Filipino Beef Short Ribs Adobo


Filipino Beef Short Ribs Adobo

A wonderful recipe from Marvin Gapultos’ The Adobe Road Cookbook (Tuttle, 2013)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Hispanic
Keyword Filipino Beef Short Ribs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 55 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 beef short ribs
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 24 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 red Thai chiles, small
  • cooked white rice. for serving optional


  • Heat oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat.  Season ribs with salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper; working in batches, cook, turning as needed, until browned, about 15 minutes.
  • Using a spoon, discard excess oil from pan.  Stir in remaining pepper, the stock, coconut milk, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves and chiles; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered and stirring occasionally, until meat is falling off the bone, 2 1/2 – 3 hours.  
  • Transfer ribs to a serving platter; keep warm.  Simmer sauce over medium-high until thickened, 18-20 minutes; pour over ribs.  Serve with rice if you wish.

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