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Rustic Instant Pot Short Ribs

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4 -6
5 from 1 vote

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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

By: Amber Goulden
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Servings: 4 -6

Ingredients  

  • 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

Instructions

  • Set Instant Pot to 'saute' mode and add ghee.
  • 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.
  • Once the short ribs are browned, remove them from the pan and add the garlic, and saute until fragrant.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve!

Recipe Notes

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

    Abby —  11/05/2017 At 10:47

    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*.

    • Cassy says

      Cassy —  11/10/2017 At 10:49

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

  2. Jessie says

    Jessie —  12/31/2017 At 13:25

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

    • Cassy says

      Cassy —  01/04/2018 At 11:58

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

  3. Marlena says

    Marlena —  01/14/2018 At 18:11

    What could I substitute for the red wine?

    • Cassy says

      Cassy —  01/17/2018 At 12:16

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

  4. Wayne Anstey says

    Wayne Anstey —  01/21/2018 At 16:35

    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

    Valerie Lande —  03/12/2018 At 14:39

    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?
    Thanks!

  6. Melanie Rocha says

    Melanie Rocha —  04/16/2018 At 10:21

    What is your estimated calorie count on this item?

  7. Jenna says

    Jenna —  07/11/2018 At 12:39

    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

    Peta —  09/21/2018 At 19:32

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

  9. Heidi says

    Heidi —  09/23/2018 At 14:26

    What would the directions be for a regular crockpot?

  10. Nicole Waldrop says

    Nicole Waldrop —  12/09/2018 At 16:40

    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

    Katie —  02/11/2020 At 11:16

    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

    Michelle Coletta —  09/27/2021 At 03:02

    5 stars
    Another fabulous recipe…thank you!

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  09/27/2021 At 07:55

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

  13. Cameron says

    Cameron —  08/15/2022 At 17:16

    Is there a recommended red wine for this recipe?

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  08/16/2022 At 09:29

      Hi Cameron! Any dry, red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Zinfandels, Merlots, Pinot Noir, etc.) will work great! -Team FF

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