Chef John Shows You How to Braise Beef Short Ribs

Chef John Shows You How to Braise Beef Short Ribs

Background and History

Braising beef short ribs is a culinary journey that transforms this tough cut into a succulent, flavorful masterpiece. Originating from the French culinary technique “braiser,” Chef John’s expertise guides you through the process of achieving tender, fall-off-the-bone short ribs, creating a dish with a rich history rooted in slow-cooked perfection.


Beef short ribs

Salt and black pepper

Cooking oil

Onion, carrots, and celery (mirepoix)

Garlic cloves

Tomato paste

Red wine

Beef broth

Fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary)

Bay leaves


4-6 people


Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking: 3-4 hours

Total: 3.5 – 4.5 hours

Cooking Time

Braising: 3-4 hours


Prepare Short Ribs

Season beef short ribs generously with salt and black pepper.

Sear Ribs

Heat cooking oil in a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot. Sear short ribs on all sides until browned. Set aside.

Sauté Mirepoix

In the same pot, sauté diced onion, carrots, and celery (mirepoix) until softened. Add minced garlic and cook briefly.

Add Tomato Paste

Stir in tomato paste and cook for a few minutes to enhance flavor.

Deglaze with Red Wine

Pour in red wine to deglaze the pot, scraping up any flavorful bits from the bottom.

Return Ribs and Add Broth

Place the seared short ribs back into the pot. Pour in enough beef broth to partially submerge the ribs.

Add Herbs and Braise

Tuck in fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary), add bay leaves, and bring the liquid to a simmer. Cover and transfer to a preheated oven. Braise until the meat is fork-tender.

Serve and Enjoy

Remove short ribs from the pot and serve with the reduced braising liquid as a sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Beef short ribs are a good source of protein, iron, and essential nutrients.

The braising process infuses the dish with rich flavors while keeping it moist and tender.


Patience is key; slow braising yields the best results.

Customize the dish by experimenting with different herbs or adding root vegetables.

Allergy Warning

  • Check for beef allergies before preparing this dish.
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