Braised Short Ribs with Fennel

Course Dinner
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 607 kcal
Author Eva Kosmas Flores


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 ounces brown button mushrooms thickly sliced
  • 2 strips thick cut bacon diced
  • 12 ounces frozen pearl onions
  • 2 lbs beef short ribs
  • 1 large fennel bulb cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 5 oz carrots peeled and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 1/2 lb cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • salt to taste


  1. In a large dutch oven, melt the butter with the olive oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté until browned on both sides and slightly wrinkled. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the bacon to the pan and fry until crispy, then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the frozen pearl onions and sauté until golden, then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

To Continue Cooking in a Dutch Oven...

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the short ribs and sear on each side, then remove and set aside. Add the fennel bulb and sauté on each side until lightly golden. Add the short ribs, pearl onions, and bacon back to the pan and stir to incorporate. Add the vegetable broth, red wine, sherry vinegar, bay leaves, black pepper, thyme, nutmeg, carrots, and cherry tomatoes. Cover with the lid and place it in the oven.
  2. Allow to roast for 2 1/2 hours, or until the meat is cooked through and very tender. Remove from the oven and salt to taste, then serve.

To Continue Cooking in a Crock Pot...

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a large crockpot and stir together. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. Salt to taste, then serve.

Nutrition Facts
Braised Short Ribs with Fennel
Amount Per Serving
Calories 607 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 135mg45%
Sodium 718mg31%
Potassium 1328mg38%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 6880IU138%
Vitamin C 29.5mg36%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 4.8mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.