Pressure Cooker Short Ribs in Under an Hour

This pressure cooker short ribs recipe makes fall apart tender boneless beef short ribs in under an hour, using the Instant Pot or your favorite pressure cooker. You won’t believe it until you try it!

pressure cooker short ribs with mashed potatoes


We take our beef seriously in this house. In fact we buy a whole cow every year, and teach our kids the real answer to “Where does beef come from mama?”. So in addition to the Pressure Cooker Short Ribs Recipe, I want to make sure to answer any questions you might have about boneless beef short ribs. Here’s what you’ll learn today:

  • What are boneless beef short ribs?
  • How to save money on boneless beef short ribs.
  • How to cook boneless beef short ribs.
  • Easy recipe for pressure cooker beef short ribs.


I was quite confused the first time I read a recipe calling for boneless beef short ribs. I imagined a half rack of ribs, with the bones painstakingly removed. Thankfully, I called up our local butcher to find out more, before ordering a rack of beef ribs.

So what are boneless beef short ribs? First let’s talk about short ribs in general. Short ribs are a cut of beef that can be taken from several different parts of cattle. Short ribs are from the brisket, chuck, plate, or rib areas.


Beef Short Ribs Infographic with Pressure Cooker Short Ribs

Flanken cut short ribs, which my butcher calls Korean short ribs, are cut across the bone to make thin strips of meat with several “coins” of bone in each. These are what I use in my traditional Kalbi Korean BBQ Recipe, which tastes just like the Korean short ribs I ate as a child in living in Seoul. These also make great pressure cooker short ribs.

Short ribs with the bone in are usually 3-6 inches in length, and can be individual ribs, or a few ribs together. Usually short ribs are sold attached in a short rib plate.

Boneless short ribs are cut from the chuck or plate, and are rib meat separated from the bone. You can buy these already cut from the butcher, you don’t have to remove the bones yourself.

But there is another kind of boneless short rib, which is the country style short rib. Country style short ribs are actually cut from the chuck, not the ribs.


You can sometimes find a great deal on boneless beef short ribs, I know Costco often has them for a great price.

You can also save a good deal of money by making your own country style short rib from a chuck roast or chuck steak. Simply cut the beef into pieces about 2 inches long and 1.25-1.5 inches thick.

This pressure cooker short ribs recipe makes fall apart tender boneless beef short ribs in under an hour using the Instant Pot or your favorite pressure cooker. You won't believe it until you try it! From

Make sure to cut against the grain, meaning you want the lines of the beef going across the ribs, not up and down the long way. If you’re not sure how to do that, I show you how to cut against the grain in our Zucchini Noodle Stir Fry Mongolian Beef Recipe video.

I’ve made these pressure cooker short ribs using cuts of meat labeled chuck roast, chuck steak, and shoulder steak. They’ve all turned out great! Sometimes, like in the video, I just cut them into big chunks and don’t even worry about getting the right size. What really matters is how good they are!


Country style boneless short ribs are best cooked in moist heat. Normally the ribs are braised low and slow, to help keep them tender.

pressure cooker boneless beef short ribs on mashed potatoes

But you don’t need to worry about tough beef if you’re using this pressure cooker short ribs recipe. The pressure cooker quickly cooks the meat in VERY moist heat, so it’s tender, juicy, and fall apart good!



Hopefully you now know everything you ever wanted to know about beef short ribs, and are ready to cook them!

This pressure cooker short ribs recipe makes fall apart tender boneless beef short ribs in under an hour using the Instant Pot or your favorite pressure cooker. You won't believe it until you try it! From

I love making pressure cooker short ribs in my Instant Pot, because the saute setting adds extra flavor by letting me get those browned bits of caramelization on the meat. Then I add all the marinade ingredients and cook it on high pressure.

The sauce for these pressure cooker short ribs is very tangy, thanks to the red wine vinegar, with a bit of sweet from syrupy molasses.

