This Balsamic Braised Short Ribs is a hearty dish that’s comforting on a chilly evening.
Braised short ribs take a few hours to cook, but only about 20 minutes of hands-on time. The meat is so tender and the onions come out perfectly caramelized.
Serve over rice, roasted or mashed potatoes or a bowl of creamy polenta to balance out the flavors.
Balsamic Braised Short Ribs is one of those recipes that feels like an explosion of flavor upon the first bite, and every bite after that.
For me bone-cuts have always been the most flavorful and satisfying meats and consequently the ones I tend to turn a blind eye on serving sizes and portions.
These meat recipes are pure bliss and hands on deliciousness, powerhouse flavor and a great way to treat (and impress!) your family, friends and guests.
The beauty of braised meats is that you only need about 20-30 minutes of hands-on work and the rest is completely hands-off time, slowly braising in the oven.
This recipe is perfect for a Sunday dinner because you have a bit more time at home, and for many families this is the only time when everyone gets to eat a meal together. A very special time!
I hope you will try my Balsamic Braised Short Ribs recipe. Note that this recipe is Whole30 approved, which also means gluten-free, Paleo and Keto.
what you will need to make this balsamic braised short ribs recipe:
- a good heavy dutch oven pot. I am a huge fan of Le Creuset (I am not associated with the brand). To me the investment is worth every penny. I made this recipe in this 5.5 qt Le Creuset that I have owned for many years now and my kids are already counting on my passed-down Le Creuset pans when they get to be of age. So cute!
- bone-in short ribs. Short ribs can be a very fatty cut so be sure to hand select the less fattier ones.
- ghee or olive oil for sautéing. Ghee is whole30 approved and I love using it in my recipes.
- onion and garlic. Cut the onion in larger chunks so you can enjoy a tasty caramelized onion with the meat.
- tomato paste which helps the texture, color and taste in this recipe.
- coconut aminos. This ingredient is key to create the balsamic flavors without the use of wine which is not whole30 approved. Coconut aminos is a substitute for soy. If you are not allergic to soy or following a whole30 diet, you may use it instead of coconut aminos.
- balsamic vinegar that is whole30 approved
- bone broth or beef broth. Honestly if you don’t have these in hand just use water, you will still get good flavor. I like Kettle & Fire and Bare Bones that are Whole30 approved.
- almond flour as a thickening agent.
- and finally our herbs, fresh thyme and bay leaf. You can tie the thyme in a bundle so it’s easier to remove at the end.
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Balsamic Braised Short Ribs
- Dutch Oven/ Cast Iron Pot
- 2 lb bone-in beef short ribs
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/3 cup coconut aminos* use soy for keto
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 1/3 cup bone or beef broth
- 1 bundle fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 tbsp almond flour
- Heat ghee (or oil) in a dutch over or cast iron pot. Add short ribs that are pre-seasoned with salt and pepper, to taste. Brown the ribs on all sides. Transfer to a plate (12-15 mins)
- Add onion and garlic to the pot. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. Then deglaze the pan with coconut aminos* and balsamic vinegar. Give it a good stir scraping the bottom of the pan to remove all bits and pieces.
- Add tomato paste and almond flour. Whisk well to combine. Add bone or beef broth.
- Transfer short ribs back to the pot. Add bay leaf and thyme. Cover and cook in the oven at 350F degrees for 2 hours.
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