Last Updated on January 14, 2024 by Ellen Christian
These Asian Style Beef Short Ribs can be made quickly in the slow cooker. Short ribs in the Crock Pot is an easy meal that tastes absolutely amazing.
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Asian Style Beef Short Ribs
Welcome to another mouth-watering recipe that’s sure to tantalize your taste buds! If you’re a fan of Asian cuisine and love the convenience of a slow cooker, then our Beef Short Ribs are definitely for you.
This dish is not only savory and rich in flavor, but it’s also incredibly simple to prepare. All you need is your trusty slow cooker to do the heavy lifting. Perfect for busy days or when you’re just craving something delicious and comforting. Let’s dive into this fantastic Korean BBQ short ribs recipe, and I promise, it’s easier than you think!
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Tips for slow cooking beef
Slow cooking beef is all about patience and subtlety. It’s a cooking process that can’t be rushed. The slower you cook the beef, the more flavors it will have and the tenderer it will be. So, the first tip is all about time. Allow your beef plenty of hours to bathe in the heat of the slow cooker.
Next, it’s essential to keep in mind the importance of the right ingredients. The meat, herbs, and spices you choose will dictate the taste of your dish. For our Beef Short Ribs, we use a blend of Asian-inspired ingredients that make the dish aromatic and savory. So, when you choose your herbs and spices, think about the flavors you like best.
Lastly, remember to check on your slow cooker from time to time. Even though it’s a ‘set-and-forget’ type of cooking, it’s good to stir your dish occasionally. This helps in evenly distributing heat and flavor. Also, you might need to adjust the heat settings if necessary. Remember, slow-cooked meals are all about the love and care you put into them.
These Flanken Style Short Ribs can be made with ribs that are cut across the bone.
What are short ribs?
Short ribs are a cut of beef taken from the brisket, chuck, plate, or rib areas of a cow. They’re called ‘short’ not because they’re petite in size, but because they come from a part of the cow’s rib known as the ‘short plate’.
These short ribs are known for their meaty richness, flavored by the rib bone and layers of fat and muscle. They’re often used in slow-cooked dishes where the meat has time to become tender and succulent. They are also delicious in recipes like these easy smoked ribs.
For our short ribs recipe, we’ll be using the unique characteristics of these ribs to our advantage. When these ribs are slow-cooked, the fat renders out into the sauce, giving it a rich depth of flavor. At the same time, the meat becomes wonderfully tender, almost falling off the bone. This makes short ribs perfect for slow cooker recipes, where they have ample time to simmer and develop a mouth-watering taste and texture.
Can I use boneless short ribs?
Absolutely! This recipe is versatile and can accommodate both bone-in and boneless short ribs. Using boneless short ribs will not compromise the flavor or texture of the dish. In fact, some might prefer it as it makes the eating process a bit simpler.
Regardless of your choice, the slow cooking process will ensure that the meat is tender and the flavors are fully developed. So feel free to use boneless ribs if you prefer, the result will still be absolutely delicious and comforting meal.
Alternatives to soy sauce for gluten free diets
If you’re keen to follow a gluten-free diet, don’t worry. You can still enjoy our Asian Style Beef Short Ribs. Instead of using soy sauce, which contains wheat, you can opt for alternatives. Tamari is a great choice. This sauce, often found in Japanese cuisine, is just like soy sauce but without any gluten. It brings a rich, umami flavor to dishes, making your beef ribs taste fantastic.
Another option to consider is coconut aminos which is a sauce made from coconut sap. It has a sweet, salty flavor similar to soy sauce but is completely gluten-free. If you prefer a more familiar taste, you can use a gluten-free Worcestershire sauce as well.
The recipe works just as well with low sodium soy sauce. Remember, the key is to choose a sauce that matches your taste buds and dietary needs.
Alternatives to beef short ribs
As mentioned earlier, this recipe is incredibly versatile. While we’ve used beef short ribs, you can easily substitute them for boneless short ribs or even country-style pork ribs. The recipe will also work for with a chuck roast if you’re watching your budget.
