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Beef Galbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs)

These Galbi (Kalbi), Korean BBQ short ribs, are so rich in flavor! With a sweet and salty soy-sauce-base marinade that is uniquely Korean! Make it at home with this simple recipe.

Korean BBQ Short Ribs or Galbi served on a plate with side dishes

Armin and I decided to have a Korean dinner party for two recently and had it at the comfort of our home. Galbi is one of the dishes I chose to make. The other two were Japchae (with my easy version) and Bulgogi. I chose to make them together with practicality in mind. Of course, served with Kimchi and some rice.

This dish will also go very well with Samgyeopsal, instead of Bulgogi if you want to feast on a variety of meat.

What is Galbi?

Galbi, also Kalbi, is a kind of grilled meat in Korean cuisine that specifically refers to ribs. Typically, this means beef short ribs. But pork ribs can also be used and they refer to it as dwaeji galbi.

This dish is normally served raw to be grilled on tabletop grills, that is also typical to other Korean BBQ dishes. It may be marinated (yangnyeom-galbi) or served non-marinated (saeng-galbi).
There is another version known as LA Galbi which is marinated similarly to the traditional Korean version. The only difference is that it is cut across the bones and is thinner.

What is the difference between Bulgogi and Galbi?

They are both types of Korean BBQs and more often than not, they both refer to beef. The main difference is the cut of meat used. Bulgogi uses ribeye or loin while Kalbi uses short ribs.

Kalbi does not have to be marinated but the marinated version is very much like the Bulgogi. Like Bulgogi, Kalbi is usually also marinated in a sweet-savory soy sauce based marinade. They use basically the same marinade ingredients.

So you can serve two different dishes but cut the prep time into half. Also saves you from buying another set of ingredients.

How does Galbi taste like?

A burst of flavors on every bite! The soy sauce gives it its slightly salty taste. While the brown sugar, mirin, and pear add sweetness to it and act as a meat tenderizer. The sesame oil adds a distinctive smokey or toasted flavor to the meat. However, the garlic, ginger and grated onion contradict it by giving out a refreshing taste.

Beef Kalbi grilled on a oventop griddle

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Beef Galbi

Beef Galbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs)

These Galbi (Kalbi), Korean BBQ short ribs, are so rich in flavor! With a sweet and salty soy-sauce-base marinade that is uniquely Korean.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian,Korean
Keyword: galbi,kalbi,korean bbq
Servings: 4
Calories: 366kcal
Author: Bebs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating: 4 hours
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 800 grams beef short ribs - - cut thinly
  • 1 small onion - - peeled
  • 1/2 Asian pear - - peeled
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 2 cloves garlic - - peeled and chopped finely
  • 1/2 thumb ginger - - peeled and chopped finely
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil


  • Pound the meat slightly to tenderize. But this step can be skipped.
  • Place beef in a bowl or a container with a lid.
  • Hold a grater over the meat and grate the onion and the pear over it. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  • Marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight for best results.
  • Preheat the grill over medium-high heat. Grill the short ribs for 2-3 minutes on each side, turning only once.
  • Serve with your favorite Korean side dishes.


The best way to grill Galbi is over hot charcoal. However, you can also enjoy it indoor with s griddle or grill pan over the stove top.
Nutrition Facts
Beef Galbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 974mg41%
Potassium 603mg17%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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