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Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta

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The easiest braised beef short ribs recipe with just four ingredients: Garlic, herbs and red wine. These turn out incredibly tender, perfect for serving over creamy polenta.

Chunks of braised beef short ribs in a white enamel baking pan, garnished with garlic, fresh thyme and rosemary sprigs.

For months now, I’ve been wanting to share this super-easy method for making red wine braised short ribs, a recipe that requires just four main ingredients and an oven.

But every single time I’ve cooked them my family magically made them disappear before I could take a photo to show you!

So here is the recipe, finally.

The best red wine beef short ribs

I think this might be the best way to cook oven-braised red wine beef short ribs, ever.

The results are delicious, and the process is as unfussy as it gets.

A bowl of polenta with shreds of braised short ribs, with rosemary and parmesan cheese.

How to make easy beef short ribs

Making braised short ribs isn’t necessarily difficult.

Depending on how they’re made, the cooking process can involve multiple steps.

Usually, that means either searing them on top of the stove or over high heat on a grill, followed by hours of braising in the oven or on the stovetop.

But it’s easy as pie to make tender, tasty braised short ribs in the oven.

Making short ribs in the oven

I usually use my trusty Dutch oven for braising meat because I like the results even more than using a slow cooker.

It’s how I make one of my other favorite slow-cooked beef dishes, French Red Wine Beef Stew.

But for these short ribs, a rectangular baking dish or small roasting pan actually works perfectly.

Easy Red Wine Short Ribs

The pan just has to be large enough that the ribs can lay flat and remain mostly submerged in the braising liquid.

Choose one that’s about 14 inches long by 11 inches wide and you’ll be good to go!

The savory juices and tender meat falls off the bone, and they are so good over this creamy, cheesy polenta.

You can also shred the beef and use as a filling for pot pie, ravioli, or some killer tacos.

these baked beef short ribs so easy to make

  • The meat doesn’t need to be marinated ahead of time.
  • The short ribs sear and then braise entirely in the oven, making clean up so much easier.
  • In addition to the meat, all you need to make this recipe is red wine, garlic, fresh herbs and salt and pepper. Keeping it simple allows the beefy flavor of the short ribs to shine.

What kind of red wine to use for short ribs

The best red wines for braising short ribs are dry, full-bodied varieties.

Zinfandel or malbec are good choices, and they’re affordable.

An inexpensive (under $15) blend from Cotes-du-Rhone or Bordeaux would also make delicious braised short ribs.

tools and ingredients to make braised short ribs:

The basic ingredients you need to make this recipe are:

  • Boneless beef short ribs
  • Dry red wine
  • Garlic
  • Fresh thyme or rosemary
  • Salt and pepper

For great texture and flavor, I love to use organic whole-grain cornmeal to make polenta.

A small heavy-duty roasting pan is versatile for so many uses in the kitchen — it’s perfect for braising meats, roasting vegetables, fish and chicken.

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Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Simplest Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Karen Tedesco
The easiest, best way to make luscious, melting beef short ribs. Serve over creamy polenta, mashed potatoes or wide egg noodles.
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4.57 from 89 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 40 mins
Course Meat
Cuisine slow cooking
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

For the Short Ribs
  • 3 pounds (1.3 kg) boneless beef short ribs, about 6 pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (500 ml) full-bodied dry red wine such as Cotes du Rhone or Malbec
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water or low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 head of garlic, sliced in half horizontally
  • Fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs, 3 or 4 each
For the polenta
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) cornmeal
  • 1 cup (250 ml) milk
  • 2 cups (500 ml) water
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) butter
  • 1/3 cup (33.33 g) grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions 

  • Heat oven to 475 (245C) degrees.
  • Put the ribs on a large rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle the meat liberally on all sides with salt (I use 2 tablespoons Diamond brand kosher salt) and black pepper.
  • Roast the ribs 20 minutes, until they're sizzling and forming a brown crust. Transfer the ribs to a roasting pan or 14" x 10" baking dish large enough to hold the ribs in one layer. Turn the oven down to 275 (140C) degrees.
  • Pour 1/2 cup of wine onto the baking sheet and scrape up any brown bits, then pour it all over the ribs. Add the remaining wine and water. Toss in the garlic and herb sprigs.
  • Cover the pan tightly with foil and return to the oven for 3 1/2 hours, until the meat is very tender and breaks apart when prodded with a fork. Remove from the oven and let the meat rest, covered, for 20 minutes. Shred the meat with a fork and pour over pan juices to keep them moist (skim the fat if you like).
  • To make the polenta, bring the milk and water to a boil in a 2 or 3 quart heavy pot. Add 2 teaspoons salt and slowly stir in the polenta a little at time to avoid lumps.
  • Turn the heat down to low and cook, stirring frequently until the polenta thickens, about 25 minutes. Stir in the butter and cheese. Cover and keep warm until serving.

Notes

  • Braised short ribs will keep refrigerated up to a week, or frozen for 1 month.
  • Reheat in a 350 oven about 25 minutes, covered.
  • Use about 4 pounds bone-in ribs instead of boneless ones if you prefer.
Short ribs recipe adapted from Poole’s: Recipes and Stories.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 566kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 1003mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 5mg
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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is SOOO good! I’ve already made it twice. I could not find boneless so I used bone-in short ribs. I did use my Dutch oven and cooked it for the same amount of time, and used an open bottle of Lambrusco I had for the wine. The only thing I altered was the amount of salt for the polenta…the first time I used the 2 tsp like the recipe said and it was really salty, for us. The second time I used just a bit more than a tsp and it was perfect. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    These were delicious and easy!

  3. Alejandra says:

    I couldn’t find boneless short ribs. What other cut would you use as an alternative? Or would you use bone-in short ribs?

    1. Great question – you can absolutely use bone-in short ribs! Have them cut into 2-3 inch long pieces and they should work just as well. Let me know how you like it.

  4. 5 stars
    This was my first attempt at short ribs, and I got rave reviews from everyone who ate it. Definitely keeping this receipe.

  5. I want to use my La Cruset Dutch oven because I don’t have a big enough baking dish. Should I use the lid or foil? Any time difference by doing that?

    1. Hi Mariann – Yes, you can absolutely use your Le Creuset! Cover it with foil or a piece of parchment paper, and top with the Dutch oven lid. Cook time should be the same. Let me know how it turns out!