The slow-cooking process will ensure that whichever meat you choose, it will turn out tender and infused with the flavors of our aromatic Asian-inspired sauce. So feel free to experiment with different cuts of meat and find out what you enjoy the most. With this recipe, you can’t go wrong!
Make a batch of these Dutch Oven spare ribs some time soon. The cooking process makes them so tender.
What to serve with beef short ribs
The rich flavors of our Beef Short Ribs pair perfectly with a variety of side dishes and accompaniments. For a classic and comforting meal, serve your short ribs hot over a bed of fluffy, steamed jasmine rice – the rice will soak up the delicious sauce, making every bite a delight.
Or, you can serve them over mashed potatoes. The cooking liquid makes a delicious gravy loaded with Asian flavors. It would go well with this Savory Herb Rice. Try this Spicy Garlic Pickle as a side dish.
If you’re looking to add a healthy dose of greens to your meal, steamed broccoli or asparagus make excellent choices. They add a touch of crunch and freshness that beautifully balances the rich, savory taste of the short ribs. Remember, the perfect meal is all about balance and harmony of flavors. Enjoy!
1 pound beef ribs.
2 tbsp sesame paste
2 tbsp. soybean oil or sesame oil
3 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp teriyaki
1 tbsp. pickled ginger
1/2 chili pepper
1 tbsp. dark brown sugar
2-3 tbsp. corn starch
1 bunch green onions
2-3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp. tomato sauce (or tomato paste for a thicker sauce)
You can add fresh ginger, red pepper flakes or chili flakes for a bit of kick if you like.
Adjust the amount of brown sugar depending on how sweet you like them. You can use less brown sugar if you like.
Garnish with sesame seeds.
How to make Asian Style Beef Short Ribs in the Crock Pot
1. Prepare the savory ingredients. Chop the green onions, ginger finely. Grate the garlic. Peel the chili from the seeds and cut into circles.
2. Pat the ribs dry with paper towels. Place them in a bowl, dust with starch, and coat the short ribs. Shake off any remaining starch.
3. Pour the soybean oil into a skillet and heat it. Place the ribs in the hot oil and fry over medium high heat until browned on both sides. Transfer the ribs to the bowl of a slow cooker.
4. In the same skillet, place the prepared spicy ingredients and heat for 1 to 2 minutes until they smell good. transfer the contents of the skillet to the pot.
5. In a separate bowl, mix together the soy sauce, teriyaki, brown sugar, and sesame paste and pour into the pan. Add boiling water just enough to cover the ribs. Cook on high in the slow cooker for about 3 hours or until the short rib meat is fall off the bone tender.
If you use boneless ribs for your Asian short ribs recipe, you may need to adjust the cooking time depending on how thick they are.
To serve short ribs
Serve the cooked short ribs hot. Pour the sauce over them for extra flavor. Garnish with the sliced green onions and sesame seeds. This meal is best paired with steamed rice, potatoes, or your preferred vegetables. Enjoy your homemade, delicious Beef Short Ribs!
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- 1 pound beef ribs.
- 2 tbsp sesame paste
- 2 tbsp. soybean oil or sesame oil
- 3 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 tbsp teriyaki
- 1 tbsp. pickled ginger
- 1/2 chili pepper
- 1 tbsp. dark brown sugar
- 2-3 tbsp. corn starch
- 1 bunch green onions
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp. tomato sauce (or tomato paste for a thicker sauce)
- Prepare the savory ingredients. Chop the green onions, ginger finely. Grate the garlic. Peel the chili from the seeds and cut into circles.
- Pat the ribs dry with paper towels. Place them in a bowl, dust with starch, and coat the short ribs. Shake off any remaining starch.
- Pour the soybean oil into a skillet and heat it. Place the ribs in the hot oil and fry over medium high heat until browned on both sides. Transfer the ribs to the bowl of a slow cooker
- In the same skillet, place the prepared spicy ingredients and heat for 1 to 2 minutes until they smell good. transfer the contents of the skillet to the pot.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the soy sauce, teriyaki, brown sugar, and sesame paste and pour into the pan. Add boiling water just enough to cover the ribs. Cook on high in the slow cooker for about 3 hours or until the short rib meat is fall off the bone tender.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 635mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 19g
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