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Fresh or Frozen Pressure Cooker Short Ribs

How to make fresh or frozen pressure cooker short ribs in your Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi! Tender with an amazing sauce you’ll love.

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I wasn’t sure how good these pressure cooker short ribs were going to turn out but wow! So good I tried two different sauces and will share them both here today. Fabulous Ninja Foodi recipe you can make easily too. (affiliate links present)

Yes you can make this as an easy Instant Pot recipe too. I did the second go around as you can see, my aqua pot below.

Any pressure cooker pot will do, we aren’t bias. 😉

If you too are obsessed with your Ninja Foodi pressure cooker air fryer machine, here are a few resource to start with:

  1. You can bookmark our Ninja air fryer recipes page, we add to that weekly.
    1. Here’s a printable air fryer cook times chart here for your fridge.
    2. Be sure to save this link to the easy Instant Pot recipes too. You can use any of those in your pot too.
  2. Grab our favorite Foodi cookbook here, and this set of wooden utensils work great so your pot doesn’t get scratched!
  3. Then join our Ninja Facebook group where you can share and find more ideas you’ll love. We have an air fryer page that shares daily ideas too.

If you need to know how to cook frozen meat in a pressure cooker, we have information on that. NO, you aren’t the only forgetful one. 😉

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We share above how to cook all sorts of frozen meat in a Ninja Foodi above, this was the last one I needed to add. I had a bunch of short ribs left from buying meat in bulk online and wanted to make them fork tender.

I had tried them before but they just weren’t right, but I kept trying. For me, ribs of any kind need to be so tender that they almost fall off the bone. This cook time was perfect.

Then I moved on to testing how long to cook frozen ribs in Instant Pot. It took a little longer but turned out just as good. You’d never know when finished they were rock hard an hour before.

Ninja Foodi Short Ribs

instant pot beef short ribs

Instant Pot Short Ribs

We will start with defrosted and/or fresh ribs.

What is the difference between ribs and short ribs?

They are like their name, shorter than the other. About half as long they don’t have as much meat and are cut from either the chuck or plate with rib meat.

Can you cook short ribs too long?

I mean I guess you could if you cooked it like twice as long but this is different than typical beef pieces. Unlike steak this cut actually gets more tender the longer it is cooked.

Do you cook beef short ribs bone side up or down?

In the oven it is recommended that they’re down. In a pressure cooker it really doesn’t matter, they’ll be cooked under high pressure all the way around.

If they aren’t frozen you can saute them to get a little sear on the outside at the beginning. Skip if they’re rock hard, they’ll still be delicious.

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Season the outsides with at least salt and pepper but really you can sprinkle on whatever you want. If you’re new to pressure cooking you need to learn how to deglaze your Instant Pot.

I have a photo below showing you how little bits will get stuck on once you take the meat out. Just use a bit of broth to scrape that off once the pot is set to cancel/off.

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I have TWO different sauces, the one below has more Asian inspired flavors. The other is in the recipe card below and tastes more like stew flavors. Both are excellent!

Ingredients for Sauce Recipe #1

You can try them both or read the ingredients and decide which you think you’d like more. One is more of an Asian sauce, the other is more like a thick gravy you’d find over a roast.

ninja foodi ribs recipe

We’re going to start with defrosted or fresh 2 pounds of beef short ribs cut into 2 rib sections. This makes them fit better so you can sear the outsides a bit.

Ingredients

  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1-2 carrots cut into large chunks
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 c beef broth could swap some out for red wine
  • 1/4 tsp oregano and jarred basil
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce

Instructions

Add olive oil into pot and set to saute. Season both sides of ribs well with salt and pepper. Put into pot and get a GOOD sear on both sides of rib pieces. Then remove.

Use 1/4 c of your beef broth or wine to deglaze the pot well by scraping stuck on meat off bottom of pot. Here is a picture showing you how this is done. It is something you must do so you don’t get the burn notice.

deglazing instant pot
  • Then add carrots, garlic, garlic salt and diced onions into pot and saute in juices left in pot (still set to saute) until they soften slightly. Then turn pot off.
  • Pour remaining broth or wine into your pot, then put ribs back in on top of veggies. Sprinkle oregano and basil on top of them, followed by Worc. sauce, and then pour hoisin sauce on top of each piece.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set pot to high for 40 minutes (for bone in 2 lbs., if using a lot more time needs to be increased)
  • Allow pot to naturally release steam for 15 minutes.
  • Ribs should be fall off the bone tender at this time when you remove them.
  • If you want sauce to be thicker, set pot to saute again and in a small bowl whisk together 2 tbsp of cornstarch with some hot liquid from pot until smooth.

