Kalbi Beef Flanken Short Ribs

These Kalbi Beef Flanken Short Ribs are the secret to mouthwatering Korean BBQ at home! With a simple soy and garlic sauce, these ribs are tender and full of flavor. Pair with rice or noodles for an easy meal!

Flanken short ribs done kalbi style on a bed of rice

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If you’ve ever eaten at a Korean BBQ restaurant, you’re likely familiar with flanken short ribs. These Korean-style ribs appear on almost all menus and, while delicious, typically come with a nice price tag, too.

Since we haven’t been eating out a whole lot, I decided to try making these at home – and the end result is an easy but flavorful dinner, that always impresses guests (and myself, if we’re being honest)!

Since flanken style ribs are cut thin, they cook quickly. You can have this on the table in 30 minutes, not including marinating time. For the ribs to properly absorb the flavor, be sure to allow a minimum of 3 hours of marinating time, but I recommend overnight if you can.

Flanken ribs done kalbi stile on a bed of rice with soy sauce and green onions

The marinade is simple, with soy sauce, sherry, LOTS of garlic, and sesame oil. I throw in a little pepper for an extra kick.

While you may have to stop at a specialty store for the flanken style short ribs I am finding them more and more often at my local grocer. Otherwise, you likely have everything else you need for kalbi-style ribs are home, which I love. It makes for an easy dinner in a pinch!

If you love Korean BBQ, this recipe will become your go-to! Be prepared for guests to beg for the recipe – and seconds!

Ingredients for Korean inspired kalbi short ribs

Ingredients for Flanken Short Ribs

  • Kalbi beef flanken short ribs – also known as Korean style or Miami style ribs. If you can’t find these you can look for short ribs and ask the butcher to cut them into strips. Short ribs are the same cut of meat just sliced thicker.
  • Soy sauce – I recommend low sodium, to control the saltiness. If you are gluten-free, tamari is an excellent substitute.
  • Dry sherry – This is a dry fortified wine originating from Spain. If you don’t have it on hand you can swap it for Mirin, which is more often used in Asian dishes but harder to find where I live. Dry vermouth, Madiera, or a dry white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio will also work.
  • Honey – Makes the sauce a little sweet and sticky.
  • Garlic – There are 2 heads of garlic in this recipe which seems like a lot but it’s the perfect amount.
  • Onion – Chopped finely to provide some extra flavor.
  • Dark sesame oil – Typical in Asian-inspired dishes is made from toasted sesame seeds giving it a richer flavor and darker color.
  • Sesame seeds – Used as a garnish.
  • Cayenne pepper – You can add extra if you prefer things a little spicier.
  • Black pepper – Adds more of the pepper flavor without making the dish too spicy.

How to Make This Recipe for Flanken Ribs

  1. Whisk the soy sauce, sherry, honey, garlic, onion, sesame oil, sesame seeds, cayenne and black pepper in a bowl.
  2. Next, add the flanken ribs to a large plastic resealable bag and pour in the marinade. Seal and massage marinade into ribs. 
A bag of kalbi beef ribs being marinated
  1. Let sit in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours or overnight. Grill over medium-high heat, brushing with marinade while cooking. About 4-5 minutes per side.
  2. Last, garnish with more sesame seeds and sliced green onion. Serve with rice or noodles.

Tips

  • Sub the wine. Most Asian dishes use mirin which is a sweet and tangy Japanese white wine instead of the dry sherry used in this recipe and if you have some you can definitely use it. I only used the dry sherry because mirin is like finding a unicorn where I live and I have not had any luck so far.
  • Spice it up. Make these flanken ribs spicier by doubling the amount of cayenne pepper.

Storage

Store: Leftover ribs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freeze: If you have leftover kalbi short ribs, allow them to cool completely. Then wrap them in both plastic wrap and foil to prevent freezer burn.

Reheat: Defrost frozen flanken style short ribs in the fridge overnight before reheating in the oven or on the grill.

Flanken short ribs on a bed of rice.

Beef Flanken Ribs FAQs

What are flanken ribs?

Flanken ribs are Korean-style short ribs. They are sometimes called Miami-style ribs as well. Whatever the name, the cut is a strip of beef cut across the bone from the chuck end of short ribs. They are cut lengthwise across the rib bones, compared to over short rib styles that are bone-in. Kalbi ribs are thin, which makes them cook much faster on the grill than other cuts.

How do you make flanken ribs tender?

The key to tender flanken ribs is marinating them for at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight. The marinade helps to tenderize the meat and infuse it with flavor. Grilling the kalbe beef ribs over medium-high heat, while brushing with the marinade, also helps to keep them juicy and tender.

Can you make flanken style ribs in a grill pan?

Yes, you can absolutely make flanken ribs in a grill pan on the stovetop if you don’t have access to an outdoor grill. Preheat the grill pan over medium-high heat, then cook the marinated ribs for 4-5 minutes per side, basting with the marinade.

Can you bake flanken short ribs?

While grilling is the traditional cooking method for flanken short ribs, you can also bake them in the oven. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Place the marinated ribs on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until cooked through.

How thick should flanken ribs be?

Flanken ribs are typically cut to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. This thin cut allows the ribs to cook quickly on the grill or in the oven. If the ribs are cut too thick, they may not cook through evenly or get as charred and caramelized on the exterior.

How to Serve Flanken Style Ribs

Kalbi beef ribs are traditionally served sliced and rolled in romaine lettuce leaves, but I usually skip this and garnish with sesame seeds and green onion instead.

These flanken ribs are typically served with white rice and browned garlic slices as well, though I sometimes serve them with noodles instead of rice.

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Flanken short ribs done kalbi style on a bed of rice

Kalbi Beef Flanken Short Ribs

Alisa Infanti | The Delicious Spoon
These Kalbi Style Flanken Short Ribs are the secret to mouthwatering Korean BBQ at home! Simple, tender and full of flavor!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Barbecue, Korean
Servings 4 servings
Calories 852 kcal

Equipment

  • BBQ or Grill Pan
  • Large Bowl
  • Chopping Knife
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Resealable plastic bag
  • Basting Brush
  • Tongs

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 lb Flanken or Korean-style beef ribs
  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • cup mirin or dry sherry
  • cup honey
  • 2 heads garlic minced; (about 16 cloves)
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • ¼ cup dark sesame oil
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper or more to taste

Instructions
 

  • Whisk the soy sauce, sherry, honey , garlic, onion, sesame oil, sesame seeds, cayenne and black pepper in a bowl.
  • Add the Flanken ribs to a large plastic resealable bag and pour in sauce. Seal and massage marinade into ribs. Let sit in the fridge for a minimum 3 hours or overnight. 
  • Grill over medium-high heat, brushing with marinade while cooking. About 4-5 minutes per side.
  • Garnish with more sesame seeds and sliced green onion. Serve with rice or noodles.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.375ozCalories: 852kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 36gFat: 47gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 930mgPotassium: 239mgFiber: 1gSugar: 48g

Notes

Like things a little spicier? Double the amount of cayenne!
Store leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Please Note:

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Oh wow! This was such a huge hit here and so yummy for dinner! So delicious and very flavorful! One of our new favorite recipes!

  2. 5 stars
    Enjoyed this for dinner last night and it does not disappoint! Perfectly sweet and savory with a kick; easily, a new favorite dish!

  3. 5 stars
    I have never made korean BBQ at home but now I can’t wait to try! These ribs look so delicious tender and flavorful!

  4. 5 stars
    Yes, I do love Korean BBQ and these ribs look and sound so good! I love that you have suggested the overnight marinade. I will try that. Cheers

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