Instant Pot Korean Beef Ribs: A Flavorsome Delight

Are you ready to experience the ultimate tenderness and flavor explosion with Instant Pot Korean Beef Ribs? Brace yourself for a dish that delivers robust and savory flavors with a touch of sweet and spicy goodness. These fall-off-the-bone ribs are prepared using gochujang and honey, creating an irresistible combination. Plus, the cooking liquid doubles up as a luscious sauce. Get ready to have your taste buds tantalized!

The Surprising Tenderization

For a long time, I believed that the only way to achieve moist and tender short ribs was through slow-roasting. However, my perception was shattered when I took a bite of these Instant Pot Korean Beef Ribs. The meat was incredibly tender, practically melting in my mouth. The secret lies in cooking the beef ribs in an Instant Pot rather than a Dutch oven. This cuts the cooking time in half without compromising on tenderness and succulence.

Harnessing the Power of Instant Pot

Using an Instant Pot for braising is a game-changer. Not only is it easy to use, but it also ensures a safe and efficient cooking experience. Instant pots, which are essentially modern pressure cookers, seal in moisture, a crucial element in braising. In the case of these Instant Pot Korean Beef Ribs, using an Instant Pot guarantees outstanding results every time.

Introducing Beef Short Ribs

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s acquaint ourselves with beef short ribs. These ribs come from the beef chuck section of a cow. They consist of five ribs that are too small to be used for steaks, making them perfect for this dish. Unlike beef back ribs, which are shorter and fatter, short ribs come from the bottom section of the cow and offer more substantial and flavorful meat. The ribs showcased in our photos are larger than what you might typically find, providing an extra meaty delight.

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Ingredients for the Perfect Ribs

To create this tantalizing dish, gather the following key ingredients. Refer to the printable recipe card below for precise measurements:

To Sear the Ribs:

  • Beef Ribs/Short Ribs
  • Salt and Ground Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Fresh Ginger

For the Sauce:

  • Soy Sauce (low-sodium)
  • Broth (beef or vegetable, low-sodium)
  • Gochujang (Korean spicy paste)
  • Sugar
  • Seedless Jam or Jelly (any fruit jelly or seedless jam)
  • Rice Wine Vinegar (or apple cider vinegar/white wine vinegar)
  • Honey
  • Ketchup
  • Salt
  • Parsley (finely chopped, for garnish)
  • Sesame Seeds (for garnish)

Unveiling the Cooking Process

Let’s delve into the step-by-step guide to prepare these mouthwatering Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs:

1. Brown the Beef:
Begin by seasoning the beef ribs with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in your Instant Pot, set to the sauté function, and sear the beef ribs on all sides until browned. Work in batches to avoid overcrowding the pot. Once seared, set the ribs aside.

2. Cooking the Garlic and Making the Sauce:
While the ribs are searing, whisk together the soy sauce, broth, gochujang, sugar, jelly, vinegar, honey, ketchup, and salt to create the flavorful sauce. Add garlic and ginger to the Instant Pot and cook for 1-2 minutes. Immediately pour in the sauce mixture, stirring well to release any stuck-on bits.

3. Cooking the Ribs:
Return the beef ribs to the Instant Pot, ensuring they are submerged in the liquid. Cook on high pressure for 50 minutes. Allow the steam to naturally release for 10 minutes, then use the quick release to eliminate any remaining pressure. The beef ribs are now ready to be devoured, along with the delectable sauce.

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4. Preparing a Thick Gravy/Sauce:
To thicken the sauce, switch the Instant Pot to sauté mode, allowing the liquid to come to a boil. Whisk one tablespoon of cornstarch with one tablespoon of water. Once the liquid reaches a boil, gradually add the cornstarch mixture while whisking. Continue boiling until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency. Turn off the Instant Pot and transfer the sauce to a serving bowl.

A Satisfying Culinary Experience

These beef ribs are incredibly hearty and meaty, making one rib per person usually sufficient. However, be forewarned that the irresistible flavor might have you craving more! To complement the ribs, serve them with hearty and flavorful sides. Mashed potatoes, creamy polenta, or plain steamed rice are excellent choices as they allow the beef to take center stage. Don’t forget to generously ladle the savory sauce over the ribs and garnish with finely chopped fresh parsley and toasted sesame seeds for an extra touch of perfection.

Instant Pot Korean Beef Ribs

Enjoy the succulent tenderness and explosive flavors of these Instant Pot Korean Beef Ribs. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a truly satisfying culinary journey. For more mouthwatering recipes and cooking inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.