After a little shopping detour, my house was filled with the heavenly mixture of beef, orange, ginger, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce perfume. This was an improvisation based on CIA's Korean short rib recipe, Ana Sortun's Balsamic Soy Braised short ribs, and Chinese take out orange beef I was so fond of as a teenager. Since I had to write a recipe for my class anyway, I thought I'll post it here for my readers as well.
Orange Ginger Braised Short Ribs
Meat substitutions: 6 bone-in short ribs, or 3 Lb beef chuck cut into 2 inch cubes
6 boneless short ribs (about 3 Lb total)
2 tsp powdered ginger (optional)
2 valencia (also known as "juice") oranges
2 Tbsp canola oil (plus more if needed)
1 large onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1 celery rib, diced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp chopped fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
2.5 cups low-sodium beef stock
1/4 cup flour
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper
- Set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 275F.
- Dry the meat well on paper towels, season with salt, pepper, and powdered ginger (if using).
- Peel oranges with a vegetable peeler reserving the peel. Juice oranges and measure out 1/3 cup juice. If you don't get enough, add a little water.
- Set a 12 inch oven-proof skillet (or dutch oven) over medium-high heat. Add the oil. When the oil gets hot and starts to ripple in the skillet, add the meat in one layer and brown well on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from skillet and set aside.
- Turn down the heat to medium. Add carrots, onions, and celery. Season with a little salt. Cook stirring occasionally until tender and starting to brown, 10-15 minutes. If veggies are sticking, add more oil.
- Add brown sugar and stir constantly until it melts and starts to bubble. Add the vinegar, soy sauce, orange peel, orange juice, fresh ginger, garlic, and 2 cups beef stock. Bring to a simmer.
- Mix the remaining 1/2 cup stock with 1/4 cup flour in a small bowl. Stir well with a fork until absolutely no lumps remain. Stir this stock/flour mixture into the sauce in the skillet and mix well.
- Return the meat to the skillet, add a bay leaf, cover with a round of parchment paper and put in the middle of the oven for 4 hours or until the beef is fork tender.
- Cool ribs in sauce for at least 1 hour. Remove ribs and chill. Strain sauce, chill overnight, and degrease. To serve, warm up ribs with sauce in a pan on low heat.