Bistro-Style Braised Short Ribs with Mushrooms
By :The Instant Pot Bible by Bruce Weinstein
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Although cooking beef short ribs in the Instant Pot cuts down on the time they need to braise, we haven’t shaved any time off any of the other steps in this fairly traditional recipe, even using a classic beurre manié (French, burh mahn-YAY, a butter and flour mixture) to thicken the sauce into silky richness. The meat will be so tender that you’ll barely need knives at the table, so the short ribs are best served in bowls.
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Main Ingredient Bacon, Ribs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 thin strips of bacon chopped
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter 1 1/2 tablespoons of it at room temperature
  • 3 1/2 lbs boneless beef short ribs
  • 1 small red onion chopped (1/2 cup
  • 3 1/2 lbs brown cremini mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dry red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1/2 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Main Ingredient Bacon, Ribs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 thin strips of bacon chopped
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter 1 1/2 tablespoons of it at room temperature
  • 3 1/2 lbs boneless beef short ribs
  • 1 small red onion chopped (1/2 cup
  • 3 1/2 lbs brown cremini mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dry red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1/2 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
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Rating: 4.68
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Instructions
  1. Press Saute, set time for 35 minutes.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in the cooker. Add the bacon and fry until crisp, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a nearby large bowl.
  3. Add half the short ribs and brown them well on all sides, turning occasionally, about 10 minutes. Transfer these to that bowl and add the remaining short ribs, browning them in just the same way. Transfer these to the bowl, too.
  4. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 
3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until they give off their internal moisture and that liquid evaporates to a glaze in the pot, about 5 minutes.
  5. Pour in the wine and scrape up the browned bits on the pot’s bottom. Turn off the SAUTÉ function and stir in the broth, thyme, sage, salt, pepper, and bay leaves. Return the short ribs, bacon, and any juices in that bowl to the pot. Stir well, then lock the lid onto the cooker.
  6. Option 1 MAX Pressure Cooker
    Press Pressure cook on Max pressure for 1 hour and 10 minutes with the Keep Warm setting off.
  7. Option 2 All Pressure Cookers
    Press Pressure cook (Manual) on High pressure for 1 hour and 30 minutes with the Keep Warm setting off.
  8. If you’ve used a pressure setting, when the machine has finished cooking, turn it off and let its pressure return to normal naturally, about 30 minutes.
  9. Option 3 Slow Cook
    Press Slow Cook option on High for 4 hours with Keep Warm setting off (or on for no more than 3 hours)
  10. Unlatch the lid and open the cooker. Find and discard the bay leaves. Use kitchen tongs and a slotted spoon to transfer the short ribs, bacon, and any vegetables to a serving platter. Tent with aluminum foil to keep warm. Use a flatware tablespoon to skim any excess surface fat from the sauce in the pot.
  11. Press Saute, set time for 5 minutes.
  12. As the sauce comes to a simmer, use a fork to make a smooth paste out of the flour and the remaining, room-temperature
 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a small bowl. As the sauce simmers, whisk this flour mixture into the pot in dribs and drabs, just a little at a time, whisking until it’s all been added and the sauce has thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off the SAUTÉ function and pour the sauce in the hot insert over the meat and vegetables on the platter.
Recipe Notes

Beyond
• You must halve the recipe for a 3-quart cooker.
• For a sweet finish in the sauce, add up to 2 medium carrots, chopped (1 cup), with the onion.
• Or add up to 2 teaspoons minced garlic with the dried herbs.
• Serve this stew alongside (or even over) crunchy roasted potatoes.

17 replies
  1. Lincon
    Lincon says:

    I slow-cooked this recipe and the meat was tender, but I would like to try pressure cooking next time to compare the two. My husband said he would prefer rosemary and garlic with short ribs, rather than thyme & sage.

  2. ritter30
    ritter30 says:

    This was delicious! I changed the spices to our liking. And added more broth and a jar of gravy. After reading other recipes i felt 1 hour and 30 minutes was too long. I had 5 pounds of short ribs and pressure cooked it on high for 1 hour. Very tender meat. It was perfect!.

  3. Abbycat
    Abbycat says:

    OMG sooo delicious. Beyond expectations. I stayed true to the recipe except I only used 2-700 gram pkgs of Creminis. I have tried cooking with red wine in the past and didn’t care for it. This recipe is to die for…so good. Dinner guess will be in awe.

  4. Jregner
    Jregner says:

    This was excellent! A few steps, but still simple. My husband loved it and short ribs are usually fairly inexpensive, so tasty affordable main dish!

  5. kjo4jc
    kjo4jc says:

    Awesome flavor. But be aware it took me 3 hours start to finish: mise en place to natural pressure release to making the sauce.

    Probably better as a weekend dish than a busy weeknight.

  6. Cheleste
    Cheleste says:

    VERY NICE DINNER!
    We used a chuck roast instead, cut it to size and did the rest the same. Thoroughly enjoyed this dish!

  7. Sabatino1037
    Sabatino1037 says:

    Very tender… easy recipe…will make it again.. 3lbs. Of mushrooms is a bit excessive… next time i will only do 1 – 1.5 lbs… sooo many mushrooms flavorred the beef gravy which is good but it overtook the beef flavor

  8. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    Very good.. but way too many mushrooms.. 3lbs. Is too much… it flavorred the beef juices so much that the mushroom flavor overtook the beef flavor… i am gonna use only 1.5lbs next time…but the meat was tender and yummy.

  9. Catinla
    Catinla says:

    Wonderful recipe, I add my usual mirepoix of onions, carrots, celery, garlic and Italian parsley along with baby Bella mushrooms and the bacon and red wine.

  10. ChillyG
    ChillyG says:

    This is my wife’s favorite instant pot recipe. Using Guinness gives it a very deep, rich flavor.

  11. DaFatGuy
    DaFatGuy says:

    Worked out well, substituted brussel sprouts instead of mushrooms and fresh herbs instead of dried. Also added 3 cloves of garlic. Very hardy and tasty. Suggest mashed potatoes or rice to compliment.

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