There’s nothing more comforting and fall-off-the-bone delicious than this paleo and Whole30 Balsamic Short Ribs that you can cook quickly in the Instant Pot!
I’m all about meals that look fancy and impressive, but secretly, they are so easy and quick to make. These Instant Pot braised short ribs are just that kind of recipe, and they are just so perfectly tender and delicious. In fact, I made this for dinner the other day and my husband took one look and said, “WHOA, fancy!”
Instant Pot Balsamic Short Ribs Recipe
Cooking these balsamic short ribs in the Instant Pot is what makes this recipe so easy. Usually, they take hours to braise in the Dutch oven or the slow cooker, but these Whole30 short ribs require just 45 minutes of cook time in the electronic pressure cooker. You’ll be amazed at how tender and flavorful they turn out in just a short time!
Cooking Short Ribs In the Instant Pot
Some people are a bit intimidated by the Instant Pot, especially when they first use it, but it’s one of the easiest kitchen appliances I have that gets used the most often. Here are the simple steps to make these easy Instant Pot short ribs.
- Season then sear the short ribs to deepen the flavor of the meat and the sauce.
- Briefly cook vegetables and spices in the pot. I used tomato paste, onions, carrots, garlic, and fresh thyme.
- Use broth and other flavoring liquids to deglaze the pot, which will result in a delicious sauce.
- Cook the short ribs in the Instant Pot for 45 minutes, then naturally release pressure for 10 minutes.
- Thicken the sauce with starch.
- Serve with your favorite sides. I love serving these Whole30 short ribs over mashed potatoes, which you can also make in the Instant Pot! Green beans are a nice addition as well.
If you follow these simple steps, cooking short ribs in the Instant Pot is quite easy and there’s nothing to be afraid of. The deep flavors of the aromatics with balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, and broth will taste like you spent hours in the kitchen.
Can I Boneless Short Ribs for This Instant Pot Braised Short Ribs Recipe?
You can definitely use boneless short ribs! All you have to do is reduce the Instant Pot cooking time by 10 minutes, for a total of 35 minutes. I personally think that bone-in meat is way more flavorful, especially in this Instant pot braised short ribs recipe, but I know some people prefer to not have bones for personal preference.
Reducing the Fat Content
While I love fatty cuts like short ribs, I understand that they can release a bit too much fat while cooking, especially in the sauce that they are braising in. You can reduce the fat content in these easy Instant Pot short ribs with one or both of the following methods:
- Method 1: Once you open the lid after the short ribs are done cooking, use a large spoon to gently remove and discard the fat that settles at the top.
- Method 2: If you really want to get rid of most of the fat, make this dish a day in advance and place in the refrigerator overnight. The fat will rise to the top and harden into a white layer. You can then easily remove it and then heat up to serve these Whole30 short ribs.
The second method is definitely more time consuming, but it might be worth trying especially if you have issues digesting fat and still want to enjoy these delicious and easy Instant Pot short ribs.
Whether you are making it for a holiday main dish or just a regular dinner with your family, I think you’ll love these insanely tender balsamic short ribs and I hope you give them a try!
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Instant Pot Balsamic Short Ribs (Paleo, Whole30)
- 2 tbsp avocado oil or your favorite cooking oil
- 3 lb bone-in short ribs
- 1 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 medium onion sliced
- 2 carrots sliced
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1 cup bone broth or beef broth
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp tapioca starch or arrowroot starch
- Turn the Instant Pot on to SAUTÉ and once it indicates that it's hot, add avocado oil.
- Season the short ribs with salt and pepper.
- Add the short ribs and sear for 5 minutes per side.
- Once the short ribs are browned, remove from the Instant Pot and set aside on a plate.
- Add onion and carrots to the pot and cook stirring until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in garlic, tomato paste, and thyme leaves and cook for 1 minute.
- Pour in bone broth and balsamic vinegar and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 minutes, while scraping any brown bits on the bottom to deglaze.
- Turn off the SAUTÉ function and add the short ribs back in.
- Screw on the lid and set the vent to SEALING. Cook on MANUAL at high pressure for 45 minutes.
- Once it beeps to a finish, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before releasing the vent.
- Open the lid and use a slotted spoon to remove the meat and vegetables from the pot.
- OPTIONAL: You can skim off the oil from the top if there's too much for your taste.
- Set the Instant Pot to SAUTÉ again.
- Whisk together tapioca starch and water to make a slurry, and pour into the the pot. Let this simmer for 1-2 minutes until thickened.
- Taste the sauce and add more salt, if needed.
- Serve the short ribs with the vegetables, drizzled with the thickened braising liquid. It's delicious over mashed potatoes!
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