Great Braising Recipes for Meats and Veggies

Braised Beef, Braised Lamb, Braised Chicken and More

Braising is a form of moist-heat cooking that breaks down connective tissues in tough cuts of meat, leaving them tender and succulent. Braising is also a great cooking technique for vegetables like cabbage, carrots, eggplant and others. Here are 10 great recipes for braising meat and vegetables.

  • 01 of 10

    Beef Pot Roast

    Pot roast with vegetables and potatoes on table
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    Beef pot roast might be the defining braised meat dish: tender, moist and flavorful, beef pot roast is the quintessential "slow food." Both hearty and succulent, it satisfies and comforts. What more can you ask?

  • 02 of 10

    Veal Osso Buco

    High angle view of ossobuco with side dish of vegetables in shallow bowl
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    This classic osso buco recipe is made by braising veal shanks. Osso buco is traditionally garnished with gremolata and served over risotto, polenta or mashed potatoes.

  • 03 of 10

    Braised Chicken Recipe

    Braised Chicken
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    Braising is a great way to cook chicken. The chicken is amazingly flavorful and tender, and you end up making a delicious chicken broth in the process.

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    Braised Short Ribs

    Short Rib Preparation
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    Braised short ribs are one of the most luxurious dishes in the world, with meat so tender it literally falls off the bone. It's heavenly with creamy polenta.

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  • 05 of 10

    Braised Oxtail

    Braised oxtail recipe
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    Oxtail is an odd cut of meat, but braising it transforms it into something rich and succulent for an incredibly satisfying meal. Pure culinary magic.

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    Braised Lamb Shanks

    Braised lamb shanks recipe
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    For these incredible braised lamb shanks you'll need a large Dutch oven or brazier — one that's big enough to accommodate the meat and stock, and safe for both stovetop and oven. Make sure it has a tight-fitting lid, too.

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    Braised Pork Shoulder

    Braised pork shoulder
    Braised pork shoulder. Photo copy; Danilo Alfaro

    This succulent braised pork shoulder is like pot roast made with pork. In addition to the usual carrots, celery, and onion (or in this case, leeks), I like to add some thinly sliced fresh fennel bulb, which is a wonderful aromatic vegetable.

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    Braised Beef Stew

    Oven-Braised Beef Stew

    The Spruce

    This beef stew is made with beef chuck, potatoes, carrots, and peas. Perfect for the colder months, this hearty beef stew is braised in the oven for slow, even cooking.

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  • 09 of 10

    Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

    Brussels sprouts cooking in a skillet
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    Brussels sprouts are little cabbages, which means they can be a little bit tough. Braising softens them so that they're nice and tender. This recipe for is the best way of preparing Brussels sprouts I've ever tasted.

  • 10 of 10

    Braised Belgian Endives

    Braised Endive
    " Bar Cento - Endive" ( CC BY-SA 2.0) by  Edsel L

    Slowly cooking Belgian endives in a bit of butter and lemon juice yields these tender, luscious, almost sweet bundles of otherwise bitter leaves. It's alchemy at its finest.