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Easy Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs

Easy Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs that are fall off the bone tender in under an hour – for real.

Cooked to perfection in a savory sauce with very minimum prep and hands on time, this is your next Sunday Instant Pot dinner! 

instant pot short ribs with instant pot and fork

Not just for a fancy eating out meal, with your Instant Pot, you can have ultra tender short ribs in under an hour! 

I am no stranger to putting ribs into the Instant Pot so I HAD to give it a go with beef short ribs. My  Weeknight Instant Pot Ribs are here on the blog!

This post was originally posted January 2019, but I learned that the flavour was being diluted because the original recipe had too much liquid.

This recipe was updated with additional images, directions, and recipe December 2020.

Simple and minimal ingredients for Instant Pot Short Ribs

instant pot short rib ingredients

A few recipe notes:

  • The chipotles in adobo add a depth of flavor here and as written, this recipe is not spicy.
  • Why molasses? Molasses is a really underrated ingredient for added sweetness. 

Which short ribs to get?

Short ribs in instant pot

Short ribs come in 2 variations. First, is the English version – that you use in this recipe. 

They are thick and short (see above image).

The other variation is the BBQ style short ribs which are extremely thin and and are in long strips. 

It is as easy as putting all of the ingredients into the Instant Pot and pressing start! 

landscape short rib image

Because the molasses is so thick, I suggest stirring everything together so it doesn’t just stick to the bottom. 

Then, simply place the short ribs into the sauce. 

Don’t worry, the beef doesn’t need to be submerged. 

As the meat cooks and the fat renders down, the beef will slip into the sauce – as well as create more sauce volume. 

What to serve Short Ribs with?

Easy Instant Pot Short Ribs-5

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close up shot instant pot short ribs

close up shot instant pot short ribs

Easy Instant Pot Short Ribs

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Easy Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs that are fall off the bone tender in under an hour - for real. Cooked to perfection in a savory sauce with very minimum prep and hands on time, this is your next Sunday Instant Pot dinner! 
Course Instant Pot
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot, Short Ribs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Natural Release 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 301


  • 2-3 lbs Beef short Ribs (cut into 3 inch sections)
  • Salt & Pepper to season meat
  • 1 cup Beef Broth (Better than Bouillon is by far my fav)
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 whole Chili peppers (in adobo)
  • 1 tbsp adobo sauce from the chili pepper can


Make it Now

  • Season your ribs with salt and pepper.
  • Place the remaining ingredients into the liner and stir unil combined.
  • Add the ribs into the sauce mixture.
    Short ribs in instant pot
  • Secure the lid, place the release knob to sealing. 
  • Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook, high pressure for 45 minutes. 
  • Allow for 10-15 minutes of natural pressure release, then quick release the remaining pressure. 
  • Remove the ribs from the pot and serve with dinner sides. I also like to put a tablespoon of the juices onto the meat for serving, like an au jus. 

Make it a Freezer Meal

  • Place all of the ingredients into a gallon size freezer zip bag.
  • Label the bag and freeze flat.
  • Freeze for up to 4 months
  • Thaw overnight in the fridge before cooking, then follow the "make it now" instructions above.


For this recipe, you can add more beef if needed and not have to change the other ingredients. 


Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 51g


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  1. Thank you! I was looking for a short rib recipe that uses less than 4 lbs. of meat! OK, but I’m a real baby when it comes to spicy. Can you tell me how spicy the chilis in adobo are? If spicy, is there a substitute flavor ingredient I could use?

    Thanks again!

    1. Chilis in adobo are quite hot on their own. In this recipe it is a mild spice, you could just leave it out and be ok!

  2. I am a little confused by what you mean by “cut into 3 inch sections”. Do I cut slits in each short rib every 3 inches?
    Thank you so much!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! My husband said that it is his favourite short rib recipe of all the different ones I have made (I have made several different ones, as he loves short ribs) and I said that it was also the easiest short rib recipe! This will definitely be going into our regular meal rotation and next time I will double the recipe!

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