Instant Pot Short Ribs

Paleo and Whole 30 approved!


  • 6 short ribs
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon whole 30 compliant whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 2 cups whole 30 compliant broth (beef or chicken both work)
  • A few tablespoons of arrowroot powder (optional – only needed if you decide to make the sauce)


For the short ribs

  1. Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Turn Instant Pot onto the saute setting on high. Add your coconut oil to the pot
  2. When hot, add your short ribs and sear until brown on all sides
  3. When finished searing, remove the short ribs from the pot and add in your tomato paste, whole grain mustard, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, and broth. Whisk to fully combine
  4. Add your short ribs back in with the liquid and place the lid on your Instant Pot. Seal the vent, and cook on manual high pressure for 50 minutes
  5. When the 50 minutes are up, release the pressure, remove the lid, and remove the short ribs to a plate

For the sauce (optional)

  1. Skim the fat off of the braising liquid with a spoon. This is easier if you first remove the liquid into a clear bowl or tupperware so you can see the fat more easily
  2. Place the liquid back into the Instant Pot and turn it to the saute setting on high
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder and a little water, so it makes a slurry. Stir this into your sauce and simmer for about 20 seconds. If it’s not thickened to your liking, add another tablespoon of arrowroot powder slurry. Continue adding until the sauce is the thickness you prefer*

To assemble

  1. Plate your short ribs and drizzle the sauce over top. The short ribs are yummy with mashed sweet potatoes or regular potatoes!


Arrowroot powder amount varies because the amount of braising liquid you end up will will vary based on how much broth you lost while skimming the fat. Also, people have different preferences on the thickness they desire their ending sauce to be.