Korean grilled beef short ribs (galbi gui)

Korean grilled beef short ribs (galbi gui)

For Koreans, galbi is the ultimate grilled beef dish. Serve it with salad leaves, rice, kimchi and pickled onions, using the leaves to make small parcels containing a little of everything.

In Korea, two different cuts of short ribs are used for this dish, but the easiest cut to find outside Korea is the LA galbi cut, where a rack is cut in very thin slices across the bone. You can buy it ready-cut in the freezer section of Korean stores.


  • 800g/1lb 12oz beef short ribs, LA or flanken cut, rinsed
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp roasted sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp runny honey
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • ½ Asian or 1 regular pear, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • ½ onion, roughly chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4cm/1½in piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper