Korean-Style Short Ribs (Galbi)

Korean-style Short Ribs (galbi) Recipe

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Vickie Parks


This classic Korean dish is called Galbi in Korea. The recipe was published in the New York Times food section. It's quite easy to prepare, but it does require marinating time (at least 2 hours, but overnight is recommended), so plan ahead.

If you buy English-style short ribs, which are cut along the bone, you'll want to butterfly-cut the ribs into thin, long strips. If you buy flanken-style ribs (which are pre-cut across the ribs), then rinse them under cold water before seasoning, to remove bone fragments.


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3 lb
short ribs (flanken style), cut in 1/2-inch slices across the bones
1/3 c
soy sauce
1/3 c
brown sugar
1/3 c
rice wine
1 Tbsp
sesame oil
2 tsp
black pepper
1/4 tsp
ground cayenne pepper or gochujang
1 medium
onion, peeled and quartered
8 clove
garlic, peeled
1 small
asian pear - peeled, cored and quartered (you can use a regular pear or tart apple)
1/4 c
piece fresh ginger (1 inch), peeled
2 tsp
sesame seeds
4 to 6
fresh lettuce leaves


red or green hot pepper, sliced
ssamjang (spicy korean soybean paste), for dipping
steamed white rice

How to Make Korean-Style Short Ribs (Galbi)


  • 1Rinse short ribs in cold water, pat dry and place in a wide shallow bowl. In another bowl, mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine, sesame oil, black pepper and cayenne.
  • 2Put onion, garlic, pear and ginger in the work bowl of a food processor. Grind ingredients to a smooth purée, then add to soy sauce mixture. Add sesame seeds. Thin with ¼ cup water. Pour marinade over short ribs and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  • 3Bring ribs to room temperature, drain and discard marinade.

    In the meantime, preheat grill or oven broiler.
  • 4Cook short ribs on a hot grill or under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until nicely browned but juicy. Pile grilled meat on a platter and serve immediately with lettuce leaves on the side. Accompany with sliced hot peppers, ssamjang and steamed rice, if desired.

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About Korean-Style Short Ribs (Galbi)

Course/Dish: Beef, Ribs
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Korean

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