Port-Braised Short Ribs w/ Ginger & Star Anise (Recipe 39 of 98)

I have made short ribs twice since I met Michael. Both times I promised never to make them again. They were gristly globs of beef floating in thick fat and totally unappetizing. I cringed when I saw the short rib recipe in Sunset, but, I had to make it. Maybe Michael would forget I promised to never make short ribs again. I was at the local meat shop, Longhorn Meats when I spied vacuum sealed packages of short ribs that looked nice and meaty and not too fatty. I ordered two packages and decided to give the short ribs a try. I can only say that they were amazing and Michael told me to report a thumbs up for him as well. They were tender, juicy, not too fatty, wonderfully flavored, and we enjoyed them immensely with rice, as suggested.


Here is the recipe from Sunset:


  • 4 pounds beef short ribs, cut through the bone into 2 1/2- to 3-inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 whole star anise or 1/2 teaspoon anise seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick (1 1/2 to 2 in. long)
  • 5 sprigs (about 4 in. long) fresh rosemary, rinsed
  • 3 cups fat-skimmed beef broth
  • 1 cup tangerine or orange juice
  • 3/4 cup ruby port
  • 1 tangerine (about 5 oz.) or orange, rinsed and thinly sliced crosswise


1. Rinse ribs and pat dry; trim off and discard excess fat. Sprinkle ribs lightly all over with salt and pepper, and place in a single layer, bones down, in a 12-by 17-inch roasting pan. Bake in a 450° regular or convection oven until meat is beginning to brown, 15 to 20 minutes. With tongs, turn ribs. Add onion, carrots, celery, and ginger to pan around ribs, then mix to coat with fat in pan, and spread level. Bake until ribs are well browned and vegetables are beginning to brown, 15 to 20 minutes longer.

2. Meanwhile, wrap peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon stick, and 2 rosemary sprigs in a double layer of cheesecloth, 10 inches square; tie closed with heavy cotton string. To pan, add broth, tangerine juice, port, and spice bundle. Stir gently to mix and scrape browned bits free. Cover pan tightly with foil.

3. Bake in a 325° regular or convection oven until meat is very tender when pierced, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Uncover pan and discard spice bundle. With tongs, transfer ribs to a rimmed platter; cover and keep warm in a 200° oven. Skim and discard fat from pan juices. Boil over high heat, stirring often, until reduced to 2 1/2 cups, about 10 minutes. Add tangerine slices and cook just until heated through, about 1 minute.

4. Pour sauce over ribs on platter. Garnish with remaining rosemary sprigs. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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