South Korean Galbi (Korean BBQ)

Korean BBQ is world renowned.  I think it is the marinade that makes it so special.  Try to find an Asian pear if you can it works beautifully. 

Course Main Dish
Cuisine South Korean
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 669 kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • 3 lbs beef flanken style or short ribs
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup soju or coke can be substituted
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup asian pear grated, if you can't find an asian pear use an apple or pear
  • 1/4 cup onion, white or brown grated
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced or paste
  • salt to taste


  1. Pat your meat dry
  2. In a bowl thoroughly mix together all the marinade ingredients
  3. Using a glass bowl or ziploc bag, combine the meat in the marinade making sure to coat the meat well.
  4. Allow the meat to marinade in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours however overnight is much better.
  5. Remove the meat from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before grilling.
  6. Heat your grill to medium high heat
  7. Cook the meat until the desired doneness. Please note the flanken ribs only take a few minutes a side where as the meatier short ribs take a bit longer to cook.
  8. Serve with banchan
Nutrition Facts
South Korean Galbi (Korean BBQ)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 669 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 146mg49%
Sodium 3407mg148%
Potassium 1078mg31%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 54g108%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 7.2mg40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.