Braised beef short ribs

Makgalbijjim 막갈비찜

Hi everybody!

Yay, it’s time to have party with this dish! : )

Galbijjim is a popular Korean  dish made with beef short ribs and it’s considered an unskippable  dish on special occasions in Korea. I uploaded my traditional galbijjim video a long time ago, in 2008! This is a newer version that I developed that’s very easy, simple, and quick to make. It’s very juicy, tender, and sweet.

Enjoy the recipe and let me know how yours turns out!


Serves 2-3

Cooking time: about 1 ½ hours


  • 2 pounds of beef short ribs, trimmed of excess fat. Score them down to the bone a few times. Rinse, soak in cold water, and drain.
  • 1 large onion (1½ cups’ worth), pureed
  • 6-8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bosc pears (about 1½ cups’ worth), peeled, cored, and pureed
  • 2 ts worth of ginger, minced
  • 3 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • ½ ts ground black pepper
  • 1 ts sesame oil
  • 1 tbs toasted sesame seeds
  • green peas and pine nuts for garnish (optional)


  1. Blanch the ribs in boiling water for 5 minutes. Rinse them in cold water and drain.

  2. Put the ribs in a heavy bottomed pot. Add onion, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, pears, soy sauce,  ground black pepper, and 1 cup of water.
  3. Cover and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes.
  4. Give it a good stir and turn down the heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Open the lid and turn up the heat. Keep stirring and cooking until the ribs turn shiny and the juice is almost gone.
  6. Add green peas for color (optional) and transfer to a serving plate. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and pine nuts.

Serve with rice, kimchi, soup, and more side dishes if you want.



  1. Curry man 86 France My profile page joined 2/15
    Posted February 24th, 2015 at 3:00 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi

    I watched your video and made this dish this evening, I used all the ingredients apart from the sesame seeds and followed your instructions to the letter and we ended up with a bland dish, very little taste, I cooked it for myself and 2 friends, before I passed a comment I asked my friends what they thought (they are used to my cooking) of the dish , they both said disappointed as it had vey little flavour, nothing like my normal standard.
    I will try another of your dishes and let you know how turns.

  2. inspirz 92833 My profile page joined 5/14
    Posted May 11th, 2014 at 1:15 pm | # |

    I LOVE this recipe. It’s tasty and easy,

    Quick question if I use double the meat do I have to use double the other ingredients to make the sauce?

  3. Poidog_HI Guam My profile page joined 3/13
    Posted November 3rd, 2013 at 3:32 am | # |

    Mahalo for sharing this onolicous recipe! I made it tonight and it came out wonderful. However here in Guam the supermarkets slice the Beef short ribs 1/4 inch thick.

  4. krystel ko philippines My profile page joined 10/12
    Posted October 25th, 2012 at 4:05 am | # |

    hello maangchi.. can i put some carrots in here too? because i wanted to make this for my daughter’s birthday party too.. if i put some carrots,won’t it affect the taste? bcos i think that i should put more colors to it aside from frozen peas.. please help.. thank you..

  5. coco San Diego, CA My profile page joined 9/08
    Posted August 27th, 2012 at 11:35 pm | # |

    Wow, I just made this dish tonight and it was so so good. Thanks for such an easy and great recipe! Food network give maangchi airtime!!!!
    Keep up the great work!!!

  6. scottw United States My profile page joined 8/12
    Posted August 19th, 2012 at 2:43 pm | # |

    Maangchi is it possible to use boneless short ribs? It’s the only option in my area. Oh and I make your Kimchi once a week. Good stuff.

  7. Milma Kang Gwangju City, southkorea My profile page joined 7/12
    Posted July 18th, 2012 at 10:43 pm | # |

    Hello! Maangchi I really love this recipe I hope I can make for my husband. I love your site the truth is im not good in cooking, but because of your site I hope I can learn more in korean recipes..Thank you. :)

  8. MariskaLim Jakarta, Indonesia My profile page I'm a fan! joined 2/11
    Posted June 24th, 2012 at 3:55 pm | # |

    Woah… you make me hungry in the middle of night! Totally appetizing and gorgeous looking meat <3~ I'm gonna make these for sure…

    Btw.. Nice hair Mom~ \^^/ you look very beautiful and awesome!

  9. Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands My profile page I'm a fan! joined 2/09
    Posted June 24th, 2012 at 11:32 am | # |

    Awesome recipe, also the camera work is very professional. wow!

  10. Souavarat Houston, Texas My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/10
    Posted June 24th, 2012 at 4:38 am | # |

    Looks so delicious! I will have to go get some short ribs and make this recipe. This one is so much easier to make. The other older recipe is good too. I will have to go buy short ribs and make this version too! I can’t wait to try it. If it turns out good I will post pictures. Thank you Maangchi! We all love you and your recipes so much!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted June 24th, 2012 at 6:34 am | # |

      Yes, I’m looking forward to seeing the result! : )

      • Souavarat Houston, Texas My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/10
        Posted June 25th, 2012 at 1:14 am | # |

        Maangchi I made the recipe and I forgot to take pictures. Everyone all just started eating and when I started eating I completely forgot to take the pictures!!! :(

        But the recipe was so delicious! I made your Korean lettuce salad and I had made some oisobagi and I a simple soup with sea plant and tofu. It was so good. Maangchi I used just 1 bosc pear because my cousin ate my other pear but I substituted it with 2 kiwis and it was just as delicious ans so tender. :D

        • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
          Posted June 25th, 2012 at 11:33 am | # |

          Don’t worry about the photos. “Everyone all just started eating and when I started eating I completely forgot to take the pictures!!” lol, you are not alone! It always happens to me, too. You substituted 1 bosc pear with 2 kiwis, yes, smart! You can use sweet and soft peach, too.

  11. jaylivg Houston My profile page I'm a fan! joined 7/10
    Posted June 23rd, 2012 at 8:37 pm | # |

    Maangchi ! I just cooked this for dinner tonight , super easy and it was very tasty ! Delicious , my husband loves it and he said ” it’s DA BOMB ” LOL .. Nick loves it too , in fact he was watching your youtube video making this . I replaced beef ribs with pork ribs , and didn’t use peas but just sprinkled green onions and sesame seed . Thanks for this easy and delicious recipe !

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