Korean-Style Short Ribs


Chef David Shim, from Cote in New York City, prepares these galbi or Korean-Style Short Ribs with two marinades for maximum flavor. It all starts with scoring the meat in a diamond pattern, to maximize absorption of the marinade. Shim then coats the meat in pureed onion, pear, ginger and garlic before tossing it in a soy-mirin wet marinade. Shim recommends preparing the short ribs the night before or early in the morning of the day you plan to serve them. Recipe printed with permission from Chef David Shim of Cote.

Korean-Style Short Ribs
Photo: Abby Hocking
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 2 cups soy sauce

  • 2 cups dashi or water

  • 1 cup mirin

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 Korean pear, or substitute with Bosc, roughly chopped

  • 1 medium onion, 1/2 peeled and roughly chopped and ½ sliced into rounds

  • 5 to 7 cloves of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 1 thumb nail-sized piece of ginger

  • 2 to 3 pounds short ribs, scored

  • 1/3 cup sesame oil

  • 1 bunch scallions, cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the soy, dashi or water, mirin and sugar and set aside.

  2. In a blender carafe, combine the pear, the chopped 1/2 onion, garlic and ginger. Blend until smooth. Pour the purée over the short ribs and toss to completely coat the meat. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Then pour the soy mixture over the short ribs and massage it into the meat. Cover with plastic and marinate for 3 to 4 hours.

  3. Brush the grill or cast iron grill pan with the sesame oil and preheat over high heat. Lower the flame to medium-high once the grill or grill pan is hot. Cook the short ribs 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until caramelized and cooked to desired internal temperature.

  4. Remove the short ribs from the grill or grill pan, and add the sliced onion and the scallions. Cook the vegetables until charred and cooked through. If using a pan, add a splash of water to deglaze. Serve the short ribs with the vegetables and deglazed pan drippings.

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