Asian-Flavored Short Ribs

3.75 avg. rating (76% score) - 4 votes

Asian-Flavored Short Ribs

These rich and exotic Asian-Flavored Short Ribs are perfect for company.

Total Time: 30
Yield: 6 servings


  • 6 bone-in beef short ribs (5-6 pounds)
  • 3 teaspoons kosher or sea salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 carrots, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, then into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 inches ginger, peeled, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves
  • 1 bottle dry white wine (such as Pinot Grigio)
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste (or 1/2 cup tamarind juice), optional
  • 3 star-anise pods
  • 1 clove


In a small bowl, stir together 2 teaspoons salt with pepper. Season each short rib with mixture. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven, deep baking dish, or large, heavy-bottomed pot over high heat. Add ribs and brown well, 2-3 minutes per side. Don't overcrowd; cook in batches. Remove to a plate. Discard all but 1 tablespoon fat.

Preheat oven to 350°. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse onion, celery, carrots, garlic, ginger, and cilantro until they form a coarse paste. Season with 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until softened and fragrant, 5-7 minutes. Add wine, vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, and water, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pot. Cook until reduced by one-third. Stir in tamarind.

Return ribs to pot. Add star anise and clove. Cover and cook in oven 3 hours; turn ribs over halfway through. Remove lid for last 20 minutes of cooking to let sauce reduce. When done, meat should be tender but not falling apart. Place ribs on a platter, skim off any fat from sauce, and pour any sauce over ribs.
  • I had never cooked short ribs before and these were pretty spectacular. I stuck to the recipe but would agree with the first reviewer that they cook up faster then the 3 hours.

  • Kirsten

    My husband is hard to please, but he loved this recipe. I found that it cooked shorter than what is recommended, since it says “not until it falls apart.” The wine I used was a California Chardonnay and did opt to use the tamarind, but used tamarind Kool-Aid since it was on hand. If you don’t have a true dutch oven, cover the pan with foil.


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