Aji-Braised Short Ribs with Golden Herbed Quinoa --
  • Total Recipe Time: 1-3/4 to 2-3/4 hours
  • Makes 4 to 6 servings


  1. 3 pounds beef Short Ribs Bone-In, cut into 4 x 2 x 2-inch pieces
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  4. 2 teaspoons olive oil
  5. 1 large Spanish onion, chopped
  6. 2 tablespoons aji amarillo paste
  7. 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  8. 1 cup dry red wine
  9. 1 large unripe papaya
  10. 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  11. Coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  1. 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  2. 1-3/4 cups water
  3. 1 tablespoon Annatto Oil, recipe follows (optional)
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  6. 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh parsley


  1. Place beef short ribs on rack in broiler pan so surface of beef is 4 to 5 inches from heat. Broil 18 to 20 minutes or until browned, turning once. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.
  2. Meanwhile heat olive oil in stockpot over medium heat until hot. Add onion; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in aji paste and garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Add ribs and wine; bring to a boil. Cover tightly and braise in 325°F oven 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours or until beef is fork-tender.
  3. Thirty minutes before beef is done, peel papaya and cut into 1-inch pieces, reserving 1 heaping tablespoon seeds. Add papaya, reserved seeds and 1 tablespoon parsley to stockpot; continue braising, covered, 18 to 20 minutes or until papaya is tender.
  4. Meanwhile prepare quinoa. Place quinoa in lightly oiled 2-1/2-quart saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat 2 minutes or until toasted and just starting to change color. Add water, Annatto Oil, if desired, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 12 to 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork; stir in parsley.
  5. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Serve short ribs and papaya with sauce over quinoa. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
  • Test Kitchen Tips
  • For easier cleanup, line bottom of broiler pan (not rack) with aluminum foil.
  • Short ribs may be cooked on the stovetop. Cooking times for beef and papaya remain the same.
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