Braised beef short ribs with star anise


These slow-braised beef short ribs are cooked with star anise and soy, to create a rich, spiced sauce. The prunes break down in the sauce and add sweetness, which complements the beef perfectly, although you could also use honey or sugar. Serve this with plenty of white rice and some greens such as choi sum or pak choi

First published in 2022




Beef short ribs




Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3


Place a lidded casserole dish large enough to hold the ribs over a medium heat, and add a dash of oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and a pinch of salt. Cook the onion over a medium heat until soft, 10-15 minutes

  • 1 dash of neutral oil
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • salt to taste

Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant and soft. This should be about a minute or so


Add the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and five spice then cook for another minute. Take care not to burn the spices and add another dash of oil if necessary


Add the stock, followed by the short ribs, star anise, soy sauce, vinegar and some salt and the white pepper. Put the lid on and transfer to the oven for 3 hours, 30 minutes, or until the ribs are tender (the exact cooking time will vary depending on size and shape of the ribs)


After the ribs have been cooking for 2 hours 30 minutes, add the prunes and top up with more stock if needed

  • 100g of prunes
  • 250ml of beef stock

Serve the short ribs garnished with the herbs, red chilli and spring onion

First published in 2022

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