Galbijjim (Braised Beef Short Ribs)

Galbijjim (kalbijjim) is a Korean traditional braised beef short ribs dish in a rich sauce. You can make these tender, succulent short ribs at home with this easy, authentic recipe! 

Korean braised beef short ribs in a bowl

What is galbijjim

Galbijjim (or kalbijjim, kalbi jjim) is braised beef short ribs, which is typically served on traditional holidays and special occasions in Korea. I make these ribs for my family quite often, especially for my elderly parents. It’s a definite favorite!

I sometimes cook them in my slow cooker or Instant Pot. Here, I’m showing you how to make this dish the traditional way over stove top. 

Look for short ribs with the most meat and less fat. Traditionally, this dish is made with bone-in short ribs. Although meat cooked on the bone tastes better, use boneless meat if that’s all you can find. Even high quality short ribs will have some fat, which is expected for short ribs. Trim off any thick layers of fat from the short rib, but do not remove the thin, tough skin that holds the ribs together.

Cooking times can vary depending on the size and thickness of the ribs.

Korean braised beef short ribs

How to make Korean braised short ribs

In contrast to the braising method typical of Western cooking, Koreans traditionally do not sear the meat before braising them.

Instead, the ribs are first parboiled in water with some aromatic vegetables before being braised in sweet and savory braising liquid. Parboiling is a technique used to remove excess fat and blood from the ribs. I boil the ribs in a small amount of water and use the resulting stock in the braising liquid after removing the fat. 

Searing, however, is commonly done in modern Korean cooking. If preferred, feel free to sear the ribs to add that rich browned meat flavor. I do it sometimes as well. The results are equally delicious in slightly different ways.

Korean braised beef short ribs in a bowl

To prevent the vegetables from turning too soggy, I braise the ribs first, and then add the vegetables about halfway through. 

Chestnuts, dates, pine nuts, and gingko nuts are customary garnishes that make this dish look very elegant, but the ribs will still be delicious without them if they are unavailable. 

These succulent ribs, in a rich sauce, will be perfect for any of your special occasions! Then again, why wait for a special occasion to make this tasty comfort food?

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Korean braised beef short ribs in a bowl
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Galbijjim (braised beef short ribs)

Galbijjim is a braised beef short ribs dish in a rich sauce. You can make these tender, succulent short ribs at home with this easy, authentic recipe! 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Keyword: beef, beef short ribs, braised, braising, carrot, galbijjim, kalbi, kalbijjim, radish
Servings: 4
Author: Hyosun


  • 3 pounds meaty beef short ribs
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 - 4 thin ginger slices (about 1-inch rounds)
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 white parts of scallions

Braising Liquid:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar 2 for less sweet ribs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup rice wine or mirin
  • 1/2 medium Asian pear grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 small onion grated
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated or juiced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil


  • 10 ounces Korean radish cut into large chunks (about 1-1/2-inch cubes)
  • 3 - 4 dried shiitake mushrooms soaked and quartered
  • 1 large carrot cut into large chunks (about 1 inch long)
  • 2 green parts of scallion

Optional garnish:

  • 6 - 8 peeled fresh chestnuts
  • 6 dried Korean dates/jujube
  • 10 - 12 gingko nuts or 1 tablespoon pine nuts


  • Trim off any excess fat. Rinse the ribs and let them sit in cold water for about 30 minutes to draw out excess blood. Drain.
    Preparing beef short ribs by soaking in water
  • In a large pot, bring 5 cups of water to a boil over high heat along with the onion, ginger, garlic and scallion white parts. Add the short ribs, and bring it to a boil, uncovered, skimming off the foam. Reduce the heat to medium high and cook for about 10 minutes. Remove the ribs to a plate, reserving the stock.
    Galbijjim (Korean braised short ribs)
  • Strain the stock, and skim off the fat. (Refrigerating the stock will help the fat solidify for easier removal. If you have room in the freezer, the process will go faster.) 
    Galbijjim (Korean braised short ribs)
  • Mix together all the braising liquid ingredients, except the sesame oil. Return the ribs to the pot. Pour the braising liquid over the meat and stir. (You can prepare the ribs up to this point the day before, and finish braising when you need to serve.)
    Galbijjim (Korean braised short ribs)
  • Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables.
    Galbijjim (Korean braised short ribs)
  • Add 2-1/2 cups of the reserved stock to the ribs. Cover and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Continue to boil for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the ribs. Stir in the radish, mushrooms, and carrots. Continue to boil, covered, for about 20 minutes.
    Galbijjim (Korean braised short ribs)
  • Stir in the optional garnish ingredients. Return to boil, uncovered this time, for an additional 10 minutes, or until the sauce is thicker and the meat is tender but not falling apart. Add the green parts of scallions and the sesame oil and stir gently before turning the heat off.


