Sticky soy-braised short ribs

Short ribs are hugely popular for good reason: not only are they economical, but cooking the meat on the bone adds heaps of flavour to this soy and anise-scented sauce.


1 tbsp vegetable oil

1kg beef short ribs

400g echalion shallots, trimmed and halved

2 garlic cloves, crushed

20g fresh root ginger, grated

2 star anise

3 tbsp dark soy sauce

500g fresh beef or chicken stock

1 lime, juice


1. Heat the oil in a large casserole dish. Season the short ribs and brown over a medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes on all sides (you may need to do this in batches, adding a little more oil); set aside.

2. Add the shallots to the pan and fry for 5 minutes, until golden and starting to soften, then add the garlic and ginger; cook for another 2 minutes. Add the star anise, soy sauce and stock. Return the meat to the pan with any resting juices, bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer.

3. Cover and simmer for 3 hours, until the meat is very tender. (At this stage you can either leave the meat on the bone or shred it with two forks.) Simmer, uncovered, for another 40-45 minutes, turning the ribs occasionally, until you have a rich sauce that coats the meat. If not, reduce it a little further.

4. Season, and add lime juice to taste. Rest for 15 minutes before serving with wasabi-spiked mashed potato or sticky rice, if liked.

Additional notes:


Follow steps 1 and 2. Secure the lid and bring to high pressure. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 50-60 minutes, until the meat is tender. Uncover and simmer briskly for 20-25 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce is thick. Follow step 4 to serve.


Put everything – except the oil (it isn’t needed) and lime juice – in the cooker. Cover and set to low for 6-8 hours, until the meat is tender. Set the ribs aside. Reduce the braising liquid in a saucepan, over a high heat, until thick. Mix everything back together; follow step 4 to serve.


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  • Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus resting
  • Cooking time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Total time: 4 hours 30 minutes, plus resting

Serves: 4

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1,823kJ
Fat 32.9g
Saturated Fat 12.7g
Carbohydrate 5.5g
Sugars 4.8g
Protein 30.1g
Salt 2g
Fibre 2.2g

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This recipe was first published in Sun Feb 01 15:37:00 GMT 2015.