Braised Beef Short Ribs with Star Anise Recipe

4
4 hours

Ingredients

Beef short ribs

  • 1 dash of neutral oil
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • salt to taste
  • 6 garlic cloves, grated to a paste
  • 1 knob of ginger, grated to a paste
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp five-spice powder
  • 800ml of beef stock, plus an extra 250ml for topping up if needed
  • 4 beef short ribs, about 1kg
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tbsp of dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • 100g of prunes, (or use 2 tbsps honey)

Garnish

  • 1 handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 handful of coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 mild red chilli, finely sliced
  • 1 spring onion, finely sliced

Method

1

Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3

2

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
3

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

  • 6 garlic cloves, grated to a paste
  • 1 knob of ginger, grated to a paste
4

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

  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp five-spice powder
5

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)

  • 800ml of beef stock
  • 4 beef short ribs, about 1kg
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tbsp of dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of rice wine vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
6

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

  • 175g of prunes
  • 250ml of beef stock
7

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

  • 1 handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 handful of coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 mild red chilli, finely sliced
  • 1 spring onion, finely sliced