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Asian Braised Beef Short Ribs

beef short ribs with cilantro and sliced chillies in black roasting tray

5 from 6 reviews

Meltingly tender Asian Braised Beef Short Ribs, perfect for entertaining or a comforting family meal.



Instructions for Stove Top and Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F) (without fan).
  2. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof pan (which has a fitted lid) over medium-high heat.
  3. Sear the short ribs until they are browned and golden on all sides. You may need to do this in batches.
  4. Remove the ribs to a large dish and set aside.
  5. Turn the heat down.
  6. Add the onions, ginger and garlic to the pan. Sauté for a few minutes until the onions have softened.
  7. Add the Chinese five spice powder and cook for about a minute.
  8. Add the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sugar, chicken stock, cinnamon stick and star anise.
  9. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.
  10. Return the short ribs to the pan, along with any juices which have settled in the bowl.
  11. Cut a piece of baking or parchment paper to fit the pan, and cut a small hole in the centre to allow the steam to escape. Place the baking paper directly on top of the stew – this helps to keep everything submerged while it’s cooking and to prevent the loss of too much moisture.
  12. Cover the pan with a lid and place in the oven for about 2.5 to 3 hours, or until the meat is falling off the bone and a spoon cuts through the meat easily. Alternatively, you can cook on the stove over very low heat.
  13. Use a slotted spoon to gently remove the ribs to a large dish.
  14. Skim off as much fat as possible from the sauce in the pan.
  15. Place the pan over medium-high heat on the stove and let the mixture simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until it has reduced and thickened slightly.
  16. Taste the sauce for seasoning.
  17. Serve the ribs with steamed Jasmine rice and steamed broccoli (or other Asian greens), with the sauce drizzled over the meat.
  18. Garnish with coriander (cilantro) and red chillies.

Instructions for Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot

  1. Follow Steps 1 to 10 as for cooking on the stove.
  2. Make sure the liquid is below the 2/3 mark on the pot.
  3. Cook on high pressure for 35 to 45 minutes. The length of time depends on how big your beef short ribs are. To err on the side of caution, I recommend checking for tenderness at 35 minutes. If a spoon does not cut through the meat easily, cook the meat for another 5 to 10 minutes on high pressure.
  4. Once the meat is cooked until tender, continue with Steps 13 to 18 as for cooking on the stove.

Kitchen Notes

All recipes on this website state temperatures for a regular oven (i.e. a conventional oven without fan). If you have a convection oven with a fan, please consult the manufacturer’s handbook on how to adjust the temperature and baking time accordingly.

To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.