Sticky Pomegranate Molasses Braised Beef Short Ribs

, from Issue #73. July, 2017
Photography by Josh Griggs.
Sticky Pomegranate Molasses Braised Beef Short Ribs

Slow cooking these ribs in a sauce of pomegranate molasses, spices and dates will reward you with the most tender, delectable fall-off-the-bone meat. Braise a day ahead for the best result.

Serves: 6–8


2 kilograms beef short ribs, (this should give you 8 ribs)
olive oil
4 large onions, thickly sliced
12 dried dates, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons soy sauce
pinch chilli flakes or more to taste
1 cup tomato passata
⅓ cup pomegranate molasses
½ cup red wine or water
400-gram tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
sea salt and ground pepper
To serve
fresh pomegranate seeds and coriander
extra pomegranate molasses, for drizzling


Preheat the oven to 160°C.

Season the ribs on all sides with salt and pepper.

Heat a little oil in a sauté pan and brown the ribs on all sides. You may have to do this in batches. Transfer to a large ovenproof roasting dish.

Add the onions, dates, garlic, cinnamon, soy sauce and chilli flakes along with a good pinch of salt to the sauté pan and cook for 5 minutes, adding a splash of water if the pan is dry.

Add all the remaining ingredients and bring to the boil, then pour over the ribs.

Place a piece of baking paper over the meat then cover tightly with a lid or foil.

Cook for 4 hours or until very tender when pierced with a skewer.

Cool the ribs in the braising liquid then cover and chill overnight.

Preheat the oven to 180°C fan bake.

Lift off the fat that has set on the surface and discard. Cover with the baking paper and foil and cook for 1 hour or until hot. Carefully lift out of the dish and place on a serving platter. If
you want a thicker sauce, mix 1 tablespoon of cornflour with a little water and stir into the sauce. Boil for a few minutes until a little thicker and glossy.

To serve: Spoon the sauce over the ribs and top with the pomegranate seeds and coriander and a drizzle of pomegranate molasses.