Korean Short Ribs (Galbi)

This recipe is super easy! Fire up the grill for some delicious short ribs!

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Galbi or short ribs are a type of Korean dish in which beef ribs are grilled. The short ribs are typically marinated in a sweet and savory sauce. It contains ingredients like soy sauce, garlic, Asian pears, and sugar. Galbi can be served marinated or non-marinated. Softer cuts of beef are preferred for this dish.

Short ribs were always fun to order at Korean BBQ. The restaurant short ribs were always so soft and delicious I wanted to recreate the marinade at home. My first attempt was during my senior year of university. It did not go well because I did not get the ratios correct. Then I tried a store bought marinade, but it was too sweet. After a few experiments over the years I believe I have created the right recipe. Please enjoy!

Korean Short Ribs (Galbi) Recipe

Yields 6 servings

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 6 -10 minutes

Inactive Time 3 hours

Beer Pairing Suggestion: Amber Ale

Wine Pairing Suggestion: Cabernet Sauvignon


3 pounds short ribs


2 Asian pears, peeled and cubed

4 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup mirin

1 tablespoon sesame oil

To Serve: Lettuce, rice, kimchi, potato salad (gamja), and sesame oil


Place all the marinade ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth.

Place the short ribs in a baking dish and pour marinade over the ribs. Marinate for at least 3 hours but no more than 8.

Heat up the grill to medium. Shake off any excess marinade. Grill the meat for 3 to 5 minutes on each side until it reaches the desired amount of doneness.

Serve hot with lettuce, rice, kimchi, potato salad (gamja), and sesame oil.

This dish is best grilled, but the short ribs can be made on the stove top as well.


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