The air fryer, a kitchen appliance that has taken the culinary world by storm, is not just for crisping up fries. Its versatility extends to creating succulent and flavorful dishes, and beef short ribs are no exception. In this article, I’ll guide you through a tantalizing air fryer beef short ribs recipe, showcasing the appliance’s ability to deliver perfectly cooked, tender ribs with a delightful crispy exterior.

1. Air Fryer Beef Short Ribs


  • 3 lbs beef short ribs
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


Step 1: Preparing the Short Ribs & Glaze

Start by patting the beef short ribs dry with paper towels. This step is crucial for achieving a crispy exterior.

Season the ribs generously with salt and black pepper.

In a bowl, mix together the olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, dried rosemary, and cayenne pepper.

Rub the spice mixture evenly over the short ribs, ensuring that each rib is well-coated. Allow the ribs to marinate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors penetrate the meat.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard. This mixture will serve as a flavorful glaze for the ribs.

Step 2: Air Frying the Short Ribs

Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).

Place the marinated short ribs in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not overcrowded to allow for proper air circulation.

Cook the ribs for 25-30 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time. The exact cooking time may vary depending on your air fryer model and the thickness of the ribs, so monitor them closely.

During the last 5-10 minutes of cooking, brush the ribs with the prepared glaze to add a layer of sweet and savory goodness.

Once the short ribs are cooked to your desired level of doneness and have a crispy exterior, remove them from the air fryer.

Step 3: Serve & Enjoy

Let the ribs rest for a few minutes before serving.

Garnish with fresh herbs, such as chopped parsley or cilantro, for a burst of freshness.

Serve the air fryer beef short ribs alongside your favorite sides, such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a crisp salad.

The air fryer beef short ribs recipe showcases the versatility and efficiency of this modern kitchen appliance. In a relatively short time, you can achieve perfectly cooked beef short ribs with a mouthwatering crispy exterior.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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