Five Spice Vietnamese Braised Beef Short Ribs

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  • Total Time: 3 hrs 25 mins
  • Hands-on Time: 25 mins
  • Makes: 4 servings

Vietnamese-style braised beef short ribs with onions, garlic, carrots and yellow potatoes, spiced and garnished with organic five spice powder, cilantro, mint and Thai basil.


  • 4 large bone-in beef short ribs (about 4 to 5 pounds)

    Sea salt or pink Himalayan salt, to taste 

    Simply Organic Black Pepper, to taste

    2 tablespoons oil

    1 yellow onion, diced

    4 cloves garlic, minced

    3 carrots, peeled and chopped

    2 tablespoons rice vinegar

    2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

    1 tablespoon fish sauce

    2 teaspoons Simply Organic Five Spice Powder

    2 to 3 cups low sodium beef stock

    3 to 4 small yellow potatoes, peeled and halved

    Fresh cilantro, for garnish

    Fresh mint, for garnish

    Fresh Thai basil, for garnish


    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

    2. Season all sides of the ribs generously with salt and pepper.

    3. In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add ribs and cook until brown on all sides, then move to a plate.

    4. Decrease heat to medium and add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute, then add ribs back to pot. Add carrots, rice vinegar, sugar, fish sauce and five spice powder.

    5. Add just enough beef stock to barely cover the vegetables. Bring to a simmer, cover and place in the oven.

    6. Cook for 1 hour, then add potatoes and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until beef is fork-tender. Remove from oven, move ribs and vegetables to a serving platter and cover with foil to retain heat.

    7. Skim off fat. Strain remaining liquid into a saucepan over medium-high heat and cook until slightly reduced. Pour liquid over ribs, then garnish with cilantro, mint and Thai basil.

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