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easiest paleo beef short ribs served on polenta with pan juices

Paleo Beef Short Ribs (Keto, AIP, Whole30)

Paleo Beef Short Ribs are the easiest best recipe with NO braising ahead of time, no sautéing of any ingredients. Just 4 ingredients, bake, flip once during cooking, and serve! You can thicken the gravy optionally. So tender, rich and flavorful, without any added steps! Keto, AIP, Whole30, Gluten-free, VAD, Low Oxalate and Low Salicylate.
Course DInner
Cuisine American, Asian, British, French
Keyword aip, beef short ribs, braised, keto, low oxalate, low salicylate, paleo, whole30
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 307kcal
Author Megan
Cost $15


  • Dutch oven or large baking dish with oven-proof lid



  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • If your short ribs are in long strips, cut them into shorter sections. Arrange in a Dutch oven, broad pot with lid, or large baking dish with lid).
  • Drizzle measured coconut aminos over the surface of the meat. (About 20 shakes from a coconut aminos bottle.) Then drizzle maple syrup or sprinkle coconut sugar or granulated low carb brown sugar over meat's surface. Use your fingers if you wish, or the back of a spoon, to rub it into the meat's surface. Pour 2 cups broth to one side, into the base of the baking dish. Cover with lid.
  • Place baking dish into preheated oven, and bake for 1.5 hours. Then, remove from oven, and use tongs to rotate, so the side that was facing up now faces down. Add final amount of broth if the former broth is evaporating too much, otherwise leave as-is (this depends on the kind of pan and lid used). Replace the lid, and return to oven a second time.
  • Bake 1 additional hour, (2.5 hours total).
  • The meat is now fully cooked. It is soft stew meat. If you want to serve it at this point, great. If you'd rather, broil it first to create a firmer edge, like a very tender steak with pan juices. To broil: use tongs to place all ribs on a large baking sheet. Set broiler to Low if you have 2 settings. Broil for no longer than 5 minutes; watch carefully so you don't burn the meat. Now, use tongs to return meat pieces to pan, coating half or all of each one in pan juices before serving. (If you choose to thicken the pan juices, do this while the meat broils.)
  • Optional, to thicken pan juices: For Keto: Fan over the surface, and whisk in ½ teaspoon xanthan gum. For Paleo, AIP, Whole30: Whisk 1 Tablespoon tapioca starch into 2 Tablespoons room temp/cool broth or water. Bring cooking juices to a simmer. Whisk in tapioca slurry, and simmer 1 to 2 minutes until thickened. For all others: Whisk 1 Tablespoon white rice flour into pan juices. Bring cooking juices to a simmer while continuing to whisk. Simmer about 2 minutes until thickened. Serve Short Ribs with the pan juices.
    close up shot of easiest paleo beef short ribs with fork breaking open the meat


Storage and leftovers

  • Store leftover Beef Short Ribs in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 300 degree oven, with some pan juices for moisture, covered, for 20 minutes. (Cooked Beef Short Ribs may also be sealed and frozen for up to 3 months, and then defrosted before reheating.)

The following nutritional data is for the Keto version of the recipe.


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 726mg | Potassium: 632mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 4mg