The slow cooker makes a masterpiece of beef short ribs as the meat becomes buttery tender and the cooking liquid reduces to a spicy, deeply savory sauce. Sake, a dry rice wine, and mirin, a stronger, sweeter rice wine, balance each other here (the alcohol will cook off as the dish simmers). Both are available at most grocery stores. Spicy, tangy kimchi, or Korean-style fermented cabbage, adds heat and complexity to the dish.

Marianne Williams
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Credit: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe Summary

20 mins
8 hrs 20 mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 short rib and about 1/3 cup rice mixture)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over high. Add 1 1/2 pounds short ribs; cook 6 to 8 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove browned short ribs from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 1/2 pounds short ribs. Place browned short ribs and next 9 ingredients (through garlic) in a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Stir in 1 minced Fresno chile. Cover and cook on low 8 hours or until meat is very tender.

  • Remove short ribs from slow cooker. Skim fat from cooking liquid; discard. Reserve cooking liquid.

  • Stir remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, remaining minced Fresno chile, and 1/4 cup chopped green onions into rice. Divide rice mixture and short ribs among 8 shallow bowls; spoon about 1/4 cup cooking liquid over each serving. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/4 cup green onions and cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

317 calories; fat 11g; saturated fat 4g; protein 17g; carbohydrates 33g; fiber 2g; sugars 10g; added sugar 7g; sodium 408mg.