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Beef Short Ribs with Star Anise & Szechuan Pepper

By Jason Fung, MD

Beef Short Ribs with Star Anise & Szechuan Pepper

About This Recipe Get out your slow-cookers and pressure-cookers for this recipe. No matter which cooking method you use, sear the short ribs for a deeper flavor, then braise them slowly to achieve tender beef ribs perfumed with Szechuan pepper, star anise, and cardamom.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 55 mins
Course Dinners + Mains
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 8
Calories 323 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 inch ginger whole piece
  • ½ lb shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • lb beef short rib
  • 2 star ainse whole
  • 1 tbsp Szechuan pepper ground
  • 1 tsp cardamom ground
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 2 cups beef stock or beef broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Assemble, prepare, and measure ingredients. Chop onions. Grate ginger. Slice mushrooms. Slice garlic. Preheat oven to 275°F/135°C.
  • Warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a cast iron or enameledcast iron Dutch oven, or other oven-safe pan with a lid, over medium-high heat. Season short ribs with salt and pepper and sear on all sides until deep brown, 15–20 minutes in total. Remove from pan and set aside, leaving residual oil in pan.
  • Add onions, ginger, mushrooms, and garlic to hot oil in pan and sauté for 5–7 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Add star anise, Szechuan pepper, and cardamom. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Return short ribs to pan. Stir in tamari and then add just enough beef stock to come up the sides of the meat but not to cover it (you may not need the full 2 cups/500 mL). Cover and braise in oven for 3½–4 hours, until meat is falling off the bone.
  • Transfer ribs to a bowl, pull out and discard bones, and separate meat using two forks. Skim off and discard liquid fat from surface of braising liquid. Bring liquid to a boil over high heat for 8–10 minutes, or until it has thickened and is intensely flavorful. Remove star anise from sauce.
  • Serve short ribs with some of their delicious sauce over top and extra on the side.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Beef Short Ribs with Star Anise & Szechuan Pepper
Amount per Serving
Calories
323
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
20
g
31
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Cholesterol
 
85
mg
28
%
Sodium
 
342
mg
15
%
Potassium
 
740
mg
21
%
Carbohydrates
 
4
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
30
g
60
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
23
mg
2
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword American, Asian, Dinners + Mains
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Jason Fung, MD

By Jason Fung, MD

Jason Fung, M.D., is a Toronto-based nephrologist (kidney specialist) and a world leading expert in intermittent fasting and low-carb diets.

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