Braised Short Ribs: A Delicious and Easy Recipe

If you’re looking to impress your dinner guests with a flavorful and satisfying dish, look no further than Braised Short Ribs. These mouth-watering cuts of meat are not only delicious, but they are also incredibly easy to make, requiring just one pot and a few simple ingredients. Whether it’s for a special occasion or a Sunday dinner, these Braised Short Ribs are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Braised Short Ribs

What are Short Ribs and Braising?

Short ribs come from the beef chuck portion of a cow and are smaller pieces of meat that are too small to be sold as steaks. Braising is a cooking method where you brown the meat and simmer it on low heat. It’s a great technique for tougher cuts of meat that become tender and flavorful after prolonged cooking.

Searing Short Ribs

Tips for Buying Ribs

When buying short ribs, look for bone-in ribs as they are more flavorful and cook evenly. However, you can also use boneless short ribs for this recipe. Check for bright red meat and avoid any that are turning grey in areas. Look for some marbling but not excessive fat. The more meat on the bone, the better!

How to Make Braised Short Ribs

  1. Gather your ingredients, including carrots and onions.
    Ingredients for Braised Short Ribs
  2. Sauté carrots and onions in a large, oven-safe pot with a lid. Set them aside.
  3. Add oil to the pot and sear the ribs on all sides until browned. Remove them from the pot.
    Searing Short Ribs
  4. Deglaze the pot by adding wine and scraping up any browned bits. Boil for 2 minutes, then add beef broth, salt, freshly ground black pepper, and tomato paste.
  5. Taste the broth and adjust the seasonings if needed. Add the sautéed vegetables, seared ribs, and herbs.
    Adding Broth and Spices
  6. Cover the pot with a lid and bake in the oven for a few hours until the ribs are tender and easily fall off the bone.
    Cooked Braised Short Ribs
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Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Instructions

If you prefer using a slow cooker or an Instant Pot, you can adapt this recipe too!

For the Slow Cooker:

  1. Follow steps 1-4 of the recipe.
  2. Transfer everything to your slow cooker, add beef broth, salt, freshly ground black pepper, and tomato paste.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve the ribs over mashed potatoes with a spoonful of gravy.

For the Instant Pot:

  1. Follow steps 1-4 of the recipe using the sauté function on your Instant Pot.
  2. Add beef broth, salt, freshly ground black pepper, and tomato paste.
  3. Cook on Manual/High pressure for 45 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally before opening the lid.

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions

You can make this recipe ahead of time and freeze it for later enjoyment. To make ahead, you can prepare the dish up to step 8 before cooking in the oven. Freeze it in a safe container or bag for up to 4-5 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator for 24 hours before cooking as instructed.

You can also freeze the dish after cooking by allowing it to cool completely. Store it in a freezer-safe container for 3-4 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator and reheat servings in the microwave or on the stove.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy your Braised Short Ribs with mashed potatoes, homemade rolls, a refreshing wedge salad, or fresh roasted vegetables. The possibilities are endless!

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(Recipe adapted from original source: Tastes Better From Scratch)