Rustic Instant Pot Short Ribs

By: Cassy Joy Garcia

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These Rustic Instant Pot Short Ribs are an easy, delicious dinner alternative that will surely impress everyone at your kitchen table!

Instant Pot Rustic Short RIbs

This was the first dish I made for the Fall season because I couldn't think of any better way to ring it in than with a hearty serving of rustic instant pot short ribs. Short ribs are one of those proteins that I will ALWAYS order off a menu or admire when a friend makes them for dinner. For some reason, they've always intimidated me. The process of getting that perfectly flaky meat with the perfect robust seasoning/sauce seemed …like magic. THEN, when I was dreaming up our first Fed & Fit recipe for the month of October, I decided that it's high-time I pull on my big girl pants and learn how to short-rib.

Boy Howdy was I surprised by how easy these were to pull together! I opted for a “rustic” flavor profile (vs. Asian, a close runner up) because I just needed something with rosemary and balsamic vinegar.

They come together so easily, especially if you own an Instant Pot. If you DON'T own an Instant Pot and you have no idea what that is, allow me to introduce you …to the most revolutionary kitchen gadget since the single-serving blender (aka. the Nutra Bullet). The Instant Pot is a branded multi-cooker, but it's not just ANY multi-cooker. It's the BEST multi-cooker I've ever gotten my hands on. With the touch of a few buttons, you can sear, pressure cook, slow cook, and keep warm. As much as I love my stove-friendly slow-cooker, the Instant Pot allows me to make certain dishes (ahem, short ribs) that have the perfect NOT over-cooked texture. The slow cooker is ideal (in my opinion) for meats that we want to shred: chicken taco meat, barbacoa, pulled pork, corned beef, etc. The Instant Pot, however, still saves us time/energy, allows us to build big flavor, but does so in a way that we can fine-tune our desired end texture.

Instant Pot Rustic Short Ribs

Instant Pot Rustic Short Ribs

To make these Instant Pot Short Ribs, we start off by browning the ribs in a little fat via the “sear” button on the Instant Pot. Once the meat is nicely browned, we add in the sauce ingredients (red wine, vinegar, other yummy things), secure the lid, and let the pot do its magic. While the pressure cooker cooks, I recommend whipping up some mashed potatoes to serve these ribs on top of! I have a recipe for “old fashioned mashed potatoes” in my Fed & Fit Book, if you're looking for a slam-dunk (page. 289).

Once they're done, scoop out your prized short ribs and BEHOLD your awesome food transformation powers. Place a few of those tasty morsels on top of a scoop of potatoes, add an extra spoonful of that magical sauce, and enjoy.


Instant Pot Short Ribs

  • Author: Amber Goulden
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 3 pounds short ribs
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespooons or 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 sprigs sage


  1. Set Instant Pot to ‘saute' mode and add ghee.
  2. Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Once ghee is melted, add short ribs to the Instant pot to brown, 4-5 minutes per side. You will need to work in 2-3 batches to make sure you don't overcrowd the pan.
  3. Once the short ribs are browned, remove them from the pan and add the garlic, and saute until fragrant.
  4. Next, add the red wine, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Then, add the balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. Add the short ribs back to the pot along with the rosemary and sage.
  5. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set it to “manual” and adjust to 45 minutes. Let the pressure release for about 15-20 minutes, then open the pot.
  6. Serve!


Slow Cooker Version:

  1. Pat ribs dry with paper towels.
  2. Rub with salt and pepper.
  3. Lay meat-side up in slow cooker {or crockpot}.
  4. Pour the remaining ingredients over the ribs and cook on high for 7-8 hours.

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  1. Abby says:

    Would it be possible to cook in coconut oil! My wife and I keep kosher in our house so I can’t use ghee and cook for her. *tear*.

    1. Cassy says:

      You can! Coconut oil is a one-for-one substitute for any savory dish on my blog. Hope that helps!

  2. Jessie says:

    hi! Can we use boneless short ribs for this? would it reduce the cooking time?

    1. Cassy says:

      I would still cook it for the same amount of time.

  3. Marlena says:

    What could I substitute for the red wine?

    1. Cassy says:

      You could do 1/4th balsamic vinegar with 3/4’s broth

  4. Wayne Anstey says:

    Just did this recipe in IP for dinner tonight. Used boneless because the butcher did not have bone in. Cooked at the same time as recipe called for. My wife loved them; could not believe how tender and tasty they were. Definitely one that I will do again.

  5. Valerie Lande says:

    Hello! I’m making these tomorrow night and I’m new to the IP world..can I do all the steps up until step 5 in the morning, pop it in the fridge and cook it when I get home to save time?

  6. Melanie Rocha says:

    What is your estimated calorie count on this item?

  7. Jenna says:

    So I’m new to instant pot. When you say let the pressure release 15-20 mins what does that mean? Do i let it release naturally or turn that pressure to release at the top? Thanks!

  8. Peta says:

    Could you do these in a traditional pressure cooker? Would the time be the same?

  9. Heidi says:

    What would the directions be for a regular crockpot?

  10. My family LOVES these short ribs!! They are super easy and full of flavor! I make them pretty much every other Sunday and it satisfies my bodybuilder family. Thanks for this recipe!

  11. Katie says:

    Can’t wait to make these tomorrow night! If I have more than 3 pounds(closer to 6) does that affect the cooking time? Thanks!

  12. Michelle Coletta says:

    Another fabulous recipe…thank you!

    1. Brandi Schilhab says:

      Awesome! So glad to hear that, Michelle. Thank you for sharing this with us!