Korean Kalbi Beef

Kalbi is a classic Korean Barbeque Short Ribs dish, perfect for summer grilling, but perfectly suitable to make any time of year. It’s marinated in a sweet and salty soy sauce-based marinade that caramelizes beautifully as the short ribs cook.
Course Main Course
Cuisine korean
Keyword kalbi, kalbi recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 297kcal


  • 1 Asian pear peeled and grated
  • 1 kiwi peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed or minced
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds Korean style beef short ribs


  • In a large bowl, whisk to combine the grated Asian pear, grated kiwi, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, sesame oil, and a few cracks of black pepper. Combine in a marinade bag with the beef, and let marinate for at least 4 hours, and as long as overnight.
  • Remove the beef from the marinade, and discard the marinade. Either grill the beef for 3-4 minutes on each side, or broil them on top of a wire rack set over a sheet pan, also for 3-4 minutes on each side. If those two cooking options aren't available, you can also pan fry them in a skillet. Cook them until they are caramelized and deeply brown on the edges. Enjoy!


Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 1156mg | Potassium: 533mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 15.7mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 3mg