Sticky Five Spice Short Ribs

Feeding a toddler is an exercise in patience. My kid is way pickier now than when he started solid food. He’ll eat something one day, and not like it the next. Makes menu planning a little difficult. However, I found one thing that he consistently likes: tender, slow cooked meat. Anytime I make short ribs, he gobbles one down in record time. These were no exception. The adults in the household loved them as well. I especially liked how this recipe cooks down the liquid to make the sticky sauce – very convenient!
by Aida Mollenkamp
as seen on Food Network

Sticky Five Spice Short Ribs

Sticky Five Spice Short Ribs


1 1/2 cups rice wine or dry sherry
1/2 cup oyster sauce
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 1/2 pounds short ribs, English cut
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons five-spice powder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
6 medium garlic cloves, smashed
1-inch piece ginger, sliced
1 small jalapeno pepper, halved, seeded, and thickly sliced


  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix together sherry, oyster sauce, and brown sugar until evenly combined; set aside. Pat ribs dry with a paper towel and season well with salt and five-spice powder.
  3. Place a 3-quart Dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed, shallow pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat and add oil. When oil starts to smoke, add ribs and sear until well browned, about 2 minutes per side. Remove ribs to a plate and set aside. Discard all but 1 tablespoon drippings, return pan to stove, and add garlic, ginger, and jalapeno and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in reserved sherry mixture and bring to a simmer.
  4. Return ribs to pan and bring to a simmer. Cover and transfer to oven to cook, turning occasionally, until meat is knife tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Increase oven to 400 degrees F and cook, covered, until ribs are sticky, about 20 more minutes.


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Sweet Comments:

  1. I don’t think my kids would ever eat something like this, but you never know with toddlers, right? 🙂 They sure sound yummy! I may just have to give them a try.

  2. Looks amazing… how many does it feed?

  3. I just followed your blog, excited to see what new recipes you post!

  4. Sarah – 2.5 lbs of short ribs is about 6-7 pieces of meat. The picture shows one complete rib – it was maybe 3 oz of meat. If your are feeding hearty eaters, I’d estimate 2 ribs per person.

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