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Soy Sauce–Marinated Short Ribs with Ginger

Soy Sauce–Marinated Short Ribs with Ginger

A drizzle of Sriracha at the end balances out the glaze’s sweetness and adds earthy complexity to this short ribs recipe.


  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 2-inch piece ginger, peeled, chopped
  • 4 2-inch-thick English-style bone-in beef short ribs (about 1 pound each)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups cooked white rice (from 1 cup uncooked)
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • Lime wedges and Sriracha (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Whisk soy sauce, sugar, oil, red pepper flakes, garlic, ginger, star anise, and 1 cup water in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add short ribs and place a small plate on top of short ribs to keep submerged. Cover bowl and chill at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.

  • Preheat oven to 325°. Transfer marinade and ribs to a large Dutch oven and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover and braise in oven, turning meat once, until ribs are very tender but not quite falling off the bone, 1½–2 hours.

  • Transfer ribs to a medium bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Strain braising liquid into a medium saucepan; discard solids. Let sit a minute or so to settle, then ladle off fat from surface; discard. Bring braising liquid to a boil and cook, whisking occasionally, until reduced by half, 10–15 minutes.

  • Whisk cornstarch and 3 Tbsp. water in a small bowl to make a slurry, then whisk into reduced braising liquid. Cook over medium, whisking constantly, until glaze is thick and bubbling, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice.

  • Mound rice in center of shallow bowls and place ribs on top. Drizzle about 2 Tbsp. glaze over each (you’ll have plenty left over; save it and serve with grilled steak or chicken). Top with scallion and sesame seeds. Serve with lime wedges and Sriracha.

Recipe by Café O'Lei, Maui, HI

Nutritional Content

Calories (kcal) 1520Fat (g) 100Saturated Fat (g) 40Cholesterol (mg) 205Carbohydrates (g) 90Dietary Fiber (g)3Total Sugars (g) 53Protein (g) 65Sodium (mg) 8160Reviews SectionWe have had these ribs at the Café O Lei restaurant on Maui, this recipe is excellent. Have made it twice so far.