Instant Pot Short Ribs

Contributor: Sam Ellis

This is a dish that has a reputation for being intimidating to cook. Maybe it’s because of the name, or maybe because they take so long to cook. Following these steps for making short ribs in your Instant Pot will help you make short ribs that practically melt-in-your-mouth (and in so much less time).

  • Author: Sam Ellis
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 Hour, 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


  • 6 lbs. short ribs, about 8 short ribs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup beef broth or Instant Pot Beef Bone Broth
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 23 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 23 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • Finely diced chives, to top


  1. Prior to putting the short ribs in the Instant Pot, evenly season them with salt and pepper. Set Instant Pot on Sauté and add vegetable oil. Brown short ribs on all sides, a few at a time, setting aside on a plate until all have been browned.
  2. Put short ribs back in the Instant Pot. Add in beef broth, red wine, rosemary and thyme sprigs and garlic.
  3. Close lid and turn knob to sealed. Cook on high pressure for 40 minutes.
  4. When finished, use the natural release for 10 minutes and then use the quick release function to release the remaining pressure.
  5. When pressure is released, remove short ribs from the pot. Skim off fat from liquid. (We recommend using the OXO Gravy Separator.)
  6. Add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to the liquid, as well as additional salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together a slurry of cornstarch and water. Add mixture to liquid in Instant Pot. Heat on Sauté setting and bring to a simmer until you have a nice shiny glaze. This will only take a few minutes.
  8. Put short ribs back in the pot and turn them to cover in the glaze.
  9. Remove short ribs from sauce. Garnish with diced chives.