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Instant Pot

Short Rib and Butternut Squash Tagine

6 Servings

FAST: 1¼ hours
Slow: 8½ to 9½ hours 25 minutes active

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We had in mind aromatic, savory-sweet Moroccan tagines—braises prepared in the iconic, conical earthenware vessels called tagines—when we developed this Instant Pot stew. Whether pressure-cooked or slow-cooked, boneless beef short ribs turn succulent and tender while butternut squash becomes velvety—all with little effort. (If using the slow-cooker function, to ensure it fully cooks, the squash requires a jumpstart in the microwave before it goes into the Instant Pot.) Ras el hanout is a Moroccan spice blend of earthy, warm spices. If you have trouble finding it, it’s easy to make a substitute with ground spices you likely have on hand. Mix 1½ teaspoons cumin, ¾ teaspoon coriander, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon cardamom. Serve with couscous or warm flatbread, or both.




Don’t step away from the pot after adding the honey and tomato paste. These ingredients steam a bit at first, but will quickly begin to stick and brown, so stir continuously and keep a close watch.

FAST: 1¼ hours
Slow: 8½ to 9½ hours

25 minutes active


  • 1

    tablespoon grapeseed or other neutral oil

  • 3

    tablespoons honey, plus more to serve


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Hildy A.
September 20, 2023
Delicious. Recommend making in advance and then chilling to remove fat on top.
This came out delicious, and was really easy to make. There was a lot of rendered fat, so I do recommend chilling it to remove the fat more easily. But it was easy and delicious and a lovely change of pace.
Yaoli Y.
September 18, 2023
Delicious and easy!
Easy to throw together, made cous cous with while it cooked. I couldn’t find short ribs so used stew meat. The squash got soft and broke down and made it the perfect texture. Loved the mint so much I topped extra on mine
Brenda S.
September 13, 2023
Cool weather comfort food.
This was very easy and good. Comfort food on a cool and gloomy day. I made it in my stove top pressure cooker and used tomato powder because I was out of paste.
Jenifer S.
November 23, 2023
Will make again, with a couple adaptations!
We made the Instant Pot version, and while it came out really nicely following the directions almost exactly (there was a bit of cornstarch used to thicken at the end and we added some red pepper flake for a slight kick), there are a few things we would change in the future. Mainly searing the beef before putting it in the Instant pot, just to give it a bit of added texture. The squash came out *almost* perfectly, but would probably do a minute or three less on the cook time - it was just a smidge smushy. All in all, this will go into our fall rotation!
maureen s.
September 26, 2023
Recipe for Instapot?
I would like to make this but don't use instapot. How can I adapt this using a slow cooker?