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Instant Pot Short Ribs

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.
Servings 4 -6
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins


  • 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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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 345kcal


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