When liquid is bubbling add this thickener into pot and stir. Will thicken in a few minutes, then turn pot off and spoon over meat to serve.

instant pot short ribs

You can see the end result above. This is a rich teriyaki like sauce that is pretty amazing.

Frozen Short Ribs in Pressure Cooker

But if you have rock hard frozen meat you’ll skip the saute process. NO worries, they will still turn out amazing. I used a different sauce combination this time, just because. I will share how to make that below.

pressure cooker frozen short ribs

Electric pressure cooker short ribs recipe #2 can use fresh or frozen. Both turn out melt in your mouth tender. The only difference is a slight change in cook times.

Time needed: 50 minutes.

Pressure Cooker Short Ribs

  1. Saute

    *If ribs are thawed – Add olive oil into pot and set to saute. Season both sides of ribs well with salt and pepper. Put into pot and get a GOOD sear on both sides of rib pieces. Then remove.

    Use your beef or chicken stock or broth to deglaze the pot. Scrape stuck on meat off the bottom of the pot.

    Then add garlic, and diced onions into pot and saute in juices left in pot (still set to saute) until they soften slightly. Then turn pot off. Put seared ribs back in.

    * If using frozen ribs add meat, onions and garlic at this time.

  2. Add ingredients

    In a bowl whisk together your wine, brown sugar, thyme and minced ginger. Pour this on to your meat in your pot.

    Close lid and steam valve and set pot to high for 40 minutes (for thawed bone in 2 -3 lbs., if using a lot more time needs to be increased) *If frozen set to 50 minutes cook time.

    Allow pot to naturally release steam for 15 minutes.
    Ribs should be fall off the bone tender at this time when you remove them.

  3. Thicken gravy

    If you want gravy to be thicker, set pot to saute again. In a small bowl whisk together 2 tbsp of cornstarch with some of the hot liquid from your pot until smooth.

    When liquid is bubbling add this thickener into pot and stir. Will thicken in a few minutes, then turn pot off and spoon over meat to serve.

Instant Pot Frozen Ribs

frozen short ribs

What is a good side dish with short ribs?

Mashed potatoes are probably the most common with any sort of braised short ribs. Rice is a close second for us, and easier if I really want a quick side.

I mean….they look amazing right??

ninja foodi short ribs

Want to try this with the “other meat”, give our country style pork ribs Instant Pot recipe a whirl.

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Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs

How to make fresh or frozen pressure cooker short ribs in your Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi! Tender with an amazing sauce you'll love.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, instant pot, pressure cooker, ribs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 436kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • *If ribs are thawed – Add olive oil into pot and set to saute. Season both sides of ribs well with salt and pepper. Put into pot and get a GOOD sear on both sides of rib pieces. Then remove.
  • Use your beef broth to deglaze the pot well by scraping stuck on meat off bottom of pot.
  • Then add garlic, and diced onions into pot and saute in juices left in pot (still set to saute) until they soften slightly. Then turn pot off. Put seared ribs back in. If using frozen ribs add meat, onions and garlic at this time.
  • In a bowl whisk together your wine, brown sugar, thyme and minced ginger. Pour this on to your meat in your pot.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set pot to high for 40 minutes (for thawed bone in 2 -3 lbs., if using a lot more time needs to be increased) *If frozen set to 50 minutes
  • Allow pot to naturally release steam for 15 minutes.
  • Ribs should be fall off the bone tender at this time when you remove them.
  • If you want sauce to be thicker, set pot to saute again. In a small bowl whisk together 2 tbsp of cornstarch with some of the hot liquid from your pot until smooth.
  • When liquid is bubbling add this thickener into pot and stir. Will thicken in a few minutes, then turn pot off and spoon over meat to serve.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 436 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 1040mg45%
Potassium 699mg20%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 87IU2%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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