Short Rib Stew in a Slow Cooker


There are many variations of this stew, but this one concentrates on being low in calories and fat but still has a rich hearty flavor.  If you and your family are lovers of short rib stew, you will not be disappointed.  It is especially satisfying on a cold winter night.  The smell of it cooking all day in a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker will be a treat you will remember.

Calorie Count

1 1/3 cup stew with 1 /2 tablespoons sauce will be 325 calories, 13 grams total fat, 5 grams sat. fat, 0 grams trans-fat, and 26 grams protein.


  • 3 tablespoon flour
  • ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper
  • 1 ¼ pound boneless beef short ribs
  • 1 pound red potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 ½ cups of carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup reduced sodium beef broth
  • 2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon parsley
  • 2 teaspoons sage
  • 1 Tablespoon thyme

Prep work:

  1. Trim the fat and cut short ribs into 2 inch pieces.
  2. Mix flour, salt, and pepper and place in a plastic bag.  Place short ribs into bag.
  3. Shake the bag until the short ribs are coated with the flour mixture.
  4. Sear the ribs in a medium-high heat in a heavy skillet that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray.  Make sure they are browned on all sides.  This will take from 7 to 10 minutes.  You may need to do this in 2 or 3 batches depending on the size of the skillet.  Do not crowd the meat while searing.
  5. Scrub and cut potatoes into 1 ½ inch pieces.
  6. Chop onion.
  7. Cut up carrots into bite size pieces.
  8. Finely mince garlic

Cooking Procedure:

Place beef ribs in the bottom of a slow cooker.

Add remaining ingredients on top of the ribs in the slow cooker.Cook for 8 to 10 hours on low in a 6 quart slow cooker.

Optional:  If a sauce is desired to place over the stew immediately before serving mix together:

7 tablespoons fat-free sour cream

2 tablespoons mustard

2 tablespoons minced chives


For Great Short Ribs We Recommend

The Crock-Pot Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker

  • Insert is removable and safe for dishwasher.
  • Looks great on buffet table.
  • Programmable digital controls.
  • Locking lid for transportation.
  • Great for potluck dinners.

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