Gluten-Free Slow-Cooked Short Ribs with Celery Root Puree

Short Ribs

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Slow-Cooked Short Ribs make a great hands free meal.


There’s nothing difficult about it and nothing takes more than a half-hour of attention.


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The bonus is that it is gluten-free and free of processed everything.


Serves: 6 Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 4 hours (unattended) plus 1 hour



  • 2 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 7 garlic cloves, 6 thinly sliced and 1 smashed
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3 large red onions, halved
  • 1 celery root, peeled and diced
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk



  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and arrange the short ribs, meat-side up, evenly on the sheet.
  3. Place the baking sheet about 4 inches under the broiler.
  4. Cook, turning the ribs occasionally until each side is deep brown, 15 to 20 minutes total.
  5. Meanwhile, combine 2 cups of water, the vinegar, sliced garlic, jalapeños, mustard, lemon zest, and 1½ teaspoons of the salt in a 6-quart slow cooker.
  6. Add the ribs in an even layer.
  7. Cook on high for 4 hours. The meat should be tender when pierced with a fork.
  8. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  9. With a slotted spoon, transfer the meat from the slow cooker to a plate.
  10. Pour the cooking liquid into a gravy strainer to skim off the fat.
  11. Do not discard the fat (you should have about ¼ cup).
  12. Add the skimmed cooking liquid to a medium saucepan.
  13. Cook over high heat until glossy and thickened and reduced to about 1 cup, 18 to 20 minutes.
  14. Remove from the heat.
  15. Moisten the short ribs with about ¼ cup of the sauce and set aside the rest to serve with the meal.
  16. Meanwhile, on a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the onions with the reserved fat and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt.
  17. Arrange the onions, cut-side down.
  18. Roast, without turning, until the onions are browned on the underside, about 15 minutes.
  19. Flip and roast until the onions are tender, about 5 minutes more.
  20. Tent with foil and set aside.
  21. Combine the celery root, coconut milk, 1 cup of water, and the smashed garlic in a 3- quart saucepan over medium heat.
  22. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the celery root is very tender, 25 to 30 minutes.
  23. Strain the celery root, reserving the cooking liquid.
  24. Transfer the celery root and about half of the cooking liquid to a blender.
  25. Blend with enough liquid to make a smooth puree, but not a sauce, scraping down the sides of the blender bowl frequently.
  26. If you have used all of the cooking liquid and your puree is still too thick, add a little water and continue to blend until it reaches the desired consistency.
  27. Transfer to a small saucepan and keep warm.
  28. Serve the short ribs with the celery root puree and roasted onions on the side, along with the gravy.

If you’d rather not use a slow cooker, bring the short ribs and other ingredients to a boil in a 5-quart Dutch oven over high heat. Transfer to a 350°F oven and cook until the meat is falling off the bone, about 3 hours.


This recipe is friendly to Dr. Hyman’s Blood Sugar Solution, 10 Day Detox and Eat Fat Get Thin plans.


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Nutritional analysis per serving as per Dr. Mark Hyman.  Calories: 409 Fat: 31 g, Saturated Fat: 15 g, Cholesterol: 57 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 15 g, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Sodium: 467 mg

So what do you think? Will you make it?

There are a whole bunch of steps but it really is pretty easy.


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Elise Ho
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15 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Slow-Cooked Short Ribs with Celery Root Puree”

  1. This looks absolutely delicious and tasty! My family would really love this recipe thanks for sharing this with us!

  2. I haven’t made short ribs in awhile. I have 2 of my grown children coming to visit this weekend. Maybe we’ll make these!! I know they’d like them.

  3. This recipe was absolutely divine! I’ve never added jalapeños to my recipe before, but it added the right balance of kick. The flavors were so good. Cant wait to cook this again!

      1. Bedabrata Chakraborty

        Many of my friends are gluten intolerant and this is so going to work for them. I am a huge advocate of slow cooking. I think I will replace beef with goat meat and try this out

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Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

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Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.