Easy beef spare ribs (short ribs) and steamed veggies

Main Dish
4 servings
20 min
65 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4
1 kilogram of English cut short ribs or beef spare ribs.

In addition to the short ribs cut up to 2 inches squares, the other ingredients needed to make the dish are:

1 head garlic, to be peeled and minced, several pieces calamansi or calamondin to be extracted to about 3 tablespoons juice

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup soy sauce

3 tablespoons sweet-style catsup

¼ cup seven-up or sprite

several pieces of bird's eye chilies, to be finely chopped (optional)

½ teaspoon ground pepper

¾ cup broth, if necessary during simmering.


  • Here, some lean beef from the muscle area was included in the short ribs cut. The meat should, as always, be properly washed to remove all blood traces and unwanted tendon parts and thoroughly drained.
  • Stir the mixture to dissolve the sugar and properly combine all ingredients into a dark, rich and homogenous marinade.
  • In the same casserole with the marinade, add in beef pieces. Stir to coat the meat pieces with the marinade. Marinate for at least half an hour.
  • Cook the meat with the marinade on medium heat. Once the liquid boils, lower the heat and simmer with occasional stirring until the meat is fork tender, better yet very tender.
  • Adjust the seasonings if necessary, or as per your preference. Remove excess oil that will float on the surface. The sauce will be reduced, becomes sticky and will basically coat the short ribs pieces. The bones should easily wiggle the succulent meat.
  • In the meantime, prepare the steamed vegetables. You are at liberty to use any kind of veggies. Prepare the vegetables by first washing them properly.
  • Cut the asparagus into 2 inches lengths, cut the cauliflower and broccoli into flowerets, halve the young corn diagonally, peel and slice the carrots into small flowerets as well.
  • In a wide pan, heat a small amount of butter. Add in the vegetables and sauté until it releases some liquid. Lightly season it with salt and pepper.
  • Cover the pan to steam-cook the veggies. Cook until veggies are cooked through but still crunchy to the bite.
  • Make individual servings. In a wide serving plate arrange some of the steamed veggies then place a single serving of the cooked short ribs.
  • Serve as main meal, on its own or with steamed rice or bread of your choice.


Easy Beef Spare Ribs (Short Ribs) and Steamed Veggies, photo 1
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