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

Ingredients

  • 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

Vegetables:

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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.