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Dim Sum Beef Short Ribs with Black Pepper, by thewoksoflife.com
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Dim Sum Steamed Beef Short Ribs with Black Pepper

These steamed beef short ribs with black pepper are our version of the classic Chinese dim sum dish. Learn how to make them and then check out our other dim sum recipes!
Prep Time12 hrs
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time12 hrs 10 mins
Course: Beef
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: dim sum steamed ribs
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 180kcal
Author: Bill


You'll need:

  • 1 pound beef short ribs (450g, cut flanken style across the bone about ¼ inch thick)

For the marinade:

To add before steaming the short ribs:

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon coarsely ground/cracked fresh black pepper


  • Rinse the beef short ribs and trim off any visible fibrous membranes, as these will make your ribs tough. Mix all of the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Add the short ribs and onions, making sure that the short ribs are evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • The next day, take the ribs out of the refrigerator, and let them come to room temperature. Add the oil, cornstarch, and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well.
  • Set up your wok or steamer pot over high heat. Place your bamboo steamers in your wok if that's what you're using. Heat until the water is bubbling. If you're using a steamer pot, heat the water to a gentle boil.
  • While you're waiting for the water, arrange the ribs on small heat-proof plates if you’re going to serve them dim sum style, or a large plate if you're going to serve them family style. Top off with some additional fresh ground pepper to taste.
  • When the steamers are sufficiently preheated, turn off the heat, and carefully add the plate(s) to the steamer. Turn the heat back on, cover the ribs, and steam for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve immediately!


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 560mg | Potassium: 336mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1.9mg