No need to stress about prep with these easy and delicious fall-apart tender short ribs in the Instant Pot! Plus they’re Whole30, paleo, and GAPS-friendly, too.
Even though I’ve been running this food blog for around 6 years now (!) I’d be the first to admit that I’m not the most adventurous cook. Especially when it comes to meats.
Sure, I can make a burger, meatballs, roast a chicken, and easy stuff like that. But give me a nice fancy steak or a rack of ribs, or a pork anything other than bacon and I’ll have absolutely no idea what do to with it.
So when a friend of mine gave me a package of local, organic short ribs I was thankful. And a little nervous. But mostly excited to see what adventure I could go on with this new and intriguing cut of beef.
Instant Pot for the win.
Ever since I started using my beloved Instant Pot, my fear of new meats has gone down considerably. When I was resigned to roasting something in the oven, or – gasp – grilling something, the intimidation factor was high. But with the Instant Pot I feel the power to make just about anything taste delicious!
So into the IP went my short ribs to be seared, along with some veggies, broth, and herbs. Forty minutes later – voila! Fall apart tender short ribs in the Instant Pot. Deliciousness that need not be feared.
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Fall Apart Tender Short Ribs in the Instant Pot
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and sugar.
- 2-3 tablespoons coconut or avocado oil
- 6 short ribs
- 1/2 onion
- 6 potatoes or turnips (use turnips for paleo/GAPS)
- 4-6 carrots
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 cup broth
- salt, pepper, and oregano, to taste
Chop veggies into 2-inch chunks and set aside.
Put the oil in the Instant Pot (I use this one) and set to ‘sauté.’ Liberally salt and pepper the ribs and sear them on each side for a couple minutes. Remove meat and set aside.
Pour broth into the bottom of the pot and scrape with a wooden spoon or metal spatula to deglaze.
Add veggies on top of broth, mixing in salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic. Place seared short ribs on top of veggies.
Seal the Instant Pot lid and set to 40 minutes on ‘manual.’
Use the quick release when the timer beeps.
Looking for more yummy Instant Pot recipes? Here are a few of my favorites…
- Spinach & Garlic Meatballs in the Instant Pot
- Easy Chicken Biryani in the Instant Pot
- Quick & Easy Potato Soup in the Instant Pot
- Easy Homemade Yogurt in the Instant Pot
- Sour Cream & Sriracha Deviled Eggs in the Instant Pot
So delicious looking! Once I have a bigger kitchen I’m getting an instant pot so I can make these!!
Thanks, Joni. 🙂 You’ll love the Instant Pot! So many amazing recipes you can make with it!
The IP is the BEST for short ribs! I’ll never cook them another way! So tender and fast!
Yes! I’m almost convinced it’s the best way to cook any meat… haha.
So easy!! I need to find some short ribs stat! Sometimes…they are more fat than meat and no one in my family will touch them…other times they’re perfection! Will keep my eyes peeled for a sale!
Haha. They do tend to have a lot of fat on them. 😉 We have one child who just eats everyone’s fat though (she’s strange, haha). Otherwise I just keep the fat and add it to the bones for stock. It adds great flavor!
Short ribs in the IP are THE best!!! Seriously, it’s the best cooking method for them (IMHO). These look so delicious, my husband and youngest would devour them.
Thank you so much, Emily! They are so delicious in the IP!
Omg, you had me at “fall apart.” Short ribs are my favorite thing to quick in the Instant Pot. These look so delicious!
Haha! Thanks! The IP really is an amazing way to make them!
Drool. Drool. Drool. Oh…and yum!
Hahaha! Thanks. 😉
I am so in love with my Instant Pot and I’m always looking for new weeknight recipes. I’m sure my kids would love your short ribs!
I hope they do, Karen! My kids sure enjoyed them. 😉
These look so delicious and I can’t believe how easy they are to make too!
Thanks! They are SO easy!
What a wonderfully comforting meal and so quick and easy to make. I just love Instant pot recipes!
Yes, they’re so wonderful!
I have never made short ribs at home. This recipe makes me think I can do it!
You can! They were SO easy.
Seriously short ribs is one of my favourite cut of meat! I cook them in many ways and one can not go wrong with short ribs! I love your recipe – the simplest is often the most comforting!
Thanks, Yang! 🙂
This is definitely my love language, and I love how fast and easy the IP makes it!!
Haha! Yes, the IP makes them so well!
This is so perfect ! Simple, easy, and delicious. I absolutely love short ribs too !
Thank you so much! I was so excited how easy the IP made them!
Looking forward to trying this one soon in my Instant Pot.
Delicious! I’ve never made short ribs!
I hope you enjoy it, Carol! They’re so easy. 🙂
I’ve never made short ribs before so this is exactly what I needed to get me making it!! It looks incredible! Instant Pot for win!!
Yes! Soooo easy! I hope you get a chance to enjoy them, Christina!
Easy and oh so flavorful ribs recipe for my instant pot to try! I like how simple it is and how time saving. great!
Yes! It’s so easy and delicious! The IP wins again. 😉
Oh yum! I’ve kept thinking about how I wanted to cook some type of ribs in my Instant Pot!
The IP makes them SO easy!
Ok, drooling now =) Just wondering, can you make cauliflower mashed potatoes in an instant pot too, as a substitute for potatoes?
Haha! 😉 You could probably do the caulimash, though I’ve not tried it with this recipe. I wouldn’t cook that as long as the potatoes.
These made me so ridiculously hungry and for good reason! They’e mouthwatering! Yum!
Thanks, Daniela! They are pretty mouthwatering!
mm looks so yummy- and easy! We just had something similar last night 😀
The IP is a winner every time!
Is it really 40 minutes of cook time under pressure? I’ve never cooked anything that long in my IP!
I find that this time gets the meat really tender and falling off the bones. I’m sure you could cook it for less if you wanted, especially if you left out the veggies.
What a robust recipe; my whole family loved it! Saving this to make again sometime this week!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Sara!
My family loves short ribs! I cannot wait to try this delicious looking recipe!
I hope you all enjoy them, Jessica!
Someday, I must get an InstaPot. These ribs look amazing.
Haha! Yes, you must! You can make so many delicious recipes in them!
This recipe looks wonderful! I love using my IP, and it has been such a timesaving appliance. I am constantly looking for great recipes like this one to make. My husband is a huge comfort food lover and this looks perfect for the family and pretty healthy.
I agree, the IP saves me so much time! And this is a great comfort food recipe. My hubby loves it, too! I hope you get to enjoy it soon, Heidy!
yum yum yum!! I always love a good instant pot recipe!
Thanks, Claire! I hope you get to enjoy this one!
Have a big family if I double the recipe will I need to add time ?
I’m not sure if everything doubled would still fit in one Instant Pot! But if you can fit it then I would add 10 minutes. I hope you enjoy the ribs!
Do you know if this could be made in a crockpot?
I imagine it would work fine, but I haven’t tried it.