Asian-Style Braised Short Ribs

Asian-Style Braised Short Ribs

Will Budiaman


  • 1 Tablespoon  canola oil
  • 3/4 Pounds  boneless short rib steak, cut into large chunks
  • yellow onion, chopped
  • Thai chiles, halved
  • 10  cloves garlic, chopped roughly
  •   One 3-inch piece ginger, minced
  • 1/2 Cup  low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon  seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup  brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon  cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon  chopped mint, for garnish
  • 1 Tablespoon  chopped cilantro, for garnish

In creating the sauce for these short ribs, I aimed for a balance of sweet, salty, spicy, and tanginess that's so crucial in many Southeast Asian dishes. The brown sugar, soy sauce, Thai chiles, and vinegar all come together to create a harmony of flavors that's wonderful and delicious.

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Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Heat the canola oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Add the short ribs and sear on both sides, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, chiles, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is brown around the edges, about 10 minutes. Remove the short ribs to a plate with a slotted spoon.

In a bowl, mix together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and brown sugar. Add the mixture together with the short ribs and their juices to the pan. Cover with a lid, place in the oven, and braise until tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 1 ½ hours.

Let the short ribs cool in their liquid. Place in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, skim off any solidified fat at the top, and drain the meat and vegetables, reserving the cooking liquid.

Transfer the cooking liquid back to the sauté pan and reduce over high heat for 15 minutes. Add the cornstarch, stir, and cook until thickened, about 1 more minute. Place the meat and vegetables back in the pan to reheat briefly, and serve garnished with the mint and cilantro. 


Calories per serving:

731 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 43g 66%
  • Carbs 50g 17%
  • Saturated 16g 82%
  • Fiber 3g 10%
  • Trans 2g
  • Sugars 32g
  • Monounsaturated 21g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 39g 78%
  • Cholesterol 119mg 40%
  • Sodium 2,409mg 100%
  • Calcium 108mg 11%
  • Magnesium 100mg 25%
  • Potassium 971mg 28%
  • Iron 5mg 27%
  • Zinc 8mg 52%
  • Phosphorus 392mg 56%
  • Vitamin A 28µg 3%
  • Vitamin C 67mg 112%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 17%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 38%
  • Niacin (B3) 9mg 43%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 63%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 56µg 14%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 49%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 10%
  • Vitamin K 14µg 17%
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