Asian short ribs with herb salad

Asian short ribs with herb salad

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr

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Serves 4
A Thai-style beef recipe that's made in a pressure cooker - the meat becomes melt-in-the-mouth in its rich sauce.

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal504
  • fat40g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre2g
  • protein26g
  • salt2.9g
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  • large piece of ginger, finely chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • large pack coriander, stalks and leaves separated
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 beef short ribs



    The classic choice of meat for a British Sunday roast. Beef is full of flavour, as…

  • 1 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 50ml oyster sauce
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 3 star anise
    Star anise

    Star anise

    star an-eese

    Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

  • 2 tbsp Chinese black rice wine vinegar
  • cooked basmati rice, to serve

For the herb salad

  • 1 Thai red chilli, chopped
  • coriander leaves (from the pack above)
  • small pack mint leaves



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 1 shallot, finely sliced



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • juice 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 tsp Thai fish sauce


  1. In a mini chopper, make a paste with the ginger, coriander stalks, onion and garlic, then set aside. Heat the oil in the pressure cooker pan and brown the meat well on all sides, then remove. Fry the paste for 2-3 mins with 1 tsp golden caster sugar. Return the ribs to the pan and add the soy sauce, star anise, oyster sauce and enough chicken stock to just cover the ribs.

  2. Bring to a simmer, cover and bring up to high pressure. Cook for 45 mins, then release the pressure slowly. Take off the lid, add a splash of vinegar and remove the ribs from the pan. Simmer the sauce down until reduced and intensely flavoured. While the sauce is simmering, mix the salad ingredients together. Serve each rib in a puddle of sauce, topped with a pile of salad and rice on the side.

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Laura Mackay's picture
Laura Mackay
10th Nov, 2019
Works very well in a slow cooker too. I followed the above recipe but cooked on low for 8 hours and the meat was fall-off-the-bone perfect. The herb salad was amazing with the beef which had a great, authentic Thai flavour. I think the sauce was a bit strong to my taste - this probably was down to me using too big a piece of ginger and being heavy handed with the sauce ingredients in general which is why actual weighted amounts in grams would be helpful, but over all a fantastic recipe loved by the family as a meaty alternative to a Sunday roast.
Eduard le Roux's picture
Eduard le Roux
22nd Dec, 2018
This is a delicious recipe and you definitely need to have it with the salad.
26th Apr, 2015
First time I'd bought beef short ribs - very reasonably priced and I was amazed how much meat there is on them. This recipe is just gorgeous. They are meltingly tender after the pressure cooking, literally fell off the bone (a big bone!). The sauce is good, quite subtle. Although I only had 2 beef ribs I used basically same amount of ingredients for the sauce (although far less stock) but only 1 star anise as can be a bit overpowering. I served this with rice and stir-fry veg rather than the herb salad. I am still thinking about how tender and full of flavour those ribs were. Will def. cook this again
missflops's picture
30th Nov, 2017
I would like to cook this dish in my oven. At what temperature and for how long would you recommend. Also, would I need to make any changes to the method?
goodfoodteam's picture
8th Dec, 2017
Thanks for your question. As all our recipes are triple tested we can't offer specific changes to a full recipe. However, check out our ribs collection for ideas on how to adapt the recipe yourself, plus alternative oven-cooked ribs.
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