Pomegranate-Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs (Pressure Cooker)

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 15m
Ready In

"This is out of the "American Test Kitchen" pressure cookbook. Pressure level is HIGH and release is NATURAL. Use 6-8 quart pressure cooker...you can substitute bone-in short ribs 6 (12 ounce) make sure to trim the fat and increase pressurized cooking time to 1 1/2 hours."

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (435.5 g)
  • Calories 688.4
  • Total Fat - 44.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 17.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 156.1 mg
  • Sodium - 308.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 19.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.6 g
  • Sugars - 14.9 g
  • Protein - 47 g
  • Calcium - 39.1 mg
  • Iron - 5.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 13.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Cook bacon in pressure-cooker pot over medium-high heat until browned and crisp, about 3 minutes. Stir in onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in pomegranate juice, brown sugar, orange zest, juice, and thyme. Using wooden spoon, scrap up all browned bits stuck on bottom of pot. Pat short ribs dry with paper towels, season with salt and pepper, and nestle into pot.

Step 2

Lock pressure-cooker lid in place and bring to high pressure over medium-high heat. As soon as pot reaches high pressure reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 35 minutes, adjusting heat as needed to maintain high pressure.

Step 3

Remove pot from heat and allow pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure, then carefully remove lid, allowing steam to escape away from you.

Step 4

Transfer short ribs to platter, tent loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest while finishing sauce. Strain sauce into fat separator, let sit 5 minutes, then pour defatted sauce back into now-empty pot. Whisk vinegar and cornstarch together, then whisk into sauce and simmer over medium heat until thickened and measures 1 1/2 cups, about 15 minutes. Off heat, whisk in butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve sauce with ribs.

Tips & Variations

  • Foil
  • Fat separator



Excellent short ribs! And that sauce is to die for! One-pot cooking if using the instant pot. I only set for 32 minutes and thought the ribs were a bit overdone, and next time I'll use the bone-in ribs out of personal preference. We also added back the onion/bacon that was strained out of the sauce (after taking the pics) and that gave it an even greater flavor boost. This will definitely be a family favorite!

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(14 Mar 2021)