Braised Short Ribs over Mashed Potatoes {Instant Pot option}

Braised Short Ribs Recipe

If you’re in need of comfort food that warms the house and fills it with delicious smells, these braised short ribs are exactly what you’re looking for.

Braised Short Ribs over Mashed Potatoes

What are Short Ribs

Short ribs are a cut of beef taken from the brisket, chuck, plate, or rib areas of beef cattle. Short ribs consist of a short portion of the rib bone, which is overlain by meat which varies in thickness. There are two major types of cuts when referring to short ribs. First, the flanken is cut across the bone and leaves the bone just 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5.1 cm) in length. Second, the English is cut parallel to the bone and leaves the bone up to 6 inches (15 cm) in length.

What is Braising

Braising (from the French word, “braiser”) is a combination of two cooking methods. First, you sear the meat at a high temperature. Second, in a covered pot at a lower temperature while sitting in some (variable) amount of liquid (adding flavor) the meat is further cooked until it’s time to serve.

Braised Short Ribs over Mashed Potatoes

In Love with Braised Short Ribs

The braised short ribs are a favorite in our family and are requested often for two reasons:

  1. They taste great and everyone cleans their plates
  2. The leftovers make the best breakfast (get the Short Rib Scramblers recipe here)
Braised Short Ribs over Mashed Potatoes

These balsamic and red wine braised short ribs are the perfect comfort food on a chilly winter day. Made with coconut sugar and paleo-friendly ingredients, these are a kid favorite.

Braised Short Ribs over Mashed Potatoes

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Author: Kendra Benson

Cook Time for this recipe varies, depending on if you use the oven (3-4 hours) or Instant Pot (1 hour) method. Both methods result in flavorful, tender short ribs that you'll want to eat every day.

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Ingredients

Ribs

Braising Liquid

Instructions

Oven Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 280°F.
  2. Combine all 'Braising Liquid' ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined. Set aside.
  3. Dry the ribs thoroughly with paper towels and season generously with salt and pepper.

  4. Heat the oil in the bottom of a heavy skillet over high heat. When the oil is hot, brown the ribs on all sides, being sure not to crowd the pan. This will likely take 2 batches to brown them all.

  5. Place browned ribs in a large oven-safe pot, dutch-oven, or other similar oven-safe container with a lid. I use a large stoneware bowl from Pampered Chef and lid it with another stoneware casserole dish.
  6. Place lidded dish in the oven a rack below center. Cook for 3-4 hours (the longer the better, but 3 hours is fine if you're in a time crunch).
  7. Remove from oven and very carefully remove the lid away from your face.

  8. Serve ribs over mashed potatoes (red or Yukon gold are our favorites). Spoon extra braising liquid over the ribs and potatoes.

Instant Pot (Electric Pressure Cooker) Instructions

  1. Dry the ribs thoroughly with paper towels and season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Press the 'Saute' button on the Instant Pot and add the avocado oil. When the oil is hot, brown the ribs on all sides, being sure not to crowd the pan. This will likely take 2-3 batches to brown them all. Remove the ribs and set aside.

  3. Add another Tbsp of oil to the pot (still on the Saute settings) and add the onions, celery, and garlic. Saute, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes.

  4. Add the remaining Braising Liquid ingredients to the Instant Pot and stir to combine. Add the browned short ribs, making sure to push them under all the liquid. Press the "Cancel/Keep Warm" button.

  5. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock into place. Turn the vent to 'Sealing' and set the Manual time to 45 minutes.

  6. When the cycle is complete, let the Instant Pot naturally pressure release (NPR) for 15 minutes. Quick Pressure Release any remaining pressure and carefully open the lid facing away from you when all pressure is released.

  7. Serve ribs over mashed potatoes (red or Yukon gold are our favorites). Spoon extra braising liquid over the ribs and potatoes.

 

 

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4 Comments on “Braised Short Ribs over Mashed Potatoes {Instant Pot option}

  1. Jolena

    So good! I ended up cooking them in the crockpot and they turned out perfect! Huge hit with everyone including guests. Thank you for sharing!

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