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Tom Colicchio’s Braised Short Ribs

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This week the WOT Test Kitchen is bringing you a tried-and-true recipe that has been in our kitchen rotation for a long time.

Meet Tom Colicchio’s Braised Short Ribs. Chef Colicchio shared this recipe many years ago and now we are very excited to share it with you — As we said, it’s a tried and true recipe for us.

For those who are familiar with Chef Colicchio, you know he is exceptional with beef and if you’re looking for a special meal that is truly flavorful and hearty. If you aren’t familiar with him, then look no further for great beef dishes because his creations really are amazing.

This recipe does require an overnight marinade, but it is absolutely worth the extra step.

WOT we love about this recipe: The reaction around the dinner table when our friends and family taste this very special dish. It’s just that good…

Tom Colicchio’s Braised Short Ribs

Servings 4
Author Tom Colicchio


  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 6 flanken-style short ribs with bones, cut 2 inches thick (about 4 pounds) WOT Test Kitchen has also used boneless short ribs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 75ml bottle of dry red wine
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 3 cups chicken stock
For serving (optional)
  • 12 oz sliced and sauteed mushrooms


  • In a large deep skillet, heat the oil. Season the ribs with salt and pepper. Add them to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until browned and crusty, about 18 minutes. Transfer the ribs to a shallow baking dish in a single layer.
  • Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic to the skillet and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until very soft and lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Add the wine and thyme sprigs and bring to a boil over high heat. Pour the hot marinade over the ribs and let cool. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning the ribs once.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Transfer the ribs and marinade to a large, enameled cast-iron casserole. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cover and cook in the lower third of the oven for 1 1/2 hours, until the meat is tender but not falling apart.
  • Uncover and braise for 45 minutes longer, turning the ribs once or twice, until the sauce is reduced by about half and the meat is very tender.
  • Transfer the meat to a clean shallow baking dish, discarding the bones as they fall off. Strain the sauce into a heatproof measuring cup and skim off as much fat as possible. Pour the sauce over the meat; there should be about 2 cups. You could serve at this point or go onto the next step.
  • This step is optional: Preheat the broiler. Broil the meat, turning once or twice, until glazed and sizzling, about 10 minutes. Transfer the meat to plates, spoon the sauce on top and serve.
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