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Asian Short Ribs

Sweet and savoury, these ribs pack a robust Asian punch and they are even tastier the next day. Next time guests are coming for dinner, make this ahead of time and have a relaxed, delicious meal with friends. At Asian grocery stores, ribs are mostly found cut flanken-style (cut across the ribs) and at Western grocery stores, you'll usually find English-cut ribs (cut between the bones). Either will work just as well. TIP Cut down on the sodium in this recipe by using sodium-reduced soy sauce.


October 9th, 2012

By LeeAnne Wright

"I really liked that we could prepare this as a family on a Sunday morning, go out for the day and come home to a fresh-cooked meal. Now I'm hooked on my slow cooker!" Brigitte Cusson, mom of Bradley, 3, Orleans, Ont.
Prep Time
Prep time: 20 minutes, In the slow cooker: 10 hours on low or 6 hours on high
  • 3 1/2 lbs beef short ribs, cut into 4 oz. portions
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp oill
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, the tough outside removed, cut into thin slices
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tspcorn starch
  1. Season ribs with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour, shaking off excess. In a frying pan, brown the ribs in oil over medium high heat. Transfer browned ribs into your slow cooker.

  2. Combine the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, brown sugar, water, orange juice and Hoisin sauce and pour over ribs.

  3. Set slow cooker to low and cook for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours.

  4. When done, transfer ribs to a platter and keep warm. Drain the fat off of the cooking liquid.

  5. Place the remaining cooking liquid in a pot. Whisk in corn starch and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened and reduced. Brush over ribs and serve.

Nutrients Per Serving

NUTRIENTS PER SERVING: 668 calories, 49 g fat, 32 mg calcium, 2,289 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrates, 1 g fibre, 35 g protein. Excellent source of vitamin D and zinc; good source of niacin and iron.

Asian Short Ribs
Photography by Edward Pond