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Lemongrass Beef Short Ribs Slow Cooked In The Oven

3-hour Lemongrass Beef Short Ribs

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Slow Cooking
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese


  • 1.5 kg / 3.3 lb beef short ribs cut into 5-6 pieces (ask your butcher)
  • 5 lemongrass stalks
  • medium knob of fresh ginger, sliced (8-9 slices)
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1 medium brown onion, sliced
  • peel of 1 large orange
  • juice of 1 large orange
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons tamari sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • generous pinch of sea salt
  • generous pinch of chilli flakes (omit for AIP)
  • generous pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 1/2 cup of water
  • You will also need foil and large oven tray

To serve with

  • 1/2 lime juice to drizzle at the end
  • 1 head of broccoli, broken into florets and steamed or boiled (or other Asian greens)
  • Fresh coriander for garnish


Preheat oven to 200 C / 395 F.

Place the ribs in a large deep oven try and scatter lemongrass, orange peel, garlic, ginger and onion around. Squeeze orange and lime juice over the ribs and the rest of ingredients. Combine fish sauce, sesame oil and tamari sauce and pour over the ribs. Sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, chilli and Chinese five-spice powder. Then pour the water over the top of everything.

Making beef short ribs

Cover the tray tightly with foil and place in the oven for 30 minutes at 200 C / 395 F. Remove the tray and gently fold the foil to turn the ribs over. Cover back with foil and place back in the oven for another 20 minutes at 200°C.

Then reduce the oven to 170 C / 335 F and cook the ribs for 2 hours, turning over halfway.

Finally, remove the tray from the oven and uncover the foil. Cut the meat off the bone where it starts to come away (it will). Turn the heat back up to 200C / 395 F, and cook the ribs exposed for a further 20 minutes.

Finally, steam or boil some Asian greens or broccoli and serve with the beef drizzled with extra lime juice. Sprinkle fresh coriander over the top if you like.

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