and black pepper. Add in 5 pieces of short ribs, then brown each side for 4 minutes. While one side is browning, season the other side with more salt and black pepper.
    *Pro Tip: Avoid overcrowding by browning short ribs in batches.
  • Saute Onion & Garlic: Set aside the browned short ribs. Add in sliced onions, and saute until soften (~ 3 minutes). Add in chopped garlic, and saute until fragrant (~30 seconds).
  • Saute Veggies & Spices: Add in chopped carrots, celery, a pinch of dried thyme, and 2 bay leaves, then saute for 2 minutes.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour ½ cup (125ml) red wine in Instant Pot and deglaze by scrubbing the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix. Let the wine simmer for a minute to allow some of the alcohol to evaporate.
  • Pressure Cook Short Ribs: Add 1 tbsp (15ml) regular soy sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) fish sauce, 1-1.5 tbsp (14-21g) brown sugar, 2 tbsp (30ml) balsamic vinegar, and ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot. Carefully add in browned short ribs + meat juice.
    If you are making mashed potatoes: Cut 3 - 4 potatoes in half, then place them in a stainless steel bowl. Layer the bowl on top of the short ribs. 
    Then, pressure cook:
    -With Potatoes: High Pressure 42 minutes + Natural Release 15 minutes
    -No Potatoes: High Pressure 45 minutes + Natural Release 15 minutes
  • Optional - Make Mashed Potatoes: Drain & transfer the potatoes to a larger mixing bowl. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Mix in 100ml whole milk and 1 – 2 tbsp (14g -28g) unsalted butter. Season to taste with salt & pepper.
  • Thicken & Seasonings: Carefully set aside the short ribs. Mix 2.5 tbsp (22.5g) cornstarch and 3 tbsp (45ml) cold water together in a small mixing bowl. Bring the sauce to a simmer and add the cornstarch mixture one third at a time to thicken the red wine sauce until desired thickness. Taste and season with more salt, black pepper, and brown sugar if necessary (For reference: we added 3 large pinches of salt).
  • Serve Short Ribs: Carefully place the short ribs back in the sauce to keep them hot. Serve & be prepared for your guests to beg for more of this deliciously beautiful creation!


Brown Sugar: be sure to adjust the sweetness level to your taste. Use 1 tbsp (14g) brown sugar for less sweet; 1.5 tbsp (21g) brown sugar if you enjoy a sweeter sauce.
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Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 534mg | Potassium: 762mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 4800IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3.4mg

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