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.
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 beef short ribs
I think this might be the best way to cook oven-braised beef short ribs, ever.
The results are delicious, and the process is as unfussy as it gets.
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, including either searing on top of the stove or over high heat on a grill, then hours of braising in the oven or on the stovetop.
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.
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.
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 are so good over my creamy, cheesy polenta recipe.
You can also shred the beef and use as a filling for pot pie, ravioli, or some killer tacos.
What makes 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.
My favorite tools and ingredients to make braised short ribs:
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.
For the Short Ribs
- 3 pounds boneless beef short ribs (about 6 pieces)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups full-bodied, dry red wine such as Cotes du Rhone or Malbec
- 1 cup water or low-sodium broth
- 1 head of garlic, sliced in half horizontally
- Fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs, 3 or 4 each
For the polenta:
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups water
- Kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Heat oven to 475 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 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.
- 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.
Short ribs recipe adapted from Poole's: Recipes and Stories.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 933 Total Fat: 60g Saturated Fat: 28g Trans Fat: 4g Unsaturated Fat: 31g Cholesterol: 251mg Sodium: 542mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 63g