These easy Instant Pot Short Ribs are ready in under two hours! With beef short ribs and a simple red wine and mushroom gravy that's perfect over mashed potatoes, pasta, polenta, and more!
When you need warm and cozy comfort food in a hurry, these Instant Pot Braised short ribs are HERE. FOR. YOU.
We're making these red wine short ribs entirely in our Instant Pot (hip hooray for one pot dinners!) with just a few main ingredients:
- Beef Short Ribs (Bone-in or boneless both work! You can also substitute the short ribs for chuck roast or another braise-friendly cut of beef)
- Garlic & Onion
- Red Wine
- Tomato Paste
How to make these beef short ribs in the Instant Pot:
- Sear the short ribs. We frequently get asked if you can make short ribs without browning them first. If you really, truly don't have 10 minutes to sear your short ribs, you can skip this step in a pinch. But you will get SO much more flavor out of your short ribs if you sear them first! For best results, make sure your short ribs are very dry before you sear them (and don't skip the salt!)
- Sauté up some garlic, onion, and portobello mushrooms.
- Stir in some tomato paste and a hearty red wine (we love a merlot or cabernet sauvignon here!)
- Pressure cooking time! Cook on high pressure for 50 minutes for boneless short ribs (cook for 65 minutes if you're using bone-in short ribs). Naturally release pressure for 15 minutes.
- Remove the short ribs and whisk a cornstarch slurry into the remaining gravy to thicken it up. Then serve!
What to serve with short ribs
We served the short ribs in these photos with fluffy mashed potatoes, but they're great with just about anything! Some of our favorite sides and additions:
- Easy Crusty Artisan Bread
- Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
- Quick Homemade Gnocchi with Leftover Mashed Potatoes
These short ribs are also great with pasta (use whatever noodles you have on hand!), rice, grits, or farro!
Can I make these without an Instant Pot?
Absolutely! We love using a slow cooker here if you want to make short ribs without the oven. Use a skillet on the stovetop to follow this recipe as directed until you add the wine to the sauce, then transfer everything to the crockpot and cook for 7-8 hours on low.
If you're looking for oven braised short ribs, check out our easy oven braised short ribs!
The draw of the Instant Pot is that short ribs can be cooked quickly - so just be aware that if you use another method, this recipe will take some extra time.
One quick note if you haven't made Instant Pot Short Ribs before:
If you're used to (and love!) a low and slow Dutch Oven Braised Short Rib recipe, you may notice some small differences in this (or any) Instant Pot version. While this Instant Pot recipe is excellent if you need to save time, we don't feel like you get quite as much flavor or quite as tender of a short rib out of the Instant Pot as you do when they spend all day in the oven. The difference is slight (this recipe is still SO GOOD!) but it's there. Just an FYI for any die-hard braised short rib fans!
And take that with a grain of salt: We had a handful of taste-testers blind taste these next to an oven-braised short rib, and none of them could tell any difference. (Our team may just be biased because we love the smell and anticipation that comes with an all-day braise!)
So basically, these short ribs are delicious, and this is a perfect shortcut if you don't have time (or the inclination!) to let a pot of short ribs braise away all day. (And if you do have the time and inclination, try our oven braised short ribs next!)
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Easy Instant Pot braised short ribs with a delicious red wine mushroom sauce!
- 1 ½ pounds boneless beef short ribs (use 2 pounds if using bone-in ribs)
- Kosher salt and pepper to taste
- 2 Tablespoons canola oil
- ½ large yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 12 ounces baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 ½ cups red wine (we like a hearty merlot or cabernet sauvignon)
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 Tablespoons water
- Fresh chopped parsley (optional), for garnish
Please follow all manufacturer directions when using your Instant Pot.
- Generously salt all sides of your short ribs.
- Set Instant Pot to sauté setting and add canola oil. When pot is hot, add short ribs and sear for 3-5 minutes per side until golden brown.
- Remove short ribs from pot and set aside. They won't be fully cooked yet - that's ok!
- Add onions, garlic, and mushrooms to pot and stir to combine. Cook 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms have softened and onion is translucent.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add tomato paste and stir to combine.
- Add balsamic vinegar and red wine to pot to deglaze. Make sure to scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pan with your spoon or spatula! Bring to a simmer.
- When sauce reaches a simmer, press “cancel” on your Instant Pot to turn off the sauté setting.
- Add short ribs back to the pot, nestling them in with the onions and mushrooms.
- Lock the Instant Pot lid in place, move the valve to “sealing”, and set set the cook time for 50 minutes at high pressure. (If you’re using bone-in short ribs, cook for 65 minutes at high pressure).
- When cook time has finished, let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then do a quick release of any remaining pressure by carefully moving the valve to “venting.” Let the pot vent completely before removing the lid. (Always use caution and follow manufacturer directions when working with your Instant Pot).
- When Instant Pot has released all pressure, remove the lid.
- Remove cooked short ribs to a separate plate while you finish the sauce.
- In a small bowl or jar, combine the cornstarch and water and whisk until smooth to form a cornstarch slurry.
- Set Instant Pot to sauté. Add cornstarch slurry to sauce and stir to combine. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens to a light gravy consistency, about 2 minutes. When sauce is thickened, turn off the Instant Pot.
- Time to eat! Top short ribs with a scoop of sauce, garnish with some fresh parsley (optional), and serve immediately.
Additions and Substitutions. Use bone-in or boneless short ribs here (see recipe above for cooking instructions for each). Substitute a chuck roast or similar braise-friendly cut of beef for the short ribs if you like (you may need to adjust the cooking time). Omit the mushrooms if you prefer. Once short ribs have cooked, stir chopped kale or spinach into the sauce for an extra boost of veggies. Use a dark beer (like a stout or porter) in place of the wine if you like. To omit the alcohol, swap the wine for beef stock in this recipe. For extra flavor, add 2 bay leaves to the short ribs before pressure cooking. Omit the balsamic vinegar if you don't have any. For extra sweetness, add 2-3 Tablespoons honey or brown sugar to the sauce when you add the wine.
This recipe makes approximately four 6-ounce portions of beef. If you'd like more meat per person, you can double or triple this recipe.
What to serve with these short ribs: We love pairing short ribs with our best mashed potatoes or rice. For a delicious red wine ragu, use two forks to shred the short ribs right in the sauce and toss with some gnocchi or your favorite pasta.
To make these short ribs ahead of time, follow the recipe as written, let cool completely, and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat short ribs in a saucepan on the stovetop over low heat.
To make this recipe with a slow cooker, use a skillet on the stovetop to follow the recipe as written through step 8 (just after you add the wine), then transfer everything to the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours until short ribs are tender. To braise short ribs in the oven, follow our oven braised short rib recipe.
About the Instant Pot. We have tested this recipe with a 6-qt. Instant Pot Duo60 and a 6-qt. Instant Pot Lux. We like them both! This recipe has not been tested with other pressure cooker brands or with alternative Instant Pot sizes (but we’re working on it!) If you have an 8-qt. Instant Pot you may need to double the recipe (or at least the liquid) to ensure you have enough liquid to reach full pressure. As always, please use your best judgment and follow the care instructions for your own equipment.
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 396
- Sugar: 5 g
- Sodium: 758.8 mg
- Fat: 22.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 11.1 g
- Protein: 37.1 g
- Cholesterol: 136 mg
Keywords: dinner, beef, braise