Instant Pot Braised Short Ribs Recipe

  • Yield: 4
  • Servings: 4
  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 60m
  • Ready In: 1:10 h

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

  • Carbohydrates

    7.7 g
  • Cholesterol

    54.4 mg
  • Fat

    18.6 g
  • Fiber

    0.8 g
  • Protein

    22.0 g
  • Saturated Fat

    6.5 g
  • Serving Size

  • Sodium

    255.6 mg
  • Sugar

    2.5 g
  • Trans Fat

    9.0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat

    1.0 g
  • Potassium

    557.1 mg
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Instant pot braised short ribs recipe. Looking for an easy, one-pot meal? These braised short ribs are perfect for the fall season. In the past, I’ve used this recipe for lamb chops too. That’s right, it works with any kind of red meat! It works great with short ribs and beef is especially perfect!

The flavors in my recipe are simple but satisfying, and these instant pot ribs are made even better with a little secret ingredient. I guarantee that these ribs will be the best you’ve ever had.

So what’s my secret ingredient?

Bourbon whiskey is a type of alcohol that is made with corn. You might also like scotch if you prefer it, but bourbon is my favorite. I think the flavor could be slightly milder, but it really brings depth to flavor to these instant pot short ribs

Can I skip the alcohol?

The alcohol in this recipe serves to deglaze and that leads to a lot of it evaporating.

However, you can cook it longer before adding the other liquids to get it completely alcohol-free. You can also add less bourbon for a similar taste.

Why do you need a pressure cooker to make the ribs?

A pressure cooker is a pot that cooks food under high pressure. It is a must-have for cooking ribs as it helps to tenderize the meat. The ribs are cooked in a sauce made of tomato paste, brown sugar, molasses, and other spices. The pressure cooker helps to cook the ribs quickly and evenly.

What are the health benefits of short ribs?

Short ribs are a type of meat cut from the rib section of beef or veal. They are used in several cuisines around the world, but they are especially popular in Asian countries.

The health benefits of short ribs include being a good source of protein and iron, which helps to keep your blood healthy. Short ribs also contain zinc, which helps to maintain your immune system and can help with anemia.

Instant Pot Braised Short Ribs Recipe

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  • 8 short ribs
  • dash of salt
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) Bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 cup (250 ml) beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


Step 1

Rinse the ribs under the cold water, then pat them dry with paper towels. Set aside.

Step 2

Heat the olive oil in an electric instant pot turned to saute mode. Working in batches, sear the ribs on all sides for 2-3 minutes per side. Remove sired ribs from the cooker and transfer them to a serving plate. Repeat with the remaining ribs.

Step 3

Remove 1 tablespoon of olive from the instant pot. Place sliced onion in the pot. pour in the Bourbon. Deglaze the cooker by scraping any boned bits from the bottom of the instant pot. Stir in paprika, cayenne pepper, sugar, and vinegar.

Step 4

Add seared ribs to the pressure cooker, then add in garlic, thyme sprigs, and salt. Pout in the beef stock. Mix well.

Step 5

Close the pot and lock the lid. Set the machine to cook at high pressure. Set the timer to cook for 45 minutes.

Step 6

Using the Natural Release method, bring pressure to normal. Carefully unlock and open the lid. Using tongs, remove cooked short ribs from the cooker and transfer them to a serving plate.

Step 7

Switch the instant pot to saute mode. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water. Add the mixture to the broth liquid in the instant pot. Mix well and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the liquid has thickened. Season the liquid with salt and balsamic vinegar.

Step 8

Transfer the ribs back to instant pot and switch off saute function. mix well. Serve hot with mashed potatoes.

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