During the braising, adjust the heat level and cooking time, depending on how tender you want your ribs to be and how much sauce you like to have. Use medium low heat and additional time for more tender meat with more sauce. Likewise, you can increase the heat to medium to reduce the sauce quicker. Also, leaving the pot uncovered during the last 10 gives the ribs a nice shiny look.
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This galbijjim recipe was originally posted in October 2011. I’ve updated it here with new photos and minor changes to the recipe.

Galbijim recipe - learn how to make Korean braised beef short ribs

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  1. Stephanie Langford-marquina says

    5 stars
    I love this recipe. Very simple to make.

  2. 5 stars
    Amazing, I love recipes like this. Simple, great tasting, and just plain good.

  3. Hi Hyosun, can I use pork short ribs instead of beef short ribs?

  4. What can I replace the pear with? Don’t have any at the moment

  5. 5 stars
    I made this dish following recipe with exception of the honey. It came out awesome. My family loved it. Thank you!!!

  6. 5 stars
    I made this in the pressure cooker and it was absolutely delicious. Very flavorful, sweet but not too overpowering, savory and just good for the soul. My husband is already looking forward to me making it again and suggested that we have this on Thanksgiving instead of turkey.

  7. Eddie Pugmire says


  8. I made this too really yummy. All my workmates love it. Will make it again and again but I should try on new recipes instead of keep making same one but it is too good

  9. If I double the meat, should I double everything else?

  10. Love this! This is one of my husband’s favourite! 🙂

    I made it with a pressure cooker. I boiled the ribs first around 10-15 minutes to remove the impurities, and then cleaned the ribs with running water. After that, I put the the ribs in the pressure cooker, along with the braising liquid, garlic, ginger and onion. I also added a cup of beef broth. Then pressure cooked it for 27 minutes, natural release.

    After that I removed the ribs, leaving the stock in the pressure cooker, and added the carrots, pressure cooked it for 1-2 minutes. Then added the ribs back to the pressure cooker 🙂 Delicious!

    I usually made this the day before, so I can refrigerate it and the next day I will just have to remove the layer of fat and reheat it!

  11. Excellent recipe. I didn’t use any of the suggested veg, and went for just pure meaty goodness. Opted for 2 tablespoons of sugar, but should have gone for 3. Still tasted great.

  12. Sierra Pierce says

    Hello! This looks absolutely delicious! I was wondering, if I wanted to make it spicy Galbijim, what should I put? Thank you!

    • Hello Sierra – You can put some gochugaru and/or hot chili peppers. See my braised spicy pork ribs for more information. Enjoy!

  13. Ronnie B. says

    Thanks very much for the recipe, it turned out wonderful. I had it for dinner last night and it was perfect in this cold weather.

    Kalbi Jjim is one of my all time favourite Korean dishes and I have been wanting to cook it for a long time. Although not Korean, I first came to experience the cuisine whilst in university in Switzerland. I had a few Korean friends and they introduced me to it.

    I look forward to trying out the other recipes on your blog. I’m a massive fan of Kimchi Jjigae.


  14. Tanya Claxton says

    I love this! Thanks for the easy recipe. Cheers from New Zealand.

  15. Hi Hyosun! If I modified this recipe for use in a pressure cooker, how do you suggest I would do it? I love all your recipes btw, I have tried so many of them!

    • Hi Ali – Sorry, I haven’t cooked this in a pressure cooker. For a slow cooker, I don’t use as much liquid to cook the ribs. See my slow cooker galbijjim recipe. I’d like to say the same should apply to the pressure cooking. Let me know if you try it in a slow cooker how it turns out for you.

  16. Hello! Can I replace sugar and honey with Korean Mulyeot/Corn Syrup?

  17. Loved this recipe! We did everything according to your recipe but put less beef (about 2.6 pounds) and topped it up with more carrot and turnip. It was so delicious. And so simple to make! We are definitely going to be making this for our families. Any chance you’ll be making jangjorim (ideally in a slow cooker!) any time soon?

  18. hello ms. Hyosun Ro, i am in the process of making your galbijjimm recipe, actually i started boiling the meat last night. Looking at the ingredients, i noticed that you don’t have chili powder or chili flakes or other ingredients to give it a little kick. If i want to make the dish a little spicy, what and how much of it do i have to add and at what point in the recipe do i add them? I know your recipe will turn out great. looking forward to your reply.

  19. thanks for sharing.

  20. Side Stitches says

    Thank you so much for these amazing recipes! My husband is Korean and grew up eating a lot of Korean food. I had several Korean recipes under my belt, but this has really expanded my repertoire! I am looking forward to impressing my in-laws during their next visit! Now if only the Korean language was as fun to master…. I’m making this dish tonight but have already made a few of your others. Yum!

