Instant Pot Asian Inspired Beef Short Ribs

Instant Pot Asian Inspired Beef Short Ribs

Maybe it is just me, but the title alone has my mouth drooling a bit already! You too? Keep reading!

Bone in beef short ribs are one of the cuts of beef that mystified me for a long time. I did not grow up eating a lot of different cuts of meat, and this is one I only tried in the past five-ish years. Let me say though–I was REALLY missing out on this tender and tasty cut! You will be out of excuses by the end of this page!

Prepare to have your taste buds changed forever–YUM

In my opinion, the beef short ribs you want are the ones that look like they have a nice beef/fat marbling and seem to have a small bone compared to the overall size of the cube. When I buy these it seems most often the best looking ones will be between 1/2 to 2/3 pound each. I used six today and it is more than enough for four really good portions once cooked (though I would say easily six portions if you had all 2/3 pound pieces). Usually I get these directly from the meat counter at my grocery store 🙂

I prepared these with a bit of asian flare today. I seem to be on a bit of a kick with this at the moment actually! The super simple combination of Soy Sauce, Honey, Garlic, and Grated Ginger is wonderful and aromatic. (Plus–this combo works well with many cuts of both beef AND chicken!) I add the beef broth for use in the Instant Pot to ensure there is enough moisture for cooking.

Beef broth tip: when opening a large container for a recipe, portion out then freeze the excess in cup and 1/2 cup increments for future recipes!

So pretty much how you make these ribs is: 1) brown beef on all six sides (Instant Pot Saute function works well) 2) prepare your sauce 3)add the ribs, sauce, and stock to the Instant Pot (Pressure cook – Beef – High – Time 1 hour 15 minutes) 4) set the timer 5) wait 🙁 6) open and enjoy!

Sounds easy, right?

Since I am working with these Asian Inspired flavors, it only made sense to serve this beef as a rice bowl. Plus, it is super easy way to serve dinner–the hard parts are prepping the beef and waiting 🙂 I like to use my rice cooker and make runny eggs with my Joule Sous Vide (you should get one!). I top the dish also with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

Of course you would make a great tasting dish with just the beef ribs, rice, and a spoonful of the cooking liquid, OR you can add dried seaweed strips or even more yummy veggies to the plate.

Now I did present this recipe today as an Instant Pot meal. You can VERY easily make this in a slow cooker too! You will want to still brown the beef before adding all the ingredients to the slow cooker, but you will need to plan extra time–probably four hours on high or six to eight hours on low.


  • Bone in Beef Short Ribs (I used 6 pieces which was just over three pounds)
  • A splash of Canola Oil
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of your favorite honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Grated Ginger (Use cubes found in freezer section for easy short cut)
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 Cup Beef Broth
  • Instant Pot
  • Optional:
    • Rice, Runny Egg, Green Onions, Sesame Seeds, dry seaweed strips, Additional desired veggies
  1. Add smidgen Canola Oil to Instant Pot and sear Beef Short Ribs on all six sides (Instant Pot Saute setting, set for High, 15-20 minutes, turn meat every 2-3 minutes)
  2. Mix ‘Sauce’ by combining Soy Sauce, Honey, Ginger, Garlic well. Use microwave to warm if needed
  3. Add Beef Ribs, Sauce, and Beef Broth to Instant Pot
  4. Pressure Cook–I used Beef, High temp, Time was 1 Hour 15 minutes and I did a fast release (I think a natural release would work just as well)
  5. Have patience 🙂
  6. Plate to your desire–a rice bowl is easy and tasty
  7. ENJOY

I would love to know how this works out for you! Comment below and let me know 🙂

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