Pressure Cooker Short Ribs Recipe

Immerse yourself in the culinary adventure of creating succulent, fall-off-the-bone short ribs with the magic of a pressure cooker. This recipe transforms a traditionally time-intensive dish into an accessible feast, ideal for any day of the week. The rich flavors and tender texture of the beef, combined with a harmonious blend of herbs and a robust sauce, make this dish a standout. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a curious beginner, these pressure cooker short ribs promise an unforgettable experience in your kitchen.


Equipment Needed:


1. Pressure Cooker - The star of the show, ensuring your ribs are cooked perfectly in a fraction of the usual time.

2. Cutting Board - For prepping your veggies and herbs.

3. Sharp Knife - Essential for chopping and dicing.

4. Measuring Cups and Spoons - Accuracy is key for the perfect balance of flavors.

5. Mixing Bowls - For organizing and preparing your ingredients before cooking.



- 2 lbs beef short ribs, a hearty and flavorful cut.

- 1 large onion, finely chopped, adding a subtle sweetness.

- 3 cloves garlic, minced, for a pungent kick.

- 2 medium carrots, diced, for a touch of earthiness.

- 2 cups beef broth, providing a rich base for your sauce.

- 1 cup red wine, imparting depth and complexity (optional).

- 2 tbsp tomato paste, for a hint of tanginess.

- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, to enhance the meaty flavors.

- 1 tsp dried thyme, for a whiff of herbal aroma.

- Salt and pepper to taste, for seasoning.

- 2 tbsp olive oil, for searing the ribs.



1. Begin by seasoning the short ribs generously with salt and pepper. This step is crucial for building layers of flavor.

2. Heat the olive oil in the pressure cooker on a medium-high setting. Once hot, sear the ribs on each side until they develop a rich, golden-brown crust. This not only improves flavor but also texture. Remove the ribs and set them aside.

3. In the same cooker, add the onions, garlic, and carrots. Sauté them until they are softened and fragrant, which should take about 5 minutes. This process builds a flavor foundation for the dish.

4. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for an additional minute. This will deepen the sauce’s flavor.

5. Pour in the red wine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the cooker. These bits are packed with flavor and should not be wasted.

6. Add the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme, stirring well to combine all the ingredients.

7. Return the short ribs to the cooker. Close the lid securely and set the cooker to high pressure for 45 minutes. This cooking time allows the ribs to become tender and infused with all the flavors in the pot.

8. After 45 minutes, allow the pressure to release naturally. This is a key step in ensuring that the ribs are perfectly tender.

9. Carefully remove the ribs from the cooker. If desired, you can thicken the sauce with a cornstarch slurry (mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water and stir into the sauce, cooking for a few more minutes until thickened).

10. Serve the ribs with the sauce spooned over the top, alongside your favorite sides.


Number of Servings: 4 hearty portions.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes to gather and prepare your ingredients.

Cooking Time: 45 minutes under pressure, plus time for natural pressure release.


Chef Tips

- Browning the ribs is a step you shouldn't skip. It adds a significant depth of flavor.

- Use a natural pressure release to ensure the meat remains tender and juicy.

- If you don’t have red wine or prefer not to use it, simply substitute it with extra beef broth.

- Feel free to customize the recipe by adding mushrooms or swapping thyme for rosemary or bay leaves.


Summing Up:

This pressure cooker short ribs recipe is a testament to the wonders of modern cooking techniques, bringing a gourmet experience to your dining table with ease. The rich, complex flavors and the simplicity of the method make this dish a perfect candidate for both weeknight dinners and special occasions. It's a recipe that invites you to explore the depths of flavor achievable with a pressure cooker, proving that even the most luxurious dishes can be made approachable.



Q1. Can I make this recipe ahead of time?* -

 Absolutely! The flavors deepen when stored, making it a great make-ahead dish.

Q2. What sides pair well with these ribs?

 Creamy mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, or a simple green salad are excellent choices.


Q3. How do I know when the ribs are done?

The meat should be very tender and easily pull away from the bone.


Q4. Can I use a different type of meat?

Yes, this recipe can also be adapted for pork ribs or beef brisket.


Q5. Is it necessary to use a high-end red wine?

No, any drinkable red wine will do. The cooking process will mellow out the flavors.

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