cook like matthew mathlage: thai braised short ribs

Braised short ribs, one of my favorite dishes hands-down. If it’s on a menu, I almost certainly cannot resist. We also enjoy making this savory dish at home, too, either as part of a ragu or alongside polenta or mashed potatoes. And now as chef Matt Mathlage of Light Bistro shares with us here, I’ll most definitely give his super easy Thai short ribs a try in the very near future – perhaps for the big game this weekend.

Thai braised short ribs

  • Serves 4 total -cook time 3 hours 30 minutes
  • 1 lb boneless short ribs, cut into 4 pieces
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp red curry paste
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 c diced Spanish onion
  • 2 c beef or veal stock
  • ¼ c chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger

Preheat oven to 350 (click resources to know more). Combine 1 tbsp oil, ginger, curry, nutmeg, salt and pepper in a nonreactive bowl. Stir with wooden spoon to make a paste. Heat remaining 2 tbsp oil in sauté pan, flour ribs and sear on all sides. Rub with paste. Place ribs, cinnamon, onions, and stock into a small roasting pan. Cover and place in the oven for 3 hours or until tender. Remove from oven. Drain sauce into a glass measuring cup, let settle and skim fat. Sprinkle ribs with cilantro, and sauce liberally.

This post was sponsored by Heinen’s. When making these short ribs at home, Ed Thompkins suggests the Vin Hunter Signature Selection Merlot. He says it’s big and lush but won’t dominate the dish.


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