There’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a charred and tender piece of kalbi ribs! It’s sweet. It’s savory. And sometimes, it’s even spicy! But a great kalbi short ribs recipe is all about putting together a well-seasoned marinade for quality short ribs to soak up.
I know I mentioned in my other posts how easy those recipes are to make… BUT if I could choose the EASIEST recipe to put together, it would be this one. Hands down.
All you have to do is literally throw all the ingredients in a blender to create the marinade. Then, you let it work its magic for a few hours while the short ribs soak up all that goodness. And lastly, you caramelize the tender meat to your preferred doneness.
BOOM! And just like magic, you have beautifully charred and tender short ribs ready with barely lifting a finger.
Those were only 3 SUPER EASY steps to make this favorite Korean dish. One of which, you are literally letting the marinade do the work for you too! Can it get any easier than that!?
Making the BEST Kalbi Short Ribs Recipe
To help tenderize the beef, we incorporate a few components to speed up the process, so you’re left juicy succulent short ribs. I think we’ve all had short ribs at one point or another when we’ve played tug-of-war with a piece of meat. You know, the time you tried to inconspicuously gnaw the meat off the bone so no one will notice the battle you’re facing with the meat hanging out of your mouth…
But no matter how much you tug, the meat was not going anywhere.
If you are one of the lucky few who have never experienced this, you are definitely #BLESSED.
Don’t worry though! Whether you’ve had this experience or not, you won’t meet any resistance in your meat if you use this marinade. The classic Asian pear helps break down the meat. We’re also incorporating pineapple, which will give an extra boost of tenderizing, while also adding a layer of sweetness and tartness to the marinade!
This recipe is perfect for BBQs, family gatherings, or quiet lazy nights at home when you want something easy to make. Whatever the occasion, your guests (and your tummy) will be WOW’d with this effortless recipe!
Try out this kalbi short ribs recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below!
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Easy Beef Kalbi (Flanken Short Ribs)
- 3 pounds short ribs (also called flanken ribs)
- ½ cup soy sauce*
- ¼ cup fish sauce
- 1 Asian pear* seeds & stem removed
- ¼ cup Mirin
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- ¼ cup pineapple chunks
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- 7 garlic cloves peeled
- ½ onion peeled
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 - 3 Thai chilies stems removed
- 1 teaspoon sugar
Optional for Garnish
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 2 green onions thinly sliced
- Make ¼-inch deep cuts in the short ribs in a criss cross pattern on both sides. Be careful not to cut all the way through the meat, otherwise, it'll fall apart after marinating. Set aside.
- Add all ingredients (except for the short ribs and garnishes) into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Pour marinade in a large Ziploc bag or airtight container and add the short ribs. Toss to evenly distribute the marinade, then seal and push out as much air as possible. Marinate for about 3 hours in the refrigerator. I like to massage the ribs every so often just to make sure all of the ribs are coated in the marinade.
- Heat cast iron on medium heat or large skillet on medium-high heat. Slide excess marinade off the short ribs and cook for 5 - 7 minutes, or until your desired doneness.
- Remove from heat, then top with sesame seeds and green onions. Enjoy!
- Soy Sauce: I don't recommend using low-sodium soy sauce for this recipe because the salt is needed for this recipe.
- Asian Pear: It's also known as nashi or sand pear and can be easily found at local Asian markets.
- Mirin: This is a Japanese sweet cooking sake that adds depth to the marinade. You can find it at your local Asian market or Amazon.
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