Asian-Inspired Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs

Asian-Inspired Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs


This dish is great as a family dinner because most of the cooking time is unattended. So you can spend your time with family or entertaining guests.

40 min
4 Servings


4 lb
boneless beef short ribs (or 5 lbs. of bone-in; cut into 3" pieces)
1 Tbsp
garlic salt
fresh ground black pepper
1 cup
low-sodium shoyu
1/4 cup
rice wine vinegar (unseasoned)
3 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
fresh garlic (minced)
1 Tbsp
fresh ginger (minced)
lemongrass stalks (halved and smashed)
handful of dried shiitake mushrooms
1/4 cup
light brown sugar
2 Tbsp
Asian fish sauce
5 cup
4 cup
pearl onions or shallots (peeled and left whole)
thinly sliced green onion or cilantro (for garnish)
Prep Time:
40 min
Total Time:
40 min


Trim most of the fat from the beef and season with garlic salt and pepper. Heat a large pan on medium-high heat and brown the meat on all sides. Place meat in a crockpot or other large pot with a cover. In a bowl, mix the shoyu, vinegar, mirin, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, shiitake mushrooms, brown sugar, fish sauce, and water. Pour mixture over the meat (liquid should just cover the meat).  Simmer gently until meat is tender (crockpot method can be left on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours). Remove meat from the braising liquid, transfer the liquid to a medium sauce pot, and bring to a boil. Add the onion and briskly boil the sauce until onion is very soft, and the liquid is reduced by half.  Pour the sauce back over the meat.

To serve, spoon onto a serving of rice and top with a sprinkle of green onion or cilantro.

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Chef Michi Watarai