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gray plate of 3 kalbi ribs sprinkled with green onion

Grilled Kalbi - Korean Short Ribs

This recipe for grilled kalbi - Korean short ribs - uses two special ingredients to tenderize the meat and add authentic sweetness to the vinegar & soy sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Keyword beef, galbi, kalbi, korean, short ribs
Prep Time 6 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 775 kcal
Author Christie Vanover


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pear baby food
  • 1/4 cup apple baby food
  • 1/4 cup minced white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes optional
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 lbs Korean or flanken short ribs

Finishing Touches

  • 2 cups white rice
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds


  1. In a large zip-top bag, mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, apples, pears, onion, water, garlic, rice wine vinegar, salt, pepper, chili pepper flakes, ginger powder and sesame oil. Add the short ribs and marinate overnight.
  2. Preheat the grill to high. Grill the ribs for 5-7 minutes per side over direct heat.

  3. Serve with white rice and a sprinkle of sliced green onions and sesame seeds. 

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Kalbi - Korean Short Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 775 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 1227mg53%
Potassium 827mg24%
Carbohydrates 107g36%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 135IU3%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.