Galbi (Kalbi) is Korean marinated rib BBQ. Mostly beef or pork ribs are used for this particular dish, but there is no rule what cut of meat you have to use.
My family used to own a Korean BBQ restaurant, and yes, I know what I’m talking bout when it comes down to Korean BBQ. (I mean, I know what I’m talking about pretty much all kinds foods, but especially Korean BBQ. ? lol)
As most of Korean dishes are, galbi serves with lots of side diets that goes well with reach meat.
Most of times, it serves with Ssamjang- Korean spicy bean paste(mixture of Doenjang and Gochujang with other seasonings), some type of kimchi, some type of mini hot pot dish (steamed egg, doenjang jjigae or etc.) and definitely warm cooked rice or spicy/non-spicy cold noodles.
Galbi is the best taste when it’s grilled from direct fire as most of other BBQ styles are. But you can also cook on a stove as well if that’s only option. This recipe is also perfect for BBQ party, family/friends gathering, especially 4th of July is coming… this will WOW every your guests!!
Enjoy this BETTER than restaurant Galbi recipe at home!
- 1 cup Korean ultimate stock or water
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup mirin
- ¼ cup rice wine, soju or vodka
- 2 Tbs sesame oil
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 8 to 9 cloves garlic, finely chopped (approximately 3 Tbs)
- 6 to 8 green onions, finely chopped (approximately ⅓ cup)
- ½ fresh kiwi, grated or 2 Tbs finely chopped pineapple
- 3 lb beef short ribs (you can use any cut of your favorite meat, I like to use bone/boneless beef short ribs, chuck, pork butt/shoulder or boneless chicken)
- In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except meat. Whisk until sugar has dissolved. This marinade can be store in a refrigerator for 10 days when you are ready to use and you can marinade unto 3 pounds of meat of your choice.
- Add your choice of meat into marinade sauce and marinate at least 2 hours to overnight. (Overnight will be the best for perfectly tenderized meat and flavors) You can use either mixing bowl or ziplock bags. Do not marinate meat over 2 days, otherwise kiwi/pineapple breakdown protein of meat too much, it will be a mush texture and you don’t want that.
- When you are ready to cook Galbi, remove meat from marinade first and pour marinade into a sauce pan and bring it to boil. When it starts boiling, reduce heat to medium and cook sauce about 10 minutes. Skim as you needed.* This will be a delicious dipping sauce for Galbi!
- You can grill galbi over medium high heat until meat is cooked to your desire doneness. If you want to cook indoor, just use a nonstick skillet (it’s easier to clean later) and pan fry them.
- Galbi is more delicious and enjoyable with some Korean side dishes. Most of times, it serves with Ssamjang, some type of kimchi, some type of mini hot pot dish (steamed egg, doenjang jjigae or etc.) and definitely warm cooked rice or spicy cold noodles. Hope you enjoy Galibi, Korean BBQ at home!!