Braised Short Ribs in the Oven Recipe

Braised Short Ribs in the Oven Recipe

The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

Prep: 12 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 48 mins
Total: 3 hrs
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 4 portions
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1178 Calories
84g Fat
6g Carbs
89g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1178
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 84g 108%
Saturated Fat 35g 173%
Cholesterol 340mg 113%
Sodium 810mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 89g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 10mg 55%
Potassium 1010mg 21%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Tender, fall-off-the-bone beef short ribs make a fabulous meal, and the preparation for these oven-braised short ribs is nearly effortless. You'll have to stick around for a few extra minutes to turn them as they brown, but once they are browned, all you have to do is add the remaining ingredients and braise them to melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

The short ribs are flavored with ingredients you likely have on hand, and it takes just minutes to get everything together. And cleanup is a breeze because all of the cooking is done in one large Dutch oven or stockpot. Whether you're making a meal for your family or guests, you can't go wrong with beef short ribs. Serve the short ribs with mashed potatoes and a salad or vegetable side dish.

Short ribs can vary in meatiness and size, and there are two common cuts of bone-in short ribs. English-style short ribs contain one bone and might be 2 inches to 4 inches in length. Flanken-style is the other cut—they are cut into strips across several ribs and are generally thinner—about 1 1/2 to 2 inches. To serve four people, choose four large, meaty ribs (about 3/4 pound each) or eight smaller ribs.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth, more as needed

  • 1 cup dry red wine, or more beef broth

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 3 sprigs thyme, or 2 sprigs rosemary, more leaves for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    ingredients for oven braised short ribs

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  2. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 F. Pat the ribs dry with paper towels. Season generously all over with salt and pepper.

    preparing the beef short ribs with salt and pepper

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    Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy-duty pot on medium-high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the ribs, in batches if necessary to avoid crowding the pan, and sear on all sides until deep golden brown, about 15 minutes.

    browning the beef short ribs

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  3. Remove the ribs to a plate as they become brown. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onion and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until just fragrant, about 30 seconds. Return the ribs to the pot along with any accumulated juices from the plate. 

    beef short ribs with onions and garlic

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  4. Add the beef broth, wine, Worcestershire, and thyme sprigs. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Cover, transfer to the oven, and continue to cook, undisturbed until the meat is very tender, about 2 1/2 hours.

    Check the meat after 2 hours. If there is too much liquid, return to the oven and continue to cook, uncovered. If most of the liquid has evaporated, add about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of boiling beef broth or a combination of broth and red wine, return to the oven and continue to cook, uncovered until the meat is tender.

    beef short ribs in the dutch oven with fresh thyme

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  5. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a rack.

    Dutch oven with braised beef short ribs

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  6. Transfer the ribs to a large serving bowl. Pour the broth into a gravy separator, and discard the excess fat. Adjust the seasoning of the remaining liquid with salt and pepper to taste.

  7. Pour the liquid over the short ribs, garnish with fresh thyme leaves, and serve.

    serving bowl with 4 large braised beef short ribs

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How to Store and Freeze

  • Refrigerate leftover short ribs with their cooking liquid in an airtight container within 2 hours and eat them within four days.
  • You may freeze beef short ribs for longer storage. Put the ribs and cooking liquid in an airtight container or zip-close freezer bag and freeze them for two to three months (for best quality). Make sure you label the container or bag with the name and date.

Recipe Variations

  • Replace the bone-in short ribs with boneless short ribs. Brown them and cook for the same amount of time or until very tender.
  • A mirepoix is another great way to add flavor to the short ribs. Dice a carrot and a rib or two of celery and add them to the pan along with the onion and garlic.
  • The slow cooker is another excellent option for beef short ribs. Brown the ribs and lightly cook the onions and garlic as directed, then combine everything in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until they are tender.

What is the difference between beef spare ribs and short ribs?

Beef spare ribs are also known as beef back ribs. They are taken from the animal's rib section and are a popular choice for barbecue. The short ribs are taken from the chuck or plate.

How do you know when short ribs are done?

When done, the meat will be very tender and falling away from the bone. It isn't easy to overcook short ribs, but if they are more tender than you like, use the shredded meat in sandwiches or tacos.