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. 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!

    See full size image

    • 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?


  7. arudlaff joined 10/15
    Posted October 19th, 2015 at 10:55 pm | # |

    Hi Maangachi,

    Can I make the galbijim using short rib without the bone? If so, is there anything I need to adjust in the ingredients or cooking method?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted October 19th, 2015 at 11:11 pm | # |

      Yes, boneless beef short ribs will work well with the recipe.

  8. nikujaga Singapore joined 2/11
    Posted August 11th, 2015 at 3:35 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi! I’m wondering if you have a recipe for spicy garlic braised pork ribs? It uses pear too, and the sauce looks red like kimchi/gochujang. I saw a short clip of it on What Shall We Eat Today and is dying to find out how to cook it. You’re my go-to for Korean recipes so your site was my first stop. Tried googling for it but found nothing too. Do you have the Korean name for that dish?

  9. Ermin Fei Indonesia joined 2/15
    Posted March 25th, 2015 at 10:08 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi.. May I know if I can substitute the beef ribs with pork ribs instead? Thanks a lot ^^

    • Ermin Fei Indonesia joined 2/15
      Posted March 26th, 2015 at 10:42 am | # |

      Hi Maangchi.. I eventually used the available pork spare rib at home.. And i substitute the green peas with green onion.. And i add some chili pepper to give a kick hehehe.. Thanks for the great recipe, Maangchi ^^

  10. edloveskoreanfood philippines joined 3/15
    Posted March 20th, 2015 at 3:34 am | # |

    hello maangchi. gonna try this tomorrow. i just wonder if it this okay to use any kind of pears. available pears in my place have light yellow color. can’t find “bosc”. will this be just fine? (will still use the one available,please tell me when u got time. ^^thanks so much)… will update this once i got a taste of it… thanks again and God bless you.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 20th, 2015 at 9:15 am | # |

      Any sweet and soft pear will work well. Good luck with making delicious galbijjim!

  11. Curry man 86 France 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.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 24th, 2015 at 3:54 pm | # |

      If it tastes bland, add more soy sauce and sugar.

  12. inspirz 92833 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?

  13. Poidog_HI Guam 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.

    • Poidog_HI Guam joined 3/13
      Posted July 3rd, 2016 at 9:06 am | # |

      Aloha Maangchi, Finally bought some 1-inch cut beef short ribs and it was even better! I have tried other recipes but your recipe is perfect and simple. If I wanted to make the ribs even more tender could I add 2 cups of water to the puree sauce? Mahalo!

  14. krystel ko philippines 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..

  15. coco San Diego, CA 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!!!

  16. scottw United States 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.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted August 21st, 2012 at 8:59 am | # |

      “boneless short ribs” sounds great to me!

  17. Milma Kang Gwangju City, southkorea 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. :)

  18. MariskaLim Jakarta, Indonesia 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!

  19. Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09
    Posted June 24th, 2012 at 11:32 am | # |

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

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 25th, 2012 at 11:30 am | # |

      oh, you have no problem with logging on my website! Great! : )

  20. Souavarat Houston, Texas 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 joined 8/08
      Posted June 24th, 2012 at 6:34 am | # |

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

      • Souavarat Houston, Texas 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 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.

  21. jaylivg Houston 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 !

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 24th, 2012 at 6:33 am | # |

      wow, you are so fast! da bomb! lol


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