Braised Short Ribs

Recipe for braised short ribs

It’s been cold and rainy this week, so cold that I’ve been craving a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs type of meal. So I turned to this recipe for braised short ribs that my mom made frequently when I was growing up. It’s simple to make, smells amazing while it’s baking, and tastes even better. This recipe is comfort food at its best. I like to serve braised short ribs with mashed potatoes and spoon the vegetables and sauce on top of the potatoes. Look for boneless short ribs at your supermarket if you can find them because it makes eating this dish a bit easier. I grab boneless short ribs as I find them and freeze them for later use. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make braised short ribs:

Braised Short Ribs Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. beef short ribs (preferably  boneless)
  • 3-4 tablespoons flour  (enough to coat the ribs)
  • 3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil (enough to brown the ribs on all sides)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (28-oz.) diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 cup carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery tops, chopped (the celery leaves really make this dish)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons additional flour (to thicken the broth)


  1. Dredge the short ribs in flour and brown them on all sides in a frying pan coated with hot oil.
  2. Place ribs in a 9 x 13″ baking pan.
  3. Drain off excess oil from the frying pan, keeping the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Return the pan to the heat. Add water and bring to a boil, scraping the browned parts off the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients (except flour). Bring to a boil. Combine flour with enough water to make a thin paste. Add slowly to the boiling mixture, stirring constantly until thickened.
  5. Pour the vegetable mixture over the short ribs in the baking pan. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the meat is fork tender. Serve with hot mashed potatoes or hot cooked rice.

Ladle into a bowl, spoon the vegetables and sauce over the mashed potatoes, and enjoy!

19 Comments on Braised Short Ribs

  1. Cynthia
    May 9, 2013 at 3:05 pm (10 years ago)

    Okay, just plain YUM. ;)

  2. Greta
    May 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm (10 years ago)

    Looks good enough to eat!! Shame I didn’t get the opportunity!?! :)

    • afternoonartist
      May 10, 2013 at 6:01 am (10 years ago)

      That’s because you left before dinner. It was fab.

  3. violetski
    May 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm (10 years ago)

    Ah, looks so delicious ! Will cook it tomorrow ❤❤❤

  4. Francesca
    May 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm (10 years ago)

    This looks great, Jill. It so cold and rainy here. If I could, I would eat a huge portion of your dish right now and spend the afternoon under a blanket watching old movies. :-)

  5. gabrielgarbowota
    May 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm (10 years ago)

    Good lord! Why do I always read these posts when I’m stuck at work and hungry as heck?

    • afternoonartist
      May 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm (10 years ago)

      Looks like you are a meat and potatoes kind of guy. My daughter loves simple meat and potatoes for dinner; hence the prevalence of them on this blog.

      • gabrielgarbowota
        May 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm (10 years ago)

        Oh, I do love a good, simple, hearty meal – it’s what I was raised on, but I’m more likely to cook up something exotic when left to my own devices. That said, last night, the boyfriend and I went out to dinner and I opted for a comforting Rueben. MMmmmmm.

  6. Karen
    May 19, 2013 at 9:34 pm (10 years ago)

    It just doesn’t want to warm up this spring. Here in New Hampshire it is in the 50′s and your braised short ribs sound perfect for an evening meal.

    • afternoonartist
      May 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm (10 years ago)

      I agree. It’s cold and damp in here in Virginia today. It’s been cold and rainy for three days now. It would make a fabulous dinner tonight. I’m making chicken pot pie and salad tonight.

      • Karen
        May 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm (10 years ago)

        I love chicken pot pie as well…both perfect for the cool weather.

        • afternoonartist
          May 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm (10 years ago)

          Yes, indeed. I just visited your blog. I love it.

          • Karen
            May 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm (10 years ago)

            Thank you…I appreciate the visit.

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