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grilled short ribs on a sheet tray with parchment paper

Authentic Kalbi Recipe (Korean Short Ribs)

This Korean style short ribs recipe known as Kalbi is marinated overnight in a tasty sweet fruit marinade and grilled to perfection.
Course dinner
Cuisine Asian, korean
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 592kcal


  • ½ peeled yellow onion
  • 5 large garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger trimmed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons mirin
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 peeled and seeded Asian pear
  • 1 peeled and seeded Fuji apple
  • ½ peeled kiwi
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 pounds kalbi cut short ribs


  • Add all of the ingredients except for the ribs and green onions to a blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
  • Transfer the mixture to a plastic zip bag and completely submerge the ribs in the marinade.
  • Marinate in the refrigerator for 12 hours or overnight.
  • Add the ribs right from the marinade to a hot grill in between 450° and 550° and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until dark grill marks have formed.
  • Remove from the grill, garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions and serve right away.


Chef Notes:
You can also add in 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of regular sugar to make the marinade more intense in flavor.
• The marinade will last up to 4 days if you choose not to marinate the short ribs right away.
• I like to move the marinated ribs around in the bag every 4-6 hours to make sure they are getting exposed to the marinade.
• Don’t marinate the ribs for more than 24 hours.


Calories: 592kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 993mg | Potassium: 999mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 6mg