Korean Beef Short Ribs

I've always kinda thought of ribs as weekend fussy food. Messy, but also difficult to make with a long, involved process. But since getting my Instant Pot, ribs can easily be a weeknight food and even, short ribs, which are notoriously difficult to transform into a proper meal, become a thing of legend.

This particular legend is borne out of a nine ingredient marinade that's simply whisked together and used to give the ribs a bath. Then ribs and marinade go into the Instant Pot and 30 minutes later, you're simmering the sauce just a bit to thicken it. Then you have beautiful, tasty, still messy ribs that you will want to make over and over again.

You can serve these over rice, soba noodles, even wasabi mashed potatoes. Then some kind of salad is almost required to offset the otherwise heavy meal. My favorite is a sliced cucumber salad tossed with a light rice vinegar-based dressing. Maybe toss in a few of those sesame seeds and green onions too. Then wash it all down with a light beer or chilled glass of white wine. Summer does really have some fantastic eating. Enjoy!

Korean Beef Short Ribs

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hot honey
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic chili paste
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • 2 pounds beef short ribs
  • Sesame seeds and sliced green onions, as garnishes

In a large bowl, whisk together the first 9 ingredients (soy sauce through grated ginger). Add the beef short ribs and toss to coat. Allow the meat to rest for 15 minutes for the flavors to soak in.

Place the prepared ribs on a rack in your Instant Pot. Pour the remaining liquid over the ribs. Close the lid and cook on manual HIGH pressure for 30 minutes.

Once cooked, release the steam manually after 5 minutes - be careful turning the valve. Remove the ribs carefully and cover them with foil to keep warm.

Set the Instant Pot to the sauté setting and simmer the sauce with the lid open until thickened, about 5-10 minutes.

Coat both sides of the ribs with the sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions before serving.

  • Yields: 2-3 servings
  • Preparation Time:45 minutes