The meat will give off a lot of liquid while it cooks under pressure, so the sauce ends up pretty thin by the end of cooking. If you would like the sauce to be thicker, just remove the meat, and turn your Instant Pot back onto the saute setting. Boil the sauce while stirring until it is reduced by half.

This pressure cooker short ribs recipe makes fall apart tender boneless beef short ribs in under an hour using the Instant Pot or your favorite pressure cooker. You won't believe it until you try it! From

We like to serve our pressure cooker short ribs over mashed potatoes (like in the photos), or cauliflower mash (like in the video). Can you tell we eat these a lot?


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Pressure Cooker Short Ribs in Under an Hour


This pressure cooker short ribs recipe makes fall apart tender boneless beef short ribs in under an hour using the Instant Pot or your favorite pressure cooker. You won't believe it until you try it! From

Yield: 8

Pressure Cooker Short Ribs

pressure cooker boneless beef short ribs on mashed potatoes

This pressure cooker short ribs recipe makes fall apart tender boneless beef short ribs in under an hour. I've made this recipe multiple times using the Instant Pot. Cook time includes 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to get up to pressure. Adapted with permission from

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes



  1. Use a sharp knife to cut your beef into strips or chunks, 1-1.5 inches thick. (We do chunks because our kids prefer to eat it that way, but you can do 2-3 inch strips to have them be more of a rib shape.) Trim and discard excess fat. Turn chuck steaks into boneless beef short ribs
  2. Mix flour, salt, and pepper in gallon zip top plastic bag. Add the beef pieces and seal the bag squeezing out the air. Shake the bag well until all the beef is coated. coat boneless beef ribs in seasoning
  3. In a bowl or big glass measuring cup, mix beef broth, red wine vinegar, molasses, chili sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and chili powder. Set sauce aside. making sauce for pressure cooker short ribs
  4. Set your Instant Pot to Saute, and melt the butter in the pot.  Melting butter in the Instant Pot
  5. Dump the bag of beef into the pot and cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned on all sides. Browning beef in Instant Pot
  6. Dump the chopped onion into the pot and pour in the sauce.  Making pressure cooker short ribs in the Instant Pot
  7. Put the lid on, making sure it is set to sealing.  Instant Pot lid sealed
  8. Cancel the saute setting and press meat/stew, then press the - button to get the time to 20. The Instant Pot will switch to "On" as it starts, then back to 20 once it is up to pressure. Changing cook time on the Instant Pot
  9. When Instant Pot beeps that it's done and starts counting up, you can carefully use the quick release method, to eat right away. Or let the pressure release slowly if you're not in a hurry. Quick release of pressure on the Instant Pot
  10. Serve on their own, or over mashed potatoes or cauliflower mash. pressure cooker short ribs with cauliflower mash


Nutrition facts are just an estimate, and were calculated using only half of the sauce ingredients, since there is a lot of extra sauce after cooking. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

8 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Saturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 563mgCarbohydrates: 15gSugar: 9gProtein: 28g


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6 thoughts on “Pressure Cooker Short Ribs in Under an Hour”

  • The flavors were interesting, but I had two big problems. First, the onions needed to be cooked more. I would take the beef out, saute the onions for a few minutes, then put the beef back in.

    But the main problem is that the ribs were vastly undercooked. 20 minutes is the shortest I’ve seen any pressure cooker recipe for short ribs by about 10 minutes at least. When I opened mine up the meat was like leather. I ended up putting it back in for another 20 minutes and that finally broke the meat down enough.

    • Hi Matt, did you use the boneless country style short ribs? Cut from the chuck? I wonder if your pieces were thicker/bigger? I’ve made this 3 times and had several people tell me it was successful for them, so definitely appreciate your feedback as I want to adjust the cooking time if it’s too short.

  • I have made this recipe 5 times now and even my most critical “foodie” friends love it. I use the short ribs from my local butcher with a nice fat layer attached. Great recipe!

  • This recipe for short ribs is so easy. I used boneless pork short ribs. The flavor was spot on, we will definitely be cooking this again and again

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