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Brisket Bowls

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 3 hr 20 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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One 5-pound beef brisket, well-trimmed (no more than 1/8 inch of fat on top)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil

4 cloves garlic, chopped

2 to 3 stalks celery, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

2 red chiles, such as Fresno or Thai, seeded and chopped

1 large or 2 medium onions, chopped

Green Rice:

One 1-inch piece ginger root, peeled and grated

2 tablespoons tomato paste

3 cups beef stock

1/2 cup tamari

2 tablespoons mirin

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 3/4 cups chicken stock

2 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 cups basmati rice


1 cup baby spinach, packed

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, packed

1 lime, zested and rserved


Sliced scallions

Toasted sesame oil

Toasted sesame seeds

Sriracha or other hot sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. 
  2. For the brisket: Bring the beef to room temp and pat dry. Sprinkle the brisket with salt and pepper. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high to high heat. Add the meat and brown on both sides, then remove. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and then add the garlic, celery, carrots, chiles, onions and ginger. Season with salt and pepper, and stir 8 to 10 minutes. Add the tomato paste, and stir. Then, add the stock, tamari, mirin and vinegar. Add the brisket and cover. Braise in the oven until very tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. 
  3. Remove the brisket from the sauce. Puree the sauce to smooth in a food processor or with an immersion blender, if desired. Slice the brisket and add back to the sauce. Cool and store for a make-ahead meal. Reheat over medium heat, stirring gently.
  4. For the rice: The night you serve, heat the stock and butter to a boil. Add the rice and stir. Season with salt and cover, reduce the heat to a simmer, medium low. In a food processor, pulse the spinach and cilantro into a fine chop. After the rice has cooked 15 minutes, stir in the cilantro, spinach and the lime zest. Cover and cook until the rice is tender, about 3 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Cut the zested lime into wedges.
  5. Fill the bowls with the green rice and make a well in the center of the bowl. Fill with the beef, and top with the juice from a wedge of a lime, scallions, drizzle of sesame oil, sesame seeds and a few drops of hot sauce.