Ginger, Coconut, and Curry Short Ribs


For another layer of ginger flavor, simmer the accompanying rice in chicken broth and grated fresh ginger.

Ginger, Coconut, and Curry Short Ribs
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins


  • 4 large shallots (8 oz.), peeled and cut into quarters

  • 1 cup packed fresh cilantro

  • 1 3-inch piece fresh ginger (1 oz.), peeled and sliced

  • cup packed dark brown sugar

  • ¼ cup fish sauce

  • Zest and juice of 2 limes (1 Tbsp. zest and 1/4 cup juice)

  • 3 tablespoon red curry paste

  • 4 garlic cloves

  • 2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 4 pound short ribs (8 to 10 ribs)

  • Kosher salt and black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk

  • 3 cup hot cooked jasmine rice

  • Toasted coconut chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. For curry sauce: In a food processor combine shallots, cilantro, fresh ginger, brown sugar, fish sauce, lime zest and juice, curry paste, garlic, five-spice powder, and cumin. Process until nearly smooth.

  2. Season ribs with kosher salt and black pepper. In a 6-qt. Dutch oven heat 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil over medium-high. Working in batches if necessary, arrange short ribs in Dutch oven in an even layer without crowding; cook 3 minutes per side or until browned. Transfer ribs to a plate. Drain all but 1 Tbsp. drippings from Dutch oven.

  3. Add curry sauce to Dutch oven; cook and stir 2 minutes. Stir in coconut milk. Add ribs; bring to simmering and cover. Place in oven; cook 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until meat is very tender.

  4. Serve ribs and sauce over rice. If you like, garnish with additional cilantro and the toasted coconut. Serve with lime wedges. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

829 Calories
41g Fat
65g Carbs
52g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 829
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 24g 120%
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 1605mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 52g
Vitamin C 12.9mg 65%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 7.9mg 44%
Potassium 1213mg 26%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 40.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 7.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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