Thursday, January 26, 2017

Instant Pot: Korean Style Short Ribs

There's something about short ribs that I adore. Maybe it's the meaty and marbled cut or the enjoyment of eating meat off the bones or even the way it naturally absorbs the flavors of what it's slow cooked with. Regardless, it's one of my favorite cuts of meat to prepare this time of year when all I crave is comfort food. I'm also a sucker for rice and when paired with these Korean Style Short Ribs, the rice just captures every last drop of flavor of umami...



Korean short rib, or galbi/kalbi, usually involves flanked short ribs. I used the English cut short rib instead but either could be used in this recipe. The marinade is cooked along with the beef and when pressurized, the flavors are intensified and better absorbed in a shorter amount of time. You could even place the beef with the marinade in a storage bag in advance so that everything can be placed in the Instant Pot after a long day with little preparation. Leftovers of this (assuming there are some left!) are even better the next day. The marinade or remaining sauce after cooking is great as a thin sauce to serve over the ribs and rice. I've also used leftover meat in salads and Korean style tacos!


Korean Style Short Ribs
recipe adapted for IP from Blisstree

5 lbs beef short ribs, flanked or English cut

1 cup soy sauce (I use Silver Swan, a Filipino brand, but any would do, even low sodium)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
4 tablespoons sesame oil
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
4 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
I head of garlic, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1-2 stalks green onions, sliced thin for garnish
1/2 teaspoon white sesame seeds for garnish

In your Instant Pot:

Plug in the IP with insert set in place.

Add the beef ribs to the IP.

In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, vinegar, ginger, garlic and red pepper. Transfer mixture over the ribs in the IP.
Secure the lid of the IP and ensure the valve is set to SEALING.

Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 35 minutes on HIGH pressure.

The display will reflect ON while the IP comes to pressure. Allow a few minutes for your IP to come to pressure.

Once at pressure, the display will reflect 35 (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.

When the IP beeps after pressure cooking for 35 minutes, allow your IP to naturally release pressure for 15 minutes. While naturally releasing pressure (also known as NRP or NR), the display will reflect numbers counting up from 1. The numbers indicate how many minutes the IP has stopped cooking since it beeped (or how many minutes it has been naturally releasing pressure).  No need to touch your IP while it naturally releases pressure.

When the display reflects 15 (which is 15 minutes since the IP has beeped), turn the setting on top of your IP to VENTING. Doing so allows the IP to quickly release pressure (also known as QRP or QR). I use a wooden spoon to carefully turn the setting to avoid close contact with the potential steam. You may also want to turn your IP away from cabinets to allow the released steam to escape freely. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.

Open up your IP when the pin has dropped (allow a few minutes for this to happen).

Using tongs, remove the ribs serve over rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

Alternatively, you can also remove the ribs from the IP and transfer them onto a baking sheet. Broil the ribs in the oven for a few minutes until your desired char or color is reached.