Lately beef short ribs are the rage. Smokey BBQ beef short ribs are the new thing when having a braai and lamb shanks are happily replaced by beef short ribs cooked for hours in red wine with earthy mushrooms and pancetta lardons – makes you hungry just thinking about it, right?
I am on such an Eastern food binge at the moment. I crave stir fries, dim sum, Chinese Chicken and have had dreams of my Chinese Pork with Plum Sauce.
So when I saw delicious cuts of beef short ribs at the butcher, I could not resist and I also knew exactly what to do with it. I wanted that sweet-sour combination with hints of ginger, garlic, soy and lemongrass.
Oh my word, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. One has to be careful when using soy though, especially in such big quantities, because your end result might be too salty, so I thought pomegranate juice will do the trick. The little red pomegranate rubies will also be a fresh element to the dish in the end. Well, I was not disappointed; the end result was exactly as I had planned it. Packed with flavor, the meat literally fell off the bone and it certainly ticked all the right Eastern binge boxes for me.
8 pieces beef short rib (mine was about 1.3kg)
30 ml olive or coconut oil
4 cloves garlic – peeled and kept whole
A thumb length piece ginger – peeled and cut in pieces
1 star anise
2 sticks lemongrass
250 – 300 ml pomegranate juice
100 ml thick soy
1 red chili – keep whole
1 T grated ginger
15-30 ml brown sugar
Heat a pan on the stove or, if you have, a cast iron oven casserole and brown the meat in the oil. If you are using a pan, transfer the browned meat to an oven casserole or just keep the meat in the cast iron pot. Add the pomegranate juice, soy, ginger, garlic, lemongrass and star anise. Place the lid on and cook in the oven for 2-3 hours. The meat must be very soft and come off the bone easily.
Gently remove the meat from the sauce in the pot and keep warm. Add the sugar and grated ginger to the sauce and reduce to a light syrup consistency. Place the meat back in the sauce and gently warm through.
Serve on fluffy Jasmine rice with fresh pomegranate, chopped spring onion and chopped chili.
So next time you see short ribs, don’t pass it by. Grab some and… yes, you can thank me later!
Not only is Nina a food stylist, photographer and chef, she is also a mother who understands that someone working full-time needs help in the kitchen. She gets that you are looking for recipes that are easy, affordable and delicious, exactly what inspired her to start Easy cooking from Nina’s kitchen. Nina also runs a successful cooking school, is a published author and travels across the country motivating her audience while teaching them to become better cooks.