Asian Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs

The BF loves our Ninja 3-1 slow cooker, and I mean loves to the point where we actually use it weekly. One of the best conveniences is that it allows you to saute ingredients directly in the pot before switching to the slow cooker mode, reducing the number of dishes to wash. We’ve been testing out various stews and pulled pork recipes but my favourite so far is an adapted Asian style beef recipe from Nigella Lawson. The dish is sweet, with a sauce that is almost hoisin like with a hint of acidity. The first time we used beef shanks as the recipe called for and the flavour was amazing, but I found the cut of meat to be sinewy even after slow cooking. We substituted beef shank for short rib instead and made the dish was perfect, tender and fall off the bone. Pictured above, the short rib is served over a paratha and topped with cilantro.

Asian Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs
Serves 8
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr
  1. 2 onions
  2. 1 chunk of ginger (2inches)
  3. 4 cloves of garlic
  4. 2 tsp ground coriander
  5. 3 tsp vegetable oil
  6. 1 cup Chinese cooking wine, or dry sherry
  7. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  8. 1/4 cup packed, dark brown sugar
  9. 900ml beef broth,
  10. 2 tbsps oyster sauce
  11. 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  12. 2 cinnamon sticks
  13. 2 star anise
  14. 2 1/2 lbs of beef short rib
  1. Dice onions and grate ginger. Throw into dutch over and saute until soft along with chopped garlic and ground coriander.
  2. Add in all wet ingredients and sugar and bring to a boil. Add star anise and cinnamon sticks
  3. Transfer everything to a slow cooker, cube the beef short rib and add into slow cooker.
  4. Cook on high for 4 hours
  5. If you have a Ninja, turn on stove functionality, high and reduce sauce
Adapted from Asian Braised Beef Shank by Nigella Lawson
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Step by Step Photos

Asian Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs
Assemble the dry ingredients

Asian Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs
Assemble wet ingredients, except for the beef broth, rinse off the short rib and pat dry

Asian Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs
Dice the onions and throw into a mixing bowl

Asian Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs
Grate the garlic

Asian Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs
Combine wet ingredients and sugar

Asian Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs
Throw the onions into the slow cooker/pan, grind the coriander seeds and add that in as well

Asian Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs
Saute the onions until soft and add in the wet ingredients including the beef broth

Asian Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs
Cube the short short rib and add into the slowcooker
Bring everything to a boil and slow cook on high for 4 hours

  • Bjmackay15

    Thank you for posting a Ninja recipe! I own the cooking system and am trying to learn how to use it beyond the few techniques their cookbook highlights. I have cooked pork ribs by using the included rack… But am searching for more than just the “steam” results.
    If you could post more when using the ninja you would be one of my favorite people in the world!!

    • Bjmackay15

      I forgot to mention…only a few of Your pictures will load on my iPad… So, I am only relying on your descriptions! That is why I asked some of the questions above!!

      • xiaoEats

        Hi, happy to help! I do enjoy my Ninja and am still exploring all the functionality myself.

        For this recipe, the end result is more a braised meat, very soft, pull apart, which I wouldn’t recommend for a rack of ribs. It would be kind of a waste. I’ve made that rib recipe as well (with the rack), and it turned out really well.

        With the short ribs, I ask my butcher to cut the whole piece into 2inch thick strips for me, so I then cut the strips into smaller cubes. Each piece has a bone and the meat surrounding it. This is easier to cook and eat.

        I have another Goat Stew recipe ( posted and am working on more. If you have any more questions or need clarification, feel free to ask!

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