The Ultimate Instant Pot Short Ribs [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
4.88 from 8 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Instant Pot Short Ribs are juicy and fall of the bone, cooked in the most amazing garlic and wine sauce, and ready to eat in just 2 hours! Check out the short recipe video tutorial attached below. 

Instant Pot recipes are a staple around here. We love making Ribs in the pressure cooker and serve with side dishes such as Corn Casserole, Mac and Cheese Casserole, or Corn on the Cob.

The Ultimate Instant Pot Short Ribs

Instant Pot Short Ribs are so incredibly tender, juicy, and flavorful that this may become one of your favorite meals! I love short ribs, in fact, I am a huge fan, but we all know how time-consuming it is to make them, as it takes hours and hours to cook. Well, with a pressure cooker this problem is solved! 

These delicious homemade ribs are ready in 2 hours, with only 30-minute active work. Now when you crave some fall-off-the-bone ribs, cooked in the most divine wine sauce! This Best Pressure Cooker Short Ribs recipe was perfected over many years, and I’ve also used this same recipe for lamb chops as well.

In addition, it works perfectly for any kind of red meat, so feel free to use it. Give them a try and you will see why they are pretty much the BEST short ribs in the world! 

What is an Instant Pot?

It is a Canadian brand name with its primary products being electronic kitchen appliances. The name is mostly associated with pressure cookers. It is used for cooking and preparing food “under the pressure cooking method”. Basically, you end up cooking a particular food much faster as opposed to the regular stovetop method. 

One of the most popular models, and which we mainly used is this one – Instant Pot.

Why cook ribs in the Instant Pot?

  • First, the cooking time is reduced by a lot in comparison to smoking, grilling or roasting them.
  • In addition, the results are falling off the bone tender ribs, that everyone can enjoy in just a little over an hour.
  • Lastly, it requires minimal prep work for a great dinner!

How to make the best Instant Pot Short Ribs?

To get the best results, follow the below steps:

  1. Soak the beef short ribs in wine: This is optional, but if you have some extra time, we highly recommend marinating them in wine for at least 30 minutes, or up to 8 hours, or even overnight. This will allow the meat to absorb the moisture and give it a nice and rich flavor. 
  2. Season the meat: Whether you marinate them or not, ensure to pat dry each piece with a pepper towel prior to seasoning. Then, season them with some salt and pepper, or with your desired spices. 
  3. Sear the ribs: We highly recommend following this step. Using the “Sautee Function of the pressure cooker” sear them on each side for a couple of minutes. This process will caramelize the top part, and lock in the flavors, resulting in some of the best and moist ribs you have ever tasted!
  4. Prepare the sauce: Combine the sauce ingredient in a bowl as described in the recipe card, and mix them together. Then, use the mixture to cover the ribs when cooking in the IP. 
  5. Cook the beef: Lastly, using the pressure cooker, cook the meat to perfection. Follow the timing from the recipe card below, and you will end up with the best, and most tender ribs you can have!

Slow Cooker Ribs:

If you want fall-apart tender and flavorful ribs, then you can also make them in the slow cooker. Check out my Slow Cooker ribs recipe here


This recipe is great because it is super easy to make and very versatile. Once you learn how to cook the ribs in the IP, you can easily modify and adjust the flavors for various occasions. For example, feel free to experiment with your favorite seasoning. Some great flavors can be added by using Teriyaki sauceBBQ sauce, or Szechuan sauce

In addition, if you like Korean style short ribs, substitute the marinade with the mixture of soy sauce, 2 tsp brown sugar, 2 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp red wine, 1 tbsp minced garlic, and 1 tsp sesame oil. It is a fun recipe to experiment and adjust the flavors based on your needs and licking without much effort!

Can you use a Slow Cooker for Ribs?

YES. It’s a perfect way to have the most tender and tasty ribs on your plate. By cooking the ribs in the slow cooker for 8-9 hours, you are guaranteed to have them cooked to perfection, and having the meat juicy and breaking down the bone.

Also, you can check out the detailed recipe of how to cook short ribs in the slow cooker

What to Serve with Instant Pot Short Ribs with?

Here are some delicious suggestions that will go well with this dish:

HOW TO STORE Instant Pot Short Ribs?

  • Leftovers: If you end up with leftovers, feel free to use the meat in tacos, salad, enchiladas, sandwiches, or even burrito.
  • Store: The best way to store them is in an airtight container. Simply, transfer the ribs to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
  • Freeze: Use a freezer-proof container and free for up to 6 months.

