Braised beef short ribs

Makgalbijjim 막갈비찜

Hi everybody!

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

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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

Ingredients

  • 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)

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Directions

  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.

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37 Comments:

  1. Lovely20032003 New York joined 6/17
    Posted June 24th, 2017 at 8:36 pm | # |

    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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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 1st, 2017 at 11:01 am | # |

      Yes, it looks so delicious, and I’m so impressed you made it for your father on Father’s Day. He must have been so happy!

  2. Amelie123 Mongolia joined 3/17
    Posted March 20th, 2017 at 1:41 am | # |

    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??

  3. Moni24 Denmark joined 12/16
    Posted December 3rd, 2016 at 7:17 pm | # |

    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!

  4. ZainLovesCooking en52dt joined 8/16
    Posted October 31st, 2016 at 9:58 am | # |

    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

  5. MissBlackRabbit Montreal, Canada joined 1/16
    Posted February 8th, 2016 at 6:10 am | # |

    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.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 11th, 2016 at 1:28 pm | # |

      Reading your comment makes me feel like makgalbijjim! I should make this soon.

  6. stephaalee joined 12/15
    Posted December 15th, 2015 at 9:12 pm | # |

    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?

    Thanks!

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