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Berebere Braised Short Ribs

Berbere Braised Short Ribs

  • Author: Kiano Moju
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 2hr 30 min
  • Total Time: 50 minute
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x



2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 pounds boneless short rib or chuck, cut into 2″ chunks

2 medium red onions, small dice

3 tablespoons ghee or butter

4 garlic cloves, sliced

1″ piece ginger, minced

1 1/2 tablespoon berbere spice

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 cups beef stock

Kosher salt, to taste

Black pepper, to taste



1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

a handful of cilantro leaves

1/4  of a red onion, sliced


  1. Season beef generously with salt and pepper on all sides.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches, sear the beef on all sides. Set browned beef on a plate to rest.
  3. Lower the heat to medium. To the same pan add the red onions, cooking until soft and a dark brown. This will take 15-20 minutes, be sure to stir occasionally to prevent onions from burning.
  4. Add in the ghee, garlic, ginger, tomato paste, and berbere spice. Cook for 2 minutes until garlic is fragrant.
  5. Stir in the beef stock. Bring the sauce to a simmer and return the beef to the pan. Reduce the heat to a medium low and partially cover with a lid. Cook until beef is tender and can easily break apart with two forks, about 2-3 hours stirring occasionally to keep sauce from burning. Serve with the pomegranate seeds, cilantro leaves and red onion slices to garnish.


With rice, injera, roast potatoes, or in a taco!