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Moroccan Braised Short Ribs

Slow cooker Moroccan braised short ribs, cooked in an orange cinnamon sauce, served over a baked sweet potato.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Moroccan
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 535
Author: Natalie


Short Ribs

  • 4 large beef short ribs about 2 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots sliced 1/2" thick
  • 3 ribs of celery sliced 1/2" thick
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic whole
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • zest of 1 large orange
  • juice of 1 large orange
  • 4 cups 32 oz chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper

Baked Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 medium size sweet potatoes washed, scrubbed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt


  • orange zest


  • Heat a dutch oven (or large soup pot) over medium high heat for 2 minutes. While it is heating up, salt the short ribs generously on all sides. Add the olive oil, and cook the short ribs 3 minutes per side on all sides until golden brown. Do not overcrowd the pan. If necessary, cook the short ribs in batches. Transfer short ribs to the slow cooker after browned, with the meat side down, bone side up.
  • In the same dutch oven in the remaining oil/fat, add the vegetables and cook for 5-8 minutes, until they begin to soften. Add the tomato paste, cook for 1 more minute. Add the orange zest and orange juice. Scrape the bottom of the pan until there are no more brown bits. Add the chicken stock, balsamic vinegar, cinnamon and bay leaf. Stir to combine. Transfer cooking liquid to the slow cooker. Gently move the short ribs to make sure the cooking liquid gets under the short ribs. Cover and cook on low for at least 8 hours, or high for at least 4 hours.
  • After the short ribs have cooked, reduce the cooking sauce. Gently remove the short ribs from the slow cooker. They will be very tender, and may fall off the bone. This is OK. I also like to pinch off any large pieces of fat that didn't render off the short ribs using tongs. Discard any fat.
  • Once all the short ribs are removed, strain the sauce to remove all the vegetables. Discard the cooked vegetables. Transfer the cooking liquid to a fat separator, and allow to sit for 5 minutes. You should have about 4 cups of sauce. Transfer the short ribs back to the slow cooker and cover.
  • Once the cooking liquid has settled, pour the sauce into a large pot. Discard the fat. (If you don't have a fat separator, transfer the cooking liquid to a large bowl, allow to sit for 5 minutes, then spoon the fat off the top once it has settled.)
  • Boil the sauce for about 8 minutes, until it has reduced by half, to about 2 cups. Pour the reduced sauce back in the stock pot over the short ribs. Continue to cook over low until ready to serve, about 1 hour.
  • One hour before serving, bake the sweet potatoes. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees with the rack in the middle. Rub the sweet potatoes with olive oil, and salt the skin generously. Bake on a baking sheet for 1 hour, until very soft.
  • To serve, split the sweet potatoes in half, and sprinkle the inside with a pinch of salt. Divide the short ribs on top of the sweet potatoes, drizzle with sauce, and garnish with orange zest.



This recipe can very easily be doubled or tripled. I serve 2 short ribs per person.
This recipe can be made ahead of time, up to 3 days in advance. After step 4, instead of transferring the short ribs back to the slow cooker, transfer them to an airtight container and refrigerate. Transfer all of the cooking liquid to a separate airtight container and refrigerate. When ready to reheat, scrape all the fat from the top of the cold cooking liquid, then continue with step 6. Reheat the short ribs in a slow cooker with the reduced sauce for 1 hour on high, or 2 hours on low.


Calories: 535 | Total Carbs: 71.6g | Protein: 28.5g | Fat: 17.1g | Fiber: 8.5g | Net Carbs: 63g