Beef short ribs are the kind of food you can find at fine dining restaurants and high-end steakhouses.
Once I got tired of paying top dollar for food that I could make on my own, I spent years perfecting my short rib stew recipe.
I’m divulging all my short ribs beef stew recipe secrets today, so you too can cook short rib stew on your own.
I’ll talk about everything you should know about short rib stew, such as ingredients and instructions on how to cook it.
Summary of the Key Findings
- Short ribs are the cut of beef that’s usually taken from the chuck of the cattle.
- Be careful which wine you use to braise the ribs.
- There are four ways short rib stew can be braised.
The Lowdown on Beef Short Ribs
Short ribs are the beef equivalent of pork ribs but are meatier.
They are a cut of beef that’s taken from the brisket, chuck, or rib area on a cow.
These are five ribs that can’t be used for steaks, as they are too small.
They are perfect for slow cooking, as this breaks down the connective tissue, and the meat becomes so tender, it falls apart.
“There are five to six bones across the ribs. As the short ribs cook, it sticks to the bone. The bone implants the flavor, and the meat melts.” Gordon Ramsay
Short ribs are cut in two ways :
- English style — this is the traditional cut, with small 1-bone meat chunks. This is the beef that’s typically used for braising.
- BBQ or flanken style — The ribs are cut into strips, with 3 bones and the meat between them. This beef can also be used for braising.
Short Rib Stew Recipe Ingredients
These are the ingredients you’ll need for a very good recipe containing short ribs:
- 4 pounds of beef short ribs
- 2 teaspoons of hot paprika
- 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika
- ½ cup flour
- Ground black pepper
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 carrots
- 4 strips of cut bacon
- 4 chopped garlic cloves
- 1 can of peeled tomatoes
- 1 pound turnips
- 2 pounds of Yukon Gold sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 cups of dry red wine
- 2 cups of beef stock/broth
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to make a beef stew with short ribs:
- Start by cooking the bacon in a large Dutch oven on medium-high heat. Cook until you see the fat has been rendered. Then place the bacon on a plate previously lined with paper towels. Don’t throw away the bacon fat.
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Mix the flour, hot and smoked paprika, one teaspoon of salt, black pepper, and olive oil in a large bowl. Dredge the beef ribs in the flour mixture. Shake off the excess flour.
- Put the short ribs in the bacon fat. If all ribs can’t fit at once, do it in batches. Brown for up to five minutes per side. Don’t stir unless to switch sides.
- Chop the bacon and move it aside for later use.
- Time to cook onions and garlic. Use tongs to get the short ribs out of the pot and into a bowl. Add the onions you’ve previously chopped. Add ½ teaspoon of salt and cook everything for up to four minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for one more minute.
- Time to add the braising liquid. Pour the red wine and the beef stock or broth and bay leaves (optional). Scrape browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
- Pour in the can of tomatoes and add the reserved bacon. Increase the heat from medium to high to bring the mixture to boiling.
- Time to return the beef ribs to the pot. Cover the pot, increase the heat to 300 degrees, and cook for two hours.
- Add the remaining vegetables – potatoes, turnips, and carrots. They should be cut into about 1-inch pieces. Put all the vegetables in the pot with the ribs and cook until the vegetables are tender and meat pulls from the bone. This should take about half an hour to forty-five more minutes.
- Finally, remove the excess fat and add salt and pepper as needed. Also, if you prefer, you can remove the bones as well.
- Take out stew with a slotted spoon and serve on plates.
That’s it! If you start on time, you can have the beef stew ready for dinner tonight.
Pro tip: Don’t go for the crazy expensive vines in slow cooking recipes.  Use a full-bodied vine, like cabernet sauvignon, merlot, or shiraz. Don’t use pinot as it’s too light.
This is the nutrition info for short ribs stew:
- Calories 724 per serving
- Carbs 70g
- Protein 44g
- Fat 52g
- Saturated fat 24.1g
- Fiber 9.4g
- Cholesterol: 129mg
- Sodium: 1101mg
- Potassium 1540.3mg
- Sugar 11.7g
- Vitamin C 35.5mg
- Vitamin A 4265mg
- Calcium 118mg
- Iron 5.5mg
Keep in mind that this nutrition info assumes all of the sauce will be eaten, which probably won’t happen. Also, the nutrition info is shown with all of the fat in the sauce. In reality, the excess fat will be discarded.
Braising Time for Beef Short Rib Stew
How much time you’ll need to braise short rib stew depends on the cooking method you use.
These are the most common methods of braising short rib stew:
- Oven — About three hours at a temperature of 300 degrees
- Stove — About two and a half hours
- Pressure cooker — About one hour on high temperature
- Slow cooker — About 8 hours on low heat and five hours on high heat
I prefer to braise the ribs in the oven since the ribs and the sauce surface caramelize when baked.
Braised Short Rib Stew: Final Thoughts
Beef stew from short ribs is the perfect comfort food. My whole family loved this recipe, and I am constantly asked to make it again.
What it lacks in looks, it more than makes up for with taste. Add tomatoes and potatoes to the serving plate, and everyone will love it.
Make sure to try this recipe the next time you buy some short ribs. I promise you won’t regret it.