Short Ribs with Black Barley and Mushrooms


Don't be intimidated by cooking short ribs at home. This beef short ribs recipe requires less than 30 minutes of prep time and features familiar savory flavors and uber-tender results.

Short Ribs Black Barley Mushrooms
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 cup black or purple barley*

  • 6 beef short ribs

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, cut in thin wedges

  • 8 ounce shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and halved

  • 3 ½ cup reduced-sodium beef broth

  • 2 star anise

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • 2 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh Italian parsley

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 teaspoon shredded lemon peel

  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large bowl combine barley and enough boiling water to cover completely. Let stand at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours; drain.

  2. Trim any surface fat from ribs; season with salt and ground black pepper. In a 4-quart Dutch oven brown ribs on all sides, half at a time, in hot oil, over medium-high heat. Remove ribs; set aside. Discard all but 1 Tbsp. drippings in Dutch oven; reduce heat to medium. Add onion and mushrooms. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until onion is tender.

  3. Return ribs to pan. Add barley, broth, star anise, salt, and cracked black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 2 hours or until ribs and barley are tender. Remove ribs; set aside. Simmer barley mixture, uncovered, until desired consistency. Remove and discard star anise.

  4. In a small bowl combine parsley, garlic, and lemon peel. To serve, spoon barley mixture over beef ribs. Sprinkle with parsley mixture and freshly ground black pepper. Makes 4 servings.

Grain Change-Up

Substitute regular pearled barley, brown rice, farro, or wheat berries for the black barley. Omit step 1; begin with step 2.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

561 Calories
21g Fat
48g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 561
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 755mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 6.3mg 32%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 819mg 17%
Folate, total 22.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 4.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*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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