Cranberry Short Ribs

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours


2 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
We live in the Yukon bush, so I pick wild cranberries for this incredibly tender comfort food. I sometimes substitute moose for the beef. —Cathy Wylie, Dawson City, Canada
Cranberry Short Ribs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
  • Dash ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon browning sauce, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place ribs in a greased 8-in. square baking dish; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Bake, covered, until tender, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine flour, brown sugar, mustard, cloves and remaining salt; gradually whisk in water and vinegar until smooth. Stir in cranberries, lemon zest and, if desired, browning sauce; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  3. Drain ribs. Pour cranberry mixture over ribs. Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes longer.
Editor's Note: This recipe can be easily doubled to serve 4; bake in a greased 11x7-in. baking dis and increase covered baking time to 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until tender.
Sugared Cranberries
Heat 3 tablespoons light corn syrup in microwave until warm; gently toss with 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, allowing excess syrup to drip off. Toss in 1/3 cup sugar to coat. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set, about 1 hour. 

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 314 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 645mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

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