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Classic Braised Beef Short Ribs are cooked low and slow until they reach fall-off-the-bone deliciousness.  This simple dish is a classic that is full of comfort food flavor. 

Braised Beef Short Ribs served over mashed potatoes and garnished with a sprig of rosemary

What is braising?

Braising is a combination cooking method where you first sear the food with a dry heat and then slowly cook it for a long period of time in a wet heat, usually a braising liquid with a lid to trap in the heat. Tough cuts of meat that require long cooking times to reach a tender, pleasant texture are great candidates for braising.

When you use the slow cooker, you are often braising stuff. If I wrote the book on slow cooking  (no really I did!), why am I braising it the old fashioned way? Because it tastes different. The slow cooker is all about convenience. I love it. I use it frequently. But there’s something about braising a piece of meat traditionally that just tastes good. Maybe because it involves extra work. You know, things taste better when they are made with love.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to knock the slow cooker. I love it. But if you want to spend a little extra time (or you are late on getting something in the slow cooker and dinner is in less than 8 hours…), it’s extra delicious!

Braised Beef Short Ribs in a pot with a sprig of rosemary

How do you make braised short ribs?

Short ribs can be braised whether they are boneless or bone-in. Season and sear the meat over a high heat. Next, immerse the short ribs either partially or fully in a flavorful liquid in an oven safe pan. Cover and cook for a long period of time (usually about two and a half hours), until the meat is tender.

In this recipe the braising liquid is simple, but flavorful. The basis is a combination of sautéed onion and garlic. Beef broth and worcestershire sauce is added. The real kicker in this recipe is one fresh sprig of rosemary. It may seem simple, but the long cooking time will infuse the rosemary flavor throughout the liquid and the meat. Just be warned, the smell in your house will make you drool!

Serving Suggestions: Braised beef short ribs are often served up with mashed potatoes. The braising liquid can easily be turned into a gravy, if desired. Other classic accompaniments are a creamy polenta, or roasted vegetables.
Don’t let those delicious juices go to waste! Remove the meat and pour the juices into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until sauce reduces (about 15 minutes). You’ll have a delicious sauce. For a smooth sauce you’d want to strain it first.

Or make it into a gravy. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan. Add in 2 tablespoons of flour and whisk together into a paste. Pour in strained juices and heat over medium-high heat until thickened. If your juices are straight from the oven and still piping hot this will only take a minute or two.

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Braised Beef Short Ribs served over mashed potatoes and garnished with a sprig of rosemary
Classic Braised Beef Short Ribs are cooked low and slow until they reach fall-off-the-bone deliciousness. This simple dish is a classic that is full of comfort food flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 6 (about 4 pounds) bone-in short ribs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Season all sides of the short ribs with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a heavy, oven-safe pot over high heat. Add in olive oil and allow to heat briefly. Sear short ribs in olive oil, about 1 minute per side. Remove from pot and set aside.
  • Add in onion and saute 2 to 3 minutes. Add in garlic and saute 1 minute more.
  • Pour in beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer. Add in meat. Place a rosemary sprig on top.
  • Cover and transfer to preheated oven for about 2.5 hours, until meat is tender.
Notes
Note:
Don't have an oven safe pot? You can let it simmer, covered, in a regular pot on the stove for 2.5 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 682kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 813mg | Potassium: 1302mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 7.8mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Short Ribs
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Carm Merola
June 6, 2020 3:04 pm

This is an absolutely simple yet amazingly delicious recipe. I always double the broth and I add a can of Campbell’s beef consommé along with a half a cup of marsala wine and it takes this to the next level. I also add a few carrots a little celery and serve it with homemade garlic mashed potatoes and it’s a meal to die for!!!

October 21, 2020 12:27 pm
Reply to  Carm Merola

OMG I am 68 and had never made short ribs yet I have cravings for them. Mom was a good cook and lets say It’s harder for me but this recipe was not only simple but my mouth is watering because it has become a favorite Birthday meal ! Thanks for the recipe and the new memories !

Emma
May 26, 2020 11:40 am

5 stars
This is an amazing and simple recipe for such a quality cut of meat. We’re on the UK and our butcher has quality Short Beef Ribs @£10 per kg so we got 4 ribs approx £5 each cut in half so 8 ribs total for £20.16. Fed us family of 4 with roastie potatoes and side salad with vinaigrette… used the stock from the pot as a side jus as well. THANK YOU X

May 23, 2020 9:19 am

My absolute favorite recipe! My family loves it. I don’t put rosemary on top (not a rosemary fan)!

Dionne Lipscomb
July 19, 2020 1:25 pm

Made this recipe today, added a few extras, all I can say is 😋 DELICIOUS!

Jayh0va831
April 30, 2020 4:22 pm

Great recipe. I wanted to go into detail about the steps I did a little different then realized I was taken away from your recipe.

Great base that I will use going forward when I have similar cuts of meat.

T B
May 18, 2020 5:19 pm

5 stars
Great recipe. I had everything except the Worcestershire sauce but my meat turned out perfectly with perfect flavor.

ChesterCopperpot
March 28, 2020 4:13 pm

5 stars
Fantastic recipe! Didn’t have Worcestershire or beef broth and improvised by substituting veggie bouillon dissolved in one cup water, also added dash of wine before tossing in the oven. Did convection roast setting at 325F and the cooking time (2.5 hrs) was perfect. We spooned all the delicious au jus over our sautéed greens we made to accompany. Next time will deglaze the pot and make some serious sauce. Simply delish.

David Baxter
March 28, 2020 4:34 am

5 stars
Outstanding….I add couple additional garlic cloves and a 1 dried chili pepper. Made this many times and will build another batch tomorrow. One of our “go to dishes” when we have guests for dinner.

Shelly
December 8, 2019 4:07 pm

5 stars
This is the best recipe for delicious restaurant style short ribs. Probably better than most. Use the recipe every time I prepare my short ribs. Very delicious, tender, melts in your mouth, flavorable. My family loves my short ribs and I have passed this recipe to my daughters.

Patricia
November 6, 2019 5:28 pm

I absolutely love this recipe! The ribs are so tender and full of flavor!

Grandad chef
August 30, 2020 7:18 am

5 stars
Excellent and easy. Added a couple of “glugs” of wine and 2 tsp of herby tomato pizza sauce. Make sure meat is covered by liquid – it shrinks. Very flavorful!

DAun Moore
July 27, 2020 4:55 pm

5 stars
Made this many times, and I would suggest making double and only have one guest. They are AWESOME!

Verlene Perry-Newburn
July 18, 2020 1:36 pm

5 stars
I made this and it was delicious. I added a tablespoon of ground paprika.

Doug
July 10, 2020 11:56 pm

I am a Scot based in Qatar , a hot country of excess but where cheap cuts and offal are a plenty. Beef cheeks and short ribs are almost thrown away, so when I found this recipe I went for it. Truly simple and delicious, my kids love it so much it’s beaten spaghetti Bolonaise onto the menu

Kara
May 10, 2020 6:56 pm

5 stars
This is a total hit with my husband and my three yr old daughter with multiple food allergies, every single time. So simple but so good!

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