Recipe Tips:

  • Make sure you brown/sear the short ribs, don’t skip this step in an attempt to save time. It will make a huge difference in taste!
  • Also, sear them in batches, you should have one layer of ribs in the pot at a time. I like to sear them on all the sides after that remove them to a plate and cover them with foil to keep them warm.
  • You can also make this recipe with beer instead of red wine. Another secret ingredient you can use is bourbon whiskey! It works perfectly in this recipe, and it will give a deep flavor to the meat.
  • In addition, if you would rather skip the alcohol, you can use unsweetened apple juice or even cranberry juice! To avoid to have overly sweet ribs, you can use half juice and half beef broth!
  • Similarly, I love adding molasses and balsamic vinegar to the sauce. It makes it thicker and sweeter, which goes hand in hand with the succulent ribs.
  • The carrots are optional, you can skip them if you prefer.
  • You can add more or less garlic, based on your own preference. I also like to crush the garlic, not mince it in this recipe. But feel free to mince it, if you have a texture preference.

Tools/Ingredients I used to make this Recipe:

  • Instant Pot – I use it all the time, I have the 6 quarts one.
  • Cornstarch – I prefer using cornstarch instead of flour to thicken sauces, and this organic brand is my favorite.

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4.88 from 8 reviews

Instant Pot Short Ribs

Instant Pot Short Ribs are juicy and fall of the bone, cooked in the most amazing garlic and wine sauce, and ready to eat in just 2 hours!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 5 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes Total time: 2 hrs





Nutrition information

0 Calories: 257 Carbohydrates: 22 Protein: 2 Fat: 5 Saturated Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 878 Potassium: 512 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 11 Vitamin A: 4075 Vitamin C: 5 Calcium: 63 Iron: 2.1


If after the cooking time, the ribs are not as tender as you want, pressure cooker ribs longer until the meat is fall off the bone tender.

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Hi! I love your site and all the recipes! Just getting ready to make this one for tonight’s dinner. Question: if I only have 1 short rib (about 1 lbs), does the 40min pressure cook time need to be adjusted? Thanks! 


Hi Angie, sorry for the delayed response, its better to message my facebook page if you are looking for me to reply asap. Technically you don't have to change the cooking time when you change the quantity of the meat, but since its only 1 rib and it will be submerged in liquid I would fo 30 mins.


Great, thank you! No delay in response - just in time :)



The beef was very tender and juicy, however the recipe does not tell you when to add the bay leaves. Also for my own reference, I will have to cut all recipes in 1/2 since I have a mini instapot. It required me to do 2 batches to fit 3# of ribs. 1st time user. 


Bruce T

I made this last night for my premier use of my new Instant Pot. My girlfriend told me over and over how amazing it was. Thanks for the recipe. I've bookmarked this page so I can try others!


Thank you for the feedback :)



This was delicious! I did need to reset the instant pot for an additional 15 minutes (made 4 ribs for two of us). Sauteed the onion with the garlic for added flavor plus thickened the sauce with cornstarch. Served with twice baked potatoes and an avocado tomato salad.



Delicious! I did need to reset the IP for an additional 15 minutes as the ribs weren't quite tender enough. Sauteed the onion with the garlic, and ended up thickening the sauce with cornstarch. Served with twice baked potatoes and an avocado/tomato salad.


Stephanie L Roethke

I was wondering if the cooking time is the same for 3 short ribs. I have done some baby back ribs before using someone elses recipe in the instant pot and used the same time as they did with less racks and it was really dry and not falling off the bone. I just dont want to mess it up, so was wondering your thoughts! Thanks in advanced!


Same cooking time.



Saute! Thanks for the answer, was wondering same! Smells delish, so far.



Can I add halved new potatoes to the sauce and meat while cooking? if so do I change the time?


Yes, you can, but keep in mind, the potatoes will be very soft. Cooking time doesn't change.


Raymond Leiter

It says "Watch recipe video:". I see no evidence of a video for this recipe. This mistake in constructing the web page is far more prevalent than should be.


The video is attached in the post (about halfway in the post, there is a video player attached where it is played). thanks


Julie Zinchuk

These were outstanding! I will definitely make them again





The wine is the kicker to this recipe! Marinating the ribs overnight is key. I don’t throw out the wine marinade and I use it in the recipe when it calls for wine. Gives a really rich and flavorful taste that’s awesome!



Can you use beef back ribs instead?


yes, you could.


Vittoria Lilliana




Hi i want to try this recipe. This recipe has a lot of ingredients and I want to make it with less. Can I use water instead of wine? Can I also omit: soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, molasses and vinegar. Thanks, Marianna


Hi Marianna, you will omit essential ingredients that make them taste good :) while you can do that, the end result won't be the same.


Helen Grange

I’ve made this recipe once, and am getting ready to make it again. The combination of flavors was super flavorful and slightly different from other short rib recipes I’ve had.


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