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Korean Beef BBQ Kalbi

Korean Beef BBQ Kalbi recipe has tender melt in your mouth boneless short ribs seared over the grill, dunked in a spicy gochuang, soy and sesame dipping sauce and served with a side of quick pickles.
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Beef, Diabetic Friendly, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Korean Cuisines, Lactose Free, Low Carb, Summer Time Favorites
Cuisine: Korean
Servings: 4
Calories: 427kcal
Author: HWC Magazine


Marinade for Beef

  • 1.5 pounds beef short ribs
    we used boneless but can also use ones with bones
  • 2 kiwi - 2 kiwi
    peeled and mashed (can also use grated Asian pears)
  • ½ cup soy sauce
    tamari for gluten-free
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
    peeled and minced
  • ½ cup onion peeled and grated
  • 2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper

Quick pickles (optional)

  • 4 cucumbers
    small skinny Asian Cucumbers or obtain the kind without seeds or remove the seeds before slicing. Cut into thin slices leave the skin on.
  • 1 chili peppers
    mild chili pepper or pepper of choice, sliced thinly
  • 3 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
    or sugar alternative of choice
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper

GoChuang Dipping Sauce (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon gochuang sauce or to taste (very spicy) - I found a gluten-free and vegan GoChuang Sauce from Chung Jung One.
  • cup soy sauce
    tamari for gluten free
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Final Product

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    if using indoor grilling pan and if grilling outdoors prepare your grill.
  • lettuce bibb lettuce or soft leaved lettuce to wrap up your grilled meats (optional)
  • bean sprouts
    handful, chopped into thirds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds toasted- to garnish beef (optional)


  • Marinate your boneless short ribs. In a plastic bag or plastic container add short ribs, kiwi, tamari (soy) sauce, sesame oil, garlic, onion, sesame seeds and white pepper mix and seal bag or container. Place your short ribs in the refrigerator overnight to marinade or at least 4 hours. The longer the marinade time the more tender the beef.
  • Step 2) Make your quick pickles. (optional) In a medium bowl, add your sliced cucumbers, chili peppers, rice vinegar, sesame oil, salt, sugar or sugar alternative of choice and white pepper. Stir until well mixed and set aside at room temperature for 15 minutes and then they are ready to eat. Consume within 24 hours.
  • Make your Gochuang Dipping Sauce.  (optional) In a small bowl, add gochuang sauce, tamari (soy) sauce and sesame oil and mix well. Set aside.
  • Grill Korean Beef BBQ Kalbi. Take your marinated beef out of the refrigerator and allow to come up to room temperature about 20 minutes. Pre-heat and prepare your outdoor grill or indoor grill pan with a little olive oil or spray oil to prevent sticking. Grill boneless short ribs for about 1-2 minutes on each side over a medium hot grill. (Do not overcook, just get quick grill marks on each side) Sprinkle your tender and delicious Korean Beef BBQ Kalbi with a little toasted sesame seeds, if desired.
  • Assemble Korean Beef BBQ Kalbi party: Gather your family and friends and place the grilled Korean Beef BBQ Kalbi, lettuce leaves, quick pickles, gochuang dipping sauce, beans sprouts, kimchi,  and what ever fresh vegetables you like. Take a lettuce leaf in your hand and place on a slice of grilled Korean Beef BBQ Kalbi, add the quick pickles, kimchi, fresh bean sprouts and gochuang sauce on top. Roll up like and tortilla and eat. Enjoy!


If you want to set up a full Korean Beef BBQ Kalbi, then some of the fun side dishes are lettuces to wrap up your beef in and then loads of your favorite toppings. You may like to include special spicy gochuang, soy and sesame dipping sauce, kimchi, quick pickles, bean sprouts, marinated or grilled garlic cloves, sesame seeds or whatever your little heart desires. In addition, today I needed to fill up my boys and also made a side of Kimchi Pantry Fried Brown Rice too.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 3371mg | Potassium: 1007mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 5mg