Simple Beef Short Ribs


Learn how to cook short ribs with this basic recipe passed down to me from my mom and grandmother. I changed it a little, and you can too. For instance, you can braise the beef ribs in almost any liquid. The short ribs cook for hours in a flavorful broth and turn out delicious and tender every time.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 pound beef short ribs

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle stout beer

  • 1 cup beef stock


  1. Season ribs with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour until coated; shake off excess.

  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook ribs until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Remove ribs and set aside.

  3. Add onion and garlic to the skillet; cook and stir until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Return ribs to the skillet. Pour in beer while scraping the browned bits of food off the bottom of the pan. Pour in beef stock.

  4. Cover and simmer over low heat until ribs are very tender, about 2 hours.

    close up view of Simple Beef Short Ribs with herbs in a pot


If your ribs are very fatty (which most tend to be), you can let the sauce cool and skim the fat off the top before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

364 Calories
27g Fat
10g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 364
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 651mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 201mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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