  21. Hi, I made this the other day and it’s the best galbijjim recipe I’ve tried so far. Thanks for all your great posts!

  22. Hello Hyosun! What other vegetable can I use instead of radish – I can’t find any where I am 🙁

  23. I love your blog 🙂 kudos

  24. Hi Hyosun, if I want to make ahead this ribs, can I stop at marinating point? I’m thinking to leave the ribs in the braising liquid overnight and proceed to next steps the day after. What do you think? Thank you, Yeni

    • Sure! That will be a good point to stop and pick up later. Let me know how it turns out.

    • It was divine! My husband declared: All beef should be cooked this way! 🙂 I think next time I would marinate it again overnight – tastier and not as time consuming.. probably even store it in the freezer until ready to braise with the veggies. Thank you so much for the delicious recipe Hyosun!

    • That’s wonderful!! I am delighted to hear that. I am sure freezing it until braising will work well too. Great idea! Thanks for taking the time to let me know how it turned out. Oh please tell your husband I agree with him. Thank you!

  25. No problem, Nick! All good discussions… Enjoy!

  26. Sorry, white guy here… 🙂 forgive my ignorance. This recipe looks fantastic and am most definitely will attempt it! Hopefully this weekend. I will let you know. Thanks ~Nick

  27. Nick – No heat for marinating. I am going to see if I can make that clear in my recipe. Koreans typically do not sear the ribs before braising them. Parboiling is the traditional technique. Thanks again for your questions and feedback! Let me know how it turns out if you make it.

  28. Thank you Hyosun! Sorry about my confusion, so when you say “marinate” for 30 minutes, the heat on the stove is off at this point correct, or is it on low (slow cook) for 30 minutes. I looked up braising before your quick response, and it said to sear the meat. Thanks again. ~Nick

  29. Nick – I am sorry to hear the step isn’t clear to you. Braising basically means slow cooking the main ingredient in liquid. The sauce (which I called braising liquid)in this recipe is used to slow cook the meat. In the step you’re referring to, the ribs, which have been boiled and removed from the the stock,are placed back in the pot and marinated in the sauce (braising liquid)before being slow cooked. Hope this helps, but do not hesitate to let me know if you have any other questions about the recipe.

  30. Hello Hyosun, Can you please explain this step to me more: Mix together all the braising liquid ingredients. Return the ribs to the pot. Pour the braising liquid over the meat. Marinate for 30 minutes. Guess, I’m confused about the braising process. Thank you. ~Nick

  31. Arudhi – Thank you! Try it. I know you will love it.

    Michelle – So thrilled to hear you made this and it turned out well for you. And thank you for your support and encouragement!

  32. Thanks for re-posting this. I just made it for dinner and it was divine! Such fantastic flavors! Hyosun, I am so looking forward to when I can buy your cookbook. I have loved every recipe of yours that I have made. Thank you so much!!!

  33. What a lovely dish! For dishes like beef stew or braised beef, I usually start with searing the beef and I`ve never tried parboiling it. I`ve also never used pear to cook meat before. So you gave me many new things to try out! I`ll definitely let you know if I make the galbijjim. Thank you!

  34. Laura – I am thrilled to hear that. Thank you so much for letting me know! I look forward to hearing more about your cooking!

  35. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I just made this for dinner tonight and it is absolutely delicious! I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes soon.

  36. Biren – Thank you! I am not sure if it’s the same thing, but I do have a Korean shrimp salad recipe with pear and cucumbers:

  37. Biren @ Roti n Rice says

    This looks really, really delicious! Seeing that you used Asian pear in this recipe reminds me of a Korean friend’s Asian pear salad with shrimps that was absolutely delicious! Unfortunately, I can’t remember what it is called. Congrats on the picture!

  38. Thank you, Holly! I agree!

  39. beyondkimchee says

    This looks scrumptious! Korean Galbi jjim is the best braised beef dish in the world.

  40. Thank you, Cynthia! It is very tasty.

  41. Ummm, I love short ribs. This looks very appetizing.

  42. Thanks, Andrea! I know you and your family will love it.

  43. True comfort food and perfect for a cool day! I’ll definitely make this once it is finally fall here…

  44. Nami, Emily and Jen: Thank you for stopping by and checking out the recipe. Hope you get to make this dish soon!

  45. Smoky Wok (formerly Tastes of Home) says

    One of my favourite Korean dishes ever! Thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

  46. Emily Malloy says

    Absolutely drool-worthy!

  47. Nami | Just One Cookbook says

    Wow this looks so delicious. I’ve never tried Korean braised short ribs and this photos are telling me I better make this one day! This with a bowl of steam rice would be my ideal and perfect meal~~~!