Dishing Up the Dirt

Soy-Braised Short Ribs

Tis the season for breaking out the slow cooker and this recipe is your ticket to an easy, breezy and delicious dinner that is completely hands off time. I love my slow cooker and don’t use it often enough. However, it’s great to dust off every now and again and this is the recipe that I needed to remind me to use it more! This is the kind of meal that will impress your family and friends alike on a casual weeknight. Seriously, this is something I would order at a restaurant and would not imagine I could whip up in my own kitchen. And the best part about not going to a restaurant for this meal…..Your house will smell amazing while the ribs slowly cook. I cannot tell you how much of a crowd pleaser these were. We invited our neighbors over for dinner, cracked open some wine and enjoyed these ribs with a side of steamed rice for one of the easiest and most delicious meals we’ve had on a Monday night!

Taylor and I stocked up on some great local beef at the last farmers market of the season from our favorite rancher (hi Tim!) and I cannot tell you what a difference good quality meat makes here. The meat literally falls off the bone and melts in your mouth. This is definitely a winter comfort meal and I hope you all enjoy this as much as we do. It tastes best with a glass of your favorite house wine and good company to go along with it!

Cheers from Tumbleweed Farm.

Soy Braised Short Ribs

Prep Time: 10 minutes    Cook Time: 5-7 hours    Serves: 6

  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped, white and green parts separated
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 2 tablespoons peeled and chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • Steamed rice for serving (optional)


  1. In a medium size bowl whisk together the chopped (white parts only) scallions with the garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, honey, red pepper flakes and water until well combined. Pour the mixture into a 4-to 6-quart slow cooker. Add the beef and turn to coat. Cover and cook until beef is very tender, on low for 7-8 hours or high for 5-6 hours. Sprinkle beef with toasted sesame seeds and reserved greens from the scallions. Serve with steamed rice if desired.


*Use this recipe as a guide *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary *Cooking times will very from kitchen to kitchen

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