Korean BBQ Beef Kalbi

Korean BBQ Beef Kalbi

Course Entree
Cuisine Korean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 383kcal
Author Dr. Karen Lee


  • 5 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 c apple sauce or Asian pear pureé
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • ½ c soy sauce
  • ¼ c water
  • ¼ c mirin
  • ¼ c honey
  • ¼ c scallions finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp Black pepper
  • 2 LB short rib beef cut across about 1/2 " thick or flank steak skirt steak, or London Broil


  • In a large bowl, combine the garlic, fruit pureé, onions, soy sauce, water, mirin, honey, chopped scallions, sesame seeds, sesame oil, and black pepper. Mix well. 
  • Add the short ribs and coat them well and marinade for 1-2 hours or overnight.
  • Heat the BBQ grill until hot. Grill each ribs pieces until the outside is brown but not burnt. Serve with lettuce and doenjang - Korean miso paste.  

Marinade Times:

  • Beef: 1- 2 hours and baste while grilling. The best type of meat to make Kalbi with are sliced short ribs with a little bit of marbleized fat.
  • Chicken: 30 minutes
  • Vegetables: 15 minutes


The marinade can be used with about 2 lbs. of meat - chicken, short ribs, flank steak or London broil or any other cut of meat that is good for grilling or broiling. It can also be used with vegetables. 
While grilling on a BBQ grill is the best, you can also pan fry. If you pan fry, use about 1 tsp of oil to start. The oil from the beef will be plenty to cook the meat. You can use a little bit of olive oil when you cook vegetables.
Boil the leftover marinade after I marinade the meat. You cannot re-use the leftover marinade but you can bring it to boil and use it as an extra sauce. Refrigerate any unused marinade in a glass jar for up to a week.


Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1732mg | Potassium: 796mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 5.4mg