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EASY Braised Beef Short Ribs with Caramelized onions

Author - Serena Wolf
Yields: 8 servings


  • 8 Boneless Beef Short Ribs approx 2.5-3 lbs
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 Celery stalk
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • 2 bottles red wine I like to use pinot noir. No need to break the bank on your wine choice
  • 1 ½ cups low sodium beef stock you can also use chicken stock if you’d like
  • 1 tsp sugar if needed

For the caramelized pearl onions:

  • -2 cups pear onions
  • -water
  • -1 tbsp butter
  • -1 tbsp sugar
  • -Salt to taste


  • Season your short ribs with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a tbsp olive oil in a pan. When very hot, add the short ribs in batches and cook until browned well on all sides. Use new oil with each batch.
  • Chop the vegetables into mirepoix (fancy chef term for a medium dice). Heat a tbsp of olive oil in a LARGE pot over medium/low heat. Add the vegetables and sweat. After five minutes add the smashed garlic. Sweat another five minutes.
  • Add the wine and stock. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer. Skim any impurities from the surface (aka any foam, fat, etc.).
  • Add the short ribs to the simmering cooking liquid. Cover and simmer for at least 3 hours, the longer the better. You can also do this in a crockpot if you have one. Periodically skim any impurities from the surface.
  • While your short ribs are cooking, prepare your glazed onions. When your meat has finished braising, carefully remove the meat from the pot (it falls apart VERY easily) and place it in a baking dish. Cover with foil.
  • Strain about 3 cups of the cooking liquid into a saucepan and reduce until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Taste it. I sometimes add a tsp of sugar for a little extra sweetness. If it needs salt, add a pinch of that too.
  • Pour the sauce over the short ribs add the glazed onions. Heat in a 300 degree oven for 10 minutes until hot. Serve hot.

Preparing your glazed onions:

  • Peel your pearl onions. Chefs tip: Soak the pearl onions in warm water for ten minutes. Remove from the water and push on the root end of each onion. The onion will pop out of its skin.
  • Place onions in a small pot with the butter and a pinch of salt. Add water to cover the onions. Simmer until the onions are cooked through and most of the water has evaporated. (If they aren't tender yet, add more water as needed.)
  • Add the sugar and swirl the pot to coat the onions, allow them to caramelize (they will get pretty and golden brown!) and remove from the heat.