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    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.

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

    Serves: 4


    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.

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    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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