Easy braised beef short ribs

Makgalbi-jjim 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 1½ 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 toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbs toasted 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 (if used), drizzle the sesame oil, and mix well. Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and pine nuts (if used).

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

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  1. dneedle Bucks County, PA joined 7/21 & has 2 comments

    Hi Maangchi,

    I made this recipe and really enjoyed it. I had extra sauce left over, so I froze it. I am wondering if you had any ideas for what else I could use it for? Maybe a different meat like chicken or pork? And how would you cook these with the sauce?

    Thank you!

  2. Plank Minnesota joined 9/18 & has 1 comment

    So I made these a few weeks ago and they were a hit. I’m a big fan of your work, thank you for sharing with the world. I forgot to mention my son loves your egg bread recipe :)

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  3. Maangchiii Las Pinas City, Philippines joined 6/18 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi ! Can I use apples instead?

  4. Pri G Houston, TX joined 11/11 & has 4 comments

    Hello Maangchi, I was wondering if there is anyway I could turn this into 매운 갈비찜? I’ve been trying to find the recipe for spicy galbijjim and haven’t had any luck :(

  5. Lovely20032003 New York joined 6/17 & has 3 comments

    Hi Maangchi!
    I made this for the first time on Father’s day and it was DELICIOUS!!
    I used an Asian pear (from H-Mart) instead of the regular pear (like in your pic) and this dish was so amazing! I will definitely be making it again.
    Thank you so much for all your recipes and videos!

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  6. Amelie123 Mongolia joined 3/17 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi! I really want to try this recipe tonight but i dont have any pear or apples at home…will it still taste good if i dont use any pears??

  7. Moni24 Denmark joined 12/16 & has 1 comment

    Hi maangchi! 안녕하세요! My name is 모니 and I’m a really big fan of you! I’m am a bit of an Asia nerd I’m Asian myself but I really like Korea! I’m trying to learn Korean and want to learn how to make food from there and your channel and recipes are just the best! Also your channel is a good way for my to learn a little bit more Korean ^^ you are the best!

  8. ZainLovesCooking en52dt joined 8/16 & has 6 comments

    when u make this recipe, how long do you have to soak the ribs for?

    how long does it need to soak for?

    tell me so I can make the recipe

  9. MissBlackRabbit Montreal, Canada joined 1/16 & has 7 comments

    I made these and oh my! They are AMAZING. I will definately make it again. I didn’t thouroughly rinse & make an incision before boiling. I kept the boiled water to make soup after :) So the ribs were still bloody but it turned out great anyway! I had to increase the ingredients by 1/3 because I had more ribs, but I only used 2 pears. Even so, the color is much lighter.

  10. If I follow the recipe, can I put it in a slow cooker? and if so, how long should i let it cook in a slow